Now this same pattern is found in Revelation. The central theme of the Book of Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The major metaphor is the scroll sealed with the seven seals. Judgments come as the scroll is unsealed, so the Lord is revealed. Psalm 6 reminds the Lord is Known, i.e. revealed by judgments.
Psalms 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
In Revelation Chapter 11, an evaluation is taking place.
Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
There the prophet is instructed to measure, i.e. judge or evaluate the temple and the worshipers which are the church. Keep in mind that a measuring rod is an instrument of evaluation used by a carpenter. Then in Revelation 12 we find this statement about the setting up of the Kingdom of God.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
And looking farther on to chapter 14 we see the King set in place in the Holy Hill.
Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
And with him are the 144 thousand, who will follow him wherever he leads.
Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
And here we find the answer to our question posed earlier.
What is it going to take for the Gospel to be preached to all the world? It will take a group of people dead to self, totally obedient to the Lord. Ones who will overcome the enemy by laying down their lives without fear. God is not looking for survivors, he's looking for overcomers.
Psalms 110:3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
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