As we continue to seek for answers to the question Does GOD Care About the Human Race? Our focus is still in the Book of Revelation, chapter 22. This chapter in the book is loaded with information to help us find answers to our question, and for this reason, we are examining all the relevant details of this chapter to answer our question. As a result, this episode is focusing on the Angel’s identity, and his advice to John, after John has written down all that he has seen in this book that the Angel delivered to him, from Yeshua, the Messiah.
The Angel identifies himself to John as having two different characteristics, and then he tells John that the world is on a time line, and the time is imminent for all the things being revealed to John to start taking place. And lastly, the Angel gives John some very important advice.
1. The Angel is a brother to the prophets
2. The Angel is also a brother to those who keep the words of this book.
3. The Angel tells us the Time is at hand.
4. The Angel tells us to worship GOD.
The Angel is a brother to the Prophets.
The Prophets are: Moses, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi; these are the major prophets. Moreover, you will also find minor prophets in the books of 1 and 2 Kings and Chronicles. When you read any one of these books about the prophets, the significant thing about them is that GOD spoke directly to them. With every prophet, GOD spoke directly to him, and gave him oral instructions on what to say and what to do in order to carry out GOD’s purpose. Additionally, we see that as GOD has HIS Prophets, Similarly, Yeshua, our Messiah, also has His own Prophets.
The Angel is also a brother to those who keep the words of this book.
Webster’s dictionary denotes the word “Keep” to be a verb, meaning an Action word. It requires you to perform some action towards the subject. The subject, in this case, is the Book of Revelation. The action to be performed on this book, is that we keep the words of the book. In this case the word “keep” is defined as follows: To be faithful to. Especially by appropriate conduct. To Fulfill, to Observe.
In short, we are to be doing something in our lives that will manifest our faithfulness in observing the words of this book. By performing whatever is required of our behavior or our actions towards the words of the book. By doing so, the Angel will be recognized as fellow servants to us, and we to him, it is a reciprocated relationship. In other words, we are ALL in this performance task together as we work at being diligent in performing the words of this book.
The Angel tells us the Time is at hand.
In Other words, the events of this book is ready to take place. Yet, this warning of being ready to take place, was given at a minimum, more than 1900 years ago.
It is believed that the Book of Revelation was written around 96 CE. If, it was written during this time period and the events of the prophecies of the book were near at hand during that time period; then it is reasonable to say that these prophecies have already been taking place for more than 1900 years now; and we, that is, those of us living today in the year 2019, are indeed living in the time of the very end.
Considering this, I believe we are living at the starting point of the 7th Angel pouring out his bowl on the earth. For instance, when we read of the plagues being poured out from the Angels in heaven we see that many of them have already happened, and are continuing to happen. And we are currently living through, and experiencing the events of the result of the 6th Angel having already poured out his bowl on the earth.
The Angel tells us to worship GOD.
Note here, that the Angel tells us to worship GOD, he did not tell us to worship Yeshua (aka Jesus). From a Christian perspective, I was taught that Yeshua and GOD are one in the same. And to worship Yeshua, is the same as worshiping GOD. However, as I’ve read through all of the Gospels of our Canonize Bible, as well as all the writing of the Apostles, there is absolutely no place within these books where we are told to worship Yeshua. In fact, Yeshua, himself, tells us that we are only to worship GOD. As it is written in Matthew 4:8-11.
- “Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, All these things I will give You, if you will fall down and worship me. Then Yeshua said to him, Away with you Satan! For it is written, you shall worship the Lord your GOD, and HIM only, shall you serve. Then the devil left Him and behold, Angels came and ministered to Him.”
Consequently, the Angel is in essence telling us that it is vitally important that we know who we are worshipping. As a result of this, the Book of Revelation provides us with an important glue. This glue helps guide us with identifying whether or not we are truly worshiping GOD or someone impersonating.
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