The River of Life (v. 1-5)
The river of life will flow through the streets and the tree of life will grow on either side with 12 kinds of fruit that grow every month. The leaves of the tree will be for the healing of the nations. There will be no night, the light of God will be your light instead of lamps or the sun.
I'm not really sure what the leaves part means, the rest of it sounds pretty good. I'm guessing that getting enough food was a problem back then, so having food year round coming off of these trees would sound like paradise. I'm also not really sure I understand the thing about light.
According to Guzik, the Greek word that is being translated into "healing" can also mean "health-giving" or "therapeutic". I'm still not sure I really understand what that means.
Jesus Is Coming (v. 6-21)
Jesus is coming very soon, it says so 5 times in this short section.
It's hard to imagine that by soon he meant thousands of years. This is nothing new, we've been over this point a bunch of times.
We see the same justification for this, that the Greek word means suddenly not soon. Given the message here and the apparent urgency being used, I think this is a pretty unreasonable reading of the text.
Let the evildoer still do evil, the filthy be filthy, the righteous do right, and the holy be holy.
What do you mean "let the evildoer do evil"? I thought we were in the business of saving souls? In fact, this might be another time that demonstrates how close we are supposed to be to the end, it is so close you shouldn't even bother converting people any more.
There are some who are not allowed to enter the city gates and get to the tree of life: "the dogs and sorcerers, the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehoods."
This is pretty much the same list we saw before. One thing I find interesting, is that these people are even around on our new earth. If they didn't make it to heaven, shouldn't they be burning in the lake of fire? Are they on the new earth but just not in the city? This doesn't seem to match up too well to our picture of the afterlife.
But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers: What about those outside? We shouldn’t think that outside the walls of heaven multitudes will throng, longing to get in. “The verse does not intend to teach that in the eternal state all manner of wicked men will be living just outside the heavenly city. It simply describes the future with the imagery of the present.” (Mounce)I'm sorry, but this is completely idiotic. It is clearly talking about the city gates of new Jerusalem.
The words in this book are true, if anyone adds anything to it or takes anything away from it, you will take part in the plagues and be denied the tree of life.
A last ditch effort to tell people not to edit the book, seems like a reasonable request.
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Well, that marks the end of the new testament. I can't believe I've now read the whole thing. Now I just have to tackle the old testament =D
Revelation 22:6,7,10,12,20 Jesus is coming back soon
"what must soon take place...I am coming soon...the time is near...I am coming soon...Surely I am coming soon"
Revelation 22:15 list of things that will keep you out of new Jerusalem
"Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood."