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(ESV)
Satan is the great accuser of the saints of God who has pursued the people of God down through the centuries with and intense hatred, and the coming tribulation is a period of time when the devil's vicious attacks on God's servants will increase in intensity against both Jews and Christians. The time is coming when Satan and all his angels with him will be flung out of the heavenly realm and cast to the earth. Then his fury will target the Jewish people and those that have trusted Christ as saviour. But we read that: they conquered Him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
This tribulation verse is as relevant for saints today who are facing increasing persecution from all sectors of society, as it will be for those who are to live in the final seven years of Daniel's great end-times prophecy. Oppression against the church is rampant and persecution in all its guises is instigated by that old serpent who is the devil and Satan, who prowls around as a roaring lion seeking believers to trounce and devour.
But Christ Himself told us that victory is assured for those of us who are part of the Body of Christ, for He Himself has promised that the gates of hell will never prevail against His Church. We certainly live in an age of martyrs, and the martyr spirit has predominated throughout this dispensation of 'grace'.
The foundational bedrock upon which all victory rests is the shed blood of Christ, the Lamb slain, the perfect Sacrifice, Who with one glorious cry of IT IS FINISHED, pronounced sin, death and hell, 'forever conquered'. Nothing can dislodge that unshakably firm foundation and the holy lives, faithful testimony and patient sufferings of those standing on the promises of Christ, for they too can shout VICTORY as their eternal watchword.
The salvation, security and strength of the church rests on Christ alone. Salvation is of Christ - for He is the Sacrifice slain, His is the blood of the Lamb. Strength is of Christ - for His is the faithful testimony, the glorious gospel of grace. Security is of Christ-for His is the life - eternal, that no enemy can destroy. The spiritual strongholds of the enemy are powerless against the weapons of our warfare, which rest on Christ and Christ alone.
Thank You Father for the salvation, strength and security I have received from the Lord Jesus Christ and for the victory He won for me through His blood. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.