Peter and John were apparently the first to recognize that they by being bound to Christ, were bound to Him in His suffering, as they were being made to see what could happen to them; even as Jesus had told them, for it was now them, who were being threatened for speaking of Jesus. Acts 4:29 “And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, (NASB1995)
God’s word brings persecution. It comes in many forms. What we may find to be most interesting is that Satan actually knows about us as believers. He knows who we are in Christ just as it is being revealed here about Paul and his followers. Here this possessed woman speaks out: Acts 16:17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” (NASB1995)
Not everything that Satan inspires is a lie. He often begins with the truth in order to later fully deceive.
In Revelation 12 we see one more example of Satan going after his enemies. He has no problem identifying them, and they even as Paul had done long ago, will overcome him. But in so doing they loved not their life unto death.
God requires the sealing of these His bond-Servants at a juncture, just before the outpourings of His judgment: Revelation 7:3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.” (NASB1995)
Obviously our Lord will be involved with not just His own during the days of Tribulation, but also with the judgments for a world with whom He has declared His love. It however is stated during these very judgments, that they would not repent.
In fact the nations will rather than repent, instead become enraged leading to a final outpouring of His wrath. This will happen in a revealed sequence of events at the very end of this age.
Revelation 11:18 “And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time [came] for the dead to be judged, and [the time] to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” (NASB1995)
Of these judgments it is stated:
Revelation 19:2 BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER.” (NASB1995)
You and I know full well that throughout this age of mankind the bond-servants of God have sacrificed for following Jesus.
But why is it necessary to bring these things to light? Do you remember the time when Jesus rebuked Peter, and said to him: “get thee behind me Satan”? What Peter was desirous of in that encounter was that nothing ill would happen to Jesus, but what Jesus knew was that if He were not mentally prepared for what was coming that any despair could be a destructive opponent. If Jesus did not want to let His guard down; then neither should we. Expect and prepare for the worst. God will avenge the blood of His bond-servants.
Revelation 19:5 And a voice came from the throne, saying, “Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” (NASB1995)
Jesus’ bond-servants were present for His church at its founding as His Apostles including the Apostle Paul spread His gospel of the coming Kingdom over which He will reign, and bond-servants will be His recognized servants to spread that gospel at the time when His Kingdom becomes a reality at the closing moments of this age.