We Begin the Seventieth Week

Dr. Stephen Phinney


When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" (Revelation 6:9-10)


Have you thought much about the martyrs held under the throne of God – waiting for their Savior to take revenge upon those who martyred them?

God takes persecution of His children seriously. Many Bible readers interpret this passage to include all believers who suffered persecution. I am not one of them. I believe these martyrs are the 144,000 pure bloodline Jews who became indwelt by Christ during the Tribulation. Each of these believers will be killed under the most horrid forms of persecution of all history. They will most likely be slaughtered for their faith under the worst conditions – through the period of Satan’s most relentless acts of revenge, the Great Tribulation.



All outspoken believers suffer persecution in one form or another. These souls are a special breed of Jews. So much so that each will have a DNA that connects them to the twelve tribes of Israel. After the Rapture, God will shift His focus to Israel. Before the Rapture, His focus was on the age of Grace or what the Old Testament calls the age of the Gentiles, which has been in play since Daniel’s vision. After the Rapture, the age of Grace is closed, completed. This shift is for God to surface the remaining bloodline Jews who are authentic tribal descendants of the twelve tribes. Since Satan’s primary goal during the Tribulation is to eradicate the authentic Jews, thus God’s focus will be to redeem the remaining pure Jews, which happens to be perfect numerically – 144,000, 12,000 from each tribe. Not one short or more will be saved during this time. If you are one of those believers who thinks God doesn’t care about DNA, you are in for a God-sized surprise. You are what Biblical Paul calls “blind.”

For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening (blindness) has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, "THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB." (Romans 11:25-26)

Folks, that fullness of the Gentiles is completed on the moment of the Rapture, or the great gathering of the Saints. Once this moment has passed, all of Israel, the remaining 144,000, is saved. As soon as God has rescued this group, Satan takes the seat in the Holy of Holies in the final temple. Not long after this bold move by Satan, Jesus is compelled to come back in His Second Coming. However, this time without Grace. He will be in warrior mode, full of revenge and packed with a punch. As most intent Bible readers know, it activates a war that ends all wars. It’s not pretty.

As a method of rescuing the martyred 144,000, sad to say, it is accomplished through Satan, through the Antichrist, slaughtering these Jews. So much so that their “spilled blood will flow like a river.”

If I were you, I would have a question. If all the believers are raptured out, who will evangelize these Jews? The answer is difficult for most to understand. God doesn’t send Billy Graham or any other evangelist back to the earth; he sends two Old Testament prophets. Not only does God refocus on the Law, He fully knows He has fulfilled the Age of Grace. It is all about the Law during the Tribulation, both on Satan’s part and God's. These two prophets will lead the Jews to Christ through the fulfilled Law of Christ through the prophets. Not only that, as the bloodline Jews get converted, these Israelis evangelize other pure bloodlines until all 144,000 are born again in the authentic Jesus Christ (Rev. 7:4). When completed, each is sealed with the mark of God – 777.



"Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. "So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. "Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. (Daniel 9:24-26)



When the Tribulation begins, so will martyrdom. When the Antichrist runs across any who defy his leadership, death by torture will result. While his first three and a half years will be advertised as “peace,” it will be a fake peace. The madness method is simple. If any resistors surface to the “kind” of peace presented by the Antichr