The author of Revelations identifies himself as John at least four times throughout Revelations calling himself a servant of Christ and a brother and companion in tribulations. He was on the Isle of Patmos because of the testimony of Jesus Christ. John here is reporting what was seen in his vision and was told by God to write them down. John was exiled on this island because of his preaching of the gospel of Christ, a small barren, rocky island in the Aegean Sea about sixty miles from Ephesus, during a time that Christians was being persecuted but was later released and returned to Ephesus after death of his persecutor Dominitian.
Now Revelations means the unveiling of something previously unrevealed. Here Christ and his eternal program are fully revealed. Most of us view Revelations as the judgment of God on the world.
John received the Revelation of Jesus Christ to show God’s servant things that must shortly, come to pass and God sent the vision and signified it by his angels. John in turn, bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and all the things he saw. He declared that blessed is he that reads and hears the words of the prophecy and keeps them, for time is at hand. To reject means to refuse to accept, recognize or make use of, repudiate, to refuse to consider or grant, to deny or refuse affection or recognition to, to discord as defective or useless, throw away, to spit out or vomit, or to back away. Come means to advance toward, to approach in a specified manner, to arrive as a result of moving or making progress, to reach a particular point, to move into view, appear; to occur in time, to move or be brought to a particular position, to exist at a particular point or place, to be available or obtainable, to occur or take place, happen; to result or end up.
Now in our text, Revelations 22:10-17, God tells John to tell us not to seal the sayings of the prophecy of this book, unlike when Daniel to seal up the prophecy as it was for a time to come, now the time has come, the Messiah has come and his return is imminent. Time is at hand. Some time we seal God up. We shut up our ears; we close our eyes, and we want even speak of his goodness towards us. We shut him out of our lives until we need him, we want obey him, we want live for him, and we seal him up. When he returns, whatever choice you have mad will be eternal.
According to Ephesians 4:11, God sent his Apostles, his Prophets, his Evangelists, his Pastors and Teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, to bring the people in the unity of the faith and in the knowledge of the son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, that we be not tossed to and fro, and be carried about with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. Yet we want hear them either and sometime we even go as far as to have them shut up. They have directions for our lives. They pull out of the word through the spirit of God the highway that we are to take, but do we hear, no! We shut out God, the Holy Spirit, and every other messenger he sends, in spirit of all our actions, God still does not reject us. He still says whosoever will let him come.
He says to come broken, rejected of man, useless, acquainted with grief. He uses just these type people; people not only rejected, but also neglected, abused, grieving, ordinary people. Jesus was rejected, bruised, afflicted, oppressed, despised, stricken, smitten of God, and wounded for our transgressions; yet he opened not his mouth, he was brought to the slaughter as a sheep before his shearers, taken from prison and from judgment, cut off from the land of the living for our transgressions, made his grave with the wicked all to please his father.
Jesus came freely into the world to redeem man back unto God, and God freely gave his son, and now in Revelations 22:17 he exhorts us to come and the spirit and the bride say, come, and let him that hear say, come, and let him that is athirst come and whosoever will let him take the water of life freely. He asks us in this scripture four times to come to Christ in faith for eternal life.
The Spirit is the Holy Spirit
The Bride is the Church
The Holy Spirit works through the church to Evangelize the world
The Water of life is eternal life, available freely by faith in Christ
Come unto the supper of the great God, different from the marriage supper of the lamb. All kinds of men need to come and let God wipe all the tears from your eyes. There is no crying or sorrow in the presence of god, but you have to let your principal activity for eternal life is to serve God. God’s eternal purpose is to gather a holy, devoted people for him self. He is the origin and source of all things, the goal and aim of all things. The water of life represents eternal sustenance and provision. Psalms 36:9 say for with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light shall we see light without God’s light shining in us. We could not see or we may see but not clearly. Our understanding is not up to par in natural things and for this cause; we need God’s guidance.
Isaiah 55:1 say Ho, every one that thirst, come you to the waters and he that hath no money, come buy, and eat, yes come, buy wine and milk without money and price. God’s gift of salvation is offered to all that will receive it. Those spiritually hungry and thirsty may come to eat and drink without money. You cannot pay for salvation. There is a price to pay for salvation, but Jesus has already paid the price at Calvary.
Seek the Lord and call upon him. God has no rejects; he uses ordinary people like us.
John 4:14 says; but whosoever drink of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of springing water up unto everlasting life. Referring to the living water; the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, if any man thirst; let him come unto me and drink. God’s purpose from the beginning was to dwell with man and enjoy fellowship with us as he did with Adam in the garden. He does it now with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, this occurs when a person is saved. Its not an experience but produces spiritual experiences, it remains the basis of all the other ministries of the Holy Spirit and is the source of new life in the believer. The Holy Spirit indwelling should motivate us to be careful not to harm this body, nor to indulge in sin. God wants somebody to stand up and be true, accept him as he is, deny them selves, follow him and follow peace with all men. God has no rejects; it is still whosoever will let him come.
God can use you; he is calling for the fornicator, the adulterer, the prostitute, the unclean man, and the unrighteous in all your ways man, the covetous people, and all those that always wants some one else things.
God still calls the:
Filthy – subjecting your bodies to wrong things
The foolish – unwise, unlearned
The jokers – always playing around, acting silly
The liars – those who do not speak the truth, those who do not keep their word or support the work faithfully
The backbiters – say one thing in others faces and talk about them behind their back unfavorably
The drunks – always over indulging in alcoholic beverages prohibited by God and man
The drug users – those who abuse their bodies by subjecting them to unlawful illegal products
The drug dealer – those who distribute mind altering products unlawfully
The unsubmittive wife – those that want obey their head, they are messed up in the head
The abusing men and women
The wife beaters – the husband that beats their wives
The child neglecters – those that do not take care of their children in all areas of life
The cheating hearts – unfaithful to god and his church, untrue
The thieves and robbers – them that steal, do not pay tithes and offerings, do not support the work of the Lord
The murderers – those that take up an offense against their brothers and sisters, lie on them, gossip with an unclean mouth
The jealous heart – desire something that you are not and someone else has it together
The whoremonger – those who practice sexual sin
The sorcerer – those who practice witchcraft