Join Jason and Laura for one last episode of Unveiling Revelation and this emotional and impactful finale including some profound symbolism in the river of life and tree of life. As we reflect on this entire series, let’s take a moment to remember the journey from doubt to devotion, from understanding the complexities of prophecy to embracing this promise of a renewed creation. This chapter stands as a testament to God’s ultimate plan for humanity.

References to Bible Verses:

Revelation 22:1-21; Genesis 2:8-10; Ezekiel 47:1-12; John 4:10-14; John 7:37-38; Luke 24:41-43; John 21:12-14; Genesis 18:6-8; Revelation 19:9; Genesis 3:17-19; 1 Corinthians 13:12; Revelation 1:3; Revelation 14:13; Revelation 16:15; Revelation 19:9; Revelation 20:6; Colossians 2:18; 2 Timothy 4:8; James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:4; 1 Corinthians 9:24-25; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; Matthew 15:21-28; Genesis 1:1; Malachi 4:2; Isaiah 55:1; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Proverbs 30:5-6; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:52; Malachi 4:6

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Jason: ​ Welcome back to the final episode of our transformative series on the book of Revelation. We are your host, Jason.

Laura: And Laura.

Jason: Lately, when we've done these two part episodes, I just reuse the introduction. However, since this is our last episode of the series, I felt it required its own unique introduction. As we come to the end of this journey, we'll explore Revelation chapter 22, which really reaches the accumulation of a divine vision that was gifted to us as a warning of judgment, but also a promise of hope and renewal.

Laura: This emotional and impactful finale will include some profound symbolism in the River of Life and Tree of Life, which represents healing and eternal sustenance. As we reflect on this entire series, let's take a moment to remember the journey from doubt to devotion, from understanding the complexities of prophecy to embracing this promise of a renewed creation. This chapter stands as a testament to God's ultimate plan for humanity. A plan of restoration and eternal communion,

Jason: And whether you've been with us from the beginning or just tuning in for the first time, this episode is designed to reach your heart and ignite your spirit. Join us as we celebrate this awe inspiring conclusion of God's revelation and finding strength in His eternal promise. With a heart full of gratitude and anticipation, let's crack open Revelation one last time and embark on this final, breathtaking exploration.

It's truly astounding what God has shown us in Revelation. We finished our last episode talking about New Jerusalem as the dwelling place of the saints. It's a giant city shaped like a cube or maybe a pyramid ,

Laura: or even a sphere.

Jason: or a sphere within that city, God will be our source of light of water of laughter, happiness, joy, and peace, things like tears, sin, death, sorrow, and pain no longer exist. We've taken a pretty good look at the outside of the city. Now it's time to see what it's like on the inside.

Laura: Yes, let's. Lead the way, Jason.

Jason: Let's go. We begin the last leg of our adventure, starting with Revelation 22:1-5, "Then the angel showed me the river of water of life as clear as crystal flowing from the throne of God and of the lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing 12 crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."

Laura: "No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever."

Jason: So there's a lot going on here. If we go back to the garden of Eden before the fall into sin in Genesis 2:8-10, we see the tree of life as well as a river running through the garden. Then we see in Ezekiel 47:1-12, a vision of this future temple. When Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman at the well, in John four 4:10-14, we see a reference to the living water. Then in John 7:37-38, Jesus tells us, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink whoever believes in me. As scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow with from within them." Now here in Revelation 22, we are seeing this finally fulfilled.

Laura: There does seem to be a difference between the river that Ezekiel saw and the one John is seeing. John is seeing the one in New Jerusalem, but the one Ezekiel saw flowed from the temple in Millennial Jerusalem. Since there is no temple in New Jerusalem, the rivers must be different, though they are both sourced in God. This river is perfect, fresh, and pure. No pollution, no animal gunk to taint it, just sparkling, clear water. It will put every bottled water and filtered water here on Earth to shame.

Jason: Yeah, no, you're absolutely right. The river from Ezekiel 47 belongs to the millennial earth. And perhaps this is a final preview of this heavenly river, but we know that the river and the trees in heaven are going to be way better.

Laura: This amazing river flows down the city's main street, and not toward Cinderella Castle like in Magic Kingdom, but it is unclear Whether the river splits and flows around the Tree of Life, or if there are several trees on both sides of the river.

Jason: Of course, I wouldn't feel right if I didn't toss in a Walvoord quote in our last episode, but regarding this river slash tree orientation, he wrote, "The visual picture presented is that the river of life flows down through the middle of the city and the tree is large enough to span the river so that the river is in the midst of the street and the trees on both sides of the river."

But of course, he's obviously not the end all be all of biblical authority, and others do interpret this as a collection of trees. Anyhow, carry on.

Laura: You know, I'd be very curious as to what your boy Guzik says about this, but anyway. Regardless, there will be food enough and to spare, and a variety of food at that. The leaves have medicinal properties. I mean, the proverbial fountain of youth that Ponce de Leon was searching for. Again, playing devil's advocate, or should we call it angel's advocate?

I don't know. If people can shuttle back and forth between Millennial Earth and New Jerusalem, they may take these leaves back to Earth, which would account for the long lifespans of the people. Isaiah 65:20 says that people who live to be 100 will no longer be considered old. So maybe? Another commentary suggests that John is emphasizing that the water of life produces health and strength wherever it goes.

Not that there will be sickness to be healed from at this point. But, if we are drinking the water, I would expect there not to be any sickness or disease. Just as long as it's not the Kool Aid, I think we'll be fine.

Jason: Some interesting sidebar, the word translated as healing is "therapia," which can absolutely represent a cure, but some argue it more accurately translates into "a service rendered by one to another," or even "therapeutic." And I found a couple of commentaries that suggest this is less of a cure for maladies and more of a in line with a health giving type of thing. Also, these verses make me wonder, do we really need to eat in heaven?

Laura: I don't know if it's so much a need anymore. I mean, maybe food was just supposed to be for pleasure until the fall, and then it became necessity. Now, we get to enjoy food for its own sake.

Jason: I mean, Jesus enjoys food. If you look at Luke 24:41-43. And John 21:12-14, plus angels ate with Abraham in Genesis 18:6-8. I can't imagine angels need to eat. Plus we do have that awesome marriage supper with Jesus from Revelation 19:9. It just makes me wonder, sorry, weird scrabble trail.

Laura: And too bad this isn't a video podcast, otherwise I would have a joke about carrying on. But anyway, in ver3ree, it says that nothing will be cursed anymore. And this is a reference to Genesis 3:17-19, when God cursed the earth because of Adam's sin. And it wouldn't surprise me to discover that all the curses for Adam, Eve, and everything else have been reversed as well. Without being under the influence of rebellion, sin, and the curse, this worship that the verse speaks of will be completely authentic. No distractions. No pretenses. Just pure worship. Can you even imagine?

And if that wasn't amazing enough, verse 4 continues with the promise that they will see his face, these are the servants of God who are worshipping him in the previous verse. But wait, haven't these saints been able to see God's face since the rapture? Or millennial reign. I mean, why make a point of mentioning it now? It goes back to the fears instilled in the people, even before the time of the 10 commandments, humans were sinful and they could not look at God without disastrous results with a few notable exceptions. When God called Moses, he had Moses hide his eyes and only look at God's back as he passed by. Humans were afraid to see God's face because they didn't want to die. So it would stand to reason that those with glorified bodies could see God's face, and those without, can't.

It makes me wonder if this applies to Jesus as well. I mean, bear with me for a minute. Those on Millennial Earth without glorified bodies, that is, those who didn't die prior to that time period, those people would still be subject to their sin nature. And as such, couldn't look at the face of God until they rejected the temptation of Satan after he was loosed from the abyss. These are the people that Satan could deceive. The ones who hadn't seen God.

Jason: So Spurgeon has a really neat passage on this. He wrote, "By which I understand two things. First, that they shall literally and physically with their risen bodies actually look into the face of Jesus. And secondly, that spiritually their mental faculty shall be enlarged. So that they shall be enabled to look into the very heart and soul and character of Christ. So as to understand him, his work, his love, his all in all, as they never understood him before." And Apostle Paul seemed to kind of understand this. And 1 Corinthians 13:12, he wrote, "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but the face to face now I know in part, then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known."

Laura: Verse 5 gives us a reminder that there is no more night, and the sun and lamps are now obsolete because God is light. God's plan was always for us to reign with him, but Adam messed it all up in the Garden of Eden. Now mankind has been redeemed, and we have the privilege of ruling with Christ over his creation. Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:12, "If we endure, we will also reign with him." Seems like Paul knew what he was talking about.

Jason: Indeed, I found an amazing breakdown of this first part of chapter 22, understanding that when it says no more curse, it means perfect restoration. And it says thrown in their midst. It means perfect administration. When it says servants shall serve, it means perfect subordination. When it says shall see his face, it means perfect transformation. And it says name on foreheads. It means perfect identification. When it says God is the light, it means perfect illumination. And when it says raining forever, it means perfect exaltation.

Laura: That was a lot of "ation" words. Anyway, it

Now at this point, it almost seems like there would be a fade to black moment. The whole, and they lived happily ever after thing. And we will, but first John is brought back to his present moment with the angel in Revelation 22:6-7,

Jason: "Then the angel said to me, everything you have heard and seen is trustworthy and true. The Lord God who inspires his prophet has sent his angel to tell his servant what will happen soon. Look, I am coming soon. Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book."

Laura: This epilogue begins with the angel speaking to John, assuring him that everything he's witnessed is true. It will happen. But it may not necessarily be easy to understand. There will always be somebody who will lead people astray by declaring falsehoods about the future, either intentionally or not. I mean, we've all heard and seen those end of the world predictions that circulate around social media.

Some even use scripture to back up their claims. There are even those who persuade people to sell all they have, give the money to that organization, and And go to some hilltop to await the Lord's arrival. And those people are easily duped because they want some hope that something better is within reach.

Jason: I don't mean to brag, but I've managed to survive the end of the world several times. I mean, 1982, Pat Robertson's Judgment Prediction, the 1997 Heaven's Gate Y2K, the 2012 Mayan Calendar Apocalypse, And basically all of Harold Campings predictions

Laura: What a coincidence! So have I! Well, except for the 1982 prediction by Pat Robertson.

Jason: close enough,

Laura: Anyway, I said at the beginning of all this that even if someone were to somehow guess right, God would change the date just because. We are given enough knowledge to live in the here and now, but know that Christ's return is near. Jesus himself says in verse 7, "I am coming soon." The Greek word used here and in 22:12 and 22:20 is "tachy", and this word would probably be better translated as "quickly," as in the nature of his return rather than the schedule. When he does return, it will be sudden, so fast that we may not even realize what's happened until it's over.

Jesus also pronounces another blessing over the ones who pay attention and obey the words of the prophecy written here. Now, if you've been counting, because we haven't, this is the sixth beatitude. The others were in 1:3, 14:13, 16:15, 19:9, and 20:6. That is 20 verse 6. There is one more blessing, because of course Jesus can't leave us with an incomplete blessing coming up in verse 14.

But long story short, we don't understand everything perfectly. But because we're studying and seeking to follow the information it gives us, we will find blessing.

Jason: Moving on to verses 8:9, we read, "I, John, am the one who heard and saw , all these things. when I heard and saw them, I fell down and worshiped at the feet of the angel who showed them to me. But he said, no, don't worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and the prophets, as well as all who obey what is written in this book, worship only God."

Laura: Oopsie, part two. This is the second instance of John worshiping an angel. I mean, he knew it was a sin to worship anything other than God. He'd already made the same mistake before in the midst of all this prophecy and vision, and he'd already been corrected for it. So why did it happen a second time? Well, first, John still has his sin capacity. He's gonna screw up. Second, it could have been a case of mistaken identity where he thought Jesus had taken the form of the angel to speak with him. Because the angel did say, I am coming soon, so he's figuring, oh, probably Jesus. Granted, it could have been shock, confusion, or he may have just been so overwhelmed that he was ready to worship the one who showed him all that had happened. Two things are for certain, though. First, the fact that John disclosed this faux pas twice gives credibility to his writing. Authors usually try to portray themselves as close to perfect as possible. Second, at this point in John's life, Jesus had died, been resurrected, and is seated with the Father in heaven.

That means that John now has Jesus's righteousness. His sins have been washed away, and even in the moment that John bowed down, it was as if it had never happened in God's eyes. Jesus was made sin so that John and the rest of us might be made the righteousness of God in Christ. That's why there was no consequence either time for John, because Jesus had already taken that punishment.

Jason: And why we don't know if John's actions were spontaneous or if he made an intentional effort to. Paul actually rebuked the Colossian church for the worship of angels in Colossians 2:18. In the angel's defense, though, he didn't hesitate to speak up and correct John with a reminder to worship God, and only God.

Laura: The angel continues with some additional instruction in verses 10-11, "Then he instructed me, do not seal up the prophetic words in this book, for the time is near. Let the one who is doing harm continue to do harm. Let the one who is vile continue to be vile. Let the one who is righteous continue to live righteously. Let the one who is holy continue to be holy."

Jason: In the book of Daniel, Daniel was instructed to seal the words of the prophecy until the time of the end, Daniel 12:9. This is in contrast to what John was instructed to do, or is instructed to do here. When Daniel's prophecy was given, there were still so many things that needed to transpire for the world to make any sort of cents or maybe dollars in the case, maybe for John's prophecy, even though things are still unclear, the message was ready for mankind to hear and understand.

Verse 11 is a reminder that people are going to do what they choose to do. We share the Gospel with everyone and they will choose if they want to remain in their wicked ways, or if they want to choose to follow Christ, we can't change people's beliefs or behaviors. We can only plant the seed. and water it.

Laura: Jesus picks up speaking in verses 12-13, "Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

Jason: So here Jesus reiterates how sudden and unexpected his coming will be. He also references the judgment seat of Christ and the great white throne judgment, where he will repay everyone for their deeds. Unbelievers will have an extra punishment in accordance with the severity of their sins, but believers will have bonus rewards in the form of crowns in accordance with their good deeds.

So 2 Timothy 4-8 talks about a crown of righteousness for those who look forward to Christ appearing. John 1:12 mentions a crown of life for those who love God. 1 Peter 5:4 refers to a crown of never ending glory and honor for those who care for the flock God has entrusted to them. Thinking pastors, teachers, perhaps parents, maybe anyone who is tasked with caring for people fall into that one. Paul also mentions an imperishable crown in 1 Corinthians 9-24. And a crown of rejoicing in 1 Thessalonians 2:19. These are all crowns that we will be laying at the feet of Jesus in an act of worship to him.

Laura: Jason, as you mentioned in a previous episode, the Greek word for crown here is "stephanos," as opposed to "diadema," which is for royalty. So, stephanos is the victory crown. And it's funny because that's a source for the name Stephen, who was one of the first deacons and the first martyr. And a very cool side note here. So my name's Laura, which comes from the word laurel, which means victory, which is what the stephanos crowns of victory were made of, were the laurel leaves. And the winner of the contest would get that. Oddly enough, my brother's name is Steven. Without meaning to, our mom gave us names with very similar meanings.

Jason: That's amazing. Anyways, coming back to the angel speaking in verses 14:15, "Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life. Outside the city are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers on all who love to live a lie."

Laura: Jason, as we mentioned a moment ago, verse 14 gives us the seventh blessing in Revelation, specifically to those who have been purified by trusting in Christ. These people will be able to enter New Jerusalem from the Tree of Life and thoroughly enjoy every aspect of eternity. These people are contrasted with those who refuse to repent and follow Jesus. They will never be allowed to enter the city.

Now, this verse is not meant to be an exhaustive list of sins that will be punished, but to indicate that those who reject Christ and refuse to repent will find themselves separated from God for eternity. Now, it's unclear where New Jerusalem is compared with the Lake of Fire. There is a story in Luke 16:19-31 of a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus, not to be confused with the brother of Mary and Martha whom Jesus raised from the dead. Now, in that story, it's indicated that Lazarus ends up in heaven, and the rich man ends up in hell. Could be Sheol, could be the lake of fire, could be any version of hell, but basically, the torment is still there.

The rich man is able to call to Abraham, to ask him to send Lazarus with a drop of water to soothe the burning and torment he's experiencing. Abraham mentions a great chasm between the two places that cannot be crossed. Now this does lead me to believe that those in hell, that is, the lake of fire, will be able to see New Jerusalem, which I would bet adds to their suffering.

I mean, to be able to see something so wonderful yet not have it. But I also believe that those in New Jerusalem cannot see over to the Lake of Fire. I mean, after all, Jesus did wipe away every tear. And I would bet that seeing somebody we know suffering would cause tears. So they can see us, but we can't see them. Like the one way glass in interrogation rooms.

Jason: It's kind of cool. So the word dogs is interesting. In biblical times, the Jews use this term for outsiders that they rejected, including Gentiles. Now, there is an instance where a Gentile woman comes to Jesus to ask for deliverance for her daughter. Jesus tells her it isn't right to take food, healing provisions, and other blessings from the children, the Jews, and give it to the dogs, the Gentiles.

Now, the woman conceded Jesus's point. Then she said that even the puppies eat the scraps that fall from the table, implying that even the Gentiles are welcome to the leftovers. Jesus admires her grit and her faith, and he gave her what she had asked for in the first place. Now, let's be clear. Jesus was not calling this woman a dog.

Yes, he used the term, but he was making it known that he had come first for the Jews. Yet his sacrifice was made for all people for all time. But he was not sent to the Gentiles. As he says earlier in the passage of Matthew 15:21-28.

Laura: Jesus goes on to say in verse 16 back in Revelation 22, "I, Jesus have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright and morning star." Now, we know from the beginning of the series that Jesus sent an angel to John with the message in Revelation, and that the message was to be delivered to the churches. It stands to reason, then, that the churches should be teaching and heeding the contents of this final book of the Bible. I get why they don't. With so many different eschatological viewpoints and possibilities, It's hard to do any of them justice, though I think we did our best Jason,

Jason: I agree.

Laura: But by ignoring any sort of teaching out of Revelation, it's tantamount to rejecting the gift that Jesus has presented to the churches. in this verse, Jesus also references the fact that he's both fully God and fully human. As opposed to half human, half Vulcan. I'm sorry. Had to throw that one. I had to throw that in there.

Jason: Fascinating.

Laura: Yes, it is. As God, he was present at the creation of the heavens and the earth in Genesis 1:1. But as a human, he is of the bloodline of King David. Which is how he can be both the source and the heir to the throne kind of a circular thinking, but it does make sense knowing the dual aspect of Jesus. The title "Bright and Morning Star" refers to his position as Messiah light and salvation to all Malach 4:2 promises that the Son of Righteousness will arise with healing in its wings And just as the morning star appears before the sun rises, so Jesus will come for the church before he returns to restore Israel to himself.

Jason: So I was, I was thinking as you were going over that, we, you know, we tried to do our best and we did but it's an ongoing process and, and we've even gone back and said, wow, I wish we would have known this when we did episode, whatever. So it is an ongoing process. And I think, I think maybe that's a reason why revelation belongs in the church even more than ever, because as you talk through it, as you think through it, as you contemplate the different symbology, you will learn so much more about scripture.

Laura: You're absolutely right. And there are several times I'll hear a pastor online talking about something we've already discussed. And I'm like, I wish I'd known that. I wish I had seen that book before.

Jason: For sure. So moving on to verse 17, we see kind of an interesting invitation. "The spirit and the bride say come and let the one who hears say come. Let the one who is thirsty come. Let the one who wishes to take the free gift of water of life."

Laura: Now, is this an invitation asking Jesus to return? Or those with spiritual thirst, I mean, it doesn't really matter and I guess if the spirit and bride are saying come then it's not really asking Jesus to return because he already has. I don't know. Anyway, but there is a neat little checklist built into this verse if you want to know if God has been working in your heart and your life, ask yourself these questions.

Can you hear Jesus? Do you thirst for him? Do you want to accept his free gift of the water of life? This is an open invitation to receive Christ's salvation, and anyone who's willing to come to him will be accepted. But you don't have to wait until the end of days. Do it now. I know there is a verse somewhere that says, Today is the day of salvation.

And we do see this same invitation in Isaiah 55:1, "Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters. And you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost." And in this day and age. Yes, please.

Jason: But it doesn't matter if you're rich or poor, you don't have to understand all the Christian doctrine. You don't have to be perfect. In fact, Jesus loves to work in the broken. You don't have to live an ideal life. You don't have to wait until you feel worthy. Just come to him and drink of his waters. And I think, some out there, they have this need to reach some level of decency and living their life before they invite Christ into their life. But really you just have to want salvation there. There's absolutely no barrier between us and Jesus. Only the ones we create for ourselves.

Laura: Yeah. And I once heard it said that, would you wash yourself off before taking a bath? Like coming to Jesus is like taking a bath. Would you try to wash yourself off before taking that bath?

Jason: Probably not.

Laura: Probably not. And not going to delve too far into that, but it's basically a come as you are, but don't stay as you are speaking of come as you are, but don't say as you are.

Okay. This verse does remind me of the story of the woman at the well that we talked about earlier in the episode. First off, the story starts with Jesus having to go through Samaria, as though he couldn't be late for an appointment. Next, he sends his disciples to town to buy food for lunch. I mean, no toxic smell or, wait, Taco Bell or McDonald's here. And while he waits, a woman comes to the well to draw water. Now, all of the other women did this early in the morning, before it got hot. But this woman, well, she didn't make the best lifestyle choices and was shunned because of it. So she went alone in the middle of the day, so she didn't have to endure the scorn by the other women. We do know from scripture that she had five husbands and was now living with a man she was not married to. And Jesus told her all of that within moments of just meeting her. Well, anyway, Jesus goes on to explain how the well they were at could only quench thirst temporarily, but the water he offered would quench thirst forever. The woman responded to it, and she ran back to town, urging people to come see the man who told her all the things she ever did, proclaiming that he was the Christ. And, kind of a sidebar note here. When the disciples came back with the food, Jesus wasn't tired and hungry anymore. His provision and his strength came from pouring into the Samaritan woman, who came as she was. But didn't leave the same way.

Jason: In Revelation 22:18:19, there is a stern warning, "I warn everyone who hears the word of the prophecy of this scroll. Anyone who adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plague described in the scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll, the prophecy, God will take away from that person, any share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in the scroll."

So it kind of makes me wonder if this was directed at anyone or any group in particular. And I don't think it's entirely clear who is saying these words. I believe most biblical scholars agree that this is not Jesus. In fact, in most red letter editions, these words are in black. But some do feel the solemn nature of these words hint at it actually being from Jesus. But the point is clear, there is a devastating price to pay if anyone tampers with the book of Revelation.

Laura: The commentaries I have suggest that this involves leaving out what we don't like adding in things, changing portions of scripture or even writing other books and putting them on the same pedestal as the Bible. One of the commentaries even suggests that trying to explain away things in scripture or trying to force a particular interpretation falls into this category as well.

Jason: Then there's the question of whether this is, this warning applies solely to the book of Revelation or the Bible as a whole. Deuteronomy 4:2 warns the Israelites, "Do not add to what I command you, and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God I give you." Proverbs 30:5-6 tells us, "Every word of God is flawless. He is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar." I think it's safe to suggest that Revelation 22:18-19 speak specifically about the book of Revelation. But tampering with or disabling smoke detectors in lavatories, no, sorry, wait. That's an airplane. I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself there. Anyhow, tampering with any part of the Bible's messaging is an affront to God. After all, 2 Timothy 3:16 reminds us, "All scripture is God breathed." But, now we have reached the end of Revelation, the final last words of this prophecy and the end of our series in Revelation 22:20-21, "He who testifies to these things says, surely I am coming soon, Amen. Come Lord Jesus, the grace of God, Lord Jesus be with all, Amen."

If you have missed the lesson of readiness at this point, you've kind of missed the point of revelation. And then the part that reads "come Lord Jesus" is also seen in other translation as "even so come Lord Jesus." And this comes from a Syriac expression, Maranatha, which was used as a great greeting in the ancient church, instead of saying hello or goodbye, they would use this word as a way to say, Hey, the boss could come at any time. As a reminder to be ready,

Laura: And when he does come, it will be quick and unexpected. As it says in 1 Corinthians 15:52, "It will happen in the twinkling of an eye."

Jason: That being said, this book ends with this feeling that John is longing for the return of Jesus. He wants the rapture of the church. And there are a couple of quotes that kind of go along with this that I would like to share. Seiss wrote, "If the whole creation groans and travails together in pain for the manifestation of the sons of God, how much more those sons of God themselves." and Mounce wrote, "At the very close of the book is the confession that the answers to the problems of life do not lie in man's ability to create a better world, but in the return of the one whose sovereign power controls the course of human affairs."

Laura: It is a bit scary for us to think about the end of the world because there's so much we just don't know. I actually had one of my students this year ask me, Ms. Gambara, is the world going to end one day? And of course, me being me, I had to be honest and say yes, and that that was what we were working on in the podcast.

And then his mom got mad at me because he hyper focuses on it. Oops. Oh, well. However, what we do know should bring us comfort. We know that Jesus will return, and we know that our home will be in heaven, in the most blissful, peaceful, and loving place. The last verse of the Old Testament, that is Malachi 4:6, ends with a curse, "Lest I come and strike the land with a degree of utter destruction." and so it seems fitting that the book of Revelation and the Bible itself ends with a word of grace and grace for everyone.

Jason: And now our final farewell for the Unveiling Revelation series. I mean, it never really dawned on me until recently that we'd actually make it to the end of this.

Laura: Oh, I knew we'd make it. I just didn't realize it was going to take nearly nine months from start to finish.

Jason: This has been quite a project. And while this is the end of Unveiling Revelation, the series, We do have one more treat in store for you fantastic listeners. As you can imagine, sometimes we get a little tongue tied and we fumble just a bit.

Laura: Just a bit? At least they can't see the myriad of mistypes as we're compiling the notes. I mean, Earthquack? Really?

Jason: Yeah, I do a fair amount of post production work for all of my episodes. However, early on, Laura and I thought it would be kind of fun to pull together this collection of bloopers. So that will be coming in the near future. So be sure to follow the show is so you don't miss out on that.

Laura: Just so you guys know that we are not perfect. Just throwing that one out

Jason: Something I do want to point out that just kind of blew my mind is accounting this week's episode, this episode right now, Laura and I have published 14 of these unveiling revelation episodes in the series. Now consider that seven is the number of completion and there are two of us. Seven times two equals 14. Now I assure you, I did not do that on purpose. However, I see this as a blessing from God that we are doing his good works.

Laura: And that is quite a comfort to know.

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Laura: And for the last time, bye!