This Sunday @ RVPC

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM)

Sermon Text (Revelation 22:6-21)

[6] And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

[7] “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

[8] I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, [9] but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

[10] And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. [11] Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”

[12] “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. [13] I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

[14] Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. [15] Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

[16] “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

[17] The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

[18] I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, [19] and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

[20] He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

[21] The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen. (ESV)

This Sunday, Lord willing, we are finishing up our study through the book of Revelation. Our study has taken us nearly a year and a half, although in some ways it doesn’t feel like it has been nearly that long. (And I can’t help but feel like we have just barely scratched the surface of this great portion of Scripture.)

In many ways our text this Lord’s day brings the entire book of Revelation full-circle. In fact, there are a number of parallels between Revelation chapter 1 and Revelation chapter 22. Much of what was said in the opening chapter of the book is in some way repeated here in the last chapter.

For example, in the very first verse of the book (Revelation 1:1), John writes,

“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,”

And then here in our text in v.6 John similarly writes:

“And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

Here we are reminded once again that what we read here in the book of Revelation is a revelation (or a revealing) of Jesus Christ. It is about Him and what He has done, is doing, and will do. But not only is it about Him; it is also from Him as well.

This final book of Scripture is not only given by the inspiration of God (as all the holy Scriptures are), but it is also given in a unique sense by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. It was given to Him to give it to us as His church. And He sent His angel to John in order to reveal it and make it known to him for us.

That is why we are told here in v.6 that “These words are trustworthy and true.” Because these are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, everything we read here (as in all of the Bible) is worthy of our utmost attention, our faith, and our obedience.

And here we are also reminded of the urgency of the things written in this book. In both the first and last chapters of the book we are reminded that these things were given to show his servants what must soon take place” (v.6; cf 1:1). Revelation is as relevant, timely, and urgent as ever!

In John’s day that almost certainly had reference to the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in the year A.D. 70. But it’s significance is not limited to that, as important as that is.

For Revelation reminds us again and again that our Lord Jesus Christ is reigning over all things even now. He is ruling over all things now. He is riding forth conquering and to conquer now. He is even now gathering and defending His church through the preaching of His gospel. He is judging His enemies even now as well.

And all of those things point us forward to that last great day when our Lord Jesus will return in glory to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate His kingdom of glory with His saints forever in heaven.

We are at what some writers call the “epilogue” of the book. The visions of Revelation are all behind us now in this last part of chapter 22. Dr.Vern Poythress has written a very helpful guide book to the book of Revelation, called The Returning King. He sums up our text in the following way:

“The central, visionary part of Revelation ends with 22:5. Revelation now concludes with promise, exhortation, and conformation, in order to drive home to our hearts the message of the visions, and to stir up hope for the coming of the Lord Jesus (22:20).” (p.195)

May the Lord grant it to us that we might have the message of this great book driven home to our hearts once again this Sunday, that He might stir up our great hope for the coming of our Lord Jesus in glory. May we too learn to say with John in v.20, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”

We hope that you will join us as we examine this great passage of the Word of God this Lord’s day!

Sunday Night Bible Study (6 PM)

We are currently going through a study of the Heidelberg Catechism. Please join us as we take an in-depth look at this great teaching tool and means of unity in the church that has stood the test of time for over 450 years!