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  • River of water of life - In John 4, Jesus used this figure for all the blessings, which flow to God's children. In John 7:37-39, Jesus uses the figure to refer to the Holy Spirit. It is clear in scripture that Christians partake of the water of life already. We don't have to wait until eternity to drink it. See in Ezekiel 47:1-12 that this is a picture of blessedness that God provided for the righteous, that flow from God through the righteous to the barren and dead places of the world.

  • The throne of God and the Lamb - This is where the mercy and authority of God are combined. If it were eternity, it would be after the Lamb had delivered the throne back up to God (1 Corinthians 15:24 ff).

  • Leaves of the tree - The church's offering to the nations that brings spiritual healing is called evangelism. The faithful, victorious, glorious, blessed church evangelizes. May we be that church today!

  • See His face - closeness of communion between God and His church

  • Reign forever - Revelation 5:10 says this kingdom of priests reign on the earth. Live or die, the saints reign.

  • Seal not the words of this prophecy - Daniel was told to seal his vision because the time of fulfillment was distant (about 400 years - Daniel 8:26). This vision was not to be sealed because the time of fulfillment was near.

  • Let the unrighteous do unrighteousness - This is not encouraging men to do wrong but stating that people act according to character.

  • Right to the tree of life - The tree of life is in the city and only the faithful live there. The right is a privilege granted to those who belong to Jesus but that right can be taken from the saint. This is not talking about eternity and "once saved always saved" is not biblical. Revelation 2:10 promises the crown of life to those who are faithful unto death. To the overcomer Jesus promised, "I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life" (Revelation 3:5). It is implied that those who fall away will have their name blotted out of the Book of Life.

  • Plagues added - How could those who have tampered with this book from the day it was written be subjected to the plagues written in this book? There are only three possibilities:
    1) All the dead tamperers will be resurrected so they can live through the tribulation period when the Plagues are fulfilled.

    2) All the dead tamperers will suffer these same plagues when they are in eternity (this requires nuclear war on earth, resurrection of a Red Chinese army, mutant locusts, oceans and rivers turned to blood, resurrection of Gog and Magog, etc.

    3) The tamperers will not be plagued with the plagues written in this book. (This requires that the plagues be a figurative presentation of God's judgments on the wicked or else His threat was an idle one).

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