We know that martyred Tribulation Saints are going to rule and reign with Christ (Rev. 20:4)
So what about the Tribulation saints who endure to the end without being martyred? What are they going to do?
Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (KJV)
“Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved (Matthew 24:9, 13 NASB).
This promise to be saved by enduring to the end is given to all who are delivered into tribulation. One is killed while maintaining faith until the end of life and he lives again to reign with Christ, but doesn’t the one who lives have the same promise? So If those, who endured while being killed for Christ without falling, then will reign with us as scripture clearly states in Revelation twenty, is not the same promise also for those who endure by remaining in Christ? (He said “abide in Me”) until the Second Coming, and do that without falling. There will be many Jesus says who will fall away. But we are talking about those who endure to the end.
He who endures to the end shall be saved. Endures what? The implication here is that these begin already in what they are to remain in. They are not to endure in a state of unbelief, but in a state of belief.
It’s pre-Trib scholars, who say that these who endure (in Christ) the tribulation can not be a part of us who will rule, because they were not saved when the Church was raptured, but instead we will reign over them. Do they really have a scriptural case? If these scholars admit that these are one with us, as the Scriptures require because they are to reign with us; then it takes away their argument that there is no church presence during the Tribulation. And it destroys their argument that one cannot lose salvation in this age, thus they must insist that tribulation will be a different age.
Therefore they can escape the warning Jesus gave concerning many falling away. Our age they say is set apart from that of the Tribulation by the removal of the church. Yet, enduring to the end is Jesus’ requirement in this verse for salvation, and tribulations occur all through this present age, which also must be endured.
If Jesus intended this message for only Jews of a different age, as Dispensationalists teach, why does He not have the Word support that message? He is after all the Word made flesh. But He instead includes the Jews with us as the sons of God. He does this in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:9-12).
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (KJV)
These Jews were actually guaranteed the kingdom of heaven. Much to the Dispensationalists chagrin, for they say Israel’s kingdom is earthly and the church’s kingdom is the heavenly kingdom. “I go and prepare a place for you”.
But perhaps His most important proclamation concerning the Jews sonship is in Luke: “but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection” (Luke 20:35-36 NASB emphases mine).
Jesus here states that those taking part in the resurrection are sons of God in this next age. Dispensationalists have never argued that Saved Israel will not take part in the first resurrection. But just as important a proclamation from the Scripture is the Jewish inclusion in the bride:
And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him.” John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full (John 3:26-27, 29 emphases mine).
This first mention of the bride connected with Jesus is depicted in scripture as an extraction from John’s Jewish disciples who had been following John into what John here recognizes as “the bride”. And this occurs even before the New Covenant is established; thus proving the inclusion of Israel in the Bride. John knew of the Bride of Messiah even before the Church was formed. Luke 20 above was also spoken to the Jews. But then the new covenant is given to and thru the Jews (Israel).
Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46 NASB).
This message is stated here by the Apostles with reference to the leadership in Israel. It’s important to note that a Remnant from the Jews had accepted Messiah.
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God (Romans 8:14 NASB).
We are called the sons of God and the bride of Christ, and the born again by the Holy Spirit. All men everywhere (Jew or Gentile) must have this relationship with the Trinity in order to possess eternal life. Those who are in Christ are also in His bride.
We have shown in other posts that no man can attain to the resurrection without being in Christ, and this applies to Old Testament saints as well as to us. Tribulation saints will be no different. If they are in Christ at the end of life, or until He comes; then they are in the bride and will rule with Christ on the earth. He who endures until the end. Blessed are you when you suffer for my sake.
sincerely, stated by Jesus (the Word of God) your Messiah.
“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”.