Revelation 22 describes life. There are 12 pictures to help us identify life. There is the river of life, the tree of life, the faces of life, the light of life, the faithful sayings of life, we are to worship the God of life, the prophecy of life, the Alpha and Omega of life, the commandments of life, we are to come to life, and the Lord Jesus is life.
These pictures describe our eternal home. God gives the readers one last chance to get saved. He warns not to add or take away from the “…prophecy of this book…”
River of life (22:1)
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. (Zechariah 14:4-8)
The rivers we have today are polluted. There are chemicals and waste that is discharged into them. But this river brings life. It is pure and has no contaminates.
Tree of life (22:2)
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Ezekiel 47:1-12)
Genesis 3:22-24 reveals that man was driven out of the garden of Eden so that he would not take of the tree of life. Now man is permitted to eat and enjoy the fruit from the tree of life.
The faces of life (22:3-4)
3 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:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
There are many references in the Bible about men not being able to see the face of God. It was prohibited. Now we will be able to look into the face of our Lord Jesus Christ without fear.
The light of life (22:5)
5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
Jesus said “…I am the light of the world…” Now He is the light of heaven.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001