The Sign to Look for (Part 2)

“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.” (Revelation 6:11 NKJV).

The entire history of this age will soon be written. While many attempt to pacify the fearful, the wise are taking note of God’s signs. Modern pastors reassure their unsettled flocks with the promise Jesus will return “prior to” Antichrist’s appearance. “Peace and safety” are implicit. Their sheep repeat: “Great Tribulation is coming, but thank God I won’t be around to see it!”

Satan has deceived many so-called “Bible-believing” Christians into declaring “any moment Jesus will come and we’ll escape.” Can Christ come on any given day or will he arrive on a set day with accompanying signs in the sky? Does resurrection occur, as they say, while we are taken up in the rapture? And what of all the unfulfilled signs?

There are definite signs for which we need to look. In 2nd Thessalonians, we have lots of signs. Paul reminded his former students what he had taught. As a fellowship they had swallowed the false teaching the Day of the Lord had come and gone. The Apostle was clear: This day cannot come until the apostasy (the falling away or rebellion) occurs (cf. Matthew 24:10) and the man of sin is revealed (2:3). The man of sin or son of perdition will take his seat in the temple of the LORD claiming to be God (2:4) (In Part 1, we discussed this sign’s fulfillment at the 70th week’s midpoint.)

We learn in Revelation 13 that at the 42-month mark, the Antichrist will be revealed by demanding universal worship. Those who resist him will be forced to take the beast’s mark. This sets the stage for our sign of the end.

God’s people will stand firm in their resistance. Those remaining true despite the beast’s power are spoken of in Revelation 12:11“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death” (NIV).

God’s resisters are a major sign of the end. Saints always oppose the beast, even to the death. For some, their refusal to take the beast’s mark will cost their head (Rev. 20:4). These martyrs are the souls heard under the altar when the 5th seal is opened (Rev. 6:9). Together they appeal for vengeance (i.e. the Day of the Lord’s Judgment). They are comforted with a promise that God will bring the wicked to justice, but only after the full number of their brothers are likewise slain (Rev. 6:10-11).

This will be a sign of Christ’s coming. Once the last martyr sheds his blood, then the beast’s power will be broken. The beast’s last publicly guillotined saint will set off a series of prophesied signs that directly precede Jesus’ coming in the clouds.

In 2015 a live video feed picked up radical black-clothed Muslims beheading faithful Christians. This is a “can’t miss sign”. It presents evidence of how close we are to the end. Those serving Antichrist will make an example of elect martyrs. Those who hold to the testimony of Jesus and obey God’s commands are already being decapitated.

Prepare now. When the full number of the faithful lose their heads, then look to the east. Redemption will be drawing nigh. EJ.

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  1. John Finkbeiner’s avatar

    Great point of refutation for the Pre-tribulation Rapture teaching. How could the souls under the altar be anything but righteous saints resisting to the death the Beast’s authority? Their martyrdom stokes God’s wrath thus terminating the beast’s power. The last of the elect to die is the last straw. That makes sense. Vengeance is then on the Lord’s heart. How do you keep coming up with this stuff?

    As you describe the martyrs’ deaths as a sign of Christ’s coming, are you including the witnesses of Revelation 11? Do you anticipate the two olive trees will be beheaded? Do you think their death provides the required “full number” of martyrs? How many might that be?

    I’m just wondering how the two, Moses and Elijah, fit in with Rev. 6:9-11.

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  2. arjdolphins’s avatar

    Great questions! We know that the beast kills them but the Bible does not say how. I do not believe they are part of those martyred. It is based on my belief that the 7 Trumpet judgments are consecutive and not simultaneous. I believe that because of the way scripture is worded, particularly with the sounding of the 5th, 6th and 7th Trumpets. The WORD clearly says after the fifth Trumpet that the first woe is past and the 2nd will soon come.

    Then the next question is when is the Rapture. We both believe that the Rapture is after the opening of the 6th seal, and that also initiates the day of the Lord’s judgment. Conversely, the 2 witnesses are murdered after the 6th trumpet judgment and before the 2nd woe is completed. So for the 2 witnesses to be part of those under the altar, their death would have to come before the Day of the Lord’s Judgment. We have a friend who believes that the Rapture happens during the 7th Trumpet Judgment. If he is correct, then the scenario you proposed would fit.

    However, it is clear (from Revelation chapter 6) that the Day of the Lord’s Judgment happens after the opening of the 6th seal and begins with the Trumpet Judgments described in Revelation chapter 8. I hope this helps.

    EJ

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