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The 144000

The purpose of this study is to explain the prophetic events surrounding the hundred and forty four thousand who will be saved during the tribulation period and answer the following questions:

  • Who are the 144000 that are saved from Elohim’s wrath?
  • Are the 144000 the only ones that will be saved?
  • How are the 144000 sealed?
  • Who are those who sleep in the Anointed?
  • What happens to those who sleep in the Anointed?

Let’s start by looking at the motivation behind the book of Revelation.

    This is the Revelation of Yahshua the Anointed, WHICH ELOHIM GAVE HIM TO SHOW TO HIS SERVANTS THE THINGS WHICH MUST HAPPEN SOON, which he sent and made known by his angel to his servant, Yochanan, WHO TESTIFIED TO ELOHIM’S WORD, AND OF THE TESTIMONY OF YAHSHUA THE ANOINTED, about everything that he saw. (Revelation 1:1-2 RNEB)

Elohim decided to send a message of things that would soon happen, so he gave it to Yahshua the anointed, who gave it to Yochanan by dispatching an angel. The message was directly from the Most High, not Yahshua, who is our mediator and high priest. This is important because the only one we should worship is YAH, not Yahshua, there are many religious bodies that don’t properly understand scripture and end up worshipping Yahshua rather than the Father, which breaks the first two commandments.

    Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written in it, for the time is at hand. Yochanan, to the seven assemblies that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Elohim, who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before his throne; and FROM YAHSHUA THE ANOINTED, THE FAITHFUL WITNESS, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us, and washed us from our sins by his blood; and he made us to be a Kingdom, priests to his Elohim and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amein. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, including those who pierced him. All the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. Even so, Amein. (Revelation 1:3-7 RNEB)

The book of Revelation was written to the seven assemblies in Asia, which are outlined below.

    “To the angel of the ASSEMBLY IN EPHESUS write: “He who holds the seven stars in his right hand, he who walks among the seven golden menorot says these things: (Revelation 2:1 RNEB)
    “To the angel of the ASSEMBLY IN SMYRNA write: “The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life says these things: (Revelation 2:8 RNEB)
    “To the angel of the ASSEMBLY IN PERGAMUM write: “He who has the sharp two-edged sword says these things: (Revelation 2:12 RNEB)
    “To the angel of the ASSEMBLY IN THYATIRA write: “The Son of Elohim, who has his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like burnished brass, says these things: (Revelation 2:18 RNEB)
    “And to the angel of the ASSEMBLY IN SARDIS write: “He who has the seven Spirits of Elohim, and the seven stars says these things: “I know your works, that you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. (Revelation 3:1 RNEB)
    “To the angel of the ASSEMBLY IN PHILADELPHIA write: “He who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, he who opens and no one can shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says these things: (Revelation 3:7 RNEB)
    “To the angel of the ASSEMBLY IN LAODICEA write: “The Amein, the Faithful and True Witness, the Head of Elohim’s creation, says these things: (Revelation 3:14 RNEB)

The book was written to the overseers of these seven assemblies, not the spiritual entities known as angels. Angel, Strong’s #32 means especially or generally an “angel”; or by implication a pastor (overseer). Let’s verify this further.

    For the Priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth; for he is the messenger [malak or angel] of YAH of Armies. (Malachi 2:7 RNEB)

The Priest’s, those who teach the law, were also considered a messenger of YAH.

The first part of the book of revelation was a message to those that were overseers in the assemblies in Asia minor, then when we get to chapters four through the end there is a message for the entire assembly of the anointed.

    After this, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth, or on the sea, or on any tree. I SAW ANOTHER ANGEL ASCEND FROM THE SUNRISE, HAVING THE SEAL OF THE LIVING ELOHIM. He cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was given to harm the earth and the sea, “Don’t harm the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, until we have sealed the bondservants of our Elohim on their foreheads!” I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the children of Yisra’el: (Revelation 7:1-4 RNEB)

The earth could not be harmed until the servants of Elohim were sealed. The seal or mark of Elohim is the covenant, which is found in the first five books of the bible.

    Now this is the commandment, the statutes, and the ordinances, which YAH your Elohim commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go over to possess it; that you might fear YAH your Elohim, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, you, and your son, and your son’s son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, Yisra’el, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as YAH, the Elohim of your fathers, has promised to you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. Hear, Yisra’el: YAH is our Elohim; YAH is one: and you shall love YAH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. These words, which I command you this day, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:1-7 RNEB)

It’s the commandment, the statutes, and the ordinances which were commanded for every to learn and follow.

    YOU SHALL BIND THEM FOR A SIGN ON YOUR HAND, AND THEY SHALL BE FOR SYMBOLS BETWEEN YOUR EYES. You shall write them on the door posts of your house, and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:8-9 RNEB)

Sign is Strong’s #226 means a mark. It’s the law that is a mark or sign in our hand which represents our works, and frontlet’s between the eyes represents the mind. In other words we’re marked by the commandments, statutes, and ordinances of YAH that we know in our minds and display by the works of our hands.

    I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the children of Yisra’el: of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand, of the tribe of Re’uven twelve thousand, of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand, of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, of the tribe of Naftali twelve thousand, of the tribe of Menasheh twelve thousand, of the tribe of Simon twelve thousand, of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand, of the tribe of Yissakhar twelve thousand, of the tribe of Zevulun twelve thousand, of the tribe of Yosef twelve thousand, of the tribe of Binyamin were sealed twelve thousand. (Revelation 7:4-8 RNEB)

The 144000 are composed of 12000 from each of the twelve tribes of Yisrael. This is not talking about spiritual Yisrael but ethnic Yisrael, those true to the original bloodlines of the twelve tribes and upholding the laws and precepts of Elohim and have the testimony of Yahshua the anointed.

    After these things I LOOKED, AND BEHOLD, A GREAT MULTITUDE, WHICH NO MAN COULD NUMBER, OUT OF EVERY NATION AND OF ALL TRIBES, PEOPLES, AND LANGUAGES, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands. They cried with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation be to our Elohim, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels were standing around the throne, the elders, and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before his throne, and worshiped Elohim, saying, “Amein! Blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power, and might, be to our Elohim forever and ever! Amein.” One of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are arrayed in white robes, who are they, and from where did they come?” (Revelation 7:9-13 RNEB)

Let’s look at what the white robes represent to help clarify who it’s talking about.

    I heard something like the voice of a great multitude, and like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of mighty thunders, saying, “Halleluyah! For YAH our Elohim, the Almighty, reigns! Let us rejoice and be exceedingly glad, and let us give the glory to him. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his wife has made herself ready.” It was given to her that she would array herself in bright, pure, fine linen: FOR THE FINE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUS ACTS OF THE HOLY ONES. (Revelation 19:6-8 RNEB)

The white robes represent righteousness, which was displayed by the works of there hands (acts).

    One of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are arrayed in white robes, who are they, and from where did they come?” I told him, “My master, you know.” He said to me, “THESE ARE THOSE WHO CAME OUT OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION. They washed their robes, and made them white in the Lamb’s blood. (Revelation 7:13-14 RNEB)

These people came out of the great tribulation and they represent spiritual Yisrael. To be considered righteous they needed to confess there sins, repent, be purified in water in the name of Yahshua the anointed for the remission of there sins, and then keep and uphold the covenant that they entered through purification, which is outlined in the first five books of the bible.

During the 3 1/2 years of tribulation millions of people will have the opportunity to be exposed to Elohim’s truth and will receive it. This is the last opportunity and act of grace that’s given by Elohim to all the children of Adam. Millions will enter the covenant through purification and uphold all the laws of Elohim, which will allow them to enter the millennial reign under the King Yahshua the anointed.

    Therefore they are before the throne of Elohim, they serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. They will never be hungry, neither thirsty any more; neither will the sun beat on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shepherds them, and leads them to springs of waters of life. And Elohim will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:15-17 RNEB)

These last two verses are post millennial, we know this by the indicators. They were before Elohim’s throne, Elohim does not take the reigns from Yahshua until the end of the millennial reign, this can be verified in Revelation chapter twenty.

    But we don’t want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don’t grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Yahshua died and rose again, even so Elohim will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Yahshua. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 RNEB)

Those who are asleep in Yahshua are those who died having been purified in the name of Yahshua the anointed, and were faithful in keeping the covenant. Let’s look at a few verse to support this.

    The dragon grew angry with the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep Elohim’s commandments and hold Yahshua’s testimony. (Revelation 12:17 RNEB)
    Here is the patience of the holy ones, those who keep the commandments of Elohim, and the faith of Yahshua.” (Revelation 14:12 RNEB)
    Blessed are those who do his commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14 RNEB)

Elohims seed were those who were keeping the covenant and had the testimony of Yahshua. The only ones allowed to partake of the tree of life were those who keep his commandments, which refers to the Moral and Holiness that Elohim set forth at Sinai.

    For this we tell you by the word of the Master, that we who are alive, who are left to the coming of the Master, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Master himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the chief angel, and with Elohim’s trumpet. The dead in the Anointed will rise first, (1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 RNEB)

Those who die in the anointed will be raised first and receive there new bodies.

    then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Master in the air. So we will be with the Master forever. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 RNEB)

After the dead are raised, then the 144000 which are alive will be gathered.

    But immediately after the oppression of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. HE WILL SEND OUT HIS ANGELS WITH A GREAT SOUND OF A TRUMPET, AND THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER HIS CHOSEN ONES FROM THE FOUR WINDS, FROM ONE END OF THE SKY TO THE OTHER. (Matthew 24:29-31 RNEB)
    I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Tziyon, and with him a number, one hundred forty-four thousand, having his name, and the name of his Father, written on their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1 RNEB)

Mount Tziyon is symbolic of heaven and the fathers name written in their foreheads means the same as frontlet’s before there eyes as we read in the old testament. We’re marked by the commandments, statutes, and ordinances of YAH, which is in our minds and displayed by the works of our hands.

    I heard a sound from heaven, like the sound of many waters, and like the sound of a great thunder. The sound which I heard was like that of harpists playing on their harps. They sing a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the one hundred forty-four thousand, those who had been redeemed out of the earth. (Revelation 14:2-3 RNEB)

These 144000 were saved through tribulation, the wrath of Elohim. When Yahshua descends from heaven the dead in the anointed rise first and meet him in the clouds, then the 144000 ascend and are gathered, at the same time there bodies will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. There won’t be anyone in terrestrial bodies in the clouds, they will all have there new immortal bodies.

    These are those who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are those who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed by Yahshua from among men, the first fruits to Elohim and to the Lamb. In their mouth was found no lie, for they are blameless. (Revelation 14:4-5 RNEB)

Not being defiled by women is referring to pagan religion, doctrines that are not in agreement with YAH’s covenant and don’t give testimony to Yahshua the anointed and who he is, king, high priest, mediator, and intercessor for our trespasses.

    I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. He seized the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole inhabited earth, and bound him for a thousand years, and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were finished. After this, he must be freed for a short time. I SAW THRONES, AND THEY SAT ON THEM, AND JUDGMENT WAS GIVEN TO THEM. I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Yahshua, and for the word of Elohim, and such as didn’t worship the beast nor his image, and didn’t receive the mark on their forehead and on their hand. THEY LIVED, AND REIGNED WITH THE ANOINTED FOR THE THOUSAND YEARS. The rest of the dead didn’t live until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. BLESSED AND HOLY IS HE WHO HAS PART IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION. OVER THESE, THE SECOND DEATH HAS NO POWER, BUT THEY WILL BE PRIESTS OF ELOHIM AND OF THE ANOINTED, AND WILL REIGN WITH HIM ONE THOUSAND YEARS. (Revelation 20:1-6 RNEB)

The dead in the messiah and the 144000 will reign with Yahshua during the millennial age as judges and governors over all the earth.

    Now I say this, brothers, that flesh and blood can’t inherit the Kingdom of Elohim; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery. WE WILL NOT ALL SLEEP, BUT WE WILL ALL BE CHANGED, (1 Corinthians 15:50-51 RNEB)

The dead in the anointed will receive there reward first, they will rise with a new body and meet Yahshua in the air. Then those who are alive (the 144000) will be changed and raised to meet him.

    in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:52 RNEB)

In order for the 144000 to ascend into the clouds and meet Yahshua in the air they have to receive there new bodies and become immortals first.

    The rest of the dead didn’t live until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. (Revelation 20:5 RNEB)

The first resurrection are those who held the testimony of Yahshua the anointed, kept the law, but died before his return.

    Blessed and holy (set-apart) is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over these, the second death has no power, but they will be priests of Elohim and of the Anointed, and will reign with him one thousand years. And after the thousand years, Satan will be released from his prison, and he will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to the war; the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. They went up over the breadth of the earth, and surrounded the camp of the holy ones, and the beloved city. Fire came down out of heaven from Elohim, and devoured them. The devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are also. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever. I saw a great white throne, and him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. There was found no place for them. I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and they opened books. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. THE DEAD WERE JUDGED OUT OF THE THINGS WHICH WERE WRITTEN IN THE BOOKS, ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS. (Revelation 20:6-12 RNEB)

We will all be judged by our works, there are only two types, works of righteousness and works of unrighteousness.

    The sea gave up the dead who were in it. Death and grave gave up the dead who were in them. THEY WERE JUDGED, EACH ONE ACCORDING TO HIS WORKS. Death and grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. If anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:13-15 RNEB)

The second resurrection is reserved for the faithful who died during the millennial kingdom and for those who walked righteously, but did not receive immortality at the first resurrection when Yahshua returned. It’s also for the unclean and wicked, this is the time of final judgement and final death for those who did not keep the laws of Elohim.


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