Left Behind II Tribulation Force
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There is a term that is often misstated and not understood, which is Apocalypse.” The following article that was written on “Apocalypse,” by “gotQuestions.org” will help you to have a better understanding of the Book of Revelation.
Question: “What is the Apocalypse?”
Answer: The word “apocalypse” comes from the Greek word apocalupsis which means “revealing, disclosure, to take off the cover.” The book of Revelation is sometimes referred to as the “Apocalypse of John” because it is God’s revealing of the end times to the apostle John. Further, the Greek word for “apocalypse” is the very first word in the Greek text of the book of Revelation. The phrase “apocalyptic literature” is used to describe the use of symbols, images, and numbers to depict future events. Outside of Revelation, examples of apocalyptic literature in the Bible are Daniel chapters 7–12, Isaiah chapters 24–27, Ezekiel chapters 37–41, and Zechariah chapters 9–12.
Why was apocalyptic literature written with such symbolism and imagery? The apocalyptic books were written when it was more prudent to disguise the message in images and symbolism than to give the message in plain language. Further, the symbolism created an element of mystery about details of time and place. The purpose of such symbolism, however, was not to cause confusion, but rather to instruct and encourage followers of God in difficult times.
Beyond the specifically biblical meaning, the term “apocalypse” is often used to refer to the end times in general, or to the last end times events specifically. End-times events such as the second coming of Christ and the battle of Armageddon are sometimes referred to as the Apocalypse. The Apocalypse will be the ultimate revealing of God, His wrath, His justice, and, ultimately, His love. Jesus Christ is the supreme “apocalypse” of God, as He revealed God to us (John 14:9; Hebrews 1:2).
One of the key verses that explains the identity of the people who will be on Earth during the tribulation is Rev 6:10. This verse, and other verses that relate to those who dwell on the earth will be discussed. Other verses are Rev 8:13, 11:10; 13:8, 13:14; and 17:8, and will be discussed in following posts on the same subject. A few comments will made in this post that go back to Rev 3:10.
The video that is provided with this post gives a good picture of what things will be like after the rapture occurs. It will show those people who are not saved prior to the rapture taking place, but who come to accept Jesus during the tribulation. The movie will also show the anti-christ directed suffering and deaths that come upon those tribulation saints. Please! Please! Don’t be left behind. Accept Jesus now (John 3:16). A painful reality: Sin, Satan, The Anti-Christ, The False Prophet, The Tribulation, The Battle Of Armageddon, The Great White Throne Judgment;they’re all real. The Lake Of Fire, which burns forever and ever awaits you if you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior/If you have not been born again. A better reality: Father, Son, Holy Spirit; the New Birth that removes sin from your spirit; the rapture of the church, which takes away from the world those who have been born again so they will not have to come under the judgments of the tribulation, and the attack of Jesus during the Battle of Armageddon on those who oppose Him; the thousand year reign of Christ, where those who have been born again will rule and reign with Christ. The New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem, All things new (Rev 21:5). An eternity with Christ….If you belong to a denomination, or attend a church, that is numb of the truth of God’s Word on the end times, or denies its existence, you need to get out of it and find a place of worship that teaches the truth of the end times, especially if you have children who are depending on you to guide them in the truth of the Bible. If you belong to a denomination, or belong to a church, that approves of the direction that the USA is going (abortion on demand, homosexual marriage, opposition to Israel, placing demands on Christians and Jews to move over so that Muslims can have priority over Judeo-Christian values and teachings, you had better do a spirit check; you are probably not born again; you’re probably on your way to the Lake of Fire. Please don’t shoot the messenger! Somebody needs to tell the leaders of the USA the things that can keep them from the Lake of Fire. Those leaders need to get right with God, or the sin of their lives will lead them to the Lake of Fire. Do I need to “name names?” There are too many to list on this page. But, I will make it easy for you to know their names. The members of the Democrat party, who are either in elected office, or who are running to be elected to office, are people who support abortion on demand (even up to the point of birth), and homosexual marriage. The party that all of my family members supported while I was growing up; the party that I supported until I realized that it was going the way of sinful opposition to God’s Holy Word, the Democrat party, is the party whose party plank calls for the support of abortion on demand and homosexual marriage. Anyone who votes for democrats, are also voting for abortion on demand and homosexual marriage. If you say that you are a follower of Christ, but vote for people who support abortion on demand, or homosexual marriage, you had better do a spirit check. If you continually vote for candidates who support abortion on demand, or homosexual marriage, you probably have not been born again; and you probably are on your way to the tribulation, the battle of Armageddon, the Great White Throne Judgment, and the Lake of Fire. You’re probably going to be “left behind” when the rapture occurs! Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger. The message is true.
Revelation 6:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
Revelation 6:9-11 English Standard Version (ESV) (Rev 6:10 Context)
9 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. 10 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?” 11 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.
In this passage, the Apostle John sees a vision of people who were not taken in the rapture, but accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior during the tribulation. Because of their faith in Christ they are martyred. They are described as being under the altar, in keeping with the fact that the blood of the sacrifice of the OT was poured out under the altar (see, Exodus 29:12 and Leviticus 4:7). John hears the martyred saints crying out (saints are the people of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob..sorry, Ishmael’s not on that list.). With loud voices they ask God why He has not judged the people on earth who persecuted them.
The martyred dead are in heaven. The time frame is immediately after the opening of the fourth seal… (the seals are opened by Jesus, the Lamb of God, Rev 6:1. He will not subject His Bride, the Church, to the horrors that come with the opening of the seals)… These martyrs have come from the tribulation that is taking place on the earth. The born again body of believers, the church, has already been raptured, and the “dead in Christ” have been raised from the dead prior to the time that is pictured in this scene (Rev 6:9-11). Those who are pictured here (Rev 6:9-11) do not relate to the martyrs of the present dispensation where Christians are undergoing persecution, or in the past when Christians underwent persecution. Remember the definition of the tribulation that Jesus gave in Matthew 24:21, “tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
The martyrs have a plea for righteous judgment, which indicates that their persecutors are still living. The answer is given in verse 11, that there still is a little time required for God to fulfill His plan in which additional martyrs will be added to the their number (of tribulation saints’ martyrs). In essence, these martyred tribulation saints will have to wait until the time of Christ’s return (Rev 19:11-20:15) when God will deal with appropriate judgment.
With the revealing of the fifth seal, it becomes clear that in the future time that of tribulation, it will be very difficult for anyone to declare their faith in Jesus. Most definitely, as time proceeds, it will be the fate of those who place their trust in Jesus as Savior, will be put to death. Such confirmation is shown in Chapter 7 where another account of the martyred dead of the tribulation is given; in Chapter 13, also, we see that death is given to all who will not worship the anti-Christ. Those who trust in Jesus will be forced to be faithful to that calling, and most likely will be martyred. (It should be noted that some Gentiles will be spared to populate the Millennial Kingdom (Matt 25:31-40); and, there will be Jews who will be protected(Revelation 12:27).
Martyr righteousness is shown by a white robe that is given to each tribulation martyr. The tribulation saints who are martyred will receive their resurrection bodies at the end of the tribulation, per Rev 20:4. It should be remembered,that the spirits of those who die “in Christ,” as well as the saints of all ages, will find comfort in the Presence of God until their bodies are resurrected (Daniel 12:1-2; Luke 16:19-31).
From verse 11, we see that the martyrs have not yet been raised from the dead, and have not received their resurrection bodies. But, the fact that they have been given white robes states that each one has some kind of body. That body is not the kind of body that Christians have now; neither is it the resurrection body of flesh and bones of which Jesus spoke after His own resurrection. Instead, these martyred tribulation saints have a temporal body that is suited for their presence in Heaven. But, it will be replaced by their everlasting resurrection body which will be given to them at the time that Jesus returns. (Rev 20:4,6…vs 5 relates to those who have not been redeemed by the blood of Christ; they will face the Great White Throne Judgment in Rev 20:11-15. Remember the “dead” and the “dead in Christ.” The “dead” are unsaved, have not been redeemed by the blood of Christ; their destiny is the lake of fire. The “dead in Christ” are those who are saved, have been redeemed; their destiny is with God (Rev 21:1-5).
As we see the introduction of these martyred saints in heaven, we can also see that it has a bearing upon the order of Chapter 6. The seals cover the total seven years of Daniel’s 70th week (Daniel 9:27). It is sometimes pointed out that two classes of martyrs are here mentioned: (1) those who have already been slain (during the tribulation), and (2), those who are yet to be slain (during the tribulation). It has been inferred that those previously slain were killed in the first half of Daniel’s 70th week, whereas, those who are yet to be slain will perish in the great tribulation, or at the last half of Daniel’s 70th week. Let’s take a look at what scripture says about the 70th week of the 70 weeks of years; or the 70th seven of seventy sevens. Each translation provides a good understanding of the verse.
Parallel Verses 9:27
New International Version
He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
New Living Translation
The ruler will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven, but after half this time, he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him.”
English Standard Version
And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”
New American Standard Bible
“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
A few closing thoughts.
Notice that in vs 10 that these martyrs are alive and conversing with the Lord in His Presence. (Jeremiah Study Bible)
The time of tribulation is also known as “Jacob’s Distress, ” per Jeremiah 30:7. (Mac Arthur Study Bible)
NET Bible (Jeremiah 30:7)
Alas, what a terrible time of trouble it is! There has never been any like it. It is a time of trouble for the descendants of Jacob, but some of them will be rescued out of it.
Rev 6:10, “under the altar.” Probably a reference to the altar of incense, which pictured the saints’ prayers ascending to God (Rev 5:8; Ex 40:5.)
(Mac Arthur Study Bible)
Rev 6:11, “Until the number…would be completed.” God has predetermined the number of the righteous whose deaths He will allow before moving to destroy those who oppose Him and His people. (Mac Arthur Study Bible)
Rev 6:9, “those who had been slain.” “slain,” a sacrificial word that means “slaughter, butcher, murder.” (Jeremiah Study Bible)
Rev 6:10, “those who dwell on the earth:” describes unbelievers who are hostile to God (3:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8; 17:21, Jeremiah Study Bible)
Rev 3:10, “the whole world.” world “oikoumene” = inhabited earth. (Scofield Study Bible)
No one in the “whole world” will be pardoned from the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments. Consider the severity of the judgments. Ask why Jesus would do such things to people who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior; to those who have been born again, and have the Holy Spirit dwelling within their spirit. There is no reason! Those who have been born again will be raptured out of the world prior to the tribulation (Rev 3:10, John 14:1-3; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:50-54). (My comment)
Rev 6:11, “until their number shall be complete…who were to be killed.” fulfilled, i.e. their number filled up.(Scofield Study Bible)
Parallel Verses Rev 6:10
New International Version
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?”
New Living Translation
They shouted to the Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?”
English Standard Version
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?”
Berean Study Bible
And they cried out in a loud voice, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood.”
Berean Literal Bible
And they were crying in a loud voice, saying, “Until when, O Lord, holy and true, do You not judge, and avenge our blood, on those dwelling upon the earth?”
New American Standard Bible
and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
King James Bible
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Holman Christian Standard Bible
They cried out with a loud voice: “Lord, the One who is holy and true, how long until You judge and avenge our blood from those who live on the earth?”