WHO ARE THE 144,000?
Jesse M. Hendley
I want to read to you from the Book of the Revelation
of Jesus Christ, chapter 14. Beginning with verse 1 we
read a tremendous statement about the future. "And I
looked and behold a Lamb stood on Mount Zion, and with
Him 144,000, having His Father's Name written in their
foreheads. And I heard the voice from heaven as the
voice of many waters, and as the voice of great
thunder, and I heard the voice of harpers harping with
their harps, and they sang as it were a new song
before the Throne and before the four beasts and the
elders. No man could learn that song but the 144,000,
which were redeemed from the earth. These are they,
which were not defiled with women, for they are
virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb
whithersoever He goeth. These are they, which were
redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto
God and the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no
guile, for they are without fault before the Throne of
Let us get the picture, the setting, so that we can
understand it. This is NOT a picture of people today,
a picture of the Church. This is in the midst of the
Great Tribulation Period yet to come. The Church will
have been caught up before this time to meet the Lord
in the air.
Now let us review for a moment. If you had a chart
there, you would draw a circle and mark it "the
Church." You would draw a line up to the right, from
the circle, and you would mark that "In the air,"
indicating the Rapture of the Church. One of these
days the Lord will come and catch up the Church into
the air, and that will be the end of the Church Age.
The Church is composed of every born again believer in
Christ, and one of these days the last person will
believe on Christ and the Lord Jesus will descend from
heaven into the AIR (I Thess. 4:13-18)---not descend
back TO THE EARTH---but just into the AIR. WE shall be
caught up ( ...
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