Summary: A study of the book of Revelation chapter 6 verse 9 through 11

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Revelation 6: 9 – 11

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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 testimony which they held. 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?” 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

A few years ago our country finally found the #1 terrorist who masterminded the 9-11 attack on the US. The Special Forces unit that was called upon to do this mission was the Navy Seals Team 6.

In order to become a Navy Seal you must first be enlisted in our military. Then you must apply and be approved to attend their Buds training. Buds stands for ‘Basic Underwater Demolition Seals [SEa, Air, and Land] training.

The last week of this excruciating testing is called ‘Hell Week’. If you are on of the few who can endure this physical and emotional painful testing then you are selected to continue in future intense training. If you can ‘cut the mustard’ of the additional advanced training then and only then are you acknowledged as a Navy Seal.

After Jesus spoke of the coming Messiahs, the coming wars, the coming famines, the coming plagues and earthquakes, He spoke of those who would be delivered up to tribulation and would be killed for His sake.

We learn these things from three Gospel writers. This is what they had to say;

. Matthew 24.9-14 “9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Indeed, as Luke tells us in verse 12, He says this will happen first, for they will happen ‘before all these things’. And, as we know, they did happen from the very beginning.

From chapter 24 we see these things happening;

. False Christ's [Antichrists] (v5)

. False prophets (v11)

. Wars (v6)

. Famines and earthquakes (v7)

. Apostasy (v10)

. Increased lawlessness (v12)

. Worldwide preaching of the gospel (v14)


That is why we see here, not a description of persecution following the riding of the four horsemen, but the results of previous persecution. Even before the horsemen have ridden the people of God have been attacked and persecuted, and have suffered tribulation and death right from the beginning in Acts and onwards. And this has been because they held to the word of God, and because they believed in it and fearlessly witnessed to it.

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