Continuing my study of Revelation 13.
Revelation 13:10 ‘If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.’
Down through the generations, countless Christians have paid the ultimate price for their faith. Revelation is saturated with the call to be faithful to our calling.
Please note that at no point would I want to glamorise the bitter horrors of persecution.
Revelation 2:10a ‘Be faithful, even to the point of death and I will give you the crown of life.’
The end-times will bring waves of terrible persecution.
This will be an intense period of time. Our worldly considerations will have passed away. We will be on the cusp of the return of our Lord. We will have nothing to lose by surrendering to the will of God. The gap between heaven and earth will be thin indeed and we will be so very conscious of the heavenly realms. Faith and anointing will be permeating through us.
Many will confidently step forward and surrender their lives rather than renounce their faith and God will honour them.
Luke 21:28 ‘When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near.’
The faithful surrender to martyrdom will astound the world and cause many to turn from their sins in repentance. The harvest will be great indeed.
Thank you for reading this.
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