The Distinction Drawn, Revelation Chapter 22 Verse 10-15 (NASB)

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    And he said to me, "Do not seal up THE WORDS of THE PROPHESY of THIS BOOK,
Nothing is hidden in the Revelation of Jesus Christ except for the utterances of the peals of thunder (Revelation 10:4). Otherwise, what you READ and HEAR is what John was told to write (Revelation 1:11). Prior to Jesus' earthly life, Daniel had been given visions which he was told to SEAL UP (Daniel 8:15-26-27 and Daniel 12:1-4-9-13). With the purpose for Jesus Christ's coming to earth completed, there is no need to SEAL up the Revelation. Jesus Himself opens the seals on the BOOK (Revelation 5:5) which is the contents of much of the Revelation. He wants us to know what is to come so that we may HEED the WORDS of THE PROPHESY of THIS BOOK (previous verse).
    for THE TIME IS NEAR.
We started this study (Revelation 1:3) with these same words. Again we are reminded that THE TIME IS NEAR. We have a tendency to think in terms of the time elapsed since John wrote the Book of Revelation and thus shrug off the urgency of this warning. The Revelation is thought to have been written sometime between A.D. 70 to A.D. 95. However, this warning must be taken personally in light of the next verse. That is, the TIME-IS-NEAR time frame is the time frame of each person's life. The decision  whether one will be a resident of the new Jerusalem (verse 5), must be made while one is alive. Given how short one's lifetime is compared to forever and ever, truly THE TIME IS NEAR.

What follows is a reaction to previous scripture. The speaker, not determined whether it is the angel-guide or the Lord Himself, indicates that each reader of the Revelation will either heed (verse 9) the words or not. As pointed out in the previous verse's discussion, this can only occur while we are alive on this present earth. That is, how we live now, results in an eternal state of being.

This verse is how each of us react to the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:15-17-17) that is inborn into us. Within this verse, there is contained a study in contrasts:
Unbeliever Present Lifestyle
Unbeliever Eternal State
Believer Present Lifestyle
Believer Eternal State

"Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; Jude 17-23
and let the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is holy, still keep himself holy." The garments:
Revelation 3:5; Revelation 3:18; Revelation 7:9-13-14-17

One must come to the conclusion that between "the time is near" (previous verse) and "Behold, I am coming quickly" (next verse), we only have our present life to make the choice of our Eternal State. It is my prayer that you have chosen to become a BELIEVER.

This verse is hinted at in Daniel 12:5-10-13.
    "BEHOLD, I AM COMING QUICKLY,
Which of us parents haven't used the expression, "How many times have I told you to pick up your room?" or something similar. Likewise, the Lord is harping on us to pay attention. 'I AM COMING QUICKLY' is used six times throughout the Revelation. The first two times are a warning to the churches, Ephesus and Pergamum respectively (Revelation 2:5 and Revelation 2:16). The remaining four times, 'I AM COMING QUICKLY' is a promise (Revelation 3:11, Revelation 22:7, this verse, and Revelation 22:20). As with verse 7, this time it is preceded with "BEHOLD". That is supposed to get our attention.
    and MY REWARD is with Me, to RENDER to EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO WHAT HE HAS DONE.
We would like to think that the Lord is only going to give GOOD REWARDS, but the phrase 'EVERY MAN' indicates that both the wicked and the righteous will be receiving REWARDS. We have found how the wicked are judged (Revelation 20:11-14) and REWARDED (Revelation 20:13).

The righteous, having made the choice to follow and serve Jesus Christ, get their REWARD just by being allowed into the presence of Jesus Christ. But this verse seems to indicate that there are additional REWARDS (1 Corinthians 3:10-14-17 and 2 Corinthians 5:1-10-10) based upon WHAT EACH PERSON HAS DONE (during this lifetime, implied.). The twenty four elders, for example, had some form of REWARD inasmuch they were wearing their CROWNS (Revelation 4:10).  Incidentally, they gladly gave back their CROWNS to God. Let that be a lesson to us as to our attitude while we are 'DOING'.

There also seems to be a tie-in to the 'HEEDING' found in verse 7 where we have found another of the 'BEHOLD, I AM COMING QUICKLY's. The 'DOING' is the result of the 'HEEDING'.
    "I am THE ALPHA and THE OMEGA,
This is one of the names of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:8 and Revelation 21:6). We recognize Alpha and Omega as the first and last letter respectively in the Greek alphabet. Now, alphabets in occidental languages are used to construct words and sentences. That is, they are used to communicate. Colossians 1:15-16-23 indicates that Christ was at the creation of the original earth. It is no accident that God SPOKE the creation (Genesis 1:3-6-9-11-14-20-24-26-29-31) into being. In a similar manner, it is no accident that this Revelation was communicated to John (Revelation 1:1). In fact, the second to the last verse in this Revelation is Jesus SAYING, "Yes, I am coming quickly."
    THE FIRST and THE LAST,
John's first encounter with Jesus in this Revelation finds Jesus touching John with His right hand, the hand of authority, and comforting John with these same words (Revelation 1:17). Just as THE ALPHA and THE OMEGA was an alphabetic ordering, THE FIRST and THE LAST is a numeric ordering. When Jesus talked about the difficulty of making Him the master of our lives, he often ended the discussion with words referring that the first will be last and the last will be first (Mark 10:17-31, Matthew 20:1-16, and Luke 13:22-30). Humans have an inborn need apparently to know where they fit within society. But here Jesus is saying that He fits next to each of us who are residents of the new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2-3,9-10). He is the bridegroom to each of us, THE FIRST and THE LAST.
    THE BEGINNING and THE END."
Here we are presented with a conceptual difficulty. Jesus as part of God and equal to God is forever. That is, He has no BEGINNING and no END. So this phrase must refer specifically to Jesus Christ as the Son of Man. He assumed the character and nature of man (Philippians 2:1-11). He had a BEGINNING (Luke 2) as man, and He had an END as man (Luke 23:44-49). In between His human BEGINNING and END, He was tempted in every way as mankind is or has been (Hebrews 2:14-18 and Hebrews 4:14-16). Furthermore, He overcame His human ending and conquered DEATH (Revelation 1:18).

We can say that Jesus communicates in God-speak (John 14:1-10-11), He occupies all from THE FIRST to/through THE LAST, and He experienced all of human life. Thus He, as revealed in this book, can redeem the earth (Revelation 5:5) and provide our forever home (John 14:1-2-11).
    BLESSED are those who WASH their ROBES, that they
We, again, see the use of ROBES (Revelation 6:11, Revelation 7:9, Revelation 7:13, and Revelation 7:14) to describe the inhabitants of THE CITY. White ROBES, in particular, denote righteousness or a right-standing with God. The only way to God is through Jesus Christ (John 14:1-6-11). Thus it is implied that the WASHing of their ROBES is done in His Blood. What an awesome thought!
    (1) may have the RIGHT to the TREE of LIFE, and
Because of Adam and Eve, all mankind have been barred from the TREE of LIFE (Genesis 3:22-24). But those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (or WASHed their ROBES) have the RIGHT, not just a privilege but the RIGHT, to the TREE of LIFE. In our present world, we are so separated from God by our sinful state that we can't even conceptualize what it means to eat from the TREE of LIFE. I, for one, am looking forward to what that fruit tastes like.
    (2) may ENTER by the GATES INTO THE CITY.
THE CITY is the one described in Revelation 21:10-Revelation 22:5. As discussed in Revelation 21:12, these are GATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and it is easy to understand that only those who WASH their ROBES are permitted to ENTER through the GATES. Once inside, they have access to the TREE of LIFE (verse 2) and their own eternal home(s) (verse 3).

This verse describes the HAVEs. The HAVE NOTs follows.
    OUTSIDE are

OUTSIDE means not allowed in the new Jerusalem, THE CITY. From the list which follows, one understands that OUTSIDE is the lake that burns with fire and brimstone (Revelation 21:8).

    *   the DOGS and the SORCERERS and

By Jewish law, DOGS are unclean animals (Leviticus 11:27-28). 'DOGS' also is a term used for impure individuals (dirty robes versus previous verse). They are listed in Philippians 3:1-2-16 right next to evil workers and falsely circumcised individuals. In other words, they are fakes.

SORCERERS are enchanters with drugs. SORCERERS are on 'the list' of those who are scheduled or chose the lake which burns with fire and brimstone (Revelation 21:8). 

    *   the IMMORAL PERSONS and
If we have received training as a child (Proverbs 22:1-6-16), our conscience will tell us when we are doing IMMORAL deeds. IMMORAL PERSONS also are on 'the list' (Revelation 21:8).
    *   the MURDERERS and
MURDERERS are emulating one of the traits of the devil (John 8:31-44-47), and as such are not of God. They won't get anywhere close to the new Jerusalem. 'The list' (Revelation 21:8) also contains MURDERERS.
    *   the IDOLATERS, and
IDOLATERS by definition are those who do not WORSHIP GOD (verse 9) exclusively. In fact, if one tries to have every angle covered and worship GOD and other prominent gods (self, wealth, notoriety etc.), it cannot be done (Matthew 6:24-25). IDOLATERS are in 'the list' (Revelation 21:8).
    *   everyone who loves and practices LYING.
This phrase is even more emphatic than the 'all liars' in 'the list' (Revelation 21:8).  It shows that these people don't just lie by accident, but rather enjoy LYING. How sad, but nonetheless, this must make their father, the devil, quite happy (John 8:31-44-47).

After this ugly verse, we come to the sweetest invitation ever given in Revelation 22:16-20. The Spirit chimes in with the bride, the eternal new Jerusalem residents, to invite you (verse 17) to "COME".
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