Revelation 6:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 6:11, NIV: "Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been."

Revelation 6:11, ESV: "Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been."

Revelation 6:11, KJV: "And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."

Revelation 6:11, NASB: "And a white robe was given to each of them; and they were told that they were to rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers and sisters who were to be killed even as they had been, was completed also."

Revelation 6:11, NLT: "Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters--their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred--had joined them."

Revelation 6:11, CSB: "So they were each given a white robe, and they were told to rest a little while longer until the number would be completed of their fellow servants and their brothers and sisters, who were going to be killed just as they had been."

What does Revelation 6:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In response to the martyrs' question about how long it would be before God avenged their shed blood, God gave each of them a white robe and told them to rest a little longer. God would delay His vengeance until the number of future martyrs was complete. When will vengeance take place? Revelation 19:11–15 makes it clear that it will occur when Jesus returns to earth in a blaze of glory.

The martyrs' white robes signify their purity. The robes were likely long, flowing robes, the kind that was worn at celebrations. The angel who sat near the open tomb after Jesus had risen from the dead was wearing a white robe (Mark 16:5). Perhaps the angel's robe signified he was celebrating Jesus' victory at Calvary and His subsequent resurrection. Also, the robe the prodigal's father gave him when he returned home was a described as "the best," making it a symbol of honor and praise (Luke 15:22). The father was ready to celebrate his wayward son's restoration (Luke 15:23–24).