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

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