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Bible Prophecies: The Fifth Seal of Revelation
The fifth seal of revelation prophesies the persecution of Christians, something Nostradamus himself was more than well aware of. Even though he was an atheist and occultist, the French seer professed to being Catholic and wrote his prophecies in a coded language to escape persecution as a heretic from the Catholic Church. But in Revelation, it is Christians who are said to be the victims of discrimination when the End of Days finally arrives.
“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 testimony which they held. 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?’And a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” – Revelation 6:9-11
Everybody is aware that throughout the centuries, Jews have been the most high-profile victims of persecution – the holocaust of World War II is a sickening reminder of their tragic history. What is not widely reported is that Christians were also imprisoned and persecuted in the concentration camps alongside them – including thousands of Catholic and Protestant priests.
In the first four seals the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse are released and reap devastation throughout the world with death, starvation and pestilence. There are no deadly riders on horseback in the fifth seal, but the apostle John tells us “under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held,” suggesting history is about to repeat itself.
Christians have been persecuted and martyred since the religion was founded over 2000 years ago, initially suffering chilling atrocities at the hands of the Romans. Historically, humans have always resisted change and those who dare to try something new are considered outcasts of society. Early Christians were viciously attacked, horrifically tortured and murdered and fed alive to lions. Visit your local church and research the saint and you will discover they were killed by the Romans or Jews.
It´s barely reported, but even today Christians continue to be persecuted – not surprisingly in Muslim and Communist countries. Each year a study conducted by Open Doors compile a list of the top 50 nations in which Christians face the most persecution. North Korea takes the lead.
Among the top ten are Saudi Arabia, Laos, Vietnam, Iran, Burma and China. “Christian homes and churches have been burned down,” the report notes, “especially among the ethnic tribes—persecution is really high. The government there is very restrictive, very wary of Christians. Christians suffer. They are not awarded jobs, and sometimes they don’t get benefits.”
In 2004, it emerged in the mainstream press that China was torturing and killing Christians based on their faith. Despite ChinaAid´s best intentions, the problem persists today at even greater levels, yet the mainstream media are keeping quiet about the obvious widespread violation of Human Rights.
Harassment by the police, detention, beatings, and torture, and other forms of government intimidation is commonplace among the 50 listed countries. Though this is nothing new, as minorities are always the targets of abuse whether religious or race, the War Against Terror as aggravated the longstanding issues between the two most powerful and popular religions in the world for the first time since the Catholics ousted the Moors from Spain in the 15th Century.
Despite the patterns in history and the events of current world affairs, we once again have to look at the prophesies of Revelation with symbolic meaning, together with taking into account passages of other gospels that relate to the same events quoted in Revelation.
“But before all these things [the heavenly signs of the sixth seal], they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will send some of you to your death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. In your patience possess your souls” – Luke 21:12-19
In accordance with the Mayan Calendar, astrologists have warned us that we are coming into a new dawn of spiritual enlightenment where each of us will be judged in the face of change. Those who are strong will survive, whereas the weak will perish. The bodies John saw in his vision are those with unquestioning faith in God and the divine who are released back into the world to guide those willing to follow.
Whereas the first four seals of Revelation point to the destruction caused by war and the aftermath of biochemical warfare, the fifth seal foretells of the rebuilding process. Whereas many scholars believe the seals are shortly to be broken in the future, others believe they have already been broken and the persecution of religious followers is just one small part in the dismantling of the world.
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