|Note of Encouragement|
Let's look at Revelation 22, verses 1-5 and then verse 12. “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 will give them light.”
When I look and study these verses, my imagination or revelation in my head goes into overdrive. First, the river of the water of life flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb and it’s flowing down the middle of the great street. Can you imagine how beautiful? The street is gold with crystal water flowing from the throne.
Now let's look at the throne of God and of the lamb. It's described differently. All of the other scriptures show the power and how magnificent the throne of God is. See Isaiah 6:1-5, Ezekiel 1:26, Psalm 11:4, Psalm 89:14, Revelation 4:2-10, Revelation 5:1. This verse talks about the Lamb of God! Huge difference! And it's mentioned twice.
Now let's move on and look at the way the tree of life is described. First, it's singular, but it's on both sides of the river! Bearing twelve crops, yielding its fruit every month. Now look at this, twelve crops, now it's plural, but only one tree. Yielding its fruit every month. So, this is cool! There is a calendar in heaven. Then the leaves are for the healing of the nations. Every tribe and tongue. Just beautiful. No more curses, we're free.
The throne will be in the city, the new Jerusalem and his servants will serve him, worship! We will see his face. More worship! His name will be on us, more worship! No more night, just the light of God. More worship!
Now let's look at verse 12. “Behold I am coming soon! My reward is with me and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” No matter what we go through in this life Jesus is coming soon and he is bringing his reward! And that's a two-way street. He is ours and we are his.
Brian and Christie McCarthy