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1. And he [the messenger which had the seven vehicles of divine bowls for broadcasting, see Revelation 15:6, probably, God’s justice] showed me [the John Class] a pure river [channel of the truth] of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne [divine government] of God and of the Lamb [meek and humble One].

2. In the midst of the street [way of sustained life] of it, and on either side of [encompassing] the river [of truth], was there the tree [church] of life, which bare [develops] twelve manner of fruits [classes or divisions of the twelve tribes of natural Israel], and yielded her fruit every month [apparently for every month for a thousand years which would be the equivalent of 12 tribes for twelve months every year for a thousand yearsequaling 144,000 with the added thought that each member of the church develops 144,000 beings]: and the leaves [teachings] of the trees [the church] were for the healing of the nations.

3. And there shall be no more curse [Adamic condemnation]: but the throne [government] of God and of the Lamb [meek and humble One] shall be in it; and his servants [the world of mankind when perfect] shall serve him:

4. And they shall see his face [experience his favor]; and his name [character] shall be in their foreheads [impressed upon their minds].

5. And there shall be no night [sin and death] there; and they need no candle [human teachers], neither light of the sun [illumination of the Gospel preaching]; for the Lord God giveth them light [illumination]: and they [the restored human creation] shall reign [as human kings on the earth] for ever and ever [the ages of the ages].

6. And he [the messenger which had the seven vehicles of divine bowls for broadcasting] said unto me [the John Class], These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets [teachings of the prophets] sent his angel [messenger] to show unto his servants [the church this side the veil] the things which must shortly be done.

7. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy [the teachings] of this book.

8. And I John saw [perceived] these things, and heard [understood] them. And when I [John and the John Class] had heard [understood] and seen [perceived], I [John and the John Class] fell down to worship [give homage] before the feet of the angel [messenger] which showed me [John and the John Class] these things.

9. Then he [the messenger, Bro. Russell] saith unto me [the John Class], See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings [teachings] of this book: worship God.

10. And he [the messenger] saith unto me [the John Class], Seal [conceal] not the sayings [teachings] of the prophecy of this book: for the [set] time is at hand.

11. He who is unjust [-ified], let him be unjust [ified] still: and he who is filthy [wicked], let him be filthy [wicked] still: and he who that is righteous [justified], let him be righteous [justified] still: and he that is holy [sanctified], let him be holy [sanctified] still. [The thought being that the message of this book will not upset the status quo condition of any class of people.]

12. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be [notice not as his work was].

13. I am the Alpha and Omega [Jesus], the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

14. Blessed are they that do his commandments [who cleanse themselves of their own righteousness], that they may have the right to the tree of life [receive life from the church], and may enter in through the gates [the twelve tribes of Israel, particularly through the Ancient Worthies] into the city [government].

15. For without are dogs [backbiters], and sorcerers [those with tendencies toward occultism], and whoremongers [those harboring desires for either natural or spiritual illicit indulgence], and murderers [brother-haters], and idolaters [those who give to self or to others love, service, and honor which belong to God], and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie [loves or practices untruth].

16. I Jesus, have sent mine angel [probably the Apostle John is meant here] to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root [life-giver] and offspring [the descendant] of David, and the bright and morning star [which is the harbinger of the day].

17. And the [holy] Spirit [through the Bridegroom] and the bride [church] say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him who that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water [truth] of life freely.

18. For I testify unto every man [Christian] that heareth [understands] the words [testimony] of the prophecy [teaching] of this book, If any man [Christian] shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues [punishments] that are written in this book:

19. And if any man [Christian] shall take away from the words [testimony] of the book of this prophecy [teaching], God shall take away his part out of the book of [everlasting] life, and out of the holy city [government], and from the things [the portion of blessings] which are written in this book.

20. He who testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen [So be it]. Even so, come Lord Jesus [this is John’s closing prayer as he concludes his duty to the churches].

21. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all [the saints]. Amen [So be it].


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