Revelation 7:1 ķAnd after these things I saw four angels
standing on the four corners of the earth, holding 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.
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
Have you ever heard about the
144,000 of Revelation? Some churches and
sects have taught (and still do this very day) that there will only be
144,000 people go to heaven out of the great tribulation. And of course
you could guess that most of those who teach that will tell you those 144,000
are members solely of their church. So you'd better join their ranks if
you want to be spared the great tribulation!
In fact, one major group started out teaching that they
alone were the 144,000 and once their membership exceeded that number they
were forced to modify their doctrine. It would now be those "among them"
who were the more righteous servants of God (read
"biggest financial contributors") who would be selected. So dig
deep and give, give, give and we'll give you recognition as a good Christian.
The first problem with this line
of thinking (other than it stinks) is that heaven isn't even mentioned,
nor is it discussed at all in relation to the 144,000.
So let's recap where we are in the Book of Revelation and learn from Him,
not from the imaginations of men who preach "elitism" in order to hold
captive their congregations.
We had just finished chapter six where the Lamb of God
had opened six seals and it looked like we were ready for number seven.
But in Rev 7:1 John then saw the four angels whose job it is to release
the four winds upon the earth, which bring about the final events of this
flesh age, standing on the four corners of the earth, N, S, E, W. Four
remember is the number of "earth" in Biblical numerics. In verse 2 then
we read (in Baby Boomer paraphrase form): But after
those things John looked and ascending in the eastern sky, "It's a bird,
it's a plane, it's an angel having the Seal of the living God saying to
the four winds of the earth with a great voice
'Stop, do not bring about the final events of this earth age until we have
sealed the servants of our God in
5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe
of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed
6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe
of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were
sealed twelve thousand.
7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the
tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were
sealed twelve thousand.
8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the
tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were
sealed twelve thousand.
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, 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;
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 ķAnd 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 which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
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
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither
shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
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.
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