The importance of ENDURANCE in Revelation
It might be translated as "patience", or "endurance", or even "patient endurance".
In any case, it's an indispensable quality in Revelation.
Without that quality, the church could not resist the harassments of their persecutors.
So the time of tribulation which John is sharing with his readers (ch 1v9) is also a time of "endurance"- the two things go together.
Over and over again, the seven churches are commended for their "patient endurance" during the time of trial.
Endurance depends upon faith.
In the middle of destructive troubles, faith gives an assurance that better things are coming, there's "light at the end of the tunnel".
"There'll be blue-birds over
The white cliffs of Dover,
Tomorrow, just you wait and see,"
That's why the two things are linked together in this book. ""I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance"- ch2 v19
"Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints
"; ch13 v10 (and similarly ch14 v12).
I'm emphasising the verse just quoted, because it's the "mission statement" of the book of Revelation.
The whole object and purpose of the book is to encourage the faith of the saints, in order to motivate their "endurance" during a time of
The readers of John's own time need encouragement in order to endure the persecution of the Roman empire.
A church facing the persecution of the Beast would need encouragement.
And the saints would need encouragement again if the world was living through the traumatic events of the second half of Revelation.
Incidentally, if this book is a manual of encouragement designed for the benefit of a church suffering persecution- that would explain why it seems so
puzzling in the interval, when the church is not
suffering persecution. We don't find it easy to understand its purpose, because it's
addressing a need which we're not experiencing.
But if the church is plunged once more into a time of tribulation, they will find the kind of encouragement in this book which will motivate their
faith to "patient endurance".
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