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(Note: all quotations are taken from the Complete Jewish Bible, translation by David H. Stern, Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc., unless otherwise noted)

QUESTION 4:

In Revelation 13:7 it was given to make war with the saints and to overcome them. Who are these saints? Is it Israel or is it the Christian in the tribulation period?

ANSWER:

Your question is a good one. Admittedly, it is somewhat of a difficult one. To be sure, the Book of Revelation has long since been one of the most difficult books the Bible to interpret. Yet, I am sure we can shed some light on the issue, with a little help from the TaNaKH book of Daniel. In chapter 7 of his book, Daniel is given a glimpse into the future. A future, in which HaShems "saints" would suffer at the hands of a "fourth beast" and a "little horn". These saints are described in verse 18 as "possess[ing] the kingdom for ever&." (KJV) Yochanan (John), the author of Revelation, quotes from Daniel in the verse in question, Revelation 13:7. If the context of Daniel defines the "saints" as "those who possess the kingdom", it seems to me to indicate that this includes both Jewish and non-Jewish believers who follow after HaShem and His Messiah (see Matt. 5:10). Of course by implication, this would place the Christians in the "tribulation period". But the details of what the "tribulation period" is, as well as who will be in it, remains a hot topic of debate, among scholars today. I must refer you to other resources for a complete discussion of that topic. Suffice to say, however, whether it is the Christians or the Jews who endure the "tribulation", we both must rely on the strength of our Messiah, Yeshua, to see us through! Are you prepared just in case?

Torah Teacher Ariel ben-Lyman HaNaviy