We can never allow ourselves to get so drastically triggered like this. Many events in the End Times are specifically designed to trigger us to anger. We can’t get baited. Satan wants us to lose our cool and resort to sin, like we saw happen this week.
Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another End Times post.
If you know my blog, you already know that this isn’t a current events blog. If you use my blog to stay up to date on the news of the day … hah! You’re going to be months behind! This is not the place to hear the latest. And yet, there has been an event this week that I must talk about. And that would be the siege of the U.S. capitol, Washington D.C., on January 6.
I live outside the U.S., as I know most of my Readers do too. But you know what? Today the newspapers in my country are all talking about what happened in the U.S. yesterday. I’m actually writing this blog post on January 7, the day after the event. That’s why it’s on the front page of my country’s papers today. It’s headline news.
Today the whole world is focused on yesterday’s events in Washington. I guess it’s because we’re not used to seeing such things happen in the United States, for the most part. Well I don’t care about U.S. politics and have nothing to say about it. But this event does tie into my blog’s focus on living in the End Times. The actions of the pro-Trump mob on January 6th are an example of what we must not do as Christians trying to make it through these End Times.
This is what I’ll explain today. So let’s start with: What happened?
The Events of January 6, 2021
As for what happened, I won’t spend too much time on that. I’ll give a short summary, but there’s plenty of news you can look up to find out about this capitol siege. I’ll link one article from the U.S. news media below. It’s from NPR News.
OK, as for my summary, I’d paraphrase the happenings like this. Many supporters of the former President Trump came to Washington D.C. to attend a rally in support of him. They believe the election at the end of last year was rigged and fraudulent. They then moved to the U.S. congress buildings where they breached the buildings, ran around vandalizing the place, clashing with police, and stopping the proceedings in congress. Those proceedings were about confirming the votes from the recent U.S. presidential election. Although the process was stopped for a few hours, the legislators resumed their work later that evening, and finished their task.
When storming the capitol, one woman who was part of the mob was shot by police while trying to breach a window into a secure area. She later died.
So there you have it. If you want to know more, I ask you to please check your own news source of choice. I am not a news source.
Alright so … there was violence in the U.S. on the 6th, and it mostly revolved around U.S. politics. So how does this relate to the End Times? Well, this event gives me a good opportunity to repeat a few points I’ve made before on my blog. The actions of the pro-Trump mob on the 6th are an example of what we must not do as Christians trying to make it through these End Times.
(At Least) Four Scriptural Rebukes
At least four things are wrong about yesterday according to Scripture and the principles of Spiritual warfare. These are:
- Our enemies are not flesh and blood, but Spiritual (Ephesians 6:12)
- The weapons we fight with are not human, but Spiritual weapons—prayers empowered by God (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
- Jesus teaches us not to use violence—live by the sword, die by the sword (Matthew 26:52)
- God gave us a Spirit of self-control (2 Timothy 1:7), but this mob let their anger trigger them into violence
To be honest, there are more than four reasons the actions of the violent mob in the U.S. this week were un-Christian. I’ll talk about some of them in my next post. Let’s stick with these four reasons for now.
Scripture shows us the actions of this mob were not only un-Christian (against Jesus’ teachings), but also futile.
Wrong Targets, Wrong Weapons
On January 6th, this mob of Trump supporters committed physical violence and chaos, in the physical world. They lashed out at physical, flesh and blood opponents. They lashed out at fellow human beings, who are also loved and created in God’s image same as the Trump supporters.
They used physical means against physical enemies, but that’s not what the New Testament tells us to do. That’s not how we’re told to fight our battles in the End Times.
We’re not supposed to fight people, and fighting people doesn’t help our Christian cause. Our enemies aren’t human, they’re Spiritual. They don’t even have a body that we can attack!! This is written in Ephesians 6:12, one of the fundamental verses on Spiritual warfare.
(12) We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens.Ephesians 6:12
When the pro-Trump mob sieged the U.S. capitol, they lashed out at flesh and blood. They lashed out at human “enemies.” They ignored Ephesians 6:12, and attacked the wrong targets. Our enemy is the devil, no one else. Attacking our fellow man does nothing to harm the devil!! This kind of violence and chaos only harms humans, and is what he wants.
Now on to the next, related point. As Christians, we are all in a Spiritual war against Satan and his kingdom. But we don’t fight this war with physical violence, because there’s no point in that. It’s 100% futile, meaningless. Physical violence does nothing to harm the Spiritual entities of evil who are our only true enemies.
We need to use the correct weapons against the correct targets. We need to use our God-given Spiritual weapons available to all Christian believers, and attack our Spiritual enemies, the devil and his demons.
What everyone needs to understand, is that the weapons we fight with aren’t physical. Our weapons are Spiritual weapons: Prayers, empowered by God to attack the demons and not the people. Attacking anything other than the demon is pointless, and man-made weapons won’t work.
This fundamental teaching of Spiritual warfare is found in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
(3) Although we live in the world, we don’t fight our battles with human methods. (4) Our weapons that we fight with aren’t human, but instead they are powered by God for the destruction of fortresses. They destroy arguments, (5) and every defense that is raised up to oppose the knowledge of God. They capture every thought to make it obedient to Christ.2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (CEB)
Praying warfare against Satan is the way for Christians to fight him. But on January 6, Trump’s supporters put their faith in physical means, rather than the God-made Spiritual weapons for believers. They showed no understanding of how things work in the Spiritual realm. If they understood how prayer works, they would never have stormed the capitol. They would have lifted up their voices in prayer in Washington D.C., maybe even for a few full days. They would start fighting for real—using the proper weapon (prayer empowered by God) against the true enemies (Satan and his demons, not people).
The principles of Spiritual warfare reveal to us the true, Spiritual nature of this world we live in. As Christians, we have the Spiritual power given by God to battle the Spiritual enemies who are truly behind the world’s woes. But we have to stay focused on these Spiritual enemies, and not get distracted by opponents in the physical realm. We can’t waste time waging war against flesh and blood, or using physical means of warfare. That’s not how we fight in these final days.
The principles of Spiritual warfare show that the violence in D.C. on January 6th was pointless and misdirected. If anyone in that crowd was motivated by opposing Satan and his kingdom … they achieved nothing toward that.
Now on to the next point. There are more reasons we don’t use physical violence.
Fight in the Flesh, Get Destroyed in the Flesh
Jesus said many things about being nonviolent, such as His instruction in the Sermon on the Mount to turn the other cheek. But He also said, “Live by the sword, die by the sword.” It’s a famous expression that even nonbelievers know well. This is a fundamental truth of human life on earth.
If we fight, we get hurt. If we use physical violence against others, others will use it back against us. No one on earth can escape, dodge, work around, or override this fundamental truth of life. Violence only leads to more violence, and when it’s used against us, we can die. So what does violence do for us in the end?
Jesus said this famous phrase when He was being arrested before His crucifixion. Some of His followers were prepared to use violence to defend Him to the death, knowing His life was at stake. But Jesus told them not to resist, just like Jesus would not resist His crucifixion.
(51) One of those with Jesus reached for his sword. Striking the high priest’s slave, he cut off his ear. (52) Then Jesus said to him, “Put the sword back into its place. All those who use the sword will die by the sword.Matthew 26:52 (CEB)
What’s even more interesting to me is what He says right after this, in verses 53-54. He tells His followers He could have twelve legions of angels from Heaven come to Him right away. He could have resisted, and killed all the Romans. He could have blown up the entire country if He had wanted. But He didn’t want to. He knew it wasn’t God’s Will, and Jesus humbly submit Himself to God’s Plan. Though He was innocent, He went to His humiliating and painful death without resisting. He did this so the Scriptures could be fulfilled. So that God’s Will would be done.
(53) Or do you think that I’m not able to ask my Father and he will send to me more than twelve battle groups of angels right away? (54) But if I did that, how would the scriptures be fulfilled that say this must happen?”Matthew 26:53-54 (CEB)
If there was any time in Jesus’ story when it was appropriate for Him to use violence, it was right here. But He didn’t resist with physical violence, and forbid His Disciples to be violent. He said “live by the sword, die by the sword” and He meant it. We need to listen to Him.
And how does this relate to January 6th? Well, one woman involved in the rioting was shot by police when trying to breach a secure area. She later died from her injuries. She’s an example of this. Although she didn’t have a weapon, she was committing violence (trying to breach a window) and intimidation, and so a police officer reacted to her actions and shot her.
Was it a justified shooting? I don’t know, I can’t tell you the details of it. More details will emerge as time goes on. But I can tell you this: I’m not surprised about the shooting. Someone responded to her violent actions, with violence.
She was joining this mob in storming the capitol—she was involved in a violent act. Justified or not, it’s no surprise that her act of violence was met with violence. And it cost her life.
“Live by the sword, die by the sword.” It was just as true on January 6, 2021, as it was when Jesus said it.
Triggered to Sin
And now for my last reason for today why this action was un-Christian. The people who stormed the capitol yesterday lost their Self-Control, which is something we must always have as Christians.
The rioters got triggered. They gave in to their anger, letting it override their reason (and Christian beliefs, if applicable). They allowed the words of one man to drive them to violence and rioting. They got triggered, and lost their Self-Control. And one woman lost her life getting triggered and joining up with the angry mob.
The New Testament teaches that we must keep our Self-Control. God gave us a Spirit of Self-Control (2 Timothy 1:7). If we’re Saved Christians who truly walk with God, then we’ll have Self-Control, which comes from the Holy Spirit.
(7) God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled.2 Timothy 1:7 (CEB)
If we have Self-Control, we won’t allow our anger to stir us to violence. We’ll be angry, but we won’t let our anger make us violate the teachings of the New Testament. And we certainly won’t let one man’s words do this either. We’ll feel our natural emotions (like anger), but control our actions.
Every rioter involved in the siege of the capitol lost their Self-Control in this way. They got triggered and walked in the flesh, resorting to physical violence, vandalism, and intimidation. They didn’t control their actions. If they were walking in the Spirit as true Christians should, they wouldn’t have done any of these things.
We can never allow ourselves to get so drastically triggered like this. Many events in the End Times are specifically designed to trigger us to anger. We can’t get baited. We must keep our Self-Control at all times in these final days. Satan wants us to lose our cool and resort to sin, like we saw happen this week.
Don’t Play into the Devil’s Hands
I’ve now given my reasons why the actions of the pro-Trump mob in D.C. on January 6th were unBiblical and un-Christian. Let’s be honest, there are far more than four reasons we could think of why all this was wrong. All Christians who walk in the Spirit and read God’s Word every day know there’s no way to interpret these actions as Christian. But so what? That was obvious from the start, right?
Well, here’s the important thing to learn from all this.
We have to be smart in these End Times. We have to keep our Self-Control. The devil is always on the prowl, trying to trip us up any way he can. Trying to trigger us to anger, lust, violence. Trying to trigger us into violating Jesus’ teachings, and playing into the devil’s hands. We can’t let the devil play us like this in the final days. We must keep our Self-Control.
One woman lost her life over this. Whether her death was justified or not, we can all agree she’d still be alive today if she had kept her Self-Control and stayed away from the angry mob. And what purpose did her death serve? It seems to have amounted to nothing. A gratuitous, needless death. This doesn’t honor the LORD!!
No acts of physical violence honor the LORD, because He does not call us to do that. The teachings of Jesus and the New Testament are clear: Don’t resort to violence. Our true enemies aren’t human, and the only weapons that can harm our true enemies are not physical. Physical violence accomplishes nothing but causing us to sin, get hurt or killed, and play right into the devil’s hands.
We can’t do that anymore, not in the End Times. We have to move smarter now, in these last days before Jesus returns. We have to keep ourselves under control. We can’t let ourselves get triggered—by anything, or for anyone.
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