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Here is my warning for everyone who hears the prophecies in this book:
If you add anything to them, God will make you suffer all the terrible troubles written in this book.
If you take anything away from these prophecies, God will not let you have part in the life-giving tree and in the holy city described in this book.
As stories are told from person to person and generation to generation they have a tendency to change. When human beings repeat something they hear, it is quite easy to add a detail that was not in the original story. Over time, stories evolve into quite altered accounts of something that started as a total truth.
That is one reason why we have the Bible in written form. We must tell the stories of the Bible, but we must not change them. God even warns that there will be trouble for those who add to or take away from the Bible.
So here is a good thing to do. Take the story of your own life and compare it with the stories in the Bible. Is your understanding of Jesus based on popular children's songs or does it come from the Scripture? Is your walk with Jesus like the ones described in the Bible? Does your expectation of the Second Coming of Jesus come from the Bible or somewhere else?
It is critical that I continually filter my own life and understanding of God through the Written Word. When I do that, then the changes to the story that come from those who are not careful to say only what the Bible says can be corrected.
When we do that and God looks at our lives, we will hear Him say "Now that's what I've been talking about, or Well Done, good and faithful servant!"