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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 16

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1-5.

    IN RECEIVING HIS NAME, WE

    RECEIVE GOD’S CHARACTER

    As we continue our meditation on the 144,000 that are with the lamb, it should have become clear to us that we are not just dealing with literal numbers. Rather, we have the mind of God here communicated to us in symbols by the Spirit, and that it is as the Spirit of truth is opened unto us can we really fathom the gem that is contained therein. Here we want to see more clearly what the name is all about.

    WHAT EXACTLY IS THE NAME OF THE FATHER?

    This is an interesting question, but one of the most confusing aspects of Christian doctrines as wars can be waged as to what the name of God is. Some say it is Jehovah, others believe it is ‘Yahweh,’ etc., etc. But the question is which of the myriad of names known in Christendom are we now saying is written on the forehead of these faithful ones?

    Now remember what is written is not ‘names,’ but ‘name’ (singular). In John 5:43 Jesus said, “I am come in my Father’s name and ye receive me not, If another shall come in his own name, him ye receive.”So what can we make of the statement of Jesus? What was the father’s name that He came in ?

    Let us compare another Scripture to see if we can find an answer to the above question. When David was still on the run because of Saul after the death of Samuel we are told he went down to the wilderness of Paran where there was a man named Nabal with Abigail, his wife, who was also great in possessions to whom David sent his servants.

    On hearing that he, Nabal, was shearing his sheep they requested of him some food. The record says, “…and David said unto the young men (ten in number) get ye up to Camel and go to Nabal and greet him in my NAME…” and getting to Nabal they said “…wherefore let the young men find favour in thine eyes; for we come in a good day, give, I pray thee, whatsoever cometh to thine hand unto they servants and to thy son David. And when David’s young men came they spake to Nabal according to all those words IN THE NAME OF DAVID and ceased,” 1Sam. 25:1-9.

    Can’t we see from the above passage that the “name of David” simply means on behalf of David or in the authority of David? Sure! That is what it means. They spoke according to the commandment David gave to them as his servants.

    It becomes plain that Jesus coming in the name of the Father, simply means He came as a representative of the Father. He was simply here as an ambassador. Therefore, we can see here that the name simply means the authority of an individual who is in power.

    And of course, the words of Jesus was a prophetic fulfillment as promised to the children of Israel when Moses told them that God will raise up a prophet like unto him, to whom they should listen.

    “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; …I will raise up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee; and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak IN MY NAME, I will require it of him,” Duet. 18:15-19.

    And this is exactly what Jesus meant in John 5:43 of coming in the name of the Father even as he was sent of the Father to be his representative on earth, just as Moses was sent to deliver the children of Israel. He came with and in the authority of the Father. He spake only what the Father gave to Him.

    Oh! How one wishes that Christians as ambassadors of Christ (2Cor. 5:18-21) could speak only as they are commanded. Of course, we would have had more results than what we are experiencing now. Why? Because, then, the words would be more empowered by Him who has so sent us.

    In addition to the name of a person being his authority, we also do discover that the name of a person equally means his character or nature. Take for instance the statement of Jesus about the Holy Ghost that will be sent after His departure.

    In His words, “But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send IN MY NAME, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you,” John 14:26.

    Primarily, His name was called ‘Jesus’ because – “He shall save His people from their sins,” Matt. 1:21. So you see, the name here is not just the word ‘JESUS,’ but what that name stands for – he shall save His people from their sins. Therefore, His name speaks of His nature; it shall speak of His character, His attitude, what He does.

    Therefore, in comparing the works of the Comforter with what He came to do which His name represents, He said,

    “And when He has come, He will convince the world of its sin, and of the availability of God’s goodness, and of deliverance from judgement. The world’s sin is unbelief in me. There is righteousness available because I go to the Father and you shall see me no more. There is deliverance from judgement because the Prince of this world has already been judged… When the Holy Ghost, who is the truth comes, He shall guide you into all truth for He will not be presenting His own ideas, but will be passing onto you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future,” John 16:8-13 TLB.

    Again, you can see here that the Holy Ghost is completely in the name or nature of Jesus Christ. His nature is best described in Exo. 33 when Moses demanded for God’s presence and His glory. The word said, “And He (God) said I will make all my goodness pass before thee and I will proclaim the NAME OF THE LORD before thee…” (v. 19).

    “…The Lord stood with him there and proclaimed the NAME OF THE LORD. And the Lord passed by before him (Moses) and proclaimed: THE LORD. THE LORD GOD, MERCIFUL AND GLORIOUS, LONGSUFFERING and ABUNDANT IN GOODNESS and TRUTH, KEEPING MERCIES for thousands, forgiving iniquity and TRANSGRESSIONS and SIN, and that will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation,” Exo. 34:5-7.

    So we can see what the name of the Lord is all about, it is completely the nature and character of God.

    To be continued…

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 15

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1-5.

    Again, we reiterate that the primary purpose of God in giving us the Holy Spirit is to be witnesses for God, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be WITNESSES unto me…” (Acts 1:8) and that as we walk in the power of the Holy Spirit in this newness of life, the old Adamic life and its deeds are destroyed.

    Walking in the power of the Holy Spirit means a total change of life, a refocusing of our direction from the soul realm to the spirit realm, from God outside to the God that dwells within. From the Jesus of tomorrow to come to the Jesus of today who is alive forever more.

    For He that dwelleth is us (2Cor. 13:5; Col. 1:27) is “…Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph. 3:20) “…whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself” (Eph. 3:21).

    Whosoever is a slave has no authority of his or her own and since a mark on a forehead indicates ownership, it identifies a slave or servant with the ownership of that mark. It, therefore, follows that such a one will have no authority over himself. Why? Because their master is now their authority or head.

    That would mean that they have lost their initial head or authority as they are subject to another king. Again, we discover that to lose one’s head is to lose his mind or source of wisdom or control.

    Let me give you a simple illustration on this. When Elijah was to be taken away from Elisha by translation, the sons of the prophets came and asked Elisha, saying, “…knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy HEAD today?…” 2Kings 2:5. What is the meaning of this statement?

    It is another way of saying; do you not know that your master will be taken away from you today? In other words, don’t you know that your source of authority, wisdom, guidance, rulership, etc., will be taken away from you today?

    Are you seeing it? Now if the head that controls the body is taken away, then of course his source of authority is taken away. And that includes his “forehead,” for the “forehead” is contained within the head.

    GOD’S SERVANTS ARE BEHEADED PEOPLE

    For you to truly be a disciple of God, you must lose your HEAD, that is your initial authority, for the leadership of Christ. And once this begins to happen, to the world and people around you, you are mad. Why? You can no longer reason like them, think like them and enjoy what they enjoy. Are you then surprised that Paul was called a mad man?

    ” … Paul, thou are besides thyself; much learning doth make thee mad,” Acts 26:24. “Suddenly, Festus shouted, Paul, you are insane; your long studying has broken your mind!” TLB. See 2Cor. 5:14; John 10:20.

    What made Paul to be mad in their estimation? The language and reasoning of Paul, who was once a Pharisee of a respected order, has changed.

    The man who was supposed to go after the Christians to put them in chains has automatically become a witness for the same course he was destroying.

    In their view, certainly enough, only the spirit of madness could be responsible for this. But the truth is, Paul is now the disciple of Jesus. He has received another head, a new authority; and this has influenced his reasoning, behaviours, and conduct. A new personality has emerged from the old Saul of Tarsus that they used to know.

    No wonder the scripture says, “…If any man be in Christ, he is a new CREATURE; old things (reasoning, attitude, desires, etc.) are passed away; behold (look), all things are become new,” 2Cor. 5:17.

    No wonder the world cannot see Christ today because they cannot see those so called Christians who have lost their minds for the course of Christ.

    No wonder we cannot see the revelation of Christ in our lives to lay down the old man. We have not lost our minds. We are still holding to the old ideas of doing things. Our former head, whatsoever it was, is still controlling us; and yet we claim to be in Christ.

    No, my brother, those in Christ are new creatures. Stop deceiving yourself. Look at your anger, your language, the way you rate yourself. What occupies your mind the most everyday, my friend?

    There is no half-truth, just as there is no half-belief. It is either you are for Christ in your witnessing, or you are against him by your conduct that keeps sending people away from Christ as you keep embarrassing them with your character. I’m sure you are following me.

    Can you now see the meaning of the words of Jesus when he said, “…the son of man hath nowhere to lay his head?”(Luke 9:58). It simply means, he could not find a man then to carry his wisdom, revelations, truth, etc.

    But thank God today after His death and resurrection, He has been able through the Holy Spirit to find a man, His body – the Church – which is you and I, now filled with “…the manifold wisdom of God” (Eph. 3:9-10). Even as He is the head of the Church (Col. 1:18), His body.

    So when we read of “…the souls of them that were beheaded (lost their head, mind) for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years,” Rev. 20:4; i.e., they are alive from the dead IN sin and trespasses and alive unto righteousness in Christ on a daily basis.

    We are talking of those who are exercising the authority of Christ in their lives even as Elisha took over from Elijah. We are talking of those who have no say but the will of God. They have refused to identify with the beastly, earthly way of life. Their conduct is now in the heavenlies. They have had their minds renewed in the Spirit of the Father (Rom. 12:2).

    Until you are beheaded you cannot reign with Christ, because you cannot receive His mind to sit on a throne – the place of rulership. Thank God we have His mind (1Cor. 2:16), as we have lost our mind for His.

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 14

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1-5.

    THE HOLY GHOST – OUR SEAL

    So you see, the sealing of the twelve tribes (Rev. 7) of spiritual Israel is the indwelling power of the Holy Ghost. The Bible says, “When we believed we were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession unto the praise of His glory,” Eph. 1:1-14. Amen.

    “Now He which stablisheth us with you IN CHRIST, and hath anointed us is God. Who hath also SEALED us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts,” 2Cor. 1:21-22. See also 1Cor. 12:12; 1John 5:18; John 14:16-19.

    The meaning of our seal becomes clearer when we consider the words of Apostle Paul to the Corinthians. “Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are not ye my work in the Lord? If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for THE SEAL OF MINE APOSTLESHIP ARE YE IN THE LORD,” 1Cor. 9:1-2. “If in the opinion of others I am not an apostles, I certainly am to you, for you have been won to Christ through me” (v. 2 TLB).

    In other words the proof (certificate) of Paul’s apostleship is the Corinthian Church, which shows the mark of ownership. In the same vein, our being sealed by God shows that we are God’s possession and that we are truly alive to the heavenly life.

    So the 144,000 are all peoples who have received the mark (seal) of God, which is not only a sign of protection but also of ownership. And these 144,000 are the ones with HIM, assisting and helping Him in His course of redemption on earth. They are the first harvest (firstfruit) of the Lord from amongst men, the finished products of God’s workmanship created in CHRIST JESUS unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we walk in them,” Eph. 2:10.

    The 144,000 are a people marked out by God and for God universally. Not just some few Jews or certain individuals that will reign with Christ up yonder in heaven.

    THE FOREHEAD IS THE PLACE OF AUTHORITY

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1.

    We have been able to see that the 144,000, who are with the Lamb, is a symbolic expression for the whole number of the faithful. It is the number of completeness; and since they are sealed, not one of them is missing from the hand of Him who has so possessed them. So what do we mean by the 144,000 having the Father’s name written in their foreheads?

    Firstly, the forehead is a very prominent and readily seen part of the body. In ancient times, it was a place where slaves were marked so that all could see to which master they belonged. Also, those who were devoted to certain pagan gods were similarly thus marked. Even today some follow the practice of putting religious marks on the forehead so that everyone can be aware of their devotion to their religious beliefs and gods.

    FOREHEAD AS A FIGURATIVE EXPRESSION

    To imagine that God was going to literally write His name on a people’s forehead is misleading. This is what has led to the erroneous teaching of a people receiving the literal mark of the beast and his name on their hand and foreheads. (Please see our booklet on Mark of the Beast).

    Take for instance when God was describing the stubbornness and rebellion of the children of Israel (lsa. 48:4), He said, their “forehead” was as brass. Also in Ezek. 3:7-9 when God told Ezekiel to prophesy to these stubborn people of Israel, He said that He had the Prophet’s forehead “like a diamond” in that He God had given him the resolution, determination and boldness to prophesy God’s message to the people. All these are not literal.

    Again, we can see that receiving a mark in the “forehead” is similarly used figuratively in the Bible to signify that one is a servant-slave to the true God or to another. This is what we find in Revelation 7:2-4 of the sealing of the 144,000 in their foreheads, which “seal” is symbolic of the Holy Spirit which began on the day of Pentecost in 33 AD (see Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30).

    The only way those who have received this seal on their forehead today can be identified in their world is not by any outward visible sign on the forehead of Christians but by their activities in preaching and teaching about the Kingdom of God and the life of holiness and righteousness they live in both around their homes and neighbourhood.

    Their activities and lifestyle reveals them as the slaves of God, even in their languages. We must, without doubt, realize that the primary purpose of God in giving us the Holy Spirit is to be witnesses for God.

    “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be WITNESSES unto me…” (Acts 1:8); and that as we walk in the power of the Holy Spirit in this newness of life, the old Adamic life and its deeds are destroyed.

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 13

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1-5.

    THE SEALED 144,000 IS SYMBOLIC OF SPIRITUAL ISRAEL

    Again, verses 5 and 16 of the account of Numbers, chapter one, is very significant. Therein we are told, “And these are the names of the ‘men’ that shall stand ‘with’ you …These were renowned of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel.”

    I would like to quote these verses from another translation, “One man from each tribe, each the head of his family, is to Help you. These are names of the men who are to ASSIST you…,” Num. 1:4, 5, 16 NIV.

    Now notice something. These ‘men’ that are to be ‘with Moses’ are the ones to help or assist in administering the congregation (church) of Israel. Can you see any connection with those who are with the Lamb on Mount Zion?

    Look at it from the Amplified Translation; “Then I looked and lo the Lamb stood on Mount Zion, and WITH HIM an hundred and forty and four thousand (men …).”

    The fact of the matter is, these 144,000 are MEN; meaning they are mature people who are now qualified for the position of administration. For we know that ‘men’ in the Scriptures speaks of maturity.

    The Word says,”Brethren, be not children in understanding; howbeit in malice be ye children, BUT IN UNDERSTANDING BE MEN” (1Cor. 14:20).

    “Therefore… MEN (alight to) pray everywhere lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting” (1Tim. 2:8).

    “Wherefore … when He (Jesus) ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts UNTO MEN” (Eph.4:8).

    This is plain enough that so many of us cannot be blessed especially with the fivefold ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (v. 11 ) because of our spiritual immaturity.

    It is only a stupid father who will give a loaded pistol (shot gun) to his child of three year old as a birthday present (toy) or give a car key to a four year old boy as a present and ask him to go and drive. Once again, only the mature ones can assist the Lamb on Mount Zion in His administration.

    THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE TWELVE TRIBES BY THE APOSTLES

    This administrative position for only the spiritually matured was promised to the disciples (apostles) of Jesus who were trained by Him personally when they asked Him what will be their reward for following Him and having forsaken all things.

    In reply He, “…said unto them, verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, IN THE REGENERATION when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of (Spiritual) Israel,” Matt. 19:27-28.

    The very twelve tribes that were sealed in Rev. 7, they shall be judging Israel even as “did Prophet Samuel all the days of his life,” 1Sam. 7:6, 15; 8:1.

    In other words, he ruled or governed Israel on behalf of God.

    Now the promise of the disciples administering was fulfilled when the Holy Ghost was poured out upon the Apostles in the upper room – gifts to mature men. The key word to your understanding what I am saying from the passage is the word ‘regeneration.’

    Quoting the same passage from the Amplified, it says,

    “…Truly, I say to you in the new – the Messianic rebirth of the world (i.e. in the regeneration) – when the Son of man shall sit down in the throne of His glory (see Matt. 10:22-23; 16:28) you (who have become my disciples, sided with My Party and followed me) will also sit on twelve thrones. (place of authority) and judge the twelve tribes of Israel.”

    Can you remember how Apostle Peter exercised this authority as a judge in the early Church of Ananias and Sapphira? (Acts 5:1+.) What of when he preached about Christ and the people asked what shall we do and he said repent for the forgiveness of your sins? (Acts. 2:37-38).

    That was judgment passed on the wicked generation in the time of the regeneration that they may return unto God. So the time or age of the regeneration is the age of the Holy Ghost.

    “Even as God saved us from our foolishness… not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by (the) cleansing (bath) of the new birth (regeneration) and renewing of the Holy Ghost,” Tit. 3:5-5 AMP.

    THE HOLY GHOST – OUR SEAL

    So you see, the sealing of the twelve tribes (Rev. 7) of spiritual Israel is the indwelling power of the Holy Ghost. The Bible says, “When we believed we were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession unto the praise of His glory,” Eph. 1:1-14. Amen.

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    THE TWO GOSPELS, IF NOT THREE

    It used to be a battle between either Law or Grace, but now it’s “Western” or “African.”

    (1) The “Western Gospel” speaks of prosperity and motivational speaking.

    With this you may or may not need to add or use scriptures. Here you don’t have ethics, and it’s mostly in the hands of celebrities.

    What counts here is your bank account. Jesus, to an extent, is also missing. For motivationally you don’t need Jesus or God to succeed.

    (2) The “African Brand” is that of African Traditional religion made up of occultism and demonology. Here you substantiate your message with mostly OT scriptures like Exo. 20:5.

    In this gospel, only the poor needs deliverance, because the rich has imbibed the Western Gospel and are rich on their own; demons are afraid of them.

    So you go to such deliverance services and only the poor are the ones rolling on the floor like snakes while the rich are comfortably occupying the front rows, sometimes being made elders and deacons; yet they can’t open to John 3:16 in their Bible, even if they were given one.

    What qualifies them is their wallet. They are the first to be called up when not in service, as the Pastor has their phone numbers but not those with demons.

    (3) Then gradually today we are having the Gospel of the “Prophetic Cults.”

    Here for you to be among the popular names you have to be endorsed by a popular global prophet or ministry.

    What qualifies you here is the ability to foretell, see visions, and tell people about their grandfather and how they died, etc., not minding from which source the prophecy is coming.

    Even if you have to wash your eyes by a traditional herbalist, it makes no difference. This also is becoming more of an African mainstream gospel.

    Hear this. Isa 8:19,

    “When people tell you, “Try out the fortunetellers.Consult the spiritualists. Why not tap into the spirit-world, get in touch with the dead?” 20 Tell them, “No, we’re going to study the Scriptures. “People who try the other ways get nowhere — a dead end!” Msg.

    Ampl., Isa. 8:19,

    “And when the people [instead of putting their trust in God] shall say to you, Consult for direction mediums and wizards who chirp and mutter, should not a people seek and consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? 20 [Direct such people] to the teaching and to the testimony! If their teachings are not in accord with this word, it is surely because there is no dawn and no morning for them.”

    Isa. 8:19 KJV,

    “19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

    But where be the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

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    THE PRIMORDIAL MINDSET PART 4

    Num. 23:19, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

    Jer. 18:8, “If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them” …10, “If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.” Jer. 26:3, “If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.”

    We can see that the change is relational, He being a living God. And to state further that even if God changes His mind, He doesn’t change His character. He is still Himself.

    So we being the children of God are meant to live a dynamic life based on the Spirit of God and not being primordial in our mindset based on some old fables of that which is called Doctrines of the Fathers.

    See what Jesus told the Jews of His days;

    Matt 5: 27, “Ye have heard that it was said by THEM OF OLD, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

    Matt 5: 31, “IT HATH BEEN SAID, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

    32 “BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.”

    Matt. 5:33, “Again, YE HAVE HEARD that it hath been SAID BY THEM OF OLD, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34 BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne.”

    So you see, there is a realm of “you have heard” and “it was said of them of OLD,” walking by the dictates of yesterday ‘manna’ that cannot suffice for today which is “BUT I SAY.” This supersedes the first realm though they are all the words of God. This is the realm of the fresh Word and instructions from the Lord.

    It is called the realm of the PROCEEDING word, not that God has changed in His character and mind but just in His method. So holding to that which is written or said of them of old means you are walking behind time in a primordial mindset in the realm that God has left off.

    Jesus would put it this way;

    Matt. 4:3, “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDEDTH out of the mouth of God.”

    And this is what builds and describes the faith that pleases God. “So then FAITH cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” for “…Without faith it is impossible to please him (God)…” (Rom. 10:17; Heb. 11:6a).

    Friends walking with the current light of God’s Word enables you to overcome the primordial spirit just like Abraham did, hence he would not sacrifice Isaac.

    In this new season, therefore, hearing God for yourself is very pertinent. And that will prevent you from falling into the hands of false prophets with their merchandising approach and ways to rob the innocent sheep.

    The End.

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 12

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1-5.

    THE 144,000 – GOD’S SPIRITUAL ISRAEL

    We are already beginning to understand that the application of the thousand language of God is symbolic which speaks of greatness in terms of multitude and not necessarily in the value of arithmetical calculation. We now want to discover precisely who are these 144,000 and what brought the number to

    144,000.

    144,000 SEALED AND THE PURPOSE OF THE SEAL

    Honestly, the key to the understanding of the 144,000 of Rev. 14, that are standing with the Lamb on Mount Zion is found in Rev. 7.

    In this passage we are told that John in a vision saw four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea. “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God;” the angels having the seal of the Living God said to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea (Rev. 7:1-3 NlV).

    Essentially, we can see that the seal was to provide assurance that God’s people are secured from the plagues and judgments. The seal identifies those under God’s protection. (See Ezek. 9:4-6.) It is a matter of ownership or possession.

    Then reading from verse 4-8 we are told, “Then I heard the numbers of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000 … from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.”

    These are all marked with the seal of God in their foreheads as a sign of ownership to God like God marked the door of the children of Israel in Egypt. Just like those who have the mark of the Beast in Rev. 13 belong to the Beast.

    SIGNIFICANCE OF NUMBERS

    Before proceeding, let me state here that the use of numbers is very significant in Bible interpretation and especially to the writer of the Book of Revelation. This idea is very foreign to most modern Bible readers, yet it is a major key in understanding the Scriptures.

    While I may not go into interpreting or giving the meaning of most numbers in this writing, suffice it to say that the most obviously symbolic numbers in Revelation are 4, 7, 12 and their multiples. The number 4 for instance stands for the number of the world created universe. You have the four seasons, four quarters of the earth, North, South, East and West.

    Therefore, the four living creatures as can be found in the book of Revelation represent all creation. The number 7 denotes perfection or completion, with reference to the seven days of the creation week of Genesis’ account.

    No. 8 speaks of Jesus; 9 speaks of the Holy Ghost; and No. 12 stands for the Church of God, His government; i.e., 12 speaks of the fullness of the kingdom of God, God’s Government.

    So we have 12 tribes of Israel in the Old Testament and 12 apostles in the New Testament; 12 stones at the bottom ‘of River Jordan; 12 manner of fruits in the tree of life in the Book of Revelation.

    God’s Redeemed People from Both Covenants:

    Now a number multiplied by 10’s, such as 144,000 (12 x 12 x 10 x 10 x 10) would suggest a definite but very large number or figure. See it this way: The 12 Tribes of Israel, ..times the 12 Apostles and those that they represent ..Times a very great number, 1,000.

    And so 12x12x1,000 is 144,000. 1,000 being God’s number, 9 the number of the Holy Spirit, and 8 the number of Jesus.

    Evidently then in line with the application of the “tens of thousands” the 144,000 stands for the entire Church throughout history; a kind of firstfruit unto God and the Lamb from amongst men (Rev. 14:4). For after this number in verse 9 of Rev. 7, we are still told of the great multitude in white robes that no one could count from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb (NIV).

    THE SEALED 144,000 IS SYMBOLIC OF SPIRITUAL ISRAEL

    One of the major reasons why the 144,000 sealed in Rev. 7 is not the literal Israel of old is the fact that the tribe of Dan is missing from this account. Secondly, in verse 7 we are told 12,000 were also sealed from the tribe of Levi; but the fact is Levi was not a tribe in Israel.

    A good comparison of the Census book of Numbers Chapter 1:1-16 when God told Moses to number the children of Israel and to pick “men from the twelve tribes of Israel that will “stand with” him (v. 5), the following tribes of natural Israel were mentioned: (1) Rueben (2) Simeon, (3) Judah, (4) Issachar (5) Zebulon (6) Ephraim (7) Manasseh (8) Benjamin (9) Dan (10) Asher (11) Gad and (12) Naphtali.

    Whereas Rev. 7 what we have is: (I) Judah (2) Rueben (3) Gad (4) Asher (5)~’Naphtali (6) Manasseh (7) Simeon (8) Levi (9) Issachar (10) Zebulon (11) Joseph and (12) Benjamin.

    Again, notice that Joseph was not a tribe. The record in Numbers says, “of the children of Joseph; of Ephraim… of Manasseh…” (v. 10). Meaning these two tribes came out of Joseph’s children.

    So you can see clearly that what we are dealing with is a spiritual matter and not just 144,000 individuals floating with Christ somewhere up in the skies up yonder. Neither is it a physical Israel of old that escaped the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 11

    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? Part 11

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1-5.

    Now we have come to the core of our study, which is the 144,000 that are standing with the Lamb. So who are they? Are they only 144,000 or the number is figurative?

    A LOOK AT THE THOUSAND FIGURES IN SCRIPTURES

    Let me first state here that in APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE, and the Book of Revelation being one of them, the thousand represents ideas and not arithmetical values.

    Take for instance when the relations of Rebecca prayed for her as they were sending her away with Abraham’s servant to Isaac in marriage, they said unto her,

    “…Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them,” Gen. 24:60.

    What can we understand by this? “Thousands of millions” is certainly not a literal number, but something that is infinite and that is directly connected to the prosperity of the Kingdom, which has no end in terms of arithmetical calculation.

    Even as Rebecca was a type of the Church and a wife to Isaac, who was a figure of Christ. So the idea behind it is that which is incalculable because, “…the increase of His government, there shall be no end” (Isa. 9:7).

    At the slaughter of Goliath by David, the women came out of all the cities dancing and singing at the return of David from the slaughter when Abner presented him to Saul. We are told,

    “The women answered one another as they played and said Saul hath slain his thousands and David his ten thousands,” 1Sam. 18:7.

    But how many people did David really kill? David simply killed one man – Goliath. The comparison here is that while Saul has been fighting the Philistines with occasional defeats, the greatest problem Israel had was Goliath who had so cowed the army of Israel as to making them to hide in holes.

    So this one man was more or less the whole of the Philistines put together, for he was their backbone. So destroying Goliath is equal to destroying the entire army of the Philistines. Therefore, we can see that the value of the ten thousands of David’s slaughter here as compared to that of Saul is the strength and might of Goliath, not a literal number. I pray God will help us to understand.

    Again, in Ps. 50 God was talking about those who brought abundance of sacrifices to Him instead of thanksgiving and prayer which he demands. In verse 10 we read;

    “For every beast of the forest is mine and the CATTLE UPON A THOUSAND HILLS” (KJV); or

    “Since all the forest animals are already mine, and the cattle on my mountains in their thousands…” (JB).

    The idea behind this verse is that God owns everything and there is nothing you are presenting to God that is not His own in the first place. Meaning you are only a custodian of God’s possessions; therefore, you do not need to pride yourself as if you are giving Him anything.

    For the earth and the fullness thereof belongs to God” (v. 12). So to talk of the “cattle upon a thousand hills” does not mean that other cattle that are not on these thousand hills do not belong to Him. Therefore, the cattle is not a numerical value neither are the hills.

    In Ps. 68:17-18 we read, “God’s Chariots being in twenty thousand, even thousands of angels, the Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the holy place.” What number is twenty thousand, even thousands as compared to those who were with Him in Mt. Sinai?

    At the base of Mt. Sinai we are told,

    “He came with ten thousand of Saints; from His right hand went a fiery Law for them,” Dt. 33:2.

    Compare Jude 14. The picture here is that of the children of Israel who came out of Egypt’s bondage. Now were there only ten thousand or more? About two million people came out of Egypt. Is that ten thousand?

    However we do realize that the ten thousands refer to the children of Israel as they came out of Egypt. In the same vein, you can see that “the twenty thousand, even thousand of angels” is here referring to the Saints of the New Testament as we are led out of the captivity of sin.

    Psalm 68:18 makes that plain,

    “Thou hast ascended on high, thou has led captivity captive; thou has received gifts for men, yea, for the rebellious also, that the – LORD GOD might dwell among them.”

    This is clearly what Paul wrote about when he talked of the death, resurrection and the ascension of Christ and the eventual release of the Holy Spirit upon men and the giving of the five fold Ministry of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher to the Church – the world (Eph. 4:8-11).

    So if we can agree that the “twenty thousand, even thousand of angels” speaks of the Saints of the NT, what literal number constitute the fullness of the New Testament Church?

    Once again, this number speaks of that which is infinite. For the word

    “chariot” used here in the Hebrew is rekeb – which means a vehicle, by implication a team, by extension Calvary, by analogy a rider, MULTITUDE – a great number; numerousness; a crowd; an assemblage” Are you seeing it?

    So the figure is that of a great multitude of Saints that are with the Lord. The Lord’s ascension in the above passage speaks of His enthronement as a King. Compare Ps. 24:7-10; 68:17-18.

    And those around the throne constitute the “twenty thousand, even thousands of angels.” This is what Daniel wrote about as constituting the Court of God in the heavens.

    “A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him; thousand thousands ministered unto Him; and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him; the judgement was set, and the books were opened,” Dan. 7:10.

    Please compare 1 Kgs. 22:19, where this number is simply called “the host of heaven” wherein a court was in session to judge wicked King Ahab.

    So who do you think this host of heaven is? They are simply the saints of God. Even as the word of God says, “Do ye not know that the Saints shall judge the world? … Know ye not that we shall judge angels?” 1Cor. 6:2-3. “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgement unto the Son” (Jn. 5:22).

    And the Son is in His body the Church. Even as “He is the head of the body, the Church,” Col. 1:18.

    Again, you can see that the “thousand thousands … and ten thousand” who stood before God that Daniel wrote about could never be in literal arithmetical calculation. It is figurative of the host of, or multitude of people.

    Paul employed this figurative application of the use of thousands when writing to the Corinthians. In his words, “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ; ye have not many fathers…” (1Cor. 4:15). Now Paul did not mean they had a literal ten thousand men coming to preach and teach the Corinthians outside of him.

    Rather, there were many people coming into this church he established with the sound doctrine of Christ and teaching other things, and yet the Corinthians because of their spiritual immaturity irrespective of the abundance of the gift of the Holy Ghost were just swallowing everything.

    In other words, many people were coming to them as supposed ministers of the Gospel. Even in 1Cor. 14:19, he used the same language when he said, “…in the Church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.”

    Paul was not going to count the words he speaks in the Church such that when he gets to the number five, he would stop. Rather the five here do not only speak of fewness but that which carried with it an amount of Grace to the edifying of the hearers, even as five is the number of Grace.

    In other words, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with GRACE in your heart to the Lord,” Col. 3:16.

    Speaking multitudes of words (ten thousands) in an unknown tongue is of no benefit to a congregational worship,

    “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God; for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the Spirit he speaketh mysteries …He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the Church,” 1Cor. 14:2, 4.

    In light of the above therefore when we read, “In my vision, I heard the sound of an immense number of angels gathered round the throne… there were ten thousand times ten thousand of them and thousands upon thousands shouting, the Lamb that was crucified is worthy to be given power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessing,” Rev. 5:11,JB.

    What do you think we are talking about? Who are these “thousands and thousands and thousands.” They are simply all those who make up the Church of Christ universally both Celestial and Terrestrial who have attained to the resurrection life of the Lord by reason of His redemptive blood.

    Here we all are declaring the glory due him because of His Sacrifice on our behalf. So we can see that the ten thousands as a number is only symbolic of that which is numerous and not just a literal figure.

    Next will be “THE 144,000 – GOD’S SPIRITUAL ISRAEL.”

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    THE PRIMORDIAL MINDSET PART 3

    The Effect of a Primordial Mindset is Stagnation

    One of the major negative impacts of a primordial mindset is stagnation. Moses had to speak to the children of Israel who were suffering from this primordial stagnated mindset in the wilderness where he said to them,

    “Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward” (Deut. 2:3).

    Here they were just wasting all their time on Mount Seir instead of proceeding on their way to Canaan.

    Apollos, the Primordial Minister

    In the Book of Acts, chapter 18, is an interesting story of a man of God called Apollos. Acts 18:24, “And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.

    25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

    26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

    27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace.”

    Look at this man’s credentials or resume if you will: (1) an eloquent man, (2) mighty in the scriptures, (3) instructed in the way of the Lord, (4) being fervent in the spirit, (5) spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord.

    But he was primordial, “…knowing only the baptism of John.”

    Oh my! With all these credentials and fervency in spirit being displayed, he was limited to only the things of the initial take off of the kingdom, John’s message of “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.”

    And guess what? This man with all his credentials was 20 years behind time, the Holy Ghost was already poured out and he was not in the main stream of what God was doing.

    This is what a primordial mindset does for people.

    Now it took Priscilla and Aquila to

    “expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly”

    to bring him up into the mainstream of what God is doing. So you see he was where God had left off, yet very zealous.

    Would you be surprised if I tell you that this is the scenario we have today in the Body of Christ? It’s all over the place. People have no idea of the next thing in the agenda of God. If anything, what they can ever present to you is the Rapture balloon that is already deflated.

    So when you read of Paul saying,

    “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase”( 1Cor. 3:6),

    this is after Apollo’s encounter with Priscilla and Aquila. Now he has being delivered from the traditional primordial spirit. He was now in the reality of the workings of God and could deliver the truth of the hour, now a co-labourer with Apostle Paul.

    The Bible talks about being sealed with the Holy Ghost unto “the Day of Redemption.”

    Eph. 1: 13, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

    And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto “the day of redemption” (Eph.4:30).

    The sealing of our spirit which is the earnest of our inheritance is the realm of Pentecost, indicating that there is yet something greater for us in terms of our salvation.

    Rom 8:23, “Even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children, including the new bodies he has promised us-bodies that will never be sick again and will never die.

    24 We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we don’t yet have-for a man who already has something doesn’t need to hope and trust that he will get it. 25 But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently,” TLB.

    Ampl. Rom. 8: 23, “And not only the creation, but we ourselves too, who have and enjoy the firstfruits of the [Holy] Spirit [a foretaste of the blissful things to come] groan inwardly as we wait for the redemption of our bodies [from sensuality and the grave, which will reveal] our adoption (our manifestation as God’s sons).”

    This really speaks of the feast of Tabernacles. But you know what? Our Pentecostal zeal of the primordial spirit can never allow us to see beyond the moment in order to pursue the glory ahead of us, the redemption of our bodies. So like Apollos, we are now suffering from this primordial spirit of stagnation.

    To be continued…

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    JUST WHO ARE THE 144,000? REV. 14:1-5, PART 10

    “And I looked, and lo a Lamb stood on Mount Zion and with Him an hundred and forty and four thousand having His Father’s name written in their foreheads,” Rev. 14:1-5.

    How Do You Stand With the Lamb? continued

    In the real sense of it , you can either be with Christ or be against Him by your actions, attitude, language, thoughts, etc. The truth is even if you do claim to be a believer and you are doing nothing to expand the course of what you believe in, you may end up being against Him; you cannot be said to be with Him.

    Otherwise how can you be employed in a factory and you are doing nothing towards the increase in production or output. Of course, you are only a financial drain to the establishment. And with that you are against the progress of the establishment; because your nonproductive posture is equal to a decrease in output, hence a financial waste. And so you are not with the company. You become redundant.

    Now let us not forget that the main purpose of the Lamb that was slain (Rev. 13:8) standing up in Mount Zion (Rev. 14:1) is not just to prove His overcoming ability but to take over control of the rulership of all realms of creation as the King enthroned.

    As we have said elsewhere in this study, when King Solomon dedicated the temple he had built, we are told, “…And the King turned his face and blessed the whole congregation of Israel and the congregation of Israel stood and he said…” (2Chron. 6:8).

    To say the congregation stood, simply means they stood with him, not only in prayer or that they should be prayed for but in total agreement as to what the future of the Kingdom of Solomon holds.

    So we are beginning to see that for the 144,000 to stand with Jesus (the lamb) is a clear indication of their total commitment to the course of the Lamb.

    THE STRENGTH OF THE WORD ‘WITH’ IN THE GREEK

    The Greek word “WITH” is “META” which means “with,” “together with,” “IN THE MIDST OF,” “between,” “in common with,” “the help of,” “by means of.” Looking at this definition, firstly we can see that it simply means that Christ is standing in the midst of His people, the overcomers. And that they and the Christ in their midst are not only to do things in common, but to also advance the course of Christ by His help.

    At this realm, the overcomers are sharing a common trait with the glorified Christ because God has “…made us alive together WITH THE CHRIST … and seated us together in the heavenly places in UNION WITH CHRIST JESUS,” Eph. 2:4-6, Inter Lin. Trans.

    And do not forget that according to Col. 3:1, Christ being seated at the right hand of God and the Saints being seated together with Him speaks of the place of authority in God as the Christ in the midst and indwelling in His people reign in (with) power. A corresponding scripture to this can be found in Isa. 57:15 which reads,

    “…thus saith the high and holy one that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

    The above scriptures give us the condition of those who can dwell with the Lord. Those who are qualified to share not only this glory but also be partakers of His grand plan of total redemption as He walks and works out His will in and through them (2Cor. 6:16-18) are all in this high realm of Mount Zion.

    Again, looking at Isa. 57:15 from the Living Bible, it says “…I live in that high and holy place where those with contrite humble spirits dwell; and I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant heart.”

    By implication those who can dwell with the Lord up there in Mount Zion, that holy place, are those who have abandoned themselves to the course and the will of the Lord. Those whose minds have been totally emptied of everything that is of self and human influence. Those who have had their souls completely renewed in the light of the Gospel of Christ, thereby overthrowing all works of the beast in their lives by the power that worketh in them. No wonder they are termed “Virgins” (Rev. 14:4) for “…they follow the lamb whithersoever He goeth.”

    At this level of relationship with the Lamb, we can no longer be speaking our own words, neither do we have any choice of our own as to what we should do in every situation in life and ministry; but such is decided and communicated to us by Him. The best description of those who are with Him is found in John 3:8, “The wind blows (breathes) where it will; and though you hear its sound, yet you neither know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit,” AMP.

    For those in this realm, they have lost their mind; now they walk with the mind of Christ. Therefore, they are ‘strangers’ among men both in language, conduct and dealings, etc. For the influence of the communication of the serpent in their souls has been washed away by the Word of the Spirit of life, hence to God they are virgins.

    Next will be “UNDERSTANDING THE ‘THOUSAND’ LANGUAGE OF GOD.”

    To be continued…

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