“The Letter” is one coherent and consecutive article and best read from the beginning. But in order to find later more quickly the single sequences the Subtitles are listed here.
The Book of Revelation was and is a gift of God, his letter, which He sends personally to us.
John had been banned to the island of Patmos which was a prison island, and it was not just him suffering persecution by political and spiritual powers but also all of the Christians. The early Churches needed urgently an encouragement. And God, who watched over his believing children, did not let them down. He sent them through John the letter of Revelation. In this letter He showed them, that He still held everything in his strong hands, and He told them:
‘Be of good courage! Persevere! I will lead everything to a good end. I am here.’
How the Revelation will be revealed
For us today the Book of Revelation is fascinating, but often also puzzling. But how can a puzzling Revelation be a Revelation?
Most of all God helps us through the Bible itself to understand his Revelation and to know the good message for us today. The Book of Revelation is more than any other biblical book built on the whole Bible and very much bound to it. Only if we have the right understanding of certain biblical topics or of the meaning of various words it will no longer lead to misunderstandings and incomprehensibility of the Book of Revelation. Therefore it is important to read the Bible und search for the meaning in other places in the Bible, in order to imply it afterwards on the Book of Revelation. By this the Revelation takes on a special value, since then we can imply it on ourselves and our lives as well.
God wants us to understand his Word. Thus some important basic principles are like keys which help us to better comprehend God’s thoughts in the Bible – and especially in the Book of Revelation.
1. The Holy Spirit guides.(s. Jn 14:26; 16:13)
He guided the writers of the Bible, He also can guide the readers of the Bible who ask in prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If we thus lay aside preconceived notions, can the Holy Spirit help us to discover new insights and to apply what we read on ourselves.
2. The Bible interprets itself.(s. Acts 17:11; 2 Pet 1:20-21)
Clear texts explain the ones which are more difficult to understand. Symbolic pictures, parables, metaphors and visions God explains us in other Bible texts. The Book of Revelation is placed at the end of the Bible. Thus by having read the Bible from the beginning one already knows symbols and stories, which are used in the Book of Revelation and therefore decipher the text in Revelation.
3. The meaning is important. (s. 1 Thes 5:21; Phil 1:9-10)
The Bible is a translation from three foreign languages, and God used our human limited language. Therefore it is important, to compare texts with similar texts, instead of basing preferred views on single words or verses. Thus one discovers what other parts say about a certain topic and therefore gets the right explanations on a word or topic.
4. The basic concept is decisive. (s. Mt 22:37-40; 1 Jn 4:16)
Our own basic image of God and his character influences how we fit in or interpret certain texts. There runs a central thread through the Bible. It is important to ask, what says the Bible as a whole? What is the whole Bible anyway about? The right concept of the Bible is therefore crucial. But which one is the right concept of the Bible?
5. Jesus is the Revelation himself.(s. Lk 24:27,45; Jn 14:7-12; 2 Cor 4:6)
He is the answer, the pointing way and the visible made truth. He himself, his clear statements and words and his life and deeds are the light which illuminates to us other verses in the Bible. He is the decisive factor and He leads us to the right concept of the Bible and the right image of God. He reveals to us God, his Word and his care.
With these five basic principles the Holy Spirit can help us to understand the Book of Revelation, too. The Revelation uses repeatedly symbols and stories of other the Books of the Bible – for example the symbols of the sanctuary service. By those symbols, stories and metaphors in the Old and New Testament God reveals to us his way of saving his family, and by doing so He reveals his character, his love, his care.
It may be also helpful for the outlines to read the corresponding passages in the Book of Revelation, which are indicated in the headings of the outlines, since then one knows the background on which the different parts are based. May thus the words written in the first verses of the Revelation Letter more and more come true:
“Blessed is he who reads
and those who hear the words of this prophecy,
and keep those things
which are written in it.”
i. Revelation 1:3
God asked John to send the Book of Revelation as a letter to the believers of his time. This Letter of Revelation was for those Churches in the past a comfort, and also today it gives us the assurance that God is with us.
That the book of Revelation truly is a personal letter of God to his children on earth – to us – can be seen by its structure. It contains according to the customs in biblical time a Preface of the Letter (A) with the Instructor and the writer, next the detailed Main Subject of the Letter (B), and finally the Epilogue of the Letter (C) with the greeting of peace.
The Main Subject of the Letter (B) can be subdivided into 7 Parts, and every one of them contains an Introduction (In.) and 7 Sections. Well known are the 7 Letters, the 7 Seals, the 7 Trumpets and the 7 Bowls. In the other 3 Parts the Sections are not numbered, still their 7 Sections can be discovered. Between the 7 Trumpets and the 7 Bowls is the 4th Part, which leads in 7 Sections to victory in the great controversy – therefore the 7 Victories. The 6th Part after the 7 Bowls deals with the Testimony of God in the different judgements until the end of the world – therefore the 7 Testimonies. The last Part describes the Glory of the new creation – the 7 Glories.
7 is a special divine number which consists of 3 + 4. Therefore the 7 Sections in each one of the Revelation Parts can be subdivided into 3 + 4 Sections – as for example in the 7 Seals: 4 horse riders + 3 other occurrences.
3 is the number for God – God Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
4 stands in the Bible for the 4 directions as a symbol for ‘everywhere’.
3 + 4 = 7 ‘God + everywhere’ can be expressed as: ‘God is everywhere’, ‘God works everywhere’
It is like a parallel for his name Yahweh, which means ‘I am’. He is always there. He is always with us, we are never alone. It doesn’t matter what happens – may it be in our lives or in the history of the world – He is still in control of everything and He will lead the events in heaven and on earth to a good end. This is his way of salvation, his plan of redemption, his story of salvation.
Through this letter God sends us personally He wants to help us to trust Him also at the end of the time, and to cling to Him and to see how He handles this great controversy between light and darkness. He reveals himself and gives us courage along with it. On one hand God reveals his own story through this letter, on the other hand He shows us the course of his story of salvation. He does not leave us in darkness concerning the future, He proves himself to be trustworthy. He shows himself to be your mighty God, as He has already foretold in the Old Testament:
“I, the Lord, have called you. I hold you by your hand and I protect you.
I am Yahweh, this is my name.
Behold, the former things which I have foretold came to pass,
and new things I announce, before they happen I tell you of them.
I will turn the darkness before you into light, and rugged places into plains.
These are the things I will do, and I will not cease to do them.
Yes, says the Lord, who created you, do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name.”
i. Isaiah 42:6,8-9,16; 43:1
A. Letter Preface (1,1-9)
In the Preface of the Revelation Letter we are introduced to the Instructor and the Writer. This Letter Preface contains John’s Testimony as well as assurances, promises and peace from God the Father, the Holy Spirit and the Son. If we take the number 7 as ‘God is everywhere and with each one of us’, then it fits especially well for the Holy Spirit, since here in the Preface and also in other places of this letter He is portrayed symbolically as 7-forld.
Already here in the beginning of the Book of Revelation the Love of God towards us humans is mentioned. In his love He personally sends the Letter of Revelation to each one of us – his human children. And the Preface contains also his Assurance, that in this Story of Salvation He is with us and that He loves us more than his own life. He has proven this by dying for us to save us.
In addition Jesus has called us to be a kingly priesthood for his Father. In the Old Testament priests had the task to proclaim God’s good character and his good Word. They were representatives of God. And that are also all true believers today in the world. They are representatives of God which proclaim his good character and his good Word.
Therefore we also find here the exclamation: To Him be the glory and the power forever and ever. His power – as explained in Romans – are his Glad Tidings about his faithful character; it is the power which is able to redeem us. And God’s glory in the Bible is his love; and his love truly exists forever and ever.
From the Preface of the Letter for you
‘Grace and peace to you
from the Father, who is and who was and who is coming,
and from the Holy Spirit who as a sevenfold Spirit is before his throne,
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness,
and the first who by his resurrection was victorious over death.
All praise be to Him, who loves us and has freed from our sins
and by his death has redeemed us.’
i. Revelation 1:4-6
B. Letter Main Subject (1,10 – 22,5)
Outline of the complete Letter
The Main Subject of the Letter with its 7 Parts tells us of the Story of God: It is his story about his work, his character. At the same time this story is also his Story of Salvation in the great controversy and shows us God’s way with us humans from the time of the early Christians until the new world.The Introductions in the 7 Parts are sometimes like a transition from one Part to the next one. In these Parts we alternately look at scenes in Heaven and on earth. Often they are so connected to each other, that they show us how closely God unites Heaven and earth, and how closely He united himself and his fortunes with us humans.
In the Main Subject of the Letter the 7 Parts unfold one after another, everyone revealing to us another aspect about God, and showing us the story of salvation in logical steps.
- The 7 Letters, which are addressed to 7 representative Churches, are also written to us. They are therefore for like a Preparation in the Salvation Story, like an instruction and teaching for the conflicts on earth, and this shows us God’s care for his human children.
- The 7 Seals give us after that a short overview on the Course of the Salvation Story until the end of the world. They are therefore an enlightenment, a kind of a strategy, so that we may know what will come, and they reveal to us God’s Plan of Salvation.
- The 7 Trumpets are signal instruments and they are like a Call in the Salvation Story to follow and cling to the truth. It is God’s watchman call, which also warns us of false teachings which portray God in a wrong way.
- The 7 Victories tell us in a panoramic overview of the Victorious Power in the Salvation Story, since God and Jesus are fighting for us and they support us. And this is God’s Gospel, his good news, that his good character will bring about the victory.
- The 7 Bowls describe the last days of the earth, and at the end the position of the redeemed and the lost ones – the Final Positions in the Salvation Story. God has to give the lost ones up, it hurts Him, and it shows us God’s Heart.
- The 7 Testimonies answer at the end and in heaven all questions about God; they are the Clarification about the Salvation Story, the clarification about God’s Truth and righteousness.
- The 7 Glories are describing finally the recreation of the earth and the live with God in eternity. It will be the Fulfilment of the Salvation Story, it will be the joy of the redeemed and God’s joy, too.
From the Main Subject of the Letter
‘There was a door standing open in heaven, and Jesus said to me:
“Come, and I will show you what will happen.”
And a throne was standing in heaven, with One sitting on it
who had an appearance as glorious as shining treasure stones,
and around his throne was the shimmering rainbow of his covenant.’
i. Revelation 4:1-3
1, The 7 Letters (1:10 – 3:22)
Personal Lessons from the Experiences of Christianity
In the Introduction to the 7 Letters Jesus gives us the evidence of his principle according to the combination of ‘3 + 4 = God is everywhere’, since Jesus is here in the midst of the Churches (pictured by the 7 lampstands) and He holds the representatives or messengers of the Churches in his hand (the Greek word for ‘angel’ means ‘messenger’). These Letters with their encouragement, warnings, lessons, calls and promises show us God’s care for us as his human children, and they are to us like a Preparation in the Salvation Story.
This 1st Part was already back then for those Churches an encouragement and their described experiences are a bit mirrored in the meaning of their names. It was and is also an encouragement for the believers in every period of Christianity’s history until the end of the world. But most of all like any other letter in the New Testament these Letters are meant for us, since every believer is practically a representative of the people of God and God’s messenger Therefore, what can each one of us personally learn from these Letters for ones own life? Where do we need help to overcome weaknesses? And what promises does Jesus give to us?
In the first 3 Letters we find at the end of the Letter first the call of the Holy Spirit, then the promise.
In the next 4 Letters we find at their end first the promise and then the call of the Holy Spirit.
The 2nd and the 6th Letters contain no rebuke; the last Letter contains no praise, but the promise, that those who turn around and wholeheartedly overcome will eat the Lord’s Supper with Jesus in our eternal home.
In this last Letter Jesus is standing at the door – at the door of our hearts knocking, since He wants to live with us and come to us, as He will do visibly at the end of the world. With this picture He encourages us to spread the Gospel, since also the world shall know of his patient and courting love, which tries to reach everybody.
From the 7 Letters for you
Thus says the truthful One to you:
“I know what you have done by your living faith.
And I opened a door for you, which no one can shut,
for you have kept my word, and have not denied me and my name.
I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, that no one can take your crown of victory.
He, who has ears, listen to what the Holy Spirit says.
To everyone who overcomes
I will give to eat from the tree of life, which stands in the paradise of God.”
i. Revelation 3:8,11, 2:7
2, The 7 Seals (4:1 – 8:5)
God’s Solution for the fallen World and the two Classes of Men
The Introduction of the 2nd Part – the 7 Seals – tells us that there is a big problem in the universe which nobody can solve, since it is sealed. John cries. It obviously seems to be a matter of life and death. But God is able to solve that problem through Jesus! These Seals deal with his solution for the problem of sin and distrust, it talks about God’s Plan of Salvation. With that plan He shows us like a strategy the Course of the Salvation Story.
Along with the first 4 Seals we see 4 horses called forth by the 4 living creatures – the cherubim angels of the Old Testament. It unfolds before us the events in this world beginning with the triumphant progress of the Gospel, followed by conflicts and persecution to suppress the Gospel, and the results of that suppression.
The next 3 Seals are opened up to us showing the time period prior to the return of Jesus (the end time) until the end of the world. Those Seals describe to us the confirmation of the martyrs in the heavenly judgement which takes place before the return of Jesus, and they tell us of the redeemed and the lost ones and their position at the end of the world – there will be a clear separation into two camps. At the end the service for prayers is finished – the censer of prayers falls to the earth – God has given his final answer. He has a solution to all the questions, He is capable of opening the seals and therefore of solving the seemingly unsolvable problem ... He is able to redeem ... and He will return to save us!
From the 7 Seals for you
‘They sing a new song in heaven to Jesus, the Lamb of God:
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals
for you have been sacrificed,
and by your death you ransomed us for God from every people and nation.”
i. Revelation 5:9
3, The 7 Trumpets (8:6 – 11:19)
The Proclamation of the true Word and the false word
To blow the trumpets in biblical times was a signal of warning and a signal to face the fight as well as a call to come to worship services. Trumpets are therefore a signal instrument. They call; they call for attention and alertness. They ‘speak’ to us. This 3rd Part therefore deals with proclamations and the Word. It is God’s Watchman Call and a Call in the Salvation Story to cling to the truth and to detect false teachings about God.
In this Part we see with the signals of the first 4 Trumpets the fall of different objects. These are all objects which actually would be able to give light. They hit one after another the 4 creation elements earth, sea, water and heaven (E, S, W, H) and destroy them partially instead of illuminating them. So these objects definitely have nothing to do with the true Word which God proclaims to us in his Bible in order to enlighten us. Therefore we may see in these first 4 cases false proclamations, like wrong doctrines and the mixing of biblical teachings with human erroneous ideas. The false heralds and their messages are destroying people instead of enlightening and saving them. The Trumpets make us aware of this.
The next 3 Trumpets are the ‘3 Woe Calls’. Like in the Introduction to the 7 Letters the falling star in the first Woe Call is a symbol for an angel, a representative, messenger, leader. Thus it is a fallen angel, a false messenger – and this is Satan. He is the instructor of false proclamation and preaching, and is already in the Book of Isaiah called a fallen star. We also read here of tails, scorpions and serpents, which were in the Old Testament symbols for false prophets and heralds who by their false prophecy and false teachings, their mixed and false doctrines mislead people and poison them.
On the contrary the 6th Trumpet tells us also of the Instructor and the representatives of true prophecy and true preaching, it tells us of God’s witnesses on earth. And in contrast to the fallen star Satan we find here the description of a mighty Angel whose characteristics point to Jesus. Already in the Old Testament Jesus has been called the Angel of the Covenant, Angel of the Lord, and Prince of the angels, since He truly is the Lord over all the angels and God’s true messenger.
Finally along with the 7th Trumpet at the end of the world God himself puts into the centre of our attention his heavenly Arc of the Covenant which contains the true covenant words – the 10 commandments – and which also expresses his covenant with us and therefore his love for us.
From the 7 Trumpets for you
‘The mighty Angel raised his right hand to heaven
and by the One who lives forever and ever He made the promise:
“There will be no longer any period of time,
but when the seventh angel blows his trumpet,
the mystery of God will be fulfilled,
just as He has proclaimed this good message to his prophets.
And also you,
proclaim the Words of God and his prophesies to all the people.”
i. Revelation 10:5-7,11
4, The 7 Victories (12:1 – 14:20)
God’s wise Reign fought against, the Conflict being overcome
In the 4th Part of the Revelation Letter the Sections are not numbered from 1 to 7. Bur this division we can discover in the text itself.
We can take it as an Introduction, that a first panoramic view shows us the great controversy over God and his Church. Satan proves himself to be a dragon that kindled that controversy already in heaven, taking one third of the stars (on third of the angels – the heavenly messengers) with him. On earth he carries on this battle by trying to annihilate the Son of God, and the true Church (God’s bride already in the Old Testament) has to flee to hidden places for a long time. But Satan will not win. God helps us to overcome, He gives us the Victorious Power in the Salvation Story by his help and his manifested faithfulness. It reveals his good character. And this is his good message, his good news throughout the battles, this is his Gospel.
In the first 4 Sections with its battles and victories we can again discover the 4 creation elements. These sections first show the fight in heaven. Jesus as Michael the Arc-Angel victoriously overcomes and wins in this controversy. In succession – by water, from the earth and the sea – the different attacks of
The 5th Section shows us next the true victorious ones God has fought for, which are in the presence of Jesus wherever they may be. After that in the 6th Section can be heard the calls to overcome by the messages of the 3 Angels, who proclaim the Gospel. Along with it the angel calls us to honour God, for his judgement has come. It is a judgement, which is not held by God, but one about God, since the whole controversy between light and darkness is about God’s character and how He reigns. Is Satan right with his charges against God? Or is Jesus’ testimony about God’s character true?
Finally in the 7th Section we see the controversy finished by the harvest at end of the world.
From the 7 Victories for you
”I saw an angel flying in midheaven, having an everlasting gospel to proclaim
to all who live on earth, to every nation and people,
and he declared in a loud voice,
“Honour God and give Him glory, for the hour of the judgment over Him has come.
Worship Him who created heaven and earth, the sea and the springs.”
Here are revealed the persevering believers, who belong to God,
who keep the commandments of God and believe Jesus.’
i. Revelation 14:6-7,12
5, The 7 Bowls (15:1 – 16:21)
Uncovering of the Choices; God has to let go the lost Ones
In the 5th Part 7 Bowls are poured out, which come from the temple. God empties something, He gives something up. In the Old Testament He used judgements to shake people up and lead them to repentance when there was no other way left to reach their hearts. In the Bible the ‘wrath of God’ means: God has to give the lost ones up if they have hardened their hearts this much that He can reach them no more. So with the 7 Bowls God definitely has to give up, it is the end just before Jesus returns. The emptying of the bowls and its results reveal the decisions of all people, it shows who is standing on which side. They show us the Final Positions in the Salvation Story, the position of the lost ones as well as the position of the redeemed – since the ones who overcame are already known in heaven when disasters begin to rage.
It isn’t easy for God to give up his lost children on earth. In biblical times people would cover themselves with a veil in grief or loss. We read that during the time the 7 Bowls are poured out nobody can enter the temple where God is, since it is covered, it is ‘veiled’. But exactly that may reveal to us, that God is grieving over his lost children, it may reveal to us God’s heart, since God’s glory – which veils the temple – is in the Bible his character of love.
The first 4 Bowls pertain again the 4 creation elements. Along with the 4th Bowl the decisions of the lost ones will be visible to us: Absolutely nothing can shake them up and lead them to repentance. God knows when everybody has made his final decision and when no one will switch sides whatever may happen. The faithful ones stay faithful, and among the others will be no person who turns around. These poured out Bowls reveal to everyone in the whole universe that God knows this point of time everyone has made his final decision, and therefore the time of Jesus’ return has come.
The next 3 Bowls affect the powers and their kingdoms. They prepare for the final war against the truth of God and his people. But at the end of the world the false religion with its false and mixed teachings – represented as Babylon – will perish together with its followers. By this the true believers will be freed.
From the Passage of the 7 Bowls
‘I saw those who had won the victory, and they sing,
“Marvellous are your works, our Lord and God,
faithful and true are all of your ways!
All people will come and worship you,
because of your acts has been revealed
how righteous and trustworthy they are.”
Blessed is the one who stays awake.’
i. Revelation 15:2-3; 16:15
6, The 7 Testimonies (17:1 – 20:15)
God justified, His Faithfulness and Truth manifested
In the 6th Part again the Sections are not indicated by numbers from 1 to 7. Only by the context we may detect them. In the Introduction the Messenger of God announces the Testimony of the judgement: Justice will be proven as correct, God’s truth will be revealed, his character and his way of working will be justified: In his love all He does is right, working in all his ways towards the redemption of the whole universe. Therefore this Part is the Clarification in the Salvation Story, the clarification of all the questions about God.
The first 4 Testimonies show us the two contrasting sides:
- There is the harlot of false religion and her allies, her fornication in uniting with erroneous or mixed teachings, her guilt in persecuting the true believers, and her downfall.
Her sins are mentioned, and the call is made for us to leave her.
- The world laments her downfall.
- In contrast heaven rejoices.
- In contrast to the fornication of the harlot we see in heaven the symbolic wedding of Jesus with his faithful bride taking place, His faithful Church with its true faith is now revealed.
In contrast to the sins of the harlot are mentioned the righteous deeds of the believers, in contrast to the call to leave the harlot is here an invitation call for us to join the wedding, and in contrast to the dethronement and downfall of the harlot, here Jesus definitely and completely receives his kingdom. That this wedding takes place before Jesus returns means: Already before He returns to the earth everything is revealed and settled. Everyone in Heaven has understood God’s righteousness through the testimonies in the pre-millennial judgement, He definitely and completely – unrestricted by false charges of opposing powers – takes over his kingdom.
- The next Section, the 5th Testimony tells us of Jesus’ return, whereby the two persecuting powers of the world (‘2 beasts’) will definitely perish (symbolically in the ‘sea of fire’) and therefore will no longer exist. All the lost ones will die, and Satan will be bound on the destroyed earth (here called ‘the bottomless pit’).
- The 6th Testimony shows us that the resurrected believers and the believers who still were alive at Jesus’ return will be in heaven, and for a 1000 years God together with them will hold court – which means, God will explain and clarify everything that needs clarification. All our questions He will answer and He will explain why the lost ones are not here in heaven. We and our concerns are so important to God that He will take time for every one of us to clarify things.
- In the 7th Testimony we see then, that after this clarification time, when everything has been clarified, also the lost ones will be resurrected from their graves. None of them has ever made a definitive decision for God. On one hand it will be written in the ‘books’ as a testimony to us, on the other hand the lost ones themselves will reveal it to us by their actions, since as we will see ourselves, they will be once more ready to battle against God and the redeemed. Every one of us will understand that God knew their hearts. The lost ones too will finally acknowledge it, and together with Satan and the demons they will perish forever – symbolically in the ‘sea of fire’, which is a symbol for the second and final death, and it means they will no longer exist, just as the two powers will never again exist, which already perished in the ‘sea of fire’. And when the lost ones passed away also death will cease to exist. Finally also the earth, which has been destroyed by sin, will ‘flee away’.
From the 7 Testimonies for you
‘I heard a voice from heaven calling,
“Come out of Babylon, so that you do not participate in her sins.”
After that a large multitude in heaven was praising with loud voices,
“Salvation and glory belong to our God,
for his judgments are trustworthy and true.
The Lord our God has taken up his reign.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him the honour,
for the marriage of the Lamb of God has come.”
Blessed is everyone who is invited to his marriage supper.
Yes, these words of God are reliable and true.’
i. Revelation 18:4; 19:1-2,6-7,9
7, The 7 Glories (21:1 – 22:5)
God, His new Creation, His Family and His Kingdom
In the 7th Part God describes us the future glory, which can be roughly divided into 7 Sections. As an introduction we are told that a new earth and a new heaven will be created. The battles and conflicts are all over, the past has gone, and the redeemed see the Fulfilment of the Salvation Story before them. The Paradise will be again on earth ... and this will not only be a joy for the redeemed, but it will be an incredible Joy for God himself too.
The 7 Glories describe to us his new world.
The first group of 4 Sections tells us mainly of God’s viewpoint:
- of God and his dwelling among his family (his people)
- of his promises
- of his glory in the city of God
- of Him being the Temple and the light.
The second group of Sections explains the result for the redeemed. It is a description
- of the inhabitants of the new world
- of the River of Life and Tree of Life, which serve the redeemed
- of the glory of their life together with God in his kingdom ... for all eternity!
It will be so amazing, that it will be almost impossible for us to grasp it. Yes, it will breathtaking glorious beyond our most wonderful dreams ...
From the 7 Glories for you
‘I heard One from the throne with a loud voice saying:
“Here is the residence of God among men.
He will dwell among them, and they will be his people,
and God himself will be with them and be their God.”
“See, I am making all things new. I am the origin and the completion.
I will give to the thirsty free of charge the water of life from the spring.
He who overcomes will inherit all of these things,
and I will be his God and he will be my true child.”
i. Revelation 21:3,5-7
C, Letter Epilogue (22:6-21)
In the Epilogue of the Revelation Letter we find the testimonies, the promises, and the calls of Jesus and the Holy Spirit as well as the closing words of John.
The truth of the proclamations and promises are testified and assured to us, and again we hear God’s Call and his invitation. Like in the Letter Preface He gives us the Assurance that He is the Redeemer and that He takes care of us. Jesus finishes his Revelation Letter to us by announcing himself his return, and with the greeting of peace.
God is calling us; He longs for us – his children – to hear his call, so that He can save us.
He longs for his family.
From the Epilogue of the Letter for you
"These words are reliable and true.
See, I am coming soon, and I bring my reward with me to repay everyone.
I, Jesus, have sent my messenger to testify to you about these things.
The Holy Spirit and the bride call and say, ‘Come!’
Let the one who hears it say too, ‘Come!’
And let the one who is thirsty come.
Let the one who wishes drink as a present freely from the water of life.”
i. Revelation 22:6,12, 16-17
The Revelation Letter is like a journey from the beginning of Christianity until the recreation of the earth. Many of the symbols and pictures are explained in detail throughout the Bible and by the historical past. But some of it we will only understand, when it takes place – as Jesus already told us. But even by with these pages it is discernable, that God cares for us and our life.
His Revelation Letter shows us also repeatedly, how the inhabitants of heaven do rejoice over our God. These glimpses into heaven may accompany us. They are one of the keys for the Book of Revelation. God has won his case already. It doesn’t matter what happens here on earth, in world’s history or in our lives, God holds everything in his strong hands and He will bring us safely home if we hold fast his hand. So Jesus wants to help us to persevere in faith and be victorious.
Heaven is priceless and nevertheless it is free for us as believers. God has opened the door for us, which no one can shut. God and his love are worth every effort.
Through the Holy Spirit Jesus walks with us on our way through life, and soon He will come visibly to us, we will see Him. So also we can join in the call, which is written at the End of the Revelation Letter:
Yes, come, Lord Jesus!
The gracious goodness of our Lord and Savour Jesus Christ may be with you!
i. Revelation 22:20-21
God says to you
“I am always with you,
until the end of the world.
Don’t be afraid.
I help you and I uphold you
with my strong Hand.”
i. Matthew 28:20; Isaiah 41:10
© 2014, Jaimée M. Seis