Revelation Epilogue – and invitation and a warning to all (Revelation 22:12 – 22:21).

In the conclusion to John’s vision, Jesus says: “I am coming soon! My reward is with me and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes (do his commandments) that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. I have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright morning

The angel explains to John what he is to do with his revelation (Revelation 22:6 – 22:11).

The angel told John, “These words are trustworthy and true. God sent his angel to show his servants what things must soon take place and tell them, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.” John confirmed in his epilogue that he personally witnessed the things he wrote of. When his vision ended, John fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing the events to him. The angel said, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant like you and as with your fellow prophets and all who keep the words of this scroll, worship God only!” The angel instructed John, “Do not seal up the words of this prophecy because the time is

The Garden of Eden is restored, life begins anew, and Man will once again be allowed to walk with God (Revelation 22:1 – 22:5).

The angel showed John the river of the water of life. It was clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb, down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and 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

A new heaven and earth are created after the defeat of Satan and the judgement of sinners (Revelation 21:1 – 21:27).

John saw “a new heaven and a new earth”. The first heaven and earth had passed away and there was no longer any sea. He saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, come down from heaven prepared like a beautifully dressed bride. He heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people and he will dwell with them. They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has ceased to exist.” The one seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new! Write this down for these

A thousand years of peace, then the final judgement of Satan and the wicked dead. (Revelation 20:1 – 20:15)

John saw an angel come down from heaven holding the key to the Abyss and a great chain. He seized the dragon (Satan) and bound him for one thousand years (a millennium). He threw Satan into the Abyss and locked and sealed it over him to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time. John saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given the authority to judge. He saw souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus. They had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life

The fall of Babylon the Great – in the final battle, Satan is defeated and thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:1 – 19:10)

After witnessing the fall of the wicked city (the “great prostitute” who spilled the blood of God’s people), John heard a sound like the roar of many people in heaven shouting, “Hallelujah! Salvation, glory, and power to our God for true and fair are his judgements. He has condemned the Great Prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged the blood of his servants.” Again they shouted, “The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.” The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell to their knees and worshipped God. A voice from the throne in heaven joined in saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small.” Then John heard what sounded like a multitude of people,

The world mourns the fall of the woman riding the scarlet beast (aka the Great City by the Sea or Babylon the Great) (Revelation 18:1 – 18:24)

After witnessing the Great Prostitute by the waters, John saw another angel come from heaven. The angel had great authority and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. The angel shouted, “Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal. All the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” John heard another voice say, “Come out of her, my people, so that you do not share in her sins, so that you do not receive any of her plagues. Her sins

The woman sitting on the scarlet beast – the Great Prostitute of Babylon shows evil will fail and be conquered (Revelation 17:1 – 17:18)

One of the seven angels who held the seven bowls went to John and said to him, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute who sits by many waters. With her, the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” The angel carried John away in the Spirit into a wilderness. John saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet and was glittering with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name

The final apocalyptic plagues – the Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath are poured on the world (Revelation 15:1 – 16:21)

John saw in heaven another great and marvelous thing: seven angels with the seven last plagues. With these last plagues, God’s judgment is completed. John saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire. Standing beside the sea were those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given to them by God and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and the Lamb. “Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have

The Song of the 144,000 – three angels deliver three messages of judgement for mankind (Revelation 14:1 – 14:20)

John saw standing on Mount Zion, the lamb and the 144,000 who had his name and the Father’s name written on their foreheads. He heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and loud thunder. Then he heard a sound like harpists playing their harps. The 144,000 sang a song before the throne, the four living creatures, and the elders. No one could sing the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. They were those who did not defile themselves with women, they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they were blameless. Then