Leslie M. John

The angel showed to John the river of water of life, which was bright as crystal and it flowed from the throne of God, and of Lord Jesus Christ through the middle of the street of the holy city New Jerusalem.

The moment we hear that there will be no sea in eternity, it surprises us and we tend to think that there will be no water in eternity; but it is not so. There is plenty of water; not just the water but the water of life.

Both absence of sea in the New Jerusalem, and the presence of river therein are blessing to the saved. Old Testament uses the pictures of river as also of water many-a-time to depict the blessings of the Lord. However, the rivers about which the scriptures mentions are neither allegorical nor symbolical but are real.

There went out of Garden of Eden to water the garden a river which parted into four heads; the first one was Psion, Second River was Gihon, the third river was Hiddekel, and the fourth was river Euphrates. There went up mist from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground; obviously it did not rain in the beginning. Man and woman lived in this wonderful garden.

Each river encompassed certain portion of land. Unique among was Pison, which encompassed the whole land of Havilah, where gold of good quality was found. It also had precious stones viz. bdellium and the onyx stone.

Man’s disobedience and transgression of God’s commandment caused the ground to be cursed by God, and the Garden of Eden was once for fall shut for them. If only the woman transgressed and man not participated in her actions, perhaps woman would have been lost eternally; however, man ate of the forbidden fruit knowing pretty well the consequences such transgression would bring. Innocent man became sin for the sake of woman and the man is called the “first Adam”.

“For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety” (1 Timothy 2:13-15).

When Adam and Eve sinned then there arose the necessity of their redemption and shadow of covering their sin and forgiveness is indicated in the first act of God when he covered their naked bodies with the skin of an animal, obviously by shedding its blood.

“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them” (Genesis 3:21)

The redemption plan that started in the Garden of Eden continued through ages in different ways to finally culminate in the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. He died for our sake, was buried and rose from the dead, and after forty days on this earth in His resurrected body appearing to many and leaving behind infallible proofs, He ascended into heaven. He is coming again; and we wish, just as John wished, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”

It was picturesque presentation of rivers in some references to depict the richness, provision and peace, such as the peace that man had by following the LORD’s commandments; it was as a river.

“And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be” (Zechariah 14:8)

A preview of blessings in the New Heavens and the new earth is presented to us in the millennial period by Ezekiel the prophet.

“Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed” (Ezekiel 47:8)

There shall be River of life during the millennial period when the waters flow from four sides of Ezekiel Temple, grow deeper and wider until they reach a level when man can swim in them. On the bank of the river there will grow many
trees on its either side for meat, and the leaf of those trees “shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine”.

The water flows to the eastern region and “goes down into the Arabah, and enters the sea; when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh” (cf. Ezekiel 47:1-7, 8, 9-12)

Here, a notable point is that the river water flows into the sea (the sea mentioned here is “Dead Sea”), and according to Revelation 21:1 there will be no more sea in eternity, corroborating to the view that Ezekiel’s temple and the
river mentioned there, pertain to millennial period.

The blessings in the New Heavens and the new earth are far greater than the ones in millennial period. Comfort, peace, richness and provision are found in the new heavens and the New Earth.

On either side of the river in the midst of the street of the New Jerusalem, which is the bride of Christ, there was seen by John the tree of life, which bore twelve kinds of fruit, and yielded her fruit every month. Eat the fruit if you wish to or do not if you do not have to.

There shall be no curse. The curse is all gone; and there is nothing but blessing, peace and rest. Worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. The throne of God and of
Lord Jesus Christ shall be in New Jerusalem. His servants shall serve Him. They will see His face and His name will be on their foreheads.

They are conformed to the image of Lord Jesus Christ and the mark on their foreheads is their identity that they belong to the God who lives forever and ever. There will be no more night. They need no light of a lamp or sun because the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (cf. Revelation 22:2-5)


The blessings in eternity are too many to comprehend fully by mortals like us, who have lived all our life on this cursed earth. That is the reason why the angel says to John that the words written here are trustworthy and true. Angel emphasizes that “the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

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

Johns testifies that he is the one who heard and saw all that is mentioned in this book and when he heard and saw them, he fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed to him. As John was about to worship the angel, he said to John that he should not worship him; because he was a fellow servant with him, and of his brothers and prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. He, then, admonished John to worship God.

While Daniel was advised to seal up the things that will come during the last days (cf. Daniel 12:4), John was admonished here in this book not to seal up the words of the prophecy of this book; but to keep them open, which indicates that the last days of this heaven and earth are imminent. The angel said to John that “the time is near. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy
still be holy.”

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

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood”

“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.”

“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”

“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, 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”

“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”
“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen”