Here is an overview of it ... partly posted below...
really facinating, if you are on the right side, tough if you are not, you have been warned enough
The 144,000 Called
Revelation Chapter Seven describes the calling out of 144,000 select Jewish evangelists from the nation Israel at the beginning of the Tribulation
period, just after the Rapture of the Church. The 144,000 will vigorously evangelize Israel, completing the task begun by the disciples of Jesus,
within Israel but also extending their field to all the nations. The result of their bold and fearless evangelism program will be hundreds of
thousands of converts to Jesus Christ.
This great company of true believers are neither part of the church, nor members of believing Israel as such. They are usually called "the
tribulation saints" by Bible scholars. Persecution by the forces of evil under the beast and false prophet will be so swift and severe most, if not
all, of these new converts will be martyred.
After the Rapture the believing remnant of Jews in Israel who place their faith in Yeshua will be reduced temporarily to zero. However, the calling
and conversion of the 144,000 will soon result in new converts to the God of Israel within the nation, (Revelation 6:9-11, 7:9-17) . Judging by recent
history, the number of Jews living in Israel who find a personal relationship with Jesus on an annual basis is perhaps only a few dozen, but possibly
might reach several hundreds ---as many converts to Yeshua remain secret believers and do not openly and publicly acknowledge their faith. Suffice it
to say that during the first half of the tribulation period we might expect the size of the believing remnant of Jews in Israel to climb to at least
several thousands, perhaps several tens of thousands.
The seven year period following the parousia (the rapture) and preceding the epiphaneia (the Second Coming in power and glory), is normally divided
into two halves. The first three and a half years are characterized by some degree of apparent world peace as the false prophet (i.e. the false
Messiah--Revelation 13:11-18, 2 Thessaloniians 2:1-10, Matthew 24:15) in Israel negotiates a favorable Middle Eastern peace treaty with the help of
the political and religious leaders of Western Europe (Revelation 13:1-10).. That peace treaty, described by Isaiah as Israel's "covenant with
death," will fail---and terrible war will break out in Israel. The second half of the tribulation period is usually called "the great tribulation"
(Matthew 24:21) or "the Day of the Lord." Jeremiah calls it "the time of Jacob's trouble," (Jeremiah 30-31, Daniel 12:1). See The Great and
Terrible Day of the Lord.
The Flight of the Remnant from Jerusalem at Mid-Tribulation
The mid-point of the tribulation is to be marked by a great sign in Jerusalem. The false Messiah (Paul's "man of sin," 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12) will
enter the Third Temple
in Jerusalem and declare himself to be God. That event Jesus had said in the Olivet Discourse, would bring great peril to the residents of Jerusalem.
The peril for believers in Yeshua at that time period will include the immediate danger of military invasion of Jerusalem by foreign armies. The
believing remnant of Jews in Jerusalem at the time the false messiah enters the Third Temple declaring himself to be God will also be in grave danger
of their lives because of the antichrist's vigorous persecution of believers, that is, those few Jews who believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
and Yeshua. As mentioned above, the size of this believing remnant at the mid-tribulation point is open to discussion, but for the sake of argument it
would seem to be some thousands or perhaps tens of thousands of believing Jews. The warning to this group by Jesus in Matthew 24 is as follows,
"Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; let him who is on the housetop not go down to take what is in his house; and let him who is
in the field
not turn back to take his mantle. And as for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days pray that your night may not be in
winter or on a sabbath."
Luke's gospel (Chapter 21) gives a slightly different slant on this crisis,
"But when you [believing Jews] see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee
mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it; for these are days of vengeance, to
fulfill all that is written. Alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! For great distress shall be upon the earth
and wrath upon this people; they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the
Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. "
"And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men
fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken."
Ray Stedman remarks on this event:
Who are they who must flee so urgently when the last days begin? Who dare not hesitate long enough even to go back into the house to pick up a wrap,
but must immediately head for the hills? There is no need to wonder, for the Lord says plainly, "those who are in Judea" Now Judea is a geographical
part of the land of Israel, ancient Palestine. It comprises the hill country surrounding the city of Jerusalem and includes the city as well. It is to
the residents of Jerusalem and Judea that this warning is addressed.
Furthermore, the Lord's mention of the Sabbath establishes the fact that these residents of Judea are Jews. He urges them to pray that their flight
will not be in the winter, with its distress of cold, or on the Sabbath, with its travel limitations, for Jews are allowed to travel only a short
distance on a Sabbath day. Later in this passage these Jews are called "the elect" ("for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened"), and
this makes clear they are believing Jews, that is, men and women of faith who know and love Jesus Christ as Lord and are prepared to live or die for
They are not Christians in the usual sense of that term, referring to those who are members of the church, for we are told that in the church there is
neither Jew nor Gentile, bond nor free. Jews are not to be distinguished from Gentiles within the church These distinctions, we are precisely told by
the apostle Paul, have been invalidated in the church The "middle wall of partition" has been eliminated; there are no distinctions of background,
race or religious training that are recognized within the church of Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, Christians, we are told, are free from the law and no longer observe special days, special feasts, new moons and Sabbaths. In his letter
to the Colossians the apostle Paul clearly speaks of the fact that the Sabbaths were included in those shadows which were done away in Christ. But
here the Sabbath distinctly will be a restricting factor in the flight of these people. Here then will be a class of people who cannot be identified
with the present day church They will be Jewish believers in Christ who will be converted after the removal of the church and before the time of the
As Ray Stedman has noted, Jesus does not tell the residents of Tel Aviv or Haifa to flee. The greatest danger is in Jerusalem and the peril is so
great that the true believers must leave town immediately. The number fleeing will certainly number thousands, perhaps several tens of thousands. They
are called to flee to the mountains, and since Jerusalem is already in the mountains of Judea, the flight will evidently be down to Jericho, then
across into Jordan. Most Bible scholars believe this godly remnant will find refuge in the ancient rock-hewn cliff city of Petra, or at least in the
land of Edom (Southern Jordan). They will survive, protected by God, for three and a half years.
The route of escape for the Jewish believing remnant from Antichrist's military pursuit as he seeks to annihilate them, has been made ready by the
"He (the last king of the North) shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand:
Moab and the main part of the Ammonites. " (Daniel 11:41)
Evidently Jordan is given special protection during the last great invasion of Israel which will in fact devastate the Land. Isaiah the Prophet
instructs the believing remnant of Israel to find a safe hiding place during the time of Jacob's trouble when God's judgment will fall on the whole
"Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the wrath is past. For behold, the
LORD is coming forth out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed upon her,
and will no more cover her slain." (Isaiah 26:20-21)