9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:9
When John wrote the book of Revelation he was on the Island of Patmos. The emperor of Rome who was Domitian had exiled John to the island of Patmos. John at this point was an older man and the hopes the emperor had was that John would die in exile. But God used the time of John’s exile to give John the vision of what we know today as the book of Revelation.
The apostle John was not martyred, but was used greatly by the Lord to write the gospel of John, 1, 2, and 3 John and finally the book of Revelation. Many in the body of Christ are hesitant to study the book of Revelation, but there is great benefit in studying and understanding the book of Revelation.
The book of Revelation can be understood through the revelation and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Where many have failed is they have tried to academically study Revelation without the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit. I have found in my own life as I have grown in my personal prayer life that my understanding of scripture has grown and revelation has increased in my life.
The tribulation that John speaks of here is the current persecution that the Christian church was facing from the Roman Empire. Domitian was a wicked emperor and it was his desire to snuff out Christianity. But the more the church was persecuted the stronger the church became.
John was exiled because of His testimony of Jesus Christ. John as an apostle called by God and he was sent forth to proclaim the gospel. Everything he did was done through the power of the Holy Spirit and the Lord used him mightily during his life.
If we desire to be used greatly by the Lord it requires that we be willing to surrender all of our lives unto Him. The more we grow and mature in Christ, the more we are asked of the Lord to surrender our lives. As we grow there are areas the Lord will desire to prune and the more we simply surrender and are willing, the more we will grow and mature.
God is simply seeking those who are willing. He is seeking those who will say yes even though it may cost them their lives. We never need to fear or worry because no matter what we face the Lord will provide and strength us for all things. As we grow in Him our minds and hearts will become one with Him. As we abide, the fruit of the Holy Spirit will be produced and will mature in our lives.