Summary: God’s ultimate purpose in the time of the end
The End Times Purpose of God
The record in Scripture is clear, God has never left, nor will He ever leave His planet earth without a human witness to His great and glorious grace demonstrated by His redemption of men through the finished work of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, on the Cross.
Based upon this one single unwritten principle which is taught by example and precept throughout the written Word of God, from Adam through the 2,000 year history of the Church, it can be said that there will continue to be people of faith upon the earth, throughout the time of the end, the 70th Week of Daniel and the Day of the Lord.
As the previous messages have set forth, the 70th Week of Daniel, which God has determined upon His earthly people the Jews (Daniel 9:24), will also be utilized to purify the saints before they,“the elect”, are gathered by the angels (Matthew 24:31) and received into heaven (Revelation 7:9-17).
Before that magnificent event occurs, the Lord will call, prepare and seal 144 Thousand “sons of Israel” (Revelation 7:1-8) in order to provide the continuing testimony of His redemptive grace through the agency of redeemed men as He has chosen to do from the beginning of time itself.
While the Lord will call and utilize many different people to accomplish His end times purposes, these “servants of our God” (Revelation 7:3) are the focal point of “The Priesthood of the Apocalypse” for, when the Scripture is examined, it reveals that they are unlike any other group of believers ever to be set forth in the Word of God.
Their Redemption Ministry as priests unto God has been thoroughly planned and prophesied by the Lord as they will be His literal end times disciples “following Him wherever He goes”’ (Revelation 14:4). They become the ultimate “fishers of men” according to Jesus own promise:
“Come ye after Me and I will make you to become fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17)
Their task will be enormous as their great number indicates. For, at the beginning of this age the Lord chose, trained and sent out twelve disciples and they “Turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).
But then, during the end times, in order for His continuing purpose of redemption to be fulfilled, He has deemed it necessary to once again follow this same pattern of utilizing personal disciples. He will not call and train a mere twelve disciples as in His first coming. He will need twelve thousand sets of twelve disciples to accomplish His great end times purpose of redemption. Their sheer number reveals the overwhelming magnitude of the ministry these young men will undertake.
It is imperative that the present-day Church of Jesus Christ recognizes its part in raising up these young men in order for the Lord to bring to pass His marvelous and miraculous plan. The end of this age is closing in rapidly when He will most certainly come again just as He has promised in His Word (John 14:3; Matthew 24:30, 31) “Even so come Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
However, it is after He comes to resurrect, rescue, rapture, and receive the saints that these 144 Thousand Disciples of Christ will embark upon their most intensive Redemption Ministry. Then they will carry the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Daniel 11:32-35, 12:3) to those who also have been written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 13:8, 17:8).
There will be many that will “turn from transgression in Jacob” (Isaiah 59:20) and “shall call on My name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God” (Zechariah 13:9).
The unfolding of the lives and ministry of the 144 Thousand is indicated in Scripture as has been documented in previous chapters. In order to conclude these messages and clearly emphasize their great
significance in God’s plan for the time of the end, the following outline summarizes their future:
I. They are part of “the remnant of her [the woman’s] seed” (Revelation 12:17b)
*Time: The Middle of the 70th Week of Daniel [Priesthood/Redemption Ministry]
1. They are from the twelve tribes of Israel (Revelation 7:3-8)
3. They are persecuted by Satan (Revelation 12:17b)
4. They keep the commandments of God (Revelation 12:17b)
5. They have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:17b)
II. They will “know their God…understand” (Daniel 11:32-35)
*Time: During the Last Half of the 70th Week of Daniel [Priesthood/Redemption Ministry]
1. They shall be strong
2. They shall do exploits
3. They will have understanding
4. They will instruct many
5. They [some] shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make
them white, even to the time of the end