Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 13 (Who Are The 144,000? Part 3)

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 13

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Who Are The 144,000? Part 3

To read Part 1, click here…NOVEMBER 11 (Who Are The 144,000? Part 1)

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 In Part 2 (click here), the current-day heresy of the false hermeneutic of “literal interpretation only”, was focused on, and how it has closed off a great portion of the Bible to the church-world.

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And so, having said all this, let’s return to those 144,000 who stand with the Lamb on Mount Sion. Just who are they?

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Listen…“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.” Revelation 14:4, 5

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Now here is a description of these 144,000, and it is no different than the description of God’s Elect and Chosen ones throughout history!

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Heavenly Throng – G. Dore – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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THE REQUIREMENTS OF ANY CHRISTIAN

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For instance, being defiled with women means to not be doctrinally compromised by https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22However_pressing_his_duties_STM2-c_James_Lee_Frazer_always_finds_time_to_read_a_few_chapters_from_his_Bible_each_day._I_-_NARA_-_520675.jpgapostate churches. To be virgin, spiritually speaks of being a part of Christ’s bride, that is, being part of the, “five wise virgins”, spoken of in Matthew 25.

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To “following the Lamb wherever He goes”, is what we are all commanded by God to do.

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Being of “the first-fruits unto God” is also spoken of James 1.

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Having “no guile in their mouth” speaks of being filled with God’s Word, to the point that our conversation is without corrupt speech.

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Therefore, this Elect group of 144,000 can easily be speaking of Christ’s faithful followers at any time in history.

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A SPECIAL END-TIME GROUP?

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But will there be some special group at the end of time, that will fulfill this elect group?http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg Oh yes! But anyone who is truly saved will most likely be numbered with this 144,000.

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In other words, we don’t need to assume that this is a literal number. 

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No, this number has spiritual implications, just like the rest of the Bible. The number, 144,000, is composed of 12-times-12-times-1,000 = 144,000. And it probably has to do with the twelve tribes of spiritual Israel throughout time.

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WE ARE ALL NOW,

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THE COMMONWEALTH of  ISRAEL!

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In other words, it speaks of the, “Commonwealth of Israel”, made up of all Believers, both Jew and Gentile, throughout history. Those faithful ones throughout history, who follow the Lamb in all matters concerning goodness, faithfulness, meekness, honesty, purity, charity, patience, gentleness, and every other virtuous quality of the Lord Jesus Christ!

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Jesus Discourses with His Disciples – James Tissot – by Brooklyn Museum – by Wikipedia – Public Domain

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THE TWELVE TRIBES?

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Now the teachers withn the apostate portion of the Church raise the argument that, “Well, in Revelation 7, it actually names this 12 tribes of Jews of which this group belongs! So it cannot be speaking of Christians, but only of literal Jews!”

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But what these teachers do not realize is, that James refers to Christians as the, “Twelve tribes, scattered abroad”. In other words, the Book of James is obviously written to Christians, and yet is addressed to the twelves tribes of Israel. And we must remember, that God has chosen us to be a royal priesthood. And so, since the sons of Levi are the royal line of priests, that makes us spiritual Levites!

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THE SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS ON THE 12 TRIBES

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But also, if we will look at the blessings that Jacob pronounced upon his sons (and grandsons) in Genesis, chapters 48 & 49, each blessing gives a spiritual description of each son (as well as Joseph’s two sons).

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And so, as we examine these descriptions, we can see which tribe we belong to (in a spiritual sense). Of course, those sinners in Zion, who are yet in spiritual darkness would mock at such an idea as this!

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ANGER & SELF-WILL

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For example, those who are given to anger and self-will, are spiritually from the tribes of Simeon & Levi.

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And this is the great mountain that all such angry and self-willed Christians must overcome. (Read Genesis, chapters 48 & 49)

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NOT OF JUST 1 TRIBE

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Now this doesn’t mean that a Christian is only of one tribe and not another. No, but as we begin to discover the spiritual meaning of the twelve tribes, we can relate to more than just one tribe.

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In other words, I might have the anger and self-will of Simeon & Levi, but also the wavering instability of Reuben. So I can then relate to those three tribes. And so, on it goes, as I discover the spiritual meanings behind each of these twelve tribes.

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REVELATION 14 SPEAKS OF OVER-COMERS

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Now the wonderful thing about all this is, that in Revelation 14, this group of 144,000 is spoken of as being upon Mount Sion (Zion). This is to indicate that they are overcomers! Therefore, those of us who truly overcome the world, the flesh and the god of this world, the Devil, are standing upon Mount Sion in the spiritual sense…

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Listen…“LORD, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in Thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. ” Psalm 15:1, 2

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In other words, this Psalm describes just who it is that stand upon God’s, “holy hill”, of Mount Zion! Over-comers! That’s who!

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WE ALL MUST OVER-COME!

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Yes, the Bible has wonderful promises to those who overcome our tendencies toward sin and selfishness…

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Listen…“He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.” Revelation 21:7

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So here is just one of a number of similar encouragements to overcome, even as Jesus overcame. And this is the underlying message of the Book of Revelation, howbeit this message is somewhat veiled in the many types and symbols found throughout that book.

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GOD’S JERUSALEM IS A SPIRITUAL KINGDOM

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But the 144,000 standing upon Mount Zion, and the accompanying description of these saints paints a portrait of God’s victorious, “Church of the firstborn.” Hebrews 12:23

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Listen to Hebrews as it describes the spiritual nature of Jerusalem above…“But ye 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. ” Hebrews 12:22-24

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Notice how God here, connects the Old Testament, using, “Mount Zion”, the, “heavenly Jerusalem”, and the, “blood of the sprinkling” together with Jesus, the “mediator of the New Covenant”? Yes, God here, is showing us the true spiritual, and heavenly nature of Mount Zion and the heavenly Jerusalem.

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Heavenly Throng – G. Dore – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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APOSTATE CHURCHES IN SPIRITUAL DARKNESS

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And though the apostate portion of the Church has been deceived by the, “Prince of the Power of the Air”, into diminishing these truths, via their unbiblical hermeneutic which greatly forbids them from seeing the spiritual nature of the Bible.

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HISTORY BOOKS &

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NEWSPAPERS WORTHLESS

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But the great message of the Book of Revelation is that we might behold the revelation of Jesus Christ. But http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Newspaper_vendor.jpgunfortunately, far too many Christians cannot see the Gospel in that little book, to any great extent, simply because they attempt to interpret that book by use of history books and news papers.

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But if they would only discard those secular books altogether and merely use the Bible only, to interpret the Bible, then they would begin to see the spiritual nature of that wonderful book!

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Old book bindings by Tom Murphy VII & Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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SO WHO ARE THE 144,000?

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And so, just who are the 144,000?

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They are those who follow the Lamb up the heavenward pathway. They are those who love the Bible more than their physical food! They are those whose great desire is that Christ may shine brightly out from within, and give light to those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death! They are, “the redeemed”, which are…“out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” Revelation 5:9

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Let me become a part of this spiritual number, 144,000. Help me to overcome the flesh, the world, and the ‘god of this world’, the Devil. Let me stand victorious on top of the Zion of God, the Heavenly Jerusalem…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…November 8th (Revelation of the Heart), or you can also read this shorter article…November 22nd (The Greatest Jig-saw Puzzle Ever!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness.

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Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”

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Psalm 48:1, 2

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This above passage sings of Mount Zion, in the sides of the North!

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But if one looks to the Northeast in late Summer and into Fall, there is a constellation which God created to be a heavenly picture of the Heavenly Mount Zion. And it is commonly known as Cassiopeia. But God has created it to symbolize the true Zion, which is in Heaven.

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Listen…  “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,” Hebrews 12:22

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Yes, Jerusalem and Mount Zion here on earth are merely earthly types, to represent the true Heavenly Jerusalem and Mount Zion.

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LOCATING HEAVENLY MOUNT ZION 

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But if the Reader will go out in August and well into November, this wonderful constellation can be seen in the Northeast night-sky. But don’t wait too long! Because once it enters the western sky, it flips upside down and can no longer be seen as a mountain.

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Now, this constellation is the very same constellation as the Mount of Blessing Constellation in the Valley of Decision Constellation Group. And it represents the favored mountain to which the people of God are to climb.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy Ghost-Rider Constellation”

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TOMORROW…

NOVEMBER 14 (The Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Part 5: “Ye Shall Loathe Yourselves!”) 

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END OF THE CHURCH AGE STUDIES ON AUDIO

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THE READER IS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING AUDIO BIBLE STUDY BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO.

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THIS STUDY IS PART 10, CONCERNING “THE END OF THE CHURCH AGE”

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