Revelation Chapter 6:10
Revelation 6:10 – 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?”
At first glance, the fifth Seal judgment looks like martyrdom on believers in the Tribulation. However, as the four living creatures called out the horses of judgment, these slain believers call out for justice and judgment against those who dwell on the earth, particularly those who spilled their blood before Jesus breaks the fifth seal. In other words, the fifth Seal judgment is not on the martyrs, but is a curse announced by the martyrs on the earth dwellers; particularly on those who murdered them.
The earth dwellers are clearly God’s enemies in the Tribulation. They rejoice when God’s two prophets are slain (Revelation 11:10) and they worship the image of the beast (Revelation 13:12-14). However, an angel presents these earth dwellers with the Gospel at the end of the Tribulation (Revelation 14:6), which suggests not all of them will reject Christ. Indeed, the following passages specify the earth dwellers that make allegiance to the beast, who overcomes the saints, are those not written in the Lamb’s “Book of Life,” meaning they are the earth dwellers who are eternally lost:
Revelation 13:7-8 – It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earthwill worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Revelation 17:8 – The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
The martyrs call out to the Lord, and address Him as the one who is “holy and true.” Recall from Revelation 3:7, this title shows that the Lord sets Himself apart from sinfulness and He is faithful. The martyrs are confident in their imprecatory prayer against those who killed them for their faith in the Lord. If an ungodly man avenges a widow, the Lord will certainly avenge His own:
Luke 18:1-8 – Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
The martyred saints ask the Lord “how long,” until He judges and avenges their blood. The Psalmist’s plea is the same as the martyrs under the altar:
Psalms 94:1-6, 14-15 – O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs – O God, to whom vengeance belongs, shine forth! Rise up, O Judge of the earth; render punishment to the proud. LORD, how long will the wicked, how long will the wicked triumph? They utter speech, and speak insolent things; all the workers of iniquity boast in themselves. They break in pieces Your people, O LORD, and afflict Your heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless…. For the LORD will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance. But judgment will return to righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
Righteous judgment will come, but it will be in God’s timing. God is longsuffering to give opportunity for all to come to repentance:
2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Even during the Tribulation judgments, we find that God gives opportunity for repentance, but most will still reject Him:
Revelation 9:20-21 – But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Revelation 16:9, 11 – And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory…. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.
When the Lord returns, the opportunity for repentance will end, and He will avenge His servants:
Isaiah 61:1-2 – “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.”
Isaiah 63:1-4 – Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, this One who is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of His strength? – “I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? “I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, and trampled them in My fury; their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come.”
In the Old Testament, the Law called for each family to have an “avenger of blood,” against any who might murder one of their relatives:
Numbers 35:19-21 – The avenger of blood himself shall put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him to death. If he pushes him out of hatred or, while lying in wait, hurls something at him so that he dies, or in enmity he strikes him with his hand so that he dies, the one who struck him shall surely be put to death. He is a murderer. The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.
The Hebrew translated “avenger” is “gaal,” which is the same word used for “kinsman redeemer.” Recall from Revelation 5:5, Jesus is the “Kinsman Redeemer” to man, therefore He is also the “Avenger of Blood” for His redeemed murdered for their faith:
Deuteronomy 32:43 – “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and render vengeance to His adversaries; He will provide atonement for His land and His people.”
Psalms 9:10 – And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You…. When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble.
Recall from the Revelation 6:9, the “Mystery Babylon” religion will slaughter the saints in the first half of the Tribulation (Revelation 17:5-6), and Satan and the antichrist will slaughter them in the second half of the Tribulation (Revelation 12:11, 17 & 13:10-12, 15). The Lord avenges the blood of His saints when He judges “Mystery Babylon,” the harlot religion, and Babylon, the capital city of the antichrist’s global government:
Revelation 19:1-3 – After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!”
Revelation 18:10, 20 – …Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come…. “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”
It is interesting to note, Jeremiah prayed to see vengeance on those who tried to kill him, and the Lord answered this prayer, as He will the martyred saints’ prayer under the altar:
Jeremiah 11:19-23 – But I was like a docile lamb brought to the slaughter; and I did not know that they had devised schemes against me, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be remembered no more.” But, O LORD of hosts, You who judge righteously, testing the mind and the heart, let me see Your vengeance on them, for to You I have revealed my cause. “Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the men of Anathoth who seek your life, saying, ‘Do not prophesy in the name of the LORD, lest you die by our hand’ – therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Behold, I will punish them. The young men shall die by the sword, their sons and their daughters shall die by famine; and there shall be no remnant of them, for I will bring catastrophe on the men of Anathoth, even the year of their punishment.’ “
On the other hand, during the “dispensation of grace,” Paul admonishes believers to show love to our enemies:
Romans 12:19-20 – Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
Both Jesus and Stephen prayed for God to forgive their enemies, not for vengeance:
Luke 23:34 – Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.
Acts 7:60 – Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
As discussed in the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” study, grace and judgment cannot work concurrently. Imprecatory prayer, or prayer calling for judgment, is not found in the New Testament, except for in the book of Revelation, which covers the “dispensation of judgment.” Clearly, the “dispensation of grace” is over before the martyred saints ask the Lord to vindicate their death. Indeed, the fifth Seal judgment continues against the “earth dwellers” over the course of the Tribulation, with vengeance specifically taken against Babylon the harlot religious system (Revelation 19:1-3) and Babylon the city (Revelation 18:10, 20).
John did not see these souls with his physical eye, but saw them in the Spirit. These souls were waiting for the Judge of all the earth to interrupt the evil of the devil and his persecution of the saints who remained there. Their cry was the same, in a sense, as the Christians who say, come quickly Lord Jesus.
This is not a reprimand of the Lord, but just a pleading for it to all be over. These souls are not looking for vengeance, but are just crying out for the Lord to end all of it and set up His kingdom. Who better can sympathize with our generation of martyrs than the martyrs of the past? Some of the martyrs of today are not physically killed, but are persecuted by their peers.
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