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"I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the Word of God and for the testimony which they hold...then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who would be killed as they were was completed." -Revelation 6:9-11
There are some who go by the name "christian" who teach a message of heaven on earth - paradise here in the present. You can live your best life with the world's riches at your grasp! This message is preached to the extent that it has created a modern, pseudo-christian, paganism. Christ never promised us an easy discipleship with pockets big enough to carry all the treasures we would accumulate. He promised that His yoke is easy. We must be bound to Him - even in suffering, to experience His yoke. The saints pictured in this passage were faithfully bound to Christ even unto death. They were not looking for a theocratic reinvigoration of earth's governments but looking expectantly and with certainty for the return of Christ. Their death bears witness to their faith, it is the evidence of their faith. May we be bound to Christ's yoke. May we be found faithful, alongside our Lord.
"But one of the elders said to me, 'Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.'" -Revelation 5:5
Take heart believer! Our Lord has prevailed! Jesus Christ is the only one in eternal existence who is capable of redeeming mankind and He has prevailed! The suffering and confusion we are shadowed by is passing away and lingers on the saints of God at its own peril. Our Lord is faithful to redeem - even as He holds the deed to humanity in his bloodied hand. Do not waiver, faint or be terrified, He is with us always, even to the end of the age* - and He is coming.
Anthony is the Pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship.