Christ is soon to appear!
Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 22:1-21
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:1-4)
As this magnificent vision came to a climax, John again viewed the throne of God, this time in its setting of the New Jerusalem. Here the throne had a river flowing from it, coming down the main street. Along its banks stood the tree of Life, bearing fruit each month. All His servants would serve God and have access to the water and tree of Life! They would see God’s face and reign with Him forever and ever!
“Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” (Revelation 22:7) John was informed of the truth of these words and reminded of the urgency of the message of the book he has written down. As the promise of blessing was given to those who would read and obey in the beginning, it is now repeated as the vision ended. (Revelation 1:3)
“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of Life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Revelation 22:12-15) Jesus Christ is coming soon! This is repeated three times! Some would enjoy blessing and reward, others would be left outside. Will you be ready for your part in this abundant life? My prayer is that you can say with John and me: “Amen, Come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20b)