“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.“
This is one of the more mysterious passages in the Book of Revelations. It was the first passage that captured me at the beginning of my walk of faith, and still calls to me almost fifty years later. It says of itself that it is a summation of everything for the saints. I chose the King James version because it is the most common version, and not necessarily the translation I think is the correct one.
It has been translated many different ways, and each translation believes it is closely adhering to the original. Even among Bible expositors that I admire there is much debate. When a passage of prophecy is obscured such as this one is, I believe that it points to a future time and is a prophecy for those people at that time. None the less, I ponder it. I mull over it. I have dreams of it.
One of the views is that it is best translated, “Those who lead others into captivity must go into captivity: Those who kill must be killed.” I do not reject this view entirely, but it is problematic to me. There is no doubt that the church today has little, and we hold fast to what little we have. We certainly do not labor with the power of the first century church. I attribute that lack of results to apostasy and unbelief. So in essence the church today is blind, and it leads the blind. And we all know the proverb about that.
Another view is translated, “Those who are destined for captivity will go into captivity. Those who are destined to die violently, will die violently”. I am more in accord to this view, but still not totally wed to it. Still, we have been compared to sheep being led to the slaughter. Slaughtering, no matter how humanely done, is a violent act.
So I wander from one pole to another, and read the news. I believe this mystery will be revealed in the days of most of my readers. The fulfillment of prophesy lies at our door. We are not living in blessed times ….