The voice of the Martyrs

Since the death of Jesus Christ, 2000 years ago, 43 million Christians have become martyrs •Over 50% of these were in the last century alone • More than 200 million Christians face persecution each day, 60% of whom are children • Every day over 300 people are kille … More

Martyrs

5.   Fifth Seal - Speaks of the Martyrs slain (vv. 9-11).

6.   Sixth Seal - The world is shattered (vv. 12-17).

The sight the apostle beheld at the opening the fifth seal was very heart searching. He saw the souls of the martyrs under the altar; at the foot of the altar in heaven, at the feet of Christ. Evidently these were the martyrs of the first months of the tribulation period (v. 9). Note that these martyrs are alive and conversing with the Lord in His presence (v. 10). It appears that it was difficult for these martyrs to understand why God would allow their murderers to live; yet God asks these saints to trust Him (v. 11). Persecutors can only kill the body; after that there is no more they can do; the soul lives. God has provided a good place in the better world, for those who are faithful unto death. It is not their own death, but the sacrifice of Christ, that gives them entrance into heaven.

The cause in which they suffered, was for the word of God; the best any man can lay down his life for; faith in God’s word, and the unshaken confession of that faith. They commit their cause to Him to whom vengeance belongs. The Lord is the comforter of his afflicted servants, and precious is their blood in his sight. As the measure of the sin of persecutors is filling up, so is the number of the persecuted, martyred servants of Christ. When this is fulfilled, God will send tribulation to those who trouble them, and unbroken happiness and rest to those that are troubled. (vv. 12-17) When the tribulation comes people will act as if they believe the end of the world is at hand, not simply talk as if it were (v. 16).

Application

No one who has rejected God can survive the day of His wrath, but those who belong to Christ will receive a reward rather than punishment. I am so thankful that I do not have to fear His wrath.

Revelation 6:9-17 (English Standard Version)

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"

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