Rev. 6:12-17 (KJV)
: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; (The timing is the 6th Seal. This is the 6th Seal out of 7 Seals. This very clearly refers to Joel 2:10,31 and Joel 3:15)
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. (Matt. 24:32) 14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 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; 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:
(Now this is something to take note of. A lot of people think that Jesus/The Lamb does not have any wrath. They believe only in grace/mercy/love, but they don't realize that Jesus is the same God of the entire old testament & entire bible. He does not change. He is the same God yesterday, today and forever. He does have Wrath and Judgment)
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Many people are confused and automatically assume that the Wrath begins immediately here. However, the only thing we see here is the announcement by the angels. We do not yet see the Wrath actually poured out. It is similar to the plagues during the days of Moses. He announced the plagues, but they came hours later. These verses are only the announcements. Not the actual occurrence of Wrath. We must wait and examine each verse in its own timing and fulfillments).
:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, *holding* (restraining) the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
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, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
(We see here that the Wrath has not yet begun. It is being restrained until the 144,000 can be sealed)
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.
(This is not talking only spiritually as in spiritual Israel. Although all of God's people/Christians are spiritual Israel, the following verses clarify and explain that this particular verse is speaking of 144,000 literal, physical descendants of Israel).
5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. (Contrary to traditional doctrine/error, Most of the 144,000 are not Jews. The Jewish people are from the tribe of Judah/Juda. They are not from most of the other tribes of Israel)
Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. (France) Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. (Sweden and Scandinavia) 6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. (Scotland) Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. (Norway) Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. (United States of America) 7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. (Ireland and Wales) Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. (Possibly Jews or possibly ministers of any nation) Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. (Switzerland, Finland) 8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. (Netherlands, Dutch) Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. (Ireland, Wales, England, British Commonwealth, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa) Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand. (Belgium)
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, (John now sees something else in his vision. The 144,000 were sealed between the 6th and 7th Seals. But what he sees now is after Jesus return which occurs after the Wrath, after all 7 seals and all 7 Trumpets. So John is now projecting farther into the future. We must not assume that verse 9 occurs at the same time as verse 8. That would not be correct!) 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; (This great multitude is many many more than 144,000. For the context to go from the 144,000 to a great innumerable multitude of all nations/races, is not coincidence. Jesus calls the 144,000 Israelites to evangelize the true Gospel to all nations. Matt. 28:16-28, Matt. 24:14. This results in a great innumerable multitude of true Christians from all races. This also confirms that the 144,000 are literal physical Israelites. Not just Jews. But also Americans, British, Irish and other Israelites which minister/evangelize the entire world. John sees far into the future, He sees the result of the evangelism. He sees the Saints in the Fullness of The Kingdom of God. Matt. 24:14).
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
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,
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.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they (the great multitude) which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
(Notice the great multitude came out of the Great Tribulation. This proves John sees farther into the future after the Tribulation.)
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. (Rev. 21:3)
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. (Rev. 21:4, Rev. 21:23-25. Rev. 22:1-5)
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.
(Rev. 21:4-6, Rev. 22:1-2 Again all the references to Rev. 21-22 prove that John is projecting much farther into the future. He is no longer seeing the time period between the 6th and 7th Seals.)
Rev. 14:1-20 (Now back to the 144,000)
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.
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:
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.
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. (Most people assume that the words "women" & "virgin" here are only spiritual. But in this particular verse, it is literal.)
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
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, (Again confirms the mission of the 144,000 to evangelize all nations)
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.
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.
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,
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:
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.
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
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.
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.
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.
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
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.
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.
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.
Since the timing of the Sealing of the 144,000 is between the 6th Seal and the 7th Seal, we must refer back to Joel 2-3 to study this farther.Joel 2:1-32 (KJV)
Joel 3:1-21 (KJV)
:1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, (Invasion of Israel/USA/Scotland/BritishCommonwealth during the Great Tribulation. i.e. Ezek. 38, Rev. 11:2, Dan. 11:40-45)
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. (Verse 2 speaks of the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the Wrath of God, after the Tribulation)
3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;
5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:
6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.
7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head:
8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lord hath spoken it.
9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
10 Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord.
12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. (referring back again to the 6th Seal)
16 The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
17 So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.
18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth out of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim.
19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion.
True Christians Already Sealed: Not part of the 144,000: True Christians of all races/nations are already sealed via The Holy Spirit.
John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
Eph. 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph. 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
2 Cor. 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
True Christians today are already Sealed by the Holy Spirit. This does not always promise protection. Many True Christians who are sealed by the Holy Spirit, will still die during the Great Tribulation. Many true Saints of God are ordained to die for Jesus Christ. Many will be beheaded for refusing to submit to the mark of the beast which is Islam. Between the 6th Seal and the 7th Seal, Jesus will pour out His Holy Spirit upon 144,000 young men who are unmarried virgins. They will be from the physical bloodline of ancient Israel including America. These 144,000 young men will have a Special Sealing for Special protection from all harm. Their special mission is to evangelize all nations with the True Gospel of The Kingdom of God/Jesus. They will be successful and many many people will be saved in all nations and all languages. Praise Jesus!
All True Christians are spiritual Israel/Israelites. There is no difference between Greek and Jew.
Yes, that's true. But that fact does nothing to remove the other fact that there also still remains a physical Israel. The context of these verses show very clearly that these particular verses are speaking of people from physical Israel. The bible does speak Spiritually in some verses. But it also speaks literally in other verses. It takes reading in the Holy Spirit and coming to really know Jesus more and more, to come to the full understanding of any Truth.
The word "virgin" can refer to someone who has been washed clean by the Blood of Christ. The word "women" can refer to churches.
Yes, that's true. The bible does speak spiritually in some verses. But it also speaks literal in other verses. It takes reading in the Holy Spirit and coming to really know Jesus more and more, to come to the full understanding of any truth. I don't require that everyone just take my word for it. But I do ask that you take time to sincerely pray and fast for more and more spiritual understanding of holy scripture. I know that if you do, and if you continue to grow in the measure of The Holy Ghost of Jesus, then He will eventually confirm to you that these virgins are literal virgins in the flesh. His Holy Ghost revelation is much better than any amount of research and study.
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Who Are The 144,000 of Revelation Chapters 7 and 14. Copyright 2014 I Saw The Light Ministries