XXX Tribulation Saints

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Here meet the third of six entities accounted for in the final two chapters of John's Revelation. The Tribulation Saints overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony and they do not love their lives unto death. This is their story. May they serve as our inspiration!

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  • XXX Tribulation Saints

    1. 1. XXXII: BELIEVERS IN PERIL f tion o c Produ OG A the sk op orksh W In which we meet those who overcome Satan, those who become the margin of victory in the battle of the ages..
    2. 2. Week, commonly called The believers of the 70th a high calling if we reckon ‘Tribulation Saints’, have ent of them in Chapters with Revelation’s full treatm s on the Tribulation Saints to 5-13. God call vercome, not merely survive. o
    3. 3. Week, commonly called The believers of the 70th a high calling if we reckon ‘Tribulation Saints’, have ent of them in Chapters with Revelation’s full treatm s on the Tribulation Saints to 5-13. God call vercome, not merely survive. o f responsibility on their God places a measure o group of Saints has ever shoulders which no other is the margin of victory in the aspired to. Their’s Battle of the Ages.
    4. 4. Week, commonly called The believers of the 70th a high calling if we reckon ‘Tribulation Saints’, have ent of them in Chapters with Revelation’s full treatm s on the Tribulation Saints to 5-13. God call vercome, not merely survive. o f responsibility on their God places a measure o group of Saints has ever shoulders which no other is the margin of victory in the aspired to. Their’s Battle of the Ages. ese triumphant believers! Come meet th
    5. 5. I’m just filler . . . you know, ‘No hyperlinks for you till Slide 4!” Contracts on the cat and the kid ran out and now Lenny’s using me. ‘Best for last’ and all that!
    6. 6. Basic Information LICENSING: I grant a Creative Commons license made of the following elements: You may freely share and adapt this work provided you give me credit–(website info fine!), your efforts have no commercial application and you share extracted/ redacted work with others. God bless and have fun! VISIT: skOG Workshop Headquarters at www.lennyhoy.com for other items of interest. Slide Array Table of Contents IMAGES: TITLE PICTURE:http://upload.wikimedia.org/.../ By Subscription: http:// www.instonebrewer.com/bpg2009/ frames.htm?members/member_page.php Refugees_in_Galilee.jpg By Permission: Creative Commons Licensing as noted (see TITLE PICTURE at right for instance) EMAIL: leonard.hoy@gmail.com
    7. 7. TRIBULATION SAINTS: CHRISTIANS OR WHAT??
    8. 8. TRIBULATION SAINTS: CHRISTIANS OR WHAT?? SUGGESTION: Let how you answer this question ceed independently of pro whether you already hold a pre- or post-tribulational view of the Rapture and surrection of the Saints. Re
    9. 9. WHAT STATUS DOES GOD GRANT THE TRIBULATION SAINTS? They “keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus.” Rev 12:17 They are “slain because of the Word of God and because of the testimony which they had maintained.” Rev 6:9 God sets their martyrs underneath His throne and gives them white robes as tokens of respect and calls them to patience while their vengeance awaits God’s timing. Rev 6:9-11 (Remember the promise of Relief for the Church in II Thess 1?)
    10. 10. WHAT STATUS SHOULD WE GIVE THE TRIBULATION SAINTS? They, like Christians, have Satan for their accuser. (Revelation 12:10) They overcome Satan, himself, by (Revelation 12:11) The blood of the Lamb The word of their testimony They did not love their life to the death They’re beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus, the word of God and they would not accept the Mark of the Beast (Revelation 20:4)
    11. 11. WHAT STATUS DO YOU GIVE THE TRIBULATION SAINTS? They’re resurrected to reign with Christ. Revelation 20:4 One like the Son of Man gathers them from the earth when the Father tells Him to do so. Revelation 14:14-16 They have come out of the Great Tribulation and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:14 They hold the harps of God and sing the Song of Moses and of the Lamb on the Sea of Glass Revelation 15:1-3
    12. 12. JUST WHO ARE THE TRIBULATION SAINTS? God rewards them in Eternity: (Revelation 7:14-17) They’re before God’s throne, which spreads like a tabernacle over them. They serve God day and night in His temple. Never hunger, thirst nor feel the sun’s heat again God’s their shepherd, guiding them to the Water of Life. God Himself wipes every tear from their eyes.
    13. 13. WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL STATUS OF THESE ‘SAINTS’ OF THE 70TH WEEK Which Christian grace, what essential Christian attribute or what Christian act of faithfulness displayed by 1st Century Christians in Roman coliseums do the Saints of the 70th Week not display in facing Satan’s protege, the AntiChrist?
    14. 14. WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL STATUS OF THESE ‘SAINTS’ OF THE 70TH WEEK Which Christian grace, what essential Christian attribute or what Christian act of faithfulness displayed by 1st Century Christians in Roman coliseums do the Saints of the 70th Week not display in facing ese believers are: I think I know who th Satan’s protege, sisters in Christ! Our brothers and the AntiChrist? n of the Church. The last generatio
    15. 15. WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL STATUS OF THESE ‘SAINTS’ OF THE 70TH WEEK Which Christian grace, what essential Christian attribute or what Christian act of faithfulness displayed by 1st Century Christians in Roman coliseums do the Saints of the 70th Week not display in facing Satan’s protege, the AntiChrist?
    16. 16. WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL STATUS OF THESE ‘SAINTS’ OF THE 70TH WEEK Which Christian grace, what essential Christian attribute or what Christian n Saints are members act The belief that the Tribulatio of faithfulness displayed t has implications for by 1sttCentury Christians of Chris he Body and Bride in of ing of the Rapture. Roman coliseums rstathe the tim how I unde do nd Saints of the 70th Week kes me a Postribulationist. not Such a belief ma display in facing Satan’s protege, the AntiChrist?
    17. 17. Get set to look at The Tribulation Saints with two competing mindsets: Pessimism and Fear VERSUS Courageous Steadfast Hope
    18. 18. Get set to look at The Tribulation Saints with two competing mindsets: Pessimism and Fear God enables believers to beat the odds! Right? The bigger they are . . . VERSUS Courageous Steadfast Hope
    19. 19. TRIBULATION SAINTS Mindset 1: The Case For Fear
    20. 20. ALIENS, STRANGERS AND EXIL E S ON THE EARTH Caught Behind Enemy Lines and Hunted Down HATED: Believers will be delivered to tribulation, killed and hated. Matthew 24:9 BETRAYED: Many apparent ‘believers’ will, in fact prove false, falling away and betraying the real believers. Matthew 24:10 MARTYRED: Many will be martyred because of their testimony; relief and retribution will seem far off, if not completely lost. Revelation 6:9-11 DESTITUTE: Hungry . . . thirsty . . . exiled . . . naked . . . imprisoned . . . sick . . . Matthew 25:35-40
    21. 21. ATION SAINTS’ YET, THE TRIBUL AND T DANGER IS– BIGGES DECEPTION! Jesus’ First Words Of His Olivet Discourse: “See to it that no one misleads you. Many will come in My name, saying ‘I am He’ and will mislead many.” Matthew 24:4+5, Mark 13: 5+6 False Christs and False Prophets Abound: Jesus in the Olivet Discourse(s) repeatedly warns believers in the End-Times to shake off the deception of False Christs and False Prophets. Believers will hunger for word of Christ’s return and crave early relief from distress; Satan will offer many a counterfeit. Jesus methodically calls believers in the End-Times to identify every such attempt and avoid each one!
    22. 22. THE FORCES OF HELL ARRAY THEMSELVES AGAINST THE BELIEVERS IN THE 70TH WEEK Satan Attacks Them: “Woe to earth and sea-the devil has come down to you . . .” Rev 12:12 “The Dragon make(s) war with the rest of her (Israel’s) children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” Rev 12:17 AntiChrist Attacks Them: He makes war with the Saints and overcomes them. Rev 13:7 False Prophets Attacks Them: Kills those who refuse to worship the image of the Beast or receive his mark. Rev 13:15-18
    23. 23. UNBROKEN LANDSCAPE OF BLEAK DESPAIR AND CONSTANT DANGER The earth-their habitatwracked by God’s wrath. Evil seemingly triumphant and celebrating its victory Wars and rumors of war, earthquakes, famine and death stalk the earth and swallow up hope and justice.
    24. 24. TRIBULATION SAINTS Mindset 2: The Case For Hope and Courage
    25. 25. e Told You In Advance Behold I Hav God’s Word has thoroughly prepped the 70th Week believers to meet their challenges! 3 Olivet Discourse versions connect readers to OT prophecies and to the Tribulation, so called. Paul in I Corinthians 15 and I Thess 4 and II Thess 1+2 details rapture and resurrection Jude preps the reader for Revelation John’s whole Revelation lays out the believers’ role, destiny, hope and challenge in 70th Week
    26. 26. e Told You In Advance Behold I Hav God’s Word has thoroughly prepped the 70th Week believers to meet their challenges! 3 Olivet Discourse versions connect readers to OT prophecies and to the Tribulation, so called. Paul in I Corinthians 15 and I Thess 4 and II Thess 1+2 details rapture and resurrection Pay att ention, Jude preps the reader for Revelation oh, bel iever, and rea dy John’s whole Revelation lays out the believers’ yourse lf role, destiny, hope and challenge in 70th!Week
    27. 27. LED THE BELIEVERS– CHRIST HAS SEA e as targets for the Father’s Believers do NOT serv wrath. Fact of Sealing: God seals all believers with the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13) Purpose of Sealing: A pledge of faithfulness (II Cor 1:22), promise of redemption (Eph 1:13) and protection (Rev 7:1-4) Case for Assuming the Sealing of the Tribulation Saints: Like Christians everywhere, they are, after all . . . Said to hold the testimony of Jesus (Rev 12:17) Credited with ‘faith in Jesus’ (Rev 14:12) Called ‘blessed’ (Rev 14:13) Said to have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Rev 7:14) Resurrected (Rev 20:1-4) Rewarded white robes (Rev 6:11)
    28. 28. LED THE BELIEVERS– CHRIST HAS SEA e as targets for the Father’s Believers do NOT serv wrath. Fact of Sealing: God seals all believers with the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13) Purpose of Sealing: A pledge of faithfulness (II Cor 1:22), promise of redemption (Eph 1:13) and protection (Rev 7:1-4) Case for Assuming the Sealing of the Tribulation Saints: Like Christians everywhere, they are, after all . . . Said to hold the testimony of Jesus (Rev 12:17) With a Credited with ‘faith in Jesus’ (Rev 14:12) ll these o exclusi vely Ch ther Called ‘blessed’ (Rev 14:13) attribu tes, we ristian may s the a and made Said to have washed their robes ssume t them white inafelblood of y heir se the Lamb (Rev 7:14) aling b the Ho y ly Spiri Resurrected (Rev 20:1-4) t Rewarded white robes (Rev 6:11)
    29. 29. GOD PROVIDES AID TO THE TRIBULATION SAINTS THROUGHOUT THE 70TH WEEK Sheep Peoples Offer Aid from Natural Sympathy: (Matt 25:32) Food, water, clothing, housing and prison visits to ‘brothers of Mine’. God Sends “Elijah” to Restore the Hearts of the Fathers and Their Children. (Mal 4:6) Believers’ families strengthened internally Two Witnesses Stand With the Saints: (Rev 11:3) Their ministry encourages, emboldens and protects the harried believers-instruction by example. Angel Flies With The Gospel: (Rev 14:6) Evangelism gets an incredible visual aid.
    30. 30. GOD EMPOWERS BELIEVERS IN INCREDIBLE WAYS God Pours Out His Spirit on All Mankind: (Joel 2:28) Jew and Gentile populations find prophets in their midst. With what boldness shall believers now speak! God Equips Believers To Speak For Him: (Mark 13:11) No scripts needed when believers face governors and kings: The Holy Spirit shall ‘teach them what to say in that self-same hour’.
    31. 31. RES THE BRIDE OF GOD ASSU THE 70TH WEEK COMPLETION IN Only At The End of 70th Week Does The Lord Declare the Bride “Ready”: “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” Rev 19:7 And Please Notice The Reflexive Case: The Bride has made ‘herself’ ready! This would reflect and acknowledge the believers’ triumph of faithfulness in the 70th Week.
    32. 32. ES THE BRIDE OF GOD ASSUR N THE 70TH WEEK VICTORY I Believers Overcome Satan: Rev 12:11 Believers Come Out of the Great Tribulation Clothed in Robes Made White in the Blood of the Lamb: (Rev 7:14) Believers Victorious Over the Beast, His Image and the Number of His Name: (Rev 15:1-3)
    33. 33. 14 “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. 16 They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; 17 For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” Rev 7:14-17 HOW GOD VIEWS 70th WEEK BELIEVERS
    34. 34. TRIBULATION SAINTS Relevance for ‘Everyday’ Christian Living
    35. 35. DON’T TREAT THE TRIBULATION SAINTS AS SOMETHING UNUSUAL We worship surrounded by a cloud of witnesses to persecution, from Stephen the first martyr to the Indonesian or Nigerian Christians suffering under Muslim persecution in our own time. Picture: Indonesian Church burned by muslim mobs. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1065188/posts
    36. 36. of an old hymn to consider? May I offer you the text Consider not just its content’s sti rring images and bold challenges. In your mind , hear the son Stephen’s lips g on martyred . . . on lips of Arab believer on the lips of s . . . and the Tribulatio n Saints. Add your own voice if you will . . .
    37. 37. AM I A SOLDIER OF THE CROSS? BY ISAAC WATTS Am I a soldier of the cross, A follower of the Lamb, And shall I fear to own His cause, Or blush to speak His Name? Must I be carried to the skies On flowery beds of ease, While others fought to win the prize, And sailed through bloody seas?
    38. 38. AM I A SOLDIER OF THE CROSS? BY ISAAC WATTS Are there no foes for me to face? Must I not stem the flood? Is this vile world a friend to grace, To help me on to God? Sure I must fight if I would reign; Increase my courage, Lord. I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, Supported by Thy Word.
    39. 39. AM I A SOLDIER OF THE CROSS? BY ISAAC WATTS Thy saints in all this glorious war Shall conquer, though they die; They see the triumph from afar, By faith’s discerning eye. When that illustrious day shall rise, And all Thy armies shine In robes of victory through the skies, The glory shall be Thine.
    40. 40. Can you hear a harmonious blending of thousands of voices from k indred souls, reaching back wards in time , out across tra ckless oceans ahead into the and final conflict o f the ages?
    41. 41. Can you hear a harmonious blending of thousands of voices from k indred souls, reaching back wards in time , out across tra ckless oceans ahead into the and final conflict o f the ages? I can.
    42. 42. HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO THE TRIBULATION SAINTS? The dire situation of the Tribulation Saints in the 70th Week should sober us. The courage and faith of the Tribulation Saints should also inspire us. God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and selfdiscipline. II Tim 1:7 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1065188/posts
    43. 43. HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO THE TRIBULATION SAINTS? The dire situation of the Tribulation Saints in the 70th Week should sober us. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1065188/posts The courage and faith of the Tribulation Saints should also inspire us. God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and selfdiscipline. II Tim 1:7 Indonesian Christian Homes
    44. 44. OUR NEXT FOCUS . . . Next: XXXIII: Jews in the 70th Week
    45. 45. OUR NEXT FOCUS . . . the ond to the punishing adversity of ill resp God’s Chosen People, the Jews, w the as their promised Messiah. Only sus 70th Week by finally calling on Je t extinction as a people, suffice to ly imminen rrors of the Great Tribulation, on ho force them to call out The Name! Next: XXXIII: Jews in the 70th Week
    46. 46. OUR NEXT FOCUS . . . the ond to the punishing adversity of ill resp God’s Chosen People, the Jews, w the as their promised Messiah. Only sus 70th Week by finally calling on Je t extinction as a people, suffice to ly imminen rrors of the Great Tribulation, on ho force them to call out The Name! e reach of extremity of their suffering and th , the The extent of their stubbornness t ill be the focus of the next slide se God’s grace w Next: XXXIII: Jews in the 70th Week
    47. 47. OUR NEXT FOCUS . . . the ond to the punishing adversity of ill resp God’s Chosen People, the Jews, w the as their promised Messiah. Only sus 70th Week by finally calling on Je t extinction as a people, suffice to ly imminen rrors of the Great Tribulation, on ho force them to call out The Name! e reach of extremity of their suffering and th , the The extent of their stubbornness t ill be the focus of the next slide se God’s grace w Search the Table of Conte nts for Other Offer ings In This Series Next: XXXIII: Jews in the 70th Week

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