Come! Some Bible teachers say that this is a prayer for Christ to come for His Church. I think that it is not, because of the way this paragraph blends into one unit, and that unit is come take of the water of life freely. This is not a prayer for Christ to return. This is an invitation, by the spirit of God and by Christians for all to come to Christ; to repent; to have their robes washed in the blood of Christ, and to be prepared to enter into the holy city.
Christ continues speaking and gives a solemn warning about changing the book by adding to or deleting from the words of this prophecy. We need to remember that Christ was always more interested in the meaning of the word than in the actual words. As we recall, being ritualistic and paying too much attention to technical detail was one of the problems Christ’s human peers had. In studying The Apocalypse, the spirit of love, humility and worship is more important than exactly describing the shapes and activities of the strange creatures, the geographical locations and the timing of the events. Christ would much rather have us invite sinners to the living water than to have us haggle about the technicalities found in The Revelation.
Then the church responds with the last prayer of the Bible, Even so, come, Lord Jesus. We are waiting for the seventh trumpet blast, the last one, because we have made our robes white. 7:14. Now, in anticipation, we say with Paul, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day. We repeat, Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Until then may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen.
Throughout this study I have indicated that I believe that Jehovah is a saucerian; next I would like to take a close look at many of the 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: http://spaceshiptheology.blogspot.com/2013/07/introduction.html