Everlasting Kingdom: Unraveling the Bible’s Secrets

New Jerusalem–A Place of Safety!

Petra, Rapture or What?

Safety in Petra?

Back Next Chapter 18, Part 2 Preview: This segment finishes explaining where you could be during the Great Tribulation. A great many people assume that “the church” will be spared the anguish of the Great Tribulation by being “Raptured” into heaven. Others believe that “the church” will flea to a place of safety on earth, such as Petra in Jordan, but not stay in “a place” for the full 1,260 days, opting to spend a year in “the third heaven”. Others plan to be in “a place” on earth for the entire time. Some hope that the kadishea (saints) will be protected in their homes while the nations around them are being decimated. The “wilderness” prophecy of Revelation is also addressed.

Here is a second cleft in the rock reference that concerns safety—in Yehovah’s (God)’s very presence! Yehovah says that you can be “by Me” “in the cleft of the ROCK” and live.

 
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2 Samuel 22:2-4 “He said, “Yehovah (Jehovah) is my rock, my fortress, and my rescuer, 3 Elohim (God) is my rock, in Him I’ll take refuge. He is my shield, and the horn of my deliverance, my high tower, and my refuge. You save me from violence. 4 I’ll call on Yehovah, who is worthy to be praised, I will be saved from my enemies. —The Gabriel Bible

Resurrection, hiding in “chambers”, and “the Day of Yehovah” (the “Lord”), it’s all here:

Isaiah 26:19-21 Your dead will live. Their bodies will rise. Those who lie in the dust will wake up and sing for joy. Your dew reflects a delightful light, and the earth will push out her dead. 20 Come, My people, enter your safe chambers [1] and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourselves briefly until ‘His’ fury has ended. 21 Yehovah is coming out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their wickedness. The earth will also uncover her blood and no longer hide her slain.

Our Life Giver (Savior), the Rock, wants to see His Bride’s face in what we call the spring. (Biblically, there is only summer and winter). Is the reference to Mountains and Hills below of no real consequence to any of us? Is this simply Solomon’s honeymoon talk? Or might this be a veiled description of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) return to the Mount of Olives for His bride? Could the quote from the Song of Songs below be a reference to ? “His feet will stand in that day on the Mount of Olives” (Zechariah 14:4).

Song of Songs 2:8-14 The voice of my beloved! Look, here he comes, leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills. 9, My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, glancing thru the lattice. 10 My beloved said to me, “Get up, my love, my beautiful one, and come away with me. 11 The winter is past. The rain is over and gone. 12 Flowers are appearing thruout the land. The time for singing has come, and the sound of the turtledove is heard in our land. 13 Fig trees are ripening their figs. The grapevines have blossomed, giving off their fragrance. Get up, my love, my beautiful one, come with me. 14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hidden places among the steep pathways, let me see your form. Let me hear your voice, because your voice is sweet, and your form is lovely.

So in the above passage the winter is past. Yeshua spoke of a parable of the fig tree with summer being near, in the Song of Songs the harvest is ready.

Matthew 24:32-33 Learn from an analogy about the fig tree. As soon as its branches become tender and it produces leaves, you know that summer is imminent. 33 Similarly, when you actually see all of these things, you’ll know that He’s near the door!

The Wilderness

It appears that over 90% of the descendants of the so-called lost tribes of Israel, primarily from the “former” Christian nations, and especially the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh (the British Commonwealth and the United States) will not survive the Great Tribulation, if it is anything like when the “virgin” (sarcasm) version of the northern kingdom went into captivity (not the Jews), when Shalmaneser besieged them. However it may primarily be referring to the military.

Amos 5:2-4 The virgin Israel has fallen, never to rise again. She lies deserted in her land, with no one to help her up. 3 The Sovereign Yehovah says: “The city that sends out a thousand soldiers will have a hundred left, and one that sends out one hundred will have ten left of the ‘nation’ of Israel. 4 This is what Yehovah says to the ‘nation’ of Israel, “Search for Me, and live,

Large portions of the prophets focus on the horrible details, but there is always the good news about the survivors for encouragement. Here is some of Jeremiah’s good news:

Jeremiah 15:11 Yehovah said, “Most certainly I’ll take care of the remnant who are set free, most certainly I’ll cause your enemies to plead with you in in the time of disaster and in the time of distress.

There is more good news. The Second Exodus will dwarf the first one:

Jeremiah 16:14-16 Yet the time is coming, says Yehovah, when people will no longer say, “As surely as Yehovah lives, who liberated the people of Israel from the land of Egypt,” 15 but, As surely as Yehovah lives, who brought the people of Israel from the Land of the North, and from all the countries where He had exiled them!” I’ll bring them back into the land that I gave to their ancestors. 16 I’ll send out many fishermen, says Yehovah and they will catch them, and afterward I’ll send out many hunters, and they’ll hunt for them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of fissures in the rocks!

Long story short, history will repeat itself, but this time the survivors will be resettled back into the Promised Land.

Isaiah 11:11-13 When that day comes Yehovah will extend His hand a second time to recover the survivors of His people from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 He’ll raise a banner ‘among’ the nations and gather the exiles of Israel, AND gather together the scattered people of Judah from the four extremeties of the earth. 13 Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish, and those who harass Judah will be cut down. Ephraim won’t envy Judah, and Judah won’t show hostility toward Ephraim.

During the next captivity there is a similar result:

Ezekiel 5:1-12 As for you, human son, take a sharp sword and use it like a barber’s razor to shave your head and your beard, then take a balancing scale, and weigh and divide the hair into three equal parts. 2 Burn a third of it in the middle of the city, after the days of the siege are finished. Then take a third of it, and strike it with a sword all around the city, and one third of it you must scatter to the wind, and I’ll ‘unsheathe’ a sword behind them. 3 You’ll take from these a small number, and enclose them in your robe. 4 Then take a few of these, and toss them into the fire, and burn them in the fire. From there a fire will spread into the whole nation of Israel. 5 The Sovereign Yehovah says: This is Jerusalem: I’ve set her in the center of the nations with countries all around her. 6 But she has rebelled against My ordinances and has been even more wicked than the other nations and been against My statutes more than the nations surrounding her. They have rejected My ordinances and they haven’t ‘lived’ by My statutes. 7 So the Sovereign Yehovah says: Because you are more troublesome than the nations around you, and you haven’t lived by My statutes or kept My ordinances, or even ‘lived up to’ the ordinances of the nations around you, 8 The Sovereign Yehovah says: I am against you, and I’ll inflict judgments among you as the nations look on! 9 I’ll do to you what I’ve never done before, and will never do again, because of all your loathsome behavior. 10 So fathers will eat the sons there, and sons will eat their fathers, and I’ll execute judgments against you, and scatter the survivors to the winds. 11 So, as I live, declares the Sovereign Yehovah, since you’ve defiled My Temple with all your detestable practices, and all your loathsome things, I’ll withdraw your needs. My eye won’t spare you or pity you. 12 A third of you will die by plague [or cattle-plague], and be consumed with famine 'there', and a third will fall by the sword around the cities, and a third I’ll scatter to all the winds, and pursue them with a sword.

Here we have a large contingent of people coming out of the Great Tribulation who have only escaped with their lives. They aren’t by any means spared any of the horrors. They are “encouraged” by circumstances (another story) to head to the Promised Land of Israel. But just before entering, this remnant of the “hair” are gathered into a place referred to as “the wilderness of the people”. A final sifting takes place where the remaining rebels are removed. Finally, after thousands of years, the dream of the Promised land is entirely fulfilled:

Ezekiel 20:33-42 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Yehovah, I will rule you with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out, I’ll be your King. 34 I’ll bring you out of the nations and gather you out of the countries where you were scattered, with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out. 35 I’ll bring you into the wilderness of the people [Isaiah 1, Hosea 2:14], and I’ll judge you there face to face, 36 just like when I judged your ancestors in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, that’s how I’ll judge you, says the Sovereign Yehovah. 37 I’ll make you pass under the shepherd’s rod, and I’ll bind you in a [Kimchi] [New] Covenant, 38 and I’ll purge out the rebels from among you, and those who disobey Me. I’ll bring them out of the land where they were living, but they won’t enter the land of Israel. Then you’ll know that I am Yehovah. 39 As for you, ‘nation’ of Israel, the Sovereign Yehovah says: Go, serve your idols, but later you’ll surely listen to Me, and you’ll no longer profane My name with your gifts and your idols. 40 On My kadosh mountain, on the high mountain of Israel, says the Sovereign Yehovah, There the entire ‘nation’ of Israel, all of them, will serve Me in the land. I will accept them there, and there I will require your contributions, and choice gifts, with all your kadosh things. 41 I’ll accept you there like a fragrant aroma when I gather you out of the nations, and bring you out of the countries where you’ve been scattered, and I’ll prove Myself kadosh thru you as the nations watch. 42 You’ll know that I am Yehovah when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country that I swore to give to your ancestors.

Ancient Israel met her Waterloo in the valley of Jezreel, in northern Israel.

Hosea 1:5 At that time I’ll break the bow [military] of Israel in the Jezreel Valley.

But in the end, the very location where they were defeated will be the place where victory is won!

Hosea 1:10-11 Yet the number of the people of Israel will be like the sand of the seashore that can’t be measured or numbered, and then, in the location where they were told, 'You are not My people', they’ll be called ‘sons of the living Elohim.’ 11 The descendants of Judah and Israel will be reunited, and they’ll appoint a leader for themselves, and flourish in the land, because the Day of Jezreel will be profound.”

In Hosea 2, as we’ll soon see, Hosea also comments on the wilderness.

But there is another wilderness. Some won’t yield to instruction [Torah] under any circumstances.

Revelation 17:3 He led me in the spirit realm into the wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a red predatory beast that was ‘covered’ with names of blasphemy. It had seven heads and ten horns.

Both the Kingdom of the Great Whore—“a woman” and the Kingdoms of Israel—“a woman” are associated with “the wilderness”. Coincidence? Two far different women are associated with two far different wildernesses!

Isaiah 62:4 You’ll never again be called “Forsaken”, nor will your land be called “Desolate” again, instead, you’ll be called “Hephzibah” [Literally, “My delight is in her”], and your land “Beulah” [Literally, to marry], because Yehovah delights in you, and your land will be married to Him.

The envoy (apostle) Paul, believing that the end of the age was imminent, may have even thought that the flight for refuge had already begun:

Hebrews 6:17-20 So YHVH [Yehovah], being quite willing to assure the heirs of the promises that His promises are irreversible, ‘confirmed’ it with an oath, 18 so that thru two unchangeable things (and it is impossible for YHVH to lie), we who have fled to Him for refuge can have strong encouragement to hold on tightly to the promise set before us. 19 It’s like an anchor that holds our consciousness [psyche, Gr: psuche] firmly in place, a hope that enters the Kadosh Place behind the veil 20 where Yeshua has entered as our Forerunner for us, and has become a Priest forever, belonging to the order of Melchizedek.

After the seven last plagues, the veil separating us from Yehovah will be gone. Many of us will have been waiting for these events for decades.

Wilderness also means “a flock deserted by the shepherd”. Most of our leaders, our “shepherds”, will have been left behind as well. Since “wilderness” figuratively means, “the husband (to be) withholds himself”, Israel will be awaiting the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. (See: Who is the Messiah’s Bride?)

As has been mentioned, dark clouds that our physical eyes cannot see beyond will surround New Jerusalem. Certainly things could be a lot worse, but they need to get a lot better.

Could it be that the Feast of Tabernacles portrays the arrival of New Jerusalem, Yehovah’s Tabernacle, more than just our physical bodies being tabernacles? couldn’t the Feast of Tabernacles represent something eternal as well? Further, why make pilgrimages to Jerusalem other than to portray the time when we will all gather at Yehovah’s Tabernacle, Jerusalem? A tabernacle is a movable dwelling! We know that New Jerusalem will be movable!

Why does the Feast of Tabernacles last for seven days? Just as the seven days of Unleavened Bread represents an opportunity for everyone who lived in any of the 7000 years, so it is for the Feast of Tabernacles. Why should that seven day period represent only 1000 years, but Unleavened Bread represent 7000 years?

Hebrews 9:11 But the Messiah who came was a High Priest of the good things to come, and He entered the greater and perfect TABERNACLE that wasn’t made by human hands and wasn’t part of this creation.

Here is another description of some of ignorant Israel being spared—those who repent at the urging of the Two Witnesses. The more teachable Israelites will be protected when the northern army is destroyed during the Day of Yehovah, the wrath.

Joel 2:15-32 Blow the shofar in Zion, announce the fast, summon the Festival Assembly. 16 Gather the people. Announce an assembly. Gather the elders. Gather the children, even the nursing babies. The bridegroom should leave his chamber, and the bride her chuppah. 17 The priests who serve Yehovah cry between the porch and the altar. They’re saying, “Spare Your people,” O Yehovah, and don’t allow Your heritage to be scorned by the enemy, ridiculed by foreigners. Why should the nations ask, “Where is their Elohim?”

18 Then Yehovah will be zealous for His land, and have pity on His people. 19 Yehovah will say to His people, “I’ll send you grain and new wine and oil, you’ll have an abundance! I won’t allow you to be ridiculed by the nations any longer.’ 20 I’ll remove the northern army far from you, and drive him away into a parched and desolate land, with its vanguard into the eastern [Dead] sea, and his rear guard into the western [Mediterranean] sea. His stench will rise up, the stench of putrification will rise, because he has done arrogant things. 211 Land, don’t be afraid. Be glad and celebrate, because Yehovah has done great things. 22 Don’t be afraid, you animals of the plains, because the pastures of the wilderness will soon be green. The trees will produce their fruit. The fig trees and grapevines will yield abundantly. 23 So rejoice, children of Zion, and rejoice in Yehovah your Elohim, because He has given you the Teacher for righteousness [Barnes]. He sends abundant showers for you, the ‘autumn’ rain and the ‘spring’ rain, as before. 24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain, and the vats will overflow with new wine and oil. 25 I’ll make up for the years eaten by the swarming locusts, the great locusts, the grasshoppers, and the caterpillars, My great army that I sent ‘against’ you. 26 You’ll have plenty to eat, and be satisfied, and you’ll praise the name of Yehovah, your Elohim, who has done ‘miracles’ for you you, and My people will never be disappointed again. 27 You’ll know that I’m ‘among you’ in Israel, and that I am Yehovah, your Elohim, and that there is no other, and My people will never be disappointed again.

28 AFTERWARD [after the Great Tribulation] I will pour out My spirit on “all flesh” [1]. Your sons and daughters will prophecy and your old men will dream prophetic dreams, your young men will see prophetic visions. 29 I’ll even pour out My spirit on servants and handmaids in those days, 30 I’ll show wonderful signs in the sky and on the earth, blood, fire, and columns of smoke. 31 The sun will become dark, and the moon will become blood red in the presence of [2] the great and awesome Day of Yehovah coming to pass. 32 And everyone who calls on the name of Yehovah will be rescued, because on Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, there will be a way of escape [rootword, refugees], as Yehovah has said, for the survivors who Yehovah has invited [called].

[1] “All flesh,” as the KJV says, can mean animal life, as in Genesis 6:19, or it can mean all human life, as in Genesis 6:13 and dozens of other places. However, in this context, it appears to be an exclusive reference to all of the “children of Zion” and “Israel” receiving the kadosh spirit first:

[2] Paw-neem’ usually means “before”, but the most literal meaning is “in the presence” (or face) of. The timing is clarified in Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the time of Tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon won’t shed her light and shooting stars will fall from the sky, and the inherent power of the skies will be shaken.

Again, concerning ignorant Israel being spared the Day of Yehovah:

Believe it or not, Joel was talking about the Messiah’s bride. She is the same adulterous bride that the entire 16th chapter of Ezekiel is devoted to. But here is how the bride chapter ends:

Ezekiel 16:59-60 This is what the Sovereign Yehovah says, “I’ll cause what you’ve ‘effected’. You ‘trashed’ your oath in breaking your marriage vows [covenant]. 60 But I’ll remember the marriage vow I made with you in the days of your youth [the “Old Covenant”], and I’ll [re]establish with you an everlasting [New] Covenant.

Harlot Israel is essentially Hosea’s bride, and here is how that bride story ends:

Hosea 2:14-15 But I’m going to allure her back. I’ll bring her into the wilderness [Ezekiel 20:35], and speak tenderly to her there. 15 I’ll give her back her vineyards beginning there, and the valley of Achor [trouble] as a doorway of hope. She’ll respond there, as in the days of her youth, just like when she came out of the land of Egypt.

This is the literal resettlement of Israelites from all twelve tribes in the Promised Land! The resurrected kadishea are part of the groom, the “one new man”, not part of the bride.

But before the reconciliation, comes the grief and the repentance, and the ‘or else’:

Zephaniah 2:1-3 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, nation without shame, 2 BEFORE the PRESCRIBED EVENT comes and the Day overtakes you like wind driven chaff, before the fierce anger of Yehovah comes on you, before Yehovah’s Day of anger arrives. 3 Seek Yehovah, all you humble of the land, you who have kept His ordinances. Seek rightways. Seek humility. Perhaps you’ll be hidden during Yehovah’s Day of anger.

This particular fallen wife is the great multitude of Revelation 7. Unlike the 144,000, she is not a virgin. And no, they aren’t “dead saints”, they are the survivors who are literally:

Revelation 7:14 ... the ones who are coming out [1] of the Great Tribulation. They’ve washed their clothes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

[1] “The The verb form in the Greek for ‘come’ is in the present participle.” This being an ongoing process is a paradigm buster!

Here is more encouraging news about some of Israel being spared even prior to the Day of Yehovah:

Ezekiel 11:16-17 The Sovereign Yehovah says: Tho I’ve removed them far off into the nations, and scattered them among the countries, I was a Kadosh Place for them for a little while in the countries where they had gonet.” 17 The Sovereign Yehovah says, “I’ll gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you’ve been scattered, and I’ll give you back the land of Israel.

Many assume that there is a 1,000 year gap between verse 23 and verse 24, assuming that it will take Yeshua 1,000 years do conquer the world. Have they read any prophecies? Zechariah 14 is a detailed account of the conquest of the world, its called the Day of Yehovah (the “Lord”). The earth will be “under His feet”, specifically under the Mount of Olives. Ezekiel 38 and 39 is another specific account of the conquest. Some postpone these chapters too. Consequently they must, for example, also think that it will take 1,000 years for Him to “make My kadosh name known in the midst of My people Israel” (39:7) as well.

Later the martyrs who died as victors over the beast also are gathered together. But they didn’t come out of the Great Tribulation, they died in it:

These martyrs will sing The Song of Moses. It is found in Deuteronomy 32:1-43. The last line says, “Celebrate, you nations, with His people, because He’ll avenge the blood of His servants. He’ll render vengeance to His adversaries, and will make atonement for His land, for His people.”

Most of Israel will be left behind to die at the hands of traitors. Many of our friends and relatives will be dying horrible deaths as well. We will literally be taken from family members in the middle of the night, “one will be taken, and the other will be left.” (Luke 17:34) Most of the kadishea are still in their graves at this time. Even Yehovah is preoccupied. We will still be too fragile to be exposed directly to Yehovah. While He is in His Temple, His people will be shielded from His lethal dose of light. Notice in Revelation 15 that Yehovah is not with the kadishea on the “sea of glass” even during the trumpet plagues, following the 3 1/2 years:

Revelation 15:8 thru 16:1 The Temple was filled with smoke from the magnificence of YHVH and from His power, and no one could enter the Temple until the seven plagues of the seven messengers were finished. [Ignore chapter break] 16:1 Then I heard a voice saying to the seven messengers, “Go out and pour those seven bowls of the rage from YHVH on the earth.”

The “SEA of GLASS” is described as being “like crystal” in Revelation 4:6. It is the same as the icy crystal” “firmament” (“vault of heaven supporting WATERS above”) of Ezekiel 1:22.

There will be no temple in New Jerusalem above.

Revelation 21:22 I didn’t see a Temple [7] in it, because YHVH Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

[7] “used of the Temple at Jerusalem, but only of the [kadosh] edifice (or temple) itself, consisting of the [Kadosh Place] and the [most Kadosh Place] (in classical Greek it is used of the temple or cell of the Temple, where the image of gold was placed which is distinguished from the whole enclosure).” —OBGL

Rapture?

Here are a couple of classic “rapture” passages. Would you rather be taken or left? The following account from Matthew is explained here. However, the issue of where is not considered. Where did Noah and family spend their time during the great deluge? Was it not floating just above the highest mountains? (Genesis 8)

Matthew 24:37-45 At the advent [Gr. parousia] of the Human Son, it will be just like it was in the time of Noah. 38 Just like before the flood, people were eating and drinking, taking wives and giving them to husbands right up until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were clueless until the flood came and swept them all away. That’s how it will be at the advent of the Human Son. 40 Then two men will be in the field. One will be taken and one will be left behind. 41 Two women will be grinding grain at the mill, one will be taken and one will be left behind. 42 So watch, since you don’t know the exact time when your Master is coming [5]. 43 But be assured that if the manager of the home had known in which watch the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 So remain prepared, because the Human Son will arrive at a time when He’s ‘least expected’. 45 So who is the faithful and wise servant who was put in charge of the household by the master, to give them their food at the appointed time?

[5] This is a clue about the Feast of Trumpets that arrives the moment that the crescent new moon is sighted—the day and hour being somewhat of a surprise.

The next passage is where the greatest story ever told ends and another one, full of surprises, begins. At the time of the great end time resurrection (Daniel 12:1-3, John 5:28-29) there will be a family reunion such as has never happened before—it will be the first such annual commemoration—with everyone present. All of Yehovah’s people who have ever died will be brought back to life in new indestructible bodies. His faithful followers who have served Him as part of the Seven Assemblies (Churches) and who have survived all of the end time horrors will be instantaneously changed into “spirit composed” bodies as well and join in the feast! This would be those who were being protected by Yehovah in Yehovah’s own abode who will also be allowed to meet Yehovah. Possibly some of the backsliding kadishea will survive the holocaust of the Beast and also join in, having learned the hard way, tho it seems much more probable that they would have to be among the dead who rise.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 We declare this to you by the Word of Aloha’s own authority, that we who survive and are alive when our Master comes will by no means precede those who have fallen asleep [into the Kingdom]. 16 Our Master will ‘personally’ come down from Heaven with a mandate, and with a voice like the chief Messenger and with YHVH’s shofar, and the dead who ‘belong to’ the Messiah will rise first! 17 Then, we who are still alive, having survived, will be carried away together with them into the clouds to meet our Master in the expanse. And we will be with our Master forever. 18 So comfort each other with these words.

(We will meet Him in the clouds above the Mount of Olives, and we will also be with Yehovah forever, but we won’t be stuck in the clouds playing harps forever.)

So exactly who are the 144,000?

Revelation 7:3 He said, “Don’t harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the foreheads of the servants of YHVH.”

They certainly don’t represent all of the kadishea of all time, not even all of them from our own time.

In Revelation 7 they are identified as living breathing end time individuals who need to be sealed, that is protected. That is all it says. However in Chapter 14, verse 1 we see that they are people who had His name and His Father’s name written on their foreheads. Now the vast majority of the Greek texts, the ones the KJV is based on, delete Yeshua’s name from being on our foreheads! However the oldest Greek texts, despite all of its omitted texts, at least didn’t omit His Name. More importantly, the original Aramaic texts, the ones the Greek texts were translated from, preserve the fact that the 144,000 will have both names written on their foreheads. Everything else we know about the 144,000 must be gleaned from the following five verses:

Revelation 14:1-5 Then I looked, and the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him were 144,000 people who had His name and His Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 Then I heard a sound from the sky like massive waves of the sea, like the ‘loud’ ‘rumble’ of thunder. The sound I heard was like harpists striking their harps! 3 They were singing a new son in front of the throne and the four living Beings and Elders. No one was able to learn that song except for the 144,000 who were purchased [redeemed] from the earth. 4 They are the ones who haven’t defiled themselves with women, they are spiritual virgins. They are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. Yeshua has purchased them from humanity, the firstfruits of YHVH and the Lamb. 5 They never ‘told’ lies because they are as morally unblemished as Passover lambs.

The clue is knowing who has the names written on their foreheads. So did John indicate exactly who will have the names inscribed on them? Yes:

Revelation 3:7-12 To the messenger of the assembly in Philadelphia, write: “The One who is kadosh, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens, says: 8 I know your works. Look, I have put an open door in front of you that no one can shut, because you have a little strength and you’ve obeyed My Word and haven’t denied My name! 9 I have something for those of the cabal of Satan who claim to be Jews and arent, but lie, I’ll make them come and worship before your feet, and realize that I have loved you! 10 Since you’ve patiently obeyed My Word, I’ll protect you from the Hour of Trial that is coming to the entire inhabited world, to test those who live on the earth. 11 I AM COMING QUICKLY! Hold tightly onto what you have, so that no one takes your crown. 12 I’ll make anyone who is victorious a pillar in the Temple of YHVH, and they’ll never be separated from the assembly, and I’LL WRITE YHVH’S NAME ON THEM, and the name of New Jerusalem that descends from the heavens, from YHVH, AND MY OWN NEW NAME.

So judging from what appears to be the sole clue, it appears to me that the 144,000 are the Philadelphians! Now who makes up the Great Multitude?

There are 15 identifying clues as to who the Great Multitude are. To check that out click HERE.

So who is Philadelphia? And who are the other “churches” of Revelation?

If I don’t see you before this time, I hope to see you there!

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Lon Martin, lonwmartin@yahoo.com
5/04
 
 

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