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The 144000 Identified and Explained

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Who are the 144,000? There are 2 main interpretations presented. A video from Robert Breaker presenting one of them and Stephen Ben-Nun presenting another. I always try to present multiple interpretations if I can.

The 144,000 - Robert Breaker

The 144,000 - Steven Ben-Nun

Whenever you see a verse in the New testament that refers back to a quote from the Old testament it is very important to look back at what it is referring to. Using this method the Bible interprets for itself. There are many times found additional references in which we can draw more information.
So when looking at the New testament always refer back to the other witness the Old Testament for any additional information.

Now we will try to come to an understanding on who these 144,000 are. To do this we must now go back to the old testament to give us further information as to their identity. The Old Testament being the witness that testifies concerning who these 144,000 are. I will highlight and bold letter some important things that will help us.

Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
Revelation 7

1 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.
2 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,
3 saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
4 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.
5 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.
6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
7 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.
8 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.
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12 saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

So we can see from Revelation Chapter 7 verse 4 that these 144,000 are Jews. They are from the 12 tribes of Israel. 12,000 from each tribe. Now we have something to calculate:

12,000 from each tribe
1 Juda 12,000
2 Reuben 12,000
3 Gad 12,000
4 Aser 12,000
5 Nepthalim 12,000
6 Manasses 12,000
7 Simeon 12,000
8 Levi 12,000
9 Issachar 12,000
10 Zabulon 12,000
11 Joseph 12,000
12 Benjamin 12,000

Total = 144,000

Revelation 14
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.

From chapter 14 we learn these men are all virgins and without fault absolutely sinless! Who are these sinless ones and how were they able to make it through life with no sin at all? Who could possibly qualify?
So from these 2 verses we find that they are:

1 All Jews
2 All men
3 All virgins
4 All sinless
5 Called Firstfruits
6 They never spoke anything wrong because they were too young to speak. "in their mouth was found no guile."
7 They are without fault before God because they all died as baby's.

We know the Lamb is Jesus but he is also called a Firstfruit. So who are these other Firstfruits who are also with him? Firstfruits is a plural. We know that Jesus called the Lamb is God manifest in the flesh.
So are Firstfruits mentioned anywhere else? Somehow it would seem these men are connected with him in the beginning in some way. So let us try to analyze further what this connection is and who these 144,000 Firstfruits are. What connection do these 144,000 Jewish men have with Jesus?

1 Corinthians 15
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

So this Verse further clarifies who these 144,000 Firstfruits are and the order of things. We see that Christ himself is called a Firstfruit and among them that slept. We know that Christ is also the Lamb. So we can now add to our list.

8 Firstfruits who are already now among Christ

We know Christ came and died on the cross he was buried and then rose again on the 3rd day. These 144,000 Firstfruits seem to be identified with Jesus at his resurrection.

Now we must look to the Old Testament to tell us more. Let us look at Isaiah 53 which the prophecy is concerning Jesus when he comes. Maybe it can give us some clues as to the circumstances of his birth and those 144,000 first fruits who follow him wherever he goes.

Isaiah 53
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

We have 2 more clues now. We know that Jesus is the Lamb but what do we know about his generation. Look what Isaiah says in the Old Testament about the Messiah who would come. It calls him a lamb and who shall declare his generation? What about those of his generation? Those who were born during his time. For this we must go back to the other witness the New Testament.

1 calls him a lamb who will be killed
2 who shall declare his generation?
3 That he will be "cut off" or killed
4 No deceit in his mouth

Matthew 2
7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15 and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,
18 18In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

It says of his birth all babies from newborn to the age of 2 were killed by King Herod. He didn't have anyone as a kid growing up in his generation because his generation had been wiped out! What we read from Matthew concerning the prophecy spoken by Jeremy had been fulfilled. So people at his time would have information about the surroundings concerning the Lords coming. Let us look back again in the Old Testament at what Jeremiah says.

Jeremiah 31:15
"Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping;Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not."

Speaking about Jesus it says he did no violence and no deceit was found in his mouth. It says about the 144,000 that in their mouth was found no guile. Well if they are babies they would not be able to speak and they would all be virgins. They also would be like Christ and sinless. It sounds like the same thing. We see connections between Christ and those babies killed by Herod in his generation.
So we see who the 144,000 also called the firstfruits are. They are connected with Jesus and his coming. We see that while growing up all the people of Jesus age and generation had been killed. So Jesus grew up with no one close to within 2 years of his age because King Herod had them all killed. If we look at the next 2 verses of Jeremiah we can see what will become of all of these dead babies.

Jeremiah 31:16,17
16 Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.
17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.

So we if we look at the Old Testament passage that was quoted by Matthew. It says don't cry for these babies that died because they will be coming back again to their own border!
Now remember in Revelation chapter 7 "I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds".
Where in the Old Testament do we hear about four winds?

Ezekiel 37
1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
2 and caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
6 and I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
14 and shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.

In conclusion the 12 Tribes make up the whole house of Israel. 12,000 from each tribe would make 144,000. It looks like the dried bones is referring to all of those dead babies whom they had cast into the valley and who are coming back from the 4 corners of the Earth. They would have been without sin and they are connected to the first coming of Jesus. Concerning Ezekiel and the bones "they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off" Concerning the Messiah Isaiah said he would be "cut off". Both the babies killed and Christ are called Firstfruits.
I think Satan used Herod to kill all those babies to try to kill Christ and missed. It looks like those same babies may be the ones who he is bringing back to make up his great Army. The Army that will take back the land for the Lord.
It looks like these old dried bones may be those 144,000 babies that were killed in his generation. Notice they come from the Four Winds or Four Corners of the Earth to form this great Army when they come back. That is what these verses seem to be saying when you look at them all together in context.

Notice in Revelation 7:9 In addition to the 144,000, we see here the great multitude of the redeemed, “which no man could number,” gathered from every nation. In their hands they have palm branches, a symbol of victory over the world and sin, and they are clothed with “white robes” which represent Christ’s righteousness. So everybody else and that this multitude have come through great adversity 7:13-14. If they had great adversity than they must have went thru the tribulation. Thus exposing the Jesuits rapture theory as yet another false and heretical doctrine.

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