Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Revelation 6-7~ Day 113~ Who are the 144,000?

So, I have been learning a few things while reading the New Testament over and over.  One main thing that has stuck out to me is that,....I am a true Jew!

"A person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code." (Rom. 2:29)

"There is neither Jew nor Greek...for you are all one in Christ Jesus...If you belong to Christ then you are Abraham's offspring..." (Gal 3:28-29)

"For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier...His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two...Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens..." (Eph. 2:11-13 & 19)

"For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit...." (Phil. 3:3)

So, if all believers are the true Jews, what's up with John listing out believers from all the tribes of Israel? (7:5-8)  Why does it seem like he is still dividing up special Jews from other believers?
Well, you've heard me say it before and I'm going to say it again, Scripture does not contradict it's self.  Any new revelation will not go against what has been said earlier in His holy Word.  So, I had to do some further study on what John could have meant when he listed the 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.

My footnote said something insightful, "This is a different list from the usual listing of the 12 tribes in the Old Testament, because it is a symbolic list of God's true followers.  The complete number symbolized that all God's followers will be brought safely to him; not one will be overlooked or forgotten."
The “complete number” = 12x12x1000, symbolizing completeness-all God’s followers.

Another commentary said this, "This refers to the Christian church, that each portion of the church would furnish a definite part of the whole number sealed and saved." (Barnes Notes)

So, with those thoughts, it can be read that the 144,000 includes anyone who is a servant of God (all of God's redeemed people).   Well, that seems more consistent with what the rest of the New Testament teaches!

If you are interested in reading more thoughts on the subject, take a look at this website: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/who-are-the-144000-in-revelation/

The only question I have now is....I wonder what tribe I'm a part of? 😉

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