Answers to Reader Questions
Q: Who are the Revelation 20:4 martyrs? According to the prewrath model, they are the fifth seal martyrs from the Great Tribulation. A friend of mine pointed out that assuming prewrath is accurate, the fifth seal martyrs will be resurrected at the rapture, that they are part of the “dead in Christ” who will precede the living saints at the rapture. Since martyrs in Rev. 20:4 are resurrected at the end of the 70th Week, they must be a different set of people — a set of people who were saved after the rapture.
Who would these be? From a prewrath perspective, the only answers I can come up with are that the Rev. 20:4 martyrs are people who responded to the evangelical efforts of the 144,000 from Revelation 7 or they are people who respond the Angel with Gospel (Rev. 14:6) or that for some reason, the fifth seal saints are not resurrected at the rapture.
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Q: For the past year and a half I have been attending a course on the Book of Revelation as presented by Kay Arthur’s "Precept Upon Precept" Bible study. During this time, I began to question many of her interpretations regarding:
Matthew 24 (Olivet Discourse) as applying to Israel only.
Seventh trumpet as being the middle of the 70th week
Two witnesses testifying at the beginning of the 70th week
Equating the Great Tribulation with the Day of the Lord
Never fully explaining the Great Multitude from the Great Tribulation
Never explaining the 75 extra days of Daniel 12
And so on and so forth.
As a consequence, I began surfing the ‘Net for answers and coincidently at this time I came across a copy of The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church by Marvin Rosenthal. Voila! It seemed that while I was reading this book, all my questions were answered and in a way that made perfect sense. I couldn’t get enough of this concept, so I purchased and read the Robert Van Kampen books The Sign and The Rapture Question Answered. I followed this up with your book Before God’s Wrath and Dave Bussard’s Who Will Be Left Behind and When?
I downloaded and read all the articles on your Web Site and Sola Scriptura plus other Web sites as I encountered them.
However, I have found that when I relate my new beliefs, I’m considered somewhat of a mild heretic and I get responses that go something like this "Oh Yes, just another Revelation interpretation. Stick with the men of theology who have the education to interpret scriptures."
So my dilemma is this – I would like to find a church where this concept is accepted and taught. I live in the Houston, Texas area (Northeast part of