A Study of the End Times - Revelation PM
# 12 - The 144,000 - 05/06/2018
The number seems almost mesmerizing. It must have been to Charles Russell who is 1872 founded the Jehovah Witnesses. He taught through the Watch Tower Society that those who would come to the Kingdom Hall would become spiritual Jews and get to be part of that 144,000.
Russell taught they would be immortal and go directly to heaven without dying and the rest of the J.W.’s would live here on earth in a perfect state. Of course, almost all the original 144,000 are dead, with the head of the J.W. being now 98. So, the 144,000 are obviously not the J.W.’s so who are they?
So, Who Are The 144,000?
They are physically alive on the earth during the tribulation. Verse 1 telling us “After these things”, which is after the first four seals, which is the Four Horsemen and the next two seals which is earthquakes (6:12) and it seems to me that heaven begins to appear in the sky above the earth (6:13-17). This is around year two or three in the Tribulation (Matthew 24:14), which helps place where this is in the timeline.
In vs 1, we see four of God’s great angels, who have stopped the weather, winds and rain. Can you imagine stagnant oceans, dried up creeks and rivers? God tells the angels to not destroy everything until these Jewish preachers are sealed. And notice that they are “servants of God”, not of Christ. The Jews belong to God, we belong to Christ. We’re not here.