The 144000 appear not only before the tribulation but before the fall of Babylon the Great. Who are they, are they to come or are they already here? Revelations says they are Israelites. The Israelites were scattered over much of the world so it could be anyone. But let us have a quick look at what happened to them. They were taken into exile around 800 BC by the Assyrian’s. The bible says they went to the northern regions of the Assyrian Empire. The records of the Assyrian's say the majority were sent to a northern region that was unpopulated. The mountainous area around where Georgia is today. A bit farther north than what the bible says. At this stage people were just settling into Italy as Rome was founded at the same time. They had not spread far. There was probably 60 million people total at that time and around 4 million were Israelites. As the nations spread out this 6 odd percent of the worlds population was a reasonable number and would have led to large areas of the world population today tracing their heritage back to Israel. They were still Gods people and would have been blessed beyond others. There could easily be 20% or more of the worlds population with Israelite heritage. Using old records and linguistics they have been able to give us some idea as to concentration areas. Ephraim and England, Manasseh and the USA, Nathalie and Scandinavia. There are stories handed down through generations how Ruben went east and ended up in China/ Korea/Japan area. The twist is there is no one from the tribe of Dan. Dan has been replaced by Manasseh while Ephraim comes under Joseph. Why that is does not fit into the criteria of this essay. However, there is plenty of information on the net. In conclusion you can see that the whole world has the potential to provide saints for the 144000. They appear in Revelations 7 and 14 and we can glean some information. I can not find any other reference to the 144000 except in Revelations.
The Great calm happens Revelations 7-1. What is the great calm? Is this to do with the weather? Rev 7\1 says After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. The weather is partly from the rotation of the earth but mainly caused by the suns energy hitting the Earth. If you hear the suns activity has never been a quite as this in some news report that is going to be an event that could fit into the great calm. But it just doesn't seem possible. It is most likely to have some spiritual meaning. This calm is the signal that the 144000 are to appear. These saints are to receive a seal on there foreheads.
The Lord and the 144000 stand on Mount Zion. Mount Zion can be seen as Jerusalem or the temple mount. In reality Mount Zion is a concept and because it is a concept it is not necessarily in Israel. They are to be blameless and have not defiled themselves with woman. You do not defile yourselves in marriage. The blood of Christ makes you blameless. These are requirements that must be met. Now these saints are walking among us at this very time. You may be one but how do you know? Have you met the above requirements. Lastly there is a song that only you can learn. This is the test that you can apply that finds out false witnesses. What is the song? Only the 144000 will know it because it will be on their hearts . In fact the 144000 are walking around right now.
What will they preach?
Rev 6. Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
Rev 14 is about the 144000 and the message of the angel must also be their message. The desire to start preaching the message that the first angel declares. That is three things. Fear God, this is a fundamental problem of the world today. We have lost the fear of God. There is the fear in the sense of awe and wonder and there is a fear of God because he is judge and will punish you for wicked behaviour. This has happened because of the new Gospel that is preached. A Gospel that only looks at the good things of the Christian walk and avoids at all cost there are consequences to what we do. Do you fit the criteria and have this desire to preach "Fear God" and "give glory to God and Judgement is here". The cry fear God is here to keep us safe from being deceived. Secondly we are to give glory to God and worship him keeps us close to him. Thirdly they are to preach the hour of judgement has come. This is something we can place a time for. In the 1970s we had a shape increase in the preaching and books on the second coming of Jesus is about to happen. Hal Lindsay’s The Late Great Planet Earth was a best seller. Hal still preaches much the same things. Most of it wrong but that does not matter as all he had to was preach Jesus's return which he has done diligently. Hal is one of the 144000 as is the likes of Rick Wiles and his team at Tru News. Also many others preaching the second coming of Christ.
Now the third angel cries out. “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulphur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshippers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.” Once the Babylon falls the preaching will change from repent to do not receive the mark of the beast. This will be preached until the day of the Lord or Jesus's return. That preaching will be from the fall of Babylon or the USA(strictly speaking it is not Babylon but the seventh head the woman rides on). Through the rise of the beast till it turns into the fully blown Beast and during the reign of the Antichrist.
This is a very hard thing they have to do and the Lord well be training them. Does injustice seem to be following you or do you feel that you are receiving an unnatural amount of problems. You are being turned into men of steel to have victory in an seemingly impossible task. You will be rejected by the established church who preach the new gospel and have rejected the concept of repent. On the bright side you likely will get to speak face to face with Jesus. On the harder side fellow saints will help you at the cost of there lives. If you think your spirit is calling you you need to be putting it before the lord. Your time could be as little as one year away or even sooner.
There is a famous vision of the end times
by a man called John Hicks. I believe it is
a vision of the 144,000. It will give you a
sense of the power of this time. It starts
a bit slow, be patient. It has two parts.
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