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  • MORIAH PLASTICS (COATES)
    For those of us who understand Revelation to be framed in the context of whole scripture and the period of persecution suffered by the church immediately prior
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 15, 2003
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      For those of us who understand Revelation to be framed in the context of
      whole scripture and the period of persecution suffered by the church
      immediately prior to AD70, the word tribulation is to be understood as
      something experienced by what John terms, the martyrs. Christian tribulation
      would therfore be a result of direct persecution, within this context, of
      the believers as a result of their faith and in my further personal
      understanding, from what God allows them to experience as a result of
      testing and world order reaction to their subsequent testimony. etc. I don't
      see John (Rev 1:9) experiencing tribulation for what he actually said and
      did, but rather the sense comes through that John was persecuted because of
      what the gospel meant to the world order of the time. John was exiled on
      account of the gospel. This puts the emphasis back on tribulation as a
      necessary or de facto result for those representing Christianity to its
      logical end
      .
      St. Stephen as the first Christian martyr was not killed actually for just
      what he said. His evidence or testimony, by Christian new covenant
      understanding, was all true and without any falsehood. He was murdered
      ultimately because of the threat that Christianity posed to both the
      religious and political orders of the day.

      Tribulation then is something that the Christian martyr enters into by
      choice. What comes to mind is Rousos Rushdooney's definition of martyr
      (unfortunately I can not currently cite the source. Perhaps somebody can
      find it for us) where he argues that the Christian believer or "martyr", as
      a result of their faith, is a more active prosecutor/witness to the gospel
      rather than a passive recipient of persecution due to a personal belief
      system at odds with the state or religion of the day. This comes at
      wonderfully at Stephen's trial where he becomes the chief witness and
      ultimately the spiritual co-prosecutor in an amazing turn of events. Rather
      then him standing trial the Sanhedrin does instead.

      Jason B. Coates
      Johannesburg, S. Africa
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