“When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony. They shouted to the Lord and said, ‘O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?” Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sister – their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred – had joined them.” Revelation 6:9-11
The Lamb who is worthy breaks the fifth seal. The scene of the previous seals is played out on earth but this scene shifts to heaven, specifically the temple of heaven. Expositors says this is mostly likely the golden altar of incense (Rev. 8:3, 5 9:13). As the martyrs shout out to the Lord for justice does this verse come to mind? “Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them? I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice.” (Luke 18:7-8)
The fifth seal changes from horseman to martyred saints. A martyr is someone who is killed because of their beliefs. Revelation 20:4 speaks of martyrs, “people who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of God’s word, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and who had not accepted the mark on their foreheads or their hands.”
The martyred address God as “Sovereign Lord”. Here, this word implies “ownership”. They shouted for God to judge the people who belong to this world for what they had done to them and to avenge their blood. The word avenge relates everywhere in Scriptures to the idea of punishment or retribution. These saints follow the teaching of Paul in Romans 12:19, “Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge; I will pay them back,’ says the LORD.” Further examples are seen in Luke 18:7-8 and 2 Th 1:7-8.
The martyrs were given a white robe as evidence of their righteousness and victory before the Judge of all the earth. Hallelujah! They are told to rest (not wait) a little while longer until the full number of martyrs is completed. The predestined number indicates there is a call on our lives. We do not yet know how it will play out but this we know for certain…if we are destined to be God’s martyr than a martyr we will be. If we are in the will of God, we will know when the time is upon us and what our role will be. We shall pray for the grace to honor Him even to the death! Revelation 13:10 says, “Anyone who is destined for prison will be taken to prison. Anyone destined to die by the sword will die by the sword. This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently and remain faithful.” We have the Spirit of the living God residing in us! We MUST endure and we MUST remain faithful at ALL times and in ALL situations. If we are faced with hardship, lack, doubts, and fears in our present situations and we are not handling it well, how can we ever expect to endure in the tribulation? Fellow DIVAs, it is time for us to pick up our swords (word of God) and fight our weak and rebellious flesh, insisting it be in compliance with the Word!! We know our pressure points. With divine counsel and victorious confidence we shall stop allowing our weak flesh the right-of-way! If in this season of comfort, we are unable to allow the Sword to crucify the flesh and follow Jesus on His path, how will we ever do it in a season of woes? The plan is to train our flesh NOW under the guidance of our powerful Lord so that we most assuredly are ready to face our current and our final trial with valiance! Is there an athlete who wins without training? Who is willing to lay aside the many obstacles we yield to and pick up their swords? Spiritually speaking, if you worship the work of your own hands, then allow your hand to experience the sword. “And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It’s better to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.” (Mark 9:47-48)
A white robe was given to the martyrs and they were told to rest a little longer. I love that it says they are told to rest a little longer. To me, this shows they are not resting forever because soon they will be very active! The white robe is very significant. An angel of the Lord in Matthew 28:3 was also wearing one. “His appearance was like lightning, and his robe was a white as snow” (Matthew 28:3). In Revelation 3:4-5 the Lord says that there are a few who “have not defiled their clothes and they will walk with Me in white, because they are worthy” He also says the VICTOR will be dressed in white clothes. When heaven opens and the Faithful and True rider on the white horse comes out the armies in heaven will be following Him on white horses wearing pure white linen. When this happens a sharp sword will come from His mouth and He will strike the nations with it! This world will be judged! The sword is the Word and He will judge the world by the Word (see also Rev. 19:15, 19:21, Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17, Luke 2:35)
Righteous Judge, we will follow you in life and we will follow you in death. We will praise your name in life and we will praise it in death. We choose to live life unafraid. Perfect love cast out all fear. All praise and glory and honor to the One who is worthy to open the fifth seal. Amen and Amen.
Are you willing to pick up the Sword God has made available to you and crucify the flesh and its desires and prepare yourself to be a VICTOR in the army of the living God?! If you are bold enough, include your name in the comment section as your own witness. I will go first. Thank you Lord for the opportunity for bravery.
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In His grace,