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Revelation 22:6-11 We are blessed when we keep the words of the prophecy written in Revelation. Jesus, John and an angel all are speaking in this Scripture.

6. The angel said to me

Here the angel is talking to John.

These words are trustworthy and true.

The angel is telling John that the words he has heard are valid.

“The angel’s words reinforce an important truth: Everything John has seen in Revelation will come to pass.” (MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 12-22. [Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2000], 292)

MacArthur continues; “It is not an allegory from which readers can extract hidden meanings of their own concoction. It is an accurate description of events and persons yet to come.” (292)

The Lord God sent the prophets and his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.

7. “Look, I am coming soon!

Jesus is speaking.

“The encouragement here is that the Lord Jesus says that it will not be a long period: ‘I am coming shortly…But that means when we get to this period.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V: [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 1077)

Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

Jesus is telling us that we are blessed when we keep the words of the prophecy written in Revelation.

“There is much in the book for God’s people to keep and obey. All the challenges to overcome and be faithful to the Lamb—to the point of death, if necessary—are parts of the prophecy that every Christian may keep.” (Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. [Nashville: B&H, 1998], 418)

8. Now the speaker is John who is telling us that he is the one who heard and saw these things.

“Revelation is not clever human invention but rather an inspired written report of what he heard and saw.” (Easley, 418)

I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel

“John was so impressed that his natural reaction was to fall down and worship the angel.” (McGee, 1078)

9. “Don’t do that!

The angel stopped John from worshipping him.

I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets

“This angel identifies himself as a fellow servant with John and the other prophets.” (McGee, 1078)

“While the prophets were specially entrusted with God’s revelation, they were, on the other hand, simply brothers within the family of God.” (Easley, 419)

The angel included all who keep the words of this scroll.

“Calling the bewildered apostle back to the one and only object of worship, the angel commanded John to worship God.” (MacArthur, 296)

Hebrews 1:14

10. John was told not to seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll.

“Daniel was told to seal up the words of his prophecy because of the long interval before the fulfillment of it.“ (McGee, 1078)

Daniel 8:26; 12:4-10

Because the time is near.

“The prophecy given to John was even then in process of being fulfilled.” (McGee, 1078)

11. “Verse 11 stresses again the certainty that someone’s character reveals itself in deeds, which will be the basis of divine judgment.” (Easley, 419)

“Those who hear the truth but continue to do wrong and be filthy will by that hardened response fix their eternal destiny in hell. On the other hand, the one who continues to practice righteousness and keep himself holy gives evidence of genuine saving faith.” (MacArthur, 298) (NASB1995)

Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong;

Let the vile person continue to be vile;

“The first line emphasizes evil deeds; the second evil character.” (Easley, 419)

Let the one who does right continue to do right;

And let the holy person continue to be holy.

“The third and fourth parts emphasize righteous.” (Easley, 419)

“The unchangeable destiny of all persons is determined by their character as demonstrated by their deeds.” (Easley, 419)

Scripture quotations taken from the NIV. Copyright by Biblica, Inc.®

Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. Nashville: B&H, 1998
MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 12-22. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2000
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V: Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983

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