To Him Who Overcomes
I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus…
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations–
To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
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.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.
The message of the Book of Revelation is an exhortation to the church stand firm in the face of persecution, even if it means to be willing to die for the sake of the Gospel.
All the prophets from righteous Able to Jeremiah were slain. All of the original apostles except for John, who was exiled, were martyred. Jesus was crucified. The 1st century church was thrown to the lions or became torches in Nero’s court.
Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
Precious metal is refined by fire.