The fifth seal: souls [i] under the alter


 6:9  And

[1] when he had opened the fifth seal,

[2] I saw under the altar [a place of extreme humility before God's throne (Rev. 8:3)]

[a.] the souls of them that were slain [slain for the same reason that the Apostle John was in exile on the island of Patmos (c/p. Rev. 1:9)]

                                    [11.] for the word of God, and

[12.] for the testimony which they held: [these, then, are Christians--slain during the first 3˝ years of the Antichrist Covenant week (c/p. Rev. 12:11)]


6:10  And they cried

[1] with a loud voice, saying,

[a.] How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not

                                    [11.] judge and

                                    [12.] avenge our blood

[aa.] on them that dwell on the earth [these Christian martyrs cry for vengeance (c/p. Rev. 18:20, Rev. 19:2)]?


 6:11  And

            [1] white robes [the robe of righteousness (c/p. Rev. 19:8)] were given

[a.] unto every one of them; and

            [2] it was said unto them, that

[a.] they should rest yet for a little season, until

[11.] their fellowservants also [the fellowservants of the souls slain] and    

[12.] their brethren [the brethren of the souls slain.....(c/p. brethren the prophets, Rev. 22:9 ) >>.....unquestionably Jewish (c/p. Dan. 8:24)],

[aa.]  that should be killed as they [were],


These souls under the alter were killed [1] for the word of God and [2] for the testimony they held.  They are told to rest a little season until their fellowservants and their brethren are killed...in the same manner [the same manner of death] as they were [c/p. Rev. 20:4].

 [i]Who are the souls under the alter?: 


1.  Gentiles saved after the rapture of the Church at Rev. 4:1 [No; there is no reference to the Church as being in heaven in Revelation, Chapter 4 and Chapter 5].

2.  Jews saved after the rapture[No, white robes (the robe of righteousness) are given to both the souls under the alter and to the numberless multitude of Rev. 7:9 (c/p. Rev. 5:11 and Rev. 19:8).  Both groups are part of the Church.  They are saved, therefore, before the rapture.].

3.  The souls under the alter are told to waitfor a little seasonuntil their fellowservants and brethren are killed in the same manner that they were.  This “little season” is the remainder of  the first 3 ˝ years of the Antichrist Covenant week.

4.  The very first reference in Revelation to a great and numberless multitude of believers in heaven is in Rev. 7:9.

5.  John is told that this great and numberless multitude came out [the] great tribulation [lit., the tribulation, the great] (Rev. 7:14.  This fixes the time of their deaths as occurring during the first 3 ˝  years of the Antichrist Covenant week, before the wrath of God falls during the last 3 ˝  of the Church age of grace: which is also the last 3 ˝ years of both the Antichrist Covenant week and Daniel’s 70th week of years.

6.  Fellowservants is used 3 times in Revelation, two of which clearly refer to a Jewish Christian (Rev. 19:10; Rev. 22:9; c/p. Rev. 6:11).  John, who is Jewish, refers to himself as a servant (Rev. 1:1; Rev. 22:6); and the prophets (most of whom are Jewish) are also referred to as servants (Rev. 10:7; Rev. 11:6).  We conclude that the fellowservants referred to by the souls under the alter (Rev. 6:9-11)who must yet be killed before God avenges their bloodare the final end-gathering of Jews into the body of Christ before the rapture of the Church.  These Jewish-Christians are persecuted by the resurrected Pharisees and Sadduceesand by the whore (organized religion)during the first 3˝ years of the Antichrist Covenant week, while Israel is at peace and in covenant with the Antichrist.

7.  As for the brethren of the souls under the alter who also must be killed before the vengeance of God is executed, these are also Jewishas is the messenger which delivers the revelation to the apostle John.  This messenger is not an angel, but rather a redeemed Jewish man who describes himself as being “of thy [John’s] brethren the prophets” (Rev. 22:9), all of which were Hebrews and most Jewish (c/p. Rev. 19:10; Rev. 17:1, Rev. 17:7; see also vs. Rev. 12:10-11).

8.  We conclude, again, that the souls under the alter are Christian-Jewish martyrs, killed for their faith during the rise of the Antichrist to power during the first 3 ˝ years of the Antichrist Covenant week.  These souls are told that they must wait a little season until the final remnant of Christian-Jews are likewise killed.  These martyrs have refused to participate in the restored Old Covenant temple worship and animal sacrifices under the restored Law of Moses, guaranteed by the 7-year covenant between the Antichrist and Israel  (Dan. 9:27).  This fulfills the Scripture that…many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first (Matt. 19:30).

9. We also conclude that, because there are not enough Jews in the world to make up a great multitude which no man could number of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues (Rev. 7:9), the great majority of those which came out of the tribulation, the great have to be non-Jewish Christians, killed before the rapture in a final world-wide persecution of Christians as part of Satan’s final effort to destroy the Church.


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