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?Revelation 6:10
In the first four parts of this series, I have discussed about erupting global conflicts, in a post published on February 11th 2022. By now, many among us have woken up to the truth that the ongoing dispute in Ukraine is by no means a trivial matter, as we can see the very dangers of political spillovers from this conflict that will likely drag countries like Turkey and Israel into its foray.
By now everyone is talking about Ukraine. Even preachers and pastors have begun picking up the lines and started getting onto social media discussions, condemning what the Russian authorities have initiated. We are hearing chatters such as pray for Ukraine or mankind is not doing enough good and we are all guilty of that.
Well, if only our preachers were wise enough to train people not to sin, don’t lie, don’t cheat, and not do things that will eventually lead people to hating one another, fighting against each other and in the ultimate disposition; killing one another. No, but it seems the world’s ways are more confined to the concept of letting the brawl flare up into uncontrollable conflict, and when God delivers evil men into the hands of other evil men, then our churches would play the good guys, by stepping in to appeal for sympathy, towards those suffering from human aggression.
The churches can dwell and talk about wars and conflict now, but I’m going to move on to what is coming next.
The Fifth Seal Of Revelation
Before you go any further, I encourage you to read and reread Revelation 6:9-11 thoroughly. For most parts of verse 9 to 11, talks about the souls of a group of people under the altar, of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony for the Lord. These are believers of God, spanning from the time of Adam and Eve, people who had been murdered, not for doing what is wrong, but rather wrongly killed for doing what is right. In short, these are righteous men in waiting to be resurrected.
In Revelation 6:10, these people are crying out to God, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”. And if you read Genesis 4:10; And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.”, you’ll see the resemblance of these cries, and how similar they are to the cries of Abel after he was murdered by his brother. Therefore, here we are today, six thousand years later, and the spirit of Cain that is of jealousy and hatred, leading him to committing the first murder of human history, his spirit is still living on among fallen men, whose hearts are bent on all kinds of evil and wickedness.
So, before you join the chorus and start taking sides to condemn any particular nation of starting a war, or to proliferate and snowball the manufactured sympathies initiated by some of our foolish preachers, suggesting that Christians are not doing sufficient goodness or not praying hard enough, consider this; be still, read your Bible and try to understand history from God’s perspective.
There are valid and practical reasons why God instructs us to obey His commandments. And the episode between Cain and Abel, are clear historical facts demonstrating to us, if we do not have God’s commandments written in our hearts and obeying them, our disobedience is what will eventually lead to murders and wars.
Most Christian scholars would usually associate the martyrs of Revelation 6:9-11, to people who died in the hands of persecution while preaching the Gospel. This is probably only part true and a shortsighted approach to defining those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. A person who is true to God’s word and its testimony, is a person who is true to following Christ, walking the talk and living exemplary lives that gives honor to God’s truth and righteousness.
I doubt the crying martyrs refer to people who run churches on Sundays, or merely preachers who died in the line of duty. Or anyone who died as a result of making wrong medical choices, these would have been people in their graves with no right to speak further until their final day of judgment. Revelation 20:11-13
Because if you read Revelation 6:10, you will note that these dead saints are crying out to a “holy” and “true” God, indicating they are questioning God’s categorical stand in holiness and truth, and why He is allowing the opposite to cave them in to their graves. If one is dead because of his own transgressions, it would have been impossible for him or her to be part of this group of crying martyrs, as they would have been deserving of what they are getting and have no grounds to make any demands from a holy and righteous God, lest they even have any right to call Him to avenge or judge those who cause their death, which they rightfully deserve.
These martyrs are not just Christian patriarchs who died from persecution, but includes all those who died because they stood up for holiness and truth and against wickedness and falsehood. That’s how I see the fifth seal and what the Bible appears to be telling me.
Franklin Morais, in a post published yesterday, said that these are times for all of us to prepare for tough times and that the prevailing global pandemic should have already by now, awaken us to this truth. And allow me to add to this line of truth; if anyone is still attempting to flatter God on Sundays with their tongues and speaking all kinds of blessings for themselves; they are probably still sound asleep, deep in their slumber and more wrath is soon forthcoming to wake them up to the truth.
Finally, in Revelation 6:11, the Lord indicated that the number of the truthful and the righteous, their killing is not yet completed, indicating more unjustified deaths are coming our way in due course. And in Luke 12:4, Jesus reminded us, “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.”