Q. Revelation 13:10 says, “If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.” My question is, I know that thousands upon thousands of Tribulation Saints will be killed during this time. Does it mean that the Saints will indeed have to have “patience endurance and faithfulness,” and leave revenge to the Lord? Thank you once again for sharing your wisdom of the scripture.
A. I think the simplest explanation of this verse is that Tribulation Saints will not receive any supernatural protection from God during this time. What ever happens will happen without the Lord’s intervention. If they’re taken captive they’ll have to endure captivity. If they’re slated for death, they’ll die. They will have to get through whatever they face on their own, with only their faith to sustain them.
Each one of us should stop right now and thank the Lord from the bottom of our heart for the fact that we’re already saved and won’t have to face the indescribably difficult days of the Great Tribulation.