John 8 – Jesus Is God – Key Verses And Narration

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Jesus is “God With Us.”

Isaiah 7:14 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:22-25 New King James Version (NKJV)

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

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Key Verse: John 8:30 New King James Version (NKJV)

30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.

From Biblehub.com, we see the Greek:
came to believe ἐπίστευσαν episteusan 4100 to believe, entrust from pistis

Strong’s Concordance: 4100. pisteuó
pisteuó: to believe, entrust
Original Word: πιστεύω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: pisteuó
Phonetic Spelling: (pist-yoo’-o)
Short Definition: I believe, have faith in
Definition: I believe, have faith in, trust in; pass: I am entrusted with.

HELPS Word-studies: 4102. pistis
4100 pisteúō (from 4102 /pístis, “faith,” derived from 3982 /peíthō, “persuade, be persuaded”) – believe (affirm, have confidence); used of persuading oneself (= human believing) and with the sacred significance of being persuaded by the Lord (= faith-believing). Only the context indicates whether 4100 /pisteúō (“believe”) is self-serving (without sacred meaning), or the believing that leads to/proceeds from God’s inbirthing of faith.

Strong’s Concordance
pistis: faith, faithfulness
Original Word: πίστις, εως, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: pistis
Phonetic Spelling: (pis’-tis)
Short Definition: faith, belief, trust
Definition: faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

Parallel Verses – John 8:30
As you read the verse from the different translations, can you see any attack on the King James Version? The key to the verse is clearly stated in each translation verse, which is that “many Jews believed in Jesus for salvation,” as opposed to just an acknowledgment that Jesus was speaking truth.

New International Version
Even as he spoke, many believed in him.

New Living Translation
Then many who heard him say these things believed in him.

English Standard Version
As he was saying these things, many believed in him.

Berean Study Bible
As Jesus spoke these things, many believed in Him.

Berean Literal Bible
Of His speaking these things, many believed in Him.

New American Standard Bible
As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.

King James Bible
As he spake these words, many believed on him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As He was saying these things, many believed in Him.

The following verses of scripture are taken from BibleGateway.com

John 8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Adulterous Woman

1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees *brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, 4 they *said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” 6 They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

Jesus Is the Light of the World

12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”13 So the Pharisees said to Him, “You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. 16 But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me. 17 Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true. 18 I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.” 19 So they were saying to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also.” 20 These words He spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because His hour had not yet come.

21 Then He said again to them, “I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews were saying, “Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” 25 So they were saying to Him, “Who are You?” Jesus said to them, “What have I been saying to you from the beginning? 26 I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world.” 27 They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said,“When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.29 And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” 30 As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.

The Truth Will Make You Free

31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.”

39 They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus *said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. 40 But as it is,you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. 41 You are doing the deeds of your father.”They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.”42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.46 Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

48 The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. 50 But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets also; and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word, he will never taste of death.’ 53 Surely You are not greater than our father Abraham, who died? The prophets died too; whom do You make Yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing;it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’; 55 and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him; and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” 59 Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him, but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.

Commentary on key verses is provided by Dr. R.C. Sproul, and is taken from the Reformation Study Bible which he edited, and contains the English Standard Version (ESV).

8:5 the Law. The punishment prescribed by law for adultery was death (Lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:22). Stoning was not specified, except in one case (Deut. 22:24).
8:6 to test him. If Jesus told them to carry out the stoning, He would violate the Roman law by which the Romans reserved to themselves the execution of the death penalty in occupied lands (18:31). If Jesus told them to release the woman, He would appear to condone adultery and violate the law of Moses.
wrote. This is the only passage where Jesus is said to write. Nothing is said about what He wrote.
8:7 Jesus’ challenge showed the accusers to be disqualified as judges. Their purpose was not to enforce Moses’ law but to entrap Jesus, and they were using this woman as a pawn to achieve their wicked design.
8:11 condemn. This is a legal term referring to the sentence of a court. Jesus indicates that no such lawful procedures have been followed and therefore there is no basis for the capital punishment proposed. Jesus admonished the woman not to go on sinning.
8:12 I am the light of the world. In Jesus’ time, candles were used as part of the celebration of the Feast of Booths. During this feast, the rock that provided water in the wilderness and the pillar of fire that provided light and guidance were remembered (Ex. 13:21). The rock pointed to Jesus (1 Cor. 10:4), and He also is the light to which the pillar of fire as a type pointed. Since God is light (1 John 1:5), Jesus’ words amount to a claim of deity. Again, “I am” points back to Ex. 3:14 (6:35 note)
8:13 your testimony is not true. This discussion, which runs through v. 19, pivots on the question of valid testimony. The Pharisees say that Jesus’ testimony is not legally acceptable because it lacks corroboration (Deut. 17:6; 19:15).
8:14 I know where I came from. Since Jesus knows where He “came from” (heaven), He knows that His testimony is valid and true. Jesus’ origin is again the point of conflict (7:41–43, 52 and notes).
8:16 not I alone. Since the Father is His witness, Christ’s testimony is legally acceptable. In any case, one who has the witness of God needs nothing more.
8:19 The Pharisees misunderstood Jesus’ claim as a reference to His physical father, and they may have been eager to challenge Him as a child allegedly born out-of-wedlock. In speaking of His Father, however, Jesus was not talking about Joseph but about God. Knowledge of the Father comes through the Son (1:18; 14:9; 1 John 5:20). The Pharisees’ blindness to Jesus shows that their technical knowledge of the law did not give them the knowledge of God.
8:21 I am going away. Jesus speaks of His death, resurrection, and ascension.
die in your sin. Jesus clearly states the two destinies of humanity. Not all will be saved; some cannot go where Jesus is going. The only way of salvation is to believe (v. 24; 3:16, 18).
8:24, 28 I am he. Here Jesus applies Old Testament language for Yahweh to Himself (Ex. 3:14; Is. 43:10), an identification that becomes unambiguous in v. 58.
8:28 lifted up. See note at 3:14.
8:30 believed in him. From what is said later (vv. 33, 37, 39), it is apparent that their profession was superficial. True believers are those who abide in His word (v. 31). Perseverance distinguishes those who are truly born of God (15:2, 6; 1 John 2:19).
8:32 you will know the truth. Holding to the teaching of Christ who is the truth (14:6) leads one to the truth that sets a person free from slavery to sin. Salvation is not obtained by intellectual knowledge as the Gnostics imagined, but by a vital relationship with Jesus Christ and a commitment to the truth He revealed (18:37).
8:33 We . . . have never been enslaved. The Jews had been enslaved in Egypt and later were ruled by the Philistines, the Assyrians, and others. Since they could hardly deny this, they were probably saying that they had been a nation under God since the Exodus, no matter what else had happened to them. It is also possible that they were speaking about the time of the Romans, when they had certain liberties, including official recognition as a religion.
8:34 everyone who commits sin is a slave. Jesus describes the gravity of sin and the predicament of humanity under sin. His hearers did not understand the freedom He offered them as they did not understand the bondage they were in. See “The Freedom and Bondage of the Will” at Jer. 17:9.
8:36 if the Son sets you free. Regeneration (the new birth) is the work of the Holy Spirit (3:3–8), accomplished on the basis of Christ’s death and resurrection on our behalf (3:14–16).
free indeed. Jesus was not speaking of political freedom, nor merely a freedom by which we are relieved from physical bondage. True freedom is to serve God, to fulfill the purposes of those specially created in God’s image. Sin deprives us of this fulfillment because sin clouds our minds, degrades our feelings, and enslaves our wills. This is what the Reformers called “total depravity”; its only remedy is the grace of God in spiritual rebirth (3:3). See “Christian Liberty” at Gal. 5:1.
8:37 offspring of Abraham. God is interested in spiritual descent rather than physical ancestry. It does not matter how good a person’s ancestors have been if he or she is walking in the path of disobedience (Ezek. 18). Likewise it does not matter how bad a person’s ancestors have been if that person is renewed by God’s Spirit and walks in the way of faith.
8:40 This is not what Abraham did. Abraham was obedient to God’s direction even when it was painful for him. Jesus’ audience claimed to be Abraham’s descendants, but Jesus shows they are not like their ancestor in the essential matter of obedience. True sonship is not defined by biology but by obedience.
8:41 born of sexual immorality. This may well have been a sarcastic suggestion that Jesus was illegitimate
8:42 you would love me. The unity between Father and Son is so profound that no one can belong to the Father and reject the Son. Again Jesus’ origin is a point of contention (7:41–43 note).
8:44 You are of your father the devil. The relation of truth and righteousness has been prominent in this Gospel. People love darkness (error) rather than light (truth), because their deeds are evil (3:10). A frightful contrast is apparent here; there are just two options: God or Satan. By God’s grace, Abraham (vv. 39–41) had walked in the way of faith and obedience. Those who rejected Jesus were doing the opposite.
your will. Sinners desire to do what is evil. Only a supernatural act of grace can redirect a person’s will to desire the good.
He was a murderer . . . a liar. Among all the sins that could be mentioned as characteristic of Satan, murder and lying are singled out: lying because it is the direct opposite of “truth,” the central emphasis of this section (vv. 32–47); and murder because they desired to kill Jesus (v. 40). Satan contrasts sharply with Jesus who is “the truth, and the life” (14:6) and the giver of life (10:10, 28).
8:46 Which one of you convicts me of sin. No one can convict Jesus of sin, or prove any charge against Him. Jesus is free of all sin (2 Cor. 5:21), “holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners” (Heb. 7:26), doing always what pleases the Father (v. 29).
8:47 you do not hear. Sin paralyzes our spiritual senses. Only an act of God’s grace enables a sinner to hear His voice (cf. v. 43; 10:3, 4, 16, 27).
8:48 a Samaritan. A term of insult, possibly implying that Jesus was born out-of-wedlock (v. 41 note).
have a demon. When cornered by the truth, Jesus’ enemies turn to blasphemy (Matt. 12:24, 31).
8:49 I do not have a demon. Jesus’ conduct, in honoring the Father and not seeking self-glory, is the opposite of what a demon-possessed person would do. Jesus is not afraid to refer the matter to God’s judgment (cf. 17:4).
8:51 if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.Death, as eternal separation from fellowship with God, is the judicial punishment for sin (Rom. 6:23). Since Jesus died as the substitute for His people, those who belong to Him are freed from the penalty of sin because Christ endured it for them.
never. In extending the promise beyond this life, Jesus lays claim to a divine prerogative. The Jews understood the statement as promising avoidance of physical death (v. 52). Earlier statements made clear what Jesus meant (5:24–29).
8:53 Are you greater than our father Abraham. Abraham and the prophets, great as they were in the history of redemption, could not take away death. Only Christ has triumphed over the grave.
8:54 my glory. In the days of His earthly ministry, Jesus did not seek honor even though it belonged to Him as the Son of God. Christ’s glory was visible to those who had eyes to see it (1:14). It was apparent in His resurrection and ascension (1 Tim. 3:16), and will be seen fully at His Second Coming.
8:56 Abraham . . . saw it and was glad. Abraham saw Christ’s day as he embraced in faith many promises given to him by God, promises that demanded the coming of Christ to be fulfilled. Since the context of the discussion has been Satan as a murderer and Jesus as one whose death delivers from death, it may have special reference to God’s providing the ram as a substitute when Abraham was prepared to sacrifice Isaac. This statement shows clearly that even in Old Testament times, believers were saved through faith in Christ presented to them in the foreshadowing given by God to reveal His redemptive plan (cf. Acts 4:12).
8:57 fifty years old. Jesus was closer to thirty (Luke 3:23)
8:58 before Abraham was, I am. This is a clear reference to Jesus’ eternal pre-existence. Since this is an attribute of God alone, this text is a forceful statement of Jesus’ deity. The present tense of the verb suggests the eternal present of God’s eternity. “I am” is also reminiscent of God’s name in Ex. 3:14 (vv. 24, 28 note). See “Jesus Christ, God and Man” at 1:14.
8:59 they picked up stones. The Jews would not accept Christ’s claim to be God, but treated it as blasphemy, for which stoning was required in the law (Lev. 24:16; cf. John 10:31; Matt. 26:65).

John Chapter 8 – Narration

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Apocalypse – Earth Dwellers – Those Left Behind – Revelation 6:10 – A Discussion – Draft

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There is a term that is often misstated and not understood, which is Apocalypse.” The following article that was written on “Apocalypse,” by “gotQuestions.org” will help you to have a better understanding of the Book of Revelation.

Question: “What is the Apocalypse?”

Answer: The word “apocalypse” comes from the Greek word apocalupsis which means “revealing, disclosure, to take off the cover.” The book of Revelation is sometimes referred to as the “Apocalypse of John” because it is God’s revealing of the end times to the apostle John. Further, the Greek word for “apocalypse” is the very first word in the Greek text of the book of Revelation. The phrase “apocalyptic literature” is used to describe the use of symbols, images, and numbers to depict future events. Outside of Revelation, examples of apocalyptic literature in the Bible are Daniel chapters 7–12, Isaiah chapters 24–27, Ezekiel chapters 37–41, and Zechariah chapters 9–12.

Why was apocalyptic literature written with such symbolism and imagery? The apocalyptic books were written when it was more prudent to disguise the message in images and symbolism than to give the message in plain language. Further, the symbolism created an element of mystery about details of time and place. The purpose of such symbolism, however, was not to cause confusion, but rather to instruct and encourage followers of God in difficult times.

Beyond the specifically biblical meaning, the term “apocalypse” is often used to refer to the end times in general, or to the last end times events specifically. End-times events such as the second coming of Christ and the battle of Armageddon are sometimes referred to as the Apocalypse. The Apocalypse will be the ultimate revealing of God, His wrath, His justice, and, ultimately, His love. Jesus Christ is the supreme “apocalypse” of God, as He revealed God to us (John 14:9; Hebrews 1:2).

One of the key verses that explains the identity of the people who will be on Earth during the tribulation is Rev 6:10. This verse, and other verses that relate to those who dwell on the earth will be discussed. Other verses are Rev 8:13, 11:10; 13:8, 13:14; and 17:8, and will be discussed in following posts on the same subject. A few comments will made in this post that go back to Rev 3:10.

The video that is provided with this post gives a good picture of what things will be like after the rapture occurs. It will show those people who are not saved prior to the rapture taking place, but who come to accept Jesus during the tribulation. The movie will also show the anti-christ directed suffering and deaths that come upon those tribulation saints. Please! Please! Don’t be left behind. Accept Jesus now (John 3:16). A painful reality: Sin, Satan, The Anti-Christ, The False Prophet, The Tribulation, The Battle Of Armageddon, The Great White Throne Judgment;they’re all real. The Lake Of Fire, which burns forever and ever awaits you if you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior/If you have not been born again. A better reality: Father, Son, Holy Spirit; the New Birth that removes sin from your spirit; the rapture of the church, which takes away from the world those who have been born again so they will not have to come under the judgments of the tribulation, and the attack of Jesus during the Battle of Armageddon on those who oppose Him; the thousand year reign of Christ, where those who have been born again will rule and reign with Christ. The New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem, All things new (Rev 21:5). An eternity with Christ….If you belong to a denomination, or attend a church, that is numb of the truth of God’s Word on the end times, or denies its existence, you need to get out of it and find a place of worship that teaches the truth of the end times, especially if you have children who are depending on you to guide them in the truth of the Bible. If you belong to a denomination, or belong to a church, that approves of the direction that the USA is going (abortion on demand, homosexual marriage, opposition to Israel, placing demands on Christians and Jews to move over so that Muslims can have priority over Judeo-Christian values and teachings, you had better do a spirit check; you are probably not born again; you’re probably on your way to the Lake of Fire. Please don’t shoot the messenger! Somebody needs to tell the leaders of the USA the things that can keep them from the Lake of Fire. Those leaders need to get right with God, or the sin of their lives will lead them to the Lake of Fire. Do I need to “name names?” There are too many to list on this page. But, I will make it easy for you to know their names. The members of the Democrat party, who are either in elected office, or who are running to be elected to office, are people who support abortion on demand (even up to the point of birth), and homosexual marriage. The party that all of my family members supported while I was growing up; the party that I supported until I realized that it was going the way of sinful opposition to God’s Holy Word, the Democrat party, is the party whose party plank calls for the support of abortion on demand and homosexual marriage. Anyone who votes for democrats, are also voting for abortion on demand and homosexual marriage. If you say that you are a follower of Christ, but vote for people who support abortion on demand, or homosexual marriage, you had better do a spirit check. If you continually vote for candidates who support abortion on demand, or homosexual marriage, you probably have not been born again; and you probably are on your way to the tribulation, the battle of Armageddon, the Great White Throne Judgment, and the Lake of Fire. You’re probably going to be “left behind” when the rapture occurs! Hey! Don’t shoot the messenger. The message is true.

Revelation 6:10 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 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 6:9-11 English Standard Version (ESV) (Rev 6:10 Context)

9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

In this passage, the Apostle John sees a vision of people who were not taken in the rapture, but accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior during the tribulation. Because of their faith in Christ they are martyred. They are described as being under the altar, in keeping with the fact that the blood of the sacrifice of the OT was poured out under the altar (see, Exodus 29:12 and Leviticus 4:7). John hears the martyred saints crying out (saints are the people of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob..sorry, Ishmael’s not on that list.). With loud voices they ask God why He has not judged the people on earth who persecuted them.

The martyred dead are in heaven. The time frame is immediately after the opening of the fourth seal… (the seals are opened by Jesus, the Lamb of God, Rev 6:1. He will not subject His Bride, the Church, to the horrors that come with the opening of the seals)… These martyrs have come from the tribulation that is taking place on the earth. The born again body of believers, the church, has already been raptured, and the “dead in Christ” have been raised from the dead prior to the time that is pictured in this scene (Rev 6:9-11). Those who are pictured here (Rev 6:9-11) do not relate to the martyrs of the present dispensation where Christians are undergoing persecution, or in the past when Christians underwent persecution. Remember the definition of the tribulation that Jesus gave in Matthew 24:21, “tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

The martyrs have a plea for righteous judgment, which indicates that their persecutors are still living. The answer is given in verse 11, that there still is a little time required for God to fulfill His plan in which additional martyrs will be added to the their number (of tribulation saints’ martyrs). In essence, these martyred tribulation saints will have to wait until the time of Christ’s return (Rev 19:11-20:15) when God will deal with appropriate judgment.

With the revealing of the fifth seal, it becomes clear that in the future time that of tribulation, it will be very difficult for anyone to declare their faith in Jesus. Most definitely, as time proceeds, it will be the fate of those who place their trust in Jesus as Savior, will be put to death. Such confirmation is shown in Chapter 7 where another account of the martyred dead of the tribulation is given; in Chapter 13, also, we see that death is given to all who will not worship the anti-Christ. Those who trust in Jesus will be forced to be faithful to that calling, and most likely will be martyred. (It should be noted that some Gentiles will be spared to populate the Millennial Kingdom (Matt 25:31-40); and, there will be Jews who will be protected(Revelation 12:27).

Martyr righteousness is shown by a white robe that is given to each tribulation martyr. The tribulation saints who are martyred will receive their resurrection bodies at the end of the tribulation, per Rev 20:4. It should be remembered,that the spirits of those who die “in Christ,” as well as the saints of all ages, will find comfort in the Presence of God until their bodies are resurrected (Daniel 12:1-2; Luke 16:19-31).

From verse 11, we see that the martyrs have not yet been raised from the dead, and have not received their resurrection bodies. But, the fact that they have been given white robes states that each one has some kind of body. That body is not the kind of body that Christians have now; neither is it the resurrection body of flesh and bones of which Jesus spoke after His own resurrection. Instead, these martyred tribulation saints have a temporal body that is suited for their presence in Heaven. But, it will be replaced by their everlasting resurrection body which will be given to them at the time that Jesus returns. (Rev 20:4,6…vs 5 relates to those who have not been redeemed by the blood of Christ; they will face the Great White Throne Judgment in Rev 20:11-15. Remember the “dead” and the “dead in Christ.” The “dead” are unsaved, have not been redeemed by the blood of Christ; their destiny is the lake of fire. The “dead in Christ” are those who are saved, have been redeemed; their destiny is with God (Rev 21:1-5).
As we see the introduction of these martyred saints in heaven, we can also see that it has a bearing upon the order of Chapter 6. The seals cover the total seven years of Daniel’s 70th week (Daniel 9:27). It is sometimes pointed out that two classes of martyrs are here mentioned: (1) those who have already been slain (during the tribulation), and (2), those who are yet to be slain (during the tribulation). It has been inferred that those previously slain were killed in the first half of Daniel’s 70th week, whereas, those who are yet to be slain will perish in the great tribulation, or at the last half of Daniel’s 70th week. Let’s take a look at what scripture says about the 70th week of the 70 weeks of years; or the 70th seven of seventy sevens. Each translation provides a good understanding of the verse.

Parallel Verses 9:27

New International Version
He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

New Living Translation
The ruler will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven, but after half this time, he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him.”

English Standard Version
And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

New American Standard Bible
“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”

A few closing thoughts.

Notice that in vs 10 that these martyrs are alive and conversing with the Lord in His Presence. (Jeremiah Study Bible)

The time of tribulation is also known as “Jacob’s Distress, ” per Jeremiah 30:7. (Mac Arthur Study Bible)

NET Bible (Jeremiah 30:7)

Alas, what a terrible time of trouble it is! There has never been any like it. It is a time of trouble for the descendants of Jacob, but some of them will be rescued out of it.

Rev 6:10, “under the altar.” Probably a reference to the altar of incense, which pictured the saints’ prayers ascending to God (Rev 5:8; Ex 40:5.)

(Mac Arthur Study Bible)
Rev 6:11, “Until the number…would be completed.” God has predetermined the number of the righteous whose deaths He will allow before moving to destroy those who oppose Him and His people. (Mac Arthur Study Bible)

Rev 6:9, “those who had been slain.” “slain,” a sacrificial word that means “slaughter, butcher, murder.” (Jeremiah Study Bible)

Rev 6:10, “those who dwell on the earth:” describes unbelievers who are hostile to God (3:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8; 17:21, Jeremiah Study Bible)

Rev 3:10, “the whole world.” world “oikoumene” = inhabited earth. (Scofield Study Bible)

No one in the “whole world” will be pardoned from the seal, trumpet and bowl judgments. Consider the severity of the judgments. Ask why Jesus would do such things to people who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior; to those who have been born again, and have the Holy Spirit dwelling within their spirit. There is no reason! Those who have been born again will be raptured out of the world prior to the tribulation (Rev 3:10, John 14:1-3; 1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:50-54). (My comment)

Rev 6:11, “until their number shall be complete…who were to be killed.” fulfilled, i.e. their number filled up.(Scofield Study Bible)

Parallel Verses Rev 6:10

New International Version
They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”

New Living Translation
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?”

English Standard Version
They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Berean Study Bible
And they cried out in a loud voice, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood.”

Berean Literal Bible
And they were crying in a loud voice, saying, “Until when, O Lord, holy and true, do You not judge, and avenge our blood, on those dwelling upon the earth?”

New American Standard Bible
and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

King James Bible
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They cried out with a loud voice: “Lord, the One who is holy and true, how long until You judge and avenge our blood from those who live on the earth?”

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