Rev 22:18, 19
"For I testify unto every man that
heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these
things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy,
God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city,
and from the things which are written in this book."
Satan and his followers and
the false religionists of this world will always want to change, delete, add to,
and/or eliminate the word of God. This is to be expected. The above warnings,
however, are not to Satan and his followers or the false religionists of this
world. These warnings are to "every man that heareth the words of the
prophecy of this book." The only ones that "hear the words of the prophecy
of this book" are the born again children of God. They are the only ones capable
of hearing the words of the prophecy of this book. The warnings are to not add
to the word of God or to take away from the word of God.
The actions of Nadab and
Abihu and the actions of Uzzah are well chronicled to us in the scriptures.
God's word is said to be a thorough furnisher unto all good works. If our
religious exercises cannot be substantiated by God's word, then we need to quit
those exercises. If our religious beliefs or practices are contrary to the word
of God then we need to change our beliefs and practices. Adding to God's word or
taking from God's word only gets us into trouble and brings us under the
admonition given in the above passage of scripture.
I wander how many of God's
people have had their soul plagued because they have added to the word of God.
These plagues can come in many ways including our relationships, the trials and
troubles we bring upon ourselves, the leanness of our soul, the loneliness that
plagues many, the continual turmoil within the lives of those so plagued, the
lack of contentment that so many experience, the pitfalls that many fall into in
their lives, etc.
Similarly, by taking away from the words of the prophecy of this book, the
warning is that we would have our part removed from the book of life, from the
holy city, and from the things that are written in this book. God's children are
not in danger of losing their eternal life. They are, however, in danger of
losing the joy of their salvation, and the blessings of service to God, and the
felt presence and fellowship of God and his people in the worship and service of
God. They are in danger of losing their place in the Lord's church kingdom here
Let us take heed to the
admonitions given above.
Rev 22:20, 21 "He
which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come,
Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."
The Lord comes quickly in
fulfilling his timely promises and in his blessings upon us for serving him and
worshipping him in Spirit and in truth. He also comes quickly upon us in
chastisement to correct us because he loves us.
Also, the Lord is not slack
concerning his eternal promises: 2 Pet. 3:8 "But, beloved, be not ignorant of
this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his
promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
Likewise, it often is the desire of God's children that the Lord would come
quickly to usher in his eternal glorious kingdom as we are faced with the
increasing trials of this life and the ever increasing wickedness coming upon
the world. We thus say, "even so, come, Lord Jesus."
Regardless of the trials
and wickedness we find in this world or how great the troubles or turmoils we
are to face, we rest in the precious truths of God's grace. We are saved from
sins condemnation by the grace of God. We are saved from sins bondage, by the
grace of God. We are saved by sins corruption by the grace of God. All that we
have received in the form of timely and eternal blessings is by the grace of
God. No wonder the apostle could write, "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
be with you all. Amen."
Elder Vernon Johnson