a. 144,000 is Literal (as in)
b. 144,000 is Symbolical, but it is different from Great Multitude
c. 144,000 is Symbolical, and part of the Great Multitude
d. 144, 000 is the Symbolical number of the Great Multitude
Amen.. no one knows who they will be, because no one knows their true weakness, or if they will even survive the great tribulation, assuming they are around for it in the first place.
Though it is ok to try and understand these things, no man or woman should ever presume it applies to them..
Besides.. IDK about everyone else, but I'll be happy just to be in the heavenly courts of my Father, and to have one the race in Christ. I don't need an honored position.. I would happily be a janitor in the kingdom of God.. lol
Yes Glen, worse than any calamity ever imagined -- "The persecutions of Protestants by Romanism, by which the religion of Jesus Christ was almost annihilated [during the 1260 years], will be more than rivaled when Protestantism and popery are combined." (3Selected Messages p.387)
And yes, I agree, the setting for the "Great Multitude" is in heaven, and refers to all the Christians that have ever lived.
“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; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." (Prophets and Kings p.720)
So when John saw the great multitude in vision, he saw them in the new earth. This seems to be clear.
Good post, Steward.