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Do We Agree With Our Enemy During The Tribulation?

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Do We Agree With Our Enemy During The Tribulation?

Name: Faithful
Question: Hello Brandon, I have heard different things on regards to this question I’m gonna ask you, will you please show me what our Father says about this please and help me understand what we are to do. When Antichrist shows up are we to teach? I was told we do, however I hear we are to just yea, yea when we hear Antichrist is here so we are not taken too early. What does our Father say exactly about this. I know we are to wait for the Holy Spirit to speak thru us. So I’m thinking the time has come to be quiet when Antichrist is here. Thank you

Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Faithful.

The thought comes from Matthew 5:25 and is not directly related to the Tribulation. However, the Scripture provides solid advice we should use today as well as during the time of Satan’s reign (The Tribulation).

Matthew 5:25
25Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.”

The word “agree” in Matthew 5:25 is Strong’s word G2132 and it means,

To be well minded, that is, reconcile: – agree.”

I believe “to be well minded” is more accurate than “agree,” and Scripture overall backs me up on that.

I have to ask, can we truly expect to escape being delivered into the hands of our enemies during the Tribulation?

Christ is our example and He never backed off or used those (yea, yea) type of tactics.

“To be well minded” is knowing when to open your mouth, and when not too. Sort of like a Bible conversation at work. Sometimes they come up, even if you did not initiate it. You know where the red line is and where you should and should not go, especially in today’s world. The same can be said for Matthew 5:25 to a degree.

Turn your Bible with me to,

Matthew 5:10-12
10Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”

12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

The prophets were persecuted, so we should expect to be as well. After all, Christ told us,

Matthew 10:16
16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

Be wise as serpents, that is being “well minded”.

Being “well minded” around your enemy means, observe them and understand what you should, and should not do around them. Understand and analyze a situation so you know how to react to it.

Matthew 10:17
17 “But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;”

If you continue reading Matthew 10, it certainly puts this in context with the Tribulation. Christ said some of us are going to suffer, and Christians have been suffering for Christ since His death in the flesh.

However, if it is Satan or his fallen angels who bring one of the Saints who are Sealed forward, they will not be able to harm them, period. Revelation 9:4 and Luke 21:18 make that extremely clear. Satan cannot harm those who are Sealed, those who will be brought before him to allow the Holy Spirit to speak through them, (Luke 21:13-19).

But flesh men, absolutely. I do not want to scare anyone, but we need to have a real world view here. Flesh men will be able to harm Christians during the Tribulation, that is why we need “to be well minded.”

Teaching During The Tribulation

If God has put it in your heart to teach someone, then I think that is exactly what you should do. Always take that to Him in prayer though, ensure it is His Will and not your own. I do not care if it is now or during the Tribulation.

A lot of people will be converted during the Tribulation, by the Testimony of Christ that is brought forward through the Saints and the Two Witnesses.

The Setup

However, I do want to offer some caution for the time of the Tribulation.

Remember in the book of Daniel, “all the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains” consulted together and had king Darius sign a decree. The decree stated, “whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions,” (Daniel 6:7).

Now I have no doubt in my mind, the “presidents” of the kingdom were jealous of Daniel.

Why?

Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent Spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.” – Daniel 6:3

As we read, because God was with Daniel, he was well established in the kingdom of Darius and above all the so-called “presidents”.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. – Daniel 6:10

Daniel knew about the writing, and he knew it became the law of the land, but he did not bat an eye. He went into his house, kept the windows open and prayed to our Heavenly Father.

The “presidents” of the kingdom, through prying eyes, caught Daniel praying to our Heavenly Father in his house through those open windows. Of course, they told king Darius, and Scripture tells us Daniel was thrown into the Lion’s Den for his “crime” against the government, (Daniel 6:12-16).

Yet, our Father intervened and protected Daniel, He shut the mouth of the lions providing a miracle no one could deny, (Daniel 6:19-23).

Daniel did not agree with his enemy, neither was he “well minded”. Daniel was led by God, so our Father could work through him and provide the miracle of the Lion’s Den so thousands of years later we would still be talking about it.

The point I want to draw on here is, if God has a purpose for one of His Saints, they are going to accomplish it. It does not matter who stands in the way, God will kick them out of the way. He will make the way, as He is the Way, (John 14:6).



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  1. Brandon, I agree Matthew 5:25 is not completely directed only to the tribulation, but I feel that to be well minded can also pertain to us today, by knowing when to make a stand for God, and when to bite your tongue. We must always “try” to be wiser then the serpent. However, during the tribulation, we must bite our tongues because, then, we are going after the serpents head, and therefore, must not become sidetracked from our goal: to be delivered up as a testimony against Antichrist.

    • Thanks for reading Driving. I actually mentioned that in the opener.

      The thought comes from Matthew 5:25 and is not directly related to the Tribulation. However, the Scripture provides solid advice we should use today as well as during the time of Satan’s reign (The Tribulation).

      I have to disagree about biting your tongue though. That was my point bringing the book of Daniel into this. Daniel did not bite his tongue. The overall point here as I mentioned, if God has a purpose for someone, they are going to fulfill it, period.

      I get the feeling, that people think they can mess up God’s Plan.

      If someone is Sealed by God, and He has chosen them to be delivered up before Satan, do you honestly believe they can mess that up?

      Do you honestly believe you can mess up God’s Plan?

      If one of the Saints who are Sealed is delivered up, they are going to do exactly as God wants them to do, they do not need to be concerned with biting the tongue. They should always use wise judgment, but we are talking about the final events of this age of flesh. The moment in time that has never been nor will ever be again. God is not leaving this up to chance, He will direct His People. It is written. I just want that to be clear for everyone.

      For those wanting to read about The Testimony the Saints will speak, you can read about it in The Hour of Temptation.

  2. I was reading another Bible study the other day which brought my attention to Matthew 5: 25 AND 26:

    Matthew 5:25-26 (KJV)

    25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
    26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, **till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.**

    I think “agreeing with your adversary” is in association with keeping free from debt (usury) and having our bills paid off. We need to not participate in usury anyhow but especially in those very last days to be debt free otherwise we will be cast into prison and be delivered up before we’re supposed to (if we are the elect). All of us (now and during the tribulation) should be in the field doing our set work for Jesus Christ.

    Thoughts??

    • I agree that we should not be in debt and that is Biblical as well.

      However, the subject of the Scripture has a deeper meaning and reach. Start reading with verse 21. Notice the words “judgment” and “council” in verse 22 is not of God, but of men, not until the end of verse 22 where “hell fire” is mentioned.

      Notice, if you are angry with your brother you are to bring a “gift” to the altar, obviously this is before Christ was sacrificed for us, so it is no longer needed. So the subject revolves a bit around that gift. In verse 25, we can even understand the matter to be of a lawsuit. Anything where the enemy comes against you.

      Nowhere in the Bible does it say if you are not debt free you will be cast into prison by Satan. I feel “to be well minded” around your enemy is the point and subject of verse 25. Thank you.

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