Summary: This sermon continues the look at the judgments God sends during the Tribulation.
The Seal Judgments Continue
Revelation 6: 9-17
9When 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. 10And 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?"
11Then 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.
12I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.
13And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.
14Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
15And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
16and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
17For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"
Today we continue our examination of Revelation.
Last week we covered the opening of the first 4 seals on a scroll.
This scroll in the hands of Jesus has 7 seals.
The opening of each seal begins a new judgment of God
released on the earth for the purpose of shaking up unbelievers.
This is an effort by God to bring people to faith in Jesus.
It’s also God’s condemnation on those who refuse to believe.
We read about the efforts of the Antichrist to take power.
This happens at the beginning of the 7 years of Tribulation.
The opening of those first 4 seals brought terrible conditions.
Wars broke out causing numerous people to die.
A famine caused food to be in short supply
causing widespread hunger, disease and suffering.
So let’s get into today’s passage from Revelation.
Verse 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.
Some preachers say we have to be saved before the Rapture
because after that nobody will be saved.
That’s not right!
When Jesus breaks the 5th seal, what does John see?
"under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held."
Shortly after the beginning of the Tribulation
there will be a great "soul harvest" in the world.
After some of the people see what happened in the Rapture,
millions will come to faith in Jesus.
Many will be saved
as a result of the preaching of the 144,000 witnesses.
We will read about them when we get to chapter 7.
Most of these people converted to faith in Jesus during Tribulation
will be killed by the forces of the Antichrist.
There are many “name it and claim it” preachers today.
They suggest that if we have enough faith,
then good things will come our way.
Many teach that if you are not living prosperously
that you are not in right standing with God.
That’s not what the Bible suggests.
It says many times that persecution comes to the true believer.
It says we must be crucified with Christ.
If He suffered, we will suffer.
Like His suffering, our suffering can lead to death.
That’s exactly what will happen to many who are saved
during those 7 years of Tribulation.
Verse 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?"
These souls were waiting for the Judge of all the earth
to interrupt the evil of the Antichrist and Satan
and their persecution of the saints who remained there.
Are these souls looking for revenge?
The word “avenge” seems to suggest that.
However, I believe they are just crying out for the Lord
to end all of it and set up His kingdom.
They are pleading for it to all be over.
Verse 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.