Rev 22:6, 7  "And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. 7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book."

The same God who moved the holy prophets of the Old Testament to write also moved upon the Apostles and Prophets of the New Testament to write.  Thus, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

The things that are set forth in the book of Revelation came to fruition and manifestation in a very short period of time.  I know of nothing unfulfilled in the scriptures except for the resurrection of the dead and the events leading up to the resurrection.

Obviously since the things revealed unto John were to show God's servants things which must shortly be done, then they are for his servants and beneficial in their service to God.  Too many of God's people fail to realize the profitability of reading, studying, and applying the scriptures to their lives.  God has promised that we are blessed in keeping the sayings of the prophecy of this book.  That should be reason enough for us to search and apply the scriptures.

Rev 22:8, 9  "And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things. 9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God."

It is in our fleshly nature to worship and serve the creature more than the Creator.  When someone is blessed of God, we are prone to give credit and honor to the man rather than to God.  How many times have we seen those who hear them idolize preachers, who were blessed to preach in power and demonstration of Spirit.  The scriptures say "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." 

The angel refused to receive the worship of the Apostle.  That should teach every one of God's ministers that we are to refuse the worship of men and rebuke them when they begin to worship us.  We have examples of others who refused the worship and exaltation of men:

                   1.  Acts 10:25 "And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. 26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man."

                   2.  Acts 14:11 "And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. 12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. 13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. 14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: 16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. 17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. 18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them."

Peter, Paul, and Barnabas refused the worship of men.  The angel refused the worship of the Apostle John.  We should both refuse to worship man or to receive the worship of men.

In harmony with this the Lord warned about giving glorifying titles to men and to receiving glorifying titles from men: Matt. 23:8 "But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted."  Today we see multitudes of worldly ministers who either call themselves by the very titles the Lord warned against or else allow others to call themselves by these titles. 

Similarly, the exalting title of Reverend is used by most worldly ministers in the United States.  Psalms 111:9 declares God's name is holy and reverend: "He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name."  Since God's name is both Holy and Reverend, how can puny man allow others to call them by such exalting titles?  This is none other than creature worship and is specifically condemned by our God.

Rev 22:10, 10   "And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."

One of the meanings of seal is "to keep secret."  Also, one of the meanings of prophecy is "doctrine."  Thus, the essential meaning of "Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book" is that we are not to keep secret the doctrines of the bible.  Those doctrines have plainly been set forth throughout the book of Revelation and we have attempted to address them. 

Some of the very basic of doctrines is set forth in verse 11.  "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still" shows forth plainly that it is not up to men to justify themselves before God.  Furthermore, it is impossible for man to justify himself before God.  Only through the shed blood of the Lamb of God can any one be justified.  The only ones who are justified are those chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world.  This principle is set forth in Rom. 8:29, 30: "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified." 

Next, it is not up to men to change their essential nature.  Man is by nature filthy through sin.  Jer. 13:23 teaches the impossibility of man being able to change his filthy nature: "Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil."  Evil man cannot make himself good.  Paul said, "I know that in me, that is in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing."  This fleshly nature can no man change.  It is only through the miracle of the new birth that we are given a new nature making us able to seek after, understand the things of God, and do good.  The new birth, however, does not change the old fleshly nature.  Thus, man in his filthy unregenerate state cannot deliver himself from that condition.

A man can only be righteous through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.  According to 2 Cor. 5:21, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."  Those for whom Christ died will always be righteous or just before God.  The question is asked and answered in Rom. 8:33 "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth."  No charge can be brought before God against the elect for Christ justified them.  They are without fault before the throne of God.

We are made holy or saints through the work of God in the new or spiritual birth.  According to 1 Pet. 1:23, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."  The elect having been born of the incorruptible word of God (Jesus Christ) are made incorruptible in the inner man.  It is impossible for them to sin in the inner man: 1 John 3:9 "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."  Furthermore, that work is irreversible for his seed remaineth in him.