Revelation 22:1-2 The Tree of Life

Revelation 22:1-2 (KJV)
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.
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.

It is intriguing to me that the Bible begins and ends with the tree of life. 

  • It begins in a garden with only two people. 
  • It ends in a city occupied by countless numbers. 

I do not know how to reconcile one tree on either side of the river. I am also not satisfied with any of the explanations I have read. I think that’s partly the point. What we experience in eternity defies our reasoning and our ability to describe or comprehend. What I am certain of is that the end of God’s plan takes us all the way back to the beginning of God’s plan. God lost nothing but time in man’s fall. And since time is irrelevant to God, He lost nothing. 

Man on the other hand, gains an immeasurable treasure in between the garden and the city. 

  • He gains liberty 
  • He gains worship
  • He gains companionship
  • He gains light
  • He gains fellowship
  • He gains duty
  • He gains the universe

The fall of man was not God’s fault. But the fall of man did accomplish God’s purpose. 

I trust God. 

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Revelation 21:9 The Lamb’s Wife

Revelation 21:9 (KJV)
And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

I freely admit there is are challenges to my understanding of this passage, but no more than some of the other ways I have heard it understood. I know preachers who have said things such as, “I am not a ‘Baptist Brider’ because of this passage. I cannot explain how the church and the New Jerusalem are both the bride of Christ.” Other preachers have said this passage proves that there is no such thing as the church, Baptist or otherwise, being the bride of Christ.

I am not a fan of the Baptist Bride label because it has so many different connotations that it does not accurately identify anybody. But this passage is not, in my opinion, an argument against it. 

It occurs to me that a leap must be made to claim the New Jerusalem is the Bride. The angel told John he would show him the Lamb’s wife and I confess that what is described is the city. But I contend that this does not insist the city is the bride. We know from so many other passages that the bride is the church that to leap now to its being a city is too much of a stretch for me to accept. The bride is, in my opinion, who she has always been. The city is where she dwells perhaps. John’s vision became all about the city for sure. But that the bride and the city are the same is, in my mind, not so certain. 

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Revelation 20:2-3 The Deceiver

Revelation 20:2-3 (KJV)
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

That the devil is a deceiver is no surprise. This is a truth taught repeatedly in the Word of God. When I read this chapter three things concerning this deceiver come to mind:

Imagine a world where he cannot deceive
What a wonderful time. You would think that, having experienced this; no one would ever wish to be deceived again. But that’s thing, those who are deceived don’t know they are deceived. 

Deceived or not, there are consequences for following Satan
The deceived may not be aware they are being deceived but the Bible gives us plenty of resources with which to avoid the deceiver. The way to prevent being deceived is to stay clear of the deceiver. 

Satan will, in God’s own time, be locked away forever 
I am not privy to God’s purposes in giving him place today. I simply want to draw near to God and trust in His powerful plan. 

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Revelation 17:18 A Temporary Threat

Revelation 17:18 (KJV)
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

My wife and I have this standard joke between us that neither of us can remember well (I am pretty sure I remember better than she does) so it’s not worth arguing over who remembers an event correctly. 

My memory may be off slightly but as I remember it, Pastor Scudder preached out of this passage the very first Sunday I ever attended church. I was amazed and, as John did, wondered at what I saw in this chapter. I went to work the next week and told everyone. One of those men was Forest. He was an apprentice on my crew. His dad was our foreman. Forest had been raised Seventh Day Adventist but was engaged to a Catholic girl. He was taking their classes to convert to Catholicism before the wedding. My pastor’s teaching describing Vatican City as the object of Revelation 17 struck a chord. With Forest. He went to the public library and did some personal research and then came back to report to me that he agreed with my pastor. Not long after, he made a profession of faith in Christ. His dad, upset with me, began to pressure me. Nervous, I made a mistake at work that has left me injured and in pain ever since. I was laid up and off work for a month. When I came back Forest was gone. I have never seen him again. 

Times have changed in the almost forty years since then. Islam has risen to be a much more visible religion and a greater threat than it seemed to be back then. Catholicism, a religion that unquestionably qualifies as an enemy of simple Christian faith, seems to have faded to a great degree. Many these days would call Islam rather than Catholicism Mystery Babylon. I have my opinion but that is not the issue. The issue is that this monster, this great whore, this Mystery Babylon is only a temporary threat. 

I am reminded of Jesus’ words, 

Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 

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Revelation 16:13-14 Frogs

Revelation 16:13-14 (KJV)
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

The King James Version of the Bible is not difficult to understand, so long as the reader has the Spirit of God dwelling within. Neither are the prophecies of Revelation all that troublesome to grasp. The Revelation need not be hyper-spiritualized. It simply requires a normal historical/grammatical interpretation and some study.[1]

We have here a passage often abused. Notice three unclean spirits like frogs. They are unclean spirits. They are not frogs. They are like frogs. It’s not that difficult for my imagination to fill in some blanks how they might be like frogs:

  • Slimy
  • Cold
  • Ugly

An imagination is vital in picturing the messages and images given us in the Word of God. But we need not depend upon imagination alone.[2]We may discover truths within the very Word of God. 

In this case, one of the plagues against Egypt was frogs.[3]

  • The frogs were a judgment 
  • The frogs overwhelmed their homes 
  • The frogs spoiled their goods
  • The dead frogs stank

Psalms 78:45 says, He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them. 

The word destroyed means corrupted. So these unclean spirits corrupt everything they touch – and they touch everything. 


[1]2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

[2]We must not depend upon imagination alone.

[3]Exodus 8:2-13


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Revelation 13:2 No Power, But of God

Revelation 13:2 (KJV)
And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Revelation 13:7 (KJV)
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Albert Barnes writes, “Satan claimed, in the time of the Saviour, all power over the kingdoms of the world, and asserted that he could give them to whomsoever he pleased. See the notes on Matthew 4:8-9. How far the power of Satan in this respect may extend, it may not be possible to determine.”

No doubt the forces of Satan have power, but they could have none except that God the Father allows it. They have no power farther than God gives them. 

This world arrogantly believes itself to be powerful. It: 

  • Claims power
  • Exercises power and
  • Gives away power

But it has no power, but of God. 

The world expects submission. It demands its subjects to bow before it. But it is the one who will ultimately bow before Jesus. 

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Revelation 12:3 Two Wonders

Revelation 12:3 (KJV)
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

There are two wonders contrasted in this chapter. 

  • One is of God
  • The other is of Satan

Both are wonders. They are bigger than mankind. They are amazing, inexplicable. They each draw the attention of men. 

The one is in travail, pain and crying. 
Its promise is grand but it is questionable whether it will be capable of delivering on it. It must be embraced by faith. 

The other is great, powerful and fearsome. 
It drew a third part of the stars of heaven with it. No wonder so many choose to follow it. 

The thing is, God tells us that the second wonder, which appears so powerful, loses to the first. 

Choose the first. You will have to choose by faith, hoping for a future reward. You will experience threats and difficulties until the promise is delivered. But choose the first. 

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Revelation 10:2 A Little Book


Revelation 10:2 (KJV)
And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Revelation 10:8-11 (KJV)And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

The vision John had of future things continues as he is shown an angel with a little book. John takes the book and eats it. From there, John’s frame of reference returns to present earth. Only now he has a commission. He is to prophesy or preach what was in the little book to many people, nations, tongues and kings. The book is consistently referred to as the “little” book. Just what that means is as varied as the commentaries one reads. I think it is emblematic of our great commission, “Go ye into all the world…”[1]

Our message is sweet
Salvation by grace through faith and not of works! Praise the Lord! We do not earn it; we need only receive it. 

Our message is bitter
Because, though so simple, it is most often refused. 

Our message is portable 
It can be carried easily to any part of the world. 

Our message is universal 
It applies to every race of people regardless of stature. 

Our message is but for a short time 
Today is the day of salvation because we do not know that we have tomorrow. 

Our message is not a burden 
Unlike the Jewish Law, this frees the soul to worship, live, love and serve the Lord.


[1]Mark 16:15 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

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Revelation 9:1-2 Don’t Open the Pit

Revelation 9:1-2 (KJV)
And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

A few points I would like to make clear from the onset; I believe the Revelation to be prophetic of things yet to come and to be quite literal. This is to include what is written in Revelation 9, properly interpreted. A judgment of demons whose destructive powers are symbolized by locust will happen as it is described. 

I read it and, at first glance, think, “No. Don’t open the pit!” It certainly looks as if the angel had the power to prevent the judgment if only he had left the pit locked. 

But then I remember the purpose of the Tribulation. This judgment is necessary to bring about the plan of God for His glory and for the eternal good of mankind. 

I am reminded that we too need pressures and difficulties that serve to unlock and release the wickedness that is within us. Some people are incredibly good at covering what are their true thoughts and intentions. I am not advocating for free reign of our inner beasts. I am advocating for that pressure and stress, those forms of trials God brings into our lives to show to us our true selves so that we might confess and address those sins perhaps even hidden from self. 

Only when we confront them may we conquer them. 

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Revelation 6:9-11 Give Us Strength

Revelation 6:9-11 (KJV)
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

As I write this we are in the beginning[1]of the Christmas season. Seems like every year the detractors come up with a new way to object to Christmas. It used to be just the Jehovah’s Witnesses and a few atheists. These days, groups abound who object. A couple of years ago the objection was the phrase “Merry Christmas.” Then it was Christmas trees in public places. This year the complaint is against the cartoon Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside.[2]” What petty things people find to be offended by!

I’m thinking about the environment when John wrote the Revelation. He describes a complaint from those who had been slain for their faith. They wonder how long until their blood would be avenged. The answer was to rest until all their brethren that would be killed for their faith had died. 

They were to rest knowing that still others were to die. 

  • They did not object that God did not stop it
  • They did not protest the cruelty 
  • They were to rest until God’s plan is fulfilled 

What a soft day we live in. The things that bother us, the things that give us sleepless nights, pale in comparison to these times. Cruelty, oppression and death was such a reality that the people of that day could find rest in the fulfillment of the will of God even knowing that fulfillment would only come after further cruelty oppression and death. 

God give us strength. 


[1]Some would say the middle.

[2]As a Christian, this song has never been one of my favorites, but this year our whiney culture has chosen to make a thing of it.

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