Condemned and assigned to a future of exile, the aging John is fulfilling his destiny as an apostle.

According to Paul’s comments in 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, God’s servants are afflicted but not crushed, perplexed but not despairing, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed.

John, also known as the “disciple whom Jesus loved,” manifests the life of His master in his own and thus fulfills his destiny as a Christian as described by Paul above.  Through afflictions, hardships and distresses, John possesses all things (2 Corinthians 6:4-10).

The message from Jesus to the seven churches was written to encourage Christians who were facing terrible persecution.  They faced prison and even death, and only God could pull them through.  He did just this by revealing to them the truth about what was really happening.  This message is as crucial for us today as it was for them then.