The Victorious Saints

(Matthew 16:18; Revelation 4:4-11; 7:9-17; 15:2; 19:1-3; 21:2-11)

In Revelation 1 -3, John was in spirit in the Lord’s Day. John said that “after these things,”1Rev 4:1 he was taken into the new heaven where we saw the victorious saints.

The apostle Paul said, “We overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loves us.”2Rom 8:37 Paul used the Greek word νικάω (nik-ah’-o)—which is used 17 times in the Book of Revelation to describe the victorious saints.

Jesus said, “I will build My Church; and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”3Matt 16:18

In Revelation 4, we find the four living creatures and 24 elders.

They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy O Lord, and our God, to receive glory and honor and power.”4Rev 4:11

In Chapter 7, the victorious saints enter New Jerusalem. Jesus gave us a parable of the Kingdom of Heaven, in which those who came first, bore the heat of the day. But John tells us that those who come out of the Great Tribulation will no longer bear the heat of the day.5Rev 7:16; Matt 20:12 “They will no longer thirst.” They will drink from the spring of the water of life—the holy spirit that they were denied on earth—and God will wipe away every tear.

In Revelation 15, the saints appear in the midst of the throne, standing on a sea of glass and fire, “victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name.”6Rev 15:2 In Revelation 19, we hear shouts from heaven, saying, “Hallelujah, salvation and glory and power belong to our God! … Hallelujah, her smoke rises up forever and ever!”7Rev 19:1-3

Finally, in Revelation 21, we come to an exceedingly high mountain,8Rev 21:10 and the Lord’s wife comes out of heaven, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a costly stone.9Rev 21:11

In verses 6 and 7, God says, “I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life, without cost. He who is victorious shall inherit all these things.”