An argument can be made that Christianity itself is based upon a violent and irreconcilable difference of opinion in first-century Jerusalem regarding the nature of the messiah. Christianity is born out of a lethally violent disagreement. Our salvation is based upon God’s working within a massively destabilizing first-century social upheaval and religious crisis of identity, truth, and right living.
This crisis produced redemption and salvation for countless millions of new-covenant believers down through the twenty centuries leading up to our present time. All of the first-century early church participated fully in these events, according to their individual callings, abilities, and Holy Spirit empowerment.
God has shown us in the Bible that He is able to stand alongside us in the fiery furnace, in the lion’s den, and on the challenging road to evangelizing the Mediterranean world in the first century. As Spirit-led Christians, when faced with adversity, we do not fold up our tents and go home. Godly men and women in the Bible, and Spirit-led Christians today, do not back down in the face of a challenge.
In Mark 4:35-41, when the disciples finally wake up the sleeping Jesus, and rather pointedly ask Him whether or not He cares if they perish in the storm at sea, Jesus counters by saying “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” Jesus is the Almighty God and Creator of the universe. Jesus cannot perish in a small boat in peril of a strong storm on a lake. The Christian church can follow Jesus anywhere, even into the dreaded tribulation for a few years if need be.
Spirit-born Christians have the Holy Spirit residing inside them. Nothing on earth can overturn the Christian who is rooted and grounded in faith in Jesus Christ (Rev. 21:7). Luke 21:36 can be applied to any appropriate time during the seven-year tribulation. The fulfillment of Luke 21:36 does not have to occur before or at the beginning of Daniel’s seven-year tribulation period in order to be a blessing, a relief, and a hope-filled motivation for continued watchfulness.
The Holy Spirit, living within the Christian, is not afraid of the great tribulation. Jesus Christ securely enthroned in our hearts is not intimidated by Lucifer or the Antichrist. The Bible tells us from beginning to end that God has complete mastery over spiritual opposition. This is an extremely important concept to grasp as we approach the upcoming end-times events.