We were told to seek His protection, so He can guide us and others during the darkening days ahead. We will follow the Holy Spirit’s lead, whether or not guns are involved.
After all I have been through, I cannot hold any position strictly concerning this issue. Too many stories in the Bible have the Lord directing His people into doing unusual things. Obedience requires me to be flexible for I do not know what the Lord has in store for me.
Interesting questions. To “live by the sword” in the days of Jesus was to be one who wielded a sword, a weapon, in service of authority. A Roman legionnaire – like those who crucified Christ – literally “lived by the sword.” If they survived twenty years of service they got Roman citizenship ( a great value in that day) and some land to cultivate in their old age (why do you think the country today called “Romania” got that name – it was an area in the ancient world where retired Roman soldiers got a plot of land to retire on during the days of the empire).
There is a fundamental difference between “living by the sword,” and just possessing a gun for self defense. Big difference. There is a saying, which might have some validity, that “the Lord helps those who help themselves.” I don’t think the Lord would object to use defending ourselves and those we love.
The phrase “God helps those who help themselves” comes from an ancient Greek play and is totally contrary to God’s plan. I do not care if anyone owns a firearm; what I am saying is seek the Lord’s supernatural will in everything. The only sword I intend to die by is the Living Word (the sword of truth) placed into me by Him.