The more I learn, and the further we get into the end times, I think the deception will be thick. Counterfeits upon counterfeits.
Jesus warned about it here:
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
I had never heard until recently that those in the New Age claim that in the near future, there will be 144,000 lightworkers to save humanity. Many believe these individuals are here, and are currently “waking up” to their role.
There are many other similar articles out there.
But what does the Bible say about the 144,000?
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. (emphasis mine)
5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
That is 144,000 Jews, from the tribes of Israel, except Dan.
What else does the Bible say?
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. (emphasis mine)
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
That describes the 144,000 a little bit further, that they are not only Jews, but virgin male Jews. (Sorry Jehovah Witnesses, that leaves you out too). So…if you are not a virgin male Jew (without guile)…you need not apply. Sorry.
More on the 144,000 who have the mark of God on their forehead, I believe them to be connected to those marked in Ezekiel 9. I am interested that these men are marked “on” their foreheads, yet those who accept the mark of the beast in Revelation 13:16 have the mark “in”. KJV only, far as I know. Don’t even know where I’m going with that except it is interesting. For what little it’s worth, I have wondered if the mark on the 144,000 will serve as a counterfeit MOTB so those men can buy and sell. Just speculating, nothing else.
2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.
3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;
4 And the LORD said unto him, God through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. (emphasis mine)
I do agree with something the blogger linked above said, “We need saving as species, there is something rotten deep in our collective psyche and we need to deal with it.”
He’s absolutely right. As it is stated in Romans 2:10-12
10 As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God,
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
There is only one solution for that, Jesus Christ the Son of God. Not the Christ, the One, Jesus the Ascended Master…but Jesus Christ of the Bible. Those other Christs are false Christs, as I noted in Scripture above that Jesus warned about while He was on earth 2000 years ago. Following them will not save you, or bring about a better world. They will only damn you to hell for all eternity. (“Where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched”- Mark 9:44)
Jesus died a horrible and brutal death on the cross to atone for your sins and mine, and defeated death and the grave by rising from the dead three days later. All this that we may believe in Him and know He is our Savior, repent of our sins and be born again unto everlasting life with Him. (John 3:3)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (emphasis mine)
Romans 10:13 Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
I know I just posted this recently, but here it is again. Salvation Made Plain.
If you wonder about these things, and are confused by other things you’ve learned…please pray about it and ask God to show you truth. He never disappoints those who are earnestly seeking.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.