The 144000

For six millennia God has been working with each individual who will be part of the structure of His new government that is about to be established. Jesus Christ will be the head of that new government and the 144,000, whom God has chosen and trained, will be resurrected to serve in that government.

So who are the 144,000? Although the number is not given in Revelation 5, these are the same ones mentioned earlier when it was shown that Jesus Christ was the only one that God revealed was worthy to open the Seals of Revelation. The twenty-four elders spoke of Jesus Christ being worthy to open the seals:

You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof, for you were slain and have redeemed them [the 144,000] to God, by your blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. And you have made them unto our God kings and priests, and they shall reign upon the earth. " (Revelation 5:9-10)

These are the ones whom God has molded and fashioned throughout the space of six millennia. There is only one group of people who have been redeemed through time who will be resurrected at the return of Jesus Christ.

The Book of Revelation was not written so that it could be understood by anyone who read it. Although John wrote Revelation, the meaning of what he wrote was not revealed even to him. It was written, as the name implies, in such a way that one would require God's own revelation to understand it. For the most part, God was not going to reveal the full meaning contained in it until the time that the Seals began to be opened—when they were no longer sealed.

People who read Revelation become entangled in misinterpretations because the Seals have been mostly concealed (except in some very basic ways to God's own Church).

Such is the case of the 144,000. There will be only one great resurrection on the very day that Jesus Christ returns, and this will be the 144,000. There will be no others! This same group of people is referred to in different ways throughout Revelation, but it is always the one and selfsame group.

When reading Revelation 7, most people believe two separate groups of people are being discussed; but they are the same. Let's review the first part of that chapter once again:

And I [John] 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 [the angels with the first four trumpets of the Seventh Seal], saying, "Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. " And I heard the number of them who were sealed, and there were sealed an hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. (Revelation 7:2-4)

For six millennia, the seal of God's approval has been placed upon those whom God has molded and fashioned to become part of His future government. Most who will be in that new government have already been sealed, died and are awaiting the resurrection at Christ's return. There are a very few (still living) who will complete the total makeup of God's new government.

The angel, who carried the instruction from God to the first four angels of the Seventh Seal, told them that they could not begin to sound their trumpets until his job was finished. This angel sets the seal of God upon those whom God has finished training and made ready to serve in His new government. As of this very moment, there are some now living, whom God has finished training, who have been sealed. There are a very few others who are yet to complete that training, and as soon as they have, then they too will be sealed. When that sealing is complete, then the entire 144,000 will be sealed. Then, the Seventh Seal will be opened, and those four angels, who had been restrained, will blow their trumpets. The result will lead to the demise of the United States.

This same angel, who set the seal of God on those who finished their training, announced the total number of all those whom God would seal—144,000. John heard that number and recorded what he heard. Later in the same chapter, John is given a vision of this same group. Notice how he describes it:

After this [This was after John had been told about this 144,000 whom God divided into twelve organizational groups of 12,000 each.] I looked, and before me there was a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes and palms in their hands. (Revelation 7:9)

This time, John was shown this large number, and he described it as a great multitude. Man is incapable of looking out over such a large multitude and counting it, and man does not have the ability to know the number of people God has prepared through time. Only God knows all those whom He has prepared and sealed. God had to reveal this to man. So in the beginning of this chapter, He told the number to John.

Then one of the twenty-four elders of God asked John a question:

Who are these who are clothed in white robes and from where do they come? And I [John] said, "Sir, you know. " Then he said to me, "These are those who came out of great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Revelation 7:13-14).

As with the same group mentioned in Revelation 5, these are also described as being redeemed by the blood of the Passover Lamb—Jesus Christ. These have been called by God from among people throughout the world, through time. Their training has been difficult, and they have battled to change their nature in order to yield to God's will, rather than their own. This conquering process is described as coming out of great tribulation.

By not understanding the structure of God's new government, some have believed that the great multitude described in the last half of Revelation 7 is a different group from those 144,000 described in the first half. In addition, since the 144,000 are further broken down into twelve groups of 12,000, with each bearing the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel, some have believed that this meant that these people were literally—physically—of these twelve tribes. This is not true.

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