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IS IT WRONG FOR CHRISTIANS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES? AND WHO ARE THE TRIBULATION SAINTS?

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WEBPAGE ADMINISTRATOR Please remember the Tribulation Saints are not the same as the “Church Age Saints”. The Tribulation Saints can lose their “Salvation” and fall into sin. Every moment of every day will be a battle for their souls, as it was before Jesus died for us on the Cross. As God said Matt. 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (This being the Tribulation timeline). Explanation of this statement in Matthew 24:13 is in the context of this article.
It should also be noted here that Matthew 24 flows from the time that the temple of Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD to the time just before the beginning of the Tribulation (i.e. Matthew 24:4) Where he describes World Conditions at this current time; Then in Matthew 24:7 Jesus talks about the next 7 years of the Tribulation, and how it will affect the Jews, and the rest of the World included right up to Matthew 24:28
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IS IT WRONG FOR CHRISTIANS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES?

Do Christians have the right to defend themselves?
What does the Bible say about self-defense?
Question: What does the Bible say about self-defense?”
Answer:
The Bible gives no all-encompassing statement on self-defense. Some passages seem to speak of God’s people being pacifistic (Proverbs 25:21–22; Matthew 5:39; Romans 12:17). Yet there are other passages that approve of self-defense. Under what circumstances is personal self-defense appropriate?
The proper use of self-defense has to do with wisdom, understanding, and tact. In Luke 22:36, Jesus tells His remaining disciples, “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” Jesus knew that now was the time when His followers would be threatened, and He upheld their right to self-defense. Just a short time later, Jesus is arrested, and Peter takes a sword and cuts off someone’s ear. Jesus rebukes Peter for that act (verses 49–51). Why? In his zeal to defend the Lord, Peter was standing in the way of God’s will. Jesus had told His disciples multiple times that He must be arrested, put on trial, and die (e.g., Matthew 17:22–23). In other words, Peter acted unwisely in that situation. We must have wisdom regarding when to fight and when not to.
Exodus 22 gives some clues about God’s attitude toward self-defense: “If a thief is caught breaking in at night and is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed; but if it happens after sunrise, the defender is guilty of bloodshed” (Exodus 22:2–3). Two basic principles taught in this text are the right to own private property and the right to defend that property. The full exercise of the right to self-defense, however, depended on the situation.
No one ought not be too quick to use deadly force against another, even someone who means to do him harm. If someone was set upon by a thief in the middle of the night and, in the confusion of the moment the would-be thief was killed, the Law did not charge the homeowner with murder. But, if the thief was caught in the house during the day, when the homeowner was unlikely to be awoken from sleep, then the Law forbade the killing of the thief.
Essentially, the Law said that homeowners shouldn’t be quick to kill or attack thieves in their home. Both situations could be considered self-defense, but deadly force was expected to be a last resort, used only in the event of a panicked “surprise attack” scenario where the homeowner is likely to be confused and disoriented. In the case of a nighttime attack, the Law granted the homeowner the benefit of the doubt that, apart from the darkness and confusion of the attack, he would not intentionally use lethal force against a thief. Even in the case of self-defense against a thief, a godly person was expected to try to restrain the assailant rather than immediately resort to killing him.
Paul engaged in self-defense on occasion, although non-violently. When he was about to be flogged by the Romans in Jerusalem, Paul quietly informed the centurion with the scourge that he, Paul, was a Roman citizen. The authorities were immediately alarmed and began to treat Paul differently, knowing they had violated Roman law by even putting him in chains. Paul had used a similar defense in Philippi—after he was flogged—in order to secure an official apology from those who had violated his rights (Acts 16:37–39).
The persistent widow in Jesus’ parable kept pounding on the judge’s door with the repeated plea, “Grant me justice against my adversary” (Luke 18:3). This widow was not about to give up and let her enemy take advantage of her; through the proper channels, she pursued self-defense.
Jesus’ command to “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39) has to do with our response to personal slights and offenses. Some situations may call for self-defense, but not retaliation in kind. The context of Jesus’ command is His teaching against the idea of “eye for eye, and tooth for tooth” (verse 38). Our self-defense is not a vengeful reaction to an offense. In fact, many offenses can simply be absorbed in forbearance and love.
The Bible never forbids self-defense, and believers are allowed to defend themselves and their families. But the fact that we are permitted to defend ourselves does not necessarily mean we must do so in every situation. Knowing God’s heart through reading His Word and relying on “the wisdom that comes from heaven” (James 3:17) will help us know how to best respond in situations that might call for self-defense.
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SATAN, THE CHURCH, AND TRIBULATION SAINTS

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Matt. 16:18 says the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church. And yet we see that the anti-Christ will prevail against the tribulation saints.
QUESTION:    Christians have been killed for the last 2000 years and trib saints will be killed during Daniels 70th week, so it seems that the words “will prevail against the saints” is not to mean prevailed by physical death. So what is really meant by, the anti-christ will prevail against the saints? What would the difference be between the bride and trib saints pertaining to the word “Prevail”?
ANSWER:    In Matt.16:18 the Greek word translated prevail is different from the Greek word in Rev. 13:7 which is actually translated overcome, or conquer. The two words are slightly different in meaning. Think of it this way. While the gates of Hell will not prove stronger than the Church, Satan will have the power to conquer tribulation believers.

TRIBULATION SAINTS

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QUESTION:    I have a question about your study of Revelation 7. In the last 4 paragraphs you talk about the tribulation saints having a privileged existence in eternity, but yet you mention that they will not sit on a throne at the side of their beloved and will not share in God’s inheritance. Can you explain this further? This is really interesting.
ANSWER:    The destiny of Tribulation Saints is different from that of the Church, and Rev. 7:15-17 explains this. It says they’ll be before the Throne of God and will serve Him day and night in His Temple. But notice they are not called priests.
Also, His Temple will be on Earth, not in the New Jerusalem where the Church will reside. In fact Rev. 21:22 says there won’t be a Temple in the New Jerusalem at all.
But God Himself will see to their well-being and will wipe every tear from their eyes. And Jesus will be their shepherd, leading them to springs of living water.
As I said, theirs will be a privileged existence, but nowhere does it refer to them as Kings and Priests, or as the Bride of Christ, seated with Him in the Heavenly realms.

WHO ARE THE TRIBULATION SAINTS?

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QUESTION:    Please clarify who the Tribulation Saints are. If I understand you, at the Rapture, God will turn His attention from the gentiles back to the Hebrews. Does this mean the Tribulation Saints will all be Jewish, that the Gentiles have missed the boat so to speak?
Thank you so much for sharing your considerable knowledge with your readers. May God continue to bless you.
ANSWER:    After the cross, God divided humanity into 3 parts where before there had only been two. Instead of just Jews and Gentiles, now there was also the Church. (1 Cor. 10:32) After the Church is gone in the Rapture there will only be Jews and Gentiles again. Many from both groups will come to know Jesus during the Great Tribulation and will be martyred for their faith, and these are often referred to as Tribulation Saints. (Actually it would be more correct to call them Tribulation Martyrs.)
But some from the Jews who are saved will survive to populate Israel in the Millennium, and some from the believing Gentiles will survive to populate the Nations. Since they will have been saved during the Great Tribulation they are really Tribulation Saints too, although most only use the phrase in connection with the martyrs.
Unbelievers who survive the Great Tribulation will be taken away after the 2nd Coming and will be seen no more.

TRIBULATION SAINTS VS. THE CHURCH

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QUESTION:    I just listened to your MP3 series on Revelation chapter 7-9. In part 4 you talk about the Tribulation Martyrs serving Jesus in the temple etc, but they would not receive the reward that the Church does, which is to be co-heirs with Christ. I had never seen this before while reading Revelation until you mentioned it. Can you explain why you think this is so? So basically what your saying is that as soon as the Rapture happens anyone who believes after that point is not really part of the Church but is classified in another group. (Kind of like Israel is a separate group.) Can you go further into this?
ANSWER:    The earliest date for the birth of the Church is on Pentecost, 50 days after the Resurrection, and it will disappear in the rapture. Therefore, just as Old Testament believers aren’t part of the Church, neither are Tribulation believers. And a careful reading of Rev. 7:9-17 shows that the destiny of these believers is much different from the Church.
They’re specifically described as serving God in His Temple, and yet they are never called priests. This is a role never ascribed to the Church. In fact there is no Temple in the New Jerusalem, home of the church (Rev. 21:22). Also there’s no mention of the saints in Rev. 7 ever ruling and reigning with Christ as is the Church’s destiny.
Ephesians 2:14-17 clearly portrays the Church as an entirely new and unique race of human, different from any other, with a future designed to show just how far God can go in lavishing His grace upon us (Ephes. 2:6-7). In my opinion, we don’t hear anywhere near enough on this subject from the pulpit.
During the Church Age, God asks people to believe solely by faith (John 6:28-29), and promises blessings beyond those of any other group to those who do. But once Daniel’s 70th week begins, God’s supernatural power will once again be on display for all to see. During that time belief in Him will be as much by evidence as by faith, like it was in the Old Testament. Believing in what you see is not as commendable to God as is believing what you don’t see, hence the different destiny of Tribulation believers from that of the Church.

IN THE TRIBULATION, WHO ARE SEALED?

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QUESTION:    I have a question about the sealing of the 144000. We know from Revelation 7 that the 144000 will be sealed as servants of God. We also know that Gentile believers will also be sealed because of the locusts in the fifth trumpet seal only being able to harm unbelievers. My question is, do you think this seal on the forehead will be visible, and if so will the 144000 seal be different from the seal of Gentiles because they are chosen to be servants of God?
ANSWER:    There’s a fair amount of speculation about this, but here’s what the Bible says, or doesn’t say, as the case may be. No where in the Book of Revelation are Tribulation believers said to be sealed with the Holy Spirit like Church age believers are. In fact the only people specifically said to have seals in their foreheads are the 144,000 of the 12 tribes (Rev. 7:3-8).
The assumption that all Tribulation believers will be sealed in some manner and therefore protected from the attacks of the locusts is a popular one, but it can’t be supported by Scripture. Rev. 9:4 says the locusts can only attack those who don’t have the seal of God on their foreheads, not that they can only attack unbelievers. The Bible also doesn’t tell us whether the seal is visible or not.

THE TRIBULATION SAINTS ARE NOT SEALED, FOLLOW UP

QUESTION:    A while back, I read something you wrote about Tribulation saints NOT sealed by the Holy Spirit, but recently, I happened upon something in my reading Revelation. In Chapter 9, it talks about the plague of locusts, with tails of scorpions. And the locusts are sent to sting ONLY those who DON’T have the seal of God in their forehead. (Revelation 9:4). Is that different than being sealed by the Holy spirit? If so, how?
ANSWER:    The seal spoken of in Rev. 9:4 is not the same as the one the church receives. In the first place, it relates to Rev. 7:3-4 where it says the only ones who will have the seal of God in their foreheads are the 144,000 from the tribes of Israel. No one else, whether believer or not, will receive the seal. Second, the purpose of that seal is to protect the 144,000 from the locusts. It’s not intended to guarantee their salvation, like the seal we have does for us (2 Cor. 1:21-22).

JUDGMENT FOR TRIBULATION SAINTS?

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QUESTION:    I love your site! I understand all the coming judgements, such as the Bema Seat, Great White Throne etc. But I cannot seem to find how the Tribulation Saints, the saints that are martyred in the last 3 ½ years, are judged? Or are they? Thank you for your help.
ANSWER:    From my understanding, the Bible doesn’t mention any additional judgement, positive or negative, for the Tribulation Martyrs. I guess the Lord feels that sacrificing their lives for their faith is enough.
Rev. 20:4 says they will be resurrected at the time of the 2nd Coming and will reign with Christ for one thousand years.
Since they are called priests (Rev. 20:6) but not kings, I assume they will serve in some kind of a subordinate role to the Church, similar to the earlier martyrs of Rev. 7:9-17 who will serve the Lord day and night in His temple but are never called kings or priests. Only the church is described as being both kings and priests (Rev. 1:6, 5:10).

TRIBULATION SAINTS VS. THE CHURCH

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QUESTION:    I just listened to your MP3 series on Revelation chapter 7-9. In part 4 you talk about the Tribulation Martyrs serving Jesus in the temple etc, but they would not receive the reward that the Church does, which is to be co-heirs with Christ. I had never seen this before while reading Revelation until you mentioned it. Can you explain why you think this is so? So basically what your saying is that as soon as the Rapture happens anyone who believes after that point is not really part of the Church but is classified in another group. (Kind of like Israel is a separate group.) Can you go further into this?
ANSWER:    The earliest date for the birth of the Church is on Pentecost, 50 days after the Resurrection, and it will disappear in the rapture. Therefore, just as Old Testament believers aren’t part of the Church, neither are Tribulation believers. And a careful reading of Rev. 7:9-17 shows that the destiny of these believers is much different from the Church.
They’re specifically described as serving God in His Temple, and yet they are never called priests. This is a role never ascribed to the Church. In fact there is no Temple in the New Jerusalem, home of the church (Rev. 21:22). Also there’s no mention of the saints in Rev. 7 ever ruling and reigning with Christ as is the Church’s destiny.
Ephesians 2:14-17 clearly portrays the Church as an entirely new and unique race of human, different from any other, with a future designed to show just how far God can go in lavishing His grace upon us (Ephes. 2:6-7). In my opinion, we don’t hear anywhere near enough on this subject from the pulpit.
During the Church Age, God asks people to believe solely by faith (John 6:28-29), and promises blessings beyond those of any other group to those who do. But once Daniel’s 70th week begins, God’s supernatural power will once again be on display for all to see. During that time belief in Him will be as much by evidence as by faith, like it was in the Old Testament. Believing in what you see is not as commendable to God as is believing what you don’t see, hence the different destiny of Tribulation believers from that of the Church.

WHEN ARE OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS RESURRECTED?

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QUESTION:    I have another question about the sequence of the first resurrection. When will the old testament saints be resurrected? Is that before or after the tribulation saints?
ANSWER:    I think Old Testament saints will be resurrected at the same time as tribulation martyrs, which is right after the 2nd Coming (Rev. 20:4). The closest time we’re given is in Daniel 12:1-2 where it’s placed it at the time of the Great Tribulation, and most people lean toward it happening at the end, when the Lord returns. In my opinion there wouldn’t be any point in resurrecting Old Testament believers right into the time and place of the worst judgments the world ever has or ever will see.

JUDGMENT BEGINS WITH THE FAMILY OF GOD

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QUESTION:    Recently my church, as well as several radio Bible study programs that I listen to, have been teaching about how God’s judgment begins in the house of the Lord. They all say that we need to live according to God’s commands or we face being judged. I thought we Christians have had all our sins judged already.
ANSWER:    Here’s the passage the people you’re listening to use to support their opinion.
However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgement to begin with the house of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:16-17). As you can see, Peter is talking about being persecuted for our faith. He started on this subject in verse 12. And notice He didn’t say it’s God’s judgement. This is something that comes at the hands of unbelievers.
Any persecution we experience from unbelievers is a sign that we belong to God, and is something for which we should praise the Lord. Peter told us to compare the persecution we receive from unbelievers with what God will do to them for refusing to believe. That will help us put things into their proper perspective.
God cannot judge us because He already judged His Son in our place. Jesus took our sins upon Himself and paid the penalties for all of them at the cross (Colossians 2:13-14). Therefore, God has made His own righteousness available to us because of our faith (Romans 3:21-24). This righteousness is beyond any thing we could ever earn and makes us perfect forever in His sight (Hebrews 10:12-14). We can’t make ourselves perfect by our works, because God’s requirements are too high. We can only be made perfect by our faith.
Believing in what Jesus has done for us is how we fulfil His command to be perfect just as your Father in Heaven is perfect (Matt. 5:48).

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