The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
                                                                          CHAPTER 22

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of
God and of 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. And the leaves of the tree are for
the healing of the nations.  No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of 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 sun, for
the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the
prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”   “Look, I am
coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”
I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down
to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me.  But he said to me, “Don’t do
that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of
this scroll. Worship God!”

Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.  Let
the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one
whodoes right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”  “Look, 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, 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, Jesus, 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 Star.”   
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is
thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them,
God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.  And if anyone takes words away from
this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy
City, which are described in this scroll.  He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming
soon.”  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.  The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

The tree of life is only mentioned twice in the Bible.  It was in the Garden of Eden and now it is here.   
When Adam and Eve sinned, God sent an angel to guard the way to the tree of life so that man would
not eat of it and live in sin forever.  (Genesis 3:22)  God had a plan to redeem mankind and had he
eaten from the tree of life, he would have lived forever in his sins and could not have been
redeemed.  The tree of life is again in the heavenly Jerusalem and now the saints of God can partake
of it and live forever.  The rest is self explanatory and describes the awesome and wonderful life
believers will have.

The last few verses contain a stern warning not to add or take away any words of this prophecy.  In
other words,
BELIEVE IT AS IT IS WRITTEN, DON'T MAKE UP YOUR OWN VERSION.  Jesus says that
He testifies that these words are all true and that he sent his angel to tell us that.  
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