The vision of John is definitely set in

The vision of John is definitely set in a violent context where many of his Church members are experiencing persecution and martyrdom. He has also revealed the 144,000 as the martyrs of the Israelites and the great multitude on chapter 7 that no one could count. But here in this chapter everyone who dies within the Christian faith, not just as martyrs, are blessed.
Revelation 14
13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labour, for their deeds will follow them.”
I’m thinking today of an old lady called Margaret, who passed away last week and of who I will be conducting the funeral for next week.
I know she is blessed today!
It’s not just the martyrs who are blessed but John sees and states that from that moment on it is all who die, even of a natural death, if they die as a Christian they are blessed. A Jewish text speaks not of martyrdom when it states, “at the time of man’s departure, neither silver nor gold nor precious stones nor pearls go with him, but only the Law and good works.”
Our money is left behind, our material possessions etc. But not our achievements, not our work. Our accomplishments are taken with us when we enter into the Lord’s rest.
Margaret though resting from her work is now benefiting from being blessed by the rewards of that work.
Make sure you are doing the works of the Lord.

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