Q. Can I know if the tribulation saints are saved by grace through faith in Jesus like the church or by their ability to endure and keep their faith to the end or by enduring and keeping their faith based on the eternal gospel announced by the angel. Are the Jews who survive the Great Tribulation judged based on their faith in the coming messiah or their ability to endure to the end?
A. Everyone is saved by grace through faith in the Messiah because no one can meet God’s behavioral standards. Even the most obsessive keeper of the Law had to rely on the death of the Messiah to attain salvation. His death was a gift by the grace of God, available to all who believe, and essential for salvation.
The phrase “He who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matt. 24:13) means that post-Church believers, whether Jew or Gentile, will not have the blessing of eternal security like the Church does. Instead of having God accept the responsibility for making us stand (2 Cor. 1:21-22), they will will be responsible for maintaining their own faith.
Rev. 14:12 follows the introduction of the statue of the anti-Christ and the world wide command to take his mark. It says, “This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who keep God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” Patient endurance means standing firm to the end.
Whether Jew or Gentile, salvation will come to the post-church believer as a result of keeping God’s commandments and remaining faithful to Jesus. Knowing that no one can keep the commandments to the level God requires, they will have to remain faithful to the belief that Jesus died to save them from the penalty due them for their failure.