Verse By Verse Through Revelation (22:6-10)

John kneels to worship the angel

6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

The Word of God is elevated in such a way to say that it cannot and will not contain any errors as the words, “faithful and true” are mentioned.

The phrase “The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets” shows that the true author of the Scriptures is God Himself who guided His prophets what to write.

7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

The term “Look, I am coming soon!” is not in reference to Jesus’ return in thousands upon thousands of years into the future, but in a much smaller number. A clue is given to us in Matthew 1:1-17, it took from the time of Abraham to Jesus Christ 14 generations three times, making it 42 generations. A generation was about 35 years so the total number from Abraham to Jesus was 1,470 years of His first coming.

His second coming might differ in several hundreds of years but not in thousands. No one can know the time or the hour of Jesus’ return but we can know the season. And one big clue is the third temple being built which at the present time, all the articles, the priests, and animals [the red heifer] are set and ready.

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown them to me.

John fell down at the feet of the angel whom the Lord sent to reveal the Great Tribulation. It seems as if John forgot for a moment what the Word of God clearly says about not worshipping any created thing but God alone. 

The angel’s presence might have been magnificent to look upon, plus everything that he showed John as described in the Book of Revelation. 

9 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you, your brothers the prophets, and those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!”

The angel quickly told John not to bow down and worship him but to worship God alone. The angel put himself in our level as being a servant like one of us. In God’s presence, we were created, both angels and humans to do the will of Jesus Christ. 

As John almost committed an error, God in His mercy through His angel corrected John from straying from obeying the Word of God.  

10 Then he said to me, “Don’t seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.

The verse above is a fulfillment of Daniel 12:4 which says, “But you, Daniel, keep these words secret and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will roam about, and knowledge will increase.”

The fulfillment was in reference to the ability to understand the end times as seen in Verse 8 of Daniel 12 which says, I heard but did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these things?”

Before understanding the end times, the first coming of Christ and the completion of the work of redemption, His death on the cross, and His resurrection had to occur first

After Jesus’ ascension back to the Father in heaven to sit at His right-hand side, the timetable started ticking for Jesus’ second coming. 

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