Revelation; 144,000

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posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 03:19 PM
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I want to offer some thoughts on Revelation ch7 vv1-8 which reports the "sealing" of the 144,000 servants of God.

I'm going to be asking the question; how does this benefit the people who receive it?

When?

This act of sealing will be taking place in a time of "truce", which God allows and sets aside for the purpose.
The truce will be needed bcause the "Four Horsemen" sent by God have been running wild all through ch6, wreaking havoc on human life.

At the beginning of this chapter, the time of havoc is interrupted. We see four angels stopping the "four winds of the earth", holding them back from "blowing against" the natural world. Perhaps these are the same "four winds from the four quarters of heaven" that God once threatened to send against Elam (Jeremiah ch49 v36).

Then a fifth angel steps forward, whose real assignment is to tell us what's happening. He instructs the other angels, loudly, not to hurt the earth or the sea or the trees (in fact they're already acting on that instruction, just by being there).
Then he explains the reason.
Time must be allowed for the servants of God to be "sealed".

And so the time of truce begins.
It seems to come to an end in ch8 v6, because that's the moment when the angels with trumpets go into action, and the business of hurting the earth and the sea and the trees can begin in earnest.
We get more information about the "time of truce" from the statement in ch8 v1;
"There was silence in heaven for half an hour".
I was discussing this in the attached thread;
Silence in Heaven

My explanation, briefly, was that the phrase "silence in heaven" was an oblique way of indicating that there were no expressions of God's wrath upon the earth- this same time of "truce", in other words.
The "silence in heaven" lasts for "half-an-hour".
And the reign of the Beast, we learn from ch17 v12, lasts for "one hour".
So the "silence in heaven" can be identified as the first portion of the period during which the Beast is reigning.
It would seem, then, that the time available for the "sealing" operation is the entire first half of the reign of the Beast, however long that period might be.

Who?

Next, we must consider the "servants of God" themselves.

One, rather oblique, way of learning more about them is to look at the numbers being quoted.
Because the symbolic meaning of number is always important in Revelation.

"10" has been described as the number of completeness or perfection. I think of it as pointing us towards "the full extent of the world".
"1000" is the cubed version of "10"; 10 is taken three times and multiplied out, and that's the result. I think of it as God's version of "10", the full extent of God's world.
And all the way through the Bible, "12" is the number which points us towards "God's people".

Now each tribe on this list is numbered as "12" multiplied by "1000".
Then the multiplication by "12" is repeated, because there are twelve tribes on the list.
Which brings us the grand total of 144,000.
On that basis, the number 144,000 carries the symbolic meaning of;
"The fullness of God's people occupying the fullness of God's world."

The other source of information about them is the list of names.
This list is really a combination of two different lists from the Old Testament.
There's the list of "sons of Jacob", which includes Levi and Joseph.
Then there's the classic list of the "twelve tribes of Israel".
The difference between them is that the names of Levi and Joseph were left out of the second list, because Levi were set aside as a community of priests, and the "house of Joseph" was divided into the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh.

If we now compare the list of tribes in this chapter with the classic list, we can see that the names have changed again.
On the one hand, the names of Dan and Ephraim have disppeared.
It is not likely to be a coincidence that these were the two tribes which hosted the two golden calves established by Jeroboam, after he broke away from the authority of Jerusalem. Not the kind of names that you can associate with loyalty.

On the other hand, the names of Levi and Joseph have been restored.
These have much better asociations.
It was the Levite Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron, who showed his loyalty in the affair at Shiittim, which was one of the key moments in the fight against idolatry. For that reason, the Lord said to Moses about him;
"Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace; and it shall be to him and his descendants after him the covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the people of Israel"- Numbers ch25 vv12-13.
While Joseph is renowned for a different kind of fidelity, refusing the advances of Potiphar's wife.

So the net result is that "faithful" names have replaced "unfaithful" names.
The implication is that this list is pointing us towards a "God's people" which has been cleansed of unfaithfulness.

If the point of the names and the way they change is to give this meaning to the complete list, there's no need for us to take them individually and apply them to literal tribes or to literal groups of any kind. The "twelve tribe" symbolism belongs to God's people, and, for New Testament purposes, God's people are those who have put their trust in Christ.

The essential point is that this listing covers the full number of the loyal servants of God. We can borrow the words of the Anglican liturgy and describe them as
"The blessed company of all faithful people".

What?

We must consider what is meant by the act of sealing.

This is not the first appearance of "sealing" in the New Testament.
We find it explained in Ephesians as the privilege of believers in general.
"In [Christ] you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation, and have believed in him, weresealed with the promised Holy spirit, which is the guarantee of our inheritance".- Ephesians ch1 vv13-14
And there's a similar combination of ideas when paul writes to the Corinthians;
"But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has commissioned us; he has put his seal upon us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee."- 2 Corinthians ch1 vv21-22.

God would not need to have two different ways of "sealing" his people and marking them as his own. So it seems reasonable to assume that the sealing in this chapter is that same sealing "with the Holy Sprit".
There's no suggestion that all the servants are sealed in a single moment.
It would be part of the continuing process of people hearing the gospel of forgiveness and putting their trust in Christ, receiving the promise of an "inheritance" and receiving the Spirit as a kind of tangible pledge of that inheritance.

Why?

We can learn the purpose of the sealing from the parallel in one of Ezekiel's visions. The Lord is threatening to send his wrath against Jerusalem, on account of its various idolatries. But he gives instructions, before this happens, to put a mark on the foreheads of all those who "sigh and groan over all the abominations"; that is, their loyalty to God makes them grieve over the unfaithfulness of the rest of the city. The purpose of the mark is to protect them from the action of wrath. (Ezekiel ch9 vv4-6)

So the purpose of sealing the servants of God must be to protect them
Does this mean physical protection?
Yes, we're told in a later chapter that the "locusts" won't be able to touch them.
But I believe the power of the "locusts" to be spiritual rather than physical, so this protection would be part of a spiritual protection.
The key point is surely the opposition between the "sealing" in this chapter and the "Mark of the Beast", as one of the great "opposing pairs" of Revelation.
The servants will be faced with the challenge of the Mark, and the possibility of martydom if they refuse it.
It would make sense, then, that the sealing should be part of their protection against temptation.

THis would be one application of the remarks made by John Calvin on that passage in Ephesians (and you won't often see me quoting Calvin);
"God on his part is pleased to empower [the gospel] by his Holy Spirit, and to print it so certainly in our hearts that we may be steadfast and that the same steadfastness may not be beaten down by all the devil can ever do or devise to overthrow our faith"- Calvin, "Sermons on Ephesians" (Sermon 5).

Thus, in brief, the function of the sealing would be to bring into existence a body of believers who will not take the Mark of the Beast.








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posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 03:59 PM
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This is why I believe that some sort of real pandemic will be let loose on the world. TPTB like to tailor their actions to the verses of Revelations, and this "Seal" will be an immunization that is given to the elites and their favored servants so that they will be left after the disease has swept the Earth. It seems that the four horsemen have already shown up, so now we just have to wonder how long before "God's wrath" comes to finish the job.



posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 04:27 PM
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(and you won't often see me quoting Calvin); LOL ...Thank you very much for your post. The Lord has blessed you ,and blessed us with you. I think we will meet Mr Calvin some day, as to those who have religionized [cant spell and am not sure if its even a word] his view on predestination makes it hard to fall into that camp. But you have what I think is a fairly accurate description .Paul does speak of those barley escaping the flames and Peter I think it was Peter talking about the firmament melting .Thanks once again and peace to you



posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 04:33 PM
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Thank you for that encouragement.
Yes, the rigid doctines of predestination don't suit the way my mind works at all.
But I thought the idea that God gives us strength which helps us resist temptation was valuable,
And I happened to have that book on my shelves.



posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 04:35 PM
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Excellent thread.

It's very appropriate for the current times.




posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 04:39 PM
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reply to post by Wide Vision 2010
 

Thank you for that comment.
My personal opinion is that the "Beast" has not yet arrived on the scene, so this would certainly be the right sort of time to be thinking about getting prepared.



posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 04:48 PM
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Some 200 million dead, murdered in the last century...
They figure that many again have the monkey virus MK 40 from the original polio vaccine that is the most cancer causing agent know to man...
Bill Gates has said they plan to use vaccines to kill some further 15 % of man kind...
We are about to go into IRAN which war games indicate can't be one with out Nukes
George Bush said he was doing god's work.
( its ok to torture childrens genitles with pliers..)
Hagee said Hitler was doing God's work.
Nostrodamus said Napoleon and Attiula the Hun were anti christs...
Stalin killed 40 million Christians give or take...

What kind of beast would you like?

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posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 04:52 PM
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I'm not quite sure what your question is.

I've already done two threads on the "Beast" of ch13;
One describing the first Beast as a "world-state"
And the other one describing the second "Beast" as the leader of that state.
That's my take on it.
You seem to be offering several choices without being interested in opting for any of them.



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posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 05:03 PM
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triple post


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posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 05:03 PM
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posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 05:04 PM
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Originally posted by DISRAELI
Thus, in brief, the function of the sealing would be to bring into existence a body of believers who will not take the Mark of the Beast.


In your opinion is there any way to tell who has the seal, other than by if they will take the mark of the Beast or not?

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posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 05:04 PM
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So the answer to the question “who are the 144,000?” will depend on which interpretive approach you take to the book of Revelation. With the exception of the futurist approach, all of the other approaches interpret the 144,000 symbolically, as representative of the church and the number 144,000 being symbolic of the totality—i.e., the complete number—of the church. Yet when taken at face value: “Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel” (Revelation 7:4), nothing in the passage leads to interpreting the 144,000 as anything but a literal number of Jews—12,000 taken from every tribe of the “sons of Israel.” The New Testament offers no clear cut text replacing Israel with the church.


So, if you're not Jewish you won't be part of the 144 000?

This whole charade seems to me like fear-mongering and favouritism based on nothing else but ethnicity and seems to be designed to keep people in their place and be good little worshippers, none of which we have seen at all given the state of the World.

I can hear them now: " oh, but it wasn't us who stuffed the World, it was those nasty non-believers and those people who went against christ, the lord."

Seriously, it's a fable, a made-up story, perhaps a prescription for living if you like living under the fearful guidance of a wrathful. jealous and veangeful deity, who ends up threatening people to try to make them come on side. a story, folks, geographically and culturally bound and one that has been picked up and distorted by people who are ignorant and fearful and lacking the mental fortitude to be able to see through the facade. I guess that's why we have stories like this.: to guide people towards a particular agenda.

You can no doubt guess that I feel that religions and gods are part of the problem.

144 000.
*chortle*

That's not many, is it!
It probably won't be YOU, either (well, it definitely won't as it ain't going to happen).

Rant over



posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 05:05 PM
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Hi Disraeli I don't have time to read this right now as I have visitors comming .I would like to hear your opinon on why the Tribe of Dan is left out .I look forward to your reply and will pop back later .Thanks .

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posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 05:09 PM
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Originally posted by aorAki
So, if you're not Jewish you won't be part of the 144 000?

This whole charade seems to me like fear-mongering and favouritism based on nothing else but ethnicity


Excuse me, haven't you noticed that my own interpretation actually disagrees with the view that you need to be Jewish?
Although, I must admit, I didn't actually spell out that point as clearly as I originally intended. But I don't myself accept the literal view "They must be the Jews"



144 000.
*chortle*

That's not many, is it!
It probably won't be YOU, either (well, it definitely won't as it ain't going to happen).


And if you had read the relevant paragraph you would have noticed that I don't take the number literally either.
Why don't you read these things before criticising them?



posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 05:12 PM
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Originally posted by Student X
In your opinion is there any way to tell who has the seal, other than by if they will take the mark of the Beast or not?


Since I identified the "seal" with the Pauline "receiving of the Holy Spirit", then the way to tell would be by knowing whether or not you had received the Holy Spirit.



posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 05:19 PM
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Originally posted by 13th Zodiac
.I would like to hear your opinon on why the Tribe of Dan is left out .I look forward to your reply and will pop back later .


This came into my "Who?" paragraph.
But to sum up; my argument was that the name of Dan was left out because they were one of the tribes which hosted the golden calves of Jeroboam. Which carried overtones of unfaithfulness and disobedience.

And leaving out the name had the symbolic effect of showing that the whole body of believers was being cleansed of unfaithfulness.
As I said a little further down, I don't propose to apply the names to literal tribes. The point was the symbolism of the names and the numbers.



posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 05:19 PM
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Originally posted by DISRAELI

Why don't you read these things before criticising them?


I did read them, but it's all gobbledegook to make people either feel better or worse. Same old story, different actors....

So, you can interpret it in many different ways, huh?




posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 05:20 PM
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So everyone who has ever received the Holy Spirit has also recieved the seal?



posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 05:21 PM
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Disreali, my point is waiting for the beast is guaranteeing we are going to get one
The Zionist luciferian bankers already have control, it is just not obvious to some people. because they won't look.
They are waiting for the anti christ....
Which only happened because a huge chunk of the population have supported every beast that has come along in expectation of their bible coming true.

Its like when Jesus stood up the bankers in the temple, but every Christian that has a mortgage held by the luciferian banks and supports the invasions of countries that don't have a luciferian bank is doing the devil's work...thats a deal with the devil you know...no heaven for them
C'est damage.

Its OK because we are waiting for the anti christ then we are all going to heaven...
"those who expect to save their lives will lose it"-Mark 8:35
I think god gave Moses the TEN commandments for a reason
waiting for the Anti christ wasn't one of them...

Ps I don't mean to be dumping on Christians..I think that a dreadful mistake is being maid because in the prophesies of my tribe which was wiped out by christains
man had a choice
and he chose the wrong path.
and that prophesy predates the arrival of the white Christian europeans and was written down...



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posted on Aug, 15 2010 @ 05:24 PM
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OK, but since you were ignoring what I had written, you left the impression that you hadn't read it.

Most things can be interpreted in different ways. People interpret Obama in different ways- does that prove he doesn't exist?





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