Why would God allow Christians to be killed during the Tribulation, when the Tribulation is coming as judgment upon the world?
This is the hard to grasp. Why would God allow the Beast to be both the judge of the world and the persecutor of the church?
There are two Biblical reasons why Christians being killed during the Tribulation falls in line with Biblical teachings and why God would allow the Tribulation Martyrs to be killed.
For the seventh trumpet and the final woe to occur the believers will need to be gone, why? Because if one righteous person remained on the earth God would not destroy it or more specifically I should say ten..
I heard it taught once that when the Rapture occurs the Holy Spirit is taken out of the earth and for this reason the Tribulation could begin because all of the believers are gone. This is not true because the Spirit is at work during the Tribulation and there are believers during that time. It is not the Church’s removal that allows the Tribulation to begin. It is the church’s removal that ends the dispensation of grace and this is one event lined with another that I discuss in my Magi report that marks the end of the age of Grace and begins the final dispensation, which is focused on Israel and the Jews.
The significance of the persecution and martyrdom is that when the power of the holy people is crushed the final judgments that culminate in the destruction of the earth can begin. We see this in several passages. Daniel 12 tells us that there are 1290 days from the abomination of desolation until the end. Revelation 11 Tells us that the two witnesses prophesy for 1260 days and after this the third woe and the seventh trumpet is coming.
We also see in Revelation 12 the woman (Israel) protected in the wilderness but her protection is for 1260 days, the same time frame that the two witnesses warn the world. The two witnesses dead bodies lie for three and a half days and they resurrect before everyone. This coincides with the three and a half year ministry of Jesus and the timing of his resurrection.
The Antichrist as a false Christ also has a three and a half year reign from the day he establishes his being a deity in the temple.. We see God tell those murdered in Revelation 6:11 “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.” This completion takes place on the 1260th day and within days of this date as the two witnesses resurrect back to heaven. During this time the Antichrist successfully destroys the remaining believers. When he successfully murders the remaining believers there will either not be any righteous or there will be under ten righteous walking the earth. Notice again the number 10 of the 10 days of Tribulation. If ten are left the seventh seal would not launch or the final woe.