Anchor Secrets Unsealed School of Theology: Revelations Seven Seals

The 144,000 and the Great Multitude Part 2 of 2

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00:17 Hello again.
00:20 Hopefully you had a good break.
00:23 Ready for session number two.
00:26 Amen. Okay.
00:28 We've been discussing
00:30 are literal Jews.
00:34 And we want to pursue that.
00:37 But before we do, let's have a word of prayer.
00:40 Father in heaven as we continue our study,
00:42 we plead for the presence of Your Spirit,
00:45 enlighten our minds, open our hearts.
00:48 And I ask that You will bless those also who are watching
00:50 the live stream, particularly those who perhaps
00:54 have never studied these things.
00:55 I ask, Lord, that You will give them more than human wisdom,
00:59 that they might be able to comprehend
01:00 and see the importance of what we're studying.
01:03 We thank You for the promise of Your presence
01:05 and we claim that promise,
01:07 in the precious name of Jesus.
01:09 Amen.
01:11 Okay, let's go to page 293.
01:13 We have a lot of material to cover in this session,
01:16 because I want to end with the,
01:20 with this particular chapter on the interlude
01:22 of Revelation Chapter 7.
01:24 Now, we've been basically saying
01:27 that the 144,000 are not literal Jews,
01:32 because the end time message is a message that is given
01:35 to every inhabitant of planet Earth.
01:38 So the issue of the mark of the beast
01:40 and the seal of God has to be a global thing,
01:42 not only for the Jews,
01:43 it has to do for everyone on planet Earth,
01:45 from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.
01:49 But now we want to ask the question,
01:52 does God still have a special plan
01:56 for the Jewish theocracy?
01:59 You know, that up to the time that Stephen was stoned,
02:03 God's chosen people to fulfill His mission on earth
02:08 was the Jewish nation, the Jewish theocracy?
02:12 The question is, is the Jewish theocracy still God's vehicle
02:16 to take the gospel to the world?
02:19 Are they still the chosen people?
02:21 Now don't misunderstand me.
02:24 We are to love the Jews.
02:26 God loves the Jews as much as He loves every other nation
02:29 on planet Earth.
02:31 And I'm not saying that
02:33 the Jewish nation does not have any reason to exist.
02:36 It can exist as a political entity,
02:38 as a nation,
02:39 like all other nations of the world.
02:41 The point that we are addressing
02:43 is whether the Jewish theocracy is still God's spiritual people
02:49 to take the message to the world
02:51 as they were up to the time of the stoning of Stephen.
02:55 Are you understanding the distinction?
02:56 Very important.
02:58 We can't be anti-Semitic,
03:01 or anti Muslim or anti anybody.
03:04 We want to see the salvation of everyone on planet Earth.
03:08 Now, let's go to the fig tree episodes.
03:13 Matthew 24:30-35 reads this way.
03:18 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree:
03:22 When its branch has already become tender
03:25 and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
03:29 So you also when you see all these things,
03:33 know that it is near at the doors!
03:36 Assuredly, I say to you,
03:37 this generation will by no means pass away
03:40 till all these things take place.
03:43 Heaven and earth will pass away,
03:44 but My words will by no means pass away."
03:50 Now, how do conservative Protestants today
03:54 interpret these words of Jesus?
03:57 Basically, they teach that the budding of the fig tree
04:01 represents the resurgence of the nation
04:05 of Israel in the year 1948.
04:09 They believe that this is the greatest sign
04:12 of the imminent coming of Christ,
04:15 that Christ can come at any moment after 1948
04:18 because the budding of the fig tree
04:20 is the great sign that Jesus can come at any moment.
04:26 Now, are they correct in this assessment of saying
04:29 that the budding of the fig tree of Matthew 24
04:32 is the resurgence of the Jewish nation
04:35 or the reestablishment of the Jewish nation in 1948.
04:39 We need to pursue this from a biblical perspective.
04:44 Now it is true that the fig tree
04:46 is a symbol of Israel.
04:48 Notice Hosea 9:10. Hosea 9:10.
04:53 Here God is speaking and He says,
04:55 "I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness.
04:59 I saw your fathers as the firstfruits
05:03 on the fig tree in its first season.
05:06 But they went to Baal Peor,
05:09 and separated themselves to that shame,
05:12 they became an abomination like the thing they loved."
05:16 So does the Bible refer to Israel symbolically
05:21 as a fig tree?
05:23 Yes, Hosea 9:10 tells us,
05:25 not only the fig tree but the vineyard.
05:28 Remember that because we're gonna come back
05:30 to the vineyard idea, Jesus referred to both.
05:33 Now, let's notice Matthew 3:8-10.
05:38 This is the message of John the Baptist,
05:40 and the tree is going to be mentioned.
05:43 Let's read these verses.
05:46 Here, John the Baptist tells those who are listening,
05:49 "Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance."
05:53 Remember the underlined words.
05:56 "And do not think to say to yourselves,
05:58 'We have Abraham as our father.'
06:01 For I say to you that God is able
06:03 to raise up children to Abraham from these stones."
06:07 The stones are the Gentiles, by the way,
06:09 according to Desire of Ages, because the Jews felt
06:12 that they had stony hearts,
06:14 so they called the Gentiles stones,
06:16 they called them pigs,
06:18 you know that they had all kinds of negative comments
06:22 about the Gentiles.
06:24 So John the Baptist, saying,
06:26 God is able to raise up children of Abraham
06:28 from these Gentiles.
06:30 "And even now the ax is laid at the root of the trees.
06:33 Therefore every tree which does not bear," what?
06:38 "Good fruit," what happens to it?
06:41 "It dries up and it is cut down and thrown into the fire."
06:47 So what are the key elements here?
06:50 Israel needs to repent.
06:52 They should not brag that they have Abraham as their father.
06:56 God is able to raise up children of Abraham
06:58 from the stones or the Gentiles.
07:01 And then Israel is compared to a tree.
07:04 Every tree that doesn't bear fruit,
07:08 good fruit is going to be,
07:10 is going to dry up and be cut down
07:11 and thrown into the fire.
07:13 Those are the key elements.
07:14 Now we meet this tree again,
07:18 two and a half years into the ministry of Christ.
07:22 Luke 13:1-9.
07:25 This is taken place two and a half years
07:27 into Christ's ministry.
07:29 In other words, it's three years
07:30 after John the Baptist begins to preach.
07:33 That's an important chronological detail.
07:35 Let's go through this parable.
07:37 I've added explanations in brackets.
07:40 "There were present at that season
07:41 some who told Him about the Galileans
07:45 whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
07:49 And Jesus answered and said to them,
07:50 'Do you suppose that these Galileans
07:53 were worse sinner than all other Galileans,
07:56 because they suffered such things?
07:59 I tell you, no, but unless you," what?
08:03 There's the key term, "Unless you repent,
08:05 you will all likewise perish."
08:09 Which would be parallel to cutting down the tree, right?
08:13 Verse 4,
08:14 "Or those eighteen on whom the tower
08:16 of Siloam fell and killed them,
08:19 do you think that they were worse sinners
08:21 than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?
08:24 I tell you, no, but unless you repent,"
08:26 there's the idea again, "you will all likewise perish."
08:30 And now he's going to tell a parable.
08:33 "He spoke also this parable:
08:35 'A certain man, who is God the Father,
08:39 had a fig tree, Israel,
08:42 planted in his vineyard, the world.
08:46 And he came seeking fruit,
08:48 the fruit of the Spirit, on it and found," what?
08:52 "None."
08:54 So three years
08:55 after John the Baptist started his preaching,
08:57 has the tree produced fruit?
08:59 No.
09:01 So once again, we find here in verse 7,
09:05 "Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard,"
09:08 God, the Father says to Jesus,
09:10 "Look, for three years,"
09:12 notice that chronology interesting, six months,
09:15 John the Baptist had preached,
09:16 two and half ministry years Jesus had ministered.
09:19 So, three years have past, "Look these for three years,
09:24 I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree
09:27 and find none."
09:29 So what's the counsel?
09:31 "Cut it down,
09:33 why does it use up the ground?
09:36 However, he answered and said to him,"
09:38 because, you know,
09:40 the vinedresser he loved this fig tree.
09:44 So what does he say?
09:46 "Sir, let it alone this year."
09:50 So how many years did he say leave it?
09:52 One, how many years still remained in Christ ministry?
09:57 One year, the chronology is important.
09:59 "Sir, let it along this year also,
10:03 until I dig around it and fertilize it.
10:07 And if it bears fruit, well, but if not, after that,
10:11 you can cut it down."
10:14 So three years after John the Baptist began,
10:16 has the fig tree produced fruit?
10:19 Now the fig tree represents Israel.
10:21 So now we meet this fig tree,
10:26 again, at the very end of Christ's ministry.
10:30 Incidentally, the parable of Luke 13 ends in suspense.
10:34 We don't know if the fig tree produced fruit or not
10:37 that last year.
10:39 So now we are at the very end of last year.
10:43 And we meet this fig tree again.
10:46 Matthew 21:17-19.
10:50 This is right before the death of Christ.
10:53 "Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany,
10:57 and He lodged there.
10:59 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city,
11:01 He was hungry."
11:03 That is Jesus.
11:04 "And seen a fig tree by the road,
11:07 He came to it and found," what?
11:10 "Nothing on it but leaves."
11:14 So had the fig tree produced fruit that last year? No.
11:17 "So he finds nothing on it
11:19 but leaves and said to it,
11:24 'Let no fruit grow on you ever again.'
11:28 And immediately the fig tree withered away."
11:33 Does that sound pretty final?
11:36 Let no fruit grow on you ever again?
11:40 Absolutely.
11:41 What happens to the fig tree?
11:43 It withers away.
11:46 Mark 11 adds some details,
11:51 we find there, "Now the next day,
11:53 when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.
11:57 And seeing from afar of fig tree having leaves."
12:01 By the way, the leaves mean that
12:03 that should have had fruit.
12:05 You know that that's characteristic of the fig tree.
12:08 "He went to see if perhaps he would find something on it.
12:11 And when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves,
12:15 for it was not the season for figs."
12:18 In other words, this tree had produced leaves out of season.
12:23 It was a special tree in the orchard.
12:26 It wasn't the season for figs.
12:28 Was it the season for figs for Israel?
12:31 They've been around a lot longer, right?
12:35 Verse 14, "In response Jesus said to it,
12:38 'Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.'
12:43 And His disciples heard it.'"
12:46 Now in Mark 11:20-21,
12:48 we find what happened to that fig tree.
12:51 Now in the morning, as they pass by,
12:55 they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
13:01 What happens when a tree dries up from the roots?
13:04 That is it.
13:06 "And Peter remembering said to him, 'Rabbi, look!
13:09 The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.'"
13:14 So what would the tree be used for?
13:16 It would be cut down, right?
13:18 And thrown where?
13:20 Into the fire.
13:21 Let me ask you,
13:22 was Jerusalem thrown into the fire in the year 70
13:27 when the Romans came against the city?
13:29 Absolutely.
13:31 So what happened to the Jewish theocracy
13:33 according to this sequence of the fig tree?
13:37 The Jewish theocracy came to an end.
13:39 It dried up by the roots for rejecting Christ.
13:45 Now let's notice Matthew 24 and the fig tree.
13:49 Is the fig tree of Matthew 24, a symbol of the Jewish nation?
13:54 Well, absolutely not.
13:58 You say why not?
14:00 Well, let's pursue this.
14:01 In Matthew 24:32-33,
14:05 it is not only the budding of the fig tree
14:07 that is the sign that the coming of Jesus
14:09 is even at the doors, but rather the collection
14:13 of all the signs in the chapter.
14:16 Because what the evangelical say is that
14:18 this is the one sign that shows that the coming
14:20 of Jesus is imminent.
14:22 But we're going to find that
14:23 Jesus didn't say this was the great sign,
14:26 He says when you see all of the signs.
14:28 Let's read Matthew 24:32-33.
14:32 "As you see the fig tree
14:34 but it is a sign that the summer is near.
14:38 In the same way when you see," what?
14:42 "All these things know
14:45 that is near even at the doors."
14:48 Jesus was not saying that the budding of the fig tree
14:51 is the great sign of the imminence
14:54 of His coming.
14:55 He is saying that the accumulation
14:57 of all the signs will help us know that the end is near.
15:03 And here comes an interesting detail
15:04 when you look at the parallel passage
15:07 in Luke 21:29-31.
15:11 In Luke, Jesus did not single out the fig tree
15:15 as being particularly important,
15:17 he added and all the trees.
15:20 Jesus said, when you see these things happening.
15:23 Let's read Luke 21:29-31.
15:28 "Then he spoke to them a parable:
15:30 'Look at the fig tree and all the trees."
15:33 Not just the fig tree, all the trees.
15:36 "When they are already budding,
15:38 you see and know for yourselves that summer now is near.
15:43 So you also, when you see," what?
15:46 These things not only the not only the fig tree,
15:49 all of the signs.
15:51 "When you see these things happening,
15:53 know that the kingdom of God is near."
15:56 So what was Jesus saying?
15:59 When you see the fig tree and all the trees bud,
16:03 you know that the summer is near.
16:05 Likewise, when you see all these signs,
16:08 you will know that the end is near.
16:11 So can we use Matthew 24 to refer to 1948?
16:16 No, particularly in the light of the three stages
16:19 of the fig tree that we looked at.
16:22 The fig tree dried up by the roots.
16:24 In other words, no one will eat fruit from you ever again.
16:30 Now, also Israel was compared to a vineyard,
16:33 remember Hosea 9-10?
16:35 Israel is compared to a vineyard.
16:37 So let's look at a parable that Jesus told about the vineyard.
16:41 And once again, I have explanations in brackets.
16:45 "Here another parable:
16:47 There was a certain landowner, God the Father,
16:51 who planted the vineyard,
16:54 Israel,
16:55 and set a hedge around it,
16:57 the law,
16:59 dug a wine press in it and built a tower,
17:01 the temple.
17:03 And he leased it to vine dressers,
17:05 the Jewish leaders,
17:06 and went into a far country, heaven."
17:10 Are you catching the picture?
17:12 "Now when vintage time drew near,
17:15 he sent his servants to the vine dressers."
17:18 These are the messengers before the Babylonian captivity.
17:22 "That they might receive its fruit.
17:24 However, the vine dressers took his servants, beat one,
17:27 killed one, and stoned the other."
17:30 Is that what Israel did to the prophets
17:31 that were sent to them?
17:33 Yes.
17:34 Again, he sent other servants,
17:35 this is after the Babylonian captivity up to time,
17:38 the time of John the Baptist more than the first,
17:41 and they did likewise to them."
17:43 Then last of all,
17:45 does that sound kind of final, last of all?
17:48 "Last of all, He sent His Son," who is that?
17:52 "Jesus, He sent His Son to them saying,
17:55 'They will respect my son.'
17:58 But when the vinedresser saw the son,
18:00 they said among themselves, 'This is the heir.
18:02 Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.'"
18:07 This is the death of Christ.
18:10 "So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard,
18:13 that is outside Jerusalem, and killed him."
18:17 They still don't know
18:18 what point Jesus is making here.
18:21 "Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes,
18:23 what will he do to those vine dressers?"
18:25 Oh, they have an answer.
18:26 And you mean they don't know.
18:28 They don't realize that they're going
18:29 to condemn themselves by their own words.
18:32 "They said to Him,
18:34 He will destroy those wicked men miserably,
18:36 and leaves his vineyard to other vine dressers."
18:40 Who would that be?
18:41 "The Gentiles,
18:43 who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.
18:47 Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the Scriptures:
18:50 'The stone which the builders
18:51 rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
18:54 This was the Lord's doing,
18:56 and it is marvelous in our eyes.'"
18:59 And then Jesus says this, "Therefore I say to you,
19:02 the kingdom of God will be taken from you."
19:08 Did they have the kingdom before this?
19:10 Whether the theocracy,
19:12 the ones through whom God was wanting to reach the world?
19:14 Yes, but Jesus is saying the kingdom of God
19:16 will be taken from you and given to a nation,
19:20 it's the word ethane, which in the New Testament
19:23 is translated Gentiles,
19:25 and given to the Gentiles that bear what?
19:29 That bear the fruit of it.
19:32 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken,
19:35 but on whomever it falls, it will grind him into powder.
19:38 That's exactly what happened to the city of Jerusalem.
19:41 "Now when the chief priests
19:42 and the Pharisees heard his parables,
19:45 they perceived that he was speaking of them."
19:51 So what was the last resort?
19:54 Sending His Son
19:57 and when they killed the Son, what did God do?
20:00 He took the theocracy from them
20:03 and He gave it to the Gentiles.
20:06 That's why the Book of Acts you have...
20:09 By the way, the stoning of Stephen
20:10 closes the door, a probation for the theocracy.
20:13 That's why in Acts Chapter 1,
20:15 it speaks about the gospel going first of all to Jerusalem
20:18 and Judea to the Jews,
20:21 because probation had not ended.
20:23 But then after Stephen is stoned,
20:25 the gospel goes to Samaria,
20:27 and after that to the uttermost ends of the earth.
20:31 So the Book of Acts is organized
20:32 according to that verse, Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria,
20:35 and the ends of the earth.
20:37 Now let's notice the Nathaniel experience.
20:39 Nathaniel is one of the lesser known disciples of Christ.
20:44 We'll read John 1:43-48.
20:48 "The following day, Jesus wanted to go to Galilee,
20:54 and he found Phillip, and said to him, follow me.
20:57 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
21:01 Philip found Nathaniel and said to him,
21:03 'We have found Him of whom Moses in the law,
21:07 and also the prophets, wrote Jesus of Nazareth,
21:09 the son of Joseph.
21:11 And Nathaniel said to him,
21:13 'Can anything good come out of Nazareth?'
21:17 Philip said to him, 'Come and see.'
21:19 Jesus saw Nathaniel coming toward Him,
21:21 and said of him,
21:24 'Behold, an Israelite indeed,
21:28 in whom is no deceit!'
21:31 Nathaniel said to Him, 'How do You know me?'
21:34 Jesus answered and said to him, 'Before Philip called you,
21:37 when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.'"
21:42 Now, if there are Israelites indeed,
21:45 then there are also Israelites not indeed.
21:49 Why did Jesus single out Nathaniel
21:52 as an Israelite indeed?
21:54 The Greek word for in Israel
21:59 Israelites indeed is true or genuine.
22:04 That's what the word indeed is.
22:06 The NIV refers to Nathaniel as a true Israelite,
22:11 which must mean that there are false Israelites.
22:16 This translation is correct, as we can see by the fact
22:19 that the verse ends by saying
22:22 that there was in Nathanial, no pseudos.
22:27 No falsehood.
22:29 So it's between the difference between true and false.
22:34 If there are genuine Israelites,
22:36 then there must also be what?
22:38 Counterfeit ones.
22:41 And here comes a notable point,
22:43 Nathaniel was an Israelite indeed,
22:45 who sat under a fig tree,
22:47 and the fig tree was a symbol of Israel.
22:50 So you have the symbol
22:51 and what the symbol represents together.
22:54 Thus, the reality sat under the symbol,
22:57 the Israelite indeed was sitting under a tree
23:00 that represented Israel.
23:02 Now what made Nathaniel an Israelite indeed?
23:07 The fact that Nathaniel confessed
23:10 that Jesus was the Messiah,
23:13 You are the Son of God, You are the King of Israel.
23:18 Because Nathaniel recognized Jesus as a Messiah
23:22 according to verse 46, he was an Israelite indeed.
23:25 So who is an Israelite,
23:27 according to the definition that Jesus gives?
23:30 An Israelite is one who has accepted Jesus Christ
23:33 as Savior and Lord.
23:36 So are those Jews that are rejecting Jesus really Israel?
23:42 Not in the spiritual sense.
23:45 That takes us to our next point, John 8,
23:48 and through Israel.
23:50 This is a very interesting passage,
23:52 where Jesus is going to say,
23:55 the Jews of his day are descendants of Abraham,
23:58 but not really.
24:01 Let's read the passage, with explanations in brackets.
24:06 Jesus says to them, I know that you are Abraham's descendants,
24:10 but you seek to kill Me,
24:12 because My Word has no place in you.
24:15 I speak what I have seen with My Father,
24:18 and you do what you have seen with your father.
24:21 They answered and said to him, Abraham is our Father.
24:26 Jesus said to them, if...
24:30 He's gonna put a condition here,
24:32 if you were Abraham's children,
24:34 you would do the works of Abraham.
24:38 But you know,
24:41 it's the combination of if but, right?
24:43 If you were, but you're not,
24:46 but now you seek to kill me.
24:50 A man who has told you the truth,
24:52 which I heard from God, Abraham did not do this.
24:56 So you're different than Abraham you saying?
24:58 Abraham loved me. You hate me.
24:59 So how can you say that you're children of Abraham?
25:03 "You do the deeds of your father,
25:04 Jesus says in verse 41,
25:06 then they said to Him,
25:08 we were not born of fornication,
25:09 we have one Father God.
25:14 "Jesus said to them, if," once again,
25:18 "if you, if God were your Father,
25:21 you would love Me, for I proceeded forth
25:24 and came from God,
25:25 nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.
25:29 Why do you not understand my speech?
25:31 Because you are not able to listen to My word.
25:34 You are of your father, the devil."
25:38 Why were they of the father, the devil?
25:40 Because they were not like Abraham,
25:42 they were like the devil.
25:44 Abraham loved Jesus, they hated Jesus.
25:47 Are you with me?
25:50 "You are of your father the devil,
25:52 and the desires of your father you want to do,
25:55 He was a murderer from the beginning
25:56 and does not stand in the truth,
25:58 because there is no truth in him.
26:00 When he speaks a lie,
26:01 he speaks from his own resources,
26:03 for he is a liar and the father of it."
26:07 This is interesting in the light
26:09 of the Nathaniel episode,
26:12 you know, there was no lie in his mouth.
26:15 In other words, there was no deceit.
26:17 He was not a counterfeit.
26:19 So is it possible to be a child of Abraham
26:22 without being the child of Abraham?
26:25 Is it possible to be a Jew and not be a Jew
26:28 in the spiritual sense of the word?
26:30 Absolutely.
26:31 What determines whether you're an Israelite or not?
26:34 Your relationship to Christ.
26:37 Now let's notice some additional texts.
26:40 Romans 2:28-29,
26:43 "For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly."
26:48 Are their outward Jews that are not Jews?
26:53 Yes or no?
26:54 Yes.
26:56 "For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly,
27:00 nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh,
27:04 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly,
27:09 and circumcision is that of the heart,"
27:11 person who has been converted, "In the Spirit,
27:14 not in the letter, whose praise is not from men,
27:17 but from God."
27:20 Notice Romans 9:6-8,
27:23 "But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect,
27:27 for they are not all Israel who are of Israel."
27:31 Now, how do you make sense out of that,
27:33 now, not all Israelites are Israelites.
27:38 Verse 7, "Nor are they all children
27:42 because they are the seed of Abraham."
27:45 So not all seed of Abraham are children of Abraham.
27:50 "But in Isaac your seed shall be called."
27:53 Isaac because he brings the Messiah into the world
27:55 from His holy line.
27:57 That is those who are the children of the flesh.
28:00 These are not the children of God,
28:02 but the children of the promise,
28:03 that is the promise of the Messiah,
28:05 are counted as seed.
28:09 Notice Galatians 3:26-29.
28:12 The New Testament is clear on this.
28:14 "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
28:18 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ
28:21 and put on Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek,
28:24 there is neither slave nor free,
28:25 there is neither male nor female,
28:27 for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
28:30 And if you are Christ's,
28:33 then you are Abraham's seed,
28:35 and heirs according to the promise."
28:37 Is it possible that a person doesn't have a drop
28:39 of Abraham's blood in his veins and is a child of Abraham,
28:44 a son of Abraham?
28:45 Yes.
28:46 Because Israelites are determined
28:49 by their spiritual relationship to Jesus.
28:53 So do you think the 144,000 are Jews
28:55 that don't believe in Jesus?
28:58 They must be Christians,
29:01 not necessarily literal Jews or spiritual Jews
29:03 doesn't matter what nation they come from,
29:07 if they're connected to Christ, they are Abraham's seed,
29:10 according to this.
29:12 Notice Philippians 3:3-8.
29:14 Here Paul is reminiscing about his past experience.
29:19 "For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit,
29:24 rejoice in Christ Jesus,
29:27 and have no confidence in the flesh."
29:29 So what is the circumcision?
29:32 Those who worship God in the Spirit,
29:34 those who rejoice in Christ Jesus,
29:37 and those who have no confidence in the flesh.
29:40 "Though I also might have confidence in the flesh.
29:42 If anyone thinks he may have confidence in the flesh,
29:45 I'm also, circumcised the eighth day
29:48 of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin,
29:51 a Hebrew of Hebrews, concerning the law,
29:54 a Pharisee, concerning zeal, persecuting the church,
29:57 concerning the righteousness which is in the law,
29:59 blameless."
30:01 He says I have all these virtues,
30:03 I would have something to boast about,
30:05 because I'm a literal Jew.
30:07 But now notice what he says?
30:09 Verse 7, "But what things were gain to me,
30:12 all of this list of virtues,
30:14 I have counted loss for Christ.
30:19 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence
30:22 of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord,
30:25 for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,
30:29 and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
30:34 That is a true Jew,
30:36 a spiritual Jew.
30:40 So in 1948,
30:43 the Jewish nation was still rejecting Jesus as Messiah.
30:47 And therefore 1948 could not be a fulfillment
30:50 of prophecy,
30:52 because God does not restore Israel
30:54 to their land in disobedience.
30:57 You can read the Old Testament,
30:58 when Israel returned to the Lord,
31:00 they returned to the land,
31:02 when they forsook the Lord,
31:03 the Lord cast them out from the land.
31:05 So how could He gather them to the land in 1948,
31:08 if they're still rejecting the Lord?
31:13 God scattered Israel at the destruction of Jerusalem
31:16 because they rejected the Messiah.
31:18 In 1948, the Jewish nation was still rejecting Christ.
31:23 And so no fulfillment of prophecy
31:25 could have taken place at that time,
31:27 it is a distraction.
31:29 It is focusing the eyes in Israel,
31:32 instead of where they should really be focused.
31:35 Now, let's read some statements from Ellen White,
31:37 about who is Israel.
31:40 I'm only going to read some of them
31:42 because we don't have time to read all of them.
31:46 Notice on page 302, that first statement,
31:49 that which God purpose to do for the world through Israel,
31:54 the chosen nation,
31:56 he will find the accomplished through what?
31:59 His church on earth today.
32:02 Never has the Lord been without true representatives
32:04 on this earth, who have made his interests their own.
32:09 These witnesses for God are numbered among the what?
32:13 Spiritual Israel,
32:15 and to them will be fulfilled all the covenant promises
32:19 made by Jehovah to his ancient people.
32:22 Who is going to inherit the promises
32:23 that God made to Israel?
32:25 Not literal Israel, but spiritual Israel,
32:29 to spiritual Israel have been restored the privileges
32:33 accorded to the people of God, at the time
32:36 of their deliverance from Babylon.
32:37 Nothing could be clearer.
32:40 Notice the next three statements
32:42 on this page to Isaiah.
32:44 "It was given to make very plain to Judah, the truth,
32:47 that among the Israel of God were to be numbered,
32:51 many who were not descendants
32:54 of Abraham after the flesh."
32:57 So are there non Israelites that are Israel?
33:01 Yes.
33:03 Prophets and Kings, 371,
33:05 the Spirit of God was to be poured out
33:07 upon all flesh.
33:09 Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
33:11 were to be numbered among the Israel of God.
33:15 Does the 144,000 hunger and thirst after the Lord?
33:19 They're willing to die for the Lord.
33:23 Notice, Testimonies, volume 2109,
33:26 I was shown that those who are trying
33:27 to obey God and purify their souls through obedience
33:31 to the truth are God's chosen people,
33:34 his modern Israel.
33:38 Wasn't she explicit about this?
33:40 So the 144,000 literal Israelites.
33:44 No, they're true Israelites
33:45 because they've linked themselves with Jesus
33:47 and they're willing to die.
33:49 Although they're not going to,
33:51 they would be willing to give their lives
33:53 to be loyal to Jesus.
33:55 Let's go to the middle of the next page,
33:57 the large quotation in the middle.
34:00 This is very clear
34:02 among earth's inhabitants scattered in every land,
34:05 that is the four corners of the earth.
34:07 There are those who have not bowed the knee to Baal.
34:11 Like the stars of heaven, which appear only at night,
34:13 these faithful ones will shine forth when darkness covers
34:16 of the earth, and gross darkness the people.
34:20 In heathen Africa, in the Catholic lands of Europe
34:23 and South America, in China, in India,
34:26 in the islands of the sea,
34:27 and in all the dark corners of the earth,
34:30 God has in reserve a firmament of chosen ones
34:33 that will yet shine forth amidst the darkness,
34:37 revealing clearly to an apostate world,
34:39 the transforming power of obedience to His law.
34:45 So is it only Jews here
34:47 that are going to provide this witness?
34:50 No.
34:51 Even now, they are appearing in every nation,
34:55 and every tongue and people
34:57 in the hour of deepest apostasy,
35:00 when Satan's supreme effort is made to cause all both small
35:04 and great, rich and poor,
35:05 free and bond to receive under penalty of death,
35:08 the sign of allegiance to a false rest day,
35:11 these faithful ones, blameless and harmless,
35:14 the sons of God without rebuke will shine
35:17 as lights in the world.
35:19 The darker the night,
35:21 the more brilliantly will they shine?
35:24 Are we talking about literal Israelites
35:26 giving the message and testifying like this?
35:29 No, she says here, heathen Africa, Europe,
35:34 South America, China, India, islands of the sea,
35:37 and all the dark corners of the earth.
35:40 Let's go to the next page.
35:42 The second statement from the top,
35:44 many of these converts from heathenism
35:49 would wish to unite themselves fully with the Israelites
35:51 and accompany them on the return journey to Judea.
35:56 None of these were to say,
35:58 The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people,
36:01 for the word of God, through His Prophet
36:04 to those who should yield themselves to Him
36:06 and observe His law was that they should thence force
36:10 be numbered among what?
36:12 Spiritual Israel, His what?
36:15 His church on earth.
36:16 What is spiritual Israel today?
36:19 The remnant church.
36:21 Notice the next statement.
36:23 Then it is that the redeemed from among men will receive
36:26 their promised inheritance.
36:28 Thus, God's purpose for Israel
36:31 will meet with literal fulfillment,
36:34 not with literal Israel,
36:36 we'll notice that which God purposes,
36:39 man is powerless to this and now,
36:42 even amid the working of evil,
36:43 God's purposes have been moving steadily forward
36:46 to their accomplishment.
36:48 It was thus with also Israel
36:50 throughout the history of the divided monarchy,
36:53 it is thus with spiritual Israel today.
36:59 And then we have this, you know,
37:01 we have this statement on the next page,
37:03 I'm only reading a sampling of them,
37:05 page 305.
37:06 Right at the middle of the page,
37:08 it says, wherein they were weak,
37:11 even to the point of failure,
37:13 the Israel of God today,
37:16 the representatives of heaven that make up the what?
37:19 The true Church of Christ must be strong,
37:22 for upon them devolves the task of finishing the work
37:26 that has been committed to man,
37:28 and ushering in the day of final rewards.
37:31 So what is the conclusion?
37:34 If God stamps His seal only on literal Jews,
37:38 then why would God warn every nation,
37:40 kindred, tongue and people about the dangers
37:42 of worshiping the beast, his image
37:43 and receiving the mark?
37:45 The fact that God warns all nations, kindreds,
37:48 tongues and peoples about the seal of God
37:50 and the mark of the beast indicates that it is possible
37:53 for people from every nation, kindred, tongue
37:56 and people to receive the seal of God,
37:57 or the mark of the beast.
37:59 Clearly then, the sealed ones from the 12 tribes of Israel
38:03 cannot be literal Jews only,
38:08 clear?
38:11 Now we're gonna have to really go fast here.
38:15 To the handful of disappointed pioneers in 1844,
38:19 seemed impossibly large.
38:24 Well, to us, it appears incredibly small.
38:28 In a world that has a population
38:30 of over 9 billion,
38:33 is indeed small.
38:36 Some wonder if there will only be 144,000 living saints
38:40 when Jesus comes?
38:42 Is there any hope that I could belong to that group?
38:47 Are we to understand that all who are faithful
38:50 and receive the seal of God will be literal Jews?
38:53 Are we to understand
38:55 that there will be only 144,000 living saints
38:57 when Jesus comes, not one less, not one more?
39:01 Are we to understand that there will be exactly
39:03 12,000 from each tribe of Israel?
39:07 Why would the tribes of Israel be symbolic
39:10 and the number literal?
39:12 If the 144,000 were literal Jews,
39:15 why would Ellen White say that there would be people
39:18 from every nation, kindred,
39:20 tongue and people in that group?
39:22 As we seek to answer these questions,
39:24 let's notice the following points.
39:27 Point number one.
39:28 First, the Book of Revelation
39:31 presents its message in what kind of language?
39:34 Symbolic language, persons' names, places
39:38 and numbers are all symbolic, numbers such as seven three
39:41 and a half times, three and a half days,
39:44 42 months, 1260 days, 666,
39:47 200 million are all symbolic.
39:50 Revelation 7:14, where the 144,000 appear,
39:56 are saturated with symbols
39:58 such as the lamb, winds, trees, tribes, Israel, seal,
40:03 four corners of the earth, earth, sea, white robes,
40:06 virgins, firstfruits etc.
40:08 Why should we understand the number literally
40:10 when these chapters are full of symbols?
40:14 Are you with me?
40:15 A valid point.
40:17 Second, if there will only be 144,000 living saints
40:22 when Jesus comes, not one less not one more,
40:27 then we would have to conclude that God predetermined
40:29 or pre-chose or handpicked them.
40:33 Right?
40:35 It is very unlikely that exactly 144,000
40:38 would exercise their freedom of choice
40:40 to be among the living righteous when Jesus comes.
40:43 This becomes even clearer when we realize
40:46 that there are exactly 12,000 in Revelation from each tribe
40:50 of Israel.
40:52 What are the odds that exactly 12,000 persons
40:55 from each of the literal 12 tribes of Israel
40:58 will be the living saints when Jesus comes?
41:01 The fact is that the 12 tribes of literal Israel were lost
41:06 when Israel went into the Assyrian captivity
41:08 in 722 BC,
41:11 the 10 tribes of the North intermingled
41:13 with the surrounding nations, the Samaritans of Christ day
41:17 were the result of this amalgamation.
41:21 Third, the literal Greek rendering of a number
41:24 is not 144,000 as if emphasizing
41:29 the conglomerate group,
41:31 but rather 144 000.
41:37 With the emphasis on 144 groups
41:41 of 1000 each.
41:45 What is 144?
41:46 It's 12 times 12, right?
41:49 But 1000 intensifies
41:52 the number 12.
41:55 The intensified multiple of the number 12,
41:58 which Ellen White identifies as the number of God's people
42:00 from all ages would be 12 times,
42:02 12 times a 1000.
42:03 It intensifies the number, the number 12.
42:07 This would seem to emphasize that this group is composed
42:10 of the true Israel of God,
42:12 who live at the end of world history.
42:15 Fourth, the word for a thousand elect
42:20 does not refer precisely
42:22 to a thousand people in some verses,
42:26 but can mean family or tribe it can mean actually
42:29 a larger group of people.
42:31 Ellen White also use the word thousand to describe
42:35 those who are faithful to God among the Israelites.
42:39 Fifth, both the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy
42:43 make it clear
42:44 that we are to understand Israel today
42:46 spiritually not literally.
42:49 Therefore, it makes sense that if Israel is spiritual,
42:53 then the number must also be spiritual.
42:56 Why would the number 144,000 be literal
42:59 while Israel is symbolic?
43:02 It is not the correct hermeneutical method.
43:05 See those both are symbolic, or either both are literal,
43:08 you can have it both ways.
43:10 Sixth, the idea that the unnumbered,
43:13 because the idea is that unnumbered multitude,
43:16 either redeemed of all ages of history.
43:20 That's not possible.
43:21 Let's notice, six,
43:23 the idea that the unnumbered multitude
43:25 is composed of the redeemed of all ages is problematic.
43:29 Revelation 7
43:31 where the multitude is mentioned,
43:33 is an interlude in the sixth seal.
43:36 And the sixth seal began when?
43:39 With the great earthquake, 1755, with the dark day
43:43 and the moon looking like blood, 1780,
43:45 and the falling of the stars in heaven in 1833.
43:50 So you have an interlude in the sixth seal.
43:54 So what, what's taking place here
43:56 is taking place in this interlude
43:59 in the sixth seal.
44:00 Bringing the redeemed of all ages into the picture
44:04 of the sixth seal is incongruous
44:07 with the literary context,
44:10 as well as with the events depicted in the sixth seal.
44:15 The capstone argument
44:19 is a symbolic number because the multitude
44:24 which no one can number is actually the same group
44:28 as the 144,000.
44:30 Now let's pursue this,
44:31 we might have to pick up on this in the next class
44:34 just for a few moments
44:35 because we have a lot of material to cover yet.
44:38 At first sight, it might appear incongruous,
44:43 or even contradictory to say that 144,000,
44:46 and the great multitude are the same group.
44:49 How can this be possible when the number 144,000
44:53 is a computable number while the great multitude
44:56 is beyond computation?
44:58 The answer lies in the fact that in the Book of Revelation,
45:01 the juxtaposition between seen and hearing is common.
45:06 Now let's pursue this in several cases
45:09 in the Book of Revelation.
45:10 According to Revelation 1:10,
45:13 a voice spoke to John that sounded like a trumpet.
45:17 And he heard, listen carefully,
45:19 he heard the names of the seven churches
45:22 in their proper order.
45:24 However,
45:25 then John saw the seven churches
45:29 under the illustration
45:30 of a seven-branched candelabrum.
45:33 So what John heard in verse 10,
45:36 he saw in verse 12.
45:40 We find another example in the introductory vision
45:43 to the seals in Revelation 5.
45:45 Here, John first heard, one of the elders say
45:49 that the lion of the tribe of Judah
45:51 would be able to break the seals
45:53 and to open the scroll.
45:55 However, then John looked, and he saw a Lamb
45:59 who had overcome
46:00 and therefore was qualified to break the seals,
46:03 and open the scroll.
46:04 Are you seeing the issue here?
46:08 As we have previously seen, the lamb represents Jesus
46:11 and his inauguration,
46:13 as priest and king of the kingdom of grace.
46:16 The lion represents Jesus at the end
46:18 of His sanctuary ministration
46:20 when the lamb pours out His wrath.
46:23 That is to say the lamb will then roar as a lion.
46:26 Thus the lamb and the lion,
46:28 both represent Jesus at two different stages
46:32 of His saving work.
46:34 So he hears, then he sees, and there appears to be,
46:38 I mean, in what sense is a lion similar to a lamb?
46:42 They appear to be contradictory,
46:44 but they're not.
46:46 Now we can say the same about Revelation 19.
46:50 In verses 1-9, John heard the songs
46:53 of the great multitude in heaven.
46:56 However, in verses 11-21, John heard,
47:01 actually saw should be Jesus coming with His angel hosts,
47:05 to rescue the multitude from destruction
47:08 at the hands of Babylon.
47:09 And so that should be saw rather than heard
47:12 the second time.
47:14 So once again, you have hearing
47:16 and then God shows him visibly what he heard.
47:22 Now, a similar phenomenon occurs with 144,000,
47:26 and the great multitude.
47:28 In Revelation 7:1-8, John heard about the 144,000.
47:33 He did not actually see them,
47:35 but only heard their names and number.
47:38 However, then John saw a great multitude,
47:41 that no one could number.
47:43 in Revelation 7:1-8,
47:48 in order for them to survive the great tribulation
47:51 of the great multitude in the succeeding passage.
47:54 The great multitude portrays the same group
47:57 after they came out victoriously
47:59 from the tribulation.
48:02 Now, let's take a look at the chart
48:05 that we find on the next page.
48:08 Before we do, let's go through these two paragraphs
48:10 which will help us.
48:12 Notice the chart below.
48:14 We're going to see that in a moment,
48:16 and you'll see that there's a chiastic relationship
48:19 and the great multitude.
48:25 Some commentators have assumed that the tribulation spoken
48:28 of here refers to trials and troubles
48:31 that God's people have gone through throughout all ages.
48:35 In other words, that's the redeemed of all ages,
48:37 the trials that they've kind of gone through.
48:39 However, this is not possible.
48:41 The Greek does not merely say
48:43 that the great multitude came out of tribulation.
48:46 It says, they came out of the tribulation,
48:50 the great one.
48:52 In other words, this is not just the trials
48:55 that we have in everyday life.
48:56 This is the same tribulation described in Daniel 12:1,
49:00 and Matthew 24:21, and verse 29.
49:04 Now here's the way Beatrice Neil explained
49:07 that she was a scholar in the Adventist Church,
49:10 who taught theology overseas,
49:12 and I think in the United States, also.
49:15 The Adventist Review, April 2 in 1987,
49:17 she wrote this, if this reasoning is correct,
49:21 we can put equal signs
49:22 between all the items on the list,
49:24 and we're gonna see the list in a moment.
49:26 Israel is the faithful of all nations,
49:29 the tribes of Israel represent all tribes,
49:31 peoples and tongues,
49:33 the 12,000 from each tribe indicate a full complement
49:36 of the redeemed from each ethnic group.
49:38 The four winds symbolized the great tribulation,
49:41 and the seal of God corresponds to the robes
49:44 who made white in the blood of the Lamb.
49:46 Best of all, the 144,000 are not a limited group
49:50 that we have scant hope of belonging to,
49:53 but a vast multitude who cannot be numbered.
49:55 Now, let's look at the chart.
49:58 Number one at the top and number one below it
50:01 are synonymous,
50:03 they expressed the same thing but in different terms.
50:07 In Revelation 7:1-8, John says, I heard,
50:11 that's verse 4.
50:13 He heard the number, verse 4, 144,000, verse 4,
50:19 of the sons of Israel, verse 4, out of every tribe,
50:23 verse 4, sealed, verse 4.
50:27 But then when you go to verse 9,
50:29 he says, I looked, this is the phenomenon
50:32 between hearings and looking, I looked,
50:36 and he sees a multitude, which no one can number.
50:40 Once again, the word number.
50:42 And 144,000 would be parallel to the great multitude
50:47 of a sons of Israel would mean from every nation,
50:51 out of every tribe would be from all tribes
50:53 and peoples and tongues,
50:55 and sealed would be equivalent to clothed in white robes.
50:59 Are you seeing the parallel or not?
51:01 And we're going to prove this from the Spirit of Prophecy.
51:04 She was right.
51:06 The explanatory note, in Revelation 7:1-2,
51:10 the four angels are holding the four winds,
51:12 so that no harm will come upon the earth,
51:14 the sea or the trees,
51:16 until God seals the 144,000 in their foreheads.
51:20 Revelation 7:3-8 tells us that the 144,000
51:25 are sealed before the winds are released,
51:28 in order for them to be able to stand
51:30 during the great tribulation.
51:33 In Revelation 7:9
51:34 following the 144,000 sealed ones
51:38 have already passed through the great tribulation.
51:42 That's verse 14.
51:43 This great tribulation is clearly a reference
51:46 to the final time of trouble that will come upon the earth.
51:52 Now, careful reading of Ellen White's commentary
51:54 about the 144,000, the great multitude
51:56 indicates very clearly that she believed
51:59 that the same group.
52:01 Notice it's rather long quotation,
52:03 I hope we have time to read this before time runs out.
52:07 But you've noticed I placed in brackets,
52:10 the verses that Ellen White is quoting in this passage.
52:15 Let's begin,
52:17 upon the crystal sea before the throne,
52:20 that sea of glass as it were, mingled with fire
52:23 so splendid is it with the glory of God
52:26 are gathered in the company that have gotten the victory
52:28 over the beast, and over his image,
52:30 and over his mark,
52:32 and over the number of his name,
52:33 Revelation 15:2,
52:35 that's a text that deals with 144,000
52:38 with the lamb upon Mount Zion,
52:40 it's Revelation 14:1, it refers to 144,000
52:45 having the hearts of God, Revelation 15:2,
52:49 it's a text about the 144,000.
52:52 They stand the 144,00 that were redeemed from among men.
52:57 That's Revelation 14:4
52:59 have reference to the 144,000 in their resort
53:02 as the sound of many waters,
53:04 and as the sound of a great thunder,
53:06 the voice of harper's harping with their hearts.
53:09 That's Revelation 14:2, it's dealing with 144,000.
53:14 And they sing a new song before the throne,
53:16 a song which no man can learn, save the 144,000.
53:20 That's Revelation 14:3 referring to 144,000.
53:25 It is the song of Moses and the lamb,
53:27 a song of deliverance.
53:29 That's Revelation 15:3, it's referring to the 144,000.
53:34 None but the 144,000 can learn that psalm.
53:37 That's Revelation 14:3,
53:39 it's also a text on the 144,000.
53:42 For it is a song of their experience,
53:44 an experience such as no other company
53:46 have ever had.
53:48 These are they which follow the Lamb
53:49 whether so ever He goeth.
53:52 That's also a text that deals with 144,000,
53:55 Revelation 14:1,
53:57 these having been translated from the earth,
54:00 from among the living, are counted
54:02 as firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
54:05 That's also from a passage on the 144,000,
54:08 Revelation 14:4, but now notice this.
54:12 These are they which came out of the great tribulation.
54:17 Now she's calling about the great multitude,
54:20 Revelation 7:14.
54:22 They have passed through the time of trouble,
54:25 such as never was since there was a nation.
54:28 They have endured the anguish of the time of Jacob's trouble.
54:31 They have stood without an intercessor.
54:34 Is this after probation is closed?
54:36 Yes.
54:39 They have stood without an intercessor
54:41 through the final outpouring of God's judgments.
54:43 That's the seven last plagues.
54:45 However they have been delivered,
54:47 for they have washed their robes,
54:49 and made them white in the blood of the Lamb,
54:51 Revelation 7:14, the great multitude.
54:57 In their mouth was found no guile,
54:59 for they are without fault.
55:00 Now she goes back to a text of the 144,000,
55:03 Revelation 14:5.
55:05 Therefore are they before the throne of God
55:08 and serve him day and night in his temple,
55:10 and he that sitteth on the throne
55:11 shall dwell among them.
55:13 Now she's quoting a verse on the great multitude.
55:16 They have seen the earth wasted with famine and pestilence,
55:20 the sun having power to scorch men with great heat,
55:25 that's Revelation 16:8-9.
55:28 And they themselves have endured suffering,
55:31 hunger and thirst,
55:33 however, they shall hunger no more.
55:34 Now she's quoting about the great multitude again,
55:37 however, they shall hunger no more,
55:40 neither thirst anymore,
55:41 neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat,
55:44 for the Lamb which is in the midst
55:46 of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them
55:49 unto living fountains of waters,
55:51 and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
55:56 Are they the same group?
55:59 Yes or no?
56:01 Yes, Ellen White very clearly says so.
56:03 Now notice this additional evidence,
56:05 we have a couple of minutes.
56:07 Even further, Ellen White explicitly wrote
56:10 that only the 144,000 will be able to enter
56:13 the heavenly temple.
56:15 Here's the statement, Early Writings, page 19.
56:18 And as we are about to enter the holy temple,
56:22 Jesus raised His lovely voice and said,
56:24 only the 144,000 enter this place,
56:27 and we shouted alleluia.
56:30 However, Revelation 7:15,
56:33 tells us that the members of the great multitude
56:36 will serve God day and night in his temple.
56:41 The conclusion is inevitable,
56:43 the 144000s the only ones whom God allow us
56:47 to enter the temple, according to Ellen White,
56:49 must be the same group as the unnumbered multitude,
56:53 who served God in His temple, day and night.
56:56 So here's my question.
56:58 Is the number 144,000 a literal number?
57:03 No.
57:05 Why is 144,000 years because God wants to say this,
57:08 this is the totality of God's Israel
57:11 at the end of time.
57:13 That's why the number is intensified 12 times
57:16 12 times a 1000.
57:18 This is all of God's faithful Israel at the end of time.
57:22 And then the great multitude shows us
57:24 that there are far more than exactly 144,000 people.
57:29 Actually there are people from every nation, kindred,
57:31 tongue, and people, are unnumbered multitude
57:34 that will go through the time of trouble victoriously
57:37 as Ellen White states in Great Controversy.
57:42 So are they literal Israelites?
57:45 No.
57:46 Is a number of 144,000 a literal number?
57:50 No.
57:52 And Ellen White, of course says that we should struggle
57:54 with all the power that God has given us,
57:57 to be among that group.
57:58 What a privilege
57:59 to vindicate God in the time of trouble
58:02 and to see the Second Coming of Jesus
58:05 from beginning to end.


Revised 2022-02-24