I read on CNN today, about a small anti-government militia in the USA; who (it is alleged), had planned to attack law enforcement officers as part of their preparation for end-time battles.
I don’t think our glorified Jesus will need any help from us.
He commands, and His angels will do the ‘work’; in Matthew 13:40b-42(NLT), we read: ” … so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”
And, in Matthew 26: 50b-53, we find another couple of verses, which suggest that Jesus has a lot of angels under His command: ” … Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear.
“Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword. Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?”
Consequently, I’m of the strong view that these people, in this militia, are listening to the wrong voice.
All through the New Testament, we have ample evidence that it’s not our role to be involved in armed rebellion, on the contrary – so far as it is able, we should try to live in peace. Paul’s letter to the Romans 12:18-20 (NLT): “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,“I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.
Instead: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”
The special conditions that existed, in regard to the nation Israel (as described in the Old Testament), taking over their promised land – as part of their covenant with God – do not apply to us, as Christians.
This view is clearly made in Hebrews 8:6-7, 13 (NLT): ” … But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises. If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. … When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear.”
There is only one voice that gets into the hearts of men and women – and, incites them to do acts of evil; it’s the voice of Satan.
What are your views?