One theme runs like a thread through the book of Revelation but, unfortunately, it has received scant attention over the pulpit. It is the need to overcome, endure and persevere.
The overcoming theme restated at the end of Revelation:
Unfortunately, Calvinism downplays the fact that believers need to overcome by implying that believers will definitely overcome if they are genuine believers (false doctrine of ‘perseverance of the saints’). https://bit.ly/3en7hp4
Will believers who choose to willfully live in sin enter God’s kingdom? No.
This reminds me of the man who was invited to the wedding banquet but did not wear the wedding garment (Christ’s robe of righteousness) and had to be removed from the event (Matthew 22: 11-13).
Besides entering names in the Book of Life, God also updates His records, including erasing the names of believers. For He has no other choice if the soul adamantly chooses the path of evil, when Christ’s blood is being trampled upon (Hebrews 10: 26-31), when sin has become deep-rooted, heart hardened and conscience seared. The inevitable answer, then, on Judgment Day is: “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness" (Matt. 7:23).
One may have been saved but if one continually and willfully chooses the path of evil, the end is clear: Name will be blotted out from the Book of Life.
- Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21-23).
One day, believers will be presented holy and blameless before God; but the condition is that we must remain steadfast in the faith:
- And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.(Colossians 1:21-23)
WHAT DID JESUS AND PAUL SAY ABOUT PERSEVERANCE?
SCRIPTURES RELATED TO THE MARK OF THE BEAST
“Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus” (Rev. 14:12).