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Wednesday, April 3 2013

The 144,000 Of The New Covenant

"I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father's Name written in their foreheads"

At the time of the Messiah's return (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns? and Israel In History and Prophecy: Zion), there will be "with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads."

Israel From Space

"14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." (Revelation 14:1-5 KJV)

On that day, which will begin the Kingdom of God on Earth (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God and The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God), the then-undeniable true Gospel will go forth from Jerusalem. From that day, the "Babylon" of Satan's fantasy world will be destroyed (see What And Where Is Babylon Today?, 2 Peter: 'The Servants Of Corruption Promise Liberty' and 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition).

"14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." (Revelation 14:6-13 KJV)

That time will mark the beginning of salvation for all nations, of which the 144,000 of Israel will be included (see The Harvest Prophecies).

"14:14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 14:16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

14:17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs." (Revelation 14:14-20 KJV)

"These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb"

The 144,000 will be chosen after "the four horsemen" of the apocalypse (i.e. "after these things" in verse 7;1 below) have run their course. False religion causes war, the destruction of infrastructure by war causes famine and disease. The 144,000 will have survived and stood strong and true through all of those things - as will have all of the LORD's people (see The Church In The End Time).

The Four Horsemen

"6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals [see The Seals Of Prophecy], and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

6:9 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: 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 6:11 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.

6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?." (Revelation 6:1-17 KJV)

The 144,000 will come from all of the tribes of Israel, except Dan. People have debated for centuries why Dan was omitted from the list, but the Holy Scriptures make no definitive statement of why they will not be included at that time.

Earth

"7:1 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. 7:2 And 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, 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

7:4 And 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.

7:5 Of the tribe of Judas were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. 7:6 Of the tribe of Asher were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. 7:7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. 7:8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand." (Revelation 7:1-8 KJV)

Notice very carefully that the 144,000 of Israel (see the Fact Finder question below) will be only a small part of the salvation that will begin that day i.e. "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands."

"7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying,

Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 7:11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 7:12 Saying,

Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest.

And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." (Revelation 7:9-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: What connection will the 144,000 of Israel have with the "new covenant" that the LORD made with Israel?
See Israel In History and Prophecy: The New Covenant


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This Day In History, April 3

1043: Edward the Confessor was crowned the King of England.

1189: Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Pope Clement III resolved their disagreements and signed the Peace of Strasbourg (see Emperors and Popes).

1531: Martin Luther was excommunicated by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet (the term for a legislative assembly in some countries) of Worms ("Worms" is the English rendering of Vorms, a city in Germany).

1559: Philip II of Spain and Henry II of France signed the Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis in France, ending nearly 60 years of war.

1721: Sir Robert Walpole was appointed first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer, effectively Britain's first Prime Minister.

1756: The Marquis de Montcalm sailed from France for Canada, where he would later die at the Battle of The Plains of Abraham (a battle that decided Canada's political future, which up to that time had been contested between Britain and France). The British commander, General James Wolfe, was also killed in the battle, near Quebec City on September 13 1759.

1885: Gottlieb Daimler was granted a German patent for his engine design.

1922: Joseph Stalin was appointed as the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

1930: Ras Tafari was proclaimed Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.

1933: Royal Air Force Lt. David McIntyre and the Scottish Marquess of Clydesdale, flying 2 open-cockpit Westland aircraft, completed the first overflight and aerial photographic survey of Mount Everest.

1936: Bruno Hauptmann, convicted kidnapper and killer of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh's infant son, was executed.

1949: Transjordan signed an armistice with Israel (which was actually the return of the southern kingdom of Judah; see The Southern Kingdom and The Gathering of Israel and Judah) that had become an independent nation (again) the year before (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1968: Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. It was his last; King was assassinated the next day by James Earl Ray, a U.S. Army veteran and escaped felon with convictions for burglary, armed robbery and mail fraud.

1996: Theodore Kaczynski was arrested in Montana as the terrorist "Unabomber."

1996: Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and all 29 passengers and 6 crew were killed when a U.S. government aircraft crashed in Croatia.

2000: Microsoft was ruled to have violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.





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