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The Last Words of the Last Book

Introduction. Tonight we will conclude the Book of Revelation. Then a month from now I will do a Revelation Wrap Up, reflections on our journey through this whole book. As we come to the last words of Revelation I thought last words might be an interesting little introduction. So I googled famous last words and read a couple of hundred and was completely underwhelmed, very few worth quoting. Karl Marx may have been a bit too cynical, “Last words are for fools who haven't said enough.” I think when people are dying they aren’t trying to be profound or witty or say something memorable. About the best you could hope to say is “I love you” and “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit.” As endings go this one in Revelation is not entirely unique. Twice in Moses’ last book he makes a similar warning. Deuteronomy 4:2 You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you. Deuteronomy 12:32 Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it. The book of Joshua begins and ends with similar warnings: Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 23:6 Therefore, be very strong to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, turning aside from it neither to the right hand nor to the left. Proverbs has similar words near the end. Proverbs 30:5-6 Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6 Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar. Revelation begins with a blessing on all hear and obey the words of this book and ends with a curse on all who disobey the words of this book. Revelation 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. Revelation 22:18-21 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.
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