Of all of the seals, trumpets and bowls, the fifth seal is the only one that does not cause any wrathful
consequence upon the earth or human beings; it is solely a heavenly event concerning Believers as God's plan of
The apostle John saw the souls of Believers who were martyred because of their faith in and
testimony of God during the tribulation.
The tribulation saints were comprised of Messianic Jews, Gentile Believers, and new Believers who
responded to the evangelism of these saints (Rev 7:9).
Upon their release from underneath the altar, the martyred souls were given a white robe
(Rev 6:11), which represented the righteous acts of the saints
(Rev 19:8). This clothing is reminiscent of Jesus' Parable of the
Wedding Banquet (Matt 22:1-14), which was worn by the wedding
guests. After the gathering of saints (rapture), the wedding banquet actually takes place in heaven; but unlike the
parable, the saints represent the bride (Rev 19:7-8)!
It is significant to observe that when the tribulation saints were given their white robes, they were told to rest
"for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even
as they had been, would be completed also" (Rev 6:11). This
suggests that all of the remaining tribulation saints will be killed soon.
In the first interlude just prior to the seventh seal, a "great multitude which no one could
count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues" of tribulation saints are presented before the
throne of God and before Jesus Christ praising both with palm branches
At the end of the sixth trumpet, the apostle John reports that all of the survivors of the
plagues were not repentant (Rev 9:20), which suggests that
before the seventh trumpet is sounded, all Believers are likely dead.
||Seal 5 (Rev 6:9-11)
|Third Heaven (location of the Temple of God)
||Disembodied souls of tribulation saints come from underneath the altar to receive their white robes
|Fate of Believers
||Messianic Jews, Gentile Believers, and new Believers evangelize and continue to be martyred; but, most
will not die for their faith. Before the seventh trumpet, Believers who would have died for their faith
have passed away by the end of the sixth trumpet (Rev 9:20-21).
For deeper study:
The Fifth Seal
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
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