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

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