The Revelation Given to John by Jesus Through the Angel
Remember the 144,000 is the perfect square of 12, multiplied by 100. The first twelve represents the 12 tribes of Israel, and the second 12 represents the 12 disciples[i]. The 12 tribes of Israel represent the nation of Israel, Yahweh’s chosen people; and the 12 disciples represent the Church universal, which includes the redeemed of the Chosen people. Therefore, these 122, or 144 represent Yahweh’s chosen people of both Jew and non-Jew. I believe a thousand represents a complete number, so the 144,000 would represent the complete chosen of Yahweh from out of the world. They are sealed with the name of the Lamb and his Father by the power of the Holy Spirit of Yahweh. They are those who have followed the Lamb of Yahweh who took away their sins and brought them safely to Yahweh as a perfect offering. They are not perfect because of their own actions but because they have been washed clean in the blood of the Lamb. They took John’s breath away because of their purity and song – in such a throng. The song was one that only they could learn because only they had the love in their hearts that put the song there. John was a holy man, but he was still living in the flesh and he was dazed and amazed by the pure love, for his God, that would one day be his.
Perhaps he remembered the Pilgrim Song Of David said to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and live in peace[ii]; the prophesy of Isaiah that said “comfort, oh Comfort my people … speak softly and tenderly to Jerusalem, but also make it very clear that she has served her sentence, that her sin is taken care of – forgiven! …”[iii]; that Daniel said the angel told him his people written in the book of life would be saved[iv]; what Paul told the Corinthians about the resurrected body[v]; and how he told the Galatians there was no division in Yahweh’s family between Jew and non-Jews, male and female, or slave and free[vi].
Then John saw another angel in the Middle Heaven with a message for those who were still on earth. [vii]Where there is life, there is hope and every living soul is precious to Yahweh. Remember this is still part of the outline of history.
The next angel proclaims the ruin of Babylon. A lot of people think the Bible really means Rom, but since Yahweh doesn’t make mistakes, I believe when he says Babylon is fallen, he means Babylon is fallen. We will have a clear picture when we study chapter 17.
The third angel follows with a warning about worshiping the Beast and its image. One thing to be remembered: anyone who has been sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise will not be worshiping anyone but Yahweh, nor will they be getting any other kind of seal than the one they have that keeps them safe in the arms of Yeshua. As far as the warning about Yahweh’s wrath and the torment of hell, note that Reverend Keller says[viii]:
“In short, hell is simply one’s freely chosen identity apart from God on a trajectory into infinity. … When we build our lives on anything but God, that thing – though a good thing – becomes an enslaving addiction, something we have to have in order to be happy. … In eternity this disintegration goes on forever, there is increasing isolation, denial, delusion, and self-absorption. When you lose all humanity you are out of touch with reality. No one ever asks to leave hell. The very idea of heaven seems to them a sham. … C.S. Lewis … ‘It is not a question of God “sending us” to hell.’ … The people in hell are miserable … we see raging like unchecked flames their pride, their paranoia, their self-pity, their certainty that everyone else is wrong, that everyone else is an idiot! All their humility is gone, and thus so is their sanity. They are utterly finally locked in a prison of their own self-centeredness and their pride progressively expand into a bigger and bigger mushroom cloud. They continue to go to pieces forever, blaming everyone but themselves. Hell is that, writ large … Hell is, as Lewis says, ‘the greatest monument to human freedom.’ … All God does in the end is give them what they most want, including freedom from himself. What could be more fair than that?”
While the world is ignoring Yahweh and worshiping an idol we will be passionately faithful[ix]. Rejoice!
The difference between dying the way Reverend Keller wrote about and dying safe in the arms of Yeshua is dramatic[x]. The soul that separates itself from the flesh to go into the presence of the Lord is blessed beyond measure. Our righteousness shall blaze down like the sun and our salvation flame up like a torch.
[xi]John is breathless at the sight of the one like the Son of Man with his gold crown and sickle. The angel called to him to swing his sickle and reap. These, I believe, are the representatives of Yahweh. No one else would have a right to wear a crown or give orders for reaping. The next representative angel with another sickle also came from the Temple[xii] with another cry from an angel to reap the harvest of the earth. These are grapes of wrath going into the winepress of Yahweh’s wrath. We will hear more about this in chapter 19.
Prayer: Hear my cry, Oh God. Listen to my prayer. When my heart is overwhelmed I will cry to you from the ends of the earth; lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. You have been a shelter to me and a strong tower from the enemy. I will trust in the cover of your wings and abide safely in your family. You have given me the inheritance of your glorious way of life. And with endless energy and boundless strength you do your work in me. I will abide with you eternally and sing praises to your name forever.
[i] Who, more than likely, represent the twelve tribes of Israel
[ii] Psalm 122:6-9
[iii] Isaiah 40:1, 2
[iv] Daniel 12:1-4
[v] I Corinthians 15:51-57
[vi] Galatians 3:28, 29
[vii] Isaiah 28:14-22
[viii] The Reason For God, Timothy Keller, Dutton, Penguin Group (USA) Inc. New York, 2008
[ix] Isaiah 4:3; revelation 14:12
[x] Isaiah 57:1, 2; 62:1; Revelation 14:13
[xi] Matthew 13:29, 30; Joel 3:13, 14; Revelation 14:14-20
[xii] The Temple represents the redeemed of Yahweh