It might surprise many a Christian churchgoer to learn that in these last days, some Jews will be resurrected by Jesus Christ on the day of the LORD even though they are not now “Christian”. These Jews by birthright and race do not belong to any Christian denomination, and they have not attended any church. Some of them might even be practising Jews, visiting synagogues, observant of the Torah. The reason why they will be resurrected and born again is because these Jews have been predestined and chosen to become “saints”.
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all…Jude 1:14-15
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus… According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,Ephesians 1:1-5
I have covered the topic of the saints, the holy ones of God, quite extensively now, because in these last days the Antichrist will make war against the saints, and even kill the saints.
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle [the temple of God per Revelation 11 and Malachi 3], and them that dwell in heaven, And it was given unto him to make war with the saints [Israel in particular], and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.Revelation 13:6-7
I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days [Jesus] came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints [Jews] possessed the kingdom [the kingdom of God].Daniel 7:21-22
Babylon also, serving the Devil, will spill the blood of the saints, as well as the blood of Christians.
And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered… And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman [Babylon], and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns [the Fourth Beast].Revelation 17:6-7
In these last days, the saints especially but also every Christian will be subject to tribulation. This is a time of testing.
If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.Revelation 13:9-10
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.Matthew 24:21
Now, it should be obvious, from many of these passages in the Bible that speak of the saints, that the term “saints” must refer in part to Jews.
Why else would there be a distinction between “the saints” and “the martyrs of Jesus” (ref. Revelation 17:6), the latter being Christians?
And why else would the saints possess the kingdom of God when the war is over (ref. Daniel 7:22)? Remember, the kingdom of God will be centred at Zion and it will include all of the promised land (ref. Genesis 15:18), and furthermore, the kingdom of God will be populated by Jews in human form (ref. Isaiah 4:3), the people of God, in other words, the woman or the bloodline that brought forth the Son of man Jesus Christ (ref. Revelation 12:1-5).
And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in JerusalemIsaiah 4:3
… Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.Joel 3:20-21
The kingdom of God is not Christians collectively as some Christian theologians would have you believe, nor is it any church led by a pope or a pastor as others have thought. Rather it will be a literal kingdom with Jesus Christ sitting on the throne as king. This kingdom will come about on the day of the LORD, which is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
And the stars of heaven shall fall [the war in heaven and the fall of Lucifer and his angels], and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.Mark 13:25-26
The kingdom of God is the true gospel of Jesus Christ (ref. Mark 1:14-15).
Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.Mark 1:14-15
Now that I think about it, in these last days, a Jew that is persecuted and brought before councils or rulers or kings to speak, someone who will be given the Holy Ghost in that hour, is surely a “saint”.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom… But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to the councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony aginst them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations [two witnesses]. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.Mark 13:8-11
A Jew who will certainly be a saint is David, as in King David of ancient Israel. His sainthood is prophesied in the Bible.
… A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me…. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.Psalms 139:1-11
In Psalms 139, David speaks of taking “the wings of the morning” and becoming “light”. Wings as eagles, and the morning star: that is a saint!
… they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles…Isaiah 40:31
Another thing about David in Psalms 139 is that he has perfect hatred of the enemies of God.
Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.Psalms 139:21-22
Surely that is a soldier of Christ!
Further to David’s future, in Ezekiel 34:24 and Ezekiel 37:25, God prophesies that David will become a “prince” in the kingdom of God.
And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them [the humans of Israel]; I the LORD have spoken it.Ezekiel 34:24
And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.Ezekiel 37:25
In the Bible, a “prince” is normally an angel, one of the host of heaven. The archangel Michael, for instance, is described in Daniel 12:1 as “the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people”. For another example, Satan is described in Ephesians 2:2 as “the prince of the power of the air”.
In effect, a saint is also a “prince” because a saint is someone sort of made “equal unto the angels” (ref. Luke 20:36). The idea is that as God is “king” over all, so then a good angel and likewise a born-again saint can be thought of as a “prince”, what Galatians 4:7 describes as “an heir of God” (ref. Galatians 4:7).
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.Galatians 4:7
I say “good angel” because of course those angels that are in rebellion against God are no longer part of the host of heaven. Rather than princes, these fallen angels have become the enemy.
Anyway, the point I was making is that certain Jews, even Jews that have not known Jesus Christ and the New Testament, will be counted among the saints. This is a matter of predestination.
Therefore, in these last days, some Jews killed by the enemy, by either the Assyrian or the False Prophet, will be resurrected and born again. I doubt any Christian pastor or theologian has ever figured out anything like this. Yet this is Bible prophecy, the word of God.
Now, even though certain individual Jews will be resurrected or translated as saints, it is still an objective of God to keep alive the part of the population of Israel that is supposed to survive the Antichrist. This is what the Bible describes as “the flesh” to be saved of “the elect” or “chosen” of Israel.
For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.Mark 13:19-20
This is why the archangel Michael will be in Israel in the final forty-two months to help deliver the people of God from their trouble.
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.Daniel 12:1
In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.Zechariah 12:8-9
Furthermore, this is why God himself as the LORD of hosts will move a powerful army against the Antichrist.
… When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.Isaiah 59:19
Among the saints, apart from Jews, there will of course be Christians. Think the parable of the talents (ref. Matthew 25). Plus, Revelation 2:26-29, which speaks of the morning star, expressly mentions “churches”.
Now, I find it curious that Isaiah 46 draws attention to one particular saint, someone to be given the wings of a bird. This saint is prophesied to be a man from the east, someone that executes the counsel of God from a country far away from Zion.
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things not yet done… Calling a ravenous bird [a Christian saint] from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness [Jesus]; it shall not be far off, and my salvation [Jesus] shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.Isaiah 46:9-13
Isaiah 49 is also interesting. It seems to me, the sentence of Isaiah 49:7 that reads “Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him…” either speaks to the Trinity or else to a particular saint, a member of the body of Christ, someone – “a servant of rulers” – who will be given the very power of God.
And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob… I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles… Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers [another thought provoking phrase], Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee… That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth…Isaiah 49:6-9
Either way, in due time, Zion will be redeemed, in more ways than one.
And furthermore, certain individuals and nations will come to learn the hard way what a terrible mistake it is to have sided with the Devil and his angels.
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.Isaiah 49:24-26