How does Stripes relate to God's Judgment on the Church?

Stripes: Plagues in Great Tribulation

Ps 89:32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.

Pr 19:29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

Knowing the Master’s will – the wicked:

Lu 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Jas 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Mt 25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

Lu 19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:

The Elect Sin through ignorance:

Lu 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten^1194 with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Le 4:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin^02398 through ignorance^07684 against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them:

Le 4:27 And if any one of the common people sin^02398 through ignorance^07684, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty;

Le 4:28 Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned.

Nu 15:27 And if any soul sin^02398 through ignorance^07684, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering.

Nu 15:28 And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth^02398 by ignorance^07684 before the LORD, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.

Le 5:15 If a soul commit a trespass, and sin^02398 through ignorance^07684, in the holy things of the LORD; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering:

Le 5:17 And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.

Le 5:18 And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance wherein he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him.

Ec 5:6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin^02398; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error^07684: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?

1Ti 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

De 25:2 And it shall be, if the wicked man be worthy to be beaten, that the judge shall cause him to lie down, and to be beaten before his face, according to his fault, by a certain number.

De 25:3 Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed: lest, if he should exceed, and beat him above these with many^07227 stripes^04347, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee (despised).

Nu 11:33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great^07227 plague^04347.

2Ch 13:17 And Abijah and his people slew them with a great^07227 slaughter^04347: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

Forty: A number pointing to the trial of the great tribulation?

Ps 95:10 Forty^0705 years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:

Jon 3:4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty^0705 days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

Eze 29:12 And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be desolate forty^0705 years: and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.

Eze 29:13 Yet thus saith the Lord GOD; At the end of forty^0705 years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered:

Eze 29:11 No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty^0705 years.

Eze 4:5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

Eze 4:6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty^0705 days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

Ps 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Isa 65:10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.

Zep 2:15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.

Ru 3:7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.

Few Stripes: Tribulation days are shortened?

Mt 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

2Co 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

Elect are healed through the stripes laid on Christ:

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

1Pe 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

2Sa 7:14 I will be his father (Solomon/Christ to build the house), and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

Elect endure stripes:

2Co 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

2Co 6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

Mr 13:9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten^1194: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

Many vs. Few

Mt 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Mt 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Lu 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,


From the above information, it appears that to be beaten ties into the judgment coming on the corporate body in tribulation. Elect are beaten with few stripes because they sin in ignorance and God provides a covering for their sin. This appears to identify with their chastisement at the start of the tribulation. However, the unsaved in the body are referred to as those who knew the master’s will and yet disobeyed the master. They are viewed as vile and come under the full wrath of God in that they are forever cast out of the kingdom.

Supplemental Information

430 (390+40): A number pointing to captivity (tribulation) (390=2x3x5x13)

Ex 12:40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.

Ga 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

A path to the Jubilee: one third and two thirds

1877 (entry into Canaan) to 1447 (exodus) = 430 years

1447 (exodus) to 587 (Judah destroyed) = 860 (2x430) (430+860 = Total 1290 years)

1877 (entry into Canaan) to 587 (Judah destroyed) = 1290

587 (Judah destroyed) to 1994 (Jubilee) = 2580 (2x1290) (1290+2580 = Total 3870 years)