The True Identity of the 144,000 of the Book of Revelation

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The book of Revelation mentions 144,000 chosen here,

Then I heard the number… 144,000. (Revelation 7:4 [NIV])

These follow the lamb, who is Yeshuah Messiah, wherever he goes,

They follow the Lamb wherever he goes… (Revelation 14:4 [NIV])

Just as the elect, who are gathered at the second coming of Yeshuah Messiah, will then always be with the Master,

For the Master himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in the Messiah will rise first. 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, and so we will always be with the Master. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 [MODIFIED-ESV])

The 144,000 are also called first fruits,

…They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. (Revelation 14:4 [NIV])

Just as the elect are also called a first fruits,

He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. (James 1:18 [ESV])

The 144,000 also have a seal,

saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” (Revelation 7:3 [ESV])

Just as the elect have the seal of the airflow of God,

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised set-apart airflow, (Ephesians 1:13 [MODIFIED-ESV])

And it is God who establishes us with you in the Messiah, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his airflow in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22 [MODIFIED-ESV])

The 144,000 are also purchased,

And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. (Revelation 14:3 [NASB])

Just as the elect are purchased,

you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:20 [NIV])

Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the set-apart airflow has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the assembly of God, which he bought with his own blood. (Acts 20:28 [MODIFIED-NIV])

The 144,000 are also virgins who will not defile themselves with women,

These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins… (Revelation 14:4 [NIV])

Just as the elect will remain virgins at the resurrection, for the elect do not marry nor are given in marriage,

At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. (Matthew 22:30 [ESV])

The 144,000 chosen are Israelites,

Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. (Revelation 7:4 [NIV])

Just as the elect are called Jews, inwardly,

On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart–by the airflow, not the letter…(Romans 2:29 [HCSB])

For even those who are Gentiles, are all grafted into the one olive tree of Israel, and will one day, whether Jew or Gentile, all be called Israel,

After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree! I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. (Romans 11:24-26 [NIV])

Because even among the Gentiles, who become born according to the airflow,

But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the airflow, so also it is now. (Galatians 4:29 [ESV])

Yeshuah answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the airflow, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5 [MODIFIED-ESV])

Who are considered like Isaac, who are free children of the promise,

Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. (Galatians 4:28 [ESV])

Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek Yehovah: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many.
 (Isaiah 51:1-2 [MODIFIED-NIV])

It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. (Romans 9:6-8 [NIV])

As opposed to those who are like Ishmael, who are slave children of the slave woman, who are not born of the airflow,

These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. (Galatians 4:24-25 [NIV])

Will also end up having descended from Abraham, whether knowingly,

and they assembled all the congregation together on the first of the second month. Then they registered by ancestry in their families, by their fathers’ households, according to the number of names, from twenty years old and upward, head by head, (Numbers 1:18 [NASB])

Or unknowingly, or without proof,

The following were those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer, though they could not prove their fathers’ houses or their descent, whether they belonged to Israel: (Ezra 2:59 [ESV])

Because just as Ishmael was born from the body of Abram,

And Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. (Genesis 16:15 [ESV])

So was Isaac born from the body of Abraham, of whom all who are born of the airflow correspond to, whether Jew or Gentile,

Then behold, the word of Yehovah came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.” (Genesis 15:4 [MODIFIED-NASB])

Because all the tribes of Israel have been dispersed among the nations, for a Gentile to then have been able to descend from the body Abraham,

James, a servant of God and of the Master Yeshuah Messiah, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. (James 1:1 [MODIFIED-ESV])

Peter, an apostle of Yeshuah Messiah, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (1 Peter 1:1 [MODIFIED-ESV])

The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? (John 7:35 [ESV])

He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Yeshuah would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. (John 11:51-52 [MODIFIED-ESV])

And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. (John 10:16 [ESV])

Yehovah builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. (Psalm 147:2 [MODIFIED-NIV])

He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth. (Isaiah 11:12 [IV])

My scattered people who live beyond the rivers of Ethiopia will come to present their offerings. (Zephaniah 3:10 [NLT])

But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, Yehovah, are our Father… (Isaiah 63:16 [MODIFIED-NIV])

And all will, whether Jew or Gentile, be counted into one of the tribes of Israel,

From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000. (Revelation 7:5-8 [NIV])

And just as the 144,000 chosen have already been numbered, so has God already chosen who will be his from the foundation of the world,

even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be set-apart and blameless before him. In love (Ephesians 1:4 [MODIFIED-ESV])

For the elect, who are the remnant chosen by favor,

So then also in the present time a remnant according to choice of favor takes place. (Romans 11:5 [ABP])

“For many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14 [NIV])

Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved. (Romans 9:27 [NIV])

Are the small number of 144,000 chosen.

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