The Revelation is the last book in the New Testament. The New Testament describes the life of Jesus, followed by the story of the early days of the church, and then contains letters and documents written by leaders in the early church, giving advice on matters of faith and Christian conduct. Finally, there is the Revelation, which provides a vision of the future. Chapter 22, the final chapter, contains an invitation and a challenge:

“I am coming quickly. I will be bringing my reward with me, to repay everyone for what they have done… I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”Anyone who hears should say, “Come!”Anyone who is thirsty should come. Anyone who wants can take the water of life freely.

God has spoken, the Bible is finished, and the reader must now decide whether to accept the invitation and drink from the river of the water of life, or to reject the invitation and to follow some other path in life. Other paths can include good bits and fulfilling bits, but, if you accept what the New Testament says, they do not lead to the holy city and the water of life.

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