Jesus is our bright Morning Star. May the Day of His coming dawn ever so soon. Amen!

BibleGateway: Revelation 22:7-21

ESV Text: Revelation 22:7-21

Revelation 22:7–21 (Listen)

“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

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, 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.”

12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

14 Blessed are those who wash their robes,1 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.

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.2 Amen.

Footnotes

[1] 22:14 Some manuscripts do his commandments

[2] 22:21 Some manuscripts all the saints

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 22
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. 8 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 shewed 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. 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. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 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.

     20 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 343:
How Lovely Shines the Morning Star

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1. How lovely shines the Morning Star! 
The nations see and hail afar 
The light in Judah shining. 
Thou David’s Son of Jacob’s race, 
My Bridegroom and my King of Grace, 
For Thee my heart is pining. 
Lowly, Holy, 
Great and glorious, Thou victorious 
Prince of graces, 
Filling all the heavenly places. 

2. O highest joy by mortals won, 
True Son of God and Mary’s Son, 
Thou high-born King of ages! 
Thou art my heart’s most beauteous Flower, 
And Thy blest Gospel’s saving power 
My raptured soul engages. 
Thou mine, I Thine; 
Sing hosanna! Heavenly manna 
Tasting, eating, 
Whilst Thy love in songs repeating. 

3. Now richly to my waiting heart, 
O Thou, my God, deign to impart 
The grace of love undying. 
In Thy blest body let me be, 
E’en as the branch is in the tree, 
Thy life my life supplying. 
Sighing, Crying. 
For the savor Of Thy favor; 
Resting never, 
Till I rest in Thee forever. 

4. A pledge of peace from God I see 
When Thy pure eyes are turned to me 
To show me Thy good pleasure. 
Jesus, Thy Spirit and Thy Word, 
Thy body and Thy blood, afford 
My soul its dearest treasure. 
Keep me Kindly 
In Thy favor, O my Savior! 
Thou wilt cheer me; 
Thy Word calls me to draw near Thee. 

5. Thou, mighty Father, in Thy Son 
Didst love me ere Thou hadst begun 
This ancient world’s foundation. 
Thy Son hath made a friend of me, 
And when in spirit Him I see, 
I joy in tribulation. 
What bliss Is this! 
He that liveth To me giveth 
Life forever; 
Nothing me from Him can sever. 

6. Lift up the voice and strike the string. 
Let all glad sounds of music ring 
In God’s high praises blended. 
Christ will be with me all the way, 
Today, tomorrow, every day, 
Till traveling days be ended. 
Sing out, Ring out 
Triumph glorious, O victorious, 
Chosen nation; 
Praise the God of your salvation. 

7. Oh, joy to know that Thou, my Friend, 
Art Lord, Beginning without end, 
The First and Last, Eternal! 
And Thou at length–O glorious grace!– 
Wilt take me to that holy place, 
The home of joys supernal. 
Amen, Amen! 


Hymn: LSB 395 O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright
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Christ will remove the curse of sin once and for all.

BibleGateway: Revelation 22:1-6

ESV Text: Revelation 22:1-6

Revelation 22:1–6 (Listen)

The River of Life

22:1 Then the angel1 showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life2 with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 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.

Jesus Is Coming

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.”

Footnotes

[1] 22:1 Greek he

[2] 22:2 Or the Lamb. In the midst of the street of the city, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 22

     1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

     6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 341:
Crown Him with Many Crowns

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1. Crown Him with many crowns 
The Lamb upon His throne; 
Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns 
All music but its own. 
Awake, my soul, and sing 
Of Him who died for thee 
And hail Him as thy matchless King 
Through all eternity. 

2. Crown Him the Virgin’s Son, 
The God incarnate born, 
Whose arm those crimson trophies won 
Which now His brow adorn; 
Fruit of the mystic rose, 
As of that rose the stem; 
The root whence mercy ever flows, 
The Babe of Bethlehem. 

3. Crown Him the Lord of Love. 
Behold His hands and side, 
Rich wounds, yet visible above, 
In beauty glorified. 
No angel in the sky 
Can fully bear that sight, 
But downward bends his wondering eye 
At mysteries so bright! 

4. Crown Him the Lord of Life 
Who triumphed o’er the grave 
And rose victorious in the strife 
For those He came to save. 
His glories now we sing 
Who died and rose on high, 
Who died eternal life to bring 
And lives that death may die. 

5. Crown Him the Lord of Heaven, 
Enthroned in worlds above, 
Crown Him the King to whom is given 
The wondrous name of Love. 
Crown Him with many crowns 
As thrones before Him fall; 
Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns 
For He is King of all.