Friday, August 14, 2015

The One Hundred Forty-Four Thousand

(Revelation 7) “After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel ascend from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God upon their foreheads.” And I heard the number of the sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand sealed, out of every tribe of the sons of Israel, twelve thousand sealed out of the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand of the tribe of Reuben, twelve thousand of the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand of the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand of the tribe of Naph′tali, twelve thousand of the tribe of Manas′seh, twelve thousand of the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand of the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand of the tribe of Is′sachar, twelve thousand of the tribe of Zeb′ulun, twelve thousand of the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand sealed out of the tribe of Benjamin.”

John, in exile on the Isle of Patmos by the Roman Emperor Diocletian had a vision of what would happen in the final days of the church. All that we understand about this passage is that one hundred and forty-four thousand Messianic Jews, those who believe in and acknowledged the lordship of Jesus the Messiah, will be sealed against the catastrophic events of the great tribulation while preaching to the unsaved. I believe that event is not so far off and frankly I am impressed with a Messianic Jewish organization that indirectly led to my own salvation back in 1976 when a certain Jewish-Christian woman “Evie” was a big influence on my decision to receive Christ. She later introduced me to “Jews for Jesus” an organization that is currently witnessing predominantly to Jews and others in various countries around the globe. At this moment they are making an impact on the Jewish population of Israel where they have opened a chapter office and are leading Israeli Jews to their Messiah. I just finished a wonderful online chat with “Laurie” a believer for three years and a member of Jews for Jesus, I shared this heartfelt comment concerning how much of our lives will only amount to wood hay and stubble before the judgment seat of Christ, and though we tend to make investments and lay up stuff for this life, we seldom consider the future beyond. I firmly believe that investing in the stock market schemes of Wall Street will never match the dividends from investing in this ministry that is so instrumental in changing the direction of so many Jewish lives and the lives of others as well. I believe that the mission of Jews for Jesus has a direct connection to the one hundred and forty-four thousand spoken of in the Book of Revelation. I am sharing the address for those who want to partnership by supporting this dynamic organization, this is by far the best investment of a lifetime!

Jews for Jesus | 60 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 | Phone: 415-864-2600

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