When the crash happens, control falls to a non-democratic system, either willingly or by force. Cultures that drift from Christianity tend to drift from “true” democracy into other, democracy-flavored political schemes and, eventually, into subjection to tyranny… 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…
Let him who has a purse take it. The word for "purse" here is the same as it is in Luke 10:4, see Note. See the Note on Matthew 10:10 for more on "scrip." If the words had ended with "sword," we might have easily deduced their literal meaning. They would have appeared to urge wisdom in providing for want rather than a simple confidence in God's providence, as before, and hence would have sanctioned all equitable types of church organization and endowment. The mention of the "sword," on the other hand, offers a fresh layer of cognition.
Our Lord's statements to Peter (Matthew 26:52) indicate that they were not intended to be used in His defense. It is unlikely that He would train them to use it on their own while they preached the kingdom gospel. Afterward, true teachers understood that their weapons of warfare were not carnal (2 Corinthians 10:4). The following is a possible explanation. The Master was aware that two of the disciples (Peter and another) had brought swords with them, and with that acceptance of other people's thoughts that we have so often seen, He sadly, but with the gentle sympathy with which a man speaks to those who are children in age or character, conveyed His warnings in the form that met their fears and hopes. If they were to put their reliance in swords, there would come a day when they would desperately need them.
[Whoever does not have a sword should sell his garment and get one.] Rather, let him lie who hath not (either a purse or scrip to buy a sword with), &c. Of course, the statement was never intended to be taken literally. Our dear Lord used a metaphorical form of language to ensure that His words were never forgotten. It was to forewarn them of days of hatred and opposition in which self-defense, rather than aggressiveness, might become a daily necessity. One of the catastrophic fallacies that has resulted from attributing infallibility to erroneous deductions from a superstitious letter-worship has been inferring that the latter is implicit.
Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. Immediately after the tribulation of those days: ‘The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’ At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.…
The Great Tribulation
It is our belief that the Great Tribulation referred to in the New Testament Book of Revelation (chapters 6-11) is unfolding before our eyes. In the near future, we will devote the "Tribulation" tab on our "Trending" menu to this emerging reality. As people continue to unplug from mainstream media, our commitment is to present the truth and encourage our audience to understand current events from a Biblical perspective. Click here to begin the journey.
In the Bible, the Watchman is responsible for keeping watch and warning others of potential danger or impending judgment. The role is mentioned several times in the Old Testament, particularly in the book of Ezekiel. In Ezekiel 33:6, God says to the prophet Ezekiel, "But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand." Click here to begin the journey.
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