MP3: The Mighty Angels of Revelation 22
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
Vic Batista: Revelation 21-22 takes us into the Eternal State and where Jesus wraps up His final revelation to mankind. The Bible ends with good news!
No matter how much suffering people are going through right now, with all the difficulties of life and not understanding why bad things happen to good people, for those who have come to know Jesus as their Savior, when they read the Bible they gain the great hope that in the end Christians finally win.
Let’s look at Jesus’ last message for mankind found in Revelation 22. It begins with a fatal warning by the Holy Spirit in verses 18-19.
For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Nathan Jones: This warning actually frightens me, because it places a heavy mandate on us Bible teachers to interpret Revelation as accurately as possible. Heaven forbid we purposefully misconstrue God’s word in His very last message to mankind!
The last two verses actually tie the whole entire Bible together. Revelation 22:20-21 reads:
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Revelation begins with the Apostle John exiled to the Island of Patmos. He is then given messages by God’s mighty angels and even Jesus Christ Himself concerning what Heaven will be like. Then we end Revelation with Jesus Christ leaving John and his readers a promise: “Surely I am coming quickly.” Jesus Christ has promised that He is coming back soon!
Vic Batista: If you have a red letter Bible, you’ll notice that much of the last statements in the whole Bible come from the Lord Himself when He says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Being in first person, this is Jesus’ method of saying, “You can bank on this. You can trust in the fact that my return is going to happen.”
Nathan Jones: It will happen. Three times in Revelation 22 Jesus states, “Surely I am coming quickly.” “I am coming quickly.” “I am coming quickly.” Again and again and again, Jesus promises that He is coming back.
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Vic Batista: I also love how the very last verse in the whole Bible — Revelation 22:21 — begins with, “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ…” Grace is unearned favor. Salvation is not works-orientated, but it is God reaching down to mankind and giving the incredible gift of eternal life to whomever asks for it.
The whole book serves as a great encouragement to those who have accepted Jesus as Savior. In Revelation we’ve learned that God continues to remain active in the affairs of man though His Son, His Holy Spirit, and His mighty angels. God is working hard to bring people to redemption because He loves His children and has a wonderful plan for our lives.
Nathan Jones: Yes, God’s angelic messengers are bringing the Good News of the grace of Jesus Christ. That message can sometimes be lost in the reading of Revelation because so most of the book is dedicated to describing the horrors of the Tribulation. As we’ve read, chapters 6-19 cover the seven-year time period known as the Tribulation, or as Jeremiah 37 calls it — the Time of Jacob’s Trouble. This is a time when God will be winnowing the inhabitants of the earth through the releasing of 21 judgments. These judgments will force all people to make a choice: Jesus Christ, or not.
Revelation 20 showed us how at the end of the Tribulation the Lord will separate those survivors who had accepted Him from those who didn’t. The believing “sheep” enter into the Millennial Kingdom, that thousand year reign of Jesus over this earth. Life will be utopian for centuries!
In Revelation 21-22, we then get into the Eternal State and discover what Heaven on Earth will be like for those who have accepted Christ. The Faithful will dwell with our Heavenly Father forever in the New Jerusalem on the New Earth.
The end of the entire book of Revelation — Revelation 22:21 — shows us that the whole message of this book boils down to grace. It is by God’s grace that He gives us the message of Revelation in order to provide us with hope for the future.
Revelation is the instruction book for understanding why we need to be saved — true life begins by putting our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and in asking for forgiveness of our sins.
In the eighty-seventh segment of our series “The Mighty Angels of Revelation,” we’ll learn some of the takeaways from our study of Revelation.