Apr 26, 2018
One of the most difficult things to come to grips with when reading the book of Revelation are the many references to believers being martyred for their faith. During these dark and difficult days, it will be extremely risky to be a confessing believer in Christ. The world’s animosity toward Christians will reach an all-time high. The Antichrist will be on a mission to eliminate any and all Christians from the face of the earth. And while the church will have already been raptured long before these events take place, there will be many who come to faith in Christ during the seven years of the tribulation. And, as we have seen before, many of these believers will become martyrs, for refusing to the take the mark of the beast and for worshiping Christ rather than the Antichrist. Revelation 6:9-17 reveals that, at their deaths, the souls of these martyred men and women will be ushered into God’s presence where they will call out to Him for justice and vengeance against their murderers. But God will give the surprising news that there are more who have yet to give their lives and join their ranks. The number of the martyred will continue to increase. But in the meantime, God will begin His just retribution against the unbelieving population on earth. He will punish them for their sins and pour out His righteous indignation against them. And no one will be able to stand before His righteous anger and that of His Son.