When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’ 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer [Revelation chapter 6:9-11]
Christians in the West have lived in a bubble of privilege for several decades. No war, no famine, no deadly pestilence, no persecution. Waiting for Christ has been relatively easy for most western believers. Much more “Merry Christmas” than not.
But this season has been exceptional in church history. The normal experience of Christian believers down the ages has been to feel the weight of the four horsemen of Revelation 6; conquest by deception; war, economic imbalance and death, as God judges the earth for slaying his Son and rejecting his good and loving rule. It is more normal for believers to cry with the martyrs “how long, Sovereign Lord?”
We watched two videos at church today to help us wait during advent according to Revelation 6. Pastor Suta waits on the Lord as does Hannalie. Their waiting is different but their commitment to Christ and their faithfulness to him in mission is not.