They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death (Rev 12:11 NIV).
I love a good testimony, don’t you? While I am always inspired by other Christians’ testimonies, fear of judgment or ridicule sometimes stops me from sharing my own walk with God.
My curiosity was piqued one day as I listened to one of my favorite Christian songs, “Overcome” by Jeremy Camp, where he repeatedly declares: “We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimonies”. I wondered how the power of a testimony could be mentioned in the same verse as the saving blood of our Savior, so I decided to study the context and definition of “testimony” as used in this verse. I quickly learned about the power of our testimony and why the enemy works so hard to keep the muzzle of fear over Christians’ voices.
In this post, we will learn about the word “testimony” as used in Revelation 12:11.
“what one testifies… as a historical record… as concerning one’s character… the followers of Christ’s testimony respecting matters relating to the truth of Christianity establishing the Messiahship and the divinity of Jesus…”
I learned more by studying the English definition of “testimony”: in Websters Dictionary 1828. A testimony is:
“A solemn declaration or affirmation..” of a witness “…made for the purpose of establishing or proving some fact…” A testimony of the gospel “…testifies of Christ and declares the will of God”.
These definitions tell us that a Christian’s testimony is a historical record of fact. It is a solemn declaration that Christ is the Messiah and Son of God. We give our testimony to forever establish the Gospel and declare God’s will for us.
Context: They triumphed over him
The context of Revelation 12:11 is critical to understanding the power of a Christian’s testimony. Our verse is God’s victory cry following the Angels’ victory of Satan. This verse summarizes the fall of Satan and ⅓ of the angels that joined him in rebellion against God. Revelation 12 tells us that Satan was furious and set out to take revenge on all of God’s children because he knew he didn’t have much time left.
So how was heaven’s greatest battle fought? Satan was defeated first, by the blood of Jesus, but the angels fought alongside Him. Did the angels fight with swords, military tactic, and bombs? No. Their testimony was their weapon. Each angel declared the truth as their proof that Christ is the Messiah and Son of God. “I imagine them yelling, “See the blood of the Lamb? It’s the real deal, and we’ll prove it to you!”
Our testimony is so much more than our story. Our testimony is a proven act of spiritual warfare. Testimonies bring people to Christ so effectively because Satan can’t fight against it. Not only does sharing our testimony prove that Jesus is the Lamb of God, but, in doing so, we have the satisfaction of knowing that we’ve left Satan with nothing left to do but lick his wounds!
Victoria Grace version of Revelation 12:11
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by declaring historical facts to prove that Christ is the messiah and son of God, to forever establish the Gospel, and to declare God’s will. They did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Lord, thank you for revealing our testimony as a powerful spiritual weapon against the enemy. I pray that we will always come to You in moments of weakness so that we will declare our testimony with confidence.
Partner Post by Victoria Grace