When we were brought to life on this earth we found ourselves born on a battlefield. There is a huge spiritual war going on here and we are caught right in the middle of it. On one side are the armies of God and on the other, the forces of Satan.
This whole war is being fought inside our bodies. It is a war for our souls. This is why the scriptures are filled with terms of combat. According to the Bible, those who choose for Christ join the war against Babylon and become soldiers for the good, fighting side by side with the angels of God.
Our sword in this battle against wickedness is the word of God. The martyrs are those who have fallen. Though wounded in the flesh, they have all been raised to eternal life in the spirit because they obeyed God.
Daniel has termed these fallen Christians 'saints' because they have held onto their sanctification all the way to the end of their flesh. (Dn.7:18-22).
Opposing these saints are the people who choose to join the battle on the side of Satan -- i.e., all those who select to remain in sin. These are the people Jesus said are destined to die twice.
Jesus said that no one is dead to God. To Him all people are alive. Even the ones who have been killed or passed away. The first death, therefore, is not eternal. The second death, on the other hand, erases a person's existance forever.
Acknowledging those who have been successful in their faith, the early Church set aside a 'memorial day' honoring all fallen Christians martyred in spiritual combat. Called 'All Saints Day' by some, or 'All Hallows Day' (i.e, a day celebrating 'all who are holy') by Anglicans, Greeks and Romans, it has been celebrated by these churches since the 7th century.
The term 'saints' is a word that means 'consecrated, and stems from God's directive to Moses on Mt. Sinai in the Book of Exodus regarding the priesthood of the people of the House of Israel:
"Say this to the House of Jacob, declare this to the sons of Israel, 'You yourselves have seen what I did with the Egyptians, how I carried you on eagle's wings and brought you to myself. from this you know that now, if you obey my voice and hold fast to my covenant, you of all the nations shall be my very own, for all the earth is mine. I will count you a kingdom of priests, a consecrated nation." (Ex.19:4-6).
The word 'saints' is first seen in the Book of Daniel, who used it to describe the holy people of God given as servants by God to a mysterious messianic figure ('one like a son of man') who is crowned and made king over all creation:
"Thrones were set in place and one of great age took his seat...a court was held and the books were opened. I gazed into the visions of the night, and I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man. He came to the one of great age and was led into his presence. On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples...became his servants. his sovereignty is an eternal sovereignty which shall never pass away, nor will his empire ever be destroyed..." (Dan.7:9-14).
"Those who are granted sovereignty are the saints of the Most High, and the kingdom will be theirs forever, forever and ever." (Dn.7:18)
"I had watched a horn making war on the saints and proving the stronger, until the coming of the one of great age who gave judgment in favor of the saints of the Most high, when the time came for the saints to take over the kingdom." (Dn.7:21-22).
The word 'saint' applied particularly to the people of Christ, who were consecrated as the new holy race (1 Peter 2:5,9) living a blameless life through the forgiveness secured for them by Christ's sacrifice on their behalf on the cross. Paul uses the term liberally throughout his writings to describe both the people of God and the Apostles who lead them. John in the Book of Revelation uses the term quite freely as well.
War on the Saints -- All Hallows Eve
Or Return to:
Clock of God, Chapter 30, "A Destruction Decreed"