John saw a huge throng of 144,000 "of all the tribes of the
children of Israel" who are said to be "before the throne
of God." Who are these people? Are they in Heaven? Are they
a church on earth? Here, in plain language, is the truth about the
time to time, one or another church organization lays claim to the
"144,000" of the book of Revelation, chapter 7. Of course,
it is inspiring indeed to believe one has found oneself actually
mentioned in the Bible — especially in the context of standing right
before the throne of God, having been saved!
are the 144,000 people John saw in vision the members of a Christian
professing organization here on this earth? Are they already in
heaven? Just who are they, and how do they fit in the scheme of
things in Bible prophecy?
is indeed strange that people should be puzzled about a scripture
so plain as Revelation the 7th chapter! Here is
what John said he saw: "And after these things I saw four angels
standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds
of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on
the sea, nor on any tree.
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,
Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have
sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
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.
the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben
were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve
the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim
were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed
the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of
Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were
sealed twelve thousand.
the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of
Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were
sealed twelve thousand" (Revelation 7:1-8).
is nothing mysterious about who these people are at all, then, is
there? You have just read with your own eyes exactly who they are.
They are twelve thousand people from each tribe of Israel except
Dan who are depicted as having survived the Great Tribulation;
having "washed their robes, and made them white in the blood
of the Lamb," and having received salvation.
Where Are The Twelve Tribes?
confusion comes from the ignorance of the vast majority of professing
Christians who know nothing of the identity and location of the
tribes, such as Zebulon, Issachar, Naphtali, Reuben, Manassah, and
course, any professing Christian church which makes the claim THEY
are the "144,000" of prophecy are making an utterly ludicrous
claim, for not a one of them has, among their membership,
36,000 Jews! Why 36,000? Because the tribes of Judah, Levi and Simeon
were part of the "House of Judah," with their capital
at Jerusalem, when the northern ten tribes split off, forming the
"House of Israel."
few people recognize ANY of the tribes of Israel except that of
Levi, which are generally called "Jewish." Many of them
retain the names, albeit in many different forms, of their eponymous
ancestor, Levi. Who has not heard of "Levis," the copper-studded
jeans? Names such as "Levi, Levine, Levy, Levinson, Yvel [Levi
spelled backward], Levit, Levitt, Levitson, and the like are all
Levites. The Hebrew name for priest is "Cohen." Many forms
of this name are found among "Jewish" people today. George
M. Cohan, the famous American composer, was Jewish, probably from
the tribe of Levi. Names such as Cohane, Kahane, Cohen, Khune, Khuin,
and Cantor (Eddie Cantor was a well-known Jewish singer/actor) are
also from the tribe of Levi.
such as Gold, Golda, Gelt, Goldson, Golden, Silver, Silverman, da
Silva (Portuguese), Perlmutter, Gottleib (God loves), Liebermann,
and the like are also Jewish. But there are hundreds of other names
from many countries in Europe, especially Poland and Germany, and
from Britain, and also among the Arab countries, which are also
Jewish, but which are not easily recognizable because of etymological
evolution over the centuries.
the time of Christ, the northern Ten Tribes of Israel did not live
in Palestine. Instead, they were called the "dispersed"
(diaspora), or the "scattered" ones. One church,
completely misunderstanding Christ's words concerning the "lost
sheep of the House of Israel," assumed those lost sheep to
be in the continental United States.
said, "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:
them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there
shall be one fold, and one shepherd" (John 10:16). When a Samaritan
woman begged Christ for a healing, Christ insisted, "...I am
not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew
15:24). This carried a dual connotation. Not only were the
Ten Tribes "lost" to history — scattered among many different
nations — they were also "lost" spiritually.
Jesus Christ said the Jews were the FIRST to be invited to receive
Him as their Messiah; their Savior! John wrote, "He was in
the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew
came unto his own [the Jews. Jesus was a Jew], and his own received
as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons
of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 1:10-12).
told His disciples, "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep,
and am known of mine.
the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down
my life for the sheep.
other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must
bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold,
and one shepherd" (John 10:14-16). In this prophecy lies a
major clue to understanding the puzzle of the 144,000! It will not
be until the time of the Day of the Lord and the Second Coming of
Christ until ALL of the "lost sheep of the House of Israel"
will be "found" both physically and spiritually!
Isaiah's prophecy: "And in that day there shall be a root of
Jesse [Christ], which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to
it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest [His millennial kingdom]
shall be glorious.
it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand
again the second time [the first time was from Egypt under
Moses] to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left,
from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and
from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands
[coastlands] of the sea.
he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the
outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed
of Judah [two different "houses" or groupings of tribes]
from the four corners of the earth.
envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah
shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall
not vex Ephraim" (Isaiah 11:10-13).
prophecy shows that the House of Israel and the House of Judah will
not be reunited until Christ once again stands on this earth! And
that reunification is what the seventh chapter of Revelation is
The Ten "Lost" Tribes
of professing, church-going Christians are completely ignorant of
the identity of the "House of Israel." Many who have gone
to church all their lives do not have the faintest idea that there
are four whole books of the Bible which detail the separate
national histories of the House of Israel and the House of Judah.
the death of Solomon, Jereboam rent the northern tribes away from
Rehoboam, Solomon's son. Rehoboam had promised the people nothing
but brutal autocracy, and the people rebelled, and turned to Jereboam
"And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was
come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation,
and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed
the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only" (I Kings 12:20).
Thus it was that all those who came to be called "Jews"
remained centered around Jerusalem, and the people who were NEVER
called Jews; those of Ephraim, Manasseh, Dan, Gad, Asher, Zebulon,
Reuben and many more, formed the "Kingdom of Israel,"
with a capital at Samaria.
first place in the Bible where the term "Jew" is ever
used is found in 2 Kings 16:6. Notice it, in context: "In the
seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham
king of Judah began to reign.
years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years
in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the
LORD his God, like David his father.
he walked in the way of the kings of Israel [who had long
before gone into idolatry], yea, and made his son to pass through
the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the
LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.
he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills,
and under every green tree.
Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel
came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz,
but could not overcome him.
that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and
drave the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians [allies with Israel!]
came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day" (2 Kings 16:1-6).
would ASTONISH millions of "Christians" to learn that
"The JEWS WERE AT WAR AGAINST ISRAEL!" They simply could
not comprehend it, for they have never understood that the two terms
are not the same!
analogy, all Texans (natural born, legal citizens, of course) are
AMERICANS, but NOT all Americans are TEXANS! All Jews are ISRAELITES,
but not all Israelites are JEWS!
is the ancestor of all twelve tribes (thirteen in all, for Joseph
had two sons; Ephraim and Manasseh). His name was changed to "Israel,"
meaning "One who overcomes; one who prevails with God."
the startling truth about the real identity of the United States,
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you understand that Britain is the "Ephraim" of the "Lost
Ten Tribes," you will come to understand why Isaiah's prophecy
that Judah (modern-day "Israel" in Palestine; the Jews)
and Ephraim will no longer "vex" one another when Christ
Why No Christian Church Can Be The 144,000
Simeon and Levi had no inheritance in the land, and were scattered
among all the other tribes, those who remained in the province of
Judaea, under the "House of Judah" with capital in Jerusalem,
were always called "Jews." "Shimon Peres," a
current political figure in Israel is very likely a Simeonite, for
he has that family name.
is no "Christian" church which can claim to have baptized,
or taken into their membership THIRTY-SIX THOUSAND JEWS! And 12,000
from Judah, 12,000 from Levi, and 12,000 from Simeon adds up to
again the first eight verses of Revelation 7. Now, notice what follows:
"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which
no man could number, of all nations [which INCLUDES all the
nations of Israel and Judah], and kindreds, and people, and tongues,
stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white
robes, and palms in their hands;
cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth
upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders
and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces,
and worshipped God,
Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour,
and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which
are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These
are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed
their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb"
the archangel asked John who they were, John didn't know. He said,
"Sir, thou knowest." The archangel then told John precisely
who they were!
where is the puzzle? Where is the problem? The answer is plainly
before us. ALL of these people; the 144,000 from the tribes of Israel,
and the vast, countless multitude, are SURVIVORS OF THE TRIBULATION!
They were not murdered. They have not been dead, and then resurrected.
They are alive because they were "sealed of God";
given God's supernatural protection. Yet, they did not escape all
hardship. They had to endure the horrors of the Tribulation.
is because of their sufferings during the tribulation that
their stiff necks and hard hearts have finally been softened; they
have finally repented of all their sins, and turned to God
with all their hearts!
of that fact; that they have "washed their robes" (metaphor
for repentance and baptism) and "made them white in the blood
of the Lamb" (seemingly a contradiction in terms, but metaphor
for spiritual cleanliness) they are therefore "...before the
throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he
that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the
sun light on them, nor any heat.
the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and
shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe
away all tears from their eyes" (Revelation 7:15-17).
turn to and read the prophecy of Ezekiel about the "valley
of dried bones."
"The `Dry Bones' and the `Two Sticks'"
of professing church-going Christians know NOTHING about the resurrection
of the dead! Their pastors, who are either ignorant, deceived,
or both, do not preach the truth about the resurrection. They will
studiously avoid reading and expounding the 15th
chapter of 1st Corinthians during a funeral service.
millions of church-going people believe, NOT in the resurrection
of the body at the coming of Christ, but in the "immortality
of the soul." They suppose they will go immediately to heaven
in a disembodied "soul," like a "wraith" of
some sort. But that is pure fiction, borrowed from pagan Greek philosophers,
and is never taught in scripture.
are no phrases in the Bible such as "immortal soul," or
"immortality of the soul." Nor is there a single phrase
such as "We will go to heaven when we die." Instead, Paul
wrote, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are
of all men most miserable.
now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of
them that slept.
since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the
as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward
they that are Christ's at his coming" (I Corinthians
15:19-23). For a thorough study of the Biblical TRUTH about the
resurrection, call or write for my booklet, When I Die, What
notice Ezekiel's vision: "The hand of the LORD was upon me,
and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in
the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very
many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered,
O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O
ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD [one is reminded here of
the old "Negro spiritual" of decades ago; "Dem bones,
dem bones, dem dry bones"].
saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath
to enter into you, and ye shall live:
I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and
cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and
ye shall know that I am the LORD.
I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was
a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone
to his bone.
when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and
the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and
say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds,
O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them,
and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great
he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house
of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope
is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my
people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of
your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves,
O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place
you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have
spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD" (Ezekiel 37:1-14).
then, this prophecy concerns the second resurrection of the
dead! Why? For the simple reason that this entire passage is describing
bones, sinew, skin and FLESH; it is describing the "whole House
of Israel" being brought back to life PHYSICALLY.
you have not yet heard my sermon tapes called "Resurrection
I and II," please write or call for them. Briefly, notice that
there is the FIRST resurrection of the "dead IN CHRIST"
at the moment of the return of Jesus Christ to this earth "But
every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they
that are Christ's at his coming" (I Corinthians 15:23).
Paul also wrote, "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and
blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption
I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the
trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed" (I Corinthians 15:50-52). He told
the Thessalonians "But I would not have you to be ignorant,
brethren, concerning them which are asleep [continually, the
Bible speaks of death as a profound sleep!], that ye sorrow
not, even as others which have no hope.
if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also
which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are
alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [Greek:
"precede"] them which are asleep.
the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead
in Christ shall rise first" (I Thessalonians 4:13-16).
notice that the vast majority of the dead, who were unconverted,
and who were NOT among the "dead in Christ" do not come
out of their graves until AFTER the millennial reign of Christ:
"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand
years were finished..." (Revelation 20:5). This statement,
inserted parenthetically in a discussion of the "first"
resurrection, introduces the subject of the "resurrection to
JUDGEMENT" which is covered in the latter part of Revelation
20. It is THEN that the "valley of dry bones" prophecy
comes to pass; when the "whole House of Israel" is brought
back from the dead.
are the millions of dead from Hitler's concentration camps. They
are the dead from Warsaw, from Buchenwald, Maidenak, Belsen, Auschwitz,
and dozens of others. They are the dead of Norway, Finland, Denmark,
Britain, France, Belgium, Australia; the dead from the United States
during the American revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War,
the Spanish American War, and World Wars I and II! They are the
dead from Korea and Vietnam!
mighty host represents ALL THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL who have died down
through all history, not knowing the truth of God; never having
been called of God; never having received Christ as Savior! There
are MILLIONS and MILLIONS of them — as the prophecy says, "a
notice how the prophecy in Ezekiel also deals with the LIVING survivors
of Israel: "The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it,
For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take
another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim,
and for all the house of Israel his companions:
join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one
in thine hand.
when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt
thou not show us what thou meanest by these?
unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick
of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel
his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of
Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their
say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the
children of Israel from among the heathen [NOT out of
their graves — these are the LIVING survivors], whither they be
gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their
I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel;
and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more
two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any
more at all:
shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with
their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but
I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have
sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I
will be their God.
David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall
have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe
my statutes, and do them.
they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant,
wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even
they, and their children, and their children's children for ever:
and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.
I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting
covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them
[note that well: there are no more children to be born during the
"Great White Throne Judgement" period (Isaiah 65:20)],
and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and
they shall be my people.
the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when
my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore" (Ezekiel
the first resurrection occurs, DAVID will be raised from his grave
to become the KING OVER THE TWELVE TRIBES!
prophecy concerning David's resurrection ties in perfectly with
the prophecy of the 144,000, for it is speaking of the regathering
of the living refugees; the SURVIVORS OF THE TRIBULATION from all
over the world. Here, the Great Tribulation prophesied by Christ
(Matthew 24:21, 22) is called the "time of Jacob's trouble."
for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time
of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it [they must go
THROUGH it. They are not saved FROM the tribulation, but saved "out
it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that
I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst
thy bonds [physical Israel is pictured as being IN CAPTIVITY during
the Tribulation], and strangers shall no more serve themselves
they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom
I will raise up unto them.
fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed,
O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from
the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be
in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.
I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full
end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not
make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and
will not leave thee altogether unpunished" (Jeremiah 30:7-11).
prophesied also of Israel's regathering: "Behold, at that time
I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth,
and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and
fame in every land where they have been put to shame.
that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I
gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people
of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your
eyes, saith the LORD" (Zephaniah 3:19, 20). They have been
captives; slaves for several years, brutally trodden down
by heartless conquerors! These are the living survivors of
the Tribulation to come upon all the modern nations of Israel. This
does NOT mean solely the nation in Palestine mistakenly called
"Israel," but it means ALL the tribes.
When Are The 144,000 "Sealed"?
time setting of the sealing, or the divine protection of the 144,000
is obvious from the prophecies of Jesus Christ and His Revelation
the sequence of events Christ said would take place leading to the
Great Tribulation: "Take heed that no man deceive you.
many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ [they say
"Jesus is the Christ"]; and shall deceive many.
ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled:
for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and
there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers
these are the beginning of sorrows [troubles; tribulation]"
notice the sequence of events revealed by the famous "four
horsemen of the apocalypse" in Revelation 6:1-17 "And
I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it
were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and
I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow
[Christ is never depicted with a bow; this is a symbol of the
false Christ, not of the real Jesus Christ]; and a crown was
given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer"
when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say,
Come and see.
there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to
him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth [meaning WAR!],
and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto
him a great sword.
when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say,
Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat
on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of
wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and
see thou hurt not the oil and the wine [obviously referring to terrible
when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth
beast say, Come and see.
I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him
was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto
them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and
with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth ["Pestilence,"
the result of famine; disease, starvation, and death by attacks
from wild or rabid animals].
when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls
[Greek: Psuche meaning "lives"] of them that were
slain ["Souls" are not "slain." Humans are]
for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held [these
are martyrs for Christ]:
they cried with a loud voice [As Abel's blood `cried out from the
ground,'Genesis 4:10], saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true,
dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the
white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto
them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their
fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as
they were, should be fulfilled.
I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a
great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair,
and the moon became as blood;
the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth
her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and
every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and
the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every
free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the
face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the
the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able
to stand?" (Revelation 6:1-17).
how the sequence of events Christ described are in the same order
as the "seals" of Revelation 6:
24:4, 5 - False Christs and false prophets
Revelation 6:2 - A White Horse, symbolizing the AntiChrist
masquerading as Christ.
24:6, 7 - Wars and rumors of wars
Revelation 6:4- A Red Horse, symbolizing war!
24:7 - Famines
Revelation 6:5, 6 - A Black Horse; tiny amounts of staples
measured, symbolizing famine.
24:7 - Pestilence
Revelation 6:8 - A Pale Horse, signifying disease, starvation
24:9 - Martyrdom of Saints.
Revelation 6:9-11 - Fifth seal: murdered people crying
out for justice and vengeance.
fifth seal reveals God's murdered saints crying out for justice.
They are told they must "rest yet a little season" until
their fellowservants should be killed as they were! This is the
religious persecution phase of the Great Tribulation. The book of
Revelation is divided up into seven SEALS, of which the seventh
is comprised of seven "Trumpet Plagues," the last three
of which are called the "three woes," the last one of
which is divided up into the "seven last plagues."
of sevens. The final group of seven comprises the "Day of the
Lord," called "God's WRATH" which is to come on this
earth just prior to the second coming of Christ!
that there are saints; God's converted people who are members
of His true church STILL ON THIS EARTH at the time of the opening
of the fifth seal! But the opening of the FIRST SEAL is the beginning
of the Great Tribulation!
Will True Christians Be Martyred Again?
Christ said that BEFORE the worst part of the Tribulation, there
would be an end-time martyrdom of saints! After detailing
all the "wars and commotions," the famines, pestilences
and earthquakes, Christ said, "But before all these,
they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering
you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before
kings and rulers for my name's sake.
it shall turn to you for a testimony [they will be given
an opportunity to TESTIFY about WHY they believe what they do; about
the WORK they have been doing].
it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall
I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall
not be able to gainsay nor resist.
ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks,
and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
there shall not an hair of your head perish" (Luke 21:12-18).
Obviously, SOME of Christ's true servants WILL BE KILLED BEFORE
THE WORST OF THE TRIBULATION!
Himself said so!
think! What does this do to the concept of "spiritual escapism"?
Sadly, there are many who believe in the false doctrine of the "rapture,"
the concept based upon the "immortality of the soul" that
Christians will be "snatched up" from the earth BEFORE
the Tribulation, and taken to heaven.
could be further from the truth. Notice the many proofs: "I
beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed
the Ancient of days came [this condition; the martyrdom of SAINTS;
God's true servants, is to prevail right up UNTIL the second coming
of Christ!], and judgment was given to the saints of the most High;
and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom" (Daniel
again, "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth;
and he had two horns like a lamb [he masquerades as Christ],
and he spake as a dragon [but he speaks as Satan!].
he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him [he is
able to use the power of the STATE; the MILITARY power of the Beast!],
and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the
first beast, whose deadly wound was healed [STATE worship; just
as the Nazi's adored and worshiped Adolf Hitler during and before
World War II!].
he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven
on the earth in the sight of men,
deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles
which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them
that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast,
which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the
image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as
would not worship the image of the beast should be killed"
(Revelation 13:11-15). There it is again! This is the
MARTYRDOM OF SAINTS, which is to occur as a PART of the GREAT TRIBULATION,
which occurs BEFORE the heavenly signs
it is DURING the "heavenly signs" that the 144,000 are
is the awesome, shocking, frightening SIGNS which STOP the horrible
wars and murder; which HALT all human activity before man would
utterly obliterate himself from this planet! It is BECAUSE OF THOSE
SIGNS which these 144,000, and the great countless multitude see
with their own eyes, that they suddenly REALIZE, to the depths of
their souls, that GOD IS REAL! He is UP THERE! He is INTERVENING
in human affairs!
is only when they SEE with their own startled eyes this great truth,
that they fall to their knees, and cry out to God in heartbroken
repentance! They have been IN the Great Tribulation!
have been taken captive, as SLAVES! They have LOST EVERYTHING of
their physical possessions! Just like the millions of captive Jews
herded into the slaughter camps, these people have seen mothers
and fathers, sons and daughters murdered and raped! They have somehow
survived the hideous torments of utter privation and degradation!
Many are starving! Many are disease-ridden!
is only when the great HEAVENLY SIGNS occur that they are sealed
of God; given His Divine PROTECTION so that they SURVIVE THE TRIBULATION
notice the time sequence, and never forget it!
after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened,
and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall
from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and
then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see
the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great
glory" (Matthew 24:29, 30).
do the heavenly signs appear? IMMEDIATELY AFTER the tribulation!
Christ SAID so!
WHEN are the 144,000 given God's spirit, and supernaturally protected?
WHEN THE HEAVENLY SIGNS APPEAR!
notice further: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and
the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day
of the LORD come" (Joel 2:31). Any seventh grader can understand
these simple words! BEFORE and AFTER!!
is AFTER the Tribulation, but BEFORE the Day of the Lord that the
great heavenly signs appear! And it is the heavenly signs themselves
which SHOCK into repentance the 144,000, and which cause the warring
nations to HALT their insane wars before all mankind would disappear
in a nuclear, chemical and biological holocaust!
WHO ARE the 144,000? They are 12,000 living, human beings from each
of the twelve tribes of Israel except Dan! They will have been subject
to the horrors of WORLD WAR III; will have seen their nations DEFEATED
in a horrible war! They will have become refugees, captives, slaves!
They will have suffered terrible hunger, sickness, privation, and
almost unendurable hardship! They will have seen loved ones and
they will have HEARD A WITNESS! For years and years, they heard;
they read, they viewed on television the TRUTH OF GOD! But they
ignored it. They did not repent! They just weren't interested. Now,
suddenly, the very things they had heard so many times are HAPPENING,
right before their startled eyes! They are a part of the ultimate
FRUIT of God's work of witness and warning; the "Work of the
WATCHMAN" which will not be born UNTIL THE HEAVENLY SIGNS!
"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.
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:
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
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.
in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before
the throne of God" (Revelation 14:1-5).
they are called the "FIRSTFRUITS" unto God! Thus, they
are in the same category of those who are to be changed instantaneously
at the second coming of Christ (I Corinthians 15:50-52)!
metaphor of not being "defiled with women" and being "virgins"
is speaking SPIRITUALLY. It certainly does not imply a host of 13
or 15-year-old girls! Notice it goes on to say "these were
redeemed from among men" Because they have RESISTED
the great false whore of Revelation 17; because they have not committed
spiritual fornication with the great harlot churches of this world,
they are called spiritual virgins!
beautiful prophecy shows the 144,000 standing on that translucent
"sea of glass" before the very throne of God, having been
BORN OF GOD; CHANGED from human to spirit! They are SAVED! They
are redeemed from the earth! They have "come OUT OF" the
Great Tribulation and been instantaneously changed at the time of
the second coming of Christ!
gives them His supernatural protection from the impending trumpet
plagues and the seven last plagues which are to fall upon the sinning,
warring nations of this earth!
you know the TRUTH about the 144,000!