Revelation is a simple book with a simple message for believers: be a faithful witness and don’t fear loss, rejection, or death. For believers who heed this message, Jesus promises rewards beyond their wildest imagination. Jesus Himself is an example of one who endured great suffering through obedience, and gained the greatest of rewards. He encourages “His servants” to follow in His footsteps.
The angel continues to show John the new earth, which is a place with no curse where the people of God will live with Him face to face.
John’s impulse, as a result of what he has seen, is to fall down in worship. Believers are once again urged to read, hear, heed, and, like John, worship.
Jesus emphasizes that each person will receive a blessing based on the actions they chose in life, reiterating the idea that He is the first and last, repeated from the beginning of Revelation, to emphasize His power.
Revelation ends with an urge to believers to “come” and follow Christ, taking the free gift of the water of life. Jesus also warns those who would add or take away from these words given through John that they will have great adverse consequences for doing so. The book concludes with an invitation to experience God’s grace.