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Exploring Revelation
“Revelation 14: 1-5 Pt,. 2”
by Art Sadlier   
November 8th, 2009

Reminder - Chapter 14 is a table of content for the rest of the book.  The message is contained in six visions. Last week we began to look at the first vision.

In verse one we saw the site, Mt Zion, the place of Christ's literal return to the earth.

Their song Verses 2-3

"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: 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 four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth."

Here we see heaven and earth in harmony. This is a picture of the harmony between heaven and earth during the millenium. God and man, heaven and earth in  tune together.

"no man could learn that song but the 144,000." God's children can have intimate experiences with God that no one else can enter into. In Revelation 2:17 we read about a secret between God and a believer that no one else can enter into. Wonderful to have a sweet intimate relationship with sovereign Lord of the universe.

The 144,000, the 1/3 of Israel saved at the end of the tribulation and the saved gentiles still alive at the end of the tribulation. These will not be taken to heaven but remain on earth to enter the millenium in their natural bodies to populate the earth during the millenium. They will be in their physical bodies to reproduce and populate the kingdom.

The tribes of Israel will be represented, and there will be gentiles from every nation.

Their sanctification Verses 4-5

"These are they who were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile; for they are without fault before the throne of God."

The word virgin used in the Bible does not always refer to women. Here the reference is to their spiritual condition, their sanctification. The emphasis is not on their sex but on their spiritual purity, though they are male Jews. "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy; for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." 2 Corinthians 11:2.

"the first fruits unto God", this means more to follow, the whole nation left alive at the end of the tribulation. The 144,000 are the first of a great harvest that will come from Israel. Paul said, "And so all Israel shall be saved". All of the believing Israelites living at the end of the tribulation will enter the long promised kingdom of God on earth. "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the gentiles be come in." Romans 11:25.

"Until the fulness of the gentiles be come in". When the church is complete, when the last member of the church is saved, the church will be taken home in the rapture. Then the blindnes of Israel to her Messiah will be lifted. "And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:" Romans 11:26.

Next week we will look at Vision two.




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