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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.”