Category: E.) Angels in Prophecy

Thursday March 14, 2013

We are also under the third Woe with the sounding of the seventh trumpet. Question. What is Woe? It’s important to understand what God wants to teach us. We need to go to him for instruction.

There are 97 verses and 108 matches for this word in the Bible, using e-Sword. Remember parallelism? Here is some more of that.

    who hath woe?
    who hath sorrow?
    who hath contentions?
    who hath babbling?
    who hath wounds without cause?
    who hath redness of eyes?  Proverbs 23:29

 

Five definitions of woe, all in a bunch! What a way to learn. There are 98 verses with the word woe. Interesting….

James discusses this topic in the last two and a half pages of his book, An Exposition of the Seven Trumpets of Revelation VIII & IX. This, as opposed to, ninety four pages to discuss the first six trumpets. He was being modest about unfulfilled prophecy.

The first two woes were physical in nature; very destructive, loss of life, war, are good terms to define the word. The last woe appears to have a totally spiritual application during the patient, waiting, watching, time.

After that ends, James places an application to it on the seven last plagues. Then he also says that it just might apply to the entire time of the wicked, though the 1,000 years, til they are destroyed in the fires of hell.

 And why may not the sounding of the seventh angel continue until the end of the 1000 years? and the third woe cover ALL WOE til sin and sinners cease to be, at the close of the seventh millennium? The Seven Trumpets, page 96.

    The third woe is by reason of the voice of the seventh angel. Chap. 8,13; 9,12,; 11,14. The seven plagues are poured out under the sounding of that angel, hence the plagues are future, and constitute the third woe. Life Incidents.

Notice the lack of a spiritual application in this last quote.

No. 23, page 22, calls the Ezekiel 9 slaughtering an “illustration of the last work,” which phrase I might not be understanding correctly. Nevertheless, it is very clear that there is a great controversy we are in the midst of, and it is far more spiritual than physical. This is a battle. We are at war.

James makes a further argument.

4. “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ.” But let it be borne in mind that this is under the third woe, when it is also said, “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” Rev.11:15,18. Sermons on the Coming and Kingdom, page 15.

The following are some additional definitions of woe.

 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes [understanding] have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.  Isaiah 6:5

    Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it. Jeremiah 10:19

God Bless your Study

Sunday February 3, 2013

Today’s text also deals with the 144,000. It is like a snapshot of the action.

 Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.  Isaiah 41:2

There are some things we need to keep in mind as we study. America is the home base for the Advent message. God’s word deals with his people and those nations, kingdoms, peoples, that come in contact with his people and interact with them. This is why many countries are not mentioned in the Bible.

This Advent message was preached to all the world in, or by, 1843. That was the first angel’s message. The second angel’s message and the midnight cry were largely local to the eastern portion of America. At that time most of the western part of the US had not been settled.

I find it interesting that the first part of the text depicts the Advent people as a man, not a woman. However, this is in harmony with the imagery of Revelation 14 where the 144,000 are inferred to be men, for they are “not defiled with women.”

The next part is then in harmony with Revelation 7 where the angel which illustrates the Advent people is spoken of as “ascending from the east.”

Then this “righteous man” is “called to his foot.” And we have a very cool verse for this.

My foot hath held his steps, | his way have I kept, and not declined.  Job 23:11

Notice the mirror effect. I have placed a vertical line for the mirror. In a mirror you see things in the reverse. That is exactly what is happening here. We have “his steps” mirror “his way.”

In the mirror of the second part we see the true meaning of the first part.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

With the first phrase being the connecting link, the second identifying it as the way; this could be taken a couple of directions, both fitting well, because both are hidden treasure terms, meaning the whole.

Christ is the way and the way is the law. God called the “righteous man” to Christ, to his law.

Then he gave the world into their hands, nations and kings. The first angel’s message went without interference to the whole world; thus was the world brought before him.

Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind:  Psalms 18:42

The wicked are as dust before the sword of God’s word, and; now it gets really interesting.

We just finished identifying Esau as the GCSDA church, and as the wicked, AND as stubble. Enter the 144,000, God’s word teaching God’s word, Obadiah 18, bursting into a flaming fire slaughtering all, spiritually.

This will all come much more clearly into focus when you understand what Jerry shows from the Bible on the bow.

God Bless your Study

Sunday December 23, 2012

Someone asked me to comment on my understanding of the 144,000.
This is the short and sweet version.

First, we will cover some ground to ensure we are both on the same page.

I use the KJV Bible, only. There are over 5,200 documents relating to the Bible, extant today, and 99.992% of them are in perfect harmony with the KJV. There are 44 documents that are not in harmony with the KJV and virtually all the other translations are founded on those. I call them, “Defiled Bread.” Or, counterfeit bibles.

I use only proven, authentic Spirit of Prophecy materials. With my own eyes, I have seen the original Testimonies, and most of the other books, though not all. I am a steward of an original, leather bound 1858 Great Controversy providentially given to my care by God. On this page http://sopvindicated.org/Sopvindicated/CpW%20Docs/CounterfeitSOP.htm the counterfeit SOP is exposed by a computerized comparison between the original and the changed.

In the authentic Testimony No. 20, page 44, God, the true author, tells us that the Testimonies are similar to the Bible, using these words; “God has been please to give you line upon line, and precept upon precept;” this is exactly like Isaiah 28:13. In part, this means that we must move between it’s different parts, just like the Bible, to get a clear understanding.

With these things in mind we turn to the very first publication of the first vision God gave to his church in 1846, The DayStar, and find these words.

They [those who left the Advent faith] fell all the way along the path one after another, until we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming. The living saints, 144,000, in number, know and understand the voice, while the wicked thought it was thunder & and earthquake.

For a proper understanding, these two sentences must be known as the first line and precept that must be upon the next line and precept. These we find in the 1858 Great Controversy, page 205.

But there was one clear place of settled glory, from whence came the voice of God, like many waters, which shook the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake. The graves were shaken open, and those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had kept his law.
And as God spake the day and hour of Jesus’ coming, and delivered the everlasting covenant to his people, he spake one sentence, and then paused, while the words were rolling through the earth. The Israel of God stood with their eyes fixed upwards, listening to the words as they came from the mouth of Jehovah, and rolled through the earth like peals of loudest thunder. p. 205, Para. 3, [1SG ].

Now that we have the other line, and the other precept, we gain a clear, correct understanding of the origin of the 144,000. By comparing these two lines and precepts, we see a clear connection in the words perfectly reproduced in both, “the voice of God, like many waters.”

By a careful reading of what occurs after this phrase, we see that in both lines, in each precept, the Father announces the day and hour of Jesus’ coming. But in the second is additional information not given in the first.

We find two items of interest. First, the Father calls from the grave “those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath.” Second, God proclaims a “covenant of peace” which he makes with the 144,000.

And it is only after this special resurrection that they are called, “The living saints, 144,000, in number.”

The other large question in the minds of many deals with the sealing of the 144,000. In order to answer this question properly, we again are pointed to God’s plan of “line upon line, precept upon precept” for a correct understanding.

I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, “Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal or bind the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention.” p. 38, Para. 3, [SUPCEV].

So it is the third angel of Revelation 14 that is to do the sealing. Many are not aware that this angel began his work October 23, 1844 with the vision given to Hiram Edson in the cornfield. We have further confirmation of this from Testimony No. 23, page 22, in these words, “Especially in the closing work for the church, [God’s true church] in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand, who are to stand without fault before the throne of God,….”

And one more item, which taken together with the above, proves that the angel of Ezekiel 9, with the writer’s inkhorn, is the same as the third angel of Revelation 14.

An angel returned from the earth with a writer’s inkhorn by his side, and reported to Jesus that his work was done, that the saints were numbered and sealed. Then I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark containing the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised his hands upward, and with a loud voice said, It is done. 1858 Great Controversy, p. 197.

To summarize, from these passages we find that the 144,000 count started with the third angel’s message, on October 23, 1844, and that probation will end when that count is completed.

It is a fearful time in which we now live; for 168 years the count has been continuing, soon it will end.

God Bless your Study

Friday December 7, 2012

I just love the mystery hidden in these words! What hath God wrought! This text is a perfect example of the hidden treasure teaching us more truth, truth in depth, truth in golden harmony with all past truth revealed.

   And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. 2 Samuel 23:4

I think this is all about the 144,000. What else is left? nothing. We have already shown that “light” is God’s word. Psalms 119:105. So this means that the 144,000 shall be as the word of God in the morning.

The next phrase “when the sun riseth” I take to mean, is a direct reference to the vison God gave to his church November 18, 1848, during which Ellen spoke these words, as recorded by Joseph Bates.

 That truth [the Sabbath] arises and is on the increase, stronger, and stronger. It’s the seal! It’s coming up! It arises, commencing from the rising of the sun. Like the sun, first cold, grows warmer and sends it’s rays. When that truth arose there was but little light in it, but it has been increasing. O the power of these rays. It grows in strength, the greatest weight and light is on that truth, for it lasts forever when the Bible is not needed. It arose there in the east, it began with a small light, but it’s beams are healing. O how mighty is that truth; it’s the highest after they enter the goodly land, but it will increase till they are made immortal. It commenced from the rising of the sun, keeps on the course like the sun, but it never sets. A Sealing Message, page 24-26.

Grass is defined as people, and it saying “as” must mean that the tender 144,000 are springing out of the false church, the earth.

Just now found this.

 Truth shall spring out of the earth;  Psalms 85:11

Excellent confirmation that we are on the right path.

Obadiah 1:18 tells us that the loud cry will start in the house, meaning the church, of Esau, the one who rejected his birthright. That would be the SDA church who has refused to walk in the light of the midnight cry, or keep the way of present truth as laid out by the true pioneers of this faith.

 

 

Then we are told that all this is “by— clear shining after rain.”

 Who is she that looketh

      forth as the morning,
         fair as the moon,

      clear as the sun, and
 terrible as an army with banners?  Song of Solomon 6:10

And here is what shine means.

Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.  Psalms 119:135

Now to paraphrase the whole verse.

 The 144,000 are as God’s pure word; during the sounding of the third angel’s message, there will be no obstruction of the message as they give it; they will spring forth out of the false church by teaching the Sabbath rest truth, freely to all, after the Holy Ghost is poured out, known as the loud cry.

Amazing truth God is opening to his people, the hidden treasure, comes pouring out as rivers of oil from the Rock!, that shine bright as a burning fire for those who have striven to enter the strait gate, to walk in the narrow way, in the light of the midnight cry, all the way to the City.

God Bless your learning

Thursday November 29, 2012

Wonderful indeed are God’s words and works! He is the true author of both the Bible and the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. Yesterday’s post revealed another facet of that beautiful harmony that exists between the two.

It also reveals that beautiful relationship of position assigned by God to each of these two great works. This is shown in the following passage.

 It is because you have neglected to acquaint yourselves with God’s inspired Book that he has sought to reach you by simple, direct testimonies, calling your attention to the words of inspiration you had neglected to obey, and urging you to fashion your lives in accordance with its pure and elevated teachings. The Lord deigns to warn you, to reprove, to counsel, through the testimonies given, and to impress your minds with the importance of the truth of his word. The written testimonies are not to give new light; but to impress with vividness upon the heart the truths of inspiration already revealed. Man’s duty to God and to his fellow-man has been distinctly specified in God’s word; yet but few of you are obedient to the light given. Additional truth is not brought out; but God has through the testimonies simplified the great truths already given, and in his own chosen way brought them before the people, to awaken and impress the mind with them, that all may be left without excuse. p. 44, Para. 1, [20OT].  

Therefore yesterday’s post revealed this great and beautiful harmony between the Bible and the authentic Spirit of Prophecy, through the hidden treasure, confirming yet another item in the 1858 Great Controversy, on page 195. Praise God!!!

In meditating on this, some other thoughts came to me (is this not the instruction of the Lord? and how he works with us? Amen!). David took five stones. We have already identified that these are, or represent the five angels of Revelation 14, verses 6, 8, 9, 15 & 18.

I noted that David collected all five stones and put them in his bag. Verse 49, of the story, tells us that David put his hand into the bag at the time needed, and took out a stone for immediate use.

The importance of this, is that any one of the stones could do the job. Therefore they are equal in this respect. All are God’s word. That only one was used is proof of the power of God’s word, the message then given, against God’s enemy, Satan and his agents.

All these things were written for the teaching of that portion of the 144,000 that should be living at the time of the giving of that particular message.

And here is an interesting point. That message, when given, sinks into the minds of Satan’s agents and paralyzes them from taking harmful action against the saints. This is the wonderful power of God, working for the salvation of souls, restraining Satan’s power so that the truth can be placed before such as should be saved.

    For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.  Deuteronomy 32:31

God Bless your Study

Wednesday November 28, 2012

And just because we have not plumbed the true depth of the acted parable of David and Goliath, we want to mark another point in this most wonderful story. That stone keeps coming back into focus! Wonderful are God’s words! Created for our learning upon whom the ends of the world are come!

That stone represents a smooth Jacob, and a message, as given by people doing the particular work illustrated by the angels of Revelation 14. Those people are the 144,000 and they cause the spiritual death of Satan’s agents, for his agents have only lies.

Now the truth of the message “sunk into his forehead,” we are told, in the KJV. Time to check up on what a “forehead” is in God’s dictionary.

 

Behold, I have made
thy    face      strong against their faces, and
thy forehead strong against their foreheads. Ezekiel 3:8

a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, Ecclesiastes 8:1

As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. Proverbs 27:19

but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:  Deuteronomy 28:65

And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind: 1 Samuel 2:35

 and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: 1 Chronicles 28:9

they have made their faces harder than a rock;

they have refused to return. Jeremiah 5:3

 

This one is a bit more complex. First we discover that face is the same thing as forehead. Then we discover that it is tied in to man’s heart. And heart leads us to mind.

Now we can go back to the bad guy, Goliath, and we discover through the hidden treasure that it is the people delivering the loud cry, whose words are God’s words, that “sunk” into the minds of Satan’s agents, paralyzing them from taking any action.

Hummm….. I am being reminded of something….
This is very interesting….. Hummmm…..
Let’s see here…..

    The light that was shed upon the waiting ones penetrated everywhere, and those who had any light in the churches, who had not heard and rejected the three messages, answered to the call, and left the fallen churches. Many had come to years of accountability since these messages had been given, and the light shone upon them, and they were privileged to choose life or death. Some chose life, and took their stand with those looking for their Lord, and keeping all his commandments. The third message was to do its work; all were to be tested upon it, and the precious ones were to be called out from the religious bodies. A compelling power moves the honest, while the manifestation of the power of God holds in fear and restraint relatives and friends, and they dare not, neither have they power to, hinder those who feel the work of the Spirit of God upon them. The last call is carried even to the poor slaves, and the pious among them, with humble expressions, pour forth their songs of extravagant joy at the prospect of their happy deliverance, and their masters cannot check them; for a fear and astonishment keep them silent. Mighty miracles are wrought, the sick are healed, and signs and wonders follow the believers. God is in the work, and every saint, fearless of consequences, follows the convictions of his own conscience, and unites with those who are keeping all the commandments of God; and they sound abroad the third message with power. I saw that the third message would close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry. p. 195, Para. 1, [1SG].

God Bless your study

Wednesday November 21, 2012

Truth is apparently our only rock to anchor our faith. When reading this, remember that Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6

Entering this rest, receiving the refreshing, is the way. Suddenly, so many other texts come clear, into focus for understanding, meditation. Thus the need to take time to pray and meditate. There are at least 120 references to meditating in the authentic Spirit of Prophecy.

More of the same about John the Baptist. The message, like God’s word, doesn’t change.

 John the Baptist was a man filled with the Holy Ghost from his birth, and if there was any one who could remain unaffected by the corrupting influences of the age in which he lived, it was surely he. Yet he did not venture to trust his strength; he separated himself from his friends and relatives, that his natural affections might not prove a snare to him. He would not place himself unnecessarily in the way of temptation, nor where the luxuries or even the conveniences of life would lead him to indulge in ease or gratify his appetite, and thus lessen his physical and mental strength. By such a course the important mission he came to fill would have failed in its accomplishment. p. 152, Para. 2, [26OT].
He subjected himself to privation and solitude in the wilderness where he could preserve by sacred sense of the majesty of God, by studying his great book of nature and there becoming acquainted with the character of God, in his wonderful works. It was an atmosphere calculated to perfect moral culture and keep the fear of the Lord continually before him. John, the forerunner of Christ, did not expose himself to evil conversation and the corrupting influences of the world. He feared its effects upon his conscience, that sin might not appear to him so exceedingly sinful. He chose rather to have his home in the wilderness, where his senses would not be perverted by his surroundings. Should we not learn something from this example of one whom Christ honored and of whom he said, Among those born of women there are none greater than John the Baptist. p. 152, Para. 3, [26OT].

God’s word is pure, every word is truth. It’s no wonder then that ….

 Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  John 18:37

Now it becomes much clearer to see how the loud cry could happen within one weeks time. As soon as the cry goes forth, “every one that is of the truth heareth” Christ’s voice in the words of the 144,000. They respond, quickly.

Remember too that this is the last call, “ALL ABOARD!!!” for the heavenly train. This is not an announcement of some new period of probation. God’s spirit has been striving with man for 168 years since October 22, 1844, when the gospel was preached to the whole world, trying to get them to come to the Father, to believe in his word, as spoken by his people, the 144,000.

All the honest in heart will be rescued. Truth will be carried to their very door, placed in their very hand, and they will be a part of the saved. The great question is, will you be a part of those who cherish and grow with the truth?

God Bless your Study

Monday November 19, 2012

“Come now and let us reason together,” if David took of the brook five smooth stones, what meaneth the count?

 

First, a reminder. People being slung out of a sling is not so far fetched. God has used it a few times, so we are in good company.

Yet a man [Saul] is risen to pursue thee [David], and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.  1 Samuel 25:29

For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them, that they may find it so.  Jeremiah 10:18

Those were the bad guys, now one for the good guys.

The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.  Zechariah 9:15

A week ago today we discussed the possibilities of the “smooth stones” representing Jacob, and thus, God’s people. Here is more on this point.

I was shown that the third angel proclaiming the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, represents the people who receive this message and raise the voice of warning to the world, to keep the commandments of God and his law as the apple of the eye, and that in response to this warning many would embrace the Sabbath of the Lord.” p. 236, Para. 3, [LS80].

Even though this passage only mentions the third angel, we know for a fact that none have testified to seeing or hearing an angel flying over and preaching anything. We safely conclude that the first two angels also represent God’s people doing the very work the angels of prophecy are illustrating.

We turn to Revelation 14 and find these three angels there in verses 6, 8, and 9. But there are other angels mentioned here. Verse 14 shows Christ on the cloud and 15 brings forth another angel; this one coming out of the temple and crying with a loud voice a message. God has given us the true understanding of this angel in “A Word to the Little Flock,” page 12, where we are told that this angel also represents God’s people; not delivering a message to the wicked, but crying a message to Christ on the cloud.

Verse 17 shows another angel, he “having a sharp sickle.” Christ is the one who has a sharp sickle, therefore we believe this is Christ, come to the earth the third time, at the end of the thousand years.

But who can this be that comes to light in the 18th verse? We believe this angel represents the 144,000 who, at the third coming of Christ to the earth with the city, have a special role; for it says that this angel “had power over fire.” What is fire?

 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; Jeremiah 23:29

We believe God is now preparing his people to deliver the final warning to the earth, through the use of the hidden treasure. It will be the fire that will “kindle in them,” (use your e-Sword here) and burn them up as stubble, fully dry.

Thus we have five smooth stones, which represent five smooth Jacobs, deceitful Jacobs that became converted, or, better said, five angels which represent the church of Philadelphia, the 144,000, from it’s inception to it’s last revealed act.

We have a great work before us. Even if every thing stated here is not correct, something very, very big is on the horizon. You have opportunity to have a part, if ye be willing and obedient.

The fact that Goliath was taken out by the first stone, I think, has to be an illustration of the power of the hidden treasure in God’s people, properly used by God.

God Bless your Study

Wednesday October 31, 2012

The next characteristically defining phrase about the 144,000 we are looking at is, “follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.” I did not find any definition for the word “follow” at this time. Maybe later I’ll see one. But in thinking about this word, it appears to be so important that perhaps there is only one definition. Maybe this is part of removing all excuse from those who do not.

The rest of the terms in the phrase are self-explanatory. The “Lamb” being Christ, and “whithersoever” being anywhere.

We know that when Christ left earth he entered his priestly work in the Holy place of the heavenly temple. Christ’s followers followed him by faith, into the temple. When they prayed, they prayed to him in the Holy place. Christ’s followers continued this practice for the next 1800 years. Then, on October 22, 1844, they again followed Christ into the Most Holy place.

Since that time, Christ’s true followers pray to him in the Most Holy place. They participate in the great anti-typical Day of Atonement services, confessing their sins to the High Priest that he might blot them out of the book with his own blood.

This brings us to the third angel’s message of Revelation 14.

 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.  

Traditionally the third angel’s message stops at the 12th verse, but in the light of these past 168 years, I place the 13th verse with it. For it is the book works that do follow them and we, reading such, are instructed in the true faith of Philadelphia.

    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.  

On page 12 of “A Word to the Little Flock” God tells his patently waiting saints, that it is they, who are the fulfillment of the angel of Revelation 14:15. Thus we see that the 144,000 have followed the Lamb everywhere he has gone, by faith, for they are depicted as following him out of the temple.

These things are tied in with Revelation 18.

    And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.  2  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.  3  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.  4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. Revelation 18:1-4

The phrase “having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory” is full of hidden treasure meaning. It appears that the latter portion of the 144,000 will even exceed the beginning portion of the church of Philadelphia. This is how God talks about that beginning portion.

    A spirit of solemn and earnest prayer was everywhere felt by the saints. A holy solemnity was resting upon them. Angels with the deepest interest had watched the result, and were elevating those who received the heavenly message, and were drawing them from earthly things to obtain large supplies from salvation’s fountain. [this is the hidden treasure] 1858 Great Controversy, p. 142

We believe the latter portion of the 144,000 will have a far greater understanding of the hidden treasure, and it is these and their understanding, that is the power, combined with God’s power, which will fully expose the false foundations the world and all it’s institutions are built upon; then all will be exposed to the truth and can make a clear decision.

God Bless your Study

Thursday October 25, 2012

The 144,000 are a distinct group. Of all the saved, these are the only ones saved by count. Check out the 1858 Great Controversy, page 197.

I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel returned from the earth with a writer’s inkhorn by his side, and reported to Jesus that his work was done, that the saints were numbered and sealed. Then I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark containing the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised his hands upward, and with a loud voice said, It is done. p. 197, Para. 2, [1SG ].

This means that when the count is done, probation closes. Don’t forget, there will be millions saved who have not heard and rejected the three angel’s messages. But these are not those. For God’s purposes, this group is numbered. We are going to focus on the other characteristics.

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.
    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. Revelation 7
    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.
    5  And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. Revelation 14

Here is a list of the key characteristics, of the 144,000, that I find in these texts. Drop me a note if you think I missed one. I’m not perfect ya’ know.

1.) The servants of our God.
2.) Them which were sealed.
3.) Not defiled with women.
4.) Virgins.
5.) Follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
6.) The firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
7.) No guile in their mouth.
8.) Without fault before the throne.

We don’t know the full implications of each of these, but we will go exploring. This to me is the beautiful thing, it’s so easy to use e-Sword and just go for a trip, see what is out there!

See what you can find. You have a head start on me. Tomorrow we will begin with number 1. We have already done some with 4, that’s because I’m learning here too, you get to watch and see what I’m learning and how.

God Bless your study