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The Free State of Glory (Part 21)


TEXT: Revelation 22:1-5

1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

The Free State of Glory (Part 21)

This final chapter of the Bible brings all of history to a full-circle conclusion. In chapter 21, we viewed the New Jerusalem from the outside. We saw the walls, the foundations, and the gates. We saw the people of the nations and their kings entering the city. And we learned that nothing that defiles will step foot therein. Now, alongside John, we enter the city itself.

The Bible Exposition Commentary says, “We move inside the city to discover that it is like a beautiful garden, reminiscent of the Garden of Eden. There were four rivers in Eden, but there is only one river in the heavenly city. Ezekiel saw a purifying river flowing from the temple, certainly a millennial scene; but this river will flow directly from God’s throne, the very source of all purity. Man was prohibited from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and prevented from eating of the tree of life. But in the eternal home, man will have access to the tree of life. The river and the tree symbolize abundant life in the glorious city.”

The first things John points out is that the angel showed him “a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” In the Old Testament, rivers were used as a symbol of abundance, provision, peacefulness, and security. The Psalmist wrote, “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.” The river of living water that flows in the New Jerusalem comes from God Himself. Therefore, it is absolutely pure and untainted, “clear as crystal.” We have never tasted water like this on earth. It is indeed a real river, but it symbolizes the abundant and perfect provision for the saints in the New Jerusalem. There, we will want for nothing.

Then John notices “the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” In the Garden of Eden, man was forbidden from eating of the Tree of Life after he disobeyed God and ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It may have seemed harsh at the time, but God simply did not want us to live forever in our cursed state, separated from Him, and unable to be redeemed. It was indeed a mercy that Adam did not eat of that Tree of Life. But, in the New Jerusalem, the Tree of Life will be there, and we will be able to eat of it freely.

There will be twelve different kinds of fruit growing on this tree, a different fruit for every month. Even the leaves of the tree will be useful. John says they are “for the healing of the nations.” Of course, in Heaven, no one will get sick, so this cannot mean that the leaves are a type of medicine. John Walvoord explains, “The word for ‘healing’ is ther-a-pei-an, from which the English word ‘therapeutic’ is derived. Rather than meaning ‘healing,’ it should be understood as ‘health-giving,’ as the word in its root meaning has the idea of serving or ministering.” Yes, the Tree of Life will actually give life and health to those who eat thereof. No food, no drink on this earth can compare to the River of Life and the Tree of Life which we will have access to in the New Jerusalem. Until that wonderful day, let us abide in the Living Water and the Bread of Life, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who came down from Heaven and died on the cross, was buried and rose again on the third day which we celebrate this weekend.

One hymnist wrote:

The tree of life, how sweet the fruit,
With God as life complete.
I once was dead, but now I live,
Was starved, but now I eat.

‘Twas God that brought me to the tree,
With Christ Himself as meat;
How precious did that tree become
When I began to eat.

The Lord Himself is food to me,
He is my life supply;
He will my pure enjoyment be,
None else can satisfy.

If you want to join God and Jesus in the New Jerusalem where you can take eat of the Tree of Life and drink of the River of Living Water, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Church at the Mouth of Hell and Jesus’ Two-edged Sword, Part 6 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #318)


A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:12-17:

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

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John Walvoord said, “There is no alternative to continued impurity and compromise in the church but divine judgment.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I fear cheap emotionalism. I also fear not to have emotion. The man who has no emotion is an animal or a Hitler. I fear the Christian who has no emotion — his soul needs a tombstone.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “While America experienced revival, the Holy Spirit was also poured out in Great Britain during this decade. Local revivals of great intensity were reported by various Methodist groups in England, especially. American evangelist James Caughey saw “many thousands” come to faith in Christ during a series of campaigns throughout the nation. Among his converts was a young man named William Booth, destined to found the Salvation Army in a later revival. The revival might have had an even greater impact on the Church of England had it not been for the Tractarian movement, which opposed the evangelism of the revivals in favor of a more sacramental approach to the faith.”

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Jesus Christ warns the church at Pergamum that if it does not get rid of those who teach the doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitanes, He will come and fight against them “with the sword of his mouth.” What does Jesus mean by the sword of His mouth? We know from other passages of Scripture that the sword is the Word of God. Revelation 19 tells us that when Jesus returns, He will ‘smite the nations with the sword that proceedeth from His mouth.’ During His tempting, Jesus defeated Satan with the Word of God. In Ephesians, Christians are instructed to use the “sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.” It was the word of God that brought this world into existence. And it will be the word of the God that brings judgment in the last days.

When Jesus comes, He will fight against the false teachers and those who tolerated them with His Word. This tells us that we already have the tools we need to get rid of false teachers in our churches today. All we need to do is pick up the Word of God, read it, and anything that does not line up with it needs to be removed from among God’s people.

This year, Protestant churches are marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Reformation got started when Martin Luther, who had become troubled about his own salvation and what the Catholic Church claimed one had to do to be saved, went to his priest with his concerns, and was told to go and study the Bible until he found the answers he desired. Luther went and searched the Scriptures till he found the verse that says, “The just shall live by faith.” In light of that and other Revelations, he nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany, calling out the Papacy for its false teaching. The light of the Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit, broke the heresy of the Catholic Church and opened the door to true salvation to the masses. For many years, people were bound in false doctrine simply because they couldn’t read the Bible. As soon as the Bible began to be translated into languages other than Latin, people kicked off the shackles of false teaching and began to walk in the light of the Word.

That is what will have to happen again if we are to dispel false teaching in our own churches. All of us, from the preacher to the pew, need to get back to the Word. The Word which saved us from sin is the same Word which will cleanse us from all ungodliness and deliver us from Jesus’ chastisement.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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