So I was just reading through another thread about the "rapture" and a lot of mention was made of the 144,000. I was going to respond there but
thought it was way off topic. I did make a post explaining what the Bible says about the calling to heavenly life. Several comments were made about
the 144,000. So here I wish to take the time to give a Biblical explanation of the number to the gentle reader.
Was talking with a Jew from Israel a few months ago, we met online on another forum and he was asking me about how he could become one of the 144,000.
Well it was a long talk with him. But he finally understood who are meant when the Bible refers to the group.
Now it is mentioned two times in the last book of the Bible, Revelation. Once in Revelation 7:4 and again in Revelation 14:1. Some like him think that
the group is of 144,000 Jews, and that is understandable. But if we look closer we will see that the 144,000 are spiritual Israelites, and not all are
Firstly take a look at the reference to the 144,000 in Revelation 7:
Starting in verse 4 you will see the number sealed 144,000. Then in verses 4-8 you will see a list of 12 tribes with 12,000 from each tribe to make up
Now keep this in mind, I posted a screenshot from my Bible with the names of the tribes highlighted.
Now if you have any Bible knowledge if you are asked how many tribes in Israel there were, you would probably respond 12. And that is a reasonable
answer. But it is not quite the full story. There were actually 13 tribes. You can find the tribal listing in Numbers 1 (the name of the book Numbers
is because it is the record of the census and registration of the Israelites when they left Egypt.)
Here it is:
Now if you notice the tribes highlighted in red for easier identification you will notice that the 12 tribes that received a land inheritance are
listed apart from the 13th tribe, that of Levi, the priestly tribe that did not receive a land inheritance.
What is the importance of this? Actually a lot! If you notice in the tribal listings in Numbers 1 Joseph is NOT a tribe. That is because he received a
double inheritance and his two children Manasseh and Ephraim were named as tribes.
If you look at Revelation 7:8 you will notice the tribe of Joseph being mentioned. In ancient Israel the tribe of Joseph did not exist. Also if you
notice in Revelation 7:7 you see the tribe of Levi mentioned along with the 12 tribes listed here. In ancient Israel Levi was NOT part of the 12
Why difference in tribal listings? It is because they are not the same. The tribes in Revelation 7 are of spiritual Israelites, that is, the anointed
spirit-begotten Christian congregation.
Remember that the tribe of Levi was not counted among the other 12 in ancient Israel? That is because they did not receive a land inheritance. They
represent the anointed Christian congregation that does not receive an inheritance on earth, rather their calling is to heavenly spirit life.
That is also why Jesus told the apostles at the night of his death that they would reign with him over the "12 tribes of Israel." Those would
prefigure those who have a hope of living forever on earth. The priestly tribe of Levi then would represent those who would go to heaven to rule with
Christ over the earth. But how can we be sure? Let us look at other Bible scriptures that will reveal this to us more plainly.
The first is Galatians 3:28, 29:
Here we are told the the spiritual Isrealite is not so because of a physical birth. Rather it does not matter what ethnic origin a person is, if they
have been called by holy spirit they become children of God, heirs of the promises, the offspring of Abraham. The Israel of God.
To further verify this we note Galatians 6:15,16:
Again notice that circumcision is nothing neither is uncircumcision. Now to get a little of the context of Galatians, Paul was writing to Jews who had
converted to Christianity and were trying to push Jewish traditions upon non-Jews and showing prejudice towards those who were not circumcised. Paul
had to correct their thinking. They came from a way of worship that had become antiquated. When the Jewish nation rejected the Messiah and put him to
death, God rejected them as a nation, and he established the Christian congregation. And after a period of 3/12 years after Jesus was raised to
heaven, starting with the uncircumcised gentile Cornelius, a Roman centurion, God began to accept people of the nations into the Christian
congregation and baptizing them with holy spirit, having them form part of the spiritual Israel. This is because the majority of Israelites rejected
Jesus and his disciples, and refused God's invitation.
Let us go to the next reference of the 144,00 in the Bible it is found in Revelation 14:1, here by comparing what it says about certain
distiinguishing features of the select group with other scriptures it becomes more apparent who they are, where they are, and what their position
Here we are told that the 144,00 are on Mount Zion with the lamb. Now talking with that Jew he was sure this was referring to the Mount in Israel
where the temple was built. But comparing this with other scripures we see this is not the case. The 144,000 are not on earth at all in this vision.
Notice where Mount Zion is in this reference from the Bible:
Notice where Mount Zion is here? Yes it is in heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God in heaven. So the Mount Zion the 144,000 are standing on
with the Lamb is in heaven, that is also where Jesus Christ, who is the Lamb resides. Those of the 144,00 have been enrolled in the heaven.
Let us return to Revelation 14. There referring to the 144,00 we are further told (v 3,4)
So the 144,000 are bought from earth as firstfruits of mankind. They are in heaven with Jesus on heavenly Mount Zion. They follow Jesus wherever he
may lead them. The fact that they are firstfruits is in the fact that they take part in the earlier resurrection. There are two resurrections. The
first is to heavenly life, the second will be during the 1,000 year reign of Christ to earthly life.
Now there are other scriptures in Revelation that point to the 144,000 and their responibilies in heaven so we know exactly who they are and what they
will do. Please notice in Revelation 14:1 above that it says these 144,000 have the distinction of having the name of Jesus and the Father (Jehovah)
written on their foreheads. This is an important distinction because further on we see these ones in heaven with God and what they will do. Notice
Notice here that those who have the name of God on their forehead (in verse 4) will no longer need sunlight and will no longer have nights. That is
because they are in the very presence of Jehovah and Jehovah will shine always upon them. AND what? They will rule as kings forever and ever.
That these 144,000 then are rulers in heaven as kings there is no doubt. No other scripture refers to anyone having the name of God on their forehead
except the 144,000 standing on heavenly Mount Zion with the Lamb in heaven.
We are further enlightened about this fact in Revelation 20:6:
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