“Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.” Revelation 6:11
One of the seals was opened and John saw under the altar of God the souls of the people who were killed because of their following Jesus. These souls cried out to God asking how long it would be until He gets vengeance for their deaths. Today’s verse answers that question.
They were given a white robe. This symbolizes the righteousness of Jesus. No person has righteousness in and of themselves. Jeremiah wrote that our righteousness is as filthy rags. These souls were declared righteous by their faith in following Jesus.
Once they were given that robe, they were told they had to wait a little longer until more fellow believers were killed. No one can say how long a little longer is. God is outside of time. He always was and always will be. A “little time” may be a few days or it could be 10,000 years. No one knows.
The difficult part is that during this wait, more people were to be killed for their faith. In fact, God has a specific number of deaths in mind. He stated that they had to wait until the full number of believers were killed.
Many people have a hard time with this. Why would God allow the death of believers in the form of a murder? Remember that man cannot really take your life. Man can kill the body, but cannot touch the soul. When your body dies, your soul goes to be with God for all eternity, if you believe in Jesus.
It should be a joy to see a believer die, regardless of how he dies. When he dies, you know that he has no more pain or suffering. That person is now in heaven with God with a perfect body.
God is a patient God and does not want anyone to perish in their sins. He needs people to be His witness on this earth. Man will continue to sin and get worse with it. In order to have the witnesses He must also be willing to see some of them killed. This explains why He must have a number set for those to be killed.
Rest in God in knowing He knows what is happening. God is still in control. In the end you will be blessed beyond all measure. Wait for His return. Wait for His timing on vengeance.
I pray today that God will give you strength to be His witness; that God will give you peace in that He is in control; that you will be patient waiting for His vengeance; and that you will stay true to God in all that you do.