Scripture: Rev 17:14
“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of Lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
The people of God who will become overcomers in these last days are those who are called, chosen, and faithful. They know that God calls every believer to serve Him and they have answered His call. They also know that God chooses some believers who are qualified to serve Him in a more specific way and they have been chosen. Lastly, they know that God requires the believers who serve Him in a more specific way to do so faithfully until the end and they have been faithful.
“Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?” (Prov 20:6)
Almost every person will proclaim each his or her own goodness, but not many people will dare to say that they are faithful. Why? Because to be faithful is harder than to be good. In his proverbs King Solomon asks a rhetorical question: Who can find a faithful man? It is difficult indeed to be a faithful person. Nevertheless, to be faithful is required if we want to be overcomers in the last days. If we want to be part of the Lord’s victorious army in these last days, then we must be faithful besides called and chosen.
“These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of Lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (Rev
To be the called we must respond to the Lord’s call to work for Him (to serve Him). Actually the Lord has called every believer to serve Him. The parable of the workers in the vineyard tells us that the Lord always calls those who have believed in Him to work for Him (Mat 20:1-16). The Lord does not like us to be lazy and idle. Those believers who do not want to serve the Lord will not be part of the called with Him in these last days.
Among the believers who serve the Lord, there are those who serve Him with a good heart and there are those who do not serve Him with a good heart. In the parable of the workers in the vineyard, those who started to work earlier complained against the landowner because they received the same wages as those who worked later (Mat 20:11-12). Besides, there are those who serve the Lord, following His way and there are those who serve Him, but not following His way. Those believers who have a good heart and follow the way of the Lord in serving Him are the chosen (Jhn 12:26).
From among those who are chosen, there are those who are faithful and they are those who are not faithful (Mat 24:46-51). The faithful ones are those who are consistent in following the way of the Lord in serving Him. The unfaithful ones are those who are not consistent. They leave the way of the Lord and begin to follow their own way. They may still serve the Lord but according to their own ways. Their hearts are not pure anymore. They serve the Lord from selfish ambitions, not sincerely or for gain, etc.
In the parable of the talents (Mat 25:14-30), the servants who are eventually made rulers over many things are those who have a good heart and are faithful over a few things. The Lord called them good and faithful servants (Mat 25:21,23). Faithfulness is the key to be trusted by the Lord and to be entrusted with many things from Him (Mat 25:21, 23).
The Lord Jesus said, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (Luk 16:10-11) We must learn to be faithful in little things before we are entrusted with greater things. What are the little things? Money and the riches of this world. What are the greater things? Souls and heavenly riches. Soul is greater than all the riches of this world (Mat 16:26). In the eyes of God, souls and heavenly things are the true riches. Before we are entrusted with souls and heavenly riches, we must learn to be faithful with money and the riches of this world.
Who is the disciple who was faithful to be with the Lord Jesus until the end of His life? John. When the Lord Jesus was crucified, only John was there stood by the cross. It is written, “When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:26-27) Because John was faithful until the end, he was entrusted by the Lord Jesus the most precious soul on the earth for Him, His own mother.