The 144,000 in Revelation- who are they? Who Can Stand? Sermon

November 2, 2014

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The 144,000 in Revelation, who are they?  Also, in chapter 6 of Revelation, who can stand?  Sermon with sermon notes, given at One Way Christian Center in Olustee, OK.  OWCC is about 12 miles Southwest of Altus, Oklahoma.

  • Literal vs. symbolic – Revelation

WHO CAN STAND?

Psalms 76:7 ESV  But you, you are to be feared! Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused?

 

WRATH OF GOD “and” WAITING

Adam sinned = spiritual & physical death — eternal death – Waiting…

All sinned in Adam

NOAH and the ARK

Genesis 6:5 ESV  The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

  • GOD waited over 100 years for Noah to build the Ark.
  • Noah in the Ark – God pours out His Wrath

SODOM AND GOMORRAH

50 – Spare the whole place

40 – Spare the whole place

30 – Spare the whole place

20 – Spare the whole place

10 – Spare the whole place

1-4 – Lot, wife and 2 daughters – 4  – Destroyed!

 

Genesis 19:15-16 ESV  As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.”  (16)  But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.

 

Genesis 19:22 ESV  Escape there quickly, for I can do nothing till you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

 

PASSOVER

 

Exodus 12:12-13 ESV  For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.  (13)  The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.

 

2nd Peter Parallel and Waiting

(9)  The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

  • How will they not perish? He seals them and He accomplishes
  • (7) …day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. Who?
  • Gospel is preached – Sealing His elect
  • Waiting like – Lot, Noah, & the Passover

 

WHO CAN STAND?

(6:17)  for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

  • “Their wrath”

WAIT!!!   WAIT!!!  WAIT!!!

Rev 6: We see —4 Angels on 4 corners, holding back the wind —WRATH

We see —Another angel – with the seal of the living God – Christ

 

Revelation 7:3 ESV  saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.

 

144,000 BEING SEALED

  • Literal 144,000???
  • 3 Observations 6 Traits = 9 Reasons for the church as Israel here.

(1) (Weakest) Name Irregularities a MYSTERY.

  • Jehovah Witnesses, 1935

Gen 35:23, Exo 1:1, 1Ch 2:1

Judah (Leah) Reuben (Leah)
Reuben (Leah) Simeon (Leah)
Gad (Zilpha) Levi (Leah) Ephraim (Joseph)
Asher (Zilpha) Judah (Leah)
Naphtali (Bilhah) Issachar (Leah)
Manasseh (Joseph’s eldest son) Zebulun (Leah)
Simeon (Leah) Joseph (Rachel)
Levi (Leah) Benjamin (Rachel)
Issachar (Leah) Dan (Bilhah) ???
Zebulun (Leah) Naphtali (Bilhah)
Joseph (Rachel) Gad (Zilpha)
Benjamin (Rachel) Asher (Zilpha)

Tribes and sons.  Tribes inherited land, Levi the son/did not.

 

(2) 100,000 Can Mean a Great Number or all or completeness

  • Very even number of only male virgins?

Deu_7:9  Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,

  • 100,001 Generations??? Eternally!!!

Psalms 50:10 ESV  For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.

  • Only 100,000 hills? Pennsylvania
  • If I told you once, I told you a thousand times, NO!
  • 12 x 12 x 1000 12 from the old, 12 from the new X 1,000.

 

144,000 (elsewhere)

Revelation 14:1-5 ESV  Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.  (2)  And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps,  (3)  and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.  (4)  It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb,  (5)  and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.

 

(3) Sealed – Name of the Lamb and the Father!

2Co_1:22  and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

(4) Redeemed from the earth + Redeemed from mankind

Luk_1:68  “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people

Gal_3:13  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—

LITERAL???

(5) Virgins

2Co_11:2  For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

(6) Follow the Lamb

Mat_10:38  And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

(7) No lies

Joh_17:17  Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

Joh_18:37 …Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.

(8) Completely Blameless (Very Strong)

Eph_1:4  even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

Php_1:10  so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

1Th_3:13  so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

 

(9) Reason # 9 Heard “then” Saw

Rev 7:4  And I heard the number of the sealed

 

Revelation 7:9 ESV  After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,

 

WHO CAN STAND?

(Luke 21:36 ESV)  But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

 

  1. Sealed
  2. Redeemed
  3. Virgins – a pure virgin to Christ
  4. Follows Christ – Definition of Christian
  5. Knows the truth and has the truth
  6. Stands Blameless – Because of Christ

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