Sabbath September 22, 2012

The 144,000 — we have discovered some definitions from Bible texts, for this numbered group. This past Thursday, on the 13th that is, we talked about some of these definitions. One of the definition chains went from “144,000” to “virgins” to “daughter of Zion.” Today we search on “daughter of Zion” and find this text.

How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger,
and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel,
and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger! Lamentations 2:1

This quite amazing text gives us three definitions. This is parallelism, without peg words to frame the definitions.
        daughter of Zion = beauty of Israel = footstool

It’s almost as if God is taking us by the hand and says, “Come with me, I want to show you some things.”
So we go, if we are willing….

Let’s check out footstool first. Because our space is sort of limited, you will need to expand these searches and definitions. There are often more than one definition for one word; but, that is the depth, yawning, gaping below, all ready for exploration!

 We will go into      his tabernacles:
we will worship at his footstool. Psalms 132:7
footstool = tabernacles
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. Psalms 46:4

This text indicates, the dwelling place of God, being the “tabernacles.” This is a fitting line, back to the 144,000; for God will be dwelling with them. We’ll leave this chain here and pick up the other definition, “beauty of Israel.”

The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! 2 Samuel 1:19
144,000 = Jonathan

Lo! We have a direct connection to Jonathan, David’s best friend! Time to examine some things we know about Jonathan.

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.  Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. 1 Samuel 18:1-4
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul. 1 Samuel 20:17
David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded. And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. 1 Samuel 20:41-42
And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth. And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house. [house = church] 1 Samuel 23:16-18

There are some very interesting, and disturbing, parallels between what we know about Jonathan, the 144,000 and John the Baptist.

1.) Jonathan loved David as his own soul. He exemplified true Christianity. “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 19:19

2.) Jonathan was able to have very little contact with David; just like John the Baptist, with Christ. In this active parable, David represents Christ.

3.) Jonathan’s life was cut short; just like John the Baptist’s. It was because of the apostasy in Jonathan’s own family that his life was taken. Is this a sign of what the future holds for some of the 144,000!? Was Jonathan doing right by trying to defend (by fighting the heathen) his home  (church)?, or, was it his duty to be in that war!? John the Baptist was a Jew, he came in the spirit of one of the most important prophets — a Jew, his message was to the Jews, executed by a Jew  who was drunken at a party with rich food and wine.

4.) Jonathan was persecuted by his own family; just like the 144,000 are persecuted by their church family during the shaking, which started 1850.

5.) Jonathan’s own church family is in gross apostasy. Even going so far as to bow down to the man of sin, the pope. Saul went directly to Satan’s representative, the witch of Endor, to honor her with his presence. The SDA church went directly to Satan’s representative, the pope, and honored him, by giving him a gold medallion.

There is more to learn from this active parable. There is always more to learn.

May God help us to study like never before

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