Now we come to Revelation 22:13. Many feel sure that this is Jesus speaking, since the one speaking tells of his “coming”, and in Revelation 22:20, Jesus says: “I come quickly.” And John exclaims: “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.” This overlooks the fact that the scriptures speak of Jehovah [Yahweh] as coming, and also of Jesus’ coming, and that the two are closely associated. This does not mean that Jesus is Jehovah. Jehovah, the God and Father of Jesus, comes to judge the world, not only with and by means of Jesus, but also the saints. — Malachi 3:1-6; Psalm 96:13; 98:9; Daniel 7:18,22; Isaiah 40:10,11; Micah 1:3; Zechariah 14:5; Acts 17:31; 2 Peter 3:7,8; 1 Corinthians 6:2; Psalm 90:4; Jude 1:14,15; Revelation 1:1; 20:4,11-13; 22:6.
Below we quote Revelation 22:6-21 with our comments in brackets .
Revelation 22:6 [John writes:] He [The angel mentioned in Revelation 21:9] said to me [John], “These words are faithful and true. The Lord [Jehovah], the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angels to show to his servants the things which must happen soon.” [This agrees with Revelation 1:1-5, that the revelation is from God through Jesus, and delivered by an angel.]
Revelation 22:7 [Note the abrupt change; the angel suddenly quotes someone as coming:] “Behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” [Many claim that the one coming is Jesus; however, this could also be speaking of Jehovah. More than likely, since the angel was just referring to Jehovah, the God of the spirits of the prophets, the angel is quoting Jehovah.]
Revelation 22:8 [John is no longer quoting the angel or anyone else, but speaks of himself:] Now I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who had shown me these things.
Revelation 22:9 He [the angel] said to me [John], “See you don’t do it! I am a fellow bondservant with you and with your brothers, the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
Revelation 22:10 He [The angel] said to me [John], “Don’t seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.
Revelation 22:11 He who acts unjustly, let him act unjustly still. He who is filthy, let him be filthy still. He who is righteous, let him do righteousness still. He who is holy, let him be holy still.”
Revelation 22:12 [Very abruptly the angel begins to quote someone else again:] “Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each man according to his work. [The God of Jesus judges the world through Jesus, and each man will get his praise from the God of Jesus, who is identified in the following scriptures; Psalm 96:13; Psalm 98:9; Isaiah 40:10,11; Acts 17:31; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Timothy 4:1]
Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” [This identifies the speaker, not as Jesus, but as the one who sits on the throne, he who is, was and is to come — see studies related to Alpha and Omega: http://jesus-rlbible.com/?page_id=5259
Revelation 22:14 [Evidently the angel is then quoted as saying:] “Blessed are those [the heathen who are judged in during millennial rule of Jesus and the church] who do his [God’s] commandments [revealed in the books that are opened to them during that judgment day — Revelation 20:12], that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city.
Revelation 22:15 Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” [those in the judgment day who prove themselves to be the goats of that age — Matthew 25:31-46]
Revelation 22:16 [Now the angel quotes Jesus:] “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify these things to you for the assemblies. I am the root [Jesus becomes the root of David in the regeneration of David] and the offspring of David; the Bright and Morning Star.”
Revelation 22:17 [This is probably the angel speaking:] “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ He who hears, let him say, ‘Come!’ He who is thirsty, let him come. He who desires, let him take the water of life freely.”
Revelation 22:18 [John then abruptly changes so as to quote Jesus:] “I testify to every man who hears the words of the prophecy of this book, if anyone adds to them, may God add to him the plagues which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:19 If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, may God [He who is, was and is to come, he who comes to judge the world through Jesus] take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book.”
Revelation 22:20 [John writes] He [Jesus] who testifies these things says, “Yes, I come quickly.” [John responds:] Amen! Come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen. — World English Bible translation, with quotation marks slightly adjusted from that used in the World English.
Regarding the judgment day, see the study:
Mankind’s Course to the Day of Judgment
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