The Tribulation Saints
Finally, after the 144,000, the two witnesses, and the angels, a multitude of Christians who found Christ during the Tribulation time will be used by God to share the gospel.
Revelation 12:11 describes how our Tribulation brothers will defeat Satan—and how we daily can do the same:
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” (Revelation 12:11)
“The blood of the Lamb” refers to Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross. This means we share the gospel of salvation with others.
“By the word of their testimony” reminds us that the testimony of a convicted Christian is powerful in leading someone to Christ as their Lord and Savior.
“Loved not their lives even unto death” means that they were willing to sacrifice their lives for Christ at any price.
Our God is full of grace and mercy, isn’t He? Up until the very last moment, He is giving all people the opportunity to turn to Him and accept the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. To God be the glory!
Well, I hope this helps answer your questions.
I’m sharing below one of my favorite stories which sums up everything that I’ve written to you.
John Payton was a young student in England when he felt the call to the mission field. Recently married, God began to lead him to the New Hebrides Islands which were inhabited by man-eating cannibals.
I’ve tried to make his experience personal. If I'd been in seminary and God said, "Roger, I want you to go to an island of man-eating cannibals," I might well have said "Now, God, I’m preparing for ministry just like you asked me to. Why should I be somebody's lunch? Listen, God, I know a seminary drop-out. Call him. Why, they'll eat him, and who'll know? Why me?"
That's what I might say, but not John Payton. He gathered up his new bride and went to the New Hebrides Islands. He didn’t know the language. He and his wife tried to make contact and show that they were friends.
Several months went by. His wife gave birth to a baby. Two weeks later, the baby contracted a tropical disease and died. Two days after that, his wife died.
He buried them side-by-side in front of a lean-to he'd built. He said in his biography, "I slept on their graves for three nights to keep the natives from digging up the bodies and eating them.”
"I said to God, just how far does obedience go? What do you want from me?"
Through the providence of God, he came across a native was an outcast from the tribe. They became friends. John Payton learned the language, and eventually he led his friend to Christ. That native brought another outcast. The biography reads like a jungle adventure as they hid from some of the natives who tried to kill them.
As God would have it, John Payton stayed on that island for 35 years. At the end of his time there, he said, "I do not know of one single native who has not made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ."
My prayer is that you will sense an overriding burden to lead your friends and family to Christ—and that you will do something about it.
It’s relatively easy for your loved ones to come to Christ now. It certainly will not be easy during the Tribulation. During those days, following Christ will cost them their lives.
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