Let's put 2 and 2 together on this; in this passage below from Paul the Apostle:
1 Thess. 4
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (the dead saints) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
it is important to see that a timing is implied--as in "when" it will happen. And we know exactly "when" it will happen: it "will" happen at the
From time to time, a consideration of whether some of the martyred saints have been vindicated already comes into the thoughts of many. However, it does not seem that they all have been vindicated as of yet, because (for one thing) we do not have the complete number of martyred saints as of yet. Of course, the appropriate VISION passage from Revelation has the martyred saints making a request to be avenged--as taught below:
9When the Lamb broke the
Let's not miss this conversation from John 18 below:
33 Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
34 Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?”
35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?”
36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is
Well, perhaps it is time finally to explain what I mean when I indicate that Rev. 20:4-6 are VISION verses:
4And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ
What follows now is a fairly complete review of Paul's points in I Cor. 15--along with some additional related observations and so on.
And so, here is the first portion of the text:
I Cor. 15
1Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,
2by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.