We, the church, are victorious because Christ is victorious! John was commanded to write about the past, the present, and the future. Everything John was to write would be based on the glory of the risen Lord, which John had seen in a vision. The truth of his written words would be based on Jesus having conquered sin and death. These revelations were intended to encourage, advise, and inform believers. We need not live in fear but can instead live in confidence because we know Christ has been and is the victorious Lord of all.