Summary: In this sermon, the 144,000 Witnesses are covered as well as their example for us to follow.
The 144,000 Witnesses
1 Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father's name written on their foreheads.
2And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.
3They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.
4These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
5And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Today we will get more information about the 144,000 Jews
that we were told about back in chapter 7.
Some Bible commentators say the 144,000 here
is a different group of people than the one from chapter 7.
In believe they are the same.
Both groups consist of 144,000 men.
Both groups have been sealed on the forehead
John is merely allowed to see this same group of people
from a different vantage point than the one he saw earlier.
In chapter 7, they were sealed by God
to protect them during a period of Tribulation.
In chapter 7 they were on the earth, but here they are in heaven.
They have been taken to heaven
to protect them from the wrath of God about to be poured out.
Now they stand with their Savior (the Lamb)
on heavenly Mt. Zion.
So let’s begin Chapter 14.
Verse 1 Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father's name written on their foreheads.
The “lamb” is obviously a reference to Jesus.
Jesus is standing on Mount Zion.
Mt. Zion is often used in the Bible as a name for Jerusalem.
The question is whether Mount Zion here
is the earthly Mount Zion or the heavenly Mount Zion
which is described in Hebrews chapter 12.
However, Hebrews 12:22 tells us; “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,
In Verse 1 Mount Zion is speaking here
of a gathering place of the saints in heaven,
not the Jerusalem here on earth.`
With Jesus are the 144,000 having His name
and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.
Unlike the followers of the Antichrist
who receive the mark of the beast in their right hand or foreheads,
these 144,000 bear the name of God on their foreheads.
Who are these 144,000 persons?
They are the 144,000 people described back in chapter 7.
They are Jews who accepted Jesus as their Savior
shortly after the Rapture and at the beginning of Tribulation.
They preach the Gospel during the Tribulation
attempting to win more souls to Jesus.
12,000 come from each of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Verse 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.