WHO ARE THE 144,000?
This outline only gives basic information on the 144,000 and the sealing in
: CSW 25:1. INTRODUCTION:
The main focus of this study
is the study of the 144,000, their relationship to us as Seventh-Day
Adventists, and how we may become a part of this great company.
I. Read: Rev.7:1-4
A. Four symbolic winds are being held by four
B. An angel comes from the east with the seal of God
C. The winds cannot be let loose until the 144,000 are sealed
D . The 144,000 are a very special company
WHAT DO THE WINDS
II. Read: 5T 152:2
Here we are told that the symbolic winds represent the “time of trouble
such as never was” (Dan. 12:1) -- the “mark of the beast” decree or the “Sunday-Blue Laws.”
Thus, the 144,000 have to be sealed before the
mark of the beast. Since the “mark of the beast decree is just ahead of us, this indicates that the 144,000 are being sealed today. (See also 7A
winds in Revelation 7 could not symbolize war seeing that we have always had wars (for example, World War I
and II) and yet the 144,000 are not yet sealed. The winds represent a special strife or trouble that is coming against the church. It does not indicate a clash of nation against nation. It must be held, lest it hurt the people of God
. This shows that the winds are religio-political.
WHERE ARE THE
144,000 TO BE FOUND?
II. Read: verse 4EXPLANATION
: They are sealed from the
tribes of Israel.
A. However, this could not be ancient
Israel, seeing that we are dealing with the time just prior to the mark of the beast -- our time.
B. The 144,000
must therefore be found in modern Israel. 9T 164, 5T 94, PK 713-714.
WHO IS MODERN
A. Read: Rev. 14:1,4EXPLANATION
: Here the 144,000 are said
not to be defiled with women (churches of the world) because they are virgins (professing a pure faith -- See COL. 406). In other words, the 144,000 are found in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Further proof: See EW 14, 42-3-- the only church teaching the “Midnight Cry” is the S.D.A. church.FURTHER PROOF FOR WOMEN
Jer. 6:2 , 3:14; GC 381:1 ;
IS THIS NUMBER (144,000) SYMBOLIC OR COULD IT MEAN MORE?
VI. Read: verse 4.EXPLANATION
John clearly heard the number.
A. Read: EW 15
B.. Read: verses 5-9EXPLANATION
: God delineates
specifically 12,000 from each tribe. But in verse 9, John saw an innumerable company. The comparison shows that one is a numbered company (144,000), the other unnumbered. Hence, the number of the 144,000 has to be literal, not symbolic.
HOW ARE THEY
V11. Read: TM 445:2 EXPLANATION:
Here we see that the
sealing of the 144,000 is also to be found somewhere in the book of Ezekiel. The only such chapter where this prophet gives an account of a
sealing, is the NINTH. Therefore, John the Revelator
and Ezekiel saw the
sealing of the 144,000. VIII. Read: Ezekiel 9EXPLANATION:
A. Six men or
angels came from Heaven (higher gate towards the north). See Isa. 14:13
; Ps. 48 1,2. Note:
Angels are sometimes called
men. (See Dan. 9:21
; DA 99)
B. One was a marking angel.
C. God told the
marking angel to seal or mark only those who sigh and cry for the evils
in Jerusalem--the church.
D. God then commanded the
other five angels to follow the marking angel and slay.
also instructed them to begin the destruction with the church (sanctuary 1 Pet. 4:17) and with the ancient men (leaders).
God is not to have mercy because of the general attitude of the leaders and members. They are acting as if “the Lord will not do good or evil”-- not concerned. Note:
is no such thing as a spiritual slaughter. (See 5 T 211, 505; 1 MR 260)
IX. Read 3T 266,267 EXPLANATION:
A. That the true people of God
are those who recognize sin in the church, stay aloof from it, but speak out against the sins.
B. Closing work for the church is the sealing of the 144,000.
C. This work of the sealing of the 144,000 is forcibly set forth by the prophet (Ezekiel) when in vision.He saw five men (angels) with slaughter weapons and the sixth with a writer’s inkhorn.
D. Only those who sigh and cry for the wrongs in the church receive the seal.
E. The servant of the
Lord under Inspiration tells us to read Ezekiel Chapter Nine.
It is often stated that the slaughter of Ezekiel nine transpires during the plagues or at the second coming of Christ
, based upon this statement found in 3 T 267 “They will fall in the general destruction of the wicked. . .” This, however, could not be so,because:
. The plagues
are described very differently from the destruction in Ezekiel nine. a.
In the plagues the angels use
vials, and pour out the wrath of God
upon Babylon (the world). b
. In Ezekiel’s description, the
angels use weapons to slay those in Jerusalem
. When we quote the sentence in
full it would read as follows: “They will fall in the general destruction of the wicked represented by the work of the five men bearing slaughter weapons.” This tells us that this “general destruction” is that which destroys the wicked in the church (Jerusalem)
not the world.--They are cut down by the five men (angels) not the vials of the seven angels
in Revelation 16.
X. Read: 5 T 211EXPLANATION:
A. Those who
do not mourn over their own sins (sigh) or warn others (cry) will not receive the seal.
B. The church is the first to feel
God’s wrath (literally).
C. The ancient men are the leaders.
D. The leaders have been unfaithful--betrayed their trust. They do not warn the members of the coming doom.
. They do not believe God will bring judgment on His people. They think
that God is too merciful.
F. Because they have failed as
faithful leaders, they will never preach again.
G. They are
likened to dumb dogs (ministers are symbolized in scripture by dogs) because they are supposed to warn the members of danger. See Isa. 56:10. We can conclude that the
144,000 are to be sealed and spared because they sighed and cried. This destruction or slaughter is literal and takes place within the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.NOTE:
Four is used in Revelation 7 to
show that the mark of the beast and the hurting by the angels are worldwide (four points of the compass) but it begins in the church.
THE COMPANY IN VERSE NINE COME FROM?
XI. Read: Rev
The 144,000 are called the “First-fruits” -- evidently they are the first ones to be spiritually harvested -- saved from among the living. Note, that one cannot have a first without a second, one necessitates the other. (For an example, see Rev 20:5 -- “The first resurrection” or Rev.20:14
-- “The second death”). So, the Great Multitude in verse 9 must be the second fruits brought in by the 144,000, the first fruits
XII -- ISA 66:15-20EXPLANATION:
A. Verse 15 shows us that the Lord comes to bring judgment upon many.
B. This could not be the second coming of Christ, as
verse 16 says that He “pleads”. There is no pleading at the second coming.
(See 2T 691)
C. Verse 19 clearly shows that some escape the
judgment and are sent as missionaries to preach the gospel worldwide. (This again shows that this coming was not the Second Advent,
as no one will escape to preach the gospel).
Therefore, the judgment of verse 15 must be the same as this slaughter of Ezekiel 9, and those who escape must be the 144,000 who in turn go out to finish the gospel and gather in the Great Multitude of Rev. 7:9.
Thus we see that Rev.
clearly forecasts that the church must be purified before the Mark of the Beast
Decree, and that the Gospel will be completed during the time of the Sunday Laws. Now is the time of the Sunday Laws. Now is the time to sigh (reform our own lives) and cry (sound the message of reform for others).