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Revelation 14:1-5: The Characteristics of the 144,000

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • August 16, 2008
    9:00 AM
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is writing where we hear Jesus described as the land over here and just guidance and okay John one twenty nine and John one twenty nine what does that say okay so John one twenty nine says behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world and in Revelation chapter five we see the Lamb as it had been slain in Revelation thirteen eight we see the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world so this concept of the plan is associated with Jesus as our sacrifice and yet we also see Jesus as our sacrifice is the land where the hundred and forty four thousand standing on Mount Zion now what you think how can we connect for example John one twenty nine to the one hundred and forty four thousand two John one twenty nine says behold the Lamb of God taketh away the sin of the world so what is it used a hundred forty four thousand are standing on Mount Zion with a LAN what would that sell you about the one hundred and forty four thousand okay to speak at your actually running away from the microphone sir thousands felt the limited basis in the understanding that means that the court intimated this is thought that this morning about victory in game victory through the sacrifice the land is provided this is the key point of view him right if I said there were four thousand are standing with the land now I mean point out a couple things here in John one twenty nine does behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world in its most basic sense as we understand them we understand that as we look at Jesus on the cross we receive forgive nests of sins and that's that's very clear so it would be fair to say that the hundred and forty four thousand have received forgiveness of sins by accepting Christ sacrifice as the Lamb who was slain so that's clear now in John one twenty nine when it says behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world when we understand the concept of the sanctuary service the lamb was slain in the outer courtyard the blood was then taken to the holy place and then on the day of its atonement the blood was used from the slain lamb she brought up the sons of God 's people and so here so the question is when are the sins of God 's people taken away and a few of the Hebrews and I just want to jump through this I would encourage you to go back to dispense Hebrews chapter ten versus one through four it talks about how the ceremonial law could not make those to observe the ceremonial law perfect and that the blood of bulls and goats could not take away some and what's very clear that the word perfects in Hebrews chapters and is connected with blotting out of sin and the words take away funny take away some author is connected to the blotting out of sin so God 's people in the sacrificial system in the wilderness on the day of atonement really didn't have their sins taken away or they really didn't have their sense blotted out because the service was recycled again year after year after year that Jesus with his blood and you can see this later on in the easy receptor to make a sacrifice is sufficient just take away or blot on our son 's so here's the point when we behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world we receive forgiveness of sends it we also have the promise that through his blood we have the promise ultimately of having our sins blotted out at the end of the day of a child now I want to point you to a verse in Hebrews chapter nine which bears out this star and this is the sound and Hebrews chapter nine versus twenty seven twenty eight the hubris chapter nine verses twenty seven twenty eight actually is the volunteer to read Hebrews nine twenty seven twenty eight right back there it's a Hebrew state of Sarawak and hearing and that is as it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation I cannot hear you see this concept and Hebrews chapter nine to notice your Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many teeth the Lamb of God slam from the foundation of the world he was lifted up on the cross sacrifice for our sins and I noticed what it says unto them that work for him or those you behold the Lamb of God shall he appear the second time at the second coming is that he appears the second time how does he appear without sin DC the connection there why does he appear without sin the second time because by this point the judgment has happened and he has taken away the sins of God 's people were blotted out the sins of those who have worked for him or have beheld him of the Lamb of God so the point is the one hundred and forty four thousand are the group of people that have beheld the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world they have looked for Jesus they have especially looked for him in the context of the second coming so that when he appears at the end of the judgment he will have blotted out their sins so the hundred and forty four thousand convinced Dan with the YM on Mount Zion because he is blotted out there send in the judgment did you see the Jesus the Lamb of God he's the sacrifice to through his sacrifice he takes away the sins of the world the sins of the world are taken away at the end of the judgment when the sense of God 's people are blotted out and those she will look for Jesus he will appear the second time without sin and that's the experience of the one hundred and forty four thousand now we may have we will come back to this later the all of that is tied in to Heber 's chapter twelve verses one before looking under Jesus the author and finisher of our faith and we will come back to that concept now notice as we can see in you him setting the characteristics of the forty four thousand the first thing that we can say with confidence about the hundred and forty four thousand that because they are standing with the lamp on Mount Zion this means the percent of them blotted out in the judgment secondly notices as they have here is the lambs father 's name written in their four head now I want someone to read Isaiah fifty seven verse fifteen and someone else to read Matthew chapter six verse nine six a volunteer place to read Isaiah fifty seven verse fifteen over here been either fifties and fifteenth in a volunteer to read Matthew chapter Sixers actually all policy Moses could you read Matthew six hundred and is a fifty seven this service I would Isaiah fifty seven fifteen and then go ahead for this is what the high and lofty one says he lives forever his name is holy I live in a high and holy place but also within was contrite loadings survivors still holding frequent apartment hunt okay thank you very much so how is the name of God described in Isaiah fifty seven versus chemotherapy risk that the name of God its holy attack Matthew chapter six verse nine Moses is he cute agree that force Matthew chapter six verse nine this is a familiar passage through this manner therefore pray the our father which art in and out of the lane okay so how is the name of our father described in Matthew chapter six its hallowed soil the name of God in Isaiah fifty seven is holy the Lord 's prayer the father 's name is followed so if the one hundred and forty four thousand have the father 's name in the the four had one as that's how is about the characteristic of the one hundred and forty four thousand channels they are a holy people and in Hebrews chapter twelve verse fourteen I believe it says follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord which is interesting that it's in that chapter because that's the same chapter that talks about running of the race locations looking a bit is holding the Lamb of God so as we behold the Lamb of God and seek peace with all men and holiness we were all come to live a holy life that will allow God to blot blot out arsons in the judgment said the hundred and forty four thousand they can stand on mount Zion with the land because their sense of them blotted out because they landed the whole Jesus the Lamb of God who forgives their sins and also lots out there sends and provides an example to live a holy wise and they have the father 's name written in there for it so they have a holy character so that is the beginning of Revelation chapter fourteen now as we move through this chapter I will point out that I thought that this is a obvious question but what is before name of the book of Revelation is the revelation of Jesus Christ where do we see Jesus most clearly revealed in the book of Revelation we actually see Jesus must clearly revealed in the book of Revelation in Revelation chapter fourteen verses one through five of one hundred and forty four thousand are the revelation of Jesus Christ on this earth for our mastery of God finished Christ in you the hope of white that work has come to completion and here you see the one hundred and forty four thousand standing with the lamb on Mount Sinai as we move through your first use as I heard a voice from heaven as the voice of many waters as the voice of a great thunder and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their hearts in the universe three asses and Dave the one hundred and forty four thousand song as it were a new song before the throne about before the four beasts and the elders and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty four thousand which were read deemed from the earth in the Bible what does singing a song represent her what is a song representative in Scripture 's safety if he's of praise sure now if you think about places in Scripture where God 's people sang a song the one place that especially comes to my son announces chapter fifteen and this is known as the song the man's now if you churned at six fifteen this song if you look at the words describes in his assignment in Exodus fifteen starting in verse one and going on through the chapter this song describes the experience of God 's people after God had given them the victory over Pharaoh in the Egyptian army they pass through the Red Sea and in the Red Sea destroyed the Egyptian army so people here are singing a song of their experience as call the song of Moses and in Revelation chapter fourteen of one hundred and forty four thousand sing a new song which no man can say that the one hundred and forty four thousand so it would be fair to say that the one hundred and forty four thousand are singing a song of their experience now the question is what song are they saying that this area was the song that are that they are singing which will help us to understand the experience that they have a revelation chapter fifteen swells us in verse three as they sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the land so now the lambs brought back into Savior the one hundred and forty four thousand ten the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the way now we just talked about the song of Moses in Exodus fifteen notice that Moses is described as the servant of God and the one hundred and forty four thousand of Revelation chapter seven I described as the servants of God so Moses as the servant of God and the one hundred and forty four thousand as the servants of God have similar characteristics together both described as servants of God and then you have the land so then the question as well it does now since the land in the one hundred and forty four thousand all have in common so that the one hundred and forty four thousand could sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the way as well let's look at a verse like I bike a volunteer to read Exodus chapter thirty two versus thirty one and thirty T cell volunteer to read at thirty two versus thirty one thirty two never volunteered on here Exodus thirty two versus thirty one and thirty two and Moses returned Lord said of the people that send a great sin and admit the goal didn't know if I will forget that there is not love me I pray thee out of thy book which thought is somewhat of myself praying for here in Exodus thirty two so Moses is interceding in behalf of Israel saying God if it comes down to whether or not you're into destroying your people I'd rather have you blocked me out of your book of life and destroying each strongly so that your people will be saved in other words he sang and if you read the other wrist as he sank but if you destroy these people your name will be profaned among the heathen because they will say you you let your people out of the wilderness to destroy them so your name will be profane and so Moses is saying I would rather be destroyed and that was my eternal salvation that your name will still have honor than to see your name profaned among the seed so that's the experience in the character of Moses now what about Christ were told the desire of ages but Christ was willing to die each rally and never be resurrected so that each one of us could receive salvation and it suggests based on the experience of Moses and based on the experience of Christ but the one hundred and forty four thousand can sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the way because the end of time what they are most concerned about is the honor of God 's name in the great controversy between Christ and Satan their personal salvation is not the top of the list at the top of the list is the honor of God 's name and and the salvation of others rather than themselves so the one hundred and forty four thousand since saying the song of Moses the servant of God and the son of a plan because they have a similar experience to novices and to Jesus Christ and you are not the type of people guys looking for today instead of people saying well is this a salvation or initiate does it really matter if I do this or that or the other thing why does it matter after of as opposed to that what God is looking for us I love God so much that I want my wife to honor God 's name I wouldn't want my life to be a stumbling block to anybody else hence you potentially cost them their eternal salvation because I don't think this is a salvation which he or maybe it's not for you but it could be for someone else and so God 's people at the end of time are concerned more about the honor of God 's name then arguing about trivial issues about whether or not a salvation so that is God 's people they sing a new song and then when we look at the time here I could think what I think will be able to get through the fibers as a we want to visit their verse four J says these are they the hundred and forty four thousand which were not defiled with women for they are virgins now clearly this is not talking in a literal physical sense this is a spiritual spiritual description him and him revelation the idea of the of ups here and a corrupt woman is very clear Revelation twelve gives a picture of the pure woman Revelation seventeen gives us the picture of the harlot so there's two women in revelation and the woman Revelation is actually called Babylon and is the mother of harlots with whom the kings of the years of committed fornication now here you have a Revelation seventeen the kings of years committing fornication with Babylon which forgets about it clearly the union of church and state and the church power uniting with state and the kings of the earth committing fornication and the false doctrines that come along with it and yet here you have a group of people who were not the filed with these women they did not commit fornication with this corrupt woman and so they are to their describes spiritually as virgins so they are a pure Church of people from a pure church with pure doctrine cure what pure lifestyle and everything about them is pure and Revelation twelve Revelation seventeen is a very clear based on the physical characteristics of the few women how you can tell the difference so the one hundred and forty four thousand are not the file by Babylon or the daughters of God so to speak they are a pure group of people now here is what I want to spend a little bit of time so they are not the father on their versions of notice the next phrase these are they which follow the Wham whithersoever he get with now don't you think it would be beautiful to be among the one hundred and forty four thousand and to be follow homeland Jesus Christ whithersoever he noticed throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity to follow Jesus for ever and ever now here's where the rubber meets the road in our personal daily experience if we want to follow the Lamb with her so he ever went whithersoever he go with throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity we need to be following him wherever he goes now on this earth is therefore going to places that that Jesus wouldn't go with us here on this Earth we shouldn't expect but suddenly when we get to heaven we would enjoy following the Lamb wherever he goes that would be unpleasant and torture because we would wine maybe do things our own way so the question is how do we follow the plan whether soever he go and this is where we get to humorous chapter twelve we alluded to this earlier this is Hebrews twelve one through four I think is one of the other must publish on passages in Scripture besides Revelation chapter fourteen said probably follow the Lamb whithersoever he get with both keepers chapter twelve one three four clearly shows that the money just read this passage wherefore seeing we also are compelled about with so great a cloud of witnesses let us lay aside every way and the sin which doth so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith so sure on this earth we are called to run a race with patients and the I will call Toronto if the race that requires us to look to Jesus at all times who is the author and finisher of our faith now if we are running this race with patience always looking unto Jesus it would only make sense that we would be following the lamb whithersoever he got because he ran that race we elected him and we follow after him as we follow after him looking onto him we are following him where wherever he takes us and sometimes when you take this isn't necessarily pleasant which is why it tells us to run this race with patients and also tells us to lay aside every weight while maybe your you have something in your life that isn't clearly condemn in the Scripture as soon but you know in your heart that it's keeping you from keeping your eyes on Jesus at all times maybe it's a relationship may be it's something you like to watch on the Internet or TV or whatever lay aside every weight and the same there's no way we are in a run this race if we hang on to sin in our lives and so in order to follow the Lamb whithersoever he guess we lay aside every weight by the grace of God obtain victory over sin and we run this race with patience and how do we do this looking unto Jesus behold the Lamb of God he takes away the sin of the world looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith no notices for the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame as set down at the right hand of the throne of God so where does this race began it begins at the cross for the joy that was set before him he endured the cross so when we began the race every day we see we behold the Lamb of God on the cross you case with some of the world we don't stop at the crossing we follow him all the way from the cross into the throne room of God which since eighteen forty four is the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary so we looking to Jesus as our great high priest who is able to give us mercy and grace in the time of our need to give us victory over seven so we see Jesus on the cross are help our hearts are melted by his love he loved us so much that he died for us and then we follow him by faith to the most holy place of Emily restate what I don't know how to do this this is a hard sensation and he says don't worry I took the same nature that you check I ran that race when I was here on this earth and I have the power to give you the victory over the sin of my life and so the one hundred and forty four thousand they let in a Jesus the author and finisher of their faith they behold the Lamb of God and by beholding him they learn how to run that race with patients they went here on this Earth to follow the Lamb whithersoever he get a lift so that when they get to heaven it's a continuation of their life here on this Earth so these are they which follow the win whithersoever he has met the beautiful message I want to learn how to follow the Lamb whithersoever he give now today not in the future not in heaven because if we don't do it on this earth were not inundated in heaven so the Hebrew twelve one through fourth looking images and by the way I might have nothing for Southwest youth conference you want to be there if you haven't signed up on this I'm sorry for the plug anyone so these are they which follow the Lamb weather soever he get with an inverse for it these were reading from among men being the firstfruits unto God and to the land none have to move along here to finish so I just point out the concept of the firstfruits shows up again in the book of James him the book of James the very first verse James is riding to the child while tribes which are scattered abroad or the twelve tribes in the China James that not exist the ten tracks and Samaria were not so the book of James is written especially to the one hundred and forty four thousand and when you get to James chapter five verse seven we see how the husband and waited for the precious fruit of years and half on patients for until he received the early and latter rain so when is the precious fruit of years going to be it's one the latter rain falls and you get to the end of James chapter five we see the wider trade for rain and the earliest rough or the Earth rang the and the heaven brought forth rain and the earth brought forth her fruit and so after the rain after the latter rain so to speak the earth brings forth fruit that the clearer illustration of the LYG is the is a type of the one hundred and forty four thousand he prayed so the rain came and the one hundred and forty four thousand need to pray for the latter reign until the latter rainfall Zechariah ten one thousand trade for rain in the time of the latter rain and the concepts are in James five seven clearly is that we're not waiting for Jesus Jesus is waiting for us we need a land like Elijah who is a type of the one hundred and forty four thousand to pray for the latter rain now to finish up the last minutes in verse five says in their mouth was found no guile for they are without fault before the throne of God is there a place in Scripture where someone else is described as having no God Almighty many of you noticed this is found in first Peter chapter choose the characteristics of the one hundred and forty four thousand no guile in her mouth follows before the thrown in first Peter chapter she versus twenty one to twenty three AMI read this your sis for even hereunto when you call because Christ also suffered for us leaving us an example that you should follow his steps who did notice then neither was guile found in his mouth to when he was reviled reviled not again when he suffered he threatened not but committed himself to him that judges righteously this is especially tightening our Jesus as he went through his crew sufficient crucifixion experience and Jesus had every human right to fight back because he was being mistreated but he did not and that's what it means to have no guile in your mouth and this is where the rubber meets the road for us how we respond when we are missed treated unfairly some of us when we do something wrong and were reviewed for we fight back and say hey how can your talking like that I know I messed up it is not your right to tell me I must be quiet while you're supposed to just take it because you messed up the Bible clearly says that year that what is acceptable with God is when we do what is right and we suffer for it and we don't fight back and that's the characteristics of the one hundred and forty four thousand of the characteristics of Christ some of us have a long way to go as were still fighting back even when we mess up and God is saying you're not even on analysis bottom line you don't even fight back sudden you take dictation that when you do what's right and you get read used for unfairly that's where the rubber meets the road in your true Christian experience and so that is the calling that God is calling us today so how do we do that we looking to Jesus the author and finisher of faith he endured the cross unfairly he overcame he is now in heaven he's waiting for a group of people who will just like him run that race with patients pray for the outline of the latter rain so that we can see the mystery of God finished in the act that made when that time happens we will see the Earth line with the glory of God Revelation eighteen one will be fulfilled when Jesus will come and we had every opportunity to see that happen in our lifetime and there's no reason why it can't happen we note she matched I pray that each one of us will run that race with patience and seek by God 's grace with all of our hearts to be among the one hundred and forty four thousand God raise up the second Advent movement to prepare us to be the one hundred and forty four thousand he wants us to be translated without seeing death may we be faithful that call and thank him him next week as I said at the beginning of the lesson in manual back will be checking up on the first Angels message starting in verse sixty one but he's an excellent Bible teacher said at the manual back teaching a class thank you

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