In a book that tells us we win there sure are a lot of bumps and bruises along the way. That tells us Satan won’t go down without a fight and that this world is still a brutal place. Here are the verses in Revelation that tell us life here on earth won’t always be easy.
“Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” – Revelation 2:10
“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.” – Rev 6:9
“These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” – Rev 7:14
“But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.” – Rev 11:2
“Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.” – Rev 11:7-10
“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” – Rev 12:17
“The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. 6He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them.” – Rev 13:5-7
“He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.” – Rev 13:15
“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” – Rev 14:13
“This title was written on her forehead:
BABYLON THE GREAT
THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.” – Rev 17:5-6
In the end, good wins. In the meantime there is still pain, suffering, sin, death, and all kinds of evil to be on our guard against. Just because God’s team wins doesn’t mean the other team won’t score any points.