Bible Doctrines: Subjects and Texts
Martyr Scriptures Prove No Secret Rapture & No Millennium
Put these Scriptures together precept upon precept to understand the Bible's True End Time Scenario:
Revelation 6:10-11 - "And they [1st martyrs: v. 9] cried with a loud voice… How long O Lord…dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? ...and it was said unto them that they should rest for a little season, until their fellow -servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."
Note: The vengeance they seek is against "those who dwell on the earth", i.e., the oft repeated description of only the bad guys who "are not found in the book of life" [Rev. 13:8]. Vengeance must wait until the very last martyrs are killed. Who is last?
Revelation 11:7,11,12 - "And when "they" (The Two "Witnesses": Greek: "Martyrs") are killed [v.7], and resurrected by God [v.11] and ascend into heaven [v.12], the martyr roster is full. The promised vengeance time (the 7th Trumpet: v.15) has arrived!
Revelation 20:4 - Here we see the Roster of Martyrs from the 1st century through the 6th Trumpet Mark of The Beast time frame (v. 4) fulfilled by the arrival of the last Two Witnesses/ Martyrs. It is all of these Martyrs who are resurrected in heaven and reign with Christ (vs.4,5) during the fig. "thousand years", i.e., the seven vengeful 7th Trumpet Plagues of c. 2-3 months out of the Beast's 42 months (R. 13:5).
Revelation 11:15,17,18 - "…The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever" (v.15). We give thee thanks…because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned (v 17).
Note: Jesus was given "all power in heaven and earth" right after His resurrection (John 20:17; Matt.28:9,18). From then until these verses (Rev. 11:15, 17) is God's prelude to the still future 7th Trumpet's 7 plagues. During those 7 plagues, Satan's control is totally absent. It returns only after his leaders and millions of others are tortured and killed by these final plagues which culminate in the wipeout of those whom God "gathers" at Armageddon (Rev. 16:16). God's promise of vengeance for ALL Martyrs is fulfilled while Satan is bound helpless until released for "a little season"(Rev.20:3,7).
Revelation 15:1-8 - Once more we see the full roster of Martyrs preparing to be avenged during the fearsome 7 vial/bowl plagues of the 7th Trumpet plague itself..
That the 7th Trumpet Time Frame is the figurative "thousand years" of Rev. 20 is Scripturally inescapable. This is the time: a) When Jesus takes Satan's power away and binds him until his Beast and False Prophet are killed (Rev. 19:20), and then releases him (Rev. 20:7) to finish out his "little season" alone (v.3). b) This 7th Trumpet Time Frame is when the Martyrs are resurrected in heaven and "live and reign with Christ" through that time "ignorantly" called (II Pet. 3:8) a literal thousand years.
Revelation 20:5,6 - "But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This [the martyrs] is the first resurrection….Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection…[they] shall reign with Christ a thousand years."
It is the Martyrs who are resurrected in heaven. They reign with Christ during the 2-3 months 7th Trumpet time of God's promised vengeance. So, Martyr Scriptures also confirm that there is no literal thousand year reign by Christ on this old earth. (BDP #5, "Martyrs")
Look for 5th and final proof in September that Millennialist teaching can not be and is not Biblical.