Blessing 2 of the 7 Blessings of Revelation; Salvation, Life

Blessing Two

Blessing Two – Possibility of Salvation During the Tribulation

Blessing two is found in Revelation 14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”TGwo

Words of Comfort for Now and Future

This blessing is found deep in the book of Revelation, and it is likely the voice of Jesus speaking(1).  In this passage, John is recording the events of the Great Tribulation, which will happen in the distant future and gives assurance that God’s blessing waits for all martyrs. [ Ibid.] However, it is also meant to comfort those reading God’s Word at any point in time, yes, even today.

The Great Tribulation is when God unleashes great punishments upon the people of the earth, but very specifically upon the unbelieving nation of Israel. The Tribulation, although it will affect everyone on earth, its aim is to return Israel to God, for them to recognize and accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and their long-awaited Messiah.

Tribulation Saints

However, much of what is contained in Revelation 14:13 specifically addresses those who have accepted Christ as their Savior during this horribly trying time of the Tribulation. These people are given a second chance at Salvation and accepted. Their new faith may bring them terrible suffering, but at the same time, God promises a blessing for them.

Blessing two promises a rest from their labor, and their salvation deeds and eternal rest will follow them. Remember, to be ‘blessed’ means to be spiritually happy, and in a peaceful rest. They will be judged as worthy to enter heaven at the time of judgment. Not just worthy, but as saints purified by the blood of Christ.

Blessing Two – Message of Hope

Although the initial reaction to this verse may be negative, it carries a great message of hope. Hope for those who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior that although they die, they will rise to an eternity in the presence of God and Jesus. They will not suffer eternal death as those who rejected Christ refused to believe, and may have chosen to follow another.

The contrast which is not addressed here is that unbelievers will not find either rest or peace at death, but they will be in eternal torment, separated from God and in the Lake of Fire. (More detail later)

Blessings,

Jana

Introduction to Seven Blessings of Revelation

Blessing 1 of the 7 Blessings

1 – Rhodes, Ron. 40 Days Through Revelation. 2011. Harvest House Publishing. Page 34.

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