WE ARE INVOLVED IN A WAR
We have a sermon series at present on the book of Revelation. There is much in this book about spiritual warfare. Spiritual warfare is a very important topic. We are involved in a war. But what does this war entail and how do we fight it?
Right from the start of the book we are told that we are partners in “tribulation”
(). Tribulation is another word for suffering. Christians will suffer in this world. Like John we will be persecuted for our witness to Jesus. Thus the churches of Smyrna, Pergamum and Philadelphia all experienced persecution. Christians are killed because of the word of God and their witness to Jesus
(). So right from the start it is clear that as we hold on to the truth and proclaim it, we will suffer.
Of course we can avoid the fight. Continue reading This is War!
9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.