Fifth Seal (Revelation #19)

Text: Revelation 6:9-11
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The fifth seal has to do with martyrs during the end of the world.

  • 1st seal conquering spirit
  • 2nd seal spirit of war
  • 3rd seal is famine of grain
  • 4th seal is spirit of death

Martyrdom

  • martyred because of the word of God and their testimony
    • Matthew 24:15-28
    • Daniel 11:44-45
  • Souls are under the altar.  They are martyrs as they died for the word of God and testimony which they held.
  • Souls cry out
    • Soul is the eternal part of you right now.
    • Illustration of addict where a part of them may cry out, but when the flesh makes its demands, they yield to the flesh.
    • Rich man’s soul goes to Hell – Luke 16:19-24
    • Luke 16:22 says the body is buried
    • Luke 16:23 says the soul is in hell
      • the soul has a tongue
      • has eyes
      • has a mouth to scream
      • has hands and fingers
  • No such thing as soul sleep.
    • Souls aren’t tired or weak.
    • Souls are not in Christ
  • What happens when you get saved?
    • The soul was joined to the body typified by a marriage at the point of the knowledge of good and evil
      • Psalm 119:25
      • Leviticus 22:6
      • Romans 7
    • You are born again and a child of God is now the new you
      • Colossians 2:11 – Body of sin separated from the soul
      • Soul is joined to a new body – Romans 7:1-4
      • Ephesians 5 soul is married to Jesus Christ
    • What happens when a person dies in Christ?
      • The body is said to sleep (John 11:12, 1 Corinthians 11:30, 15:51, 1 Thessalonians 4:14)
      • The soul is in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:6-8, Ephesians 2:6).
      • Jesus Christ provides a glorified body like an ark, for children of God to be put into.
      • This is why you are dead and buried in Christ, went down to Hell in Christ (Acts 2:27), and risen in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:3-10)

Cry for vengeance

  • Imprecatory Psalms are requests for vengeance.  In this church age, God is not taking vengeance this way.
    • Psalm 58:10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
    • Psalm 94
    • Psalm 149:6-9 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; 7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; 8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.

Reward

  • White robes are the righteousness of the saints in Revelation 19:8
  • Revelation 7:13-17
  • The general epistles are aimed at folks going through this time period.