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Who Are the Martyrs in Revelation Chapter 6, Verses 9 - 11?

In Revelation chapter 6 verses 9 - 11 the story is told of the martyrs and how they were killed by the beast (Antichrist) because they would not receive the mark 666. It's very important to remember that it is in Revelation 6: 9 - 11, 12 - 16 where they are killed during the 5th and 6th seals. John gives additional information about these people who are martyred for their faith in Christ. Read Revelation 13: 7. (See also Daniel 7: 21, 25.). These are the tribulation martyrs who were killed by the Antichrist. And these martyrs show up in Heaven (before the 7th seal is opened) in Revelation chapter 7 verses 9 through 17 which tell all about them.

"And when He (the Lamb, Jesus) opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, 0 Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled." (Rev. 6: 9 - 11) (See also Rev. 19: 2.).

Now remember, all the true Christians were raptured before this, in Revelation 4: 1. Only the Christians will go up in the Rapture to meet the Lord in the air. Thus all the people who are left behind on planet earth are lost (unsaved). They are lost because they did not receive Jesus. Some of these lost people were never taught the truth about the Bible and salvation. Some of them may never have heard the name of Jesus.

Now some of these people who were lost at the time of the Rapture will later get saved. Many of them, however, after being saved, will be killed as martyrs of this godless period. They are martyred in Revelation chapter 6, verses 9 through 16 during the 5th and 6th seals. The 3 angels of Revelation chapter 14, verses 6 through 11 fly in the midst of heaven right before the 5th seal is opened (Matt. 24: 14). John tells us how the first angel preaches the gospel to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation. (Read Rev. 14: 6 - 7, Matt. 24: 14.). That's how these lost people hear and get saved. But not all the people will receive the truth. Some will reject it. The second angel (of Rev. 14: 8) talks about (he makes a prediction concerning) the fall of Babylon, which, in Revelation 17 and 18, is Rome, the city of seven mountains or hills (Rev. 17: 3, 9, 18). (Read Revelation chapters 17 and 18 for more details. But remember this: Babylon/Rome, that is described in Revelation 17 and 18, does not fall until the 7th vial judgment.). (See Rev. 16: 19, 19: 2 - 3.). And the third angel says, "If any man worship the beast (Antichrist) and his image, and receives his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God...". (See Rev. 14: 9 - 11.). In other words, they will be lost and will spend an eternity in Hell. However, many of those who hear will receive Jesus and be martyred for their faith in Him. They are called saints at that point but a great portion of the remaining people will be lost (unsaved). A small portion of those who were saved will somehow manage to escape the Antichrist. They, along with the 144,000 Jews of Revelation 7: 1 - 8, and their wives or wives to be, will repopulate the earth during the 1000 year reign of Christ. Now Daniel 7: 21, 25 tells how the little horn, the Antichrist, makes war with the saints, and prevails against them. And he wears out the saints of the most High. In Revelation 13: 7 it shows how he (the beast, that's the Antichrist) made war with the saints, to overcome them. These are tribulation saints, not the Church. He kills the tribulation saints in Revelation chapter 6, verses 9 - 11. (See also Rev. 6: 12 - 16.). Remember these other places (of which I'm giving you scriptures) are not where he kills them. He begins to kill them there in Revelation chapter 6, verses 9 - 11 when the 5th seal is broken.

So most of these people who get saved during the tribulation period, after the Rapture has happened, will become tribulation martyrs. Those people who heard the truth about salvation and rejected it or did not receive Christ for whatever reason but knew how to be saved and yet did not receive Christ when they had the chance will be lost forever. And they will most likely receive the mark and worship the beast (Antichrist) and his image. (Read II Thes. 2: 10, Rev. 13: 15 - 18.).

Although most of those people who received Jesus during the tribulation period will be martyred, some of them will escape the Antichrist, and live right through that 7 year period, and through those 30 days and 45 days that Daniel 12: 11 - 12 mention, and they are called the elect in Matthew 24: 31. (Read also Matt. 25: 31 - 34.). The saved Jews who live during the tribulation period are also called the elect. (His, Jesus', elect. See Matthew 24: 31.). The Jews and the Gentiles, who accept salvation during the tribulation period, and then who escape the Antichrist, are the sheep in Matthew 25: 31 - 33, 34 - 40. There will also be those who did not get saved during the tribulation period (Matt. 25: 31 - 33, 41 - 46). We were told how the saved and lost (unsaved) were divided in Matthew 25: 32 - 33 as sheep from the goats. Those who are saved will enter into the kingdom (1000 year reign of Christ). (See Matt. 25: 34.). These saved Jews (which will include the 144,000 male Jews plus their wives and a small group of Gentiles who escaped the Antichrist) will repopulate the earth during the 1000 year reign. There will be a lot of people born during that 1000 years.

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