Here is where the “rubber meets the road”. They are all male, and they are all virgins. Are YOU in a “christian” group that teaches that YOU are part of the 144,000? Well, you better be a Jewish male that has never had sex
“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.” Revelation 7:2-4 (KJV)
For some reason, there seems to be a lot of debate and confusion about the nature and identity of the 144,000 mentioned in the book of Revelation. That is puzzling to me because God is beyond crystal-clear about who these people are and where they come from. Cultic groups like the Jehovah’s Witnesses have long claimed that they are the 144,000, but as you will soon see, that is a categorical impossibility.
WHO THEY ARE: The Bible is very clear. The 144,000 are ethnic Jews taken 12,000 at a time from each of the 12 tribes of Israel. The tribes they are taken from are Reuben, Gad, Aser, Nepthalim, Manasses, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, and Zebulon. “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 Nepthalim 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 7:4-8 (KJV)
WHAT THEY ARE: Here is where the “rubber meets the road”. They are all male, and they are all virgins. Are YOU in a “christian” group that teaches that YOU are part of the 144,000? Well, you better be a Jewish male that has never had sex. Lol, guess that’s not you, Mr. JW. “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.” Revelation 14:3,4 (KJV)
WHERE THEY COME FROM: On this point, the Bible is less clear, but we can still know something about it. The Bible says that that are male, virgin Jews belonging to the 12 tribes of Israel, that we know for sure. But if you were to go to Israel today, could you find 144,000 male, virgin Jews who also follow Jesus? Easy answer – no. you could not. At this moment in time they are either being kept hidden in reserve or yet to be raised up. But remember, the time of Jacob’s trouble is a time where the natural and the supernatural once again meet, and on a regular basis. During this time, people living then will witness crazy amounts of supernatural phenomena. This is most likely from whence they will appear, by a supernatural raising up by God. For those of you who are born again now and will be leaving with the rest of us in the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, we will be “watching from the balcony” when the 144,000 are commissioned and sealed. “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;” Luke 21:25 (KJV)
As you can clearly see, all faux-Christian groups like Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, and any other who claim to be a part of this group we dismiss out of hand because their claims in no way line up with Bible prophecy. Another great trick these groups like to use is to spiritualize being Jewish and then claim that they are “spiritual Jews”. But this nonsense won’t wash anymore than Bruce Jenner could become a woman by claiming he was one.
There is no such thing as a “spiritual Jew”. The Bible only recognizes three groups of people, and they are the Jews, the Gentiles, and the Church of Jesus Christ.
Which one are you?
NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.