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Time No Longer Seminars
Presenting the 144,000 By Brother Lovemore
For further discussion Email
lchinembiri_at_gmail.com
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God Will Soon Speak Through the 144,000
(Rev71-4)
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The Prophets of the End Time.
  • On this prophetic study, we will examine the
    subject of the 144,000 servants, who are the
    prophets, so to familiarize ourselves with this
    very important subject. It is interesting to
    note that the time-period granted to the Two
    Witnesses is the same time-period granted to the
    144,000. This means that The Two Witnesses and
    the 144,000 are inseparably linked they are
    actually one and the same people expressed
    differently.

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Starting conclusion Approach
Some topics are presented more effectively if the
conclusions are given first. The problem with
this approach, however, is that the reader might
fail to gain any benefit from the study if that
individual cannot "get past" a concluding point
with which he or she disagrees. For example, a
few years ago a man justified his rejection of my
prophetic teachings by saying, "I do not have to
drink an entire gallon of sour milk to know that
the jug is bad." Unfortunately, this is the way
most of us make decisions we "taste" a small
sample and if that sample is agreeable, we favour
the "whole jug" based on that sample otherwise,
we tend to reject the "whole jug" if that small
sample was bad. I suppose this is one of the
frailties of human nature. I would rather
consider the example of the dozen eggs. Just
because one egg of the dozen is cracked and has
gone bad does not mean that the other eleven eggs
are bad. In spite of the human tendency to reject
conclusions based on a small sample, let me
present some of my conclusions on the topic of
the 144,000 first. I hope you will study the
entire article, and then determine for yourself
if the "sample" is actually good or bad! I hope
this is a fair play. Patience really pays!!
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1st Conclusion
  • The number, 144,000, as in any census is a
    literal number. The Bible never indicates that a
    number is anything other than literal. God
    required a census of the Israelites before they
    entered the Promised Land and He will carefully
    number all of the redeemed (in addition to the
    144,000) before they enter His Kingdom, even
    though it will be a number beyond human ability
    to count.

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2nd Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will be Gods "servants, the
    prophets." These servants will be anointed and
    appointed to speak on Gods behalf during the
    Great Tribulation.

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3rd Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will be composed of men and women
    coming from every nation, kindred, tongue and
    people chosen appointed by God.

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4th Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will not originate from one
    particular church or denomination but are called
    and appointed by the Father at His discretion.

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5th Conclusion
  • The 144,000 are selected from the twelve tribes
    of Israel just before the Great Tribulation
    commences. The twelve tribes of Israel are not
    the biological offspring from Abraham. Since the
    end of the 70th week (which I believe occurred in
    A.D. 33), the twelve tribes of Israel have been
    reckoned as believers in Jesus be it Gentiles and
    Jews.

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6th Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will begin their work at the same
    time with the release of the four angels holding
    the four winds from blowing.

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7th Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will not, for the most part, know
    each other, and yet, their unique message and
    ministry will be the same around the world. No
    conflict between the themselves as preach the
    judgement message to the world.

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8th Conclusion
The 144,000 will be distributed throughout the
world according to population. Nations with large
populations will be blessed with a larger number
of the 144,000.
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9th Conclusion
  • The 144,000 have not yet appeared. However, now
    is the time of their sealing and will be complete
    soon.

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10th Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will be sealed just before the Great
    Tribulation begins. (Rev 71-4)

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11th Conclusion
  • As "first fruits" of the numberless harvest who
    will live during the Great Tribulation, the
    144,000 will be sealed first. This sealing will
    be a final and permanent transformation of their
    human nature. God will continue to seal all
    believers during the 1,260 days of the Two
    Witnesses. The sealing is a transformation of
    mans nature from "a propensity for sin" to "a
    propensity for righteousness.  1 And after these
    things I saw four angels standing on the four
    corners of the earth, holding the four winds of
    the earth, that the wind should not blow on the
    earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
  •  2And I saw another angel ascending from the
    east, having the seal of the living God and he
    cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to
    whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
  •  3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea,
    nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants
    of our God in their foreheads.
  •  4And I heard the number of them which were
    sealed and there were sealed an hundred and
    forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the
    children of Israel. Revelation 71-4

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12th Conclusion
  • Many, if not all, of the 144,000 will perish
    during the Great Tribulation. (Rev 117-12) 7Now
    when they have finished their testimony, the
    beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack
    them, and overpower and kill them. 8Their bodies
    will lie in the street of the great city, which
    is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where
    also their Lord was crucified. 9For three and a
    half days men from every people, tribe, language
    and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse
    them burial. 10The inhabitants of the earth will
    gloat over them and will celebrate by sending
    each other gifts, because these two prophets had
    tormented those who live on the earth.
  •  11But after the three and a half days a breath
    of life from God entered them, and they stood on
    their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.
    12Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying
    to them, "Come up here." And they went up to
    heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked
    on.

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13th Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will perform many miracles, similar
    to Moses and Elijah. Their miracles will testify
    that they are Gods spokespersons. (Rev 113)
  • Of course, the devils prophets will also produce
    many miracles, signs and wonders during this
    time-period. (Rev1311-) Fortunately, the devils
    prophets will perform miracles, which are
    inferior to the ones the prophets of God perform.

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14th Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will suffer much rejection and
    torture for their clear, straightforward and
    truthful testimony.

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15th Conclusion
  • Many different personality types will make up the
    144,000. Most of them will not have a
    professional clerical background. Membership in
    this group is by divine appointment. In other
    words, no one can appoint or qualify himself to
    be a part of this group.

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16th Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will be highly dedicated and loyal to
    the service of God.

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17th Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will sing a song of experience and
    victory that others cannot sing.

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18th Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will not fail to accomplish the plans
    of God.

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19th Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will be taken to Heaven just before
    the seven last plagues begin. Rev 117

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20th Conclusion
  • As they ascend to Heaven, the 144,000 will become
    Jesus "servants in waiting" they will be His
    personal aides throughout eternity. What an
    honour? Rev 141-5

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21st Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will victoriously return with Jesus
    when He comes for His righteous people at the
    Second Coming. Rev 1911-

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22nd Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will wear the names of Jesus and the
    Father on their foreheads throughout eternity.
    What a fearful honour? Rev 141-5

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23rd Conclusion
  • The 144,000 will accomplish in this short amount
    of time what denominations have failed to do
    during the past 2,000 years.

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24th Conclusion
  • The prophets of the Antichrist will greatly
    outnumber the 144,000.

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End-time Perspective
  • The 144,000 will accomplish, through the enabling
    power of God, something that mere men and women
    cannot do. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the
    144,000 will proclaim the everlasting gospel to
    every living person on Earth in less than 1,260
    literal days! The result will be an international
    harvest of people that will be numberless.
    Consider for a moment the significance of
    preaching the everlasting gospel. What is the
    everlasting gospel? The everlasting gospel is the
    truth about God and the terms and conditions of
    His salvation. The 144,000 will proclaim THE
    TRUTH and this truth will expose the false
    teachings of every religious system on Earth
    including the church you attend now! This is an
    amazing point God will not use an existing
    denomination as a vehicle to proclaim the
    everlasting gospel during the end-time. If this
    startles you, consider this point The book of
    Revelation does not identify a "true
    denomination" at the end of time. Instead,
    Revelation identifies a "true gospel" and
    identifies the people who cling to it as "the
    remnant of the woman." (Rev 1217 1412) We give
    praise to God for that!

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Leapfrog
  • Why does God lay aside "leapfrog the great
    religious organizations that exist during the
    end-time and use a mere 144,000 ordinary people?
    If we consider the vast resources that some
    religious organizations have and then say that
    God will not use the great religions of the world
    to speak for Him during the end-time, we seem
    foolish! Nevertheless, here are six reasons why I
    believe God cannot use them

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1st Reason
  • The glory of doing the impossible, proclaiming
    the gospel to the whole world in 1,260 literal
    days, belongs only to God and not to man.

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2nd Reason
  • The seven religious systems of the world are
    corrupt and therefore, cannot not speak for God.
    Consequently, they can neither correctly explain
    the everlasting gospel nor properly explain the
    plans and purposes of God for the Great
    Tribulation. They have no truth no data of the
    everlasting Gospel of the end time.

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3rd Reason
  • Most people will agree that God does not save
    people because of a church affiliation. Salvation
    is not gained through membership in an Earthly
    organization. In fact, if God used a religious
    organization to proclaim the everlasting gospel
    during the end-time, church affiliation would be
    an insurmountable problem for many people.
    Prejudice is a human frailty. Some people would
    rather die and go to hell than to join another
    church or even worse, the church of someone who
    has offended them. Consider the following
    example Let us suppose that God looks down on
    Earth and decides to use a particular sect within
    the Moslem faith to give the truth for the
    end-time. How many Catholics, Jews or Christians
    do you think would join "that church" to be
    saved? Now turn the table around and ask yourself
    how many Catholics, Jews, Protestants or Muslims
    would join your particular church to be saved?

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4th Reasons
  • God does not save a person because his biological
    great-grandfather was Abraham or Daniel. The Lord
    has made it clear in the book of Ezekiel that
    ones ancestry has nothing to do with salvation!
    (Ezekiel 1418 184-28 Matthew 39)

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5th Reason
  • One man cannot prove the superiority of his
    religion over that of another man. If history
    proves anything, this point has been proven true
    beyond question. Not even Elijah could prove that
    his God was superior to the god of Baal without
    the physical proof of fire falling from Heaven?
    Therefore, it will be impossible for any
    religious group to argue their superiority (e.g.,
    it alone speaks for God) over another religious
    group without physical manifestations. But
    remember, the devil and his cronies, demons will
    be using physical manifestations to deceive "even
    the elect" if possible. Ultimately, what makes
    one view of God superior over another? Is it
    because one God is more powerful than another and
    able to do great signs and miracles? Is it only
    because God has the power to save you? Or is it
    because His ways are righteous, pure and true?
    Why do you serve your God? In the end, every knee
    will bow confessing that He is the only true God
    and the only One that deserves our worship. Not
    because of His power, but because everyone will
    realize His grace, mercy, justice and perfect
    love warrant it.

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6th Reason
  • God knows that Earthly religions has more to do
    with social structure than with a personal love
    for TRUTH. (Statistics show that 95 of people
    remain loyal to the religious system into which
    they were born and raised in even if they fail
    to practice their religion.) Since properties of
    religion are so influential within the human
    race, God must test humankind. Because social
    relationships can be more important than loving
    truth, God must test people. A significant
    distinction exists between serving God and
    serving the church, and God must test humankind
    to see if we love Him and His truth above
    everything else. The test will be simple and
    applied without partiality. God will require
    everyone to leave his or her church for the sake
    of truth! Only then will the object of our
    deepest affection be revealed. At that time, some
    people will discover they loved their church more
    than they loved God! What a sad thought! Only
    when a contest exists between God and a persons
    church can humans detect the distinction that
    exists between serving God and serving the
    church. Until this test is applied, most people
    cannot understand this distinction or problem.
    Remember, in Jesus day, the Pharisees could not
    discern how they were as blind as Jesus claimed!
    However, the day is coming when the same test
    given the Jewish nation will be applied to
    everyone, and each of us will be forced to make a
    choice God or religion. Unfortunately, many
    people cannot separate themselves from their
    church of birth, even when presented with the
    plainest truth.

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How will God help people make up their minds?
  • So, to help people make up their minds, God will
    allow the devil to appear on Earth. The devil
    (embodied as the Antichrist) will dissolve all
    religions and forcibly create a new global
    church. This event alone will help motivate some
    people to move beyond their denominations and
    leave their church for truths sake. On the other
    hand, all of the cowardly will prostitute their
    faith and join the Antichrists newly created
    church. The devil will make it difficult to
    refuse to join his church. He will set up
    stringent laws, and if you choose to disobey and
    are caught, you will be put to death. Remember
    that God considers cowardice as great a sin as
    murder and sexual immorality. "But the cowardly,
    the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the
    sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts,
    the idolaters and all liars -- their place will
    be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is
    the second death." (Revelation 218)

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Making Religious the Field Level
  • To make the religious playing field level for
    everyone during the end-time, God will choose
    144,000 loyal men and women from all religions of
    the world to proclaim His truth. Just as Jesus
    gave Ezekiel (Ezek 9) and John little books to
    eat in their day (Rev10), Jesus will give the
    144,000 the words to speak in our day. Because
    all religious systems or denominations of the
    world are corrupt, they will be aligned against
    Gods truth. The line of demarcation will be very
    clear. People who love God will leave Babylon and
    step across the line to Gods side. Conversely,
    people who refuse to surrender to the truth will
    have no other option but to join with the devil.
    In choosing his church people will receive his
    mark, which will allow them (through buying and
    selling) to obtain the necessities of life. The
    mark of the beast (a tattoo showing either the
    literal number 666 or the name of the devil) will
    indicate church membership in the devils church.
    Consider the outcome If people side with God,
    they will experience the devils wrath. If people
    side with the devil, they will experience Gods
    wrath. Surely, this will be a time of wrath for
    everyone!

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A hand-full will finish the work!
  • Before leaving this section, one question needs
    to be asked. Why does God use a literal number of
    144,000 people to proclaim the everlasting gospel
    during the end-time? Since nearly six billion
    people now live on Earth, why did He choose
    144,000 why not one million or 10 million to
    accomplish His task? Answer The 144,000, like
    Gideons army, are too few to accomplish the task
    humanly. By choosing such a tiny number of
    people, God will again demonstrate that He is not
    dependant upon man.
  • Why does God mention the twelve tribes in
    Revelations story? The 144,000 are mentioned in
    conjunction with the twelve tribes because of
    Gods original plan to proclaim the everlasting
    gospel through the twelve sons of Jacob. The
    history of the twelve tribes is as follows

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The 144000-Neither Jew nor Greek slave nor free
male nor female
  • After the flood, God chose Abraham and his
    descendants as trustees of the gospel. Later, God
    renewed the trusteeship of His covenant with the
    thirteen descendants of Jacob. (Remember that
    Joseph had two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. They
    were counted at the Exodus as two tribes thus
    the nation of Israel was reckoned as thirteen
    tribes until the tribe of Dan disappeared.) As
    trustees of the gospel, the twelve tribes were
    appointed to be "the light of the world."
    (Matthew 514 Acts 1347) When the twelve tribes
    of Jacob failed to let the light of Gods truth
    shine, Jesus modified His covenant with Israel
    and basically put a constitutional amendment into
    effect. This amendment offers gospel trusteeship
    to the disciples of Christ. (Matthew 2818-20)
    Under the provisions of the amendment, anyone and
    everyone who receives Christ as Saviour becomes
    an heir of Abraham and a member of Israel.
    (Galatians 328,29 Ephesians 2 Romans 10 11)
    Paul wrote, "If you belong to Christ, then you
    are Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the
    promise." (Galatians 329) This is why Paul says,
    "For there is no difference between Jew and
    Gentilethe same Lord is Lord of all and richly
    blesses all who call on him." (Romans 1012) And
    again Paul said, "There is neither Jew nor Greek,
    slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all
    one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 328)

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What is a Tribe?
  • During the end-time, God will take 12,000 people
    from each tribe to produce the 144,000. A "tribe"
    is a group or family of people having a certain
    distinction. (Those living in multiracial
    communities often speak of this phenomenon.)
    Notice three things about the twelve tribes
    First, the twelve tribes must exist at the
    end-time since God takes 12,000 from each tribe
    as "first-fruits." Second, very few people on
    Earth today can trace their biological ancestry
    back to Jacob, and since biological heritage
    means nothing when it comes to salvation (Ezekiel
    1412-21), I believe God groups all people on
    Earth according to twelve personality types. This
    idea is supported by the fact that each of
    Jacobs twelve sons was identified by unique
    personality characteristics that were passed down
    to their offspring and Jacob blessed the sons
    accordingly. (See Genesis 49 and 1 Chronicles
    421,23 for an example of a unique
    characteristic.) From this I deduce that the
    twelve tribes at the end-time are grouped
    according to personality traits or gifts similar
    to the sons of Jacob. God will use ordinary
    people to accomplish all that needs to be done.
    Jacobs sons had very diverse personality traits
    and so will the 144,000. Third, God will choose
    12,000 from each personality type as a practical
    matter. By dividing the population of the world
    into 144,000 segments, each prophet will have a
    "parish" of less than 40,000 people to serve
    during the end-time. If we divide 40,000 people
    by 1,260 days, each servant-prophet will only
    need to speak to about 32 people per day to get
    the job done!
  • Note Some people insist that the original twelve
    tribes of Israel still exist. The evidence they
    purport is widely disputed and lacks the
    historical and scientific authority to back up
    their claim. In A.D. 70, Jerusalem was destroyed
    and the genealogical records were destroyed with
    it. Jewish ancestral tracing ended. Even if the
    original 13 tribes still exist, the divine
    amendment to the covenant allows anyone who
    receives Christ to be an heir of Abraham.
    (Galatians 328,29)

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When are the 144,000 Sealed?
  • The 144,000 are selected and sealed just prior to
    the commencement of the Great Tribulation. "After
    this I saw four angels standing at the four
    corners of the earth, holding back the four winds
    of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on
    the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw
    another angel coming up from the east, having the
    seal of the living God. He called out in a loud
    voice to the four angels who had been given power
    to harm the land and the sea Do not harm the
    land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal
    on the foreheads of the servants of our God.
    Then I heard the number of those who were sealed
    144,000 from all the tribes of Israel."
    (Revelation 71-4) The four winds held back until
    the 144,000 are prepared for their work are the
    four terrible judgments contained in the fourth
    seal sword, famine, plague and wild beasts.
    Jesus delays the opening of the fourth seal until
    the development and selection of the 144,000 is
    completed. Then, when the fourth seal is opened,
    the seven angels that have the seven trumpets
    commence their destructive work. I believe the
    seven angels were given the seven trumpets at the
    termination of the 70th Jubilee cycle. Since
    then, these seven angels await the sealing of the
    144,000. When the 144,000 are sealed, the first
    four angels of the seven trumpets will begin to
    harm the Earth. Specifically, the first two
    angels of the seven trumpets will harm the land,
    trees and sea the very elements protected until
    the 144,000 are sealed. (Revelation 71-4 87,8)

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Importance of Character
  • John not only tells us the number of
    servant-prophets, but he also describes the
    characters of the 144,000. "These are those who
    did not defile themselves with women, for they
    kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb
    wherever he goes. They were purchased from among
    men and offered as firstfruits to God and to the
    Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths they are
    blameless." (Revelation 144,5) These sealed
    servants of God cooperated with Gods Spirit to
    over come all evil tendencies and filled their
    minds with understanding of the Word of God.

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Comments on Purity
  • What an interesting statement about ordinary
    people! "They kept themselves pure . . . No lie
    was found in their mouths they are blameless."
    In the past, some popular TV evangelists in the
    USA have brought embarrassment upon Christians
    due to impropriety with women and money. Men
    claiming to be "servants of God" have been
    exposed as slaves of Satan. Perhaps the greatest
    sin in such cases is that these men did not come
    forward to confess their sins until "caught."
    Reading the story of Achan (Joshua 7) one could
    wonder how sincere a confession can be after
    being "caught in the act." God rightfully expects
    those "talking the talk to be walking the walk."
    John says of the 144,000, "they are not defiled
    with women." This does not mean they remain
    unmarried, for the marriage relationship is holy
    and ordained by God. This statement simply
    indicates that these people are morally pure and
    fully committed to Jesus. Some people insist the
    144,000 are not defiled with false doctrines that
    come from the daughters of the harlot (false
    religions) mentioned in Revelation 17
    insinuating that there is one true religion on
    Earth today. I do not believe a true religion on
    Earth exists today. I believe there is one God
    and one truth. It is the privilege of human
    beings to enjoy greater fellowship with God the
    closer they come to Him so they understand and
    practice His truth. However, the statement about
    "not being defiled with women" refers to
    dedication to God. The time will come when our
    allegiance to God will become more important than
    Earthly ties! (See Nehemiah 13 for a parallel
    study on the purity required of the Levites to
    serve God.)

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Comments on Purity
  • One thing is certain about these 144,000 servants
    of God they are blameless before God. Even the
    Old Testament prophet Zephaniah says of the
    remnant, "The remnant of Israel shall not do
    iniquity, nor speak lies neither shall a
    deceitful tongue be found in their mouth . . . "
    (Zephaniah 313)
  • According to John, the Fathers name and the name
    of Jesus will be written in the foreheads of the
    144,000. (Revelation 141) The placement of the
    names serves to indicate their exceedingly high
    rank in Heavens administration. The phrase
    "blameless before God" means that these men and
    women walk humbly in uprightness before God, just
    like Noah, Abraham and others. They speak truth,
    live truth and from living by faith, reflect the
    loving character of Jesus. Through Jesus
    enabling, these individuals have come to love
    Jesus more than their besetting sins. The key to
    being selected as one of the 144,000 is
    perseverance to "overcome." Review the promises
    Jesus made to each of the seven churches in
    Revelation 2 and 3. Jesus said to the church in
    Laodicea, "To him who overcomes, I will give the
    right to sit with me on my throne, just as I
    overcame and sat down with my Father on his
    throne." (Revelation 321)

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Comments on Purity
John also says the 144,000 are "offered as first
fruits to God and to the Lamb." What does this
mean? "Firstfruits" is a term describing a
special offering presented to the Lord at various
feasts. At the feast of Passover, Pentecost and
the Feast of Tabernacles, which was the final
feast of the religious year, an offering of first
fruits was presented. The "firstfruits" became
the property of the high priest after they had
been presented at a sacred service. The term
"firstfruits" refers to the first fruits of the
coming harvest. If a man grew peaches, then his
"first fruits" would be the first peaches to
ripen. Old Testament feasts are shadows or
patterns of the Heavenly Temple. From them, we
learn that Jesus, our High Priest, will receive
the first fruits of the coming harvest shortly
before the great harvest takes place. He will
receive the 144,000 as "first fruits" of Earths
harvest and the 144,000 will become His special
property. This elite group will form a special
entourage that will accompany Jesus at the Second
Coming and later, throughout the eternal
universe! John says, "They follow the Lamb
wherever He goes." (Revelation 144) Think of the
privilege that belongs to this group of people
being a personal attendant of Jesus!
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Twelve Tribes
  • The Holy City, new Jerusalem, has twelve gates
    and twelve foundations. Each gate bears the name
    of a tribe and each foundation, the name of an
    apostle. (Revelation 2112,14) This should be an
    important point for those who think that God is
    going to use the twelve original tribes of
    Israel. The twelve foundations of the Holy City
    bear the names of the twelve apostles, not the
    twelve tribes! Perhaps the saints will enter the
    Holy City through the gate corresponding to their
    personality type. If so, a group of 12,000
    servants of God will lead their kinsmen through
    their gate! Everyone will belong to a tribe!
    Everyone will have a family! Think about the
    generosity of God. There will be an elite group
    from each character-type of the human family to
    help the newcomers as they move into their new
    homes. Even more interesting, God finds
    perfection in twelve different character types!
    No, He did not create the members of the human
    race to be identical.

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Singing Songs
  • The 144,000 will sing a new song in Heaven which
    no one else can learn. What does this mean? After
    leaving Egypt, Israel faced an excruciating
    moment on the shore of the Red Sea. Todays
    vernacular would read, "Israel was between the
    devil and the deep blue sea" as Pharaohs army
    rushed to capture the fugitives. On one side
    Israel faced impassable mountains and on the
    other side, open desert. Before them was the Red
    Sea and behind them was Pharaohs advancing
    calvary of 600 chariots. What a predicament! What
    a moment of extremity!
  • The anguish of the moment was so great that the
    Hebrews cried out in terror for deliverance! The
    Lord heard the cries of His children and
    delivered them! God divided the water and the
    children of Israel walked through the Red Sea on
    dry ground. When Pharaohs army pursued the
    Israelites, God allowed the divided waters to
    come together again and it swallowed Pharaohs
    best soldiers. Israels worry with Egypt was
    over. Their rejoicing knew no bounds and they
    sang this song to the Lord "Then Moses and the
    Israelites sang this song to the Lord I will
    sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The
    horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.
    The Lord is my strength and my song he has
    become my salvation . . . Pharaohs chariots and
    his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of
    Pharaohs officers are drowned in the Red Sea.
    The deep waters have covered them they sank to
    the depths like a stone. " (Exodus 151-5) This
    specific song of deliverance relates to a
    specific experience. Only the people who went
    through this experience could spontaneously sing
    the words in unison! In Heaven, a song is a
    personal testimony.
  • The 144,000 servants of God experience the most
    extreme circumstances on Earth. Because they are
    designated and anointed as special servants of
    God, Satans wrath will be extremely fierce
    against them. However, John saw them as more than
    conquerors! These "true prophets" will be
    victorious over the "false prophet," Satan,
    although a large number of the 144,000 will die.
    John saw them victorious singing a new song
    that no one else could sing. No one else can sing
    this song because no one else goes through their
    experience. No one else can join in because no
    one else can sing that testimony!

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Singing Songs
  • The 144,000 servants of God experience the most
    extreme circumstances on Earth. Because they are
    designated and anointed as special servants of
    God, Satans wrath will be extremely fierce
    against them. However, John saw them as more than
    conquerors! These "true prophets" will be
    victorious over the "false prophet," Satan,
    although a large number of the 144,000 will die.
    John saw them victorious singing a new song
    that no one else could sing. No one else can sing
    this song because no one else goes through their
    experience. No one else can join in because no
    one else can sing that testimony!

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Glory to God
  • The 144,000 accomplish a very great feat! They
    proclaim the everlasting gospel to every nation,
    kindred, tongue and people during the time-period
    of the seven trumpets. They walk with God, just
    as Enoch did and they reach a level of spiritual
    maturity that pleases God. Even though they will
    be allowed to experience the sufferings and
    burdens of Christ, they will receive the highest
    honour God can bestow upon a Christian to enter
    into Christs suffering. (2 Corinthians 63-10,
    Mark 1038,39)
  • What does spiritual maturity involve? The 144,000
    will know what it means to live by faith, just as
    Jesus lived by faith. These people understand
    what it means to submit to the will of God
    completely and lovingly. They would rather die
    than wilfully commit a sin. These people carry
    the responsibility of the gospel during the
    judgment hour to a reeling world a compelling
    burden that most people cannot grasp or
    understand. These people are serious about
    following God and they are the first recipients
    of the latter rain or outpouring of the Holy
    Spirit. Their lives are both a demonstration and
    proclamation of the character of Jesus. The
    144,000 are the choicest fruits of Heavens
    harvest. When does this maturity occur? "Do not
    harm the land or the sea or the trees until we
    put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of
    our God." (Revelation 73) Since these people
    have not appeared yet, and obviously, the first
    trumpet has not sounded yet, it is my conviction
    that the sealing of the 144,000 is taking place
    right now! Jesus says, "My eyes will be on the
    faithful in the land, that they may dwell with
    me he whose walk is blameless will minister to
    me." (Psalm 1016)

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Stephanos Means Victory
  • In Revelation 12, the story of a great conflict
    between the "true church" (represented by a
    pregnant woman) and a violent dragon is told. The
    woman wears a crown of twelve stars on her head.
    From the Greek language, we learn that these
    stars are set in a stephanos or crown of victory.
    Stars symbolize messengers or angels and by
    applying the words of Daniel 123 to this portion
    of Revelations symbolism we find a very
    beautiful fit. "Those who are wise (or teachers)
    will shine like the brightness of the heavens,
    and those who lead many to righteousness like the
    stars for ever and ever." In other words, the
    crown of victory worn by the woman is set with
    twelve stars that represent the glorious triumph
    of the twelve tribes. The 144,000 will be her
    "stars" in every sense of the word!

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Literal Number
  • Is 144,000 a literal number? If the number is
    symbolic and does not represent a literal number
    of people, then the Scripture should reveal the
    meaning of the symbol (according to the rules of
    interpretation). Since no such explanation exists
    for the number 144,000 or for that matter, any
    number in Revelation, we can freely conclude that
    this number is literal. What value is there in
    treating numbers as symbolic? For example, in
    Revelation 17, John saw a beast having seven
    heads and ten horns. The heads and horns are
    symbolic not the numbers! The number 144,000 is
    a literal number. The term "servants of God"
    suggests that these people will powerfully lead
    out in proclaiming the everlasting gospel. In
    fact, in Revelation 107 the servants are called
    prophets! So, the work of the 144,000 will be to
    gather Gods remnant together. Jesus said, "I
    have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen
    Israel. I must bring them also into my
    kingdom. They too will listen to my voice, and
    there shall be one flock and one shepherd when I
    claim all that has been given to me." (John
    1016) Words in brackets are supplied.

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The 144,000 Notified
  • "How will the 144,000 be notified of their
    appointment?" This is a question often asked. Of
    course, the only way to answer this question is
    to consider the relevant texts and look at a
    biblical parallel. In Revelation 10, John is
    given an open book and told to eat it. The book
    is sweet in his mouth and bitter in his stomach.
    Then, John is told to prophesy again before
    kings, nations, etc. Within the context of
    Revelation 10, John is representing the
    experience of the 144,000. The book represents
    Gods message to Earth. The 144,000 will be given
    the words to speak. The final proclamation of the
    gospel is not a matter of human prowess. God will
    give the words and the Holy Spirit will provide
    the power. (Matthew 1019)
  • A fine parallel of Revelation 10 is found in
    Ezekiel 28-34. From these verses we learn three
    things First, Ezekiel was given a book to eat
    that was sweet in his mouth. The book represents
    an understanding of Gods will. Second, Ezekiel
    is told to speak to the people, whether they
    listen or not. Having to speak the words of God
    which creates so much personal offense is the
    bitter part of the equation. (This is why the
    life-span of prophets is usually short.) Last,
    the enabling power within Ezekiel was the Spirit
    of God. In other words, the Holy Spirit enabled
    Ezekiel to say (and do) things that were beyond
    mere human capability.
  • When we combine the context of Revelation 10 with
    the parallel in Ezekiel 2 3, we can conclude
    the following The 144,000 will be fully informed
    of their appointment by a direct and powerful
    confrontation with God. Their appointment will
    not come prematurely. In other words, until God
    speaks, the identity and selection of the 144,000
    remains unknown.

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How will the 144,000 be Recognized?
The 144,000 will be recognized in three ways
First, by the conformity of their message with
Scripture. Remember, the 144,000 will operate
during the Great Tribulation. They will proclaim
and explain the everlasting gospel. Second, the
144,000 will be recognized by the power
(simplicity and clarity) of their message.
Remember John the Baptist? People walked out into
the wilderness area of the Jordan to hear this
man because he spoke with power and authority
that comes from the Holy Spirit! (Luke 724-26)
People also marvelled at Jesus because of the
authority with which He spoke. (Mark 122) Last,
the 144,000 will be recognized as prophets
because their predictions come to pass. Their
ability to perform signs and miracles will verify
their appointment. However, this manifestation of
power proves little in those days because the
servants of the devil will also be doing
"miracles." (Matthew 720-22) The point here is
simple During the Great Tribulation, many will
find it easier to put faith in "miracle workers"
than to yield to the "faith testing" terms and
conditions of salvation. If some "prophet" can
perform a miracle upon demand, many will use the
testimony of the miracle worker to justify
rebellion against God. If God cannot reach
mankind with a clear and penetrating presentation
of truth, then a miracle wont do much either.
(Remember Moses in Pharaohs court.) This is why
I say signs and wonders will not prove very much.
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In Closing
  • The purpose for the 144,000 servant-prophets will
    be to proclaim the everlasting gospel. God knows
    many people on Earth in all religions love Him
    and serve Him to the best of their ability. To
    gather these people into His sheep pen, He must
    first separate the sheep from the goats. God has
    revealed in Revelation the process of how He
    intends to separate the sheep from the goats.
    First, He will empower the 144,000. Joel 228-30
    says, "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit
    on all types of people. Your sons and daughters
    will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams,
    your young men will see visions. Even on my
    144,000 servants, both men and women, I will
    pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show
    wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood
    and fire and billows of smoke as the Great
    Tribulation commences." Words in brackets
    supplied. Next, to gain the whole worlds
    attention, God will cause the seven trumpet
    events to occur. The resulting calamities will
    sharply awaken the inhabitants of Earth to the
    enormity of their sins. Then, while still in this
    frame of mind, God will have His servants speak.
    What will they say? They will present the
    everlasting gospel with power and authority.
    (Revelation 146-10) Individuals who take to
    heart the message presented by the 144,000 will
    be saved. Those who have ears, but refuse to hear
    will be destroyed. Actually, when you look at the
    big picture, the story is quite simple and
    depends on a very tiny number of human beings.
    Personally, I believe the 144,000 could appear
    any day. When God reveals who they are, they will
    not show up on TV and they will not receive a
    round of applause or glittering rewards. The
    144,000 will not ride in limousines or have world
    fame. However, when they begin to proclaim Gods
    message, you will know God has taken control of
    the events on Earth and the end has come. No
    wonder Paul wrote, "But God chose the foolish
    things of the world to shame the wise God chose
    the weak things of the world to shame the
    strong." (1 Corinthians 127)

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Let us prayOur Father who art in Heaven, we
thank you for the Revelation of Jesus which you
set aside for the generation of the end of which
we are. We pray for wisdom as we study your Word.
In Jesus Holy Name we pray. Amen
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