TEXT: Revelation 22:6-21
This is the epilogue – the ending summary of Revelation. And since it’s a summary of what has already been said, you can’t really dissect these verses into neat categories. But we can recognize two main themes that weave themselves all through these verses here at the ending of the Book, themes I think we are meant to celebrate, and to encourage one another with:
-You can trust God’s Word to be true
-You can be sure Jesus is coming soon
Consider the four times Jesus speaks in these verses:
Jesus speaks #1 – [v. 7] “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
This is the first of four times the Lord Jesus speaks directly to John in these verses. Three of those times Jesus says He is coming soon, followed by some type of encouragement or command. Here Jesus says “I’m coming soon” and connects it with a beatitude, a promise of blessing for the one who “keeps the words of the prophecy of this Book.” That means we are to read them, believe them, obey them, and treasure them. We must not add to nor take away from the words of Scripture (v. 18-19).
Jesus speaks #2 – [v. 12] “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
When Jesus comes again, He will bring “recompense” with Him, which means a wage or a reward. For those who reject Christ, the wages of sin is death. But for those who trust in what Christ has done for us on the cross, our reward will be eternal life with Him. And Jesus confirms that He is authorized to judge, because He is the Alpha and Omega, first and last, beginning and the end. These are attributes given only to God. Jesus is saying, “I have authority to judge and to reward because I am God.” Jesus is not just a prophet. He’s not just a good man. He is the God man. Jesus is divine. He is God. Jesus is the great I AM and He says “I AM coming soon.”
Jesus speaks #3 – [v. 16] “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
Jesus is reminding the 7 churches John is writing to, as well as all Christians for all time, that He is Messiah. That’s what it means when he references the lineage of David – that Jesus is the Messiah, the Anointed One, sent from God.
Jesus speaks #4 – [v. 20] He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”
In these final words Jesus repeats what He has said all through this chapter, with one difference here: He says, “surely” I am coming soon. That means, without a doubt, iron-clad, it’s going to happen, and nothing can stop it. Bank on it and believe it. “Surely” I am coming soon. How does one respond to promise like this? Here’s how John responded: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”
And now, as we finish the Book of Revelation, may it leave a lasting impression on our hearts to see Jesus more clearly, to reflect His gospel daily, and to long for His return, as all of creation cries out with one voice, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
1. Jesus said in v. 7 that we are blessed if we “keep” the words of Revelation. What does that mean?
2. What are some ways people try to “add to” or “take away” from the Bible? What are some ways your heart is tempted to do this?
3. The last words of Jesus recorded in Scripture are “Surely, I am coming soon.” What are some practical ways this promise can strengthen and sustain us in everyday life?
4. Having gone through Revelation, what are some misconceptions or misunderstandings of this Book that God has begun to correct in you? How have you been more encouraged to return to this Book of the Bible instead of avoiding it?