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.
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6. Here the angel is talking to John.
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)
God sent his angel to show what will happen.
7. “Behold, I am coming quickly!
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)
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.” [NIV] (Easley, 418)
“John was so impressed that his natural reaction was to fall down and worship the angel.” (McGee, 1078)
9. The angel stopped John from worshipping him.
“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. [NIV]
“Calling the bewildered apostle back to the one and only object of worship, the angel commanded John to worship God.” [NASB1995] (MacArthur, 296)
Time at Hand
10. John was told Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
“Daniel was told to seal up the words of his prophecy because of the long interval before the fulfillment of it.“ (McGee, 1078)
“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.” [NASB1995] (MacArthur, 298)
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still
He which is filthy, let him be filthy still
“The first line emphasizes evil deeds; the second evil character.” (Easley, 419)
He that is righteous, let him be righteous still:
And he that is holy, let him be holy still.
“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)
Unless otherwise noted; Scripture quotations taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version
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In this article Scripture quotations taken from the NASB1995. Copyright by The Lockman Foundation.
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