The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “Revelation” 3 ways:
- An act of revealing or communicating divine truth
- Something that is communication from God to humans, and
- An act of revealing to view or making known.
It’s important for us to understand what the word means so we don’t lose sight of the meaning we read through it, but what is being revealed or unveiled in this book?
It’s easy to see Revelation as a terrifying apocalyptic novel. On the surface we are shown wars, beasts, and economic crashes that many believe reflect current events. But, what if we have spent so much time trying to interpret the book and have missed the most important part?
Revelation reveals Jesus Christ. Though we can read about the antichrist, wars, etc,our main takeaway should be that Jesus is exactly who He says He is and does what He said He will do.
Revelation 22 begins with John finishing his description of the New Jerusalem the angel of the Lord shows him. In verse 7, Jesus exclaims, “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” Jesus says again in verse 12,, “Behold, I am coming soon” adding “My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. (13) I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Jesus is making it known that He is coming and that when He comes back, it’s game over. He returns as conquering King. However, because of who He is, there is hope.
He says in verse 17, “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” The word “Come” can be described as to draw near or to move from a far position to a position nearby. In other words, it’s an invitation.
Still, here in the last book of the Bible we are offered an invitation to accept Him and to receive that free gift of living water and eternal life.