Another Number — 144,000

Vol.4, No.47 – November 24, 2019, Countdown to the end – 34

Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with Him, 144,000, who had His name and His Father’s name on their foreheads –Revelation 14:1

Some things are subtle undercurrents in the book of Revelation. These things intensify in the prophecy that gathers—in each unfolding. With each additional stem into the Great Tribulation (seven years), clarity unfolds; issues of life become very black and white.

  • There is right and wrong
  • There is Heaven and Hell
  • There are rewards and punishment
  • There are saints and sinners
  • There is a satanic counterfeit kingdom and the Kingdom of God

Each is mutually exclusive to the other.

Common practice in the current world is to sit on the fence. In the Great Tribulation, sitting on the fence becomes outlawed. Humanity must choose sides. Humanity cannot continue to live with a foot in both camps. The final choice must be made, and it will be confirmed by a mark (tattoo or some such sign). That mark is placed on the right hand or on the forehead. That mark is a sign, a pledge, of a person’s allegiance.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer –Henry David Thoreau

144,000 are out of step with the rest of the world. They are committed; they hear the beat of a different drummer; they hear the melody of a different Kingdom—the music of Heaven itself.

These 144,000 will shake the world to the core! They will turn the world upside down in the closing days of time. These are soldiers of Christ. These have clarity, courage, and unwavering allegiance. These are unequivocal. These are God-people.

Biblical scholars argue and question whether believers can expect to go through the Great Tribulation. However, the real challenge is since you will not be in the Great Tribulation, what manner of Christian ought you be?

What is your current mark that you wear? To whom is your allegiance? The issue is not so forceful quite yet. It ought to be. It is forceful in the future.

Believing is a spectator sport. Following is what makes you a player –Jan Hettinga.

Is it not time for each of us to jump into the fray? With both feet . . . to decisively choose what marks our life; the sign of identity; Christ as our One who came, lived, died, resurrected, and is the soon coming King of kings.

Worthy are you, our Lord and God! Revelation 4:11

He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches! Revelation 2:7

Behold, Jesus is coming soon Revelation 22:6

Life Application

So, what mark do you wear? Are you wearing the mark while sitting on the top rail of the fence? A choice must be made; it cannot be avoided. It is time to decisively choose what will mark you!

Printer’s Ink . . .

Vol.4, No.46 – November 17, 2019, Countdown to the end – 33

This calls for wisdom; let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666 –Revelation 13:18

The world has seen dictators; there is more to come. However, there is a last dictator coming. Supervillain at his worst. This is Satan’s regent prince, the Beast, the man of sin. 666. Revelation 13 is a chapter describing the two striking rebels in all history. They cannot be described as the greatest rebels, because there is nothing great about being rebellious.

The wild Beast comes out of the sea, and a wild false prophet comes out of the land. They represent two movements; they will seek to set up a world-federation of nations for political reasons. They include a world-federation of churches for “religious” reasons. They will do this in the Great Tribulation period—Christ’s Church is no longer present; Christ has raptured them. Caught away to be forever with the Lord.

John Phillips describes these two with his words, “in the Satanic trinity now formed, the Beast is the anti-God (13:6); the false prophet is the anti-Christ (13:11-16). Satan is the anti-Spirit, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:2)

This is Satan’s imitation of the Divine Trinity, a deception.

All three are anti (especially anti-Christ). The second wild thing is actually a beast as well—the false prophet. He works collaboratively with the first Beast. He is an administrator of sorts, for the affairs of Satan. He looks and acts like a lamb, but speaks like a Dragon. Together, the Beasts are blood brothers, abetting one another, as the entire world moves toward one vast political/religious unit.

Do you want to know who the Anti-Christ is? I think we are approaching the thousands in guesswork. Some use the term to describe movements (such as the “organized” church). Is it a person we have already experienced? (Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Obama, Kissinger—they get votes of academics and preachers with an agenda.) The identity of the Anti-Christ will not be known until the Church is gone—raptured (2 Thessalonians 2:3-5).

Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead (13:16).

A simple little mark, as a token of allegiance.

Every human being required to display the “passport” of Satan’s brand; without such, no transaction great or small can be made. No billion-dollar deal can substitute for the brand; no little boy or girl can buy an ice-cream cone at the corner store. No seal, no sale! No brand, no dollars! No tattoo, no acceptance! All without the mark, the brand, the tattoo (Printer’s Ink) get rejected by the Federated government/church.

The number 666, what is that? Is it the tax system run amuck? Is it the voter registration number of the future? No one knows for sure. 666 is mystic and mysterious; it taxes the ingenuity of Bible scholars, professors, preachers, and teachers worldwide. Six is the number of man. Six is short of seven (perfect; reflecting God). If you keep adding sixes to man’s identity, you still come up with less than perfect.

If I had started a printer-ink business at age 18, to sell ink to all the folks interpreting the meaning of 666, the thousands of gallons of black ink sold would have produced enough income for me to retire at 29. Just think of the fishing time I would have had.

Worthy are you, our Lord and God! Revelation 4:11

He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches! Revelation 2:7

Behold, Jesus is coming soon Revelation 22:6

Life Application

Printer’s Ink. What would you do with the income you could get from selling printer’s ink? I thought about spending time fishing. I think it is still a good plan. Fishing. Perhaps if I would take the time that contemplating 666 and its person, and invest it in fishing for the lost, I could get some great nibbles on the heart strings of those needing to hear of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His great offer of salvation. Unbelievers, like dead fish are just going with the flow. Printer’s Ink. Ha!

Ready to die for Him . . .

Vol.4, No.45 – November 10, 2019, Countdown to the end – 32

Now war arose in Heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back –Revelation 12:7

Germs of anti-Semitism are spreading to epidemic proportions – here in Revelation 12, but also in our present day.

Paul Johnson, in a classic writing, A History of the Jews, presents the entire Jewish phenomenon in a well-studied historical narrative. It is baffling to see the hatred and hostility that the state of Israel endures (including the Holocaust). It is tragic to hear the left wings of political parties in our world so easily joining, together, to mock, and call for defeat of the Jews.

However, nothing will compare with the atrocities and holocaust of the future.

In Revelation 12, the stage is set for the final consummation of the ages. Several authors write about the coming war. One such writer is John Milton, Paradise Lost, reflecting on the violent conflict to come.

After the conflict in Heaven, and the expulsion of Satan, Scripture tells us that in effect “all hell breaks loose on the woman and the man-child.” The woman is a metaphor of the state (nation) of Israel. The “offspring” is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Red Dragon seeks to destroy Christ by decree, prior to his birth to the Virgin Mary. That failed. Satan followed by entering the heart of Herod to effect the killing of all male children of two years and under in Bethlehem (House of Bread).

Satan’s plan backfires. He did get the Pharisees (the religionists) to put Jesus to death on the Cross; however, his conspiracy crashed and burned.

The ancient serpent (the Devil, Satan), brought his ace card to play: crucify the man-child on the Cross of Calvary. The dragon seems finally victorious; the Christ-child destined to rule the nations (the entire world), dies an ignominious death.

Down in the pit, Satan’s home, it is party time. Satan and his demons celebrate. God’s final chapter, however, is not yet written, and Satan is not “omniscient.” He does not know all things. The sovereign Almighty God intervenes with a resurrection, an ascension to the glory of Heaven, all measures of victory, of triumph. (There is more!)

Satan’s game of chess brings him to be check mated and mastered by the One he hates most. Like most losers, he responds as a caged animal. Chocked with fury, Satan is struggling to find ways to vent his anger and hatred. He cannot resist spite upon humanity, not the least of which is anti-Semitism.

Satan cannot touch Christ, so he attacks those Christ loves, the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the believing children of God.

There will be a looming period of terror ahead for Israel. The Scriptures paint the picture under a rubric of the Day of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7). The last half (three-and-one-half years) of the Great Tribulation is present in chapter 12. Bible versions use descriptive translations for this period: (1) a time and times and half a time, (2) 42 months, or (3) 1260 days. It is a period of waging war against God’s Chosen People.

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death – Revelation 12:11

This is overcoming; this is the victory of the children of God. Satan cannot win; Satan is a loser from “way back.”

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain –1 Corinthians 15:57-58

Worthy are you, our Lord and God! Revelation 4:11

He, who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches! Revelation 2:7

Behold, Jesus is coming soon Revelation 22:6

Life Application

Do the words: steadfast, immovable, serving, testimony, and not afraid to die for Jesus describe our lives as children of the Most High God. There is none like Him.

Come behold the Wondrous Mystery

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven's praises
Robed in frail humanity

In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us

Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living, in His suffering
Never trace nor stain of sin

See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law; in Him we stand

See the price of our redemption
See the Father's plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured, love untold

Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e'er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive!

What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when He comes

Come behold the wondrous mystery

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