To add to, or to take away from these things? Revelation 22:12-21

For years I believed what was traditionally taught regarding these passages of scripture in the book of Revelation. I believed the focal point of these verses was in direct reference to tampering with the context or content of God’s written word. I took in and even came alongside the teachings most commonly used to legitimize this particular interpretation. For instance the serpent telling Eve in the garden, “You will not surely die!’; as a result, creating doubt through altering what God had actually said; in other words, altering His word. However, I no longer hold that position because I am sure that the warnings present in the final verses of Revelation deal with salvation. In whether or not we receive Christ through revelation of the Holy Spirit in discerning the prophecies recorded in God’s word. To illustrate, let’s go directly to the scriptures themselves as I believe that’s always a good place to start.

And behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star. And the spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the book of life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

I believe that to add to these things simply means to remain in unbelief. Thereby receiving the penalty of that error in regards to the plagues which ultimately follow in the depravity of sin. (Read Romans chapter one in its entirety) And to take away from the words of the book simply means to die in unbelief; thereby removing yourself from the book of life as a result of your unbelief. I believe everyone is initially written into the book of life; and that they are given until their dying day the chance to receive and believe Christ; and that failure to do so results in being blotted from the book. In other words, God taking away or off the table His original offer regarding the free gift of salvation. (See John 16:5-10 and II Cor. 5:18-21)
Authors note:

My friends, if these warnings in the final verses of Revelation were in context to misinterpreting or misusing God’s word by adding to or taking from its literal meaning, I can assure you we would all be going to hell, because we have all been wrong at one point or another. These verses are in direct reference to the second coming of Christ and are a stark warning to the unbelieving heart. Behold, I am coming quickly. Stop believing the lie and receive Me now!

Commentary by:
George L. Miller


2 thoughts on “To add to, or to take away from these things? Revelation 22:12-21

  1. Mia says:

    Dear George
    James Fowler has written his PhD thesis on Revelation and it can be downloaded for free from his website Christ in You Ministries (http// and it is the best I have ever read of the book of Revelation. I think you will enjoy his work very much.
    Blessings XX

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