Seven-fold Reference to Christian Patience:
“I John, who also (7) am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and (7) in the kingdom and patience of Jesus (7) Christ, was in the isle that is (7) called Patmos, for the word of God, (7) and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 1:9). (77777)
“I know thy works, (7) and thy labour, and thy patience, and (7) how thou canst not bear them which (7) are evil: and thou hast tried them (7) which say they are apostles, and they (7) are not, and has found them liars:” (Rev. 2:2). (77777)
“And hast borne, (7) and hast patience, and for my name’s (7) sake hast labored, and hast not fainted.” (Rev. 2:3). (77)
“I know thy works, (7) and charity, and service, and faith, and (7) thy patience, and thy works; and the (7) last to be more than the first.” (Rev. 2:19). (777)
“Because thou (7) hast kept the word of my patience, I also will (7) keep thee from the hour of temptation, which (7) shall come upon all the world, to (7) try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Rev. 3:10). (7777)
“He that (7) leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: (7) he that killeth with the sword must (7) be killed with the sword. Here is (7) the patience and faith of the saints.” (Rev. 13:10). (7777)
(7) “Here is the patience of the saints: (7) here are they that keep the commandments (7) of God, and the faith of Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12). (777)
Commentary: When Christ is using the term patience, he is referring to the patience Christians have with one another. He is referring to the patience he has for us. He is acknowledging our patience in waiting for him and our effort to seek his will and word. It takes time, and patience to effectively study the word of God, and to wait and wait, and wait on God to answer a faithful prayer. Something that is almost gone in our culture today. Christ ranks patience, up there with faith works, charity, service and faith. It is that important, and overlooked by many Christians. It is because of this Christ repeats himself seven times to signify its importance. As an American, I’m just as guilty of this as most of us in our culture. Time is too short, things don’t go fast enough. I stress out when I’m stuck in a two hour commute on the freeway, just to get downtown. We want things now, not later. Eternity? What’s that? I’m trying to make it through the day and get the kids to soccer practice by 6:00pm (or earlier).
As I said, patience and time are a lost commodity today, and Christ knows this. Just as an Olympic athlete (as of the time I write this) has had to train hard and for a long time; they know they will have to be patient for their performance to improve, for their times to come down or for their speed or for strength or accuracy to improve. Results and improvements do not happen overnight. It takes patience, dedication and discipline. The same skills Christ wants us to acquire in this life for his eternal kingdom. Physical training for the Olympics and spiritual Christian discipleship both take great patience to overcome the stumbling blocks and setbacks that eventually befall all of us. We have to pick ourselves up, to have the patience to keep moving forward and to not give in to the temptations and idols of this world. Christ knows how hard it is to acquire the skill of patience and values this attribute greatly.
UNTHINKABLE! Many Will Fall Into The Beast System and Take The Mark Because Of This!
“And when he had (7) opened the fifth seal, I saw under (7) the altar the souls of them that (7) were slain for the word of God, (7) and for the testimony which they held: And (7) they cried with a loud voice, saying, (7) How long, O Lord, holy and true, (7) dost thou not judge and avenge our blood (7) on them that dwell on the earth? And white (7) robes were given unto every one of (7) them, that they should rest yet for (7) a little season, until their fellow servants (7) also and their brethren, that should be (7) killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” (Rev. 6:9-11).
“And they overcame (7) him by the blood of the Lamb, (7) and by the word of their testimony; and (7) they loved not their lives unto death.” (Rev. 12:11). (777)
“And he had power (7) to give life unto the image of (7) the beast, that the image of the (7) beast should both speak, and cause that (7) as many as would not worship the (7) image of the beast should be killed.” (Rev. 13:15). (77777)
(7) “Here is the patience of the saints: (7) here are they that keep the commandments (7) of God, and the faith of Jesus. And (7) I heard a voice from heaven saying (7) unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead (7) which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea saith the (7) Spirit, that they may rest from their (7) labours; and their works do follow them.” (Rev. 14:12-13). (77777777)
“And I saw as it were (7) a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them (7) that had gotten the victory over the (7) beast, and over his image, and over (7) his mark, and over the number of (7) his name, having the harps of God.” (Rev. 15:2). (77777)
“For true and righteous are (7) his judgements: for he hath judged the (7) great whore, which did corrupt the earth (7) with her fornication, and hath avenged the (7) blood of his servants at her hand.” (Rev. 19:2). (7777)
“And I saw thrones, (7) and they sat upon them, and judgement (7) was given unto them: and I saw (7) souls of them that were beheaded for (7) the witness of Jesus, and for the (7) word of God, and which had not (7) worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither (7) had received his mark upon their foreheads, (7) or in their hands; and they lived (7) and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” (Rev. 20:4). (777777777)
Commentary: The Bible makes it abundantly clear that the Tribulation Saints are those people that become Christians during the period of the antichrist’s reign on earth, over the seven (7) year period. How do they become Saints in the eyes of Christ? They believe in and accept Christ as their Savior and for the forgiveness of their sins. They do NOT take the mark of the beast or the antichrist. They do NOT worship the beast/antichrist. They do NOT worship his image. They DO witness (7) to the word of God and Jesus. They ARE killed by beheading for believing in Jesus and witnessing for Him. They DO share in many of the blessings and rewards that are also awarded to Christians from the Church Age (at the Rapture/Harpazo and Bema Seat Judgement).
There is (7) a very clear distinction between Christians redeemed (7) by Christ prior to the Tribulation period, and (7) those Christians redeemed during the Tribulation period. It is clear that they (7) have to come to a saving grace (7) knowledge of Jesus Christ, withstood the best (7) efforts of Satan / Antichrist / False Prophet to (7) thwart their salvation, and are beheaded for (7) their belief and witnessing in Jesus Christ. (77777777) 8×7.
Seven-fold Reference of White Raiment/Robes/Linen to Righteousness:
“Thou (7) hast a few names even in Sardis (7) which have not defiled their garments; and (7) they shall walk with me in white; (7) for they are worthy. He that overcometh, (7) the same shall be clothed in ‘WHITE (7) RAIMENT’ and I will not blot out (7) his name out of the book of (7) life, but I will confess his name (7) before my Father, and before his angels.” (Rev. 3:4-5). (777777777) 9×7.
“I counsel thee (7) to buy of me gold tried in (7) the fire, that thou mayest be rich; (7) and ‘WHITE RAIMENT’, that thou mayest be (7) clothed, and that the shame of thy (7) nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine (7) eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” (Rev. 3:18). (777777) 6X7.
Six (‘6’) is God’s (7) Divine Number for man or man’kind. In (7) this case, God is declaring that ‘redeemed (7) men’ from the blood and salvation of (7) Jesus, from the Church Age, make up (7) these 24 elders that constitute part of God’s (7) Divine Governance, either in Heaven or on Earth.
((7) ‘WHITE RAIMENT’ FOR THE TWENTY-FOUR ELDERS. THESE ARE TWENTY-FOUR (7) SAINTS / MEN FROM THE CHURCH AGE / RAPTURE.)
“And round about (7) the throne were four and twenty seats: and (7) upon the seats I saw four and (7) twenty-elders sitting, clothed in ‘WHITE RAIMENT’; and they (7) had on their heads crowns of gold.” (Rev. 4:4) (7777)
((7) ‘WHITE RAIMENT’ FOR THE TWENTY-FOUR ELDERS)
“And ‘WHITE ROBES’ (7) were given unto every one of them; and it was said (7) unto them, that they should rest yet (7) for a little season, until their fellow-servants (7) also and their brethren, that sould be (7) killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” (Rev. 6:11). (77777)
((7) ‘WHITE ROBES’ FOR THE ‘BEHEADED’ TRIBULATION SAINTS.)
”After this I beheld, and, (7) lo, a great multitude, which no man (7) could number, of all nations, and kindreds, (7) and people, and tongues, stood before the (7) throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with (7) ‘WHITE ROBES’, and palms in their hands; . . . And one (7) of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are (7) these which are arrayed in ‘WHITE ROBES’? And whence came they? And (7) I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And (7) he said to me, These are they (7) which came out of the great tribulation, and (7) have washed their robes, and made them (7) white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:9, 13, 14). (777777777777) 12X7.
((7) ‘WHITE ROBES’ FOR THE ‘BEHEADED’ TRIBULATION SAINTS.)
“And the seven angels came (7) out of the temple, having the seven (7) plagues, clothed in pure and ‘WHITE LINEN’, and (7) having their breasts girded with golden girdles.” (Rev. 15:6). (777)
((7) (‘WHITE LINEN’ CLOTHES FOR THE HOLY ANGELS.)
“Let (7) us be glad and rejoice, and give (7) honour to him: for the ‘marriage’ of the (7) Lamb is come, and ‘his wife hath (7) made herself ready’. And to her was (7) granted that she should be arrayed in (7) ‘FINE LINEN’, clean and ‘WHITE’ for the (7) ‘FINE LINEN’ is the righteousness of saints.” (Rev. 19:7-8). (7777777) 7×7
(‘WHITE (7) LINEN CLOTHES FOR THE CHURCH AGE SAINTS).
Commentary: In John’s Revelation of Jesus Christ, ‘white raiment’, ‘linens’ or ‘robes’ are used as metaphors for having, and describing the righteousness of Christ. Who are these people that are described as having white raiment, linens or robes? Rev. 3:4-5 indicates that they are overcomers (those who remain faithful to Christ until the end of their lives). Rev. 4:4 indicates that they are the 24 crowned elders around the throne of God. These crowned elders represent a select group of redeemed saints from throughout the ages (they are not angels) and are part of God’s divine council of government. The number twelve (12) denotes a divinely constituted organization either in heaven or on earth. The number twenty-four (24) denotes God’s abundant (doubled) organizational arrangement (12×2). Many eschatologists believe that twelve (12) elders are from the Old Testament and twelve (12) are from the New Testament. However, I believe the Bible is silent on this.
The verses surrounding Rev. 6:11 (6) indicate that these people who received (7) ‘white robes’ and were told to wait a (7) little longer are the “Tribulation Saints martyred/beheaded (7) for their belief and witness to Christ.” (777)
(Rev. 19:7-8) (6) clearly indicates this group of people (7) is the “Bride (church) of the Lamb”, (7) which his redeemed people from the past, (7) present and near future (until the Tribulation). (777)
What Is a Martyr? Definition, Examples, and Importance Today
Christianity.com Editorial Staff 2023 25 Sep
Question: What is a martyr? Who are some martyrs in history?
Quick Answer: A (7) martyr is a person who is killed (7) because of their religious or other beliefs. The first Christian martyrs were St. Stephen and the Apostles James. The most important martyrs of the apostles were Peter and Paul, who were both put to death in Rome.
(6) The concept of martyrdom has played (7) a significant role in human history and (7) culture. It brings to mind the image (7) of brave individuals who have given their (7) lives for a cause, belief, or principle. But what (7) exactly makes someone a martyr, and what (7) motivates individuals to make such profound sacrifices? (777777) 6X7
The word “martyr” comes from (7) the Greek term “martys,” which means “witness.” At first, it (7) referred to people who testified to their (7) faith, often in the face of hardship. Over (7) time, the definition of martyrdom extended to (7) include individuals who willingly suffer or die (7) for a cause they strongly believe in. (777777) 6X7.
At the center of the definition, (7) a martyr is an individual who willingly (7) gives up their own life, well-being, or (7) freedom, often enduring extreme pain and hardships, (7) to support a principle, belief, or ideology. (7) This sacrifice is typically made to promote or (7) protect a cause that holds great importance (7) to the martyr, either personally or socially. (7777777) 7X7
According to Merriam-Webster, the definitions of “martyr” include:
1: a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion
2: a person who sacrifices something of great value and especially life itself, for the sake of principle
The Legacy of Martyrs
(7) The legacy of Christian martyrs is profound (7) and enduring, shaping the identity of the (7) faith and inspiring countless generations of believers. (7) These brave individuals willingly faced persecution, suffering, (7) and death due to their unwavering commitment (7) to Christ and the Christian message, leaving (7) an indelible mark on the Church’s history. (7777777) 7X7
(6) The legacy of martyrs is a (7) powerful reminder of the true cost of (7) discipleship. Through their sacrifices, martyrs demonstrate that (7) faith is not just an intellectual belief, (7) but a profound and life-altering commitment to (7) Christ. Their stories inspire Christians to stand (7) firm in their faith, even in the (7) face of adversity, and to embrace the (7) teachings of Christ with courage and conviction. (77777777) 8×7
Martyrs (7) are commemorated as witnesses to the truth (7) of Christianity. Their willingness to endure extreme (7) hardships and death instead of renouncing their (7) faith is convincing proof of the authenticity (7) and transformative power of the Christian message. (77777)
In a world (7) filled with doubt and skepticism, the legacy (7) of martyrs provides a firm foundation for (7) believers to anchor their faith, knowing that (7) it has withstood the test of time (7) and tribulation. Ultimately, the legacy of martyrs (7) continues to resonate in the hearts of (7) Christians worldwide, reminding them of the call (7) to live out their faith with unwavering (7) dedication and to bear witness to the (7) transformative power of Christ’s love and grace. (77777+77777) 10X7.
Importance of Martyrdom in Christianity
The (7) concept of martyrdom is important in Christianity (7) as it represents the ultimate sacrifice for (7) faith and devotion to God. Martyrdom is (7) deeply rooted in Christian tradition and theology, serving several critical roles: (77+77)
1. Imitating Christ: The centrality of (7) Christianity, Jesus Christ, was indeed a martyr. (7) His crucifixion and death on the cross (7) are seen as the ultimate act of (7) self-sacrifice to redeem humanity’s sins. Martyrs, therefore, (7) emulate the example set by Christ, willingly (7) enduring suffering and death for their faith (7777777) 6X7.
2. Witnessing to Faith: (6) The term “martyr” originally meant “witness.” (7) Christian martyrs bear witness to their unwavering (7) faith in Christ, even in the face (7) of persecution and death. Their steadfastness becomes (7) a powerful testament to the truth of (7) Christianity, inspiring others to embrace the faith (7) and strengthening the resolve of existing believers.
(777777) 6×7. Six (‘6’) is (7) God’s Divine Number denoting man or man’kind. Seven (‘7’) is God’s (7) Divine Number for His ‘TRUTH OR TRUTHFULNESS.’ (777)
3. Spiritual Inspiration: (7) Martyrs are often venerated as saints in (7) the Christian tradition. Their lives and sacrifices (7) inspire believers, who look to their stories (7) as examples of unshakable faith and devotion. (7) Saints and martyrs are considered intercessors who (7) can pray on behalf of the living. (777+777)
4. Persecution and Resilience: Martyrdom reminds Christians (7) of the ongoing persecution and suffering that (7) believers face in various parts of the (7) world. It underscores the importance of standing (7) firm in one’s faith, even in the (7) most adverse circumstances, and offers hope that (7) God’s grace can sustain individuals through trials. (777+777)
Christianity (7) views martyrdom as more than just a (7) historical event; it is also a powerful (7) demonstration of Christ’s victory over death and (7) the soul’s immortality. It represents a willingness (7) to make sacrifices and stand for one’s (7) beliefs, reminding Christians of their duty to (7) be selfless, loving, and devoted to God. (7777777) 7×7
Bible Verses about Martyrs
2 Timothy 3:12 – Indeed, (7) all who desire to live a godly (7) life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
1 Peter 4:14-16 – (6) If you are insulted for the (7) name of Christ, you are blessed, because (7) the Spirit of glory and of God (7) rests upon you. But let none of (7) you suffer as a murderer or a (7) thief or an evildoer or as a (7) meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a (7) Christian, let him not be ashamed, but (7) let him glorify God in that name. (7777+7777)
Matthew 5:10-12 – (7) “Blessed are those who are persecuted for (7) righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom (7) of heaven. “Blessed are you when others (7) revile you and persecute you and utter (7) all kinds of evil against you falsely (7) on my account. Rejoice and be glad, (7) for your reward is great in heaven, for so they (7) persecuted the prophets who were before you. (7777+7777)
Matthew 10:28-33 – And do not fear those (7) who kill the body but cannot kill (7) the soul. Rather fear him who can (7) destroy both soul and body in hell. Are (7) not two sparrows sold for a penny? (7) And not one of them will fall (7) to the ground apart from your Father. (7) But even the hairs of your head (7) are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you (7) are of more value than many sparrows. (7) So everyone who acknowledges me before men, (7) I also will acknowledge before my Father (7) who is in heaven, but whoever denies (7) me before men, I also will deny (7) before my Father who is in heaven. (7777777+7777777)
John 15:18 – “If (7) the world hates you, know that it (7) has hated me before it hated you. (77)
2 Corinthians 12:10 – For the (7) sake of Christ, then, I am content (7) with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when (7) I am weak, then I am strong. (777)
Romans 8:31-35 – What (7) then shall we say to these things? If God (7) is for us, who can be against (7) us? He who did not spare his (7) own Son but gave him up for (7) us all, how will he not also (7) with him graciously give us all things? Who (7) shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It (7) is God who justifies. Who is to (7) condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who (7) died—more than that, who was raised—(7) who is at the right hand of (7) God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall (7) separate us from the love of Christ? (7) Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or (7) famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (77777+77777+77777)
Conclusion on Martyrs
Throughout human history, martyrs have held a special and often respected position. They symbolize the epitome of unyielding dedication to principles and beliefs, even in the face of suffering and death. Whether in the fields of philosophy, religion, civil rights, or social justice, martyrs have left an unforgettable impact on the course of history.
The tales of martyrs serve as a reminder of the remarkable strength of the human spirit and the ability of individuals to make significant sacrifices for the causes they believe in. These stories also urge us to ponder our values and principles and contemplate what we are willing to stand up for, even when faced with hardship.
Saudi Arabia is (7) becoming more brazen about killing foes abroad. Some countries (7) are finding new justifications for political murders
The Economist, September 26, 2023
The murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh separatist activist who was shot in Canada in June, has caused an explosive row between Canada and India. It has also brought into sharp relief an incendiary facet of the new world disorder: assassinations. Killings of dissidents and terrorists, and of political or military figures, are as old as politics itself, but their incidence may be rising. Ukraine targets occupiers and collaborators; Russia has tried to kill Ukraine’s president. On September 25th Ukraine claimed to have killed the head of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, only for him seemingly to appear in a video a day later.
Beyond the war in Europe a new cohort of rising powers, including India (7) and Saudi Arabia, are projecting force abroad. They resent what they view as Western double standards on state-sponsored killings. (5) New technologies make it easier (7) than ever for governments to strike their (7) enemies with precision, even from great distances. (777)
Paul Rolland | | Night Watchman | Night Watchman Ministries | MbS and (5) the Evil Trinity of Technology.
Yet even as assassinations are becoming easier, and perhaps more frequent, the world has not yet figured out how to respond to them. You only need to look at the West’s response to such killings. Russia’s assassination of Alexander Litvinenko, a former kgb agent, in Britain in 2006 caused an outcry and led to sanctions. After the gruesome murder in 2018 in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggi, an exiled Saudi journalist living in America, Joe Biden said Saudi Arabia should be treated as a pariah. Yet last year he fist-bumped Muhammad bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler, and is seeking to coax him into making peace with Israel. Meanwhile India denies involvement in Mr Nijjar’s death and may avoid any serious consequences relating to it. The world’s most populous country is important to the West, both as an economic partner and a geopolitical counterweight to China. These inconsistencies reflect a longstanding moral and legal maze over state-backed killings.
The Bible may extol the Israelite Ehud for killing Eglon, the oppressive and “very fat” Moabite king. Yet it also commands obedience to authority, “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.” Assassination, in the sense of killing a prominent person for a political motive with no legal process, carries the connotation of perfidy. Dante placed Julius Caesar’s killers in the deepest circle of hell, alongside Judas, their bodies gnawed on by Satan. Yet states kill prominent foes abroad—for different reasons and with varied methods. A paper in 2016 by Warner Schilling and Jonathan Schilling lists 14 possible objectives, from revenge to weakening an enemy or destroying a rival state.
Reliable data on the patterns of assassinations and their causes are hard to come by, given the problems of identifying killings and culprits. Some 298 assassination attempts on national leaders were reported between 1875 and 2004, according to a paper by Benjamin Jones and Benjamin Olken published by the American Economic Journal in 2009. Since 1950, they find, a national leader has been assassinated in nearly two out of every three years.
War by other means
For Rory Cormac of the University of Nottingham in Britain, the shooting in Canada is evidence of a weakening (5) of international norms against assassination: “With every high-profile killing, the taboo erodes a bit,” he says. He offers two big reasons: (7) authoritarian regimes “are becoming more brazen” (7) about challenging liberal norms; and democracies’ resort (7) to targeted killings has “emboldened other states”. Other factors, such as ease of travel and drones that make possible (5) long-distance surveillance and strikes, probably worsen the problem. Over the years America has killed thousands of suspected jihadists—and many civilians, too—with drones.
“Assassination has never changed the history of the world,” the British politician Benjamin Disraeli remarked, after Abraham Lincoln’s killing. Yet some murders can have a dramatic impact. A bullet fired by a Serbian nationalist, killing Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, detonated the first world war. And assassination risks retaliation: both Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, respectively a former American secretary of state and national security adviser, have allegedly been the targets of an Iranian assassination plot. Britain’s domestic-intelligence service, mi5, says Iran has “ambitions to kidnap or even kill British or uk-based individuals perceived as enemies of the regime”.
Cloaks and daggers
When it comes to methods, Russia likes poison. Its agents murdered Litvinenko using radioactive polonium. They nearly killed another former spook in Britain, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia with Novichok, a nerve agent, in 2018. North Korea favours poison, too. It killed Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, by smearing him with vx, another nerve agent, at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport in 2017.
America prefers bombs and bullets. Its special forces raided a safe house in Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda’s leader, in 2011. An American drone strike killed his successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in Kabul in 2022. Another one took out Qassem Suleimani, head of the Quds Force, Iran’s foreign-operations outfit, at Baghdad’s airport in 2020.
This is all in spite of the fact that, in 1961, President John Kennedy (who was himself later assassinated) told an aide that he disapproved of the practice: “We can’t get into that kind of thing or we would all be targets.” Yet America was certainly into that kind of thing, back in the early years of the cold war. Revelations of its secret efforts to kill leaders such as Fidel Castro of Cuba (unsuccessfully) and Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic (successfully) caused a backlash. In 1976 President Gerald Ford issued an executive order stating that no member of the American government “shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination”.
Killing abroad still continues. These days, says Luca Trenta of Swansea University in Wales, autocracies use covert action to give them plausible—or often implausible—deniability. But democracies such as America seek to wrap a veil of plausible legality around “targeted killing”, particularly of suspected terrorists.
The un Charter enjoins all its members to “refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state”. At the same time, however, it recognises “the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs”.
International human-rights lawyers take a restrictive view. In peacetime, assassinations and targeted killings are unlawful. In wartime they may be permissible, if they conform to the laws of war. Ukraine targets senior Russian commanders just as the Allies in 1943 shot down a plane carrying a Japanese admiral, Yamamoto Isoroku, over the Solomon Islands.
What about international terrorism, which seems to lie between ordinary policing and war? Mary Ellen O’Connell of the University of Notre Dame in America argues that “there is no grey zone.” Under international law, she says, countries must deal with terrorism through the tools of law enforcement, including international co-operation and extradition; lethal action amounts to “extra-judicial killing”.
Nevertheless America, in particular, has sought greater legal freedom of action. One track has been to qualify sovereignty. Military action, it contends, is permissible where a state is “unwilling or unable” to prevent acts of terrorism. It has also at times designated territories abroad as “areas of active hostilities”, where armed forces can operate more freely.
Another route has been to expand the right to self-defence. One step is to declare that it includes responding to attacks by non-state actors as well as by states. The next is to aver a right to “anticipatory self-defence”, allowing a country to use force to forestall an “imminent” threat of attack. The most widely accepted definition is that the threat should be “instant, overwhelming and leaving no choice of means and no moment for deliberation”. But this, too, has been stretched.
In 2001 President George W. Bush went further, and began adopting ideas of pre-emption and prevention to justify the use of force even before threats are “fully formed”. Barack Obama’s administration also redefined the meaning of “imminent”. Eric Holder, his attorney-general, said it had to consider not only the proximity of the threat, but also the “window of opportunity to act”. Much of this thinking is borrowed from Israel, whose supreme court ruled in 2006 that, in the case of terrorists, “rest between hostilities is nothing more than preparation for the next hostility”.
America’s example has encouraged a similar loosening of rules in Britain, Australia and France, says Dr Trenta. But for Professor O’Connell, it all amounts to the West granting itself rights that do not apply to others, “a rules-based order in violation of international law”.
India could well argue—as government-friendly newspapers do—that Mr Nijjar’s killing falls within the West’s ideas of counter-terrorism. Sikh separatism has led to past bloodshed, not least the assassination in 1984 of the prime minister, Indira Gandhi, and the bombing the following year of an Air India jet flying from Montreal to London. Though it has much abated, Sikh violence could flare up again. India claims that Mr Nijjar was a terrorist and offered a reward for his capture; his supporters say that he was a peaceful activist. In India’s view, the West’s refusal to clamp down on Sikh separatists poses a menace. The government, though, prefers to say it has nothing to do with Mr Nijjar’s death. As for law enforcement, co-operation becomes harder the more India chips away at democratic liberties.
Developing a long (7) arm for covert operations is not easy. It (7) requires resources and know-how to track a (7) target, organise a hit and avoid arrest. India’s spooks may think they are emulating those of America and Israel as the necessarily harsh defenders of democracy. Some even talk of the “Israelification” of India’s foreign-intelligence service, the Research and Analysis Wing (raw). But if it is seen to turn from mitigating clear security threats to bumping off political foes, raw will become the shadowy outward face of repression at home, (7) as Russia’s or Saudi Arabia’s spooks are (7) seen. Assassinations can alert the world to (7) the brutality of the regimes ordering them.
Paul Rolland | Night Watchman | Night Watchman Ministries | (5) MbS Beheads The Tribulation Saints
Remember that this peace (7) treaty with the Antichrist is what begins (7) the seven-year tribulation period, not the rapture. (7) The rapture will end the church age, (7) and then after an indeterminate portion of (7) time, the Antichrist will come on the (7) scene and forge this peace deal with (7) Israel. That’s what will begin that final (7) seven-year period we know as the tribulation. (77777777) 8×7.
(5) The Unveiling of the Antichrist
Paul Rolland | Night Watchman | Night Watchman Ministries |MbS Confirms (7) the False Peace Covenant For Seven Years
But how can (7) they call on him (Jesus Christ) to save (7) them unless they believe in Him (Jesus Christ)? (7) And how can they believe in Him (7) (Jesus Christ) if they have never heard about (7) Him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they hear (7) about Him (Jesus Christ) unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:14 (777777)
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
Make Your (7) Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs (7) of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. (7) Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask (7) God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that (7) Jesus Christ is who He claimed to (7) be; that He was both fully God (7) and fully man and that we are (7) saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. (7) Put your trust in Him as your (7) only hope of salvation. Become a son (7) or daughter of God by receiving Christ. (7777777) 7×7
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess (7) with your heart and with your lips (7) that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
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