|Testimony to the Truth of the
Revelation Chapter 22 Verses 6-9 (NASB)
And he said to me, "THESE WORDS are FAITHFUL and TRUE";
The angel who was directed to show John the eternal new Jerusalem, new
heaven, and new earth (Revelation
21:9 and Revelation
22:1) tells John, again,
that what John has written is FAITHFUL and TRUE. This angel can say
this because he is a presence angel with very close contact with God
and the LAMB. John on the other hand must be mind boggled by all the
judgments and visions he has been taken through. There words must be
comforting to him.
Note that while in the broad sense, the whole of the Revelation is
FAITHFUL and TRUE (and one could argue the same for the whole Bible (2
Timothy 3:10-16-17)), the specific passage about the new
new earth, and new Jerusalem were prefaced with these same FAITHFUL and
TRUE words (Revelation 21:5).
implied here is that one doesn't have the prerogative to pick and chose
those parts of THESE WORDS one wishes to believe are FAITHFUL and TRUE.
God has made that choice already.
and the LORD, the GOD of the spirits of the PROPHETS, sent His angel to
show to His BOND-SERVANTS the things which must shortly take place.
If this phrase sounds vaguely familiar, it is because the book of the
Revelation started out this way (Revelation
The angel confirms that John, indeed, is in a long line of prophets. It
is no accident that there are many cross references to Daniel, Ezekiel,
Isaiah, Joel, Zechariah, Micah, Zephaniah, and other prophets
throughout this study. Indirectly implied here, however, is that when
the eternal CITY, new heaven and new earth are established, prophesy
will cease. There is no need for prophesy (2
Peter 1:12-20-21). Furthermore, with the church disbanded by
there is no need 'to edify the church' through prophesy (1
Today, we don't see the events taking place in the Revelation as
'taking place shortly'. That is our restriction inasmuch we live in
such a short time span compared to eternity. To the eternal LORD, the
GOD of the spirits of the PROPHETS, all prophesy and Revelation would
appear to take place shortly. However, note, there are no options here.
SHORTLY TAKE PLACE!
"And BEHOLD, I AM COMING QUICKLY.
The Lord Himself seems to step forward at this point to confirm the
urgency with which the Revelation (visions - Habakkuk
2:1-3) will take place and complete (2
Peter 3:1-3-9-13). Recall that we have heard this before in
discussion with the Philadelphian church (Revelation
3:7-13). They were advised to hold on even through the hour
Those who held on, the overcomers, get to live in the new Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12).
have we heard about this new Jerusalem (Revelation
BLESSED is he who HEEDS the WORDS of the PROPHECY OF THIS BOOK."
This is the parallel of Revelation
1:3 accept that by now we will have read and heard the WORDS
THIS BOOK. So here we only are left to HEED the WORDS of the PROPHECY
OF THIS BOOK.
"BLESSED" means highly favored to the point of contented happiness.
That truly is a BLESSING in today's evil world. Interestingly, many
Christians don't even attempt to read the Revelation because they feel
it is too difficult to understand. But this verse implies that it can
be understood. I encourage you if you are confused by these WORDS in
the Revelation to reread and reread this book. Through a sincere desire
to understand the Revelation, the Holy Spirit will lead you (John
Be aware, however, that it is the WORDS found in the Revelation itself
that must be HEEDED. DO NOT count on the explanatory words this author
has placed on this website. They are for guidance ONLY. It is the WORD
exclusively in the Revelation (verse 18)
to be HEEDED.
And I, John, am the one who HEARD and SAW these things.
After HEARING Jesus speak directly, John comes forward as if to say, "I
did what you asked of me." (Revelation
1:9). Interestingly, with the SEEING more powerful than the
as modern physiologists note, it was John HEARING Jesus speak that
elicits John's response. But one must admit that most of the preceding
chapters of the Revelation have been very visual. After all he has been
7 churches, THRONE area, seal judgments, trumpet judgments, bowl
judgments, the harlotry, the marriage supper, the great white THRONE,
and new heaven/earth, no wonder John says
And when I HEARD and SAW, I fell down to worship at the feet of the
ANGEL who showed me these things.
Oh my! John does it again (Revelation
19:10); This is the third time John falls down. The first
but the last two times were not. The rebuke is the same in both cases.
And he said to me, "DO NOT DO THAT; I am a FELLOW SERVANT of yours and
of your brethren the PROPHETS and of those who HEED the WORDS of this
John's angel-guide points out that both of them are SERVANTS. John is a
BOND SERVANT (verse
and his angel-guide is a FELLOW SERVANT. One senses that the
angel-guide is aware of Paul's writing in 1
Corinthians 6:1-3-8, and that NO ANGEL should be worshipped.
is exactly what Lucifer (Satan), the star of the morning, is looking
14:1-12-15-23). The angel-guide does not want the remotest
(temptation?) to be worshipped, even though he could have been held in
high esteem as a "presence" angel (Revelation 21:9
15:6). For the
angel-guide to say this gives us a little insight into the completeness
and humility with which they serve.
One can understand how the events shown to John might make John fall
down at the angel-guide's feet. But the angel-guide is quick to point
out we are to WORSHIP GOD and not the events.
How guilty we
believers may be if we make so much fuss over Christmas, Easter,
Ascension, etc. The truth is that even as a SERVANT serves daily, we,
too, should WORSHIP GOD daily. Have you taken
TODAY to WORSHIP GOD? It's good practice, you
know, for our
One could say that John really fell down to WORSHIP JESUS
while he was standing next to the angel-guide. It is good to WORSHIP
JESUS for He is GOD (Matthew
20:20-20-28, and Mark
5:1-6-20). All created beings should WORSHIP GOD
including angels (Hebrews
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