THE 144,000 & THE LAST HALF
THE SEVENTIETH WEEK
THE SEALING OF GOD'S SERVANTS
In Chapter 7 ["Tribulation and Judgment," (Part 5:
Parables and Ciphers)] we left off with the "sealing" of
the saints of God - and we did so because we had not yet covered the
matter of the Abomination of Desolation. An understanding of this
matter is necessary if one ever hopes to make any sense of the
"sealing" of God's servants. We now continue with this
matter where we left off in Part 5 of Chapter 7. It's necessary here
to repeat some of the information we covered at that time:
"Immediately after the
Abomination of Desolation - and just prior to the blowing of the
seven trumpets (which signifies the beginning of the second half of
the Tribulation and the supernatural events which pertain to it) -
the 'saints of God' are sealed. Why? - to protect them
from the supernatural events of this period.
"The sealing of God's servants directly concerns the passages
of Scripture which deal with the so-called '144,000'. There is perhaps
no other group of verses around which so much misunderstanding and
confusion swirl than those verses which deal with the 144,000 of Revelation
7:1-8 and Revelation 14:1-7. It is a sad commentary on all of us in
the Christian community that so much 'elitism' has resulted from false
interpretations concerning the message of these passages of Scripture.
It is of the utmost importance, therefore, that once again we recognize
that these Scriptures - like the Scriptures which dealt with the Two
Witnesses, etc. - have been written in code, their message hidden
in a parable or a cipher.
"The first important fact that we should note with regard to
these passages is that the 144,000 of Revelation 7 are different from
the 144,000 of Revelation 14. WE ARE DEALING WITH TWO DIFFERENT
GROUPS. In comparing the 144,000 of Revelation 14 with the 144,000
of Revelation 7, Kelly writes that the group in Revelation 14 is:
'... a remnant, not merely sealed as the servants of God [like
a similar band out of the twelve tribes of Israel in chapter vii
(7)], but brought into association with the Lamb in Zion, that is,
with GOD'S ROYAL PURPOSE IN GRACE ...'
In commenting on Kelley,
'It is ... held that those in chapter 7 are on earth and these
(in chapter 14) in heaven, making Mt. Zion the heavenly city, New
Jerusalem. Those in chapter fourteen are said to be identified with
the Lamb and those in chapter seven are not. Those in chapter seven
are 'sealed' but those in chapter fourteen have 'the Father's name
written in their foreheads'.
"One group is heavenly, the other earthly, one group '... follows
the Lamb whithersoever he goeth', the second group is numbered exclusively
from the twelve tribes of Israel. Thus, there can be no doubt as to
their identity: the 144,000 of Revelation 7 being Israel, and the
144,00 of Revelation 14 being the Church."
ONE GROUP IS SHOWN TO
BE SEALED, AND ONE IS
Both groups must be protected or sealed, but look - in actuality
only one group is shown to be sealed, the group in Revelation 7. Why?
Because the group in Revelation 14 - the Church - has already been
sealed. Those in the Church - when they received Christ as their
Savior - were "sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise" at
that time and there is no further need to reseal them, as it were,
like some half empty bottle of soda:
"In whom ye also trusted after that ye heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed,
YE WERE SEALED WITH THAT HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE,
"Which is the earnest [down payment] of our inheritance until
the redemption of the purchase possession, unto the praise of his
glory." (Ephesians 1:13-14)
Let's look at both groups of 144,000 in greater detail.
THE 144,000 OF REVELATION SEVEN - ISRAEL
Let's begin by examining the 144,000 of chapter 7. We first come
in contact with this group just prior to the events described in the
previous chapter, that is to say before the commencement of the
supernatural events of the last half of the Seventieth Week - the
Great Tribulation. Just prior to the blowing of the seven trumpets
[which signify the beginning of the phenomenal events of this
period], an angel of God descends from the east having the seal of
the living God and it is announced to the fallen angels and the
demons that they at last have permission to torment (Please see
Chapter 9, part 4&5) the very spirit of man itself - which now,
through the Abomination of Desolation, has been abandoned by the
"Restrainer" and given over to the power of Satan - EXCEPT
THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SEALED BY GOD:
"And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass
of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only
those men which have not the SEAL OF GOD in their foreheads."
It is extremely important at this point to ascertain the exact
sequence of events which now occurs. In order to do this, a number of
verses must be brought together - all specifically related to the
events surrounding the Abomination of Desolation: namely Revelation
7:1-8; 9:4-5; and 12:1-17.
Revelation 7:1-8 describes the sealing itself and those who are
sealed (i.e., Israel); Revelation 9:4-5 describes why; and Revelation
12:1-7 gives the events surrounding the sealing; these events pertain
to the woman "clothed with the sun," in Revelation chapter
THE WOMAN OF REVELATION CHAPTER TWELVE
"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed
with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown
of twelve stars:
"And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained
to be delivered ... . And she brought forth a manchild, who was to
rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto
God, and to his throne.
"And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place
prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred
and threescore days [31/2 years].
"... and when the dragon saw that he was cast [out of heaven]
unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man
"And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that
she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished
for a time, and times, and half a time [31/2 years], from the face
of the serpent.
"And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after
the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
"And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth,
and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make
war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God,
and have the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 12:12; 5-6; 13-17).
THE IDENTITY OF THE WOMAN
"While there has been general agreement among commentators
of all types concerning the identity of the two aforementioned individuals
[i.e., the dragon as Satan (Please see Chapter IX, part 5) and the
manchild as Christ, there is a great diversity of interpretation concerning
the key individual in this passage" [i.e., the woman].
"... There have been many false interpretations of the identity
of this woman. Some have held that it was Mary.
"However, the only feature to make this possible would be the
fact of motherhood, for Mary was never persecuted, never fled into
the wilderness, was never cared for 1260 days. Others have held that
this woman is the church that is travailing to bring Christ to the
nations. This, however, is ... (too) allegorizing ... and must be
rejected ... . Still others have identified the woman as the leader
of some particular sect; but only by the wildest vagaries of the imagination
could some present day individual be pressed into the interpretation
"... It has [always] been the interpretation of dispensational
premillennialists [i.e., evangelicals] that the woman in this passage
represents the nation Israel.
"... Inasmuch then as the woman represents that which is to
display divine government in the earth, and Israel is God's appointed
instrument to that end [the Church being the instrument of divine
government in the heavens], this woman must be identified as Israel."
Finally, the parallel between Revelation 12 and Micah 5
establishes once and for all the identity of the woman as Israel.
Micah 5:2 records the birth of the ruler who shall rule all nations
"with a rod of iron." It then records the rejection of this
ruler by the nation of Israel and the resulting setting aside of the
nation ["therefore will he give them up ... (Mic. 5:3)], which
brings to an end the first Sixty-Nine Weeks of Daniel [see chapter
VI]. The nation is then pictured by the prophet as being in TRAVAIL
[dispersion in, and PERSECUTION by the Gentile nations] "...
until the time that she [Israel] which travaileth hath brought forth"
(Mic. 5:3); that is, until her blindness concerning Christ [her
Messiah] is removed (Romans 11:25) and she is once again restored
into God's plan and purpose.
"... in conjunction with the accomplishment of the purpose
of God respecting Israel ... Christ was born (Micah v. 2); then comes
His rejection ... the prophecy passes by all that has to do with the
church and takes up Christ's birth ... . Here it is put figuratively,
as Zion travailing till the birth of this great purpose of God as
touching Israel ... [and continuing until] God's people will [at last]
... resume their ancient place."
Finally, in Romans 9:4-5, Paul writes concerning Israel:
"... of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came ..."
And insofar as the identification of the "manchild" is
concerned, Pentecost writes:
"The quotation from Psalm 2
[Thou art my SON; this day have I begotten thee ... Thou shalt
break them (the nations) with a ROD OF IRON (Psalm 2:7,9)],
which all would agree is a Messianic Psalm, identifies the man child
here as none other than Jesus Christ. The fact of the birth, the fact
of the destiny of this child, for He is 'to rule all nations with a
ROD OF IRON', and the fact of the ascension, since He is
'caught up unto God, and to His throne', all cause the identification
to point to one person, the Lord Jesus Christ, for of none other
could all three statements be made."
Since the "manchild" must be identified as Christ, and
since, according to Paul, the one from whom Christ came [was born]
according to the flesh is Israel, the woman must be identified as
THE WOMAN IN THE WILDERNESS
It is then said of the woman that she flees into a place called
the "wilderness" where she has a "place prepared for
her," and where she will be safe for "a thousand two
hundred and threescore days" [31/2 years] (Rev. 12:6). Now, this
part is not too difficult to decipher; what is being said here is
this: that Israel [which is the same as saying the "144,000"
of Revelation 7], immediately after the abomination of Desolation,
will escape the perils of the last half of the Seventieth Week by
fleeing into the "wilderness." Why? And more, why is this
said of the 144,000 of Revelation 7 [Israel], and not of the 144,000
of Revelation 14 [the Church]? Why is Israel so protected and not the
Church? A fair question. The reason is this: Because the protection
that the Scripture has in mind here for both Witnesses [both groups
of 144,000] - as we have said before - is SPIRITUAL
protection, and not necessarily physical protection; but since
Israel, by the time of the Abomination of Desolation, has not yet
fully recognized her Messiah as Christ, their spirits do not as yet -
indeed, cannot yet - contain the protecting presence of the Holy
Spirit; thus, extraordinary care must be taken in the case of Israel
that is not necessary with regard to the Church. Israel must be
offered physical protection in addition to spiritual protection, for
if they were to die as a result of the turmoil of the second half of
the Seventieth Week, they would share the same fate common to all
unbelievers who die outside of Christ. Thus, in the case of Israel,
physical death means spiritual death, while the same is not true of
those who die in Christ [i.e., the Church]:
"For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we
die, WE DIE UNTO THE LORD: whether we live therefore, or die,
we are the Lord's." (Romans 14:8).
"For me to live is Christ, AND TO DIE IS GAIN."
"But when ye shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
spoken of by Daniel the prophet, STANDING [DWELLING] WHERE IT OUGHT
NOT, [let him that readeth understand], then let them that be
in Judea flee to the mountains [the wilderness]:
"And let him that is on the house top not go down in the house
neither enter therein, to take anything out of the house.
"And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to
take up his garment.
"But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give
suck in those days!
"And pray that your flight be not in the winter.
"For in those days shall be affliction such as was not from
the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither
shall be [again]." (Mark 13:14-19)
Daniel 11:40-45 states that Antichrist shall invade the Middle
East and conquer it, but that three countries will escape his grasp:
"He [Antichrist] shall enter also into the glorious land [Israel]
and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out
of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of
Ammon." (Daniel 11:41)
God shall preserve, quite miraculously, this portion as a refuge
for the children of Israel. This is the "wilderness" spoken
of in Revelation chapter 12 where the woman [Israel] is to flee
immediately after the Abomination of Desolation; it is the same place
referred to in Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Matt. 24:1-22; Mark 13:14-20;
and Luke 21:7-21). It is that portion of land east of the river
Jordan which sweeps in a large arc [with the Dead Sea as the fulcrum]
from about 40 miles north east of the Dead Sea southward to about 50
mile due south, southeast of the same sea - a barren, mountainous,
and desolate wilderness devoid of any significant vegetation. Mt.
Nebo is located in this wilderness where it is reputed that Jeremiah
hid the ark of the Covenant in order to prevent its capture by the
Babylonians. There are scholars today who suggest that it is still
there (Numbers 35). Here God will care for His people much in the
same fashion that He cared for them when Moses led the people out of
THE BLINDNESS OF ISRAEL REMOVED
And the certainty that all of Israel will be saved and brought
back as a nation - and not just as scattered individuals - into a
place of blessing is vouchsafed for by the Word of God.
"For the children of Israel shall abide many days [during the
dispersion] without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice
"Afterward, shall the children of Israel return, and [through
the trials and pressure of the Tribulation] seek [at last] the Lord
their God... and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the LATTER
DAYS." (Hosea 3:4-5)
"AND SO ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED: as it is written,
There shall come out of Sion [Zion] the deliverer [Christ], and he
shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob [Israel]."
And Zechariah prophesies:
"And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they
will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him,
as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him,
like the bitter weeping over a first-born.
"... They will call on My name, And I will answer them; I will
say, 'They are My people', And they will say, 'The Lord is my God'."
(Zech. 12:10; 13:9b)
Israel's blindness with regard to Christ is not destined to
be fully removed until the Second Advent [i.e., the Coming of
Christ in Glory]:
"And I will pour (out) upon the house of David and
upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace (unmerited
favor), and of supplications. And they shall look (earnestly)
upon me whom they have PIERCED (when Christ appears
at the Mount to rescue Israel during the siege of Jerusalem
- i.e., Armageddon), and they shall mourn for him (i.e., Christ),
as one mourneth for his only son, and (they) shall be in bitterness
(deep sorrow) for Him as one who is in bitterness (deep sorrow)
for his first-born." [(cf. John 19:37 and Rev. 1:7);
Zech. 12:10 RSV.]"
There are those who would object to Israel being a Witness
of God while not yet fully saved. But, it must be remembered
that the Tribulation is the very process whereby Israel's blindness
is to be removed, the Second Coming of Christ being merely the
culmination of that process. And even today, ISRAEL'S VERY
PRESENCE IN THIS PRESENT EVIL WORLD AFTER 2,000 YEARS OF DISPERSION
IS A TESTIMONY TO GOD'S UNMERITED GRACE. Indeed, the entire
world finds itself today revolving around a nation of little
more than a few million souls - a seeming absurdity by any standard.
The Church also will be undergoing a similar transformation,
for prior to the Seventieth Week the condition of the Church
[and we mean here the so-called born-again Church] is characterized
by the Scriptures as being one in which Christ can no longer
find a home, a condition where Christ finds Himself outside
the gate, knocking to get in (Revelation 3:14-20). [That this
passage has specific reference to the "End Times Church,"
all evangelical scholars would agree - please see Miller's Church
History.] For the Bible says with regard to us both [both Israel
and the Church] that "God hath concluded them all [both
groups] in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. O the
depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding
out.] [Romans 11:32-33.]
THE 144,000 OF REVELATION
FOURTEEN - THE
And now, what about the 144,000 of Revelation chapter fourteen?
The Bible says:
"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 the
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 first fruits
unto God and to the Lamb.
"And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without
fault before the throne of God." (Revelation 14:1-5)
The fact that we are here speaking of the heavenly Mt. Sion [Zion]
is confirmed by verse 3 of Revelation 14: "And they sung as it
were a new song before the THRONE, and before the FOUR
BEASTS, and the ["TWENTY-FOUR] ELDERS" - and
as there can be no doubt as to the location of these dignities [the
heavenly Jerusalem], there can, therefore, be no doubt that we are
here speaking of the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM: that we are here
speaking of the heavenly Jerusalem is further substantiated by
"After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened IN HEAVEN;
and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking
with me; which said, 'COME UP HITHER' ...
"And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a THRONE
was set in HEAVEN...
"And round about the throne were FOUR AND TWENTY SEATS
and upon the seats I saw FOUR AND TWENTY ELDERS ...
"And before the THRONE there was a sea of glass like
unto crystal: and in the midst of the THRONE, and round about
the throne were FOUR BEASTS ..." (Revelation 4:1-2, 4,
All of these things - the throne, the four beasts, and the
twenty-four elders - are in heaven; and it is precisely among these
things (i.e., the throne, the four beasts, and the twenty-four
elders) that the 144,000 are located. Thus, there can be little doubt
as to the identification of this 144,000 - it is the Church, for just
as the earthly Mt. Zion can only be apprehended as pertaining to
Israel, so also the heavenly Mt. Zion must be apprehended as
pertaining only to the Church - and the fact that it is the heavenly
Mt. Sion (Zion) [not the earthly Mt. Zion] to which Christians should
be looking is confirmed by Hebrews 12:22-24:
"But ye [dear Christian] are come unto MOUNT SION, and
unto the city of the living God, THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, and
to an innumerable company of angels,
"To the general assembly and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, WHICH
ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN, and to God the Judge of all, and to the
spirits of just men made perfect,
"And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the
blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel
Finally, the Scripture says of this group that they have: "...
his Father's name written in their foreheads." This is a clear
reference to Revelation 3:12 which, once again, places this group in
the "heavenly" Jerusalem [as opposed to the "earthly"
city], and clearly numbers it with the Church:
"To him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple
of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him
the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new
Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will
write upon him my new name." (Revelation 3:12)
Now we come to a mystery: the Scripture says - "These are
they which were not defiled with women." What does this mean?
Can it possibly mean that these 144,000 are all men [with no women in
their company] and that none of them has ever been married? Of course
not!! - if only because such an interpretation would contradict other
portions of the Scripture and would render this passage an absurdity.
First of all, such an interpretation would seem to say that sexual
intercourse between husband and wife is to be avoided, or at least
frowned upon. But this would contradict one of the clearest warnings
of Scripture concerning the End of Days - that evil men would appear
commanding men to avoid marriage:
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times
some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits,
and doctrines of devils;
"Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared
with a hot iron;
"FORBIDDING TO MARRY." (I Timothy 4:1-3)
Moreover, the Scriptures plainly teach that sexual intercourse
between a husband and wife [but, only between a husband and wife] is
HONORABLE and a pleasure ardently to be desired. Indeed, the
Lord devoted an entire book in the Old Testament to a rapturous (and
even erotic) description thereof: The Song of Solomon. And the
teaching of the New Testament is also quite clear on the subject:
"Marriage [sexual intercourse within the institution of marriage]
is honorable in all [in everything], and the bed undefiled [i.e.,
both husband and wife remain pure before God]." (Hebrews 13:4)
"If thou [a male] marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin
[in this case, female] marry, she hath not sinned." (I Corinthians
Finally, the above interpretation which insists that the 144,000
of Revelation 14 are all male virgins [and, as ridiculous as it might
sound, there are many who insist on this interpretation], flies in
the face of the clear teaching of the Scripture concerning the status
of the female in the Church and in the Heavens, for the Scriptures
manifestly teach that in heaven there will no longer be any
distinction [insofar as standing before God is concerned] between the
male and female [though such a distinction remains while we are yet
on the earth - and it must be remembered that the picture we have
before us in Revelation 14 is that of the Church IN HEAVEN ]:
"For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given
in marriage [there is no distinction before God between the two],
but [they] are as the angels of God in heaven." (Matt. 22:30)
And Paul writes:
"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus
[both male and female].
"For as many as have been baptized into Christ have put on
"There is neither ... male nor female: for ye are all one [in
standing] in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26-28)
So then, what does the passage before us really mean? It is
rendered more intelligible when read in its entirety. The passage
says of this group that they have been "redeemed from the
earth;" that "they follow the Lamb [Christ] whithersoever
he goeth;" that they have been "bought from among men;"
that they are "the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb;"
that "in their mouth was found no guile;" and that "they
are without fault before the throne of God." Now, what does all
this speak of? It speaks of SPIRITUAL PURITY!!
Through the affliction and distress of the Tribulation - like gold
tried and refined in a burning fire or like a precious stone [a
diamond or a ruby] made perfect through INTENSE pressure -
they have cast off all that bound them to the cares of this life and
this present evil world. They have been redeemed from the earth. They
no longer belong to it, but rather their citizenship is now of the
heavens; so high have they been lifted above the earth, that they
cannot even be numbered among men anymore. They have been lifted up
to the heavens - even above the angels. Their testimony has been made
pure in everything - there no longer is any "guile" or
deceit in their witness; no self-serving nor double-dealing in their
testimony; no attempt to serve both God and mammon - they follow
Christ now wherever He goes, be it into fire, death, torture,
whatever. Their love for Jesus no longer permits any separation from
Him Who now is the ABSOLUTE object of their love and desire.
Their love and their service has been made totally SELFLESS.
They are "undefiled with women" - which means they no
longer go whoring after the delights of this world. It no longer has
any attraction for them. They have been cleansed from all their
whoredoms [see Hosea] and their love is now only for their divine
Husband - the Lord Jesus Christ. They have been transformed from
their whoredoms into a Bride made perfect and pure, and worthy of His
THE MEANING OF THE 144,000
Finally, we must come to grips with the meaning of the number
144,000. Are we to understand that only 144,000 out of all Israel and
out of all the Church are to be saved? Or are we perhaps to perceive
these two groups of 144,000 as some kind of elite to be honored above
their companions in Israel and the Church? The Scripture does not
indicate this at all. Israel is one, and the Church is one. They are
not to be divided into segments according to some kind of intrinsic
value of their several members. Each member's standing is the same,
and their standing has nothing to do with any merit of their own, but
it is based solely upon the merit of their dear Savior!!
"But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise
by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe."
"For by grace [unmerited favor] are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves [no merit of yours had anything to do with
it]: it is the gift of God:
"Not of works [not out of any merit you might have], lest any
man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
The Bible does speak of a "remnant" in both the Church
and Israel. But this is the "remnant" that is left after
much tribulation - in other words, the true believers. In no instance
are we to ever perceive the "remnant" to be some kind of
special caste or class in either the Church or Israel - they are
merely what is left over, or what remains [hence, remnant] after the
winds of persecution have swept the chaff away [those who were merely
playing at Christianity for advantage].
Then to what does the number 144,000 refer? Once again, the
Scripture is speaking in a parable, a riddle. The number has a
specific meaning, and we can begin to discern that meaning by
examining its several parts. It is made up in this way: 12 x 12 x
1000 = 144,000. Now, in Scripture twelve is the number of CORPORATE
TESTIMONY; for instance, there were twelve Apostles of the Lamb
and twelve tribes in Israel; and we have already seen that the number
one thousand is the number of magnification. The number 144,000 then,
means the MAGNIFIED, COMPLETED TESTIMONY OF GOD AND THE LAMB -
pure, unmixed, clean, spotless, without blemish, chaste, and holy!!
This is now the condition of both Israel and the Church, the Two
Witnesses of God.
THE RAPTURE, THE RESURRECTION,
AND THE TWO
WITNESSES OF REVELATION 11
Now, two last ciphers; two last puzzles. First, the Rapture and
Resurrection as they pertain to the Two Witnesses:
"And after the three and a half days the breath of life from
God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell
upon those who were beholding them.
"And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, 'Come
up here'. And they went up into heaven in the cloud and their enemies
beheld them." (Revelation 11:11-12)
What is this? Where have we heard such terminology before? The
terms "3-1/2 days;" "time, times, and half a time;"
"42 months;" "1,260 days" - all these are
Biblical code words for either the first half or the second half of
the Tribulation [Daniel's Seventieth Week]; in this case, the second
half. There is no reference here as some believe, to the time Christ
spent in the grave - which was only three days, not three and a half
What must be meant here is that shortly after the Abomination of
Desolation [which occurs midway through the Tribulation or the
Seventieth Week], the Beast [Antichrist] will make war on Israel and
the Church - those who keep the commandments of God [Israel], and
those who have the testimony of Jesus [the Church] (Rev. 12:17); that
he will prevail on a world-wide basis in a holocaust that will dwarf
the Holocaust of Hitler (Rev. 11:7); and that the dead bodies of both
Jews [i.e., those who were unable to escape according to Matt.
24:15-16: "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of
desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place,
(whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judea
flee into the mountains ..."] and Christians will be scattered
about in every city, town, and village of the whole earth where the
inhabitants thereof will gaze upon them in glee and great joy because
there is now no "righteous man" to torment their
But after three and a half years [the last half of the Seventieth
Week, the "Great Tribulation"], Jesus will return, and the
rapture and resurrection will occur - and this is the precise meaning
behind the verse: "And they heard a loud VOICE [For the
Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a SHOUT, with the
VOICE of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the
dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord
in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. (I Thess.
4:16-17)] from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And
they went up into heaven in the cloud and their enemies beheld them."
GOD IS NOW THROUGH WITH
THOSE WHO REFUSE TO
Lastly, many are puzzled about the reference to the fraction
"one-tenth of the city" and about "7,000 persons
killed" in conjunction with the Resurrection and Rapture of the
Two Witnesses in Revelation 11. These figures are symbolical. Not,
however, in a good sense, but in an evil sense. Lange (Lange's
Commentaries on the Holy Scriptures) suggests an answer:
"... ten denoted completeness; one-tenth denotes a minor completeness
of destruction and wreck. The added figure, 7,000 is to be understood
in the same manner. Three [denoting God] and four [denoting man],
thus seven denoting God's dealings with man, multiplied by 1,000 [the
greatest completeness, 10 x 10 x 10]: GOD IS NOW UTTERLY THROUGH
WITH UNREPENTANT MAN - "My Spirit shall not always strive
with man" (Gen. 6:3). Hence, the complete and final removal of
His Two Witnesses. What this removal means is written by this figure
of 7,000 killed in Babylon. The removal of the Two Witnesses is a
catastrophe such as is caused when a terrific earthquake rocks the
very foundations of the world, as when the central pillar that upholds
the whole earth is removed. When the task of the Two Witnesses is
through, GOD IS FINISHED WITH THE WORLD. The catastrophe first
strikes Babylon, the headquarters of the beastly opposition. When
this totters, the rest will not stand for long."
That this entire section is symbolical can easily be seen: to
calculate that one-tenth of the city was 7,000 people, and that hence
the entire city (i.e., Jerusalem - or New York, or Washington D.C, or
whatever) was 70,000 (i.e., ten-tenths) borders on the absurd. "And
the rest became terrified and gave glory to the God of the heaven"
cannot mean that now at last all who were not slain repented. When
judgment descends, it is too late for repentance. When under the
power of the Beast, the enemies of God are struck with terror as the
first blow of judgment falls, and then acknowledge that there is a
God of heaven; they have not thereby shown repentance. "The
demons also know and tremble."