Continuing our study of Revelation 12.
Revelation 12:11 ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.’
Countless numbers of Christians, from every nation, have laid down their lives in martyrdom for the sake of the Lord.
1 Peter 2:21 ‘To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving an example, that you should follow in his steps.’
Not for one single moment would I want to romanticise or glamorise death at the hand of murderous and evil men.
We understandably tend to shrink away from the idea of martyrdom. The horror is too much to bear. But yet there is strange beauty in the midst of this horror.
Who can bear to look upon images of our Lord, mercilessly crucified upon the cross. But yet there is the strange beauty of one who gave his life to save so many.
And in the absolute horror of martyrdom, there is the strange beauty of countless numbers of men, women and children, over the ages, who have chosen to die rather than renounce their faith.
And God counts every one of them as being so very precious.
Revelation 7:15 ‘Therefore they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them…v.17a And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.’
Thank you for reading this.
- Revelation 16:1 Painful SoresAnd so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores.
- Revelation 15:8 HolinessPlease click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth.
- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
- Revelation 15:3 Moses and JesusPlease tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem.
- Revelation 15:1 Glass and FireThe bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God. And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!