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Chapter 22

Revelation Chapter 22

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“And he showed me the river whose waters give life, sparkling like crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the broadway of the city; also, on either side of the river was the tree of life with its twelve varieties of fruit, yielding each month its fresh crop; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing and the restoration of the nations” (Revelation 22:1-2 Amplified Version).

“There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved” (Psalm 46:4-5).  It seems like the river describe here in Revelation 22 is the source of all the streams instead of what we find here on earth where the streams flow into the river.

God planted the tree of life in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:8), which had the ability to perpetuate life, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil as the test.  After the fall, God placed a guard at the tree of life to prevent man in his fallen condition from eating of that tree; thus, there has been no sinful being that has had access to perpetual life; only the LORD is immortal (1 Timothy 1:17) and also His Son Who was given immortality after His resurrection. “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen” (Revelation 1:18).  Jesus could not have died if He had immortality before He came to this earth!

But in the earth made new, we will once again have access to the tree of Life with its twelve fruits, and its leaves, we are told, are for the “healing and restoration of the nations.”  The tree of life grows on either side of the river and could be joined together by its branches above the river. 

There is nothing limited with God; what He can imagine, He can create!   If you look around at the works of creation you will see what an imagination He has!  I long to drink from “the river whose waters give life” proceeding “out from the throne of God and the Lamb!”  Pure, clean, unpolluted water which sparkles like crystal - how refreshing, and we are told “gives life.”!

“And there shall be no more curse:  but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him” (Revelation 22:3, emphasis added).  “His servants shall serve Him."  Being someone’s servant is not always a bad thing.  In Deuteronomy 15:12-17, we read, “and if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.  And when thou send him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty:  thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress:  of that wherewith Yahuwah thy Elohim hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.  And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and The LORD thy God redeemed thee:  therefore I command thee this thing to day.  And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loves thee and thine house, because he is well with thee; then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant forever.  And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.” 

The LORD had instituted merciful and gracious laws which the nation of Israel was to follow in the Promised Land.  The laws were a reflection of what God was like.  God told Israel, "Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people” (Deuteronomy 4:6).  They would have been a “wise and understanding people” if they had simply followed and obeyed what a wise and understanding God had given them, but they did not.  A Hebrew man that had sold himself to another Hebrew could, after seven years of service, refuse to be set free and could voluntarily make himself a perpetual servant to that man.

What would cause someone to do this?  Only love!  “Because he loves thee, and thine house, because he is well with thee.”  We are not talking about slavery here; we are talking about a love for someone with whom you would be so devoted to, you would choose to remain his servant forever.  When a man or woman is treated with such kindness and goodness that an individual would choose to remain a servant forever, we see something very out of the ordinary.  Serving a master voluntarily is something done out of devotion to a good and kind master, in which his servants willingly serve him.  So it is with our God!  Men choose to be servants of God due to their love and devotion to Him and the benefits are out of this world!  But Satan is a harsh taskmaster, and his subjects are often caught in a web from which there is apparently no escape.

“In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).  What those pleasures and that joy are we are not told, but God has said that to dwell in His presence will bring His creatures “fullness of joy” and “pleasures forevermore!”  The illuminating light and the warmth of His presence will fill our entire being with utter delight and ecstasy.  Some have experienced that presence of God while living here on earth and there is nothing to be compared with it.

Another lie that Satan has twisted from the truth is about who will dwell in everlasting fire.  “Who changed the truth of God into a lie” (Romans 1:25).  “The sinners in Zion are afraid [The righteous have no reason to fear for they have made their peace with God and are at one with Him.]: fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites.  Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?  Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?  He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes, that stops his ears from hearing of blood, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil; he shall dwell on high” (Isaiah 33:14-16, emphasis added).

Psalm 15 asks, “Who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? And who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?”  This psalm uses language similar to that in Isaiah 33:14-16.  The righteous will live with God Whose presence is a “consuming fire” to sinners but will bring joy and pleasure to the righteous.

“And there shall be no more curse” (Revelation 22:3).  Jesus experienced the loss of His Father’s presence when the LORD hid His face from His Son as He became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).  This brought Jesus unbearable agony, and His heart burst as a result of that loss of intimacy with His Father.  “Reproach hath broken My heart; and I am full of heaviness” (Psalm 69:20).  But no more will that curse be upon man for “God Himself shall be with them, and be their God” forever (Revelation 21:3).  To those who have gone through the loss of a loved one, whether by death or by divorce, they know what a heartbreaking experience separation can be.  The only thing gained from eating of the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” was the knowledge of evil which we who have lived on this earth have experienced for ourselves and which God never intended for us to know or experience.

“And they shall see His face” (Revelation 22:4).  We have been denied not only the presence of God since the fall of man but have not even been able to look upon His face.  What joy we will experience when we behold His face in all of its glory and power and love!

“And His name (Yahuwah) shall be in their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4).  Satan cannot originate anything good; only sin originated with him.    He just copies what he sees God doing.  Someday, Satan will come in the flesh as the “man of sin” and copy Jesus who came in the flesh.  He will attempt to dwell with mankind as did the “Son of man,” but he will use fear and intimidation to coerce mankind into receiving his name or “the number of his name . . . in their right hand or in their foreheads” (Revelation 13:16-17).  Not so with God’s servants; it will be their privilege and honor to have God’s name (Yahuwah) in their foreheads.  All the inhabitants of the Universe will know who these servants of the Most High are.  They will be honored by God and His Son in ways that we cannot imagine.  The redeemed will not be arrogant or rude; they will be meek and lowly, always dealing with others as they would want to be dealt with and always remembering to deal with others as God has dealt with them (Matthew 7:12).  The Golden Rule which sums up “the law and the prophets” will be practiced throughout eternity by God’s redeemed children.

In addition to being God’s servants, we know that they will also be “priests and kings unto God” (Revelation 1:6).  “And they shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 22:5).  What has been promised to the redeemed will now become reality.  “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country” (Hebrews 11: 13-14).  Daniel 2:44 reads, “Shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed:  and the kingdom shall not be left to other people . . . and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44).

“And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true:  and the LORD the God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show unto His servant the things which must shortly be done.  Behold, I come quickly:  blessed is he that keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:6-7, emphasis added). 

Revelation begins with nearly the same words.  “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him [Jesus does not have foreknowledge like His Father does.], to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass:  and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John:  who bare record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:  for the time is at hand” (Revelation 1:1-3, emphasis added).  What has existed only in the promises of the LORD will at this time become reality. “The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed so shall it stand” (Isaiah 14:24).

Only God can foretell what will happen in the future; this is one of His unique characteristics that we cannot understand.  John 14:29 reads, “And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.”  When the promise becomes reality, it will be like when one awakens from a dream.  God “is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9, emphasis added).  He longs for us to be with Him throughout eternity, and it breaks His heart when people reject Him and His offer of salvation, knowing the price He has paid for our redemption has been not appreciated.  He will not torture the lost forever! 

It is “the goodness of God that leads thee to repentance” (Romans 2:4).  Everyone who will be in the earth made new will have been led to repentance because they will have been won over to God by His love and the truths brought out in the Bible.   “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:  therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3, emphasis added).  O, I wish we could understand and take it in what is being said in this verse.

In Revelation 3:20, God is pictured standing at the door knocking, waiting for our invitation to allow Him to come in, so He can work the changes in our minds and lives that will fit us for heaven and the earth made new for eternity.  He values our “free will and intelligence” so highly that He will not force Himself upon us.  He reasons with us.  “Come now and let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18).  God is very reasonable.

God has spared nothing in order to bring us to our senses and eagerly awaits our invitation.  In the story of the Prodigal Son, we see illustrated what the heavenly Father has gone through for the redemption of mankind.  We often focus on the son, but fail to see what the father in this parable goes through while his son is absent from him.  With a longing heart the father watched for the return of his son.  Unlike an earthly father, our heavenly Father knows what we are going through while being apart from Him.  And when the estranged son “came to himself,” he realized that his father’s servants were better off than he was, and he was willing to return and become a servant to his father.  His father would have nothing of it and restored him to the position of his son.  All the while the son was away from the father, the father’s heart was longing for the return of his son.  So it is with our heavenly Father.  He longs for the time when His earthly children, who have been estranged from Him, come to their senses, and come to live with Him throughout eternity. The estranged son confessed that he was “no more worthy to be called thy son.”  But the father had a feast for him; the marriage supper of the Lamb.  He clothed him with the “best robe” and He “put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.”  “For this My son was dead” (Luke 15: 11-32).  We are all “dead in trespasses and sins” and need to be “quickened together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:1, 5).  If you have never done so, please, I beg of you; invite God into your life.  It matters not what your past has been or what your present circumstances are.  God will take you just as you are and change you into His likeness that you may live with Him throughout eternity.  You will never regret making this decision, but it must be your decision.

“And I John saw these things, and heard them.  And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things.  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not; for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book:  worship God” (Revelation 22:8-9).  Even an angel would not accept the worship of man, but directed John to “worship God.”  We are all our Father’s creatures Who we owe our existence to, and He has the right to our worship but will accept it only when it is voluntarily given. 

Satan will demand our worship; when someone demands something of me, I am prone not to give it!  Someday it may cost my life to not bow down to the fallen angel, but that is nothing when you consider that the Son of God gave His life for you and me!  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).  What love the LORD and His Son have shown to mankind!

When you contemplate the immensity of the Universe and consider how many of those unknown and unseen planets may be inhabited by created beings, you have to ask yourself the question the psalmist asked:  “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; what is man, that Thou art mindful of him, and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:3-4).  Make certain that one day you can ask God what you are to Him.

God had the whole Universe on His side except for a third of the angels and one little planet and its inhabitants, and yet it was on this one tiny, little planet that the character of God has been seen in all of its fullness unlike it had ever been displayed since the beginning of time when the LORD and Jesus began the work of Creation.  The Universe’s inhabitants had never seen God’s character so fully displayed as when God undertook the salvation of mankind.  They had never seen God’s unselfishness, self-sacrifice, mercy, compassion, forgiveness, patience, tenderness, graciousness, pity, kindness, longsuffering so fully displayed since the beginning of time, and we who have lived on this earth have been the recipients of all that love.  Is it any wonder that we will be singing the praises of God throughout eternity? 

The parable of the one lost sheep tells the story of this planet.  We were the one lost planet that wandered away from God’s love and care, and He came in search of us.  He did not abandon us when we were deceived by Satan.  All the other inhabitants of the Universe were safe within His fold.  When Adam and Eve sinned, they hid from Yahuwah when He came to visit them.  He called out to them.  It was not unlike when parents leave for a time and then return.  The reception or lack thereof indicates what has transpired while the parents were gone.  Whether the children had behaved or misbehaved.  We who live here on earth seem to be naturally fearful of Elohim, whether that is the result of Adam’s fall or our own lives matters not, but it is not God’s fault, and He comes in search of us just as He did with Adam and Eve so long ago.  He is searching for you with a Father’s heart of love.

“And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book:  for the time is at hand” (Revelation 22:10, emphasis added).  We understand that the time was not at hand when John received this Revelation of Jesus around AD 95, for nearly two thousand years have passed since that time.  The Revelation of Jesus was written for our generation presently living on this earth and everything foretold in this book and in Daniel, relating to our time, will be fulfilled exactly as it has been foretold.

If these things you have been reading have not yet begun when you read this book, know that they are about to begin.  If they have already begun, discover where in the time line you are, and you will see the future spread out before you.  “The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision” (Ezekiel 12:23).

Scripture assures us that Revelation is not a sealed book but is open to our study and understanding.  It is the only one of the sixty-six books in the Bible in which a blessing is pronounced not only once but twice upon those who read it.  That should tell us how important it is that we read and know and keep those things which are written therein.  You will not be blessed if you do not read it and follow what it is telling you.  You can only understand it if you invite the Spirit of God to guide you into all the truth and show you things to come (John 16:13).

When I first became a Christian forty-four years ago, I had anticipated the soon return of Jesus, but forty-four years have passed and still the event I have so long anticipated has not yet occurred.  Why?  Because all that paganism had changed and all the pagan customs, beliefs and practices it had incorporated into the Christian belief system during the early centuries after Jesus' death had not yet been exposed and what had been changed had not been restored back to its original state.  Many things hidden or misunderstood since the fall of man had to be made plain and clear to our understanding.  The character of God must be correctly made known to us so we can make our decisions based on facts and the truth and not on the misrepresentations and outright lies that have been put forth over the centuries by the father of lies, Satan.  “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: because He hath appointed a day, in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man Whom He ordained [Yahushua]; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).  The LORD is not going to allow what has been going on here on this planet to continue forever.

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the LORD; and He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:  Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:19-21, emphasis added).    

Remember, it is the goodness of God which leads, not forces, us to repentance (Romans 2:4); not the fear of being punished that frightens us into heaven.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:  though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:3, emphasis added).  Our redemption will soon draw nigh (Luke 21:28).  I have cherished this promise these forty-four years knowing that in God’s time the visions of Daniel and Revelation would be fulfilled.  I just never understood them correctly and what those events foretold would be until I began studying them on my own with the Spirit of God as my tutor (John 16:13).

Soon, the destiny of all humanity will be fixed for eternity, for time is running out.  All will have made their decision for life or for death.  I believe the LORD, with great sorrow, will one day have to pronounce an end knowing that by not choosing life, some will have chosen death. 

When God does “His work, His strange work; and brings to pass His act, His strange act” (Isaiah 28:21), it will be completely out of character for Him.  He Who has done nothing but create life and sustain life will be bringing life to an end for those who are lost with Satan in the “lake of fire.” 

2 Samuel 15-18 tells the story of the rebellion of King David’s son Absalom.  Even though Absalom had been guilty of a great crime against his father, when King David heard of his son’s death we read, “And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept:  and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son Absalom! Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son” (2 Kings 18:33).  King David was a hardened man of war who had killed many during his lifetime, and yet when his son was killed, he wept.  Lucifer (aka Satan) may have been the first being ever created by God and His Son and had existed for who knows how many eons of time with God and His Son, and even though he led a rebellion against His government which will have led to billions of lives being extinguished forever, I cannot help but believe that God may shed a tear of His Own over what He knows He has to do for the security of the Universe.  Who will wipe the tears from our Father’s eyes?

The decree will go forth, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still:  and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still:  and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still:  and he that is holy let him be holy still.  And behold I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.  Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:11-14).

The righteous will be doing “His commandments” because they have allowed the Spirit of God to dwell in them changing their hearts and experiencing the “new covenant” God made to man.  “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, the I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:  not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them out of the land of Egypt; which My covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:  but this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in the hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Jeremiah 31:33).  Ancient Israel failed to experience this covenant, but all of God’s people at the end of time, both Jews and Gentiles, will have experienced what Jeremiah foretold.

Psalm 111:10 tells us “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do His commandments” (emphasis added).  Ezekiel also foretold the “new covenant” which God would make with His people and would be experienced at the time of the end.  “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean:  from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:  and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them” (Ezekiel 36:25-27, emphasis added).  They will be given a new heart because they have been praying (asking) for it.  “Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”  “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:2, 10).

He will never remind us of our sins, for the former things will have passed away.  “He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19, emphasis added); the deepest point in the ocean is 6.831 miles.  Only “He will subdue our iniquities.”  We are not asked to do something we are incapable of doing.  Only “He will subdue our iniquities.”  When we realize our great need we will ask God to do for us what would be His good pleasure to do for us just any earthly parent delights to do good things for their children.

Another promise God has made to us concerning our sins is that “as far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).  The only reminders of our sins will be the scars that Jesus will carry in His body that will remind us of the price He paid for our redemption!  “And one shall say unto Him, What are these wounds in Thine hands?  Then He shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends” (Zechariah 13:6).  Satan is quick to remind of us of our sins and often whispers in our ears reminding us of them, but God has promised that “if we confess our sins, He [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, emphasis added).  Satan is a liar and does not want us to believe God’s promises to us.  He would have us doubt God, just as he did when he tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden.  But always remember that “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent:  hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).  In conclusion of the matter, we will either believe God or the devil. “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29).  God will do exactly what He says He will do, when we have done what He asks us to do.  He tells us to ask.  Not perform acts of penance or acts of contrition.  We are to simply ask, and we shall receive (John 16:24).   Jesus told us, "Give to them that ask thee" (Matthew 5:42).  We can expect God to do the same that He expects of His children!

“And, behold I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation 22:12).  All will be done with openness, fairness, and honesty.  Each will receive their just reward according to their works, even though it was through Yahushua’s sacrifice that any have the opportunity for salvation in the first place.  The righteous who at one time were unrighteous (Ephesians 2:1-12) have been transformed into God’s likeness and will reflect His character and not the likeness of fallen man which we inherited through Adam (Genesis 5:1-3; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

We are warned in Revelation 22:18-19 not to tamper with what is written in Revelation.  “For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book.  If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” 

All should consider the seriousness of these solemn words.  It has been with this warning hanging over me that I have written this book, knowing the destiny of souls is in the balance.  Souls will be saved or lost for eternity depending on their reception or rejection of the truths brought to light from God’s Word and the decisions people make in response to those truths revealed.

Only after years of prayerful contemplation and at the urging of God’s Spirit, have I felt compelled to write this book in the light of what I have been made to understand according to the best of my God-given ability.  I have felt at times as Paul did:  “I have nothing to glory of:  for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16).

“And He said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true:  and the LORD God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show unto His servants the things which must shortly be done” (Revelation 22:6, emphasis added).

I consider my calling to be simply that of a humble servant of my God; that of an instrument in His hands doing what He has asked me to do.  He has opened my understanding of these things as I have studied and prayed, and I must be faithful in doing my duty in showing you what He has shown me; to prove a faithful steward of the goods entrusted to me by my Lord.

Having placed my entire dependency upon the promises of God, I undertook my studies of these prophecies of Daniel and John, and I believe that God has honored me in the keeping of those promises, especially as found in John 16:13, in which Jesus promised to give us the “Spirit of truth” to guide us into all the truth and show us things to come.  I have been amazed at what has been shown me and never could have imagined twenty-three years ago to where my studies would lead.  And now the words sound in my ears:  Go, Tell the World of Their Danger!  To those who will heed the warning, my life will not have been lived in vain!

I say with Abraham, “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which Thou hast shown unto Thy servant” (Genesis 32:10).  I pray that you have been blessed as God promised in Revelation 1:3 to those who will read and hear and “keep those things which are written therein:  for the time is at hand” (emphasis added).  That blessing is received when one understands what is contained in the book of Revelation and acts appropriately on that knowledge!

I join with “the Spirit and the bride” and “say Come.  And let him that hears say, Come.  And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).

“He which testifies these things saith, Surely I come quickly.  Amen.  Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen” (Revelation 22:20-21).

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  1. 1. Who only are we to worship?
  2. 2. Has your understanding of the prophecies of Daniel and John increased?
  3. 3. Do you eaherly await the return of Jesus to put an end to what ihas been going on in        this world and bring in everlasting righteousness?
  4. 4. Are you ready to spend ewternity with God and His Son?

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Answers to the Quesions

After Each Chapter 

Chapter 2 – Daniel 9

1.   When did the last seven years of the prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 begin and when did it end?  AD 27 and AD 34

2.   When did the 70 weeks or 490 years of Daniel 9:24-27 begin and when did it end?  457 BC and AD 34

3.   What is prophetic time?  When day mentioned equals a year

4.   Is the nation of Israel still God’s favored people?  No

 

Chapter 3 – Revelation 7

1.   From where do the 144,000 come from?  From the 12 tribes of Israel listed in Revelation 7:5-8

2.   From where does the great multitude come from?  From all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues

3.   What could not be harmed until the 144,000 are sealed in their foreheads?  The earth, the sea, and the trees

 

Chapter 4 – Revelation 8

1.   What is the first trumpet and what will be affected by it?  A meteorite shower – 1/3 of the trees and all the green grass will be burnt up

2.   What is the second trumpet and what will be affected by it?  An asteroid impact on an ocean – 1/3 part of the sea became like blood, 1/3 part of the sea creatures died, 1/3 part of the ships were destroyed

3.   What is the third trumpet and what will be affected by it?  An asteroid impact on a land mass – a 1/3 part of the rivers and the fountains of waters were made bitter.

4.   What is the fourth trumpet and what will be affected by it?  1/3 part of the atmosphere will be covered by debris thrown into the atmosphere blocking out the sun, moon and stars for an unknown period of time

5.   What event will proceed these first four trumpets?  A global earthquake accompanied by voices, thunderings and lightnings

 

Chapter 5 – Revelation 9

1.   Who is the king, from the bottomless pit, that fell from heaven?  Satan aka Lucifer

2.   How many angels did Satan take with him when he was thrown out of heaven?  1/3 of the angels – 200,000,000

3.   How long will Satan torment those who have not the seal of God in their foreheads?  5 months

4.   How many of earth’s inhabitants will be killed in the conflict with Satan and his fallen angels?  1/3 of humanity – 2 billion if there are 8 billion inhabitants at the beginning of the time of trouble.  1/4 of the inhabitants are killed during the first four trumpets bringing it down from 8 to 6 billion before Satan and his angels kill another 1/3 of the remaining 6 billion bringing us to half or 4 billion inhabitants left

 

Chapter 6 – Daniel 2

1.   Who alone has the right to change the times and the seasons?  God

2.   Who alone can show what is going to happen in the future?  God

3.   Does Daniel 2 have anything to say about the future of this world?  Yes – there is going to One World Government put in place and that will divide the world into 10 “kingdoms”

4.   How does God communicate to the people in this world?  Through His prophets who are given dreams and visions

 

Chapter 7 – Daniel 7

1.   Who is the “little horn” pictured in this chapter?  The papacy

2.   When did the judgment of mankind begin?  1798

3.   What Commandment did the “little horn” think to change?  The 4th  Commandment

4.   Did it have the right to do so?  No

5.   When did the “little horn” begin its reign?  AD 538  When did the “little horn” have its reign end?  AD 1798

6.   What calendar should you be following if you go by the Bible and Bible alone?  Lunar – Solar Calendar

Chapter 8 – Daniel 8

1.   Who is the “little horn” pictured in this chapter?  Satan aka Lucifer

2.   From what geographical location does he come from?  The north

3.   Who is the “king of fierce countenance?”  Satan

4.   Who is the “first king” of Greece?  Alexander

5.   Who are the kings of Medo-Persia?  Darius and Cyrus

6.   When do the final scenes pictured in Daniel chapter 8 take place?  At the time of the end

 

Chapter 9 – Revelation 4, 5 and 6

1.   When do the scenes pictured in Revelation chapters4 and 5 take place?  1798

2.   Where do the 24 elders come from and what is their purpose?  They come from the earth and serve as jurors as the inhabitants of earth are judged

3.   When did the first seal take place?  The early part of 19th century

4.   When did the second seal take place?  Early to middle 19th century

5.   When did the third seal place?  Middle of 19th century

6.   When does the fourth seal take place?  When the first four trumpets are sounding

7.   When does the fifth seal take place?  Just after the first four trumpets take place

8.   When does the sixth seal take place?  When Jesus returns

9.   When does the seventh seal take place?  After the redeemed have been taken to heaven

 

Chapter 10 – Revelation 12

1.   Who does the woman pictured in Revelation 12:1 represent?  The church of God

2.   Who is the child born of the woman?  Jesus

3.   Who is the “great red dragon?”  Satan

4.   How long was the woman persecuted?  1260 years

5.   Where did many of God’s children find refuge from the persecution?  In the wilderness

 

Chapter 11 – Revelation 13

1.   Who is represented by the first beast in this Chapter?  The New World Order (Babylon – the One-world Government)

2.   Who is represented by the 2nd beast in this Chapter?  Satan

3.   How long will the first beast be in power?  42 months

4.   Where is the mark of the beast placed?  In the right hand or in the forehead

5.   Who brings fire down from heaven (sky)?  Satan

 

Chapter 12 – Revelation 14

1.   What is the message of the first angel?  The hour of God’s judgment is come and worship Him

2.   What is the message of the second angel?  Babylon is fallen, is fallen

3.   What is the message of the third angel?  If any man worship the beast or his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation

4.   How many angels are pictured in Revelation fourteen with messages?  Six angels

5.   What does the Bible say about the 144,000?  They are the first fruit, they are without fault, they have the Father’s name in their forehead, they sing a song which no man could learn, they are not defiled, they have no guile in their mouths, and are redeemed from among men

 

Chapter 13 – Revelation 10, 11, and 15

1.   Who is the group seen in heaven before the seven last plagues are poured out?  The 144,000

2.   Who are the “two witnesses” or the “two Prophets” and what will they be doing?  They are the 144,000 – they will have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all manner of plagues, as often as they will

3.   How long will the 144,000 prophesy?  1260 days

4.   How long will the Gentiles persecute God’s people?  42 months

5.   Who kills the 144,000 and where will he do it?  It is Satan who will kill them and he will do it in Jerusalem

6.   Who is the angel described in Revelation 10:1?  Jesus

 

Chapter 14 – Daniel 11

1.   Who is the king mentioned in Daniel 11:36?  Satan

2.   Who will attack him?  The king of the North and the king of the South

3.   Where will this king set up his throne?  In Jerusalem

4.   Will he have an everlasting kingdom?  His kingdom will come to an end

 

Chapter 15 – Daniel 12

1.   What event occurs when the heavenly “daily” is taken away?  A global earthquake accompanied by thunderings, lightnings, and voices described in Revelation 8:5

2.   What event occurs at the 1,290th day?  The Abomination of Desolation

3.   What event occurs at the 1,300th day?  The Sanctuary is cleansed

4.   What event occurs at the 1,305th day?  The special resurrection pictured in Daniel 12:2

5.   Do the yearly feast days mentioned in Leviticus chapter 23 still have meaning for us today?  Yes, they form a timeline of the last events before Jesus returns

 

Chapter 16 – Revelation 16

1.   What is the first plague?  A noisome and grievous sore upon men, women and children that have received the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped the beast

2.   What is the second plague?  Seas became as the blood of a dead man and every living creature in the sea died

3.   What is the third plague?  The rivers and fountains of water became blood

4.   What is the fourth plague?  Sun is given power to scorch men with fire

5.   What is the fifth plague?  Darkness falls upon the seat of the beast

6.   What is the sixth plague?  Support for the New World Order by Satan is ended

7.   What is the seventh plague?  The granddaddy of all earthquakes accompanied by voices, thunderings, and lightnings and hail about the weight of 70 #

8.   What will end at the timing of the seventh plague?  Probation for mankind

 

Chapter 17 – Revelation 17

1.   Who is Babylon?  The New World Order establishing a One-World Government

2.   Who are the ten horns mentioned in Revelation 17:12?  Satan’s confederate angels

3.   How long will the ten horns be in power?  “one hour” or a very short time

4.   Who brings havoc on the New World Order?  Satan and his angels

5.   Who is the beast that “shall ascend out of the bottomless pit?”  Satan

 

Chapter 18 – Revelation 18

1.   Who will bring judgment upon Babylon?  Satan and his angels

2.   How do the merchants of the earth become rich?  “Through the abundance of Babylon’s delicacies”  Through the observances of the holidays which originated in ancient Babylon back in the time of Nimrod

3.   When is the blood of servants of God avenged?  When Satan and his angels take down the New World Order

 

Chapter 19 – Revelation 19

1.   What is the “testimony of Jesus?”  The spirit of prophecy

2.   Who will be the main course for the fowls to eat?  “That they may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of all them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great” (Revelation 19:18).

3.   What will be Jesus’ new name?  No man knows

4.   Will Jesus come as a lamb or a lion when He returns?  A lion

 

Chapter 20 – Revelation 20

1.   How long will the saved stay in haven before returning to the earth?  1,000 years

2.   How long will Satan be confined to the bottomless pit?  1,000 years

3.   How long will the wicked that were slain at the second coming of Jesus Christ be dead before they are resurrected along with all the wicked of the earth?  1,000 years

4.   How does God destroy the wicked?  “Fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them” in the “lake of fire”

5.   When does the battle of Gog and Magog take place?  After the wicked are resurrected and they attack the New Jerusalem

 

Chapter 21 – Revelation 21

1.   Will there be a temple in the earth made new?  No

2.   Will there be any more death, sorrow, or crying in the earth made new?  No

3.   What are the streets of the New Jerusalem made of?  Gold

 

Chapter 22 – Revelation 22

1.   Who only are we to worship?  God

2.   Has your understanding of the prophecies of Daniel and John increased?  Only you can answer this question

3.   Do you eagerly await the return of Jesus to put an end to what has been going on in this world and bring in everlasting righteousness?  Only you can answer this question

4.   Are you ready to spend eternity with God and His Son?  Only you can answer this question