Revelation 22:1-2 "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of G-d and of the Lamb. 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." (KJV)
The river of the water of life comes from the throne of G-d. The Tree of Life is growing on the banks of the river. Well, the last time we saw the tree of life was in the Garden of Eden. G-d placed an angel at the entrance to the garden to block Adam and Eve's return to the garden and in doing so he prevented them from eating from the Tree of Life and living forever. Now that sin has been removed as well as mankind's sin nature, we will be allowed to eat from the tree. Each month the tree bears a different type of fruit.
If we study the verse, Remember It states, "flowing from the throne of G-d AND of the Lamb.
Revelation 22:3-5 "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of G-d and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the L-rd G-d giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever." (KJV)
It states "The throne of G-d and the lamb again! There is only one throne for the both. Why? It displays the mystery of the G-d head. The L-rd G-d is one!!! However there are Father and the Son and Holy Spirit. This came up in Rev. 3.
Y'shua declares that he sat down with the Father on his throne. John declares he sees someone sitting on the throne and then he sees a lamb. Again in Rev. 5 it again declares: Sing praise to him who sits on the throne AND to the Lamb. The mystery of the Trinity may be touched on later. But it is one of the deepest mysteries of G-d. We cannot put him in a box. We cannot currently understand this completely.
In Rev. 22: 3-5 there is no longer any curse. This would refer to the punishment given for disobeying G-d in Genesis 3:14-19. No more thorns and thistles. Also, prior to Adam and Eve's sin, Y'shua would come down and visit with them in the evening. Because of their sin the fellowship they enjoyed with him was broken. Now Y'shua will dwell with them forever more. We will see Him face to face in all his glory. No one was able to do this and live. When Y'shua came to earth He took on human flesh and His glorified state was hidden from mankind. Here we shall behold him in all His glory. Again we read there will be no more night. G-d's glory will illumine them. They will reign (that's us) forever and ever!!
Revelation 22:6-7 "And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the L-rd G-d of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book." (KJV)
John is told once again the Revelation he just saw was "faithful and true"
Y'shua tells us "Blessed is he who heeds the words of this prophecy".
Revelation 22:8-9 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 shewed 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 G-d. (KJV)
This is the second time John does this. (See Rev 19:10) and again he is reprimanded by the angel. Now if I were John, I would have left these two scenes out of the book. However, John dutifully records his own shortcomings.
Revelation 22:10-17 "And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 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. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (KJV)
Here John is told NOT to seal up the book because the "Time is at hand". At the end of the book of Daniel, Daniel was instructed to "SEAL UP" the book until the "time of the end." Well, this is interesting. Y'shua said 2,000 years ago that it was the end times and not to seal up the book. So we must be very close to this book being fulfilled! (Smile)
We are again reminded of the consequences of rejecting Y'shua and the rewards of accepting Him as our messiah.
Rev 22:18-19 "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, G-d 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, G-d 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." (KJV)
We are warned of the seriousness of adding to or removing portions of scripture to meet suit our own agenda. I believe this warning extends to the entire Bible and is not limited to the book of Revelation.
Revelation 22:20-21 "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, L-rd Y'shua (Jesus). The grace of our L-rd Y'shua HaMashiach be with you all. Amen." (KJV)