Q. For the most part I enjoy your site and agree with most of what you write, but I do have some questions. You write that during the tribulation, those who come out of it are from Israel and not Gentiles, unless I misunderstood you. Also, you write that tribulation saints have to hold onto their salvation by works, again, if I understood you correctly. Do you not believe that those Tribulation saints spoken of in Rev. 7-14 include Gentiles?
And, since Rev. 7:14 states that these have come out of the Tribulation and have “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, do you not believe that their salvation was secured in Christ by His blood also, and not by their works?
A. Yes, I think you did misunderstand me. What I said was with the focus on Israel again it will be difficult for Gentiles, but I didn’t mean to imply there won’t be any Gentiles saved. The Martyrs in Rev. 7 will have died because of their faith in Jesus before the Great Tribulation even begins and will come from every nation, tribe, people and language (Rev. 7:9). This means they’re mostly Gentiles. Those who endure through the Great Tribulation will have to both keep the commandments and hold fast to their belief in Jesus (Rev. 14:12). The Holy Spirit won’t be sealed within them to guarantee their salvation like He is with us. They will have to remain faithful in the face of great persecution.