- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Bible Prophecy and the End Times
- Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 15:18
"After these things" (Revelation 4:1 JND), when John was caught up to heaven, as the Church will be, begins the section of the book described by the identical words, "the things...after these' (Revelation 1:19 JND). The identification of the 144,000 in this section precedes the winds of trouble that will "hurt the earth" (Revelation 7:1,2). Considering that references to the 12 tribes are always literal, that "12,000" is so often repeated (Revelation 7:5-8) and must therefore be literal, and that the Bible itself interprets prophecy literally, these 144,000 must be Jews, from the actual 12 tribes. These same 144,000 (Revelation 14:1-5) are with the Lamb on Mount Zion (not heaven) and learn on earth the song sung in heaven.
Their identification follows the rapture. Their preservation spans the tribulation time. Their sphere is earth. They cannot be the elite Gentile witnesses who, according to the Watchtower Society, will be the only "believers" in heaven from this age.