Revelation Explained

This site contains my personal views on Revelation. I will be teaching through the book verse by verse. My teachings will be from a conservative evangelical background.

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Friday, November 17, 2006

144,000 Sing

"And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless." (Revelation 14:2-5 - New American Standard Version)

John hears a voice from heaven. This is God's voice. We are not told what He says. Then the orchestra of heaven plays and the 144,000 sing. Of all the people on the earth at this time, they alone can sing this song. It is a song of redemption and salvation. At this time, they will be the only ones on the earth who are believers. Their song comes up to heaven and is heard by God and the angels.

Verses four and five describe the 144,000 to us in more detail. We learned from chapter seven that they are Jewish. Here we learn that they are men. They are not married and are virgins. Upon being saved, they become committed followers of Christ. They are called first fruits, because they are the first to be saved after the rapture. When they are saved, they are the only Christians on earth.

They are prepared to go wherever the Lord leads them. They tell the truth not lies. Though not sinless, they quickly ask forgiveness, and stand faultless in Christ before God. They will bring many to a saving knowledge of Jesus. However, they are not God's only witness during this time.


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