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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Verse By Verse Through Revelation (20:1-5)

the abyss

Insight: Abyss

A place in hell called: The bottomless pit, where the dead [those who rejected the Living God] and the demons are kept in chains.

1. Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven holding the key to the abyss and a great chain in his hand.

It seems that this heavenly angel was in charge of keeping the demons locked up who had sinned in the time of Noah.

2 Peter 2:4-5

4 For if God didn’t spare the angels who sinned but cast them into hell and delivered them in chains of utter darkness to be kept for judgment; 5 and if he didn’t spare the ancient world, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others, when he brought the flood on the world of the ungodly


2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.

The dragon who is Satan was seized by the angel in charge of the abyss and locked him up with chains. For this angel to defeat the devil, reveals that he is a mighty angel of high ranking.

Thousand years refer to the earthly reign of Christ with His saints.


3 He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it so that he would no longer deceive the nations until the thousand years were completed. After that, he must be released for a short time.

Put a seal on it shows that the devil’s sentence was sure to be completed with no one to open and release him until the 1000 years was over.

Would no longer deceive the nations. No longer would the world have to deal with Satan’s deceptions and schemes but would be free from his devices so that the world may enjoy Jesus’ righteousness on the earth with peace.


4 Then I saw thrones, and people seated on them who were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and who had not accepted the mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Then I saw thrones means that the saints will have a role in the millennial reign of Christ. They will judge the nations all over the world.

The saints who refused to accept the mark of the beast in the Great Tribulation and were killed, seems to be given a special position with Christ in His millennial reign.

If a person receives the mark of the beast on their hand or forehead, they will not reign with Christ but will be cast into the Lake of Fire [Revelation 14].


5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.

The rest of the dead did not come to life refers to the lost, those who rejected Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Only the saints will participate in the first resurrection and reign with Christ.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (19:6-10)

angel, John

6 Then I heard something like the voice of a vast multitude, like the sound of cascading waters, and like the rumbling of loud thunder, saying, Hallelujah, because our Lord God, the Almighty, reigns!

Vast multitude reveals that there were so many angels that their voices together sounded like a huge waterfall which also echoed thunder showing their great power. God’s praises were heard throughout His kingdom. 


7 Let us be glad, rejoice, and give him glory, because the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has prepared herself.

The marriage of the Lamb refers to the gathering of all believers since the beginning of time to be with Christ. 

The word Bride means that the believers are under Jesus Christ who is the one that takes care of them and supplies all their needs. 

It also refers to the Great Banquet that will take place with all the saints in heaven with Jesus (Luke 14:15-24).


8 She was given fine linen to wear, bright and pure. For the fine linen represents the righteous acts of the saints.

The fine linen to wear, bright and pure refers to those who have been washed by the blood of the Lamb, who have put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, having their sins forgiven. 

The righteous acts of the saints refer to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who worked through them to accomplish God’s will.

Philippians 2:13

For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose.


9 Then he said to me, “Write: Blessed are those invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb!” He also said to me, “These words of God are true.”

The word Blessed in Greek means to be happy, someone who desires to have what the blessed have, to be envied. Strong’s Gr. 3107

Those who have and those who will put their trust in Jesus Christ are blessed because they will rest from all their turmoil and tribulations that they went through on earth. They will also be safe from the Lake of Fire prepared for Satan, his fallen angels, and for those who have rejected Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

“These words of God are true.” God’s Word can be trusted 100% in accuracy and reliability. If anyone tells you otherwise, that message has not come from the Holy Spirit but is demonic in nature. 


10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers and sisters who hold firmly to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God, because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The angel that was showing John all these great visions was so magnificent in appearance that for a moment John lost sight of God’s Word to only worship God and fell at the angel’s feet to worship him. But, the angel quickly reminded John that no angel is to be worshipped but God alone.

Angels and humans are alike, in the sense of servitude, to only worship the Lord Jesus Christ who created all of us.