Tribulation saints require both works and faith to be saved (Rev.2:23-29)

Sep 9, 2020

Revelation 2:23-25 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

Christians, come to the truth and the right doctrine

Even though God said that he would judge us based on our hearts and our conscience, we should not be using it as an excuse to follow the wrong doctrines or disregard God’s words and messages.

A lot of Christians including bible believers, do not know the depths of Satan and how Satan is infiltrating all the churches.

God will not punish those who are innocent. For us who are already saved by the grace of God and come to the truth and right doctrine, we need to have the tendency to correct and criticize people around us more and more. Sometimes, that kind of enlightenment and knowledge can unconsciously turn into pride.

We need to remind ourselves that when we witness to people, we need to show more grace and gentleness, instead of ego and pride. Pride can never be from the Spirit of God but the Devil itself.

God will never give us any temptation or burden that is more than what we can bear, so verse 25 tells us to hold fast to all that we are given.

Verses 26-29

Tribulation saints will require both faith and works for salvation

Dispensationalism is needed in order to sort out the present and future timelines, including

  • our present Church Age or Age of Grace
  • the Tribulation or the Lord’s Day (wrath)
  • the Millennium or Christ’s reign on earth

When Revelation 2:26 speaks about ‘enduring to the end’, it is referring to the Tribulation period; a time period when ‘enduring’ means that a person has to work for their salvation. The following passages prove that tribulation saints require faith and works for salvation:

Revelation 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Matthew 24:13,21 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Matthew 24:13 refers to the Tribulation timeline when comparing it to verse 21. During this timeline, people have to resist to the end (work for their salvation) by escaping persecution from the Antichrist, avoiding the mark of the beast, and undergoing torture for the name of Christ. This is not easy and will take effort. This is different from a Christian’s salvation because no matter how many times we let Jesus down, we are sealed until the day of redemption.

How will the tribulation saints be rewarded?

Apart from being saved, those who overcome until the end (those known as Tribulation saints) are given the power to rule over nations. Revelation 20 mentions beheaded saints reigning with Christ during the Millennium. The book of Romans also mentions Christians and their role in reigning with Christ as well.

Revelation 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Revelation 2:27 depicts a metaphor for the type of rulership that will be present during their reign with Christ which is a strong dictatorship or a military dictatorship. Because everything will be done according to the will of Jesus, nothing will be wrong or unfair during the Millennium even if there is a dictatorship in place.

Revelation 2: 28-29 And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Verse 28 refers to Rev 22:16 where the morning star aka Jesus will be given to those who overcome. This means that Tribulation saints can only be with Jesus depending on their works. You will find the reference that Jesus is indeed the morning star in the following verse.

Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.