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Exploring Revelation
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“Revelation 6:9-11”
by Art Sadlier   
June 15th, 2008

THE FIFTH SEAL

We have looked at the breaking of four seals in rapid succession. Each of these four judgements have only caused the majority of men to harden their hearts against God. In Rev. 6:16, we see that these rebellious men would rather die than repent.

We see this emphasized again in Rev. 9:20-21, a refusal to repent. For the unregenerate the whole tribulation scenario is a record of men hardening their hearts. All of this hardening of hearts results in the slaughter of the tribulation saints.

The opening of the fifth seal reveals what had been taking place during the opening of the four seals (Rev. 6:9).

The background

The tribulation period began with no believers on the earth, they were all raptured with the church.

But an amazing thing took place, people began to get saved, a 144,000 Jews are saved and they are like 144,000 apostle Pauls. perhaps like Pauls conversion no men are involved or perhaps the two witnesses of Rev. 11:3 led them to Christ.

So we see two scenarios on earth during the tribulation period. 1- MULTIPLIED MILLIONS having their hearts hardened and turning against the tribulation saints and slaughtering them by the millions. 2- MULTIPLIED MILLIONS are being saved from every nation. (Rev. 7:9; 13-14).

Notice the cry for vengence

"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?" Verse 10. You see nothing like that during the entire church age. WHY? because the church age is the age of grace. God's patience and mercy and grace is extended throughout the entire church age! The age of grace begins at the cross where the veil of the temple was rent in two, at that point the age of the law ended. At penticost the age of grace began with the birth of the church. The age of grace ends when the Day of the Lord begins after the rapture. The D.O.L. is the day when God directly intervenes in the lives of men in vengence and judgment.

When the D.O.L. begins, it is right and proper that God's children should pray in line with God's purposes and actions.

Notice the answer in verse 11, the fifth seal is the beginning of God's answer to the prayer of His martyred tribulation saints. God has a pay day, it is not on Friday, it is His appointed time. "For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy." Rev. 16:6. The tribulation period is the age of judgment not of grace. However their is law in the age of grace and their is grace in the age of law, but the dominating principles apply.

A great contrast

While the tribulation saints are being martyred on earth, look what is going on in heaven, a great worship service. Read Rev. 7:9-12 How can those in heaven do that while their brothers on earth are suffering? The answer is that they have a right perspective about life on earth. To suffer for Christ is better than not to suffer for Him. To die for Christ is better than to live for Him. See Matthew 5:10-12

"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through mainfold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:" - 1 Peter 1:6-7

So as they wait while other of their brothers are also martyred, God is pouring His fierce anger in awful judgment upon a rebellious and unrepentant world.

When the tribulation period begins their is not a believer alive on the earth, seven years latter when Christ returns their will not be a living unbeliever on the earth. (See Matthew 25:)

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