Who are the mysterious 144,000 numbered only in the book of Revelation? Do they constitute the entirety of God’s true church throughout the years? Could they be living today?
Could the 144,000 be a set of people that the leadership of a Christian group or denomination have designated as being “special?” What does the Bible say about this fascinating prophetic subject?
The 144,000 are specifically referenced only twice in the Bible. In the end time, after God commands a temporary ceasing of earth’s calamities (Revelation 6, 7:1 – 3), he sends an powerful angel on a special mission. The angel is not to allow the sea or even earth’s trees to be damage until a unique group of folks are set apart.
Revelation then states, “And I heard the number of those who were sealed: one hundred forty-four thousand (144,000), sealed out of every tribe of the children of Israel” (Revelation 7:2 – 4, HBFV).
The 144,000 are mentioned again later in Revelation. The Apostle John, in vision, sees a group of resurrected believers standing with Jesus Christ. They have been called and converted by God during the great tribulation period. >>> Read More
Samson, one of Israel’s judges and the first person the Bible states was under a Nazarite vow from birth, was charged by God to free the Israelites from the brutal Philistines. One of the ways he did this was to use his miraculous strength and stamina, plus the jawbone of an ass, to kill 1000 men in the Philistine army.
And he (Samson) found a new jawbone of a donkey, and put forth his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it. 16. And Samson said, “With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps upon heaps, with the jawbone of a donkey I have killed a thousand men” (Judges 15:15 – 16, HBFV throughout)
The number 1000 plays a critical role in God’s plan, especially concerning his (and our) adversary the devil.
Before Christ establishes the Kingdom of God on the earth, at his second coming, he will first have Satan restrained in a spiritual prison. The duration of his imprisonment will be 1000 years.
Then I saw an angel descending from heaven, having the key of the abyss, and a great chain in his hand. And he took hold of the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. >>> Read More
As anyone who is a new Bible student quickly learns, the symbolism of six hundred sixty six (666) is derived from the number and mark of the Beast Power discussed in the book of Revelation.
The number 666 symbolizes the perfection of man’s overall system that is separated from God and under the constant influence of Satan the devil. Six in the Bible represents, by itself, incompleteness or imperfection, as it is one less than seven (which symbolizes completeness). Man’s system on earth is made up of three parts, each represented by a six in the numeric 666.
The first six of the number 666 represents the perfectly false religions of man under Satan’s lead. The devil is the god of this world, and allowed to deceive mankind, until the return of Jesus Christ (2Corinthians 4:3 – 4). The second six is for the deceived false governments of this world. The third six of 666 is symbolic of mankind’s self-centered economic system.
The number 666 represents the world and all that it does to appease and gratify human nature. The book of 1John (written by the apostle John who also wrote Revelation) contains an often-overlooked set of three verses that uses a subtle form of 6. This hidden form of six, found in the total times the word ‘world’ is used, warns believers to separate themselves from man’s system which is soon to DIE (John 2:15 – 17).
In order to show that the book of Revelation was inspired, Ireneaus (120 – 202 AD), an early church apologist, noted that he had consulted the ‘most approved and ancient copies’ of Revelation for verification of this mystical numeric. >>> Read More
The spiritual significance of the number 490 comes from the fact that it is seven times seventy (7 x 70).
The prophet Daniel was a member of Judah’s royal family. When King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon first attacked Jerusalem in 605 B.C. he took a very young Daniel, as well as others of the royal family, captive. This captivity of the Kingdom of Judah was allowed by God as punishment for their long history of sin and disobedience to him. After living several years in Babylon, Daniel discovers something very revealing while reading the word of God.
In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood by books the number of the years, which came according to the Word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years (Daniel 9:2 , HBFV).
Jeremiah’s prophecy foretold that the Jewish people (which included Daniel) would be taken captive for a period of time (Jeremiah 25:7 – 12). The desolation of Jerusalem began in 586 B.C. when Nebuchadnezzar, for the third time, attacked the city.
In Nebuchadnezzar’s previous two campaigns into Judean territory (605 and 597 B.C.) he left Jerusalem and the temple pretty much intact. In 586, however, he destroyed the city and burned the temple built by Solomon completely to the ground. God’s house of prayer stayed destroyed for seventy years until 516 B.C., when it was rebuilt under the reign of Persia’s Darius I. >>> Read More
According to the book “The Appointed Times of Jesus the Messiah” (page 213), there seems to exist an interesting relationship between the number 444 and Christ’s ministry. Jesus’ ministry began in the fall of 26 A.D. In his first recorded public address, he links his ministry and message to the start of the Jubilee year (Luke 4:16 – 21, see also Isaiah 61:1 – 2). This special period of liberty and freedom began every 50th year on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 25). Christ’s linkage suggests that his ministry, like the Jubilee, also started on this holy day.
The Day of Atonement in 26 A.D. corresponds on the Hebrew calculated calendar (used to determine God’s annual Feast Days) to Wednesday, Tishri 10 in the Hebrew (Jewish) year 3787. If Christ’s ministry began on this day, it means it lasted 44 months (Hebrew years 3787 and 3789 had 13 months in them) and 4 days (444) until his crucifixion on Passover in 3790 (30 A.D.).