Words of Warning

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Warning

John closes out the Word of God with a threefold invitation to the unsaved (v. 17). (1) The Spirit says come, (2) The bride says come, (3) And we who have heard must say come.

 

The message of the Bible is complete and needs no additions from anyone. In fact, solemn words of warning are given to:

 

1.     Those who add to the Book (v. 18) – “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.” (Deut. 4:2). 

 

2.     Those who subtract from the Book (v. 19) – “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life.”

 

These are solemn warnings against tampering in any way with the prophecies in Revelation. It seems this (v. 19) can refer only to the lake of fire, for all who are not written in the book of life are cast into that place.

 

As a closing benediction the Lord says that He will come quickly.  John’s reply is “Come, Lord Jesus.”

Application

There are many cults and religious groups today who are both adding and subtracting from the Word of God.  It is a very serious responsibility that I have, to teach or preach the Word of God and to never add to it or subtract from it. The results may be very serious.

Revelation 22:17-21 (English Standard Version)


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