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Who/what are the 144,000 Israelites?
« on: November 19, 2008, 09:27:31 AM »
According to the Bible, both Jesus and Paul revealed to all of us who belong to Jesus, His Church, are to be CAUGHT UP [Raptured] to Him in the clouds of the sky, before the Antichrist is revealed who triggers the seven years of tribulation, that Israel has been decreed to go through.

In connection with the Church = Jn.14:1-4 and 28; 1 Thes.4:14-18 and 2 Thes.2:1-8. In connection with Israel = Jer.30:7 and Dan.9:27, where the person who 'confirms a covenant/treaty' with Israel is the Antichrist, and all three of the "he's" in that vs, who triggers the 70th and final 'Week,'/seven year tribulation. Seen also in 2 Thes.2:3-4 and 8 as well as in Rev.6:2 and Rev.131-8, where he is called the beast out of the sea.

Jesus said He has two sheep folds, the one He was addressing, Israel, and the 'other one He must also bring,' the Church [Jn.10:16]. He prophecied that they will become one fold with one Shepherd. He also said, many who are first will be last [Israel] and many who are last will be first [The Church] in Mt.19:30. This will be fullfilled after the first resurrection af all the tribulation saints, in Rev.20:4-6, and then rule with Christ for 1,000 years, in Rev.4 and 6.

He meant His Church will be caught up to be with Him before the tribulation [2 Thes;2:3-8] and that Israel will go through the tribulation [Dan.9:27]. When Israel finally recognizes Jesus as their Messiah [Zech.12:10] , they will then come into the same sheep fold as the Church and become the one fold, with Jesus being the one Shepherd when He establishes His Millennial kingdom here on earth [Rev.20:6].

When the Church is Caught Up to be with the Lord in heaven, the Antichrist is revealed and the tribulation begins [Dan.9:27 and 2 Thes.2:3-4 and 7-8].

When the overview of the tribulation, begining with the rider of the white horse, who is the Antichrist, in the first of seven seals in Rev.6:2 has been completed, through six seals, before the seventh seal that contains the seven trumpet plagues takes place, in Rev.8. God will send 144,000 consisting of 12,000 Israelites from twelve of their tribes, from heaven, that He 'redeems from the earth' [Rev.14:3]. Sealing them, as converted believers in Jesus Christ who will take the place of the Raptured Church. They will be put here to preach the Gospel in the absence of the Church [Rev.7:1-8]. Sent here from heaven, as He does the two witnesses of Rev.11. Who were in OT Sheol [As illustrated by Jesus in His parable about Lazarus and the rich man, in Lk.16:19-31] when Jesus preached the gospel to them, 1 Pet.3:18-20. Then when He ascended into heaven, in Acts 1:9, He took all the righteous ones who will come from OT Sheol with Him, as seen in Eph.4:7-10, fulfilling the prophecy in Ps.68:18. [During OT times, the spirits of the righteous dead went to Sheol, as did the wicked, because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin, as seen in Heb.10:3-4, as seen in Lk.16:19-23 and Ps.49:14-15. Until Jesus shed His blood and died on the cross. Described in Rom.3:25-26 also.

The efforts of their work as evangelists is then revealed in the parenthetic [preview] view of the Great Multitude seen in heaven [Rev.7:9-17], who represents all of those who will be saved during the tribulation, all the martyrs who participate in the first resurrection of Rev.20:4-6. They are the tribulation saints and are the ones who will be left behind, when the Church is raptured, and do not belong to the Church, until after the 144,000 bring them to the Lord.

When their work is finished, the 144,000 will be translated, in Rev.14:1-5. When that happens, the earth will once again be without anyone to preach the Eternal Gospel. So God will commission an angel to do so in Rev.14:6-7.

Therefore, the 144,000 are all converted Israelis who take the place of the Raptured Church to preach the Gospel to all those who will be left behind when Jesus comes to take His Church with Him to our Father in heaven.


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