Who are the 144,000?
Revelation 7: 1-8—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. 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, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 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. Of 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 thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of 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. Of 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 14:1-5—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. 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: 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. 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. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
The 144, 000 have a special relationship with the Lamb of God, in that they are sealed with a special name. They also sing a special song. Why are the 144,000 so important? It’s because they are commissioned with the greatest commission in the last of the last days: to prepare the world for the return of the Messiah.
The Scripture explains that this distinctive sealed body is comprised of exactly 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, which are; Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin.
In the previous post we discussed the building of arches and a replica of the Jewish temple in South America. According to Bible Prophecy, a third temple must be built in Jerusalem.
After completing the first stage in which the Institute has worked diligently to prepare more than 60 sacred vessels for the Third Temple, the Temple Institute has already begun the second stage towards building the Temple which requires compiling a list of Jewish priests who will be eligible to prepare the red heifer and serve in the Temple.
The registry will include men who have a clear patriarchal heritage from the priestly class (descendants of Aaron), were born and raised in Israel, and have observed the laws of purity incumbent upon priests. This includes not coming into proximity with the dead, so priests, or kohanim, who were born in hospitals, have visited hospitals, or have entered cemeteries are not eligible. Remember that Revelation 14 describes these witnesses as one who have not in any way been defiled.kohanim-temple-jerusalem-passover-sacrifice
Rabbi Chaim Richman, who is the International Director of the Temple Institute, was quoted as saying the following: “This is a huge jump for the Temple Institute and a huge leap for the Jewish people. For the first time in 2,000 years, after miraculously returning to the Land of Israel, we are beginning the process of reinstating the Biblical purity of the Jewish priesthood,”
Hosea 6:1-2—-Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
2 Peter 3:8—But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Psalms 90:4—For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
It has been well documented that since the creation of Adam to the present, 6,000 years have come and gone. I am convinced that we are transfixed between the end of the sixth day and the dawning of the seventh. Interesting to note that when Jesus Christ returns to rule the earth, this dispensation is for 1,000 years ( a day??) and otherwise referred to the Millennial Reign of Christ.
But before this happens, the Seven year tribulation period is looming and Israel must once again take center stage in prophetic events, especially after the Rapture of the Church.
We are inching closer and closer to the building of the third Temple. Already in the Judaean desert just about 20 miles east of Jerusalem, off the highway leading down to the Dead Sea is a replica of the 2nd Temple to be used for the purpose of training priests and levites in the conduct of Temple services. Some religious officials in Israel call this a step toward the third Temple.
I am going to go out on a limb here and state the following: It will be especially interesting if the famed lost Ark of the Covenant is discovered, prompting the establishment of a Temple to properly house it by early 2016 or 2017.
All Bible prophecy scholars state the the arrival of Anti-Christ is imminent. Remember that he himself will enter the rebuilt temple and defile it:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-10—Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Now an “undefiled” priesthood is being sought out with the utmost urgency. Could this be the beginning of the summoning of the 144,000???