Eden restored & River of life
1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there will be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him.
God had pronounced a curse on the ground in Genesis 3:17
4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.
5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
In the new heaven and a new earth, there will be no sun.
John and the angel
6 And he said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place."
Jesus is coming
7 "And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me,
9 but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God."
10 And he said to me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.
11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy."
Epilogue: Invitation and warning
12 "Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."
The "Alpha and the Omega" is the Lord God, the Almighty (Rev 1:8), but "the first and the last" is the risen Christ. Back in Revelation 1 "one like a son of man (Rev 1:13)" called himself "the first and the last" (Rev 1:17) "and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore" (Rev 1:18); And again, he says that he utters "The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life" (Rev 2:8). In this verse, the person speaking applies both titles to himself. Therefore, this person is both the Lord God Almighty and the risen Christ. What an amazing Revelation! Anyone who claims that Jesus never claimed to be God is clearly ignorant of the significance of this verse.
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.
15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
16 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star."
17 The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
Adding or subtracting from the Word of God is a grievous sin because so much is at stake for those who are misled. The book of this prophecy is not simply referring to the Book of Revelation but to the Bible as a whole. Woe to those false prophets who create their own additions to the Bible, or those who mistranslate the Bible.
20 He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.