The “inhabitants of the earth” represent the men and women who are excluded from the “book of life” by their own decisions.
Those who “dwell on the earth” are unrelenting in their resistance to Jesus and are wholeheartedly hostile to his followers, even rejoicing in the violent deaths of his “two witnesses.” Unlike the “nations” and the “kings of the earth,” they are beyond redemption, and their names are excluded from the “book of life.”
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After persevering through persecution, the ever-faithful church at Smyrna was promised even more “tribulation” but also exceeding great rewards.
Smyrna was a seaport renowned for its beauty, and it prospered from seaborne commerce. Unfortunately for the church, the imperial cult was well-established there. The origin of the congregation is unknown, and Revelation is the only New Testament document that mentions the city.
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In Revelation, Satan attacks the “Lamb” by waging war against and persecuting his followers.
At times, there may be so many “trees” that we find it difficult to see the “forest.” Put another way, details distract us from seeing the obvious. This is often so when dealing with the visions of Revelation. But according to its very first word, the book is intended to “reveal what things must come to pass,” not to conceal them or to mystify us.
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In Revelation, faithful saints experience “tribulation,” but the unrepentant “inhabitants of the earth” undergo “wrath.”
John saw the followers of the “Lamb” exiting the “great tribulation,” having persevered through it. This striking image is central to the vision of the “innumerable multitude,” a company of men purchased from every nation by the lifeblood of Jesus. Having “overcome,” they stand triumphantly before the “Lamb” and the “throne” in “New Jerusalem.”
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Exiled on Patmos, John was a “fellow-participant” in the tribulation, kingdom, and endurance that is in Jesus – Revelation 1:9.
At the start of his vision, John identified himself as the “fellow-participant” with the churches in “the tribulation and kingdom and endurance in Jesus.” He was banished to the isle of Patmos for his “testimony” for Jesus, and like the “seven churches” on the Asian mainland, he had endured “tribulation” for the sake of the “kingdom” of God and his witness.
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