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Verse 1

1) "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life," (kai edeiksen moi potamon hudatos zoes) "And he showed (to me) a river of water of life," not a river of dead-water, saltwater, or polluted water, but one that would sustain life. Note Ezekiel’s vision of holy waters, Ezekiel 47:1-9, and Zechariah’s, Zechariah 14:8; Psalms 36:7-9.

2) "Clear as crystal," (lampron hos krustallon) "Lamp bright or brilliant as crystal," indicating life, purity, and vitality. It is beyond all possibility of pollution or contamination, Revelation 7:17.

3) "Proceeding out of the throne of God," (ekporeuomenon ek tou thronou tou theou) "Flowing out from the throne of God," having its life-source sustained out of or from the throne of God, in and from the temple area of the Holy City, New Jerusalem, from the 1,500 square mile city, cubicle in construction, Revelation 21:6.

4) "And of the Lamb," (kai tou arniou) "And of the Lamb," sustained in its life-giving-flow also of, by, out of, and from the Lamb of God, who too is the temple thereof, Revelation 21:22; Revelation 4:2-3.

The Bible begins with a river in Eden, made up of four branches from it - - (Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel, Tigris), and the Euphrates, Genesis 2:10-14. It ends with one grand river of sparkling waters, clear waters, pure waters of Eternal life-giving nature.

Verse 2

1) "And in the midst of the street of it," (en messo tes plateias autes) "In the midst of the street of it, of the holy city;” The glory street way is of pure gold, Revelation 21:21; every street is a main street in heaven, 1 Corinthians 2:9.

2) "And on either side of the river," (kai tou potamou enteuthen kai ekeithen) "As well as on each side of the river,” the river that "never shall run dry;” with mansions overlooking main street in the city of glory, John 4:14; John 7:37-39.

3) "Was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits," (ksulon zoes poioun karpous dodeka) "There was a tree of life continually producing twelve (different kinds) of fruits;” it was a "kind of" tree, fruit bearing tree, not necessarily a single tree, but a "special kind" of tree, Ezekiel 47:7; Ezekiel 47:12; this tree is declared to be in the midst of the paradise of God, Genesis 2:9; Revelation 2:7.

4) "And yielded her fruit every month," (kata mena hekaston apodidoun ton karpon autou) "Each tree was rendering or giving fresh fruit according to its month;“ adequate food for Jesus, holy angels, and men, John 6:35; John 6:51; John 6:58.

5) "And the leaves of the tree," (kai ta phula tou ksulou) "And the leaves (foliage) of the tree," of the tree of life, were as the "balm of Gilead," health-helping in nature, Genesis 37:25; Jeremiah 8:22.

6) "Were for the healing of the nations," (eis therapeian ton ethnon) "Will be for healing or health of the nations or races;” This indicates that there is divine provision for heavenly health in the New Jerusalem, a thing lacking for the hurt of sin in Eden, Genesis 3:6-8.

Verse 3

1) "And there shall be no more curse," (kai pan katathema ouk estai eti) "And no curse will be (or exist) any longer;” judgment curses caused by sin shall fall no more upon men, the earth, sea, air, heaven, or any of her creatures, Genesis 3:15-19; Zechariah 14:11; Romans 8:19-23; The curse from all creatures is gone because Jesus was made a curse for them, Galatians 3:10; Galatians 3:13; 1 Peter 2:24.

2) "But the throne of God and the Lamb," (kai ho thronos tou theou) "And the throne of God," (kai arniou) "and (the throne) of the Lamb," of Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Revelation 3:21.

3) "Shall be in it," (en aute estai) "Will be (will exist) in it," in the holy city, New Jerusalem, upon the new earth, Revelation 21:3; Revelation 21:23. This throne shall be the eternal center of the new heaven and earth during the reign of eternal righteousness.

4) "And his servants shall serve him," (kai hoi douloi autou latreusousin auto) "And his servants shall render worshipful service to him," Revelation 7:15. The redeemed shall serve him and the angels of glory shall serve him in the Holy White City with its streets of gold, and gates of pearl, walls of jasper, and twelve foundations of very precious stones, where God and the Lamb are the light and temple of it; Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:8.

Verse 4

1) "And they shall see his face," (kai opsontai to prosopon autou) "And they shall see (look upon) his face; for they shall be the "pure in heart," Matthew 5:8; 1 John 3:2; Acts 2:9-11; Psalms 42:2.

2) "And his name," (kai to onoma autou) "And the name of him," his name, his identity and authority, token of honor, exhalation, consecration, and sublime service, Isaiah 9:6-7; Colossians 3:17.

3) "Shall be in their foreheads," (epi ton metopon auton) "Shall be upon (or in) their foreheads," Revelation 7:3; Revelation 14:1; as a symbol of identity and free, voluntary servant of the Lamb forever, as set forth in the Mosaic Law, Exodus 21:5-6; Deuteronomy 15:12-18.

Verse 5

1) "And there shall be no night there," (kai nuks ouk estai eti) "And there shall be (exist) night no longer," no more at all. Darkness will be absent from there forever, from the Holy City, New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:23; Revelation 21:25; Isaiah 60:19-20; Zechariah 14:7.

2) "And they shall need no candle," (kai ouk echousin chreian photos luchnou) "They also shall have no need of a lamplight;” No need will exist for light of nature, invention, or manufactured fighting, Revelation 21:23.

3) "Neither light of the sun," (kai photos heliou) "And (not even a need) of sun light;” Psalms 36:9; Psalms 84:11; Revelation 21:23. There will be no night of sorrow, physical, mental, or moral darkness, no dread or fear, no night of punishment, no night of ignorance, for the Light will be there, the true light, John 1:9; John 8:12.

4) "For the Lord God giveth them light," (hoti kurios ho theos photisei ep’ autous) "Because the Lord God will shed light (shine) on them;” The Lord God shall be their Divine Light and glory, Isaiah 60:19.

5) "And they shall reign," (kai basileusousin) "And they will reign;” they of the Holy City shall reign in victory and peace long promised, made possible by or through the Prince of Peace, Daniel 7:18; Daniel 7:27; Matthew 19:28; Romans 5:17. Fairer than diamonds, Oh to be with him forever! Luke 1:33.

6) "For ever and ever," (eis tous aionas ton aionon) "Into the ages of the ages," into the eternity, time without end or without cessation of duration, Ephesians 3:21; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 3:21.

Verse 6

1) "And said unto me," (kai eipen moi) "And he said to me," The "he" who informed and enlightened John of these matters was one of the seven angels of Revelation 21:9-10; Revelation 21:17; Revelation 22:1.

2) "These sayings are faithful and true," (houtoi hoi logoi pistoi kai alethinoi) "These words are faithful and true;" authentic or trustworthy, as God’s Word is "true from the beginning," Psalms 119:160, Divinely inspired, 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 1:11; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Peter 3:2; 2 Peter 3:15; Revelation 19:9; Revelation 21:5.

3) "And the Lord God of the holy prophets," (kai ho kurios ho theos ton pneumaton ton propheton) "And the Lord God of the spirits of the prophets;” Each Old and New Testament prophet and writer was inspired, 1 Corinthians 14:32; 2 Peter 1:21.

4) "Sent his angel," (apesteilen ton angelon autou) "Sent (commissioned) his angel;” Note that the Greek term (apostello) always indicates an authoritative commission. God used his informing angel (perhaps Gabriel) to convey inspired information to John, Revelation 1:1; Revelation 22:16.

5) "To shew unto his servants," (deiksai tois doulois autou) "To show to his servants," whom he purchased with his own blood, as individuals and the church, 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9-10; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:25.

6) "The things that must shortly be done," (ha dei genesthai en tachei) "Things that must occur quickly, (in a short time);” that were as good as done in the purpose of God, as certain as if already done, Hebrews 10:36-37, The Inspiration of the Bible by the Holy Spirit as its author is the capstone of an the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Verse 7

1) "Behold, I come quickly," (kai idou erchomai tachu) "And behold I am coming quickly, of my own accord;” two matters are at hand (1) The consideration one must give to the validity of this revelation and (2) The nearness of the end, Revelation 22:10; Revelation 22:12; Revelation 22:20; Revelation 3:11; Matthew 24:36.

2) "Blessed is he that keepeth the sayings," (makarios ho teron tous logous) "Blessed is the one keeping or guarding the words (sayings) or affirmations;” this comes almost as a benediction, a formerly promised blessing on all who respect, guard, follow the admonitions of this book, Revelation 1:3; James 1:22; Matthew 7:21; Luke 6:46.

3) "Of the prophecy of this book," (tes propheteias tou bibliou toutou) "Of the prophecy of this scroll," the Book or scroll of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, herein given to John, Revelation 1:3; Revelation 1:11; Luke 11:28; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 10:36-37; The blessing used to introduce the book is pronounced on the keepers of it, as the book comes to a close - - seven times in the early part of the book the admonition was given, "He that hath ears to hear let him hear, Revelation 2:1 to Revelation 3:22. By reading, heeding, and holding it dear, men grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Peter 3:18; John 5:30; 1 Timothy 2:15.

Verse 8


1) "And I John saw these things and heard them," (kago loannes ho akouon kai blepon) "And I, John, am the one who saw and heard these things;” this certifies the writer of the book; it is a straightforward, acknowledged record from God, to John, about Jesus Christ, conveyed to him by Inspiration and by word of mouth from God the Father, Jesus Christ, and Holy Angels.

2) "And when I had heard and seen," (kai hote ekousa kai eblepsa) "And when I heard and saw;” this final vision of the place, the persons, and the glory of the New Jerusalem and the New Heaven and New earth, Revelation 21:1 to Revelation 22:21, as afore shown and reported by one of the seven Angels, Revelation 21:9; Revelation 21:15; Revelation 21:17; Revelation 22:1; Revelation 22:6; Revelation 22:8-9.

3) "I fell down to worship," (epesa proskunesai) "I fell prostate (down) to worship," with adoration, but the communicating angel, who had shown and informed him of this new heaven, earth, Jerusalem and her occupants, Revelation 21:9; Revelation 19:10.

4) "Before the feet of the angel," (emprosthen ton podon tou angelou) "in the face of (before the presence of) the angel," but angels are servants of God and of his children. They are not to be worshipped, Revelation 19:10.

5) "Which shewed me these things," (tou deiknuontos moi tauta) "The one which showed to me these things”, Tho good angels and men may do service to the redeemed, neither angels nor men are objects of Divine worship or good enough to be worshipped, Hebrews 1:14; only God is to be worshipped and served, not men, angels or devils, Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:8.

Verse 9

1) "Then saith he unto me," (kai legei moi) "And he says to me," or tells instructs me. It appears that since the rebellion and casting down of Satan and his demon angels, not one angel has since broken rank from God’s host of holy angels in service to him and his creation, Hebrews 1:14.

2) "See thou do it not, for I am thy fellowservant," (hora me sundoulos sou eimi) "See that thou do it not (worship me not) a colleague-servant of thine I am," an informing angel helper or ministering servant, just as angels ministered to our Lord in the Mount of temptation and in the Garden of Gethsemane, they as surely minister to his children today, Matthew 4:11; Luke 22:43.

3) "And of thy brethren, the prophets," (kai ton adelphon sou ton propheton) "And of thy brethren, the prophets;” John simply asserts that he is not only an associate, colleague servant of John but also of the prophets of God who had before him been moved by the Holy Spirit to write inspired matters, which even the angels desired to look into, 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Peter 1:12.

4) "And of them which keep the sayings of this book," (kai ton teerountoon tous logous tou bibliou toutou) "And of those keeping or sacredly guarding the words of this scroll," the book of Revelation. The Angel declared himself to be a fellow or colleague- helper of those who keep, guard, respect, follow, or obey the things of this book, applicable to them, even to the end, Psalms 34:7; Hebrews 1:14.

5) "Worship God," (to theo proskuneson) "to or toward God, worship thou;” John 4:24. It is he and he only that is to be worshipped Luke 4:8.

Verse 10

1) "And he saith unto me," (kai legei moil "And he tells, instructs, or advises me;” The "he" who speaks is one of the seven angels of God, Revelation 21:9; from among those who had the seven vials.

2) "Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book," (me sphragises tous logous tes propheteias tou bibliou toutou) "Seal not (or conceal not) the words of the prophecy of this scroll," the book of Revelation. To seal (withhold) or seal not (withhold not) were repeated instructions angels gave to God’s prophets under various circumstances, times, and conditions. Daniel 8:26; Daniel 8:12; Daniel 8:4; Daniel 8:9; Revelation 10:4. The Revelation of Christ is to be "sealed not," but open to be read, preached, and obeyed.

3) "For the time is at hand," (ho kairos gar engus estin) "For the time (time or era of its application) is near;” it was then to be heeded, when first written, by all who read or heard it, especially the seven churches of Asia, and other associated or colleague congregations, wherever the inspired letters and this book was read, and to whom it was addressed, Revelation 1:3; Revelation 22:16.

Verse 11

1) "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still," (ho adikon adikesato eti) "The one acting unjustly (in an unjustified way) let him act unjustly still;” the wicked sink lower and lower each day they reject God’s call to repentance and salvation, Ezekiel 3:27; Daniel 12:10; Proverbs 29:1.

2) "And he which is filthy, let him be filthy still," (kai ho hruparos hrupantheto eti) "And the filthy one, let him act filthy still;” 2 Timothy 3:13; It appears that carnal, deranged, depraved desires for moral stench, which men deliberately embrace till death, will accompany them into hell forever: Where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched," Mark 9:44; John 3:19.

3) "And he that is righteous, let him be righteous still," (kai ho dikaios dikaiosunen poiesato eti) "And the righteous one, let him be righteous still," or let him do righteousness still; as the righteous through life are permitted to do righteousness after this life, it also appears that the wicked will be permitted to go on doing wickedness in hell, 1 John 3:7; Luke 16:23-28.

4) "And he that is holy, let him be holy still," (kai ho hagios hagiastheto eti) "And the holy one, let him be hallowed still;” Holiness is an attribute of God, given by the Holy Spirit, in the New birth, to every child of God, by which one becomes partaker of God’s Divine nature, from which all of man’s holy thoughts and deeds originate, 2 Peter 1:4; Hebrews 12:14; Romans 12:12.

Verse 12

1) "And behold I come quickly," (idou erchomai tachu) "Behold I am coming quickly," suddenly, Revelation 22:7; men are daily confronted with issues of life they shall meet again, with accounting, at the coming of Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:10-11.

2) "And my reward is with me," (kai ho misthos mora met’ emou) "And my reward (due pay) is with me;” such has been Divinely pledged and promised from days of old, Isaiah 40:10; Isaiah 62:11; Matthew 24:45-47; Matthew 25:14-23; Luke 12:42-44; Luke 19:12-17.

3) "To give every man," (apodounai hekasto) "To give or dole out continually to each person;” individuals among the saved shall personally be rewarded for their righteous life and deeds, in harmony with the Word and will of God, without regards for what others about them have been or done, 1 Corinthians 3:8; 1 Corinthians 3:13-15.

4) "According as his work shall be," (hos to ergon estin autou) "As to (based on) what his work is," or as, in proportion to, his work, Jeremiah 17:10; Matthew 16:27; Romans 2:6; Romans 14:12; Revelation 14:13.

God will reward all his children, the small and the great, the learned and the unlearned, the rich and the poor, according to their devout scriptural labors. Even a cup of cold water, to a disciple of the Lord, in the name of the Lord, shall be rewarded, Matthew 10:42; Colossians 2:18; Colossians 3:17; 2 John 1:8.

Verse 13

1) “I am the Alpha and Omega," (ego to alpha kai to O) "I am (exist as) the Alpha and the Omega;” the speaker of this and the previous verse is Jesus Christ, the theme of the Word of God, and particular person of Revelation of this book, Revelation 1:8; Revelation 1:11.

2) "The beginning and the end," (he arche kai to telos) "The beginning (origin) and the end (or completion);" Isaiah 41:4; Isaiah 44:6; Isaiah 48:12.

3) "The first and the last," (ho protos kai ho eschatos) "The first (in order) and the last (in order or rank);” Revelation 1:17; Revelation 21:6.

These terms of identity of the Lord Jesus Christ attribute to his eternality, almightiness, omniscience, omnipresence, and sufficiency, 2 Corinthians 3:4-5; 2 Corinthians 12:8-9.

Verse 14

1) "Blessed are they that do his commandments ,” (makarioi hoi plunontes tas stolas auton) "Blessed are those continually washing their robes;” sinners do the Lord’s commandments when they hear, repent, and believe in Jesus Christ, at which point of obedience to Christ they are saved, receive a pure heart, become children of God, Luke 14:35; Acts 17:30-31; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 15:9. Thereafter they are rewarded for obeying his commandments for holy living and Divine service afterwards, 1 Corinthians 3:8; 1 Corinthians 9:26-27.

2) "That they may have right," (hina estai he eksousia auton) "In order that they will be (exercising) their administrative authority;" Genesis 2:9; Genesis 3:22-24. The "they" to whom this book was addressed is they of the redeemed of the Church (the bride) to whom the book was addressed.

3) "To the tree of life," (epi to ksulon tes zoes) ’Over the tree of life," Revelation 22:2, within the holy city, the new Jerusalem, residence of the Lamb’s wife, in the new heaven and the new earth, where the tree of life (a life-giving or sustaining fruit tree) is found for both her occupants and the blood-washed from among the nations who come to walk in the city, Revelation 21:23.

4) "And may enter in," (kai eiselthosin) "And that they may enter or go in," have free access, Revelation 21:25-26.

5) "Through the gates," (tois pulosin) "By the gates," the twelve gates, honoring the twelve tribes of Israel, with their names on the twelve gates, Revelation 21:12; Revelation 21:27.

6) "Into the city," (eis ten polin) "Into the city," the holy city, the new Jerusalem, Revelation 21:2; Revelation 21:9-10; Revelation 21:16.

Verse 15

1) "For without," (ekso) "For on the outside," of the holy city and the hew heaven and new earth, who could neither enter heaven nor the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:27; John 3:5.

a) "Are dogs," (hoi kunes) "Are the dogs," canines, carnivorous, wild beasts, jackals. The dogs refer to two legged unregenerate Sodomites, moral degenerates, Gentile dogs, not the four-legged beast, Philippians 3:2; Isaiah 56:10-12.

b) "And sorcerers," (kai hoi pharmakoi) "And the sorcerers," deceivers and deluders and the deluded by means of drugs and narcotics, witchcraft practitioners seeking aid from demon spirits, Galatians 5:19-20.

c) "And whoremongers," (kai hoi pornoi) "And the fornicators," those who lived all their lives and died with unrepented guilt of illicit, immoral sex sins, Matthew 5:28; Revelation 21:8.

d) "And murderers," (kai hoi phoneis) "And the murderers," Men who in malice-aforethought, and covetous premeditation took the lives of their fellowman, Matthew 5:21-22.

e) "And idolators," (kai hoi eidolatrai) "And the idolators," those who made and worshipped idols, in open defiance, at enmity with the command of our Lord, 1 Samuel 15:23; 1 Corinthians 10:7; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5.

2) "And whosoever loveth and maketh a lie," (kai pas philon kai poion pseudos) "And everyone continually or repeatedly loving (in a fleshly manner) and making (fabricating to themselves) a lie or falsehood," Each person chooses in life, salvation or damnation, heaven or hell, the truth or the lie, that there is no God, therefore, no accountability, Proverbs 19:5; Proverbs 19:9; Revelation 21:27. All unsaved are quarantined or debarred from entering heaven and the Holy City.

Verse 16

1) "I, Jesus have sent mine angel," (ego lesous epempsa ton angelon mou) “I, Jesus, sent my angel," (perhaps Gabriel), Revelation 1:1, our Lord himself certifies that this book of Revelation was written based on his Divine commission and oversight, with him looking on and listening in.

2) "To testify unto you these things in the churches," (marturesai humin tauta epi tais ekklesiais) "To witness these things to you all in the churches;" this is why this should be a church-guide letter, applicable to be read, heard, and followed, Revelation 1:4; Revelation 1:11; Revelation 3:22; Revelation 22:6; Ephesians 3:21; Ephesians 5:30.

Our Lord expects every child of his in this age to be baptized and serve him in his church which he purchased, Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:25.

3) "I am the root and offspring of David," (ego eimi he hriza kai to genos David) "I am(exist as)the root-stock and offspring of David; His established kingly lineage of David is yet asserted to exist, beyond the millennial age, even in eternity, in the Holy City, Matthew 1:1; Matthew 22:43; Revelation 5:5.

4) "And the bright and morning star," (ho aster ho lampros ho proinos) "Even the bright morning star;” for which Israel and the world waited for so long a time, Numbers 24:17-19; Matthew 2:2; Revelation 2:28. He ushers in the day of eternal blessedness, light, help, and hope.

Verse 17

1) "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come," (kai ho pneuma kai he numphe legousin erchou) "And the Spirit and the bride say, come," Revelation 2:7; Come of your own accord, or volition. The Church and bride in unison, in colleague today, say, "Come" because the Holy Spirit came upon, to baptize and empower, and remain with and in her, till the Church and the Gentile age is over, John 16:7-14; John 14:16; Acts 2:1-4.

2) "And let him that heareth say come," (kai ho akouon eipato erchou) "And the one hearing, let him say, come," of your own accord, volition, or if you will choose to do it. Every child of God is to hear and share Jesus Christ, the bread of life with others, lost men in all nations, Ecclesiastes 11:1-6; John 4:34-36; Acts 1:8. Every believer is to pass the invitation on.

3) "And let him that is athirst come," (kai ho dipson erchestho) "And the one thirsting, let him come;” The one with a thirsty soul, whose soul thirsts, burns for the water of life, Isaiah 55:1-2; John 4:14; John 6:35; wherever he be, in the highways and hedges.

4) "And whosoever will," (ho thelon) "And the one who wills from his soul," the one Spiritually desiring, whose spirit is pricked, and conscience has been burdened with a weight of guilt of sin, like the Prodigal in the hog pen or Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus Road, Luke 15:17-21; Acts 9:4-6.

5) "Let him take the water of life freely," (labeto hudor zoes dorean) "Let him take (simply receive) the water of life freely;” as given or doled out by the Lord, Isaiah 55:1-3; Isaiah 55:6-7; John 4:14; John 7:37; Revelation 7:17; Revelation 21:6; Revelation 22:1.

Verse 18

1) "For I testify unto every man," (marturo ego panti to) "I witness to everyone," give witness or testimony to every responsible person. This "I" is the Lord Jesus Christ, himself, who testifies or certifies the following, Psalms 119:160.

2) "That heareth the words of the prophecy of this book," (akouonti tous logous tes propheteias tou bibliou toutou) "To all who hear the words of prophecy of this scroll," this book of Revelation, in particular, and the Bible as a whole, which it complements, Romans 10:17.

3) "If any man shall add unto these things," (ean tis epithe ep’ auta) "If anyone adds to them," to the words of the prophecy of Revelation, he becomes in such actions a liar, Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; Proverbs 30:5-6.

4) "God shall add unto him," (epithesei ho theos ep auton) "God will add or place upon him," such a one, a judgment for the grave sin. To add to God’s word is to mar it, to reject as true, trustworthy, and sufficient, Psalms 119:160; 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

5) "The plagues that are written in this book," (tas plegas tas gegrammenas en to biblio touto) "The plagues that have been recounted (announced) in this scroll;” See also Psalms 7:11-13; Proverbs 1:22-30; Proverbs 20:1; Romans 2:4-9; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9.

Verse 19

1) “And if any man shall take away," (kai ean tis aphele) "And if anyone takes away," scissors, excises, cuts away, denies, or rejects the book, the message or testimony, none other exists to guide to glory. "Don’t change it, just let it alone."

2) "From the words of the book of this prophecy," (apo ton logon tou bibliou tes propheteias tautes) "From the words of the scroll of this prophecy," the message cut short, compromised, leaves no other hope, no other Redeemer; It must be accepted with the gospel, as is, or there is no hope, 1 Corinthians 15:11-20; Galatians 1:6-9.

3) "God shall take away," (aphelei ho theos) "God will take away or remove;” his holy Spirit works in connection with the Word of God, rightly divided, apart from which there can be no name entered the book of eternal life and no entrance into the Holy City, the bride, the Lamb’s wife, the Church, Matthew 28:18-20.

4) "His part out of the book of life," (to meros autou apo tou ksulou tes zoes) "His part (or right, privilege) from the tree of life;” for as there is no true gospel without the resurrection of the dead, (1 Corinthians 15:11-18), there is no safe guide to glory apart from the Word of God, as it is, 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

5) "And out of the holy city," (kai ek tes ploeos tes hagias) "And out of the holy city," the New Jerusalem. Every person (responsible person) has apart in (or right to) the book of life, and the holy city, but each must claim it by faith in, and service to Jesus Christ, Ephesians 2:10.

6) "And from the things which are written in this book," (ton gegrammenon en to biblio touto) "And the things having been written in this scroll," His part shall betaken away from the hope, victory, triumph and deliverance in Christ, if he rejects his testimony and revelation, John 8:24.

Verse 20

1) "He that testifieth of these things," (legei ho marturon tauta) "The one witnessing these things says," The Lord Jesus Christ, person of this revelation asserts his soon coming, Revelation 1:1; Revelation 22:7.

2) "Saith, surely I come quickly," (nai erchomai tachu) "Yes, I am coming quickly," suddenly, Revelation 22:12; It is a solemn warning, a call to preparation, to keep our lamps trimmed and burning for the sure soon coming of the Lord; Let us be ready as faithful servants, stewards, and watchmen, 1 Corinthians 4:2; Matthew 24:40-51; Mark 13:32-37; Hebrews 10:37.

3) "Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus," (amen, erchou kurie lesou) "Amen, come Lord Jesus;” John 21:25; 2 Timothy 4:8; This is John’s aged exile lingering cry of envisioned triumph, much like that of Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:57-58; Any holding a differing view is to be considered anathema, 1 Corinthians 16:22.

Verse 21

1) "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ," (he charis tou kuriou lesou) "The grace of the Lord Jesus;”- Grace that was offered to man in Eden, in Paradise, thru the ages, thru Christ, is offered and will continue to be available to lost men who receive this message, until he comes again, John 1:14; John 1:17; Titus 2:11-13.

2) "Be with you all, Amen," (meta panton) "Be (abide) with you all;” what "you all?" the answer is first, to those to whom the book of Revelation was addressed, to the Churches; second, to all who read the Bible or hear it, Revelation 22:16; John 3:16.

Bibliographical Information
Garner, Albert & Howes, J.C. "Commentary on Revelation 22". Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghb/revelation-22.html. 1985.
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