Revelation – We Are Conquerors

Based on Revelation 15:1-4, David posed a challenging question: Do you know and believe and feel that you are a conqueror?

“AND I SAW WHAT LOOKED LIKE A SEA OF GLASS GLOWING WITH FIRE AND, STANDING BESIDE THE SEA, THOSE WHO HAD BEEN VICTORIOUS OVER THE BEAST AND ITS IMAGE AND OVER THE NUMBER OF ITS NAME.”

Although this might seem like a rather strange opening question, the idea of Christians being conquerors (overcoming/being victorious) is one we find in scripture and especially in the book of Revelation. Those saved by Jesus and who remain faithful (no matter what) are conquerors:

“WHO SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST? SHALL TROUBLE OR HARDSHIP OR PERSECUTION OR FAMINE OR NAKEDNESS OR DANGER OR SWORD? AS IT IS WRITTEN: “FOR YOUR SAKE WE FACE DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE ARE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.” NO, IN ALL THESE THINGS WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM WHO LOVED US.”

Study Suggestion:
Meditate on the ‘promises to conquerors’ in Revelation chapters 2-3:
2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:26-28; 3:5; 3:12; 3:21.


David guided us through a brief tour of some key moments from Revelation so far to help us grasp the importance of being conquerors:

  • Revelation chapter 6 ends with the big question: “Who can stand?”
  • Chapter 7 reveals the answer – “those who are sealed and saved”.
  • In chapter 10 John sees the little scroll, speaking to us of the bittersweet nature of God’s Word and the witness of the church.
  • Chapters 12-14 describe the battle between Satan and the people of the Lamb, reminding us that we are in an ongoing battle.
  • In chapter 12 we hear how Satan accuses Christians day and night before the throne of God, but then we read:

“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.”

  • In chapter 14 we learn the 6 characteristics of true believers (see Deep Dive 14th January 2024). To this list, David adds a seventh – conquerors.

 

In Chapter 15 we read that, alongside the 7 angels with 7 plagues that are about to be released, John sees all those who have conquered (the beast). He sees the faithful people of God – that great multitude from every nation, who have remained true to the end, despite the attacks of the beast. They stand beside the sea of glass, instruments in hand:

“… AND SANG THE SONG OF MOSES THE SERVANT OF GOD AND THE SONG OF THE LAMB”.

Study Suggestion:

  • Read the Song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-18), sung when the Israelites had escaped from slavery in Egypt and from the pursuing Egyptians across the Red Sea.
  • Now read the Song of the Lamb (Revelation 15: 3-4).
  • Note the parallels: both are songs of deliverance; both are sung beside a sea; both are sung after deliverance from plagues; both speak of freedom and of judgement.
  • Now listen to this song (Townend & Getty) based on the Song of the Lamb – as conquerors we can sing it now and forever!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNnhSBiEoFg
Dorothy McMillan

Dorothy McMillan

I’m Dorothy and I coordinate the Deep Dives part of the WBC website. I’ve been a member of WBC for over 25 years and have worked as a teacher, playgroup leader and college lecturer. Now that I have retired, I enjoy doing patchwork, reading and spending time with our four wonderful grandchildren.
Dorothy McMillan
I’m Dorothy and I coordinate the Deep Dives part of the WBC website. I’ve been a member of WBC for over 25 years and have worked as a teacher, playgroup leader and college lecturer. Now that I have retired, I enjoy doing patchwork, reading and spending time with our four wonderful grandchildren.