12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
16 “I, Yehoshua / Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
We know that he is coming, and that He will come soon now, and when He comes it will not be to administer grace, that time will have passed us by when He has appeared this time. So, we need to come to terms with our sinful nature before he makes His appearance this time. For now He comes as Judge, and to rule over every nation with an iron rod.
Yehoshua says, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Vs 12, 13)
This is his way of saying we’ll get what we have earned. Unfortunately, many of us have earned a place in Hell because we have sinned and not repented. Therefore, we must stand before Him in judgment bearing sin worthy of death.
He speaks of this time in Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
I can’t imagine what that would be like, having called on His name for a lifetime, but having Him turn away from us because we have not kept the Commandments of God. That’s what is meant by practicing lawlessness.
What idiot places His life in Yehoshua’s hands, and then does not obey what He says we ought to do, or follow His example. Yet this is the story for many of us who are facing His judgment.
The Apostle John adds, “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” (Vs 14)
He is telling us straight that those who have kept the Commandments of God, have been given the right to enter into the Holy City and have access to the tree of life. (eternal life)
So what Commandments are we talking about? The very least we can do is keep the basic Ten Commanments, is it not? But have we done that?
Have we abstained from lying, murder, adultery, and have we honored our parents? But more importantly, have we loved God with all of our being, or have we reserved some of that love for ourselves? Have we misused Yehoshua’s Holy name, or bowed down to other things, Idols like money, cars, houses, or possessions?
But here is the one Commandments that will cost more lives than any other:
Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
Virtually all of the modern Church is keeping the Roman Catholic Pagan Sabbath, not the Sabbath that Yahovah Himself declared that we will keep for all of eternity.
Violating that one Commandment on the say so of men, rather than obeying God will cause so many of us to be left outside of the gates to heaven, looking in!
Perhaps this is why Christ said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13, 14)
Thus, we have the last word as it is spoken by John and authenticated by Christ Yehoshua.
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (Vs 15)
The Lie that is being spoken of here is the one that has been shouted from many a pulpit, and was also said by Satan Himself in the Garden, as He spoke to the first two humans. Essentially, He said to them, that they don’t have to obey God!
So, they didn’t, and we all know what happened as a result.
God is back in the form of His Son Yehoshua, and we are still of a mind to follow the instructions of the Lawless one! There will be repercussions that will far exceed those of Eden being exited and God’s curse on mankind.
Did the Apostle Paul not say, “The wages of sin is death!” (Romans 6:23)
Here is the last word, “I, Yehoshua / Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” (Vs 16)
You have been warned by one who was sent for this purpose. We can listen and act on what is the unvarnished truth, or we can continue on our way to destruction.
Unfortunately, we do not now have a lot of time to think on it. But just consider this one thing, it costs us nothing to believe God and act on it.
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Shalom my friends,