Blessing 3 of the 7 Blessings of Revelation; Eternal Life

Blessing Three

Blessing 3 – Believers of the Tribulation Will be Resurrected

Blessing three of Revelation is found only a couple of chapters later, in Revelation 16:15.
“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” (NIV)

Jesus’ Warning for Tribulation Saints

In this scripture passage, it is Jesus himself who is warning those who are living during the Tribulation. In fact, it specifically deals with those at the end of the seven years, as the Battle of Armageddon approaches. Great pressure is being exerted upon all believers, through tremendous persecution. Satan, who is now in control of the earth, is desperate to retain that control for all eternity.

Satan’s Desperation

Satan knows of Christ’s imminent return, so he is desperate to stop it. The only way to stop Jesus Christ from returning is to remove all believers from the earth, and especially all Jewish believers, who have accepted Christ as the Messiah. For it is their call to Jesus, asking for His return and to save them from the oppression they are under, that will cause Jesus to return.

If however, they are all gone and nobody is left on the earth to call upon Jesus and God, then Satan retains full control of the earth. This is the very thing he has wanted since being cast out of heaven, and perhaps even before.

The 144,000 Evangelists

During the Tribulation, 144,000 Jewish evangelists will roam the earth, spreading the gospel. Many come to faith during this time. Jesus’s warning in Revelation 16:15 means to remain alert, keep one’s faith, and not give it up. It is our faith in Jesus Christ, that allows us to put on HIS Righteousness. It is that Righteousness that God sees, and grants us access to heaven and God himself. As well, the presence of the Holy Spirit given to all believers by Jesus Christ is our mark or seal of salvation, that we wear upon us. It distinguishes us from the unbelievers.

Dressed in Christ’s Righteousness

That is what Jesus is instructing us to wear. Without these, we are naked approaching the throne of God, and therefore doomed to eternal banishment and death. The phrase ‘not to go naked and be shamefully exposed’ is explained as follows:

“… in biblical times, a guard who was caught sleeping on the job, was stripped of his clothing, leaving him naked so his disgrace would be evident to all around him.[ Ibid Page 205-206]”

First-century readers would understand this statement to mean be vigilant and alert.

Even at the End, Christ’s Timing is His Own

In addition, Jesus says he will come suddenly, at a time not necessarily expected, just like a thief, so we need to remain vigilant. This mirrors Jesus’ warning about the approaching End Times and the rapture, in Matthew 24:43-44.

But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

Remain Faithful

In conclusion, Jesus is warning the believers of the Tribulation era, that they must remain faithful. That faithfulness is what brings them the blessing, promised here. It may be that this blessing is Jesus coming to the rescue of the believing remnant of Israel and all the believers on earth.

Blessings, 

Jana

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Rhodes, Ron. 40 Days Through Revelation. Page 205-206

 

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