The souls of martyrs . . . what do they really want?
by, Dec 27th 2011 at 04:10 PM (349 Views)
Let's look closely at what the souls of martyrs are really asking for in Rev. 6:
Stop right there.Rev. 6
9When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;
10and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging . . .
The souls are asking about when judgment will occur by our God.
And it is this judgment of God which will do the following:
Yep. The judgment of the Lord will avenge those who had been slain. This would achieve congruence with the following truth, yes?Rev. 6: 10b . . . and avenge(ing) our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
And so, what did the Lord tell those souls in Rev. 6? Here we are:Rom. 12
19Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.
Yep. The Lord indicated that there would be additional martyrs to follow these that had been slain. And so, how many martyrs has that been so far--and throughout our current age already? Foxe's Book of Martyrs contains a lot of them, yes? And apparently, the judgment that is being sought by the martyrs of Rev. 6 will not occur until the 7th trumpet:Rev. 6
11And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.
Yep. There will come a time for judgment--and at that time there will also be reward for the saints, destruction of the wicked, and wrath as well. Apparently, this achieves congruency with the following as well, yes?Rev. 11
15Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”
16And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,
“We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.
18“And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
And the resurrection of life for the righteous occurs on the last day:John 5
28“Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice,
29and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.
Also, the resurrection of judgment of the wicked occurs at the last day:John 6
40“For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”
48“He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.