,, For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book.” And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Rev. 22: 18-21
Revelation is the revelation or revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ that was presented to us through John, and this book tells a great deal about future events related to the Church, Israel and the world from Christ's ascension to the end of time, and then the beginning of "eternity". Also in Revelation are written the events and final destiny of Satan, the fallen angels and the unbelievers.
The book of Genesis is ..the beginning of "human history and Revelation is the" end "and there are many things in the Bible that begin at the beginning of the Bible and end in Revelation. Here are a few examples:
In Genesis we have the creation of heaven and earth and Revelation describes the end of the old and the beginning of the new heaven and the new earth.
In Genesis we have the paradise in which Adam and Eve were and they "lost" that time, and in Revelation we have the paradise that the Lord Jesus provided for us.
In the beginning we have the first man and woman who were appointed to rule over the creatures but fell into sin and in Revelation we have Jesus and His Bride the Church with whom He will reign over a whole new "creation".
In Genesis we have the memory of the sacrifice slaughtered for Adam and Eve and in Revelation we see Jesus as the Lamb of God.
At the beginning of the Bible we have the first mention of the "serpent" who deceived Eve and Adam, and in Revelation this "serpent" is completely "unmasked" and it is called in Revelation:
,, So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Rev. 12: 9
and the end of Satan is also described.
In Genesis we have the beginning of sin, sorrow, sickness, weeping, and cursing, and Revelation says:
,, "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."”
Revelation is a book that describes the past, present and future revealed to John and to him the Lord Jesus says:
,, "Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.”
The past - "Write therefore what you have seen," what John saw was the risen Christ, the glorified Christ, and from His glory John falls as dead, and that is in the first chapter.
,, And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead….”
The present - ,, ,, So write ..., and what is, "This is the present that lasts almost two thousand years seen from our perspective and it is the age of the Church and will last until the taking of the Church and it is described in the second and third chapters.
The future - ,,,, So write ... and what will happen next; "After taking the Church, the future begins" and it is described from the fourth chapter to the end of Revelation and here we have a panorama of events that are the future for us and everything will to "end in eternity."
The Bible affirms that it is whole from God and that God is the author as it says:
,, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,”
2 Tim.3: 16
so in connection with this subject in our text the Lord Jesus says of Revelation:
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; if anyone adds to this, God will impose on him the evils written in this book. "
Revelation is the last book of God's special revelation, it is the last given Word of God to men and after the end of the writing of Revelation and thus the canon of the Bible there are no more new revelations or new revelations by God to men, all that was needed to write, publish, explain and transmitted to people in the canon of the Bible is contained so that there is no longer a need for new revelations, prophecies, visions, miracles, dreams, etc ..
That is why the Lord Jesus says:
"If anyone adds to this,"
so if anyone adds something to Revelation or the Bible it is not from God but from Satan and then goes on to say:
"God will impose on him the evils written in this book."
From the beginning, Satan's goal was to add or subtract something from God's Word, and in this way he succeeded in deceiving many people, which is why the Lord Jesus warns:
,,,, For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; if anyone adds to this, God will impose on him the evils written in this book. "
"And whosoever shall take away from the word of the book of this prophecy God shall take away his portion from the book of life, and from the holy city, and from that which is written in this book."
Everything we have said about adding to the Bible also applies to "taking away" from the Bible and Revelation. and rational solutions and explanations, and it takes God's wisdom and knowledge to see the truth.
The best way to check everything we hear from people, it doesn’t matter if it’s spoken, written, it doesn’t matter if it’s maybe some compelling video clip or something else is to compare everything to what the Bible says.
This is necessary because today there is an incredibly large amount of lies and that is why every piece of information should be checked so that we would not be deceived. team and more possibilities of fraud:
,, "Now a famine and great trouble came over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and our fathers found no sustenance.”
We see that they received the word, but that every day they researched and asked for confirmation or interpretation of the word, whether that is the case, and that is exactly what we need to do today, and then we will not have a problem with the Truth.
The unsaved have a problem with this because they "add or subtract" from Revelation but also from the Bible on the "recommendation" of Satan, and those who are saved do not want to "add, subtract or distort" the Word that God said.
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; if anyone adds to this, God will impose on him the evils written in this book; And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his portion from the book of life, and from the holy city, and from that which is written in this book.
And at the end of Revelation it says:
"The one who testifies to this says: Yes, I will come soon! Amen. Yes, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. "
Revelation, like the whole Bible, ends with the promise given by the Lord Jesus Christ that He will soon come.
Beginning of Revelation:
,, And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,”
Rev. 1: 5
Here we see that Jesus "people" and that is why he says that he will "come" because he promised and loves us with selfless, Divine love and not as it is on earth, "everyone loves everyone" and there are debates on all sides , discord, quarrels, murders and even wars. It is not the worldly love with which the Lord Jesus loves us, His love is Divine "agape" so pure and sincere that because of us he went to the cross that we would be alive even though we are not good did it because we just admitted it or not, we can't do good but no matter the Lord Jesus us humans, He didn't set a condition for us to be a little better so He will love us or do a little more good deeds or whatever,
He loves us unconditionally and permanently and He will "come" as He promised because He is Faithful.
The very end of Revelation or the New Testament is in total contrast to the end of the Old Testament where it says:
,,… lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."
And here at the end of Revelation it is written:
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. "
And this means that Jesus is with all believers, whether young or old, whether healthy or sick, sad or happy, He is also with those who are persecuted and who are blessed, with those who know little and with to those who know a little more and to all others who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
So Revelation is the Word of God or the Word of the Lord Jesus Christ given to anyone who wants to know what has been, what is now and what will be and the Word is a confirmation that it will be as it is written because:
,, ,, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,”
2 Tim.3: 16
Finally, the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ ends with the words, "Let it be so."