the bible speaks of only 144,000 people who will enter heaven what of the rest of the people ?
do you think there will be only 144,000 righteoues people only ?
- Anonymous8 years agoFavorite Answer
If that was true, why does it also speak of a great crowd, that no man can number, out of every nation, standing before the throne of God in heaven, worshipping him?
That's in Revelation 7:9-17. Incidentally, this vast group of people, innumerable humanly speaking, is described after the 144,000 are shown to still be on the earth. It isn't until chapter 14 that the 144,000 get into heaven. This means there are at least two groups of people in heaven. A group that can be numbered, humanly speaking, and a vast group that cannot be numbered, humanly speaking. They are both clearly depicted as being humans who have come from earth and end up in heaven.
Whatever you do, don't listen to novel interpretations of this, given by people, almost none of whom have any interest in getting to heaven themselves.
- GreygooseLv 68 years ago
Revelations 14:1-5 is where it's found in the Bible. Revelation 7:9 speaks of a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations, and tribes, and peoples and tongues standing before the throne. These are the righteous ones who will inherit the earth after the destruction of this old wicked system.
- PhronesisLv 48 years ago
144,000 mentioned in Revelation 14:1 - 3, etc.
What about the rest, you ask? Jesus answers: The meek shall inherit the earth." - Matthew 5:5.
He seems to have had in mind Psalm 37:9-11, 29.
Proverbs 2:21, 22 has a similar thought.Source(s): Bible
- Kjw47Lv 68 years ago
You are right, only 144,000 are bought from the earth to the heavenly hope-- these are the little flock= the bride of Christ. The great crowd which no man can number recieved this promise from Jesus-- Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. So there is absolutely no doubt that if a teacher or religion is teaching heaven or hell as the end--these do not listen to Jesus and Jesus is not with them.
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- ?Lv 68 years ago
No, the great multitude will enjoy a paradise for all eternity.
People miss one key thing when Rev. speaks of the 144,000. It says they were REDEEMED or bought FROM THE EARTH. Not one person has shown me where this is used when speaking of the great multitude. As for the words standing before the the throne, when God's kingdom rules over the entire earth, we will be before it in a spiritual sense.
The description of them as “standing before the throne and before the Lamb” indicates, not necessarily a location, but an approved condition. (Compare Revelation 6:17; Luke 21:36.) The expression “before the throne” (Greek, e·no′pi·on tou thro′nou; literally, “in sight of the throne”) does not require that they be in heaven. Their position is simply “in sight” of God, who tells us that from heaven he beholds the sons of men.—Ps. 11:4; compare Matthew 25:31-33; Luke 1:74, 75; Acts 10:33.
Funny, when you ask people what they will do in heaven, they have no clue. The Bible says they will rule as princes and have to know a song no one else knows but them. Never hear this brought up by the all go to heaven crowd. So who is it that has no understanding of scripture? I think it's quite obvious.
- sgatlantisroseLv 78 years ago
1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
I suspect that the number is based on some form of numerology. (Just as 40 keeps popping up in the Bible). And not only are the 144K males, but virgin males. Christians may disagree with interpreting these lines, but they definitely appear in the Bible.
- skolar702Lv 48 years ago
The 144,000 are declared righteous which is why they are going to heaven, however they are not going to relax, they are going to heaven because Jehovah God has chosen them to do an assignment. That assignment is to be kings and priests alongside Jesus Christ over the earth. Revelation 5:10- " and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.”
As for the rest of mankind, they will enjoy life here on earth in Paradise. John 10:16-“And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those also I must bring, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd."
Psalms 37:29- " The righteous themselves will possess the earth,
And they will reside forever upon it."
The heavenly hope and the earthly hope for everlasting life is instilled in those whom God chosen to place it in. As apart of the other sheep, those who will possess the earth, it's best to pray to God by his name talk to him as you would a loving father and ask for them to help with understanding. Surely he will give it to you. Acts 2:21, John 17:3, 2 Peter 3:9
- YXM84Lv 58 years ago
Scripture reveals the 'rest' of the people is where Jah spreads his tent over them on earth.
"...He who is sitting on the throne will then spread His tent over them, and they won't be hungry or thirsty anymore, nor will the sun beat down on them with blistering heat; because, the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them. He will guide them to the springs of the waters of life, and God will wipe all the tears from their eyes." (Revelation 7:15b-17)
For those believing everyone goes to Heaven; why would the One on the Throne spread a figurative tent over those supposedly in heaven already?
Why is the imagery for those, who the One on the Throne spread the tent over, earthly?Source(s): My Two Cents.
- Anonymous6 years ago
Harpazo = Rapture
END-TIME BIBLE PROPHECY
The Messiah Lord Jesus said BIRTH PANGS would signal the time of the end (Matthew 24:8). There are NINE birth pangs, they are all PRE-TRIBULATIONAL and the 1st three already occurred.
The first birth pang was worldwide conflict coupled with famines and earthquakes (Matthew 24:7-8). Worldwide conflict was fulfilled in 1914-1918, major famines happened in 1918-1921 and most of the world’s major earthquakes began to occur since 1900.
The second birth pang was the restoration of a Jewish State (Ezekiel 20:33-38; Ezekiel 22:17-22; Ezekiel 36:22-24; Zephaniah 2:1-2). This was fulfilled in 1948.
The third birth pang was Jewish control of the Old City of Jerusalem (Revelation 11:1-2). For the third Jewish Temple (Tribulation Temple) to be rebuilt, Jerusalem needs to be under Jewish control and this was accomplished in the Six Day War in 1967.
The fourth birth pang will be the Ezekiel 38 war. Russia, allied states of Iran, Ethiopia, Somalia, Germany and Armenia will invade Israel. God will miraculously destroy the invading army by earthquake, civil war among the invading soldiers, pestilence, blood, flood, hailstones, fire and brimstone. This will bring a revival in Israel where many Jews will turn to the Lord, and Israel will spend 7 years and 7 months burying the bodies and burning for fuel the military equipment left behind (Ezekiel 39:9-16).
The 5th birth pang will be the development of a one world government (Daniel 7:23-24).
The 6th birth pang will be the splitting of the one world government into 10 kingdoms and this Ten Kingdom Stage will continue until mid-Tribulation (Daniel 7:24).
The 7th birth pang will be the revelation of the Antichrist (II Thessalonians 2:1-3; Daniel 7:24).
The 8th birth pang will be a period of peace and false security that will be shattered by the Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3).
The 9th and final birth pang before the Tribulation is the signing of the 7-year covenant between Israel and the Antichrist. THIS EVENT IS WHAT BEGINS THE (7-year) TRIBULATION - NOT THE RAPTURE!
The Rapture of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18) is also a pre-tribulational event (Luke 21:34-37; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10; Revelation 3:10; Revelation 19:6-8). The fact that the Church is not mentioned in any of the Tribulation Scriptures proves the Rapture is pre-tribulational. All raptured Christians will receive glorified bodies (Romans 8:22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54)) and it can happen at any second.
THE FIRST HALF OF THE TRIBULATION (SUPPORTING VERSES IN REVELATION 6-9 AND 17)
The Ministry of 144,000 sealed Jewish believers will bring many throughout the world to accept Christ.
There will be a powerful Ministry of Two Witnesses who will also be anointed Jewish believers.
A one world religious system (Babylon the Harlot) will rule. Under this one world religious system, many who are saved during the Tribulation will suffer persecution and death.
The Political system of the 10 kings of the one world government will continue.
During the first half of the Tribulation there will also be war, worldwide famine, death (1/4 of the world’s population will die), a huge earthquake, a blackout and a meteor shower. 1/3 of earth’s dry surface will be destroyed, 1/3 sea life and salt water will be destroyed, a fallen angel called Wormwood will make 1/3 of earth’s fresh water bitter, 1/3 of earth’s natural light sources will be destroyed, there will be another blackout and demons in the form of “locust-scorpions” will come up out of the abyss led by Abaddon their king and they will inflict harm and pain for five months upon those who are not sealed by God (unbelievers). Another demonic invasion will occur and the demons involved will be led by four fallen angels who will be released from the Euphrates River and this army will kill 1/3 of the earth’s population.
MID-TRIBULATION (SUPPORTING VERSES IN REVELATION 10-14 AND 17)
The Antichrist will war against the 10 kings, and during the war the Antichrist will be killed.
Satan will be cast out of the atmospheric heavens onto earth and will resurrect the Antichrist.
The Antichrist will kill 3 kings (the kings of Syria, Egypt and Mesopotamia) and the 7 other kings will submit to him.
The Antichrist will kill the Two Witnesses in Jerusalem and the wicked people will celebrate this event. Three and a half days afterwards, God will resurrect the Two Witnesses and take them up to Heaven and the people who celebrated will become terrified. The city of Jerusalem where the murder of the Two Witnesses occurred will then suffer an earthquake which will kill 7,000 people.
The False Prophet will receive from Satan the power to perform great miracles and will deceive many. The False Prophet will command all people to worship the Antichrist and have persons create an image to the Antichrist. The False Prophet will use his satanic powers to give it life and the ability to speak. The False Prophet will cause those who refuse to worship the Antichrist and the image to be killed.
The False Prophet will issue his own counterfeit seal known as the Mark of the Beast and it will be placed on all those who surrender to the Antichrist’s authority and accept him as god. Those who refuse to take this mark will not be able to buy or sell. Those who take this mark will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.
The Antichrist will break the seven-year covenant he made with Israel, cause the sacrifices to stop, sit in the Jewish Temple, declare to the world that he is really God and set up an idol called the Abomination of Desolation in the Temple (Daniel 9:27; Daniel 12:11; Matthew 24:15-16; 11Thessalonians 2:3-4; Revelation 13:11-15).
Through the Antichrist and the False Prophet, Satan will attempt to destroy the Jews once and for all but he will fail because 1/3 of the Jews will succeed in fleeing into the wilderness. These Jews who escape will accept the Lord Jesus as their Saviour during the Tribulation (Zechariah 13:7-9) and while they are in hiding, God will miraculously provide for them (Zechariah 13:8-9; Isaiah 41:17-20). Divine intervention will also destroy the pursuing army.
THE SECOND HALF OF THE TRIBULATION (SUPPORTING VERSES FOUND IN REVELATION 15, 16, 18, 19, 20)
In the second half of the Tribulation, those with the Mark of the Beast will suffer skin sores, the remainder of sea water and fresh water will be destroyed, the sun will cause terrible burns and the wicked will blaspheme God. There will be yet another blackout and persons will suffer gnawing pains.
Babylon will be the center of world economy and political system but Babylon will be swiftly destroyed by fire and become uninhabitable for man.
The Antichrist will locate the Jews who sought refuge in the wilderness and surround them with his armies to wipe them out. The Lord Jesus will then descend from Heaven with His angels and Saints. He will come with great glory riding upon a horse and will destroy the Antichrist, the False Prophet and all of their armies. After this, a loud voice will cry out “It is done!” followed by the greatest earthquake in the earth’s history and hail weighing 120 pounds will fall.
At the end of the Tribulation, there will be another blackout, the stars will fall from the sky and the heavenly bodies will be shaken (Matthew 24:29), the Antichrist and the False Prophet will be thrown into the eternal Lake of Fire and Satan will be cast into the Abyss and bound for 1,000 years.
The Lord Jesus will reign over the entire earth during the Millennium. The Jewish and Gentile believers who survive the Tribulation will go on to populate the Millennium. Believers who died before and during the Tribulation and believers who were raptured will be present on earth during the Millennium and because they will have glorified bodies they will not reproduce. All believers will be given special tasks by the Lord Jesus (Revelation 20:4-6). There will be no wars (Isaiah 2:2-4), animals will return to the Edenic state and become vegetarians (Isaiah 11:6-9), people will not labour in vain but eat what they plant and inhabit what they build, there will be renovations in the heavens and earth and there will be righteous and unrighteous children born during the Millennium (Isaiah 65:17-25).
At the end of the Millennium, Satan will be loosed from the Abyss and will deceive and gather the unrighteous for a war against the righteous. This will be his final attempt to destroy the righteous and when the unrighteous of the Millennium surround the good people, God will send fire down from Heaven which will suddenly and massively annihilate all of the wicked people. Satan will then be cast into the Lake of Fire where he will remain in torment for eternity (Revelation 20:7-10).
THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT
The Great White Throne Judgment will be the next main event. The old heavens and earth will be done away with and all will stand before God’s throne to be judged (Revelation 20:11-12). Those whose names are not found written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire which will be their final and eternal abode (Revelation 20:14-15).
THE ETERNAL ORDER (REVELATION 21 AND 22)
Those whose names are found in the Book of Life will enjoy paradise with God forever. The heavens and earth will be made new and the New Jerusalem will come down upon the earth making the earth like Heaven. All curses from the fall will be removed and the earth will be inhabited by the Triune God (The Father, Son and Holy Spirit), all angels and all of the righteous. The seas, moon, night and sun will be done away with and the glory of God will illuminate the earth. The River of Life will flow from God’s throne, the Tree of Life will bear health-giving fruits and leaves and the name of Jesus will be on the foreheads of all of the righteous.
God’s Plan of Salvation for Us
- HorsenseLv 78 years ago
Mankind was originally designed & intended for life on earth.
Many spirit creatures abandoned their assigned jobs in the spirit realm, and turned against God. These are scheduled for eternal destruction.
Some from among mankind are re-assigned to the spirit realm, but *only* those specially chosen from among those who *meet* the qualifications for king-priests who will rule alongside Christ in God's heavenly kingdom government.
All other humans *remain assigned to live where we were originally intended to be, here on earth* . . .
". . . The meek . . . shall inherit the *earth*."—Matthew 5:5
"As regards the heavens, to Jehovah/God the heavens belong,
But the *earth* he has given to the sons of men."—Psalms 115:16
". . . Evildoers themselves will be cut off,
But those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth.
And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more;
And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be.
*But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth,*
And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace."—Psalms 37:9-11
"And no resident will say: "I am sick."
The people that are dwelling *in the land* will be those pardoned for their error".—Isaiah 33:24
"He will actually swallow up death forever,
and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces. . . .
for Jehovah himself has spoken it."—Isaiah 25:8
"At that time the eyes of the blind ones will be opened,
and the very ears of the deaf ones will be unstopped.
At that time the lame one will climb up just as a stag does,
and the tongue of the speechless one will cry out in gladness.
For in the wilderness waters will have burst out,
and torrents in the desert plain."—Isaiah 35:5-6
"The *earth* itself will certainly give its produce;
God, our God, will bless us."—Psalms 67:6
“For here I am creating new [cleansed] heavens *and a new [cleansed] earth*; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart."—Isaiah 65:17
"...'Look! The tent of God is with *mankind*... And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and [neither will death , nor mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."—Revelation 21:3,4
"And all your sons will be persons taught by Jehovah, and the peace of your sons will be abundant. You will prove to be firmly established in righteousness itself. You will be far away from oppression—for you will fear none—and from anything terrifying, for it will not come near you."—Isaiah 54:13-14
"For the upright are the ones that will reside in the earth,
and the blameless are the ones that will be left over in it."—Proverbs 2:21
"And they will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and they will certainly plant vineyards and eat their fruitage. They will not build and someone else have occupancy; they will not plant and someone else do the eating. . . And the work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full. They will not toil for nothing, nor will they bring to birth for disturbance . . ."—Isaiah 65:21-23b
"The righteous themselves will possess the *earth,*
And they will reside *forever* upon it."—Psalm 37:29
"So my word that goes forth from my mouth will prove to be.
It will not return to me without results, but it will certainly do that in which I have delighted, and it will have certain success in that for which I have sent it."—Isaiah 55:11
.Source(s): . "What Is God’s Purpose for the Earth?" http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teac... "A Peaceful New World—Will It Come?" - Life in God's New World - - How It Is Possible for You! http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/a-peaceful... "What Is God's Kingdom?" - What God's Kingdom Is - What Will God's Kingdom Do? - When Does God's Kingdom Act? http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teac...