Posted by: missionventureministries | September 2, 2012

DO NOT ADD OR TAKE AWAY FROM GOD’S WORD – Revelation 22:18-19

I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. – Revelation 22:18-19 

The historical, scientific, and prophetic accuracy of Scripture, along with its life-changing qualities, offer evidence that the Bible is the revealed Word of God, therefore, it is imperative that we believe that the Scriptures are the Word of God. 

The reason we can believe the Bible is because of the fulfilled prophecies contained in it. For example, there are over 300 Old Testament prophecies dealing with Jesus Christ that are fulfilled in the New Testament. 

Statistical evidence proof that to suggest that prophecies are merely fulfilled by chance is an impossibility. How could the prophet Micah predict Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem close to 400 year before it occurred? Why did Isaiah write that the Messiah would be born from a virgin centuries before He was born? And how could the psalmist describe His death by crucifixion long before that style of punishment was first used? How could they have written about Jesus being betrayed for exactly thirty pieces of silver, as the Old Testament prophesied? These are just some of the questions that are amazingly and accurately fulfilled. 

There is no way to explain fulfilled prophecy apart from divine inspiration; therefore, it is very important to note that the Bible closes with an affirmation of its truth, because the words of Scripture are “faithful and true” (Revelation 22:6). Sinners are to be alerted to respond to the warnings in the Word of the living God or suffer the consequences of what is written in this holy book. All the prophecies of Revelation regarding the doom of sinners will come true and that certainty should drive people to Jesus who rescues us from the coming wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:10). 

The Lord Jesus Christ himself testifies to the authority and finality of the words of the prophecy of this book (Revelation 22:20). His solemn warning against tampering with Scripture applies first of all to the prophecy of the book of Revelation – Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near” (Revelation1:3). There are stern rebukes of Jezebel and her followers (Revelation 2:20-23), those who had and have embraced the “deep things of Satan” (Revelation 2:24), and those of the “synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 3:9). 

Throughout the centuries there have been many who have added or taken away not only from the book of Revelation from but from the entire Bible and seriously misinterpreted it. So in light of the warning against altering God’s Word in the book of Revelation, Christ cautions at the very end for His people not deviate from what is written in the Holy Scriptures because there will be grave consequences. 

In searching the Scriptures we find that teaching forbidding of adding to and taking away from is not limited to the book of Revelation. From the earliest days of Judaism those who were charged with preserving the words spoken by the Lord knew that their duty was to maintain their precise accuracy. They took very seriously the words of Deuteronomy 4:2 – “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” (See also Deuteronomy 12:32 and Proverbs 30:6). The oral tradition employed by generations of Jews went to great lengths to ensure that the exact words were passed on to the new generation. 

The Holy Bible is unparalleled in all of human history because it is “God breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). No other ancient book is as accurate, and no other book is as relevant to human beings. Its truth transcends all times, languages and cultures and has as much to say to the person living in a big city as the bushman in the outback, because it was inspired by the everlasting God. 

Take time to familiarize yourself with this Magnificent Book and to draw nearer to God. When others teach you, make sure that you are getting the absolute truth from God’s Word by searching the Scriptures yourself just as the Bereans did. (Acts 17:11) 

It is the Lord Jesus who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Maranatha!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all of God’s people. Amen. (Revelation 22:20-21)

 

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