The word tribulation appears in the Holy Bible eighteen times and when the book of Revelation is the topic among Christian tribulation is a word that is said and heard a lot. Many are afraid of tribulation, and false prophecies are made up to comfort those fearful. But it is false hope. The Lord will rapture anyone from the suffering of tribulations when the Holy Bible says God did not spare His own Son from suffering on the cross. The book of Revelation is a divine revelation that Jesus is Lord. The apostle John tells all readers that they are not alone. Many followers of God face tribulation, and the Holy Bible is full of those who suffered for their faith. Cain killed his brother, making Abel the first martyr. The Roman Empire persecuted many Christians in the first century, and many bondservants are being executed daily. Still, the apostle John wants to tell you and me, we are not alone. Peter was concerned about suffering for Jesus Christ, but Jesus told him, you will die for God’s glory, follow Me.
John 21:18 Truly, truly I tell you, when you were younger, you used to put on your belt and walk wherever you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will put your belt on you, and bring you where you do not want to go.” 19 Now He said this, indicating by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when He had said this, He said to him, “Follow Me!”
John did not die of violent death does not mean he did not experience trials and tribulations. The Roman Empire wanted him dead to silence John from teaching and preaching the gospel. He was arrested. The emperor Domitian ordered John to be boiled to death with heated oil, but the power of God spared John’s life. So, emperor Domitian ordered John to be isolated, exiled to an inhabitable rocky island. But the Lord appeared to John, revealing that he was not alone. Jesus is here with you. The book of Revelation is divine, showing. Foremost, Jesus is Lord God and always will be. Second, your life is a testimony, and you must tell others what the Lord has done for you and what Jesus can do for you. Third, you are not alone. You have a cloud of witnesses who face tribulation and suffered like you. Fourth, is that the testimony of Jesus and His gospel is solid truth, and He always fulfills His word? Many historical documents and books were written to tell many Christians’ past and present experiences of persecutions. Two I know are Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and Voice of Martyrs. To be honest with your brothers and sisters, if you are not experiencing trials and tribulation, the devil already knows your heart worships the beast. This is my testimony, brothers and sisters. I have experienced tribulations, and I will share many more, but God’s word tells me I am not alone. God bless you all, the Lord Jesus loves you, and so do I. His bondservant, Samuel Jerry Head.
John 21:21 So Peter, upon seeing him, said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” 23 Therefore this [a]account went out among the brothers, that that disciple would not die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?” 24 This is the disciple who is testifying about these things and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true.
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring charges against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, but rather, was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or trouble, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 Just as it is written: “For Your sake, we are killed all day long; We were regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”