Control of the 144,000

  

S (Scripture): Revelation 7:4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.

O (Observation): 144,000 are supposedly to select few to be sealed by God…and no more are to be of this “elect.”   Guessing others can be saved, but only 144,000 for sure. 

Well, as a piece of apocalyptic literature, I understand these numbers as symbolic.   First, 7 is a number that represents wholeness and sacredness (the number of days to create the cosmos, along with a day of rest).  Second, 12 is powerful, since that is the number of tribes of Israel. 

144,000 = (12 x 12) x (10 x 10 x 10)

12 tribes of Israel x 12 apostles. 

10 x 10 x 10 is wholeness or perfection.

These numbers are symbolic and have special meaning.  Thus, the number 144,000 denotes not a literal group of tribulation Jews, but rather the entire church of all races, languages, times and places.

A (Application):  I try really hard to be patient on social media.   I’m getting better.   I’m taking more time to jump into a discussion.  I’m taking more time to formulate caring responses, instead of emotional responses.   

But sometimes, I feel like I’m being told I’m not one of that select 144,000.  Now, no one has ever used those words, exactly…but the idea of being considered outside of salvation has been thrust upon me more than once, because of my theological views.  

I can say, pretty confidently, that I care not that I’m condemned.  I speak with a clear conscience, knowing that I am trying to interpret what God is saying to me, and then to act on those words of challenge and grace.   And I do so with members of my faith community.  

How are you relating to the 144,000?   Are you in? Out?  Or is the whole thing not in your hands? : )

P (Prayer): Lord, you are in control. We are not.  Help us to know the difference. Amen. 

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4 thoughts on “Control of the 144,000

  1. I have struggled with this, too. I used to be very outspoken on social media. After getting into many arguments and spending a lot of my time thinking of zingers to write, I decided to stop. I still read things and get upset, but I tend not to comment anymore. It is just too much mental drain on me, especially when I thought about how I’m not going to change the other person’s point of view. However, I have to admit, I am not entirely at peace with my decision to not comment. Sometimes I feel like I might be allowing misinformation and evil to exist because I have chosen to stay out of the fray. I don’t think I can be entirely at peace with commenting or not commenting.

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  2. I so agree with you Michael. And I have actually been told I am not saved and I need to get right with the Lord because of my beliefs. But in the end God Is my judge.

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