Rev. 20:4, “4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
Did The Bible Say Christians Are Triumphing In Christ?
To triumph means to make an acclamatory procession (fig) to conquer, to give victory, to triumph over.”
Moses’ song over the overthrow of Pharaoh at the Red Sea illustrates this for us. Exo. 15:1,
“Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.”
So just as Moses led Israel to a victorious procession, even so in the order of the Kingdom Christ has led and is leading the Christians in a victorious procession over all the enemy all around the universe.
This is what it means by
“…He (Christ) was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God -Christ. And the armies (saints) which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” For we the saints ride and follow Him (Rev. 19:11-14).
The white horses speaks of a victorious righteousness of the saints.
The picture is like a victorious general making his solemn entry into Rome after the conquest of the enemy.
God is passing triumphantly through the world with His Apostles (saints) in His train, indicating to us that Satan is completely bound with Christians reigning victoriously in the ‘realm of glory’ in Christ over every work of the enemy and the power of the law, Col. 2:14-15; Eph. 2:6.
So (Ps. 47:1) “…clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. 2 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet. 4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.” Praise the Lord!
“Souls of them that were beheaded.”
What John saw were “souls” and not “people” that were martyred. These are the irrational souls, men who have lost their minds for the things of Christ which to the world, they looks like madness. They have no mind of their own anymore.
Paul lost everything as a religious leader, pharisees (Phil. 3:1-4) just to have Christ. He lost his head
To be beheaded for the witness of Jesus means you have lost your carnal mind in Adam and now you have the mind of Christ.
Now Christ is your head instead of Adam as a controlling factor of life.
Your head doesn’t have to be cut off to stand on a witness box in court.
So this simply means, losing the mind of Adam, your former life, to gain your real life which is that of Christ, Col. 3:3-4.
What Jesus meant to say of “the son of man having nowhere to lay His head” in Matt. 8:20,;
is simply that the disciples, then the infant Church was not matured enough to carry His wisdom and revelations. He had nowhere to lay His head, because the head must rest on the Body, as the government is upon the shoulder.
But after the resurrection, He found a Body to lay His head on and that is you and I (The Church). And with this, the government of heaven is riding triumphantly over the earth, even though there seems to be gross darkness all over the place.
We are on the winning side with Christ as the lead Captain, and there is a Greater Glory ahead. Amen.
Friends, with Christ as your head, you are victorious everyday of your life. Let us keep shouting the shout of victory as the saints keep marching on.
To be continued…