Category Archives: Saints

APOCALYPTIC PEOPLE OF GOD

In the book of Revelation, the covenant community attacked by the “Dragon” and his earthly agents is labeled “the saints,” the “seed of the woman,” they who “have the testimony of Jesus,” those who “keep the faith of Jesus,” “kingdom of priests,” and the men and women “who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb.” What determines membership in this company is identification with the slain “Lamb.”

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SEED OF THE WOMAN

SYNOPSIS – The “Dragon” set off to wage war on the “seed of the woman,” those who have the “testimony of Jesus” – Revelation 12:17

Having been expelled from heaven, the “Dragon” pursued the “woman.” However, his effort to destroy her was thwarted with help from the “earth.” Enraged, he went off to wage war against the “remnant of her seed,” A group identified as those who “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus.” The two descriptions provide verbal links to other passages in Revelation.

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VICTIMS OF THE BEAST

SYNOPSIS – The Beast from the sea wages war against the followers of the Lamb in obedience to its overlord, the Dragon – Revelation 13:6-10.

In Revelation, the “beast from the sea” was assigned by the “Dragon” to annihilate the “saints.” To facilitate this, he was given authority over all nations and peoples. In the vision, humanity was divided into two groups – Men and women who “render homage to the Beast,” the “inhabitants of the earth,” and those who “follow the Lamb wherever he goes”; that is, the “saints” – “They who tabernacle in heaven” and have the “testimony of Jesus.”

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THE CHURCH IN REVELATION

SYNOPSIS – In Revelation, the “saints” are identified and defined by their relationship to Jesus, not ethnicity or membership in the nation of Israel.

The book of Revelation applies numerous labels to the people of God, including “churches,” “saints,” “elect,” “churches,” “priests,” “witnesses,” “seed of the woman,” “called,” “faithful,” and “my people.” This group consists of men and women “purchased” by the “blood of the Lamb” from every national and ethnic group – Ethnicity, nationality, and social status have no bearing on membership in the covenant community.

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Victory of the Saints over the Dragon

Synopsis:   The saints overcome the Dragon and his forces through the death of the Lamb and their faithful witness, “even unto death”Revelation 12:11.

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In Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation, the “sign of the Great Red Dragon” appeared, a sign that war had commenced “in heaven,” the battle between the Dragon and Michael the Archangel. This “war” is the heavenly counterpart to the earthly events described in the passage: The Dragon’s attempt to devour the Son at his birth from the Woman clothed with the Sun. This “son” is a messianic figure destined to “shepherd” the nations. But the Dragon fails when the Son is exalted to God’s throne (Revelation 12:1-12. Compare Revelation 5:5-12, Psalm 2:7-9). Continue reading Victory of the Saints over the Dragon