Whose End


Matthew 24:13-15     (my notes in red)


13 But he that shall endure unto the end (of the gentile church age, which is the beginning of tribulation), the same shall be saved.


14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.


15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)


These notes that I have included in red are interesting because from verse 15 and on, Jesus specifies that tribulation begins thus it could be argued that verses 4-14 predate the tribulation period.  Now I am not trying to add to the Word or cause offense but am challenging you to consider a train of thought I believe applies to this discourse.  When Jesus refers to “the end,” in verses 13 and 14, I will argue He is indeed talking about the end of the age, but within that end is His churches preparation toward that end.  I will clarify in the rest of this interpretation that Matthew 25:1-13 describes those who have oil and those who don’t.  This fact is integral to our understanding.  To have oil is to be sealed in God and to be without is to be found wanting.  I believe this sealing takes place at mid-tribulation before the last half of the great tribulation.  Therefore, those who have oil will indeed be sealed.  It will become their destiny to endure to the end yet with oil (sealed).  Please be willing to read the rest of this interpretation with discerning eyes.  There is no pre-tribulation rapture so the end Jesus is referring too is at the end of the 7 year tribulation.  I will prove scripturally according to Matthew 25 and other verses that “the fulness of the gentile church” who obeys sound doctrine will have oil in their vessels at mid-tribulation, and at that time, it will become their destiny to allow everything to be played out over the next 3 ½ years according to God’s plan.  No doubt with oil in their vessels these men and women will “endure unto the end and be saved.” 




The tribulation is a 7 year period but has two very distinct time periods within those 7 years.  In fact, the tribulation is more like two 3½ year periods of time.  The close of the first 3½ years ushers in the “fulness of the Gentiles” (Romans 11:25).  Most believe this mid-tribulation marker, “the fulness of the Gentiles,” signifies the closing of the Gentile church age; meaning no more Gentiles will be saved beyond this point.  I want to add this “fulness” can also be interpreted as the Gentile church which has reached its full potential as a result of a preparation process, meaning it has matured and ripened through years of purging, that it might serve God’s purposes more fully during the tribulation.  Of course, this would also mean, by default, that the door would still remain open for more Gentile believers to be saved during the last 3½ year period.  It could also mean both… “the fulness of the gentiles” could mean both the full maturity, as well as the full number, of the gentile church.  That said, the first 3½ years has much to do with the Gentile churches purging.  During this time, God will purge His gentile church and will raise it up to become a surrendered church, a church without spot or wrinkle.  Also, during the first 3½ years the two witnesses will minister to Israel and prepare them for salvation.  This preparation will continue until mid-tribulation, when the two witnesses are killed and the Israel firstfruits (as a result of the testimony of the two witnesses) accept Jesus as their Messiah (the sealing “saving” of the 144,000 … also Israel giving birth to “accepting” their Messiah – Revelation 12).  Then will begin the last 3½ years of tribulation, the time of Jacob’s trouble (the rest of Israel will either be part of the remnant or will reject Jesus and worships the Antichrist and his mark).  During this last 3½ year period, the Antichrist will exalt himself as god and the Israel firstfruits (144,000) will retreat to Petra, being nourished for the last 3½ years of the tribulation (Revelation 12:14).  The point of this interpretation is this… if any Gentile Christian makes it to the last 3½ years of tribulation (mid-tribulation), then those Christians will be equivalent to Jesus’ parable “lights with enough oil in their vessels” (Matthew 25:1-13) and they will endure the darkness “tribulation” with both oil and light “salvation secure or sealed and abiding in the truth” simply because God has saved them to “this end” or to “this purpose.”   


Peter talks about judgment coming first to the house of God, and then to the world.  The tribulation is a 7 year period.  According to my notes, the end of the first 3½ years will fully conclude the purging of God’s Gentile church, basically bringing about the “fulness” of the Gentile believers.  After the Gentile church has reached its “fulness,” at mid-tribulation, all those Gentile Christians who have endured unto “this end” or unto “this fulness” will be saved and consequently sealed (Matthew 24:13-15, 25:1-13) as they continue toward the last 3½ years of tribulation.  There will be no rapture before or at mid-tribulation, and all those who refuse to be purged and who consequently fall away during the first 3½ years (or previous to that) will possibly become antichrists as well as false prophets and vessels of dishonor (1 John 2:18-19, 2 Timothy 2:20-21, 2 Thessalonians 2:3, John 6:66).  These people will not be able to endure the last half of the tribulation without succumbing to the mark of the beast (They will probably be more than willing to take it, because they will be furious at God who has called them to this end), which will equal their damnation (Revelation 14:9-11).  In other words, all who fall away (2 Thessalonians 2:3) before or during the first 3½ years will not make it through the last 3½ years without yielding or succumbing to the mark of the beast.  The last 3½ years of tribulation will usher in the mark of the beast, the abomination of desolation as well as the antichrists full reign.  As God saves and exiles His Israel firstfruits (144,000 saved or “sealed”), the sealed “fulness” of the Gentile church, now existing in the last half of the tribulation, will either be martyred (beheaded) or will be driven into captivity.  The “fulness” of the Gentile church at this time will be led as lambs to the slaughter during the tribulation – mimicking a holocaust like scenario (Hosea 6:2), while God nourishes His newly born-again Israel firstfruits who have given birth to their Messiah “received their Messiah” (Revelation 12:14-17).  This type of scenario is Gods perfect state of grace, and is exactly why God seals His faithful gentile saints at mid-tribulation (Matthew 25:1-13 – with enough oil in their vessels to endure the darkness… oil symbolizing their salvation and the light of their lamps to enlighten (them) and their (way) during the darkness… which darkness will be the last 3½ of tribulation).

You might ask if I believe if any of the gentile saints who endure everything leading up to mid-tribulation (the purging) will eventually fall away during the last half of the tribulation?  At this time, according to the revelation I possess, and according to the knowledge and understanding I possess, I believe if a gentile saint endures everything leading up to mid-tribulation, that God will indeed save and seal this gentile believer at mid-tribulation, and this gentile believer will faithfully endure anything and everything during the last 3½ years, including martyrdom or captivity (Matthew 24:13-15, 25:1-12).  I actually believe oil in the vessels symbolizes God’s sealing and protection, and those who “suddenly” realize they don’t have oil (it will be too late) will seek to find it but won’t be able to.  During the last 3½ years of tribulation, a purged Christian won’t be able to buy or sell.  This Christian will have nothing to rely on except for God’s supernatural provision.  From mid-tribulation on, the only way a gentile saint can “fall away” is to succumb to the mark of the beast.  I do not believe any gentile saint who endures everything leading up to mid-tribulation (who as a result of listening to the two witnesses will indeed have oil in their vessel) will then “fall away” after mid-tribulation, once the rapture is proven false and the antichrist is fully exposed (establishing the abomination of desolation and the mark of the beast).  I believe the full “falling away” will take place during the purging process, which will occur before and even during the first 3½ years of tribulation.  The saints who are not truly a part of God’s church will at this time “fall away” (because they will reject the truth of God’s two witnesses and as a result, will have no oil in their vessels – Zechariah 4:12-14, Revelation 11).  This action of rejecting the two witnesses will expose them as false (1 John 2:18-19, John 6:66).  The two witnesses will first minister toward the church and then during the first 3½ years of tribulation will minister toward Israel in Jerusalem.  The purging will cause the “falling away” but will also prepare God’s true spotless bride without wrinkle… who will be called to endure martyrdom and captivity for God’s glory and purposes (John 21:19).  Hopefully, the closer we get to the end, the church will receive the revelation it needs to accurately minister God’s heart (the two witnesses will greatly assist in this function, seeing as they are those who provide oil for the vessels “God’s true church” - Zechariah 4:12-14, Revelation 11, Matthew 25:1-13).


God saves and cleanses (purges) the Gentile church before and during the first 3½ years (His judgment on His House) and then sends the same Gentile church, now sealed, as lambs to the slaughter to become the antichrists focus during the last 3½ years (while God judges the inhabitants of the world for persecuting His people).  While God is simultaneously judging the world He is simultaneously using the “fulness” of the sealed Gentile church to become lambs to the slaughter in order to turn away the antichrists focus (Revelation 12:17) from “newly born-again - saved” Israel firstfruits (144,000 sealed). 


These things happen during the first 3½ years of tribulation.

  1. God continues to Judge His House (which starts earlier through the preaching of the two witnesses – such preaching will raise up mighty men among the church who will further prepare the gentile church.  They will preach and do exploits according to Daniel 11:32.  At this time the two witnesses will be at Jerusalem ministering to Israel – Revelation 11:1-14).
  2. The Gentile church is fully purged and fully aligned within God’s purposes (The falling away occurs both before and during this time also).
  3. Upon nearing the end of the first 3½ years of tribulation, God saves and seals “the fulness of the Gentiles” (Romans 11:25, Matthew 25:1-13).  All who have accepted and abided in the oil of truth preached by the two witnesses and the mighty men will be sealed.  This truth will be a purging mechanism to align His House and all who receive oil from this purging process (who endured until the end - Matthew 24:13-15, 25:1-13) will have sustenance (oil in their vessels and a lamp for light) so they won’t need to rely on the world for provision (won’t need the mark of the beast in order to buy and sell – Matthew 25:9).  The oil and light will be their substance to enlighten them and show them the way.


These things happen during the last 3½ years of tribulation.

  1. God judges the inhabitants of the world for their sin and for persecuting His people (Revelation 6:10, 12:17, 20:4).
  2. The Antichrist comes to power utilizing the mark of the beast monetary system (Without which no man can buy or sell).
  3. The “fulness of the Gentiles” has been completed since mid-tribulation.  Meaning all those Gentile Christians who endured until this end (mid-tribulation) are now saved and sealed to fulfill God’s will during the last 3½ years of tribulation, which is to become lambs to the slaughter in order for God to nourish and minister to His firstfruits (144,000 sealed, Revelation 7:4, 12, 14:4).
  4. At this time, if you are a saved and sealed Gentile, you will either be martyred (beheaded – Revelation 6:9-11, 20:4) or you will be in hiding (in captivity – Revelation 13:10).  It is nighttime.  You will not evangelize anybody or do any work (John 9:4-5).  You are a decoy… full of oil and light (God’s provision) to fulfill God’s purposes including God’s effort to bring Jacob back to Him.


You might ask.  Why does the Gentile church need to be a decoy and be led as lambs to the slaughter?  The Gentile church as a result of the unbelievable purging process (perhaps lasting upward to 15 years) will be “green berets” or soldiers in God’s spirit.  They will have much oil in their vessels.  They know His ways and understand His cross to bear.  They are the “fulness” of the Gentiles (the light to endure the darkness), well equip of God to endure martyrdom and to endure for such a time as this.  They will be those who… “…came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:14, 5:9-11)  In other words, the Gentile church will be prepared to endure martyrdom, for they have been purged and prepared by God (the two witnesses and mighty men will prepare the gentile church and make everything very clear).  Hopefully, this next section will clarify a lot for you and encourage you as to why God is allowing this for His purposes.  We must also remember many have endured martyrdom over the last 2000 years including many of the early believers.  Just because the “fulness” of the Gentile church will die on a much larger scale does not mean God is unjust.  It just means there will be much glory in the overall work (John 21:19).    




The closer we get to the end, the more help and revelation the Lord will offer to His people who show a desire for His truth (again, oil through the two witnesses - Zechariah 4:12-14, Isaiah 49:5-6).  I would like to say a few words to the Gentile church for edification.


The sacrifice the “fulness” of the Gentile church will make during the tribulation mirrors the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.  As you well know, God esteems this highly.  Have confidence and faith that as you endure the first 3½ years of chastening and purging and as you endure the last 3½ years of persecution and martyrdom, that God will not only honor you, but as He glorifies you He Himself will be glorified (John 12:28, 13:31-32, 17:1-5, 21:18-19).


What did Jesus say?


1 John 3:16


Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 


And again,


John 15:13


Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.


We are living in a time when we ourselves will see the salvation of Jacob.  Jesus himself wept over Jerusalem because of the hardness of Israel and because they were so far from His salvation.  We are now living in a day where we will not only see that salvation, but as the “fulness” of the Gentile church, we will actually have a roll to play in that salvation.  The role the “fulness” of the Gentile church plays in the final days will be huge.  Remember the scapegoat of Leviticus:


Leviticus 16: 7-10


And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD's lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.


This scenario outlines the process of the “fulness” of the Gentile church versus the process of the 144,000 firstfruits (Revelation 14:4) of redeemed Israel during the first half of tribulation.  The 144,000 firstfruits (Revelation 7:4, 12, 14:4) will go into the wilderness as a scapegoat (Petra – Revelation 12… specifically v. 6 and 14).  The “fulness” of the Gentile church will become the sin offering, thus mirroring Jesus’ death on the cross (Revelation 7:14, 5:9-11).  It will become the “fulness” of the Gentile church’s duty to become the sin offering and it will become the firstfruits duty to become the scapegoat and escape into the wilderness (Revelation 12).


I would now like to highlight some of the scriptures I have used thus far.  I believe it is obvious that the 144,000 sealed/firstfruits referenced in Revelation 7/14 is the same as Israel who gives birth to their Messiah in Revelation 12.  Notice in Revelation 12, it does not reference Israel as a nation, but specifically Israel who will give birth to their Messiah (Revelation 12:5).  Israel giving birth to their Messiah in Revelation 12 v. 5 is symbolic… just like the term 144,000 sealed is symbolic.  I will scripturally show all the symbolism in these scriptures point directly to the firstfruits of Israel getting saved.  The New Testament itself unmasks Revelation 7 and makes it obvious.  The word “sealed” is symbolically used throughout the New Testament to describe the act of the Holy Spirit saving the believer (2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13, 4:30).  Thus, the 144,000 sealed is better interpreted as the 144,000 saved.  Regarding Revelation 12, symbolism is again used, but this time to a greater degree.  It is symbolically easy to understand how a woman, crowned with 12 stars, and clothed with the sun, and with the moon under her feet… points directly to Israel as a nation.  Then, this woman (nation of Israel) is in “pain” to be delivered of a child.  This pain symbolizes how difficult it has been for Israel (since Jesus’ day) to finally receive their Messiah.  Then, even more specifically, it points directly to the woman (nation of Israel) finally giving birth to a man child (Jesus Christ) and then God sheltering the woman into the wilderness (scapegoat) so she can be nourished for 1260 days.  This last description takes the role of the woman (nation of Israel) and narrows it down to only a select few… only those who actually give birth to the man child (Jesus Christ) and flee into the wilderness.  Thus, the woman described in Revelation 12 is not the entire nation of Israel, but clearly only the Firstfruits of Israel that give birth to Jesus Christ and flee into the wilderness… or the 144,000 firstfruits of all the tribes of Israel that get sealed “saved” (Revelation 7:4, 12, 14:4).   If this were not enough, there are also more facts that point to the confirmation that the 144,000 sealed are the same group as the woman who gives birth to the man child referenced in Revelation 12.  In Revelation 12:14, the scripture states… regarding the woman who gave birth to the man child “… were given two wings of a great eagle,” that she might escape persecution for 3½ years.  This term coincides with scripture regarding Israel.  When God first delivered Israel from Egypt, helping them escape the hardship and persecution via miracles, God specified afterward… “… how I bare you on eagles wings, and brought you unto myself” (Exodus 19:4).  It is the same inference and usage.  It is far more than a coincidence that in both examples, God is helping Israel to escape persecution and how He uses miracles (Revelation 12:16, Deuteronomy 29:2-3) or “eagles wings” both times to symbolically demonstrate His miraculous intervention in their lives.


The word “remnant” is used a few times in the book of Romans to describe Israel finally being saved (Romans 9:27, 11:5, Revelation 12:17).  We see this word “remnant” used again at the resurrection of God’s two witnesses.  I believe this “remnant” is different than the 144,000 firstfruits.  The firstfruits are obviously saved first, as a direct result of them heeding the call of the two witnesses.  Thus, when the two witnesses are killed, the 144,000 firstfruits immediately flee to Petra, having been warned by the two witnesses.   When the two witnesses are raised from the dead 3 ½ days later, the 144,000 will already be far from Jerusalem.  So who exactly is the “remnant” in Revelation 11:13?  These will be those who reject the testimony of the two witnesses (Revelation 11:1-14, Revelation 12:17)… until they see with their own eyes the two witnesses raised from the dead, followed by a powerful earthquake.  The Bible says, “blessed are those who have not seen yet have believed.”  The firstfruits, by faith, believe the two witnesses’ testimony and probably live accordingly the entire duration of their testimony and beyond (entire tribulation period of 7 years)(Revelation 14:1-5, 1 Kings 19:18).  The remnant do not believe (Revelation 12:17).  Thus, because of unbelief, the remnant will remain in Jerusalem and will endure the time of Jacob’s trouble (martyrdom) while the firstfruits are safe and nourished of God in the wilderness (Petra)(Revelation 12:6,14).  The two witnesses’ deaths will occur right after they finish their testimony at mid-tribulation.  The two witnesses are in fact the first to be martyred by the antichrist (Revelation 11:7), and when the remnant of Israel sees their death and resurrection… followed by an earthquake (the actual miracle of Revelation 12:16 that help the 144,000 fleeing firstfruits), like Bereans (Acts 17:10-12) the remnant will remember their testimony and give glory to God… “…and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of Heaven” (Revelation 11:13).  Many of the remnant will go to their martyrdom acknowledging Jesus as Lord (Joel 2:23-32).  After the 144,000 firstfruits escape, the dragon will then take out his wrath on the Jewish remnant in Jerusalem and the gentile church… “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17).  Compare the word “remnant” in Revelation 11 and 12 and understand this is after the woman (144,000 firstfruits who give birth to their Messiah) flees Jerusalem and ultimately escapes the dragon.  According to this interpretation this means the 144,000 and the remnant are two distinctly different groups.  The remnant in Jerusalem will have nothing to offer God but themselves.  Therefore the 144,000 fleeing firstfruits symbolize the scapegoat (Revelation 7:4, 12, 14:4).  The Gentile church symbolizes the sin offering… and the “remnant” who is forced to endure martyrdom in Jerusalem symbolizes the thief on the cross.   


Revelation 7:1-4


And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.  And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.


I want to first clarify verse 4 specifically says… “… of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”  This is the confirmation of Paul the apostle’s words in the book of Romans (specifically verse 11:26) where Paul says… “…so all Israel shall be saved.”  This sealing of the 144,000 is indeed all the tribes of the children of Israel becoming saved.  Note that Revelation 7:1-8 omits the tribes of Ephraim and Dan yet includes the tribe of Joseph.  Joseph, who per Genesis 48:22 has been granted…”…one portion above thy brethren,” is thus substituted in the place of Ephraim and Dan (leaving the tribe of Manasseh standing alone v. 6– Dan replacing Manasseh’s portion and honor under Joseph, especially with regard to the end time blessing of Genesis 49:18… “… I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord.  Wherever you see Joseph’s name in the scriptures (among the tribes of the children of Israel), he is automatically allotted a double portion.  Thus, Joseph’s name included in Revelation 7:8 (within all the tribes of the Children of Israel v. 4) must by default represent a double portion or in this case, two tribes (Ephraim and Dan).  But back to Revelation 7:1-4.  We need to focus on the restraining of the last 4 angels who have specific power… “…to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea.  The above Bible verse clearly reveals the 144,000 firstfruits are saved and sealed before the judgment of God commences on the earth.  This equates to the obvious placement (or timeframe) of exactly when the 144,000 firstfruits get sealed.  Since earthly judgments are restrained until after the 144,000 firstfruits get sealed, it is safe to say that they are indeed sealed right before the last half of the great tribulation, or the time of Jacob’s trouble.  This again reinforces that the 144,000 firstfruits are the same people as the “woman” who gives birth to her Messiah in Revelation 12.  It all points to Israel because Revelation 12 obviously shows Israel is saved and then is given “eagles wings” so she can flee the persecution of the antichrist and be nourished by God during the great tribulation (1260 days (v. 6) or 3½ years (v. 14)).  It all points to the fact the 144,000 firstfruits are saved and flee before Jacob’s trouble.  Then, after they are sealed and consequently carried away safely to Petra, then the final 3½ years commence where the angles now have full authority to harm the earth and sea.  At that time the remnant of Israel who rejected the testimony of the two witnesses will realize their error.  They will then humble themselves, repent and accept Jesus as Messiah and consequently become martyred in Jerusalem.  The rest of Israel who is not part of either the remnant or the 144,000 firstfruits will receive the same fate as those who reject Jesus’ commandment to endure.  They will indeed align with the antichrist and perish. 


Daniel 12:1, Jeremiah 30:7


And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.


Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.


So, regarding Israel there are the 144,000 firstfruits who are sealed (saved) and then flee before the great tribulation and then there are the remnant who are “saved out” of tribulation.  The difference is the 144,000 firstfruits will avoid martyrdom (because they will flee) and the remnant of Israel who are “saved out” of tribulation will remain in Jerusalem but be forced to endure martyrdom… just like their brothers and sisters in Christ (the Gentile church) (Revelation 12:17, 14:12).    


Four Points for Edification


In closing I would like to again, bring edification to the Gentile church.  If you have any questions regarding this last section, or in order for you to dissect this last section properly, you might want to read my other Bible interpretation titled “Outskirts,” located in volume 3. 


All the “fulness” of the Gentiles who endure the first 3½ years of purging and who are consequently martyred as well as the Jewish remnant who are martyred during the tribulation will become partakers of some special blessings.  I believe biblically that these individuals will:

  1. Become part of the first resurrection (Revelation 20:4-6)


Revelation 20:4-6


And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.


This verse implies it is the martyred tribulation saints who reign with Christ 1000 years, the rest don’t live again until the first 1000 years have expired.  I will explain more on this later.  The book of Hebrews gives further evidence why the tribulation martyred saints have a special privilege.


Hebrews 11:35


Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:


Clearly, those who are martyred during the tribulation will have part of the first resurrection.  In essence they will return with Jesus Christ to the battle of Armageddon, and will be with Him to set up His earthly reign.

  1. They will take part in the marriage supper of the lamb, (Revelation 19:7-16)


I outline in my Bible interpretation, “Outskirts,” how the church that endures martyrdom during the tribulation will become the church that has, according to Revelation 19:7, made herself ready for marriage with the lamb.  Now, a lot of people will have a problem with this.  I am not saying that only the tribulation martyred church gets to be Christ’s bride, all Christians are Christ’s bride (Revelation 21:9,27).  But I am saying that the church that is martyred during the tribulation becomes the church that not only gets to take part in the actual ceremony (marriage supper, Matthew 25:1-13 emphasis on v. 10), but they also get to embrace the Lord during that ceremony.  Here is an example.  If I marry my wife, and her family and my family are not present, does this mean that our families have not been unified?  Of course not, our families have indeed been unified, because the marriage took place!  Just because our families are not present doesn’t mean our families have not been unified… it just means that they were not present at the actual ceremony.  In other words, when the ceremony happens, the unification of the body with Christ takes place.  When the marriage of the Lamb is come, only the tribulation martyred saints will be present, but they will represent the whole body of Christ so that indeed the whole body of Christ at that time will become unified with Jesus Christ in marriage.

  1. They will reign with Christ for a 1000 years.  Again, (Revelation 20:4-6).


This is the easiest point to clarify.  From Revelation 6 to 7 and then from Revelation 19 to 20.  Jesus’ Revelation paints a picture of the tribulation martyred church reigning with Christ for a thousand years.  Now there might be others present during that thousand years, but the scriptures specify that the tribulation martyred saints absolutely get to reign with Christ for that thousand years (Revelation 20:4-6).


I want to clarify something regarding Revelation 20:4-6.  I want to talk about the first resurrection of Revelation 20:4-6 and the “catching up” of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.  Some have reasoned since Revelation 20:4-6 only includes the martyred of tribulation and excludes those who endure unto the end (Matthew 24:13-15) who are “caught up” (1 Thessalonians 4:17, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54), then there must be a flaw.  But there is no flaw.  Revelation 20:4-6 is talking about the first resurrection of the dead and how they reign with Christ for a thousand years.  Those who are “caught up” when Jesus returns do not die, but are “caught up” and translated like Enoch (Hebrews 11:5).  Simply put… if you do not die, there is no need for resurrection.  Only those who are dead will require resurrection.  So understanding this, it is clear to me Revelation 20:4-6 specifies the martyred of tribulation and excludes those who are “caught up” for the simple reason those who are “caught up” never die so they require no resurrecting.  Now I want to make clear I do not have knowledge regarding what happens to those who are translated or “caught up” per (1 Thessalonians 4:17, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54).  Perhaps they will reign with Christ 1000 years?  Perhaps they will be in heaven wearing white robes with palms in their hands (Revelation 7:9)?  Perhaps, just like the tribulation martyred saints did for a time, their souls will spend time under the alter wearing white robes (Revelation 6:9-11)?  I don’t know their fate because the Bible does not reveal it and I meekly believe it is counter-productive to speculate.  Revelation 20:4-6 makes it very clear those who are martyred during the tribulation will be resurrected first (first resurrection) and will reign with Christ for a thousand years.  Those who are alive and remain at Jesus’ second coming will be “caught up” and become immortal according to (1 Corinthians 15:52-54).  They will indeed be “with the Lord” per (1 Thessalonians 4:17) but what they will do and where they will go is pure speculation and in my opinion is not edifying to attempt to reason.  The book of Revelation 20:4-6 gives clear revelation and we shouldn’t presuppose or add to the scriptures by implying something that just isn’t there.  We should leave it to 1 Thessalonians 4:17 which clearly reveals they will be “…with the Lord.”  Amen.              

  1. They shall be priests of God and of Christ during the 1000 year reign (Revelation 7:9-17, 20:6)


Again, if you read Revelation 6 and 7 and then compare that to Revelation 19, 20 and 21, you get a picture of how God has used the tribulation martyred saints to become His redeemed to join Him at the battle of Armageddon, the marriage supper of the lamb and then to reign with him for a 1000 years.  Just to clarify, all Christians are priests unto God through Jesus Christ our mediator (1 Peter 2:5-9, Revelation 1:6, 1 Tim 2:5, Heb 7:26-27, 9:24-28, Eph. 2:18).  The only distinction made here is that these tribulation martyred saints will be part of the first resurrection and will consequently be priests living and reigning with Christ during His 1000 year reign.  It is my opinion right now (and I might be incorrect) that the rest of the churchly priests who sleep in Jesus will rise but not yet be resurrected (John 11:11-14, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16 – emphasis on v. 14, Revelation 20:5).  It says in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 that those who sleep in Jesus will rise.  But Revelation 20:4-6 implies they might not be resurrected.  A possible answer to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 as opposed to Revelation 20:4-6 is this.  Because many don’t understand Revelation 20:4-6 and want to believe since 1 Thessalonians 4 says all who are asleep in Jesus will, upon Jesus return, “rise” and be “with the Lord,” this automatically implies they must be resurrected at that time.  I believe this is an assumption and I want to explain.  If this is true, it would perfectly explain the conundrum.  Please consider the following…


During the Tribulation period, Revelation 6:9-11 describes souls under the alter (implying they are not yet resurrected) who cry out to God awaiting judgment and their justification.  These souls under the alter are “with the Lord” and even receive white robes and are told to “rest yet for a little season.”  So, these martyred souls (during the tribulation period) are resting and waiting in heaven for their number to be complete and are also waiting for their eventual resurrection (which happens at the first resurrection according to Revelation 20:4-6).  I want to clarify… for them to be given white robes and for them to be told to “rest” makes it pretty obvious they are in the presence of the Lord.  Their bodies are dead, their souls are in heaven, waiting…for their resurrection.  So, considering such, how can anyone automatically assume 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 implies resurrection?  The verse says God…“will bring them… they will rise…they will be with the Lord.”  I assure you, the exact same thing can be said of those martyred saints whose souls are “resting” under the alter awaiting resurrection.  Their souls rose to heaven under the alter…God must have done that…they’re obviously with God.  It all fits.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 implies all the same things as Revelation 6:9-11… and those in Revelation 6:9-11 are not yet resurrected… so it’s possible those in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 are also not yet resurrected.  All I am trying to prove is it is very possible those who sleep in Jesus who were not martyred during the tribulation period can in fact, “rise, be brought of God and also be with the Lord” all without being resurrected.  I believe Revelation 6:9-11 proves this absolutely.   For those who think a thousand years is a long time to rest in God’s presence, please remember the words of Peter:


2 Peter 3:8


But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.


According to my belief, those who sleep in Jesus and are bidden to rise per 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (perhaps only to “rest” under the alter – Revelation 6:9-11) will… during the 1000 year reign be “with the Lord” according to 1 Thessalonians 4:17.  I believe Revelation 6:9-11 is evidence as to how this is possible… to in fact be, “with the Lord” and not yet resurrected.  If this is true, since they are “with the Lord” their wait will not be a 1000 years as supposed, but only one day.  In other words, all who are martyred during the tribulation will live and reign with Christ on earth for a 1000 years (first resurrection – Revelation 20:4-6), all the rest who sleep in Jesus and rise will be “with the Lord” in heaven during that 1000 year wait and because they are indeed “with the Lord” that 1000 years will be to them as one day.  They will possibly be “resting” under the alter of God or even worshipping in heaven during the 1000 year reign of Christ… awaiting the white throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).  Just to bring clarification… the Bible says in Revelation 20:6… “Blessed and holy is he who hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power…”  I believe this is correctly interpreted that since the tribulation martyred saints take part in the first resurrection, they do not stand before the great white throne judgment 1000 years later.  They will reign with Christ during that 1000 years and any judgment from the white throne judgment (second death) will have no power over them.  This is because they are exempt from the white throne judgment having taken part in the first resurrection… previously reigning and ministering with Christ for a 1000 years.  Please reread all of Revelation 20 for understanding of what I have explained.     


Last Admonishment


I want to first say I am not infallible.  In no way shape or form do I believe this interpretation is based on 100% truths.  The Bible says we know in part and we prophecy in part.  I have written these end time interpretations not because I believe I have all the knowledge, but simply because I believe the church needs to consider all the evidence and then go forward dutifully.  I read a lot, and I have read some end time literature which I believe is very inaccurate.  I believe my interpretations have a lot more truths then they do errors… and I also believe they become edifying.  I do not see how someone can read my interpretations and then walk away worse for the wear.  If anything, my interpretations will spurn and inspire people to study the scriptures for themselves… so hopefully, in the future, we can (as a church) come fairly close to that 100% accuracy. 


Others may ask why I specifically wrote this interpretation.  Here is my direct answer.  I am not living to minister to fallen saints.  I am accountable to minister to the living, and to those who can be reproved and admonished by the truth.  I do believe we are living in the last days.  Even if judgment does not hit my generation… it can’t be too many generations behind.  I write these words to edify the living.  I believe the living are the ones who need instruction.  I have singled out revelation from the Bible relating to the end times that I believe will affect the living, rather than the dead. 


It is my hope to encourage the living to discern the times ahead so that they can make the choices the Lord requires of them.  They can’t do this without the proper knowledge (Hosea 4:6).  I believe I have given the living church knowledge that will comfort them regarding the hard times ahead.  I believe this knowledge will equip them with the Godly understanding to see things for what they are, and not for what sinful man wants them to become (Matthew 16:23).  Make no mistake about it… hard times lie ahead for the Gentile church, but my desire is to put these things into prospective so the Gentile church can become strengthened and enlightened for those hard times.  May God bless you and give you speed as you accept His direction and His will for your lives.