Neither.This question keeps going back and forth in my mind. When "they" come for us, do we fight for our lives, our kids, our property (Jesus told the disciples to buy a sword (Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one" Luke 22:36.) Why did Jesus want us to have an actual sword? OR do we just meekly get on the cattle cars to the fema camps/ovens like lambs to the slaughter? Ever since the Holocaust, I just don't think I could do that. Your thoughts, please?
Pray, be in the Word of God and be aware of how God is leading you in your circumstances. I think it was in the prepping thread, one of our members felt a pull to put stuff aside, she obeyed, and it was a great help recently with the Texas snowstorm. She did well. She obeyed the leading of the Holy Spirit.
I think far too many people are framing things in either or scenarios and getting anxious. We are NOT to worry about the future, God is the one who holds that in HIS capable hands. We are to occupy till He comes, get busy and evangelize those we can. We are to be sensibly prepared for whatever is likely, but we are NOT to borrow trouble from the future.
The problem with grabbing a rifle and starting 1776 the 3.0 version (if the Civil war was your 2.0 version) is that the people you could be shooting at to "retake" your country are the very mission field you need to be sharing the gospel with.
I'm not suggesting you shouldn't aim straight and take out someone trying to kill you or your family or seriously wound someone trying to violently rob you. Go for the gusto and don't miss your target in that case. But is this really the time to launch a revolution or are you being played by a government only too happy to have "those Christians" act violently so that they can crack down on all Christians?
And what's with the fears of Fema camps and ovens? And Cattle cars? I hear that brought up a lot on RF and it's an awfully extreme Alex Jones scenario. Yes the Tribulation will have that and worse. But I have yet to read in the Bible about Fema camps. It's an American concern. I've never fully understood what the fixation is on Fema camps. I don't mean you in particular, but I hear it a lot. And it's always in the context of globalists taking over. They will, we can't stop that when the time is right but till that time, God restrains them, and even after that time HE is always in control.
I get that WW2 concentration camps happened, and perhaps will happen again in the Tribulation but I think the fear is being overblown.
Even in those camps, evil and deadly as they were, Christians ended up there like Corrie Ten Boom or the Voice of the Martyrs guy (brain fog moment here) and they were used by God to reach others around them for Christ.
Paul spent much of his ministry in and out of prison and remained calm, rejoicing and giving thanks to God in all circumstances.
Jesus said this in Matthew 6:
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: ) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.