And of those who were
under the alter, the souls, the cry will go out for justice against those who
had caused their demise as well as justice against those who were ruining the
world for everyone.
During the Tribulation,
those who die, will go to heaven to be with the Lord, however they will not be
resurrected into their new resurrection bodies immediately, but will receive
their resurrection bodies at the end of the Tribulation, immediately after the
Second Advent. That is why they are
referred to ‘souls,’ or unresurrected people, in the
Realize that this fifth
seal does not deal with the martyrdom of the believers in the Tribulation, but
has to do with their prayers. Many will
die of course, but they will go to heaven, and there they will have a say as to
what they want. And what they want is
justice and an end to the evil that is taking place on the earth.
However, if judgment was
to occur immediately, when people want it to, then most probably many who have
not yet believed in Christ, but will do so later on, will not have their chance
to believe and therefore won’t be saved.
So, time is given for many more to be saved, and judgment is postponed
until all who will believe, will have their chance.
This implies that there
will come a time when all who will believe, will do so, and no more after that
will make that decision.
In history there are
three historical gaps, or pauses whereby one set of events has concluded making
way for the next increment of events.
The first was in Noah’s day, when for over a hundred years, opportunity
was given to the world to believe in the savior. Noah and the seven other members of his
family were the only people who would board the ark. That was the first gap.
Then at the end of the
Old Testament era another gap occurred, as the scriptures were completed and
for nearly four-hundred years, no further revelation came from God, making way for
the birth of Jesus. This was an
Then at the end of the
Church Age, there will be another gap in history. God does not do things arbitrarily. If people were believing in Christ day in and
day out, then the Rapture would not occur such that some would be included or
excluded simply because of the luck or bad luck of the day of the rapture,
relative to their faith.
We already know that at
the end of our dispensation a great apostasy will occur. That implies a gap in the occurrence of
people believing and being saved. Those
who are going to believe, will do so, and as for the
rest, something more must occur before they will believe. That something more
will be forced upon them in the Tribulation.
Therefore we can
reasonably presume that there is going to be a fixed number of believers who
will be members of the Royal Family from our Church Age. Just as there is going to
be a fixed number of believers, who will be martyred during the Tribulaton.
And that number is made reference to in the next verse.
What is clear in these
verses, is that there will be unresurrected believers
who will have been martyred, and who will be in heaven, but also that they will
possess the ability to speak and communicate.
We know that the Lord hears them because He will answer them, but too,
John hears them, because he has written their spoken words, which we have just
Christ will allow history
to run its course, so long as there remains even one
more single individual who will believe and be saved. But once that last person believes, then all
of human history, as far as the Tribulation is concerned, will come to a very
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