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The Doctrine of Heaven – Part 9

07 Sep

John’s Witness of the Third Heaven – Part 5

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144,000 Stand with Jesus Christ, the Lamb, on Mount Sion in Heaven. The heavenly Jerusalem is like earthly Jerusalem in the sense that both have a Mount Sion. Mount Sion is a hill in Southern Jerusalem – Rev. 14:1-5 “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 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. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.”

  • These 144,000 were seen previously on earth – Rev. 7:1-8 “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 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. 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 Nephthalim 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.”

Now, over 3 1/2 years later, they are in Heaven. They now form another group that is close to Jesus in Heaven. Why?:

  • They belong to God. They have the Father’s name in their foreheads (Rev. 14:1).
  • They were never defiled with women. They have never committed fornication nor adultery (Rev. 14:4).
  • They are virgins. They are so committed to Christ that they never got married (Compare 1 Corinthians 7:4, 25-26, 32, 34). The single, spiritual life is honored in this group (Rev. 14:4)
  • They follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They are not only Believers, but Followers (Rev. 14:4).
  • They are the redeemed from the earth and from among men (Rev. 14:3, 4).
  • They are the firstfruits of the Tribulation Period unto God and the Lamb. This shows the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of all other saints (Rev. 14:4).
  • There is no guile found in their mouths (Rev. 14:5). Guile means “trickery, a decoy, deceit, to trap.” (See 1 Peter 2:22)
  • They are without fault before the throne of God. This means that they are unblameable. They have an exemplary testimony. These are the type of people that will be near the throne in the Third Heaven (Rev. 14:5).
  • These 144,000 form a powerful choir. The choir sounds like the sound of many waters. I like to compare it to standing next to the Niagara Falls. They are accompanied by harpists. Their voices combine to sound like a great thunder! (Rev. 14:2)
  • They sing a new song that no one else in Heaven will be able to learn – Rev. 14:3 “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.” All things are not equal in Heaven. Those who live for God on this earth have special blessings. There are some secrets in Heaven between God and His people. Rev. 2:17 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”

Revelation 14:1-5

1   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.
2   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:
3   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.
4   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.
5   And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

 

 
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