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Just as God will 'remember' and 'reward' the sins of Babylon, so He
will 'remember' and 'reward' the martyrs who withstood her evil doctrines and
pernicious practices even unto death. Again notice both passages are limited
in their scope. Their 'works' were a matter of great concern, as we can see
by reading Revelation 2 and 3, where the words, 'I know thy works' come seven
times, or once for each church addressed. These 'works' come up for
attention at the Great White Throne, (when 'the rest' of the dead who make up
the one company of which the overcomers of Revelation 20:4 who live and reign
for a thousand years are a part), whereas 'the rest' await the decision of
the Great White Throne. The words, 'that they may rest from their labours'
(Rev. 14:13) link these overcomers with those spoken of in chapter 6:
'And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said
unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their
fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they
were, should be fulfilled' (Rev. 6:11).
Thus does this 'blessing' enforce the key position of
the overcomers upon our attention. Balancing Revelation 14:13 is Revelation
20:6. In connection with those who die in the Lord, we have those who take
part in the 'first resurrection'. These are seen not only living but
reigning, and specific reference is made to the Beast and his image. In the
first reference, we learn that their works do follow them, i.e. for reward,
in the second we see that award being enjoyed.
The pair of blessings (Rev. 16:15; 22:14) again focus our attention on
the martyrs of this antichristian period, the white robes and white garments
being expressly used in connection with such overcomers (see the article
White on page 90). Right to the tree of life and entrance into the city is
theirs, as distinct from the healing property of the leaves of the tree which
is for 'the nations'. Further, a distinction is made between those who enter
into the city and those of the nations that walk in the light of it (Rev.
21:24 -27 and 22:14,15).
The focal point, the central blessing, is that which rests upon those
who are called to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9). It is
important to remember that those thus 'called' cannot be the wife, but refers
to those who will have the honour to attend that great day of the Marriage of
the Lamb. Those who were called, it will be remembered in Matthew 22:1 -4,
refused to come, even after a second invitation had been sent them, and
consequent upon the burning of their city, the call went outside the confines
of Israel 'and the wedding was furnished with guests' (Matt. 22:10). The
opening blessing (Rev. 1:3), and its echo in Revelation 22:7,8, stresses the
prophetic character of this book, and moreover by its emphasis upon reading,
hearing and keeping the sayings of this Prophecy, bears a testimony to the
intensely practical purpose for which this and all other prophetic portions
of the Scripture were written.
What God has blessed, let no man treat with indifference.
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