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Summary: This is the 18th sermon in the series "The End". This sermon looks at the 144,000 in Revelation 14 and examines their lives.

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Sunday Evening, August 18, 2002 Bel Aire Baptist Church

Series: ¡§The End¡¨ [#18]

VOICES OF VICTORY (Part 1)

Revelation 14:1-5

Introduction:

1. One of the themes that links Revelation 14-16 together is expressed by the word voice, which used many times. In the events recorded, God speaks to His people or to the lost world, or His creatures speak out in praise of the Lord or in warning to the world. As the world moves into the last half of the Tribulation, Heaven is not silent.

2. This evening we are going to look at ¡§The Voice Of The 144,000. Notice with me as we turn to Revelation 14:1-5 the contrast between Chapters 13 and 14. We go from the terrible things that are happening on the earth to the wonderful things going on in Heaven.

Who Are They?

1. There has been much controversy between students of prophecy concerning the identity of the 144,000. At first glance most, including myself, would assume that this 144,000 is the same group as found in Revelation 7. I want us to take a moment and make a comparison between the 144,000 in Revelation 7 and the 144,000 in Revelation 14.

144,000 Of Revelation 7:1-9 144,000 Of Revelation 14:1-5

Vs.1-3: A scene on earth. Vs.1: A scene in Heaven with Jesus.

Vs.3: Servants of our God, sealed on Vs.1: ¡§who had his name and his Father¡¦s

their foreheads. name written on their foreheads¡¨.

Vs.4: 144,000 of all the tribes of Israel. Vs.3: ¡§sang a new song before the throne

and before the four living creatures and the

elders¡¨.

Vs.5-8: 12,000 from each tribe. Vs.3: ¡§who had been redeemed from the

earth¡¨.

Vs.4: ¡§These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure.¡¨

Vs.4: ¡§They follow the Lamb where he goes.¡¨

Vs.4b: ¡§They were purchased from among men.¡¨

Vs.4c: ¡§first fruits to God and the Lamb¡¨.

Vs.5: ¡§No lie was found in their mouths.¡¨

Vs.5b: ¡§They are blameless.¡¨

2. There are two similarities between the two groups:

„« Both groups total 144,000.

„« Both groups have something written on their foreheads.

There are several differences between the two groups.

„« The Revelation 7 group is specifically Jewish- 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes. The Revelation 14 group comes ¡§from the earth¡¨ or ¡§from among men.¡¨

„« The Revelation 7 group is sealed with the Father¡¦s seal. The Revelation 14 group has the name of both the Father and the Son.

„« The scene of chapter 7 occurs on the earth. Chapter 14 takes place in Heaven, but only halfway through the Tribulation. This can be explained in that the 144,000 witnesses of Revelation 7 are slain and under the altar by the middle of the Tribulation.

„« The additional qualifications for being a member of this group are not recorded in Chapter 7. The 144,000 of chapter 7 are ¡§servants of our God¡¨; the 144,000 of chapter 14 are people ¡§purchased from among men and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb.¡¨ This shows that they were not chosen for the preaching of the gospel on earth during the Tribulation, but for a special position at the throne of God before Him and Jesus Christ.


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