Revelation Explained

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Fifth Seal: Martyrdom

"When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, 'How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?' Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed." (Revelation 6:9-11 - New International Version)

I believet the fifth and sixth seals will open in the third year of the Tribulation. During this time, the Antichrist is seeking to consolidate his position as world leader. With a powerful UN or EC army behind him, he uses the economic collapse and world famine to take direct control of the world's governments. By the time, the fifth seal opens, over a billion and a half people may have died: a quarter of the world's population.

John sees another vision of heaven. Only this time, he is shown the altar. There stand the martyrs who have been killed for their Faith. They would not compromise the Word of God. They would not deny the One Who died for them.

John hears them call out to God to judge the wicked. This is not a cry of revenge, but a cry for justice. They want an end to wickedness and evil.

The white robes represent the righteousness which these martyrs have found in Christ. They are told to rest and wait a little longer. There were yet others to be added to their ranks.

During this time of the Tribulation, the Antichrist will be encountering resistance from those who recognize who he is. Those who oppose his efforts to establish a world government will be accused of being traitors against humanity. They will be hunted down and destroyed.

We may find this hard to believe. Yet we must understand the conditions that will exist. The fighting in the Middle East will lead to the collapse of the world economy. Hundreds of millions will be facing starvation as the lack of oil increases transportation costs and food prices increase.
Most people will be ready to do and believe anything if told it will make things better. As has happened before in history, measures and actions that would be considered crimes against humanity in better times will be overlooked.

As Christians speak out against the world government and its leader, they will be slaughtered. The prophet Daniel tells us that the Antichrist “made war with the saints, and prevailed against them.” (Daniel 7:21 - King James Version)


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