The “Avenging of the Blood of his Servants” (verse 43) is prophesied in Deuteronomy 32 to come in her “Latter End” (verse 29)

Multiple phrases in scripture relate to this specific period!

  • Day of the Lord – Right Hand – Coming in Clouds – Wrath of God – Days of Vengeance – Martyr Vindication – Latter End – Last Days – Time of The End – Jerusalem surrounded by Armies – Destruction of the Temple – Not one Stone left upon Another – Tribulation – Elements melt with Fervent Heat – That which waxes old is ready to vanish – False Christs/Prophets come – Abomination of Desolation – Parables of the 10 Virgins, Strongman, Gardener, Vineyard, Fig Tree, Garment – Gog and Magog – Armageddon – End of the Age – Resurrection – Reconciliation – Redemption – His Coming/Return – Binding of the Two Sticks – This Generation – It is the Last Time – Now is the Judgment of this world – Heaven/Earth Pass – New Covenant/Heaven/Earth/Jerusalem – Marriage Supper – Gathering of the Elect – At the Door – Ready to judge the Quick and the Dead – No more death, tears, sorrow, pain -  Loosing of the seven seals/Trumpets/Thunders/Plagues/Bowls – False Prophet/Antichrist/Death/Hell /Devil/Beasts/Satan – Thrown into the Lake of Fire – Tribes of the earth Mourn – Every Eye shall see him -

An Eschatology Challenge:

Eschatology is a conjunction of 2 Greek words: Eschatos, meaning last, final, or end, and Logy, which is the word, or study of something. In short, Eschatology is the study of the end times, or last days.

It should immediately be stated, and recognized, that this writing is not intended to be exhaustive of the topic of the end times: most scholars would agree that 30% or more of scripture is in reference to these end times; and this now presents us with more than 9,000 scriptures to consider.

This body of work seeks not to be authoritative of the entirety of such a complex and sacred topic, but it does ask to be judged on its own merits and presentation.

The Futurist perspective of eschatology has been preserved as the majority view in Christianity, for nearly 2,000 years, but no decade or generation since has been without its detractors.

The Futurist view is simply the belief that all events related to the coming/return of Christ, are yet future to us as of 2013.

Since the premise of this work is that such events have already occurred, this view is typically referred to as Fulfilled, or Covenant Eschatology.

Futurist Eschatology is largely based around the scriptures that speak of a New Earth (Isaiah 65:17, 66:22, 2nd Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1) and it is believed this refers to either a new, or reconditioned planet earth. The Fulfilled Eschatological view believes this “New Earth” language is Covenantal and is based on Cosmological language (metaphorical) rather than being than being about the actual planet itself.

Insistence on things such as: evil still being present, crying, dying, sorrow, pain, and disease still being realities of the physical/biological world, are not; in and of themselves, rational arguments against the fulfilled view, but are merely insistence that the futurist paradigm is the true understanding of such scriptures that are interpreted to be about literal evil, crying, dying, sorrow, pain, and disease.

An area of concern for many people when looking into the validity or credibility of Fulfilled Eschatology is that it calls into question, the writings and beliefs of so many individuals throughout Church history, as well as Church councils, creeds, and confessions.

I do not question the sincerity of all such individuals, nor do I question the intentions of well meaning persons who have labored through years, or even decades of devotional studies into this field of Biblical interest; and I likewise recognize the financial and scholarly investments as well. I believe it also noteworthy to recognize that many such individuals paid the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, in defense of such beliefs.

Matters of faith are sacrosanct (sacred) and religion has long taught that we do not question our leaders, forerunners, or forefathers. This is the single largest cause and culprit as to why the truth has remained in the minority for so long; people just repeat what the previous generations have handed down. I believe Futurist Eschatology to be the truest, last, and longest remaining remnant of the dark ages (5th to 15th centuries AD), specifically.

Through things such as the Reformation, the Great Awakenings; and today, the internet, more and more people are beginning to think for themselves, question the doctrines and traditions handed down by and through previous generations, and their findings no longer take years or decades to reach across continent and ocean.

It should be noted that the entirety of Fulfilled Eschatology began (arguably) to surface in the 17th and 18th centuries. I say “the entirety” because early church history is littered with statements from numerous individuals: Melito (150 AD), Irenaeus (175 AD), Tertulian (200 AD), Origen (250 AD), Eusubius (320 AD), Chrysostum (385 AD), and numerous others in between, and since, have all made reference to the Roman-Jewish war (approximately) of 66-70 AD, as the Fulfillment of the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, Luke 21) and we can likewise lump in the late 1st, and early 2nd century historians such as: Seutonius, Tacitus, and Flavius Josephus.

While many such individuals did relate the events (66-70 AD) as the fulfillment of the Olivet Discourse, few have ever made the logical conclusions of tying these events to Revelation, and likewise did not tie in the (Parousia) coming/return of Christ, into their findings.

Parousia is a Greek word which can be found in 24 New Testament verses: Matt. 24:3,27,37,39; 1st Cor. 15:23; 16:17; 2nd Cor. 7:6,7; 10:10; Phil. 1:26; 2:12; 1st Thess. 2:19; 3:13; 4:15; 5:23; 2nd Thess. 2:1,8,9; James 5:7,8; 2nd Pet. 1:16; 3:4, 12, and 1st John 2:28. And should rightly be translated/understood as “presence” rather than “coming, return, arrival” or even “advent” as many Bible versions translate it; and while some may argue all such terms are synonymous, I believe a great disservice has been done to this word.

Whether this “Parousia” merely be future to the 1st century disciples; but in our own past, or even yet to our own future, one particular scripture seems to refute an “arrivalcomingreturnadvent” as if Christ ever left to begin with.

Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age. Amen

When Christ told them he would “always be with them, EVEN to the end of the age” did he lie?

I’m well aware of the ascension of Christ (Acts 1:8-11) which immediately occurred after he said this, and I am equally aware of the verses where he speaks of “going awaygoing to the fathergoing to prepare a place, etc…” and while these scriptures do need to be reconciled with the entirety of scripture, I must yet again ask; did he lie to them when he says he would “always be with them”?

Multiple New testament verses are (arguably) attributed to promote this YET future coming/return: Matthew 16:27, 23:39, 24:27,:30, 36-39, 42, 26:64, Mark 8:36-38, 13:26-27, 35-37, Mark 14:61-62, Luke 9:26-27, 17:28-30, Luke 18:8, Luke 21:25-28, John 14:1-4, Acts 1:11, 3:19-21, 1 Corinthians 1:7, 4:5, 11:26, 15:23-24, Philippians 1:10, 3:20, Colossians 3:4, 1 Thessalonians  1:9, 2:19, 3:13, 4:15, 5:4, 23, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 2:1, 8, 1 Timothy 6:13-16, 2 Timothy 4:1-2, 8, Titus 2:12, Hebrews 9:28, 10:25, 37, James 5:7-9, 1 Peter 1:3-5, 13, 2:12, 4:13, 5:4, 2 Peter 1:16, 3:3, 8-10, 1 John 2:28, 3:2, Jude 1:14, 21, Revelation 1:4, 7, 3:11, 16:15, 22:12, 20-21

As referenced earlier, this study is not meant to be exhaustive of all possible/potential verses related to the Parousia/Coming of Christ, this particular study centers on a specific topic of interest in relation to that Parousia/Coming of Christ; namely that of the “avenging of righteous blood” that is shown in scripture to be in conjunction of the Parousia/Coming of Christ, in the latter/last days.

Call it a “timeline” if you will. What I have labored to do in this effort is to demonstrate a concrete line of scriptures that definitively places this “avenging of righteous blood” as being prophesied to occur in the “Latter/Last Days” and that this “avenging” has already occurred.

Eschatology is the single largest written subject within the Bible; without even thinking, most Christians would immediately object to the findings I present in this work, but the majority of objections are usually cast in light of other things related to Eschatology, rather than consideration of the scriptures and evidences brought forth. I implore you to reach your own conclusions, but judge these scriptures on their own merits.

Below, I have painted a timeline; a collection of verses which I believe explain and define a specific period of time in which these things were to occur. We can always be accused of cut and paste techniques, leaving other verses out, forcing some in, or even of trying to create a doctrine based on only a few verses.

As mentioned earlier; there are more than 9,000 verses on this subject, and rather than attempting an exhaustive work on the overall field of eschatology, this work seeks to allow you to view the total picture, from a further distance, but one which is still showing this entire picture.

I have subtitled this article “An Eschatology Challenge” because I challenge people to disprove this chain/timeline, but not by jumping to other aspects of eschatology; many simply do not engage in this type of reasoning, and it is because of its logical implications, and not its lack of being self-evidential.

This introductory list is in a biblical chronological order, but the following timeline is arranged to demonstrate how the story unfolds from beginning to end.

Deuteronomy 32:1, 5, 20, 29, 43, Joel 2:28, Matthew 13:39, 40, 49,

Matthew 17:17, Matthew 23:34-36, Matthew 24:3, Mark 13:3,  Luke 21:22, Acts 2:16-17,

Philippians 2:15, 2nd Timothy 3:1, Hebrews 1:2, 9:26, James 5:3, 2nd Peter 3:3,

Revelation 6:10, 16:6, 17:6, 18:24, 19:2, 20:4

I highly recommend you read through the entire 32nd chapter of Deuteronomy; several times, before proceeding.

Genesis 32:1 Give ear, O you heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

We begin with Moses speaking to the Israelites just before his eventual death, and their crossing over into “The Promised Land” and did you notice how he addresses them as Heaven and Earth?

This introduces us to a very fundamental principles when reading scripture; audience relevance, because in order to properly understand this message here, we must be able to determine who the immediate and/or intended audience is, and how the message given is relevant to them.

Deuteronomy 32:5 they have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

Who is the “they/their” Moses refers to? Was Moses telling those about to cross over into the Promised Land, that they are that “perverse and crooked generation”? As you follow this chapter out, it begins to reveal that Moses is speaking to the contemporary generation, about things their descendents would experience, up until that specific “perverse and crooked generation”.

Deuteronomy 32:20 and he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very perverse generation, children in who is no faith.

Here again, we see the “their/they” and the specifying of the “perverse generation” as well as Moses speaking of what “their end shall be” and it is here that we begin to see this message is about “the end” of this “perverse and crooked generation” so we can determine we are looking at information on and about the last, or latter days.

Matthew 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me

We’re now in the 1st century AD, and we find Jesus speaking to a “faithless and perverse” generation. Doesn’t that sound eerily familiar to the “perverse/crooked” generation Moses said would occur in “their latter end” and that it would be when “their end” was?

Philippians 2:15 that you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world;

The writer of Philippians points to even more significant audience relevance to the contemporary generation by pointing out that it was those to whom he wrote, who were “in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation” and even repeating they were “among” them. This “faithless and perverse nation” should also signify the same perverse/crooked” and “faithless/perverse” which Moses, then Jesus mentions.

Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

As noted before, the audience “they/their” relevance signifies whose “latter end” this is referring to, and is about.

Deuteronomy 32:43 Rejoice, O you nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

Here is where we’re introduced to the “avenging of righteous blood” part of the title for this article; I’d like you to pay close attention to “for he will avenge the blood of his servants” as we can tell this is a prophecy being given that will occur at some later point in time. As you progress through this article, you’ll notice scriptures that speak of the time this particular “avenging” is going on, and when it is seen as a past (fulfilled) event.

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

On the Day of Pentecost, Peter proclaims what Joel said would occur.

Acts 2:16-17 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

Peter says that what was occurring during Pentecost was what Joel said would happen, and Peter points out that this event was supposed to occur in “the last days” and exemplifies this by pointing out that “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel” which now points to the contemporary generation and audience as those who were in “the last days” who were in “their latter end” as well as being the “faithless/perverse/crooked” generation, and were those who were witnessing “their end

Matthew 24:3 and as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of your presence, and of the end of the age?

Mark 13:3 tells us this is Jesus, Peter, James, John, and Andrew, and we see this is a private meeting and conversation; there are no Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, Chief Priests, or multitudes.

Most bible translations have “the sign of your coming” where I’ve shown “the sign of your presence” and this is important; but is also where some believe I apply the wrong definition to a word, but I’ll let you decide.

The Greek word that “coming/presence” is the Greek word “Parousia” and is literally, presence, from paront-, parōn, present participle of pareinai to be present, from para- + einai to be. We should also note that this question is asking for “the sign” of his presence, and not “the time” of any arrival.

Rather seeing this as the 1st century disciples asking Jesus when he’d be coming back, they were asking what the sign of his “already” presence would be.

This is immediately followed up by these 1st century disciples adding “and of the end of the age” and this “age” is sometimes translated as “world” in differing translations. The Greek here is the word “aion” and rightly refers to a definite period of time, or an indefinite eternity, depending on context. This is important because aion can not be translated as to mean the planet, so these 1st century disciples were not asking Jesus about the end of the world itself.

Matthew 13:39 the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are the angels.

Matthew 13:40 as therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this age

Matthew 13:49 so shall it be at the end of the age: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

Here are 3 more prime examples which speak about the end of an age, but again where most translations placed the wrong word “world” where aion points to an age. One should also take notice of Matthew 13:40 where Jesus specifically points to the 1st century current/contemporary age “this age” and generation.

Rather than believing such scriptures speak to a yet future, and global event, these scriptures constantly appeal for the attention of the 1st century audience, and to be about things local in context, and imminent (close) rather than being about things hundreds, or even thousands of years off in their future.

2nd Timothy 3:1 “this know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come

Earlier in this letter to Timothy (2nd Timothy 1:10) the writer mentions that Christ “abolished death” which is also something the Prophets foretold would occur in the last days.

Hebrews 1:2 has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Even the writer of Hebrews notes the contemporary “these last days” generation were those who were in the last days.

Hebrews 9:26 for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the age has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Another verse which readily points to the contemporary generation as living in “the end of the age” but this is usually lost to most readers; not only due to preconceived notions about the last days/end times, but because here again, many translators defined “aion” as “world” so many see “the end of the world” which is misleading and tells the wrong story.

It is vitally important one notice this writer says that Christ appeared; and put away sin, in the end of the age. This would seem to be a dead give away as by being on the earth nearly 2,000 years later, we know Christ didn’t appear in the end of the world.

James 5:3 your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as though by fire. You have heaped treasure together for the last days.

Why would this writer point out a contemporary people as those who had “heaped treasure together for the last days” if they weren’t living in the last days?

2nd Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

Most people familiar with the primary scriptures related to the last days are familiar with this chapter, and verse 4 mentions the “parousia” which is again translated as “coming” but simply relates to the presence of Christ.

Luke 21:22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Considering this verse is part of the Olivet Discourse, it is only consistency that allows it to speak with all the other things Christ proclaimed in that discourse, that would all occur within THAT/THEIR generation (Matthew 24:3, Mark 13:30, Luke 21:3) and to deny that includes the “coming” (Matthew 24:3, 27, 30, 37, 39, 48, 25:27, Mark 13:26, 35, 36, Luke 21:27) is to deny the clear writing, inspiration, authenticity, and authority of the scriptures.

Revelation 6:9-10 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, will you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Remember Deuteronomy 32:43 speaking how God “will avenge the blood of his servants”? Here, we clearly see martyrs who had been killed, asking when God would “avenge their blood” and they’re told to rest “until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that would be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” in Revelation 6:11

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years

Those who had been “beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the word of God” would also be classified as “prophets” or “martyrs” or even “saints” right? Those we see here in Revelation 20:4 are their fellow servants and brethren who “would be killed as they were” from Revelation 6:11

Revelation 16:6 for they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

Would a proper view of audience relevance help one to understand who the “they” are? Wouldn’t those “saints and prophets” be considered his servants?

Revelation 17:7 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

I would venture to say this verse speaks of the same “avenging of righteous blood” as the “saints” and “prophets” are clearly his servants; but who is this woman that is “drunk” with their blood?

Revelation 18:24 and in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

No doubt the same “saints” and “prophets” are being referred to, so we are still referring to the same “avenging” prophesied in Deuteronomy 32:43

Revelation 19:2 for true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

As Deuteronomy 32:43 prophesies that “he will avenge the blood of his servants” Revelation 19:2 points out that “he has avenged the blood of his servants” so this is clearly past the point where God “avenged the blood of his servants” thus making it a fulfilled event.

Deuteronomy 32 gives us many indicators when trying to figure out when this “avenging of the blood of his servants” would happen: a perverse and crooked generation, their end, their latter end, and when “God will avenge” this blood.

Shortly after using a parable which was speaking of his eventual death (Matthew 21:33-41) at the hands of those in authority of Israel; and while still speaking in the Temple, Jesus mentions even more blood of martyrs, in addition to his own that will be spilled.

Matthew 23:34 wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall you scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city

After admonishing 8 “woes” (Matthew 23:13-29) on the Pharisees and Scribes, Jesus then pronounces something which sounds like every other verse I’ve mentioned that speaks of the blood of prophets and saints.

Matthew 23:35 that upon you will come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom you killed between the temple and the altar.

Audience Relevance; immediately ask yourself “Who is the you that Jesus is saying this to” and realize that “upon you will come all the righteous blood” is in fact the “avenging of righteous blood” prophesied to happen in Deuteronomy 32:43 and shown as fulfilled in Revelation 19:2, and Jesus is echoing judgment language, as he did in Matthew 21 about “when the Lord of the vineyard comes” and notice he is only speaking of righteous blood up to a certain point.

When Jesus said “all the righteous blood shed upon the earth” he then specifies is that righteous bloom from Abel to Zechariah; and would of course include those prophets and wise men he would send, but this pronouncement of judgment is upon whom? Them!

Matthew 23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

Considering the world of Christ, the audience relevance, the personal pronouns; and this time statement of “this generation” should their be any doubt upon whom Christ said this “avenging of righteous blood” would come upon, and when.


 

The article you are reading encompasses a belief known as Fulfilled Eschatology; this belief puts forth the notion that the Last Days/End Times in the Bible have already happened. If you’d like to know more about this view, please click HERE and order my latest Book; The Last Days of The End Times. You can order a copy of the (Non-professionally edited) Soft Cover, or the downloadable PDF version.   

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