Tag: River of Life

“Night will be no more!”


Scripture reading for December 30th:  Revelation 22, Psalm 147-48, Proverbs 13

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 22:1-5  “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month.  The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him.  They will see His face, and His Name will be on their foreheads.  And night will be no more.  They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”  

John’s final vision of the Holy City was of the river flowing from the throne of God and the tree of life growing on either side.  These trees produced twelve kinds of fruit and leaves brought healing to the nations.  No more idols would be found inside the city or temple, for God’s throne and the Lamb would dwell in it.  This would bring eternal light and no more darkness or the deeds of darkness.  The Lamb and God Almighty would reign forever and ever in a glorious kingdom of light.

Faith Confession:  It will be” joy unspeakable and full of glory” to behold the Lamb  and see His glorious face and worship Him forever and ever!  No more darkness!  Eating of the Tree of Life!

Proverbs 13:12  “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”  

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Rejoicing in the River!

Scripture reading for September 18th:  Ezekiel 43-47

Key scriptures: Ezekiel 47:1, 12  “The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east).  The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar.”  . . . . “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river.  Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail.  Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them.  Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”

Ezekiel saw a vision of water flowing from the temple of God in heaven.  It flowed south of the altar and flowed deeper and deeper the farther it went.  He saw that everywhere the “River” went, it brought life and fruitfulness–even to the Dead Sea!  His attention was brought to fruit trees growing on the banks of this “River”.  Their fruit came new each month and their leaves were for healing!  John the Revelator saw this as well!

Rejoicing in the “River of Life”:  “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.”  (Revelation 22:1-2)

 

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The Mighty One!

Scripture reading for August 7th:  Isaiah 29-33

Key Scriptures:  Isaiah 33:20-22  “Look upon Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved; its stakes will never be pulled up, nor any of its ropes broken.  There the Lord will be our Mighty One.  It will be like a place of broad rivers and streams.  No galley with oars will ride them, no mighty ship will sail them.  For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; it is He who will save us.”

God called His people to look upon Mount Zion, Jerusalem the peaceful city.  It was likened to a tent that would never be moved.  It would be like a place of broad rivers and streams, although no natural river was there.  The River there would would flow from the throne of God and bring life and peace to all the inhabitants!  God would be Judge, Lawgiver, and King!  This last verse inspired the writers of our constitution to create three branches of government–judicial, legislative and executive.

Rejoice in our King’s rule:  “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 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)

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We will see His Face!

Scripture reading for December 29th:  Revelation 22:1-11

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Revelation 22:1-4  “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.”  

As great as the vision of the holy city, the New Jerusalem was, the real reward for over-comers will be to see the face of the One who redeemed them and adopted them into His family!  The cry of over-coming believers is for more of His presence! His prophets longed for Him, the Apostles longed to touch Him again, and His saints are promised that they will “reign with Him for ever and ever.”  (Revelation 22:5)

Observations for over-comers:   An old worship chorus declares: “O the glory of His Presence, We His people give Him reverence!”  “Then Moses said, “Now show me Your Glory.”  And the Lord said, “I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim My Name, The Lord, in your presence. . .But, He said, “you cannot see My face, for no one may see Me and live.”  (Exodus 33:18-20)

 

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Jesus is coming soon!

Scripture reading for December 31st:  Revelation 22

God had promised that all who would read and heed what was written in this Revelation of Jesus Christ would receive a blessing!  (Revelation 1:3)  Why?  “The time is near!  Right after this promise, John blessed Jesus, “To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has mad us to be a kingdom and priest to serve His God and Father–to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.”  “Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will morn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen.”  (Revelation 1:5-7)  He made a prophetic announcement of the soon return of Jesus Christ!  And Jesus responded to John’s blessing and announcement: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, Says the Lord God, “Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come, the Almighty.”  

In the last chapter of Revelation, Jesus Christ again announces His soon and near return!  “Behold, I am coming soon!  Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.”  (Revelation 22:7)  The promise of blessing is repeated again to those who will keep the words of the prophecy.  Jesus stresses His soon return to John and those who will read and heed through the ages to come.  Peter taught that God is not slow, but patient with us because He wants none to perish but all to come to repentance!  (2nd Peter 3:8-9)  His time is not the same as ours!

“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.”  (Revelation 22:12-14)  Jesus will reward those who have their wedding garments made clean by faith in His blood!  Those who have remained in sin will be shut out!  (vs.15)  “Yes, I am coming soon!”  (Revelation 22:20)  “Amen, Come, Lord Jesus!”  

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Come Lord Jesus!

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)

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