Sunday, July 7, 2013

Christ's Final Invitation

22:6-11  Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. 
    “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” 
    Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 
    Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 
   And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 
   “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”  
Then he, the angel, said to me, these sayings are faithful and true or as Wuest has it, these things you have heard are trustworthy and dependable.

In the statement, the Lord God of the holy prophets, the word, holy, means sanctified.  The prophets that were used by God were first sanctified, made pure, and then used by the Lord.

Now, in reiteration, the writer takes us back to the introduction.
The word servants, 22:6, take us back to 1:20, where the seven stars are the servants of the seven churches;

the things that must shortly take place, 22:6, reminds us of 1:1 to show his servants --- things which must shortly take place.

Behold, I am coming quickly.  It is easy to believe that it was Christ who said these words since that is what the church has taught us, and the red letter editions of the New Testament have those words printed in red, but here it is not Christ that was speaking.  It is the angel, who is talking to John, who said these words in this case.  The Living Bible changes these words to, Then the angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true: ‘I am coming soon!’  God...has sent his angel to tell you this will happen soon.  That it was not Christ that said these words, is seen by the fact that John was going to worship him and the speaker said, No, do not do it!

I fell down to worship...the angel which showed me these things.  John, a Jew, knew better; in another time and situation, he would not have considered worshipping an angel.  No doubt he knew this portion of scripture: You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve. Ex. 34:14.  Why was John planning to worship an angel so long after the first time he heard that voice?  Perhaps John was awestruck at the sight of the marriage feast, or at seeing all the raptured saints.  In any case, he felt that worship at that time was appropriate.  The voice said to him, do not worship me; I am a servant like you and your brothers are; Worship God. 22:9 

I am a fellow servant...of those who keep the words of this book.  Not including passing references to the book of Life, the last book that was mentioned in The Revelation was in 10:8-10 and there it was concluded that the little book was the Bible.  Here the angel again reminds us that to keep on being Christians we must keep the sayings of this book, the Bible.

Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.  In the KJV, there appears to be no distinction between this book in 22:9 and this book in 22:10.  The Living Bible has made the difference distinct by writing, this Book, with a capital "B", 22:9, by which is meant the Bible, and in 22:10 they write, what you have written, which, of course, later became the last book of our Bible.

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still.  There are several very different ways of interpreting this.  One interpretation is; it is too late to change, Christ has returned and judgement is imminent.  Another interpretation is the way the LB has it, All doing wrong will do it more and more, the vile will become more vile; good men will be better; those who are holy will continue on in greater holiness.

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.  Whether right or wrong, The Living Bible has translated this part of 19:10 into understandable English;  The purpose of all I have shown you is to tell about Jesus.
Throughout this study I have indicated that I believe that Jehovah is a saucerian, and next I would like to take a close look at many incidents and teachings in the Bible, and point out that the Bible actually substantiates my belief.  This may seem far fetched to you, but if you come along with me you might see that my thoughts are not as weird as they at first appear to be.  Please join me at: