Who are the 144,00 ?
One day , when I was working for a company while I was in college. My car wouldn’t start and I was running late, so I reserved an Uber to get me. When the gentleman arrived, he turned out to be a Jehovah’s Witness and I asked him what the difference between our beliefs are and he said that only a certain number of people will make it to heaven. He explained that only 144,000 people are going to heaven.
I didn’t understand. That goes against all that Jesus is and what He did for us.
That was about 5 years ago and I have tried to research why they believe such a thing.
In Revelation 7:9 it talks about the 144,000 who are marked and protected by God. I figured this is why they believe that and for a moment I got scared. If only 144,00 people were going to get into heaven, there was no way that I would be a part of that. I definitely wouldn’t make the cut.
“And I heard how many were sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand; [twelve thousand] sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:”
Revelation 7:4 AMP
I didn’t believe it but I couldn’t explain what that number was and why the Bible said 144,000.
It wasn’t until recently that God brought it to light:
The rapture is when those who are saved will be taken to heaven in a split second. Then there will be the Great Tribulation. The Great Tribulation is set in place because God loves us so much that He wants to give unbelievers even more of an opportunity to spend eternity in heaven and not in hell. So, the Great Tribulation is when there is going to be a lot of turmoil on the earth but God wants to give unbelievers another chance to choose to follow Him. There will be angels in plain site, and the 144,000 will be chosen by God to go out and share the gospel to those who haven’t been saved yet. These will be Christians that will go all about the earth with God’s great protection to bring more people to the truth while the other Christians have already been raptured so they will be in heaven already.
Everyone will get a chance to know who God is and see His power and love, but everyone will have a choice.
Imagine how much of a privilege it will be to be chosen to live through the Great Tribulation and be a part of the 144,000 to help more people come to Christ ?
Imagine how strong you have to be in your walk with God? Imagine the people who will see all the power, love , angels, and will hear the truth but will still deny God.
Whether you are raptured, a part of the 144,000 or choose to follow God at the last minute , the fact of the matter is God loves you and wants you to spend eternity in heaven with Him.
Heaven is real. God is real. Hell is real.
… And when it is all said and done, you will regret not following Jesus or be grateful you did.