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Discussion in 'Bible Answers' started by Chad, Jun 4, 2006.

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  1. Who are the 144,000 in Book of Revelation?

    The 144,000 Jews / Israelites who are sealed in Revelation 7:4-8 are sealed for the specific purpose of being “evangelists” during the Tribulation period. The sealing provides protection from the plagues and devastation brought on by the trumpet and bowl judgments, as well as from the wrath of the Antichrist. The 144,000 is not a limit to how many people will be saved, but rather is just a select group of Jewish believers called to proclaim God’s message during the end times. There will be perhaps millions of other converts during the Tribulation, most of them a result of the 144,000’s ministry.

    Revelation 7:4-8

    And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:

    12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed,
    12,000 from the tribe of Reuben,
    12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
    12,000 from the tribe of Asher,
    12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali,
    12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
    12,000 from the tribe of Simeon,
    12,000 from the tribe of Levi,
    12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
    12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun,
    12,000 from the tribe of Joseph,
    12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.

    IPV Commentary

    The Reward of the 144,000

    The turmoil of conflict is over, and the people of God, 144,000 strong, now stand triumphantly with the Lamb on Mount Zion. They have his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads (v. 1), most emphatically not "the mark of the beast" (13:17). The two beasts of the preceding chapter are nowhere to be seen. We are not told just how the conflict was resolved, but John gives us a momentary glimpse of its outcome. Mount Zion (occurring only here in the book of Revelation) is a place on earth, not in heaven, for the voice heard next is a voice from heaven (v. 2). Zion was the name of the mountain on which David built the earthly Jerusalem centuries before, and whenever John refers to "the holy city" or "the new Jerusalem" in the Revelation (3:12; 21:2, 10), it is always "coming down out of heaven from God," and therefore located on earth. Up to this point in the visions, "mountains" have been pictured as either threatened (6:14-16) or threatening (8:8), but Mount Zion is a place of victory and rest for the 144,000.

    This group of the redeemed includes both the 144,000 Israelites from 7:1-8 and the "great multitude that no one could count" from 7:9-17. Just as "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" (5:5) remained in some sense a lion even after he had been transformed into the Lamb (5:6), so the 144,000 continue to be the 144,000 even after their transformation into an unnumbered crowd. They have lost their explicit identification with the twelve Jewish tribes listed in 7:5-8, but they have gained other distinguishing features.

    They are identified first as those redeemed from the earth, and their reward is the privilege of learning a new song (v. 3). Because they are redeemed, there is reason to believe that redemption will be the theme of their song. The only "new song" mentioned before in Revelation was that of the living creatures and elders in heaven (5:9), and it was a song of redemption: "because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation." It was accompanied by the music of harps (5:8), and the word for "purchased" in its lyrics was the same word used here of the 144,000 in the phrase redeemed from the earth (v. 4). This time the song comes not from the living creatures and elders themselves, but from an anonymous voice from heaven in their presence, like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder, and like that of harpists playing their harps (v. 2). Both the words and the music are left to our imaginations.​
     
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  2. Greetings, Brother Chad, in the precious name of Jesus.

    I have read your opening post with very much interest. I am sure you realise some other Christians would not go along with how you understand 144,000 and the tribulation.

    First, we must be careful when we speak catagorically of the Tribulation as something in the future. Scripture does not use the words 'The Tribulation' (Please, no-one come back with the old chestnut that the word 'Trinity' is not in the Bible; there are different criterium applying.)

    Secondly, I believe that The Book of Revelation, must be seen for what it is; not what it is not. It is not recording events sequentially within our human sequential time frame mindset.

    Once we try to understand that Almighty God sees everything in a kind of eternally panoramic view i.e., 'all peoples, all things, all ages, all events - past present and future -all at the same time and eternally' then we will grasp a better understanding of what God is saying to us in the Book of Revelation, especially concerning what the 'last days' are and what 'tribulation' is.

    Your brother in Jesus.
    David
     
  3. #3 4Jesus, Jun 8, 2006
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2006
    Greetings in the name of Jesus.

    This particular topic and the opening post has given me much cause to meditate before the Lord and to seek guidance from Him. The reason being is, my dear brother Chad, I am troubled by your opening post. I have usually got a desire to uplift and encourage others. I have always understood the Book of Revelation as prophesy in kind of spritual picture form - spiritual visions.

    The number 144,000 to me represents, a human number to be spiritually discerned - not calcuated, but as 'fully complete and final number' in the same spiritual sense that the number 666 is a human number to be spiritually discerned (by Gods Wisdom) and I would have thought the same spiritual context of the numbers should be consistant, e.g. Revelation 13:18 (RSV) "This calls for wisdom: let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty six." I think too many have tried to apply the same criteria here by trying to 'humanly count' even using other numbers in the Bible to 'fit'.

    My belief is, to have a better understanding of Revelation we must view the whole Book thus:

    We find John, three times "In the Spirit" God was showing John three different spiritual 'viewing angles' of the the same thing all happening at the same time (forgive my repetition please).

    Since the Resurection of Jesus these three things are in operation consequitivly in this present Age

    1. Jesus is in His Church - Now.
    2. Jesus is in Heaven - Now
    3. Jesus is in the final conflict - Now

    Compare .....

    "I was in the Spirit" Viewing angle number one.
    Revelation 1:10 to 3:33. We see Jesus in the Church.[/

    "I was in the Spirit" Viewing angle number two.
    Revelation 4 to 16:21. We see Jesus in Heaven.

    "I was in the Spirit" Viewing angle number three.
    Revelation 17:1 to 20-15. Jesus in the final conflict.

    All concurrent - not consequitive or sequentially.

    Finally and not concurrently, we see in Revelation 21:1 to the end Jesus in the Age to Come. The New Heaven and Earth!

    In the Love and Grace of Our Lord
    David.
     
  4. The 144,000 are the remnants of Israel, GOD's chosen one.

    What is troubling about this to you? If it was something else your referring to please point it out so we can discuss.

    The Bible tells us the 144,000 are the remnants of Israel [faithful children of Israel] during the tribulation.

    They are the 12,000 from every tribe of Israel [12 tribles of Israel]
     
  5. Greetings Brother Chad, in the Name of Jesus.

    My reply here is made within the context of my beliefs earlier expressed in this thread.

    Firstly, the list of the tribes you listed from Revelation excludes the Tribe of Dan; compare with Ezekiel 48:1 - "Now these are the names of the tribes: From the north end, beside the way of Hethlon to the entrance of Hamath, Hazar Enan at the border of Damascus, northward beside Hamath, (and they shall have their sides east and west), Dan, one portion."

    Secondly, your list from Revelation, includes the Tribe of Joseph; compare with Ezekiel 48:1-29 (verse 1 "These are the names of the tribes...") there is no mention of Joseph being a tribe.

    I know Joseph recieved a 'double portion' e.g. two sons; Manasseh and Ephraim (Genesis 48:1) both of whom are named as tribes of Israel (Ezekiel 48:4-6).

    If we accept Ezekiel's list of tribes, which includes Manassah and Ephraim and your (Revelation) list which includes Joseph we find ourselves with thirteen tribes - not the twelve tribes making up the 12x12000 = 144000. So, as we know the Bible does not contradict itself and is not the source of controversy and confusion - we look, as John did - "in the Spirit" to spiritually discern what the spirit is saying - rather than numbers and mathematics.

    Thirdly, you say "The Bible tells us the 144,000 are the remnants of Israel [faithful children of Israel] during the tribulation." The Book of Revelation makes no mention of a 'remnant' or of 'The Tribulation'

    Thus your opening post troubles me.

    In all this my precious brother Chad, let us, above all, keep our eyes firmly fixed on Jesus and what He commanded us - to Love God - Love each other - and go and spread the Gospel and make disciples.

    Yours in Jesus our Lord and Saviour
    David
     
  6. The list that I gave was directly quoted from the Bible itself.

    Revelation 7:4-8 shows exactly what I quoted. I do not know what Bible your reading that your comparing Revelation and Ezekiel then explaining that the list I gave is wrong.

    How is what I quoted exactly from Scripture being an incorrect list? This makese no sense whatsoever.

    Possibly not exactly "remnant" in Revelation but we all know that the 144,000 are a remnant of Israel chosen by GOD [sealed]. The entire Bible goes together, all the books together and not one without the other. Therefore, if you do a search for example (Bible Gateway) for "remnant of Israel" you will see all the verses containing this and coincides with the 12 tribes, again remnant of Israel.

    Here is another interesting article that nicely explains the different lists between Ezekiel, Revelation and other parts of the Bible (which clearly I did not contradict at all if you read carefully)

    12 Tribes of Israel
    The Bible lists the twelve tribes of Israel in several locations: (Genesis 35:23-26; Exodus 1:2-5; Numbers 1:20-43; 1 Chronicles 2:2; Revelation 7:5-8). It is interesting that there are slight differences in some places. The 12 sons of Israel (Jacob) were: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher and Joseph. These were the ancestors of the original twelve tribes. However, Reuben lost his rights as firstborn by defiling Jacob’s bed (Genesis 35:22; 49:3-4). In Reuben and Joseph's place, Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, became tribes of Israel (Genesis 48:5-6). As a result, the twelve tribes became Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Ephraim and Manasseh. In some other lists of the twelve tribes of Israel, Levi is not mentioned, presumably because the Levites were assigned to serve at the temple and therefore were not apportioned land of their own in Israel (Joshua 14:3).

    Naming the twelve tribes is a confusing task. Revelation 7:5-8 lists the 12 tribes as: Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin. This is interesting…for the first time Joseph is listed as a tribe along with his son Manasseh. Why isn’t Ephraim listed? Why is Reuben listed, but not Dan? There are no perfect answers to these questions. Technically, there were more than twelve tribes if you count both of Joseph’s sons as tribes in addition to Joseph. Revelation 7 presents a list of 144,000 witnesses from twelve different tribes. It does not say why Ephraim and Dan are not listed. The best answer is that God decided not to choose any witnesses from those two tribes. Some Bible teachers understand Dan being left off the list in Revelation 7 because of what is said in Genesis 49:17, “Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse's heels so that its rider tumbles backward.”

    With all of that said, what are the twelve tribes of Israel? Every list in the Bible contains Simeon, Judah, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin. In addition to those nine tribes, there are Ephraim, Reuben, Joseph, Dan, and Levi. Most Bible teachers would view Ephraim, Dan, and Levi as the additional three to result in twelve tribes. Whatever the case, God is free to re-adjust and re-account the twelve tribes of Israel as He sees fit.
     

  7. This is very interesting David, can you be more specific on how you have come to this understanding and list the scriptures that have inspired you?
     
  8. #8 4Jesus, Jun 9, 2006
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    Quote:
    The Book of Revelation makes no mention of a 'remnant' or of 'The Tribulation'


    Possibly not exactly "remnant" in Revelation but we all know that the 144,000 are a remnant of Israel chosen by GOD [sealed]. The entire Bible goes together, all the books together and not one without the other. Therefore, if you do a search for example (Bible Gateway) for "remnant of Israel" you will see all the verses containing this and coincides with the 12 tribes, again remnant of Israel.
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    My brother Chad. Thank you for your considered response.

    I am very very familiar with the belief you hold re 144,000. It was once my own, but I have moved on somewhat.

    Nowhere else does the Bible refer to the remnant being 144,000 or of them being 12,000 from each tribe, neither are the tribes named from whence the remnant is drawn. It stands in complete solitary isolation in Revelation 7:4-8.

    John himself is clear in Revelation 7:4 they are "...sealed, out of every tribe of the sons of Israel..." This is confirmed by Paul and Isaiah in Romans 9:27



    "And Isaiah calls out (solemnly cries aloud) over Israel: Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, only the remnant (a small part of them) will be saved [ from perdition, condemnation, judgment]! (Amplified Bible) see also Isaiah 10:22-23. No mention of 12,000 or 144,000 or names of 'selected' tribes. So the 144,000 remains isolated in Revelation.

    Also note they are saved from perdition, condemnation and judgement - no mention of becoming evangelists

    Therefore, like anything else than cannot be supported elsewhere in the Bible we must be careful how we treat it.

    Before anyone starts number crunching is it essential to understand the symbolism of numbers, words and pictures in Revelation. And not only in Revelation but the whole bible. Please be patient with my lengthiness - it is essential for a proper and full understanding of these things.

    Words in Pictures.
    We have established that this book is about understanding pictures rather
    than understanding words.
    We have also said that the book is not confined to any specific period of
    history but actually works through six dimensions, past, present, future,
    concurrent, re-occurring, and the eternal.
    It is important to note now that although there is this incredible flexibility in
    this book we cannot make it mean anything we like. There are rules to
    understanding this type of literature. It would help enormously if we lived in
    the woof and warp of the 1st century, but as we don't, it will be largely an
    intellectual exercise to begin with.
    Remember the symbol or word picture is there to enlighten not to confuse.
    The symbol transgresses normal rules of speech.
    You have probably been taught in times gone by in regard to Biblical interpretation,' take it literal unless it absurd.' That actually is highly misleading because there are large amounts of scripture which were never intended to be taken literally, that is directly from word to meaning. The poetry of the Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the symbols of Daniel and Revelation, as well as the parables of Jesus are not a matter of' word to meaning' documents, but' word to picture to meaning documents.'
    For example. ' Look He is coming with the clouds.' ( 1:7)
    This cannot mean the same as, ' Look he is coming with the pizza's,' which
    would be its 'word to meaning' understanding. He is not bringing the clouds
    as some form of luggage He is carrying.
    Its a picture, ' As the clouds come he will come.' It's above, it's spectacular,
    and it's visible to all. Look first of all at the picture of approaching clouds,
    then interpret the meaning.
    There are three elements to a symbol.
    1. The actual subject. (the coming of the Lord)
    2. The picture that stands in the place of the subject. ( clouds)
    3. The points of comparison between the subject and the picture. (above,
    spectacular, and visible)
    Sometimes no help is required. ' The Lamb as it had been slain.'
    Sometimes John helps us with the point of comparison. 1:20. The stars
    are.....and the lampstands are.....The picture is ' Lights in the Darkness.'
    Sometimes, once a symbol has been identified as above it will retain its
    meaning elsewhere unless it is specifically stated. Hence 11:2 must be
    understood in the same way. Also there is a picture of striking similarity in
    Zechariah4:1-14.
    However the white horse and its rider in 6:1 is very different from the white
    horse and its rider in 19:11.
    Numbers as Pictures.
    Another phenomena of Revelation is its use of numbers. Quite clearly they also have a significance and meaning. (13:18) The readers were expected to understand this cryptic clue.

    The use of numbers does not however arise from secret meanings of 3, 7, 12 and so on (if you say amen three times it is more powerful than if you say it once is nonsense of course) but from the fact that both Hebrew and Greek had no separate numbering system. The letters were numbers and the numbers were letters. So every word could be turned into a number and many numbers into words. We find this difficult to understand because we have never used such a system.
    Look at a simple one to start with. The seven churches. Obviously these were seven literal churches in seven actual cities. Archaeology, history, and literature establish that beyond doubt. Burt there were more than seven churches in the province of Asia. There were at least ten. So why only mention seven. It must be that to mention ten would detract from the symbolism but mentioning seven would clarify the symbolism. What then does the number 'seven' and its multiples convey?
    The Essential Nature of Something.
    From the seven days of creation, the 4 x seven days of the rise and wane of
    the moon, the 36 x seven weeks of human gestation, the seven notes of
    music and so on, tell us simply the way things are essentially.
    It also bears the idea of completion or fullness. On the seventh day creation
    was complete. After twenty eight days the moon is full. After 36 weeks the
    mothers time is full. After the seventh note the scale is complete.
    So we can say that the phrase, 'seven churches' is a numeric picture that tells us, this is the entire church as it really is in its essential nature. We will see that this works well in all the series of sevens in the book of revelation.
    In fact the numbers 4, 7, and 12 all represent different aspects of fullness or completeness.
    The number four speaks of the fullness of the earth or the sum total of all thatis terrestrial.
    Hence we have ' the four corners of the earth ' meaning the entire planet.
    The four 'living creatures' representing all life.
    The four 'winds' representing all weather patterns.
    5:13 speaks of the worship of every creature to which the four living creatures raise their amen.
    Twelve and all its multiples ( 24, 144,000) represent the entirety of the people of God. This symbolism is not difficult to work out from the twelve sons of Jacob, the twelve tribes of Israel, and the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. The large number implies the ultimate vastness of the redeemed.
    Six. This number probably refers to incompleteness as in the phrase, 'six days you may work.....' it is incomplete and therefore falls short of the mark. The 6th seal, trumpet, and bowl all depict divine judgement on mans sin. The Roman numerals in use at the time, i (one), v (5), x (10), I (50), c (100), d(500), all add up to 666. It therefore signified, the entire world ( as it was to John ) has fallen short of Gods standard and will be judged.
    Cautionary note.
    It is argued that the name Nero amongst others, translated into Hebrew, results in a numeric value of 666. It does, only if you include the title Caesar and then leave one letter out! And why should we translate it into Hebrew? Were Johns' readers in Asia familiar with Hebrew? Anyway Nero was not even his proper name. The number 666 cannot refer to any individual person from ancient or modern .............

    Continued in next post.........
     
  9. ..........Continued from last post

    times because the possibilities are endless. Different results are obtained depending on whether you use Hebrew or Greek. The result is determined by the spelling, which in a vowel-less language like Hebrew, varies considerably.
    The result can be contrived when a person has more than one name. The name you choose to use will determine the result. Be warned, all such attempts are contrived whatever the popular writers say!
    Fractions
    We cannot impose modern mathematics on the first century. Fractions, such as, the 'fourth' 6:8; and the 'third' 8:7-12; can mean nothing more than limited effect rather than total effect.
    From Symbolism to Structure.
    Revelation is not a rambling series of visions, it has structure. The structure is obscured by our division of chapters. They do not reveal the structure neither were they part of the early text.
    The subject of Revelation is Jesus Christ. It is He who is being revealed. The way we are going to deal with the book turns on an expression John uses four times in order to denote a separate spiritual experience. The phrase is ' In the Spirit.' and it occurs 1:10; 4:1; 17:3; and 21:10. The four section may therefore be seen as follows
    1. I was in the Spirit and saw Christ in His Church dealing with his people. (1:10-3;22. )
    2. I was in the spirit and saw Christ on His Throne unfolding the course of history. (4:1 -17:2)
    3. I was in the Spirit and saw Christ Triumphant in the final conflict. (17:3-21:9)
    4. I was in the Spirit and saw Christ Inaugurate the new heavens and the new earth. ( 21:10-22;21 )
    In each case the symbolism of location changes.
    On Patmos, signifying the church on earth.
    In heaven, signifying Christ in heaven
    In a desert, signifying the end of human government.
    On a great high mountain, signifying the arrival of Kingdom of God in al its
    fullness.


    With this understanding I am better able to understand what the spirit is saying about the 144,000..........

    The Servants are sealed.

    This is God's method of ensuring the survival of the People of Witness, ' this is the keeping from the hour of trial.' ( 3:10 ) It is the limitation of Satanic activity, and the ultimate success of His plan of Redemption. It is a seal of Ownership. It is a seal of Authenticity. It is a seal of Covenant.
    We need to re-emphasise the ' word picture meaning ' sequence of understanding as we come to the figures of the next verses. If you go from word to meaning you will be looking for 144,000 Jewish believers somewhere which is preposterous.
    The numbers speak of fullness or completion. 12 speaks of the entirety of the Covenant people, a s we have noted. The multiplication of 12 to 144, 000 is a picture to give us the idea of enormity and entirety of the triumph of redemption.
    The idea of a remnant of every tribe of Israel is immediately expanded to a remnant of every tribe, nation, language and people from the entire world. ( 5:9; 7:9;) The division between the sealed and the unsealed is understood in the same way as the division between the ' earth dwellers and the people of the testimony.' It also indicates that the roots of our faith and testimony are in God's Covenants with the Jewish people. Its not that the Jewish people have been immersed in the church and lost their national identity, but the church has found her roots in Gods Covenants with Israel.
    John hears the voices of angels calling out this sealing process but when his vision clears he does not see 144,000 people at all. Instead he sees a multitude that no one could number. I think this makes it clear that the 144,000 is a picture of the vast multitude of the redeemed that will triumph in the face of Satanic opposition
    The Great Multitude appears around the throne.
    It is the plan of redemption to bring from every nation, tribe, language and people men and women to their eternal destiny. This is the purpose of the contents of the scroll.
    The Multitude are identified.
    We are then taken once again to the sacred precincts of the Throne. We are
    aware of the Throne, the Lamb, the Living Beings, and the elders. But in
    addition we now see this vast company of the redeemed are now also placed
    around the Throne.
    Who are they, where did they come from?'
    Its a rhetorical question, the answer is known. It is asked to show the
    incredible nature of the event, and that against all the odds the redeemed
    have come through the trial and proceeded to the throne of God.
    'These are they...' These are the ones for whom the scroll was written and
    whose redemption it foretold.

    Your brother in Jesus
    David
     
  10. This is very interesting David, can you be more specific on how you have come to this understanding and list the scriptures that have inspired you? - Jiggyfly

    Greeting in Jesus' Name.

    I don't know if my most recent post(s) clarify things or not. I will be very happy to give you any further info.

    David.
     
  11. Hi brother David

    A # or even a word discrepancy in the bible brother, is not a contradiction, there are a few if you look for them, if we look at the four beast in revelation we will see they have six wings apiece, when we look at them in the old testament from the book of Ezekiel, we see they only have four wings apiece. So if its just a discrepancy , Chad is correct with that list. But then so is Ezekiel's list.

    God bless brother
     
  12. #12 4Jesus, Jun 10, 2006
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    Blessings to you, Fellowservant.

    Thank you for your observation; I have absolutely no problem with it. That is in fact what I was attempting to get over when (in my quote you used) I said, "....the Bible does not contradict itself and is not the source of controversy and confusion."

    In Jesus
    David.

    p.s. The whole spiritual symbolism of Eagles' wings; and 'picture to meaning' (rather than the word to meaning) revelation, for me, is another spiritually enlightening journey.

    D.
     
  13. Hi David,

    It all sounds very interesting but I'm a little worried about your posts.

    Firstly, I think that using a woman's gestation as an example can only be approximated/averaged as most women who have had a due date given to them will testify to, it also doesn't account for multiple births etc. I think human gestation is an 'average' of eg 38 weeks from fertilisation.

    This is quoted from your post:

    'From the seven days of creation, the 4 x seven days of the rise and wane of
    the moon, the 36 x seven weeks of human gestation, the seven notes of
    music and so on, tell us simply the way things are essentially.'

    I'm sorry but what concerns me is that this all sounds very much like numerology.

    God Bless

    Eve
     
  14. #14 4Jesus, Jun 10, 2006
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    Many blessings to you, Eve, in Jesus Name.

    Yes, I can fully understand your concern. And yes, it can sound like numerology. However, I assure you that I am not a numerologist; I sincerely seek to hear what God is saying to me from His Word. If we confine ourselves to the 'word to meaning' passages we will restrict ourselves to understanding only those passages which are written specifically as 'word to meaning', for example, "Do not worship any other gods besides me." (Exodus 20:3 NLT) this can sometimes (not always) have the unfortunate tendency towards legalism and judgementalism.

    Therefore, unless we seek have an understanding of the biblical sybolism of sybolic numbers ( not all numbers are symbolic) in creation, space and time, Israel, The Feasts, OT salvation, in The Sanctury, Tything and Taxing, Covenants, Curses, Offerings, Prophecy & etc numbers, of the 'number to meaning' passages ( likewise with 'picture to meaning' 'symbol to meaning') we will, at best miss out on the wonderful fullness, depth and wisdom of God and at worst mislead ourselves and others, not to mention appearing foolish sharing the bible with others.

    Having said that, none of this affects our salvation, love of God, Gods love towards us and the Power of the Blood of Jesus. So don't be too worried about it my precious sister.

    If you can find some 'meat' in what I have posted - eat the meat and spit out what you percieve as the bones! :wink:

    Your brother in Jesus
    David
     
  15. Hi again brother

    I liked some of your thoughts on prophecy, i use the old testament and new, to try and interpret the 'book of revelation', as some of the prophets also seen these endtime events, so i use them as much as possible. And i find letting scripture interpret scripture, or prophecy to interpret prophecy... is also very enlightening. And thanks for your thoughts...

    God bless you brother
     
  16. #16 4Jesus, Jun 11, 2006
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    My Brother 'Fellowservant' - may blessings be showered on you in the precious and Mighty Name of Jesus.

    I praise and thank God that He has put this desire on your heart. I sincerly hope and pray that one day we may be able to open up a powerful discussion for encouragement and for the building up of the Church Jesus Christ on the final prophesy (Revelation) - It is the last chance for mankind. He that has an ear to hear let him hear.

    I truly believe we, as a generation, are uniquely gifted to be able, at least to understand Revelation. For centuries it has been hidden from the brightest minds because they have all thought in terms of words and their meaning. We are no brighter, however, but we live in a generation that is taught once more to react to pictures not words. The instruction that guide us everyday are pictures not words. [/BThe key to the Book of Revelation is not the words and their meaning but pictures and their meaning.

    Revelation is part of the whole Bible. Other Apocalyptic literature stands alone; this book does not. It is part of Divine Revelation. This means that once the codes have been unlocked, the pictures and numbers understood, the book is applied in the same way as all the other books of the Bible.

    . They are all referring to the same message but in different ways.
    . They are written for people of faith.
    . They are relevant to the believer in this age
    . The books are mystically linked one to the other
    . It is an attempt to reveal not to obscure
    . It is an attempt to bring understanding not confusion
    . It is an attempt to place world history around Jesus
    . As much as, e.g. Luke's gospel was written to one, 'Theophilus', we regard it as for us all, so John's letter was written to 'seven' churches but belongs to all of us.
    . Like the remainder of scripture it contains selective material.
    . It must have meant something to the people who first read it.
    . It should have meant something to every generation of believers who read it
    . It must mean something to us when we read it.

    Revelation deals with matters seven dimensionally....
    the past, the present, the future, the concurrent, the re-occuring, the consequetive and the enernal.

    As with the number 144,000 we, in this generation should understand it post-intellectually, not as an actual number but within the above criterea.

    I really would like to discuss this fully, post-literally, I have devouted much prayer to it -but I am a new member and therefore prohibited by the rules of this Forum (which I respect and will endeavour to adhere to) from opening a discussion.

    Yours in our Precious Lord and Saviour
    Your brother
    David
     
  17. Many blessings to you also David in Jesus' name,

    I am relieved to hear that you say you are not straying into the realm of numerology. All pilgrims (myself included) who are trying to keep to the path need guidence and caution from time to time. Don't worry I can find some meat in what you and many others who share you theories say.

    There are certain phrases in the bible 'red' 'reed' sea for example which have famously thrown doubt over interpretation also and I am certainly not a proponent of legalism or judgementalism as this can cause it's own problems especially when looking into the chronology of the bible for instance. We have to tread very carefully and not jump to conclusions and remember that theories are theories, not necessarily truth.

    In my eyes nobody looks foolish who is trying to seek truth, afterall no mortal is wise at all hours.

    God Bless my brother in Jesus

    Eve
     
  18. Eve, blessing to you,

    I don't think it is so much a matter of 'interpretion' or 'theories' here. I sincerely believe it is a matter of prayerfully seeking what The Spirit of God is saying through The Word and accordingly "anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying..." (Revelation 2:7, 2:11, 2:17, 2:29: 3:6, 3:13, 3:22, 13:9 NLT) so that the Believer, Pilgrim, Disciple and God Fearer hears and understands the Godly Spritual application of the Message of Revelation.

    Your brother in Jesus
    David
     
  19. I agree David as long as the fruit of our understanding is an increase and greater revelation of the person of Christ within ourselves. If this is not the result than it is just more info and causes the adverse, a decrease of Christ within ourselves, because knowledge puffs up(pride).
     
  20. Brother Jiggyfly,

    I am in full unity with you on this point. However, do I sense you making an oblique suggestion that I am puffed up with unspiritual knowledge?

    Your brother in Jesus
    David.
     

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