Destiny and Mission
of the 144,000
In Revelation 15:2-4, we read, “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of Elohim. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of Elohim and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are Thy works, Yahuwah Elohim Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints. Who shall not fear Thee, O Yahuwah, and glorify Thy name? For Thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before Thee; for Thy judgments are made manifest” (emphasis added).
“For all nations shall come” because they have not yet come and worshipped before Elohim when this song is being sung. Who are these who have “gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name?” We do know this! They must have lived on the earth during “the time of the end” in order to have “gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image,” and they “sing the song of Moses the servant of Elohim and the song of the Lamb.”
Revelation 14:3 tells us, “And they [the 144,000] sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the beasts and the elders; and no man could learn that song but the 144,000, which were redeemed from the earth.” Are the 144,000 singing this “new song,” “the song of Moses the servant of Elohim and the song of the Lamb,” on the "sea of glass" in heaven as pictured in Revelation chapter fifteen before the nations come and worship before Yahuwah Elohim?
I am going to state this without having first proved this point that it is the 144,000 who are singing that “new song” on the “sea of glass” we hear being sung in Revelation chapter fifteen.
What is the time frame of Revelation chapter fifteen when this “song of Moses . . . and . . . the Lamb” is being sung? We see in Revelation 15:4 the nations have not yet come to worship before Elohim in heaven when this song is being sung.
What is the context of Revelation chapter fifteen? “And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of Elohim” (Rev. 15:1). “And after that [after seeing and hearing the 144,000 singing their ‘new song’ on the ‘sea of glass mingled with fire’] I [John] looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened [Only opened on the Day of Atonement]: and seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven last plagues” (Rev. 15:5-6, emphasis added). The seven angels have not yet poured out their vials containing “the seven last plagues” upon the earth when the 144,000 are seen in heaven singing this “new song!”
In Revelation chapter fifteen, we see the 144,000 on the “sea of glass” in heaven before the seven last plagues are poured out! Can the idea the 144,000 are on the sea of glass in heaven prior to the pouring out of the vials containing “the seven last plagues” be supported by Elohim’s Word? It will take time to see if this is true, but we need to start with Revelation chapter ten.
“And I saw another mighty Angel come down from heaven . . . and His face was as it were the sun and His feet as pillars of fire” (Rev. 10:1, emphasis added). We read in Revelation 1:15-16, “And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace . . . and His countenance was as the sun shines in His strength” (emphasis added). “And He [Yahushua] was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun” (Matt. 17:2, emphasis added). This “mighty Angel” is Yahushua!
“And He [Yahushua] had in His hand a little book open” (Rev. 10:2, emphasis added). This is not the book that is sealed with seven seals; this “little book” is “open” and not closed and sealed. What book is this? “And I went unto the Angel, and said unto Him, Give me the little book. And He said unto me, Take it, and eat it up” (Rev. 10:9). “Thy words were found, and I did eat them!” (Jer. 15:16). This “little book” which is “open” is Elohim’s Word, the Holy Bible.
Jeremiah, who ate from Elohim’s Word in Jeremiah 15:16, tells us Elohim’s “word was the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.” In Revelation 10:9, Yahushua told John to “take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.” When John “took the little book out of the Angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter” (Rev. 10:10).
Most of us can relate to this; sometimes, what we eat is “sweet as honey,” but acid-indigestion can set in (“my belly was bitter”). Oh, why did I eat that? If I had only known what the end result would be! At times, even when we know what the result will be, we eat something just the same because we like it and are willing to endure the possible after-effects.
But it is Yahushua Who is telling us to eat. Would He give us something, not in our best interest? Absolutely not! Yahushua forewarned John, and He is forewarning us of what is to take place after eating “the little book”; what will take place after we comprehend the truth which “the little book” contains: “my belly was bitter” (Rev. 10:10).
The comprehension of truth is a very “sweet” experience, but why does it turn “bitter?” Webster’s Dictionary tells us “bitter” can mean “hard to bear.” The opposition and hatred encountered as the truth is shared or proclaimed is “hard to bear,” as it has been in the experience of Elohim’s servants throughout time.
Such was Ezekiel’s experience when he was told to “eat that thou find; eat this roll [scroll – books were not in existence in Ezekiel’s time], and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that roll. [Only the Spirit of Elohim can enable you to digest (understand) Elohim’s Word.]. And He said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness” (Eze. 3:1-3).
It was “as honey for sweetness” in Ezekiel’s mouth, just as it was portrayed by John in Revelation 10:10, but relating Elohim’s message to the house of Israel would be a “bitter” experience for the prophets, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Just as it was told to Jeremiah, we can be certain Ezekiel was told, and we also are being told, to “diminish not a word” (Jer. 26:2). When Ezekiel ate the scroll, he was to relate to the “house of Israel” what it was that Elohim had shown him, and it was not a message of peace and safety but one bearing eternal consequences for those to whom it was to be given. He was to give it “whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear” [‘refuse to hear’ Amplified Version] (Eze. 3:11).
Ezekiel was to be “a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me” (Eze. 3:17). Elohim’s servants have nothing to do with the results of the message they bear from Him; they are to deliver it without fear or favor of man as the straight testimony from Elohim without diminishing a word!
Who are the most receptive to Yahuwah’s messages of warning? “For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel; not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto Me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted” (Eze. 3:5-7, emphasis added).
The most successful prophet we read about in the Old Testament was the prophet Jonah who warned the city of Nineveh, which was not part of the nation of Israel, of coming destruction that was avoided when the people turned away from their sins and sought Elohim with all their hearts. See Jonah 1:1-4:11.
Elohim was talking to Ezekiel about the ancient nation of Israel in the above passage and to the so-called professed believers in Yahushua of our time. Many make great professions, but their lives lack the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit. Should we be surprised or discouraged if they do not listen to what we are sharing with them? They do not even listen to Elohim! “Nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard” (Eccl. 9:16).
But when the message is given with “latter rain” power during the last days, “many people of a strange speech and an hard language” will hear and accept Elohim’s message of grace and mercy and will become a part of the “great multitude” pictured in Revelation 7:9.
It was not the religious people in the days of Messiah who received the message of salvation but publicans and sinners. The religious people in Messiah’s day put Him to death because He exposed their hypocrisy. Yahushua said, “They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous [self-righteous], but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32). The publicans and sinners realized their need and sought healing for their sin-sick souls from the Savior, while the religious people of that day felt they were good enough. Pride feels no need.
It is a “bitter” thing to be looked upon with suspicion, animosity, prejudice, censure, evil-surmising, enmity, and intolerance. Many will understand from personal experience the bitterness when attempting to share the precious truths found in Daniel and Revelation.
Is this why what was eaten becomes so “hard to bear?” But truly the truths of Elohim’s Word have been and still are “sweet as honey” in the soul of humanity and as Jeremiah said, Elohim’s Word is unto us “the joy and rejoicing of our hearts!”
If we are being applauded (that seems to be acceptable and what is desired within many churches today), and if that is what we desire, we will not be meeting the mind of Elohim. We cannot tell who will hear or who will not hear, but we must not be neglectful in whatever duty Elohim places upon us. Elohim made Ezekiel “a watchman unto the house of Israel” (Eze. 3:17).
Has Elohim made you “a watchman unto the house of Israel?” “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required” (Luke 12:48). Elohim will help and strengthen you in discharging those duties He places on you. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy Elohim: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness” (Isa 41:10).
If you desire respect from your fellowman more than carrying out Elohim’s desire, you are not going to be able to be “a man [or woman] after Elohim’s Own heart,” who is seeking to serve Him and not please a man. “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after Mine Own heart, which shall fulfill all My will” (Acts 13:22). David was “faithful” to his Elohim!
We must understand that religious people will like us no more than they liked Yahushua when He walked this earth. Yahushua told us, “Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad [Not an easy thing to do unless the Spirit of Elohim is dwelling in you.]: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matt. 5:10-12).
Many ministers, who are being praised and having honor heaped upon them today, will one day receive the scorn and hatred of those who once praised them. They have been instruments in the hands of Satan deceiving the people (Rev. 12:9) causing them to be lost for eternity.
After eating the book and experiencing the sweetness in the mouth and the bitterness in the belly, the Angel “said unto me [to you], Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings” (Rev. 10:11, emphasis added). This is the same group we find mentioned in Revelation 7:9 and Revelation 14:6 with the addition of “kings.”
The message is to be given to the entire world but will not be accepted by all, especially those who are powerful and influential. We will be prophesying because we will have been eating from the “little book” that is “open” as seen in Revelation 10:2. John was not going to be prophesying after he had received the “Revelation of Yahushua Messiah.” We, for whom the book of Revelation was written, will be telling people what is about to happen and why!
Revelation chapter eleven is a continuation of the scenario begun in Revelation chapter ten.
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod [‘measuring rod’ NAS]; and the angel stood saying Rise, and measure the temple of Elohim, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they [‘the Gentiles’] tread under foot forty and two months” (Rev. 11:1-2, emphasis added).
“No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation” (2 Pet. 1:20). Scripture interprets other Scriptures. We want to take Elohim’s Word in its most literal sense unless a symbol is used. We find symbolism in Revelation chapter eleven, but first, we want to look at it for its obvious meaning. “For the time is come that judgment [‘measure the temple of Elohim . . . and them that worship therein’] must begin at the house of Elohim” (1 Pet. 4:17). Those who profess to worship Elohim will be the first to be judged.
“And Yahuwah said unto him, Go 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” (Eze. 9:4).
Are you sighing and crying over the abominations being perpetrated in the world and especially in the “Christian church” today, including gay marriage, homosexuality, transgender, pedophilia, lawsuits by churches against individuals, false doctrines, ritualism, the acceptance of paganism’s customs, practices, beliefs, and teachings in the community of believers, and the non-acceptance of the Word of Elohim as the final authority among believers? All these things are giving a false witness to what Christianity is really all about.
Elohim will judge humanity, and He will begin “at the house of Elohim” (1 Pet. 4:17) because they make such a high profession of serving Him, while all the time denying His authority to rule in their lives.
We are liable for the results if we fail to read and follow the owner’s manual for a product when it breaks or fails due to our negligence. We are told in 3 John 2 that Elohim wishes “above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health.” If we would simply follow the instruction given in the Bible by Elohim, there would be far less sickness and disease among Elohim’s professed people.
“I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand. Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem [‘the holy city’ (Rev. 11:2)] to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof” (Zech. 2:1-2, emphasis added).
Was he measuring the city or was he measuring the inhabitants of Jerusalem (“them that worship therein”) as is seen in Revelation 11:1? See Ezekiel 9:5-11.
“But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not [at least not yet]; for it is given unto the Gentiles; and the holy city shall they [‘the Gentiles’ – New World Order] tread under foot forty and two months” (Rev. 11:2).
The Gentiles shall tread under foot for “forty and two months” the holy city “until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:24, Rev. 13:5). Has the city of Jerusalem been trodden under foot for “forty and two [literal] months” or “forty and two [prophetic] months” (one thousand two hundred and sixty years)? No! Have the Gentiles trodden down Elohim’s people (“the holy city”) for “forty and two [literal] months” or for one thousand two hundred sixty years in the past? No!
There is no indication this is referring to the papacy! Elohim’s people have been persecuted by unbelievers since Cain killed Abel, or in the New Testament times since AD 34, so “prophetic time” (a day for a year) has never worked for the “forty and two months” in Revelation 11:2.
But Elohim’s true people, who compose “the holy city” or “Jerusalem,” will be (future) persecuted (“trodden down”) by the Gentiles (New World Order) for “forty and two [literal] months” (Rev. 11:2, 13:5) beginning thirty days after “the time of trouble” begins, spoken of in Daniel 12:1.
“And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they [‘My two witnesses’] shall prophesy [Rev. 10:11] a thousand two hundred and threescore days clothed in sackcloth. These [‘My two witnesses’] are the two  olive trees and the two  candlesticks [‘lampstands’] standing before the Elohim of the earth” (Rev. 11:3-4, emphasis added).
Who are the “two  witnesses?” In Revelation 11:3-4, they are symbolized as “the two olive trees and the two candlesticks.” “Thy word is a lamp [‘candlestick’ or ‘lampstand’] unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Ps. 119:105). “The two candlesticks” represent the Old and the New Testaments, but what do the “two olive trees” symbolize? “And the foolish [virgins] said unto the wise [virgins], give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out” (Matt. 25:8, emphasis added). The oil comes from “the two olive trees.” The Bible, the lampstand, is of no use without “oil.”
In Revelation 11:4, there are “two olive trees,” just as there are “two olive trees” in Zechariah chapter four symbolizing the two phases of the work of the Holy Spirit – the early and the latter rain – the cleansing and empowering of Elohim’s Spirit.
From “the two olive trees” comes the “oil” which symbolizes Elohim’s Spirit. It is not sufficient to merely have an intellectual knowledge of the Old and New Testaments. One must have the “oil” of the Holy Spirit or else one is “foolish” and for whom the “door was shut” (Matt. 25:10), and Yahushua will say to those who are foolish who have no oil, “I know you not” (Matt. 25:12). No amount of pleading will prevail; see Matthew 25:11. Probation has closed for the “foolish” virgins. “The door was shut” (Matt. 25:10). Saddest of all words that ever fell on mortal ears are those words of doom, “I know you not” (Matt. 25:12).
The Holy Spirit’s mission makes Elohim’s Word a “lamp unto our feet” for the Spirit of Elohim will guide us into all the truth (John 16:13) that is contained in the Bible. Without the Spirit of Elohim, our lamps will go out, we will not see our way clearly, we will not understand the truth for the times in which we live, and our characters will not have been cleansed, transformed, and then empowered for service.
“At the mouth of two witnesses or three witnesses shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death” (Deut. 17:6; Matt. 18:16, emphasis added). Can the Holy Spirit or the Bible prophesy? “And I will give power unto My two witnesses and they shall prophesy” (Rev. 11:3, emphasis added). Are “the two olive trees and the two candlesticks” able to prophesy?
Remember what we read in Revelation 10:11: “And He said unto me [you], Thou must prophesy again.” Those who are eating (studying) and digesting (understanding) what is in the “little book open,” the Holy Bible, will be prophesying for “a thousand two hundred and threescore [literal] days.”
Who are the two witnesses – “the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks?” Who do they symbolize or represent? Can I say they represent a group of people we have met previously in this chapter? Revelation chapter fifteen describes a group of people in heaven singing a song only they could sing who I said was the 144,000.
As we continue looking at Revelation chapter eleven, we will see what those individuals will be doing on the earth and how they come to be in heaven before “the seven last plagues” are poured out.
In Revelation 11:2-3, two separate times are mentioned; “forty and two months” and “one thousand two hundred and threescore days.” These same time lengths are given in two different units of measurement. What was the reason for this? They are for two different groups of people and begin at two separate times.
The “Gentiles” (New World Order) will tread down the holy city (Elohim’s people) for “forty and two months” and “the two witnesses” (the 144,000) will give their testimony in Elohim’s behalf for “one thousand two hundred and threescore days.”
They also have different starting times. The “one thousand two hundred and threescore days” begin at the opening of “the time of trouble” marked by the first global “earthquake.”
“The forty and two months” begin thirty days later when the New World Order takes control of this earth. The New World Order is represented by the first beast of Revelation chapter thirteen and is in power for “forty and two months” (Rev. 13:5) as are the Gentiles in this chapter.
On “the preparation [day] of the Passover” in the future, the global “earthquake” accompanied by “voices, thunderings, and lightnings” we see occurring in Revelation 8:5 will signal the beginning of the “time of trouble” spoken of in Daniel 12:1. At this point in time the 144,000 will begin giving their testimony for “one thousand two hundred and threescore days.” They will be empowered by the latter rain of Elohim’s Spirit, and they will have an understanding of Elohim’s Word, the Holy Bible, which they will have obtained because they will have followed what is written in Revelation 10:9-11.
Joel 2:23 tells us, “Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in Yahuwah your Elohim: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month” that coincides with the time of “the preparation [day] of the Passover.”
They will have experienced what the “Two Witnesses” were representing. They will have the knowledge of the Old and New Testaments; especially the prophecies and will have received the “oil” of the early and latter rain – the cleansing and empowering presence of the Spirit of Elohim. “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit” (Joel 2:28-29). “Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when Yahuwah shall bring again Zion” (Isa. 52:8, emphasis added).
Just like at Pentecost, Elohim’s servants and handmaids will be united and in harmony with one another. When people sing together there must be harmony with no discord if people are going to want to listen to you sing (Isa. 52:8), and so it will be with the 144,000 just as it was on the day of Pentecost nearly two thousand years ago.
“They were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1). The 144,000 will not be in “one place” as it was at Pentecost, but just as when the Spirit of Elohim fell upon the seventy elders in the wilderness “there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad and name of the other Medad: and the Spirit rested upon them . . . and they prophesied in the camp” (Num. 11:25-26). The 144,000 will be scattered throughout the earth at the time of the first global “earthquake” (Rev. 8:5), and Elohim’s Spirit will fall upon each of them wherever they will be, and the work foretold in Revelation chapter eleven will be seen wherever they are.
“And if any man hurt them [the Two Witnesses – the 144,000], fire proceeds out of their mouth, and devours their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These [the 144,000] have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days [‘a thousand two hundred and threescore days’] of their prophecy [‘thou must prophesy’ (Rev. 10:11)]: and have power over the waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will” (Rev. 11:5-6). “Wherefore thus saith Yahuwah Elohim of hosts, Because you speak this word, behold, I will make My words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them” (Jer. 5:14).
In the days of Elijah fire came down from Elohim and consumed those men who came to arrest him. See 2 Kings 1:9-15. The 144,000 are “Elijah” who we are told will come “before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Yahuwah” (Mal. 4:5).
This is what “the two witnesses” or who they represent will be doing during their “one thousand two hundred threescore days” of prophesying, and this power is given to them by Elohim. “And I will give power unto My two witnesses.”
“Not by [human] might, nor by [human] power, but by My Spirit, saith Yahuwah of hosts” (Zech. 4:6). Will Elohim be giving the Old and New Testaments and the early and the latter rain this type of power, or to those who are eating from the “little book open?”
In addition to what it says in Revelation 11:5-6, they will also be prophesying what is to come (Rev. 11:3) and very likely will be healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons, restoring sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf and speech to the dumb. “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name (Yahushua) shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:17-18). They will not be taking up serpents or drinking poison to prove anything as Satan tempted Yahushua to do when he told Him to jump from the Temple pinnacle to prove He was the Son of Elohim (Matt. 4:5, Luke 4:9).
Yahushua told His disciples to “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils” (Matt. 19:8), but they were not to rejoice in this, “but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). Once again the power of the Spirit of Elohim will be poured out upon His servants.
“And when they [the 144,000] shall have finished their testimony [‘one thousand two hundred threescore days’ after they began], the beast that ascended out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them” (Rev. 11:7, emphasis added).
When Yahushua was on the earth He could not be harmed while any of what He referred to as “twelve hours in the day” remained (John 11:9). He was allotted a certain period for His ministry and while any of that time remained He could not be harmed, and so it will be with the 144,000.
They will have “one thousand two hundred and threescore days” to finish giving their testimony and when that period is completed they will be killed by the Devil. In Revelation chapter nine, Satan had been given the “key to the bottomless pit” and had come out, or had “ascended out of the bottomless pit.” All the 144,000 will be put to death by Satan for his hate towards them is great!
Yahushua told the people of His day, “You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth” (John 8:44, emphasis added). We have no record of Satan ever previously killing anyone until we come to Revelation 11:7 where we are told Satan kills the 144,000, and yet Yahushua told us Satan was a “murderer from the beginning.”
In order for Satan to be fully exposed for what he began in heaven, it will have taken over six thousand years for it to be seen what he would become. Just like an oak tree is not seen for what it is when it is just an acorn, so Satan could not have been seen for what he was to become until his character will be fully manifested. “He was a murderer from the beginning,” but the loyal angels and the other inhabitants of the Universe could not have known that when Satan began his rebellion in heaven over six thousand years ago. Even Satan did not know where he was headed at the beginning of his apostasy, but he and his followers had been given more than an adequate warning to turn away from what they were doing.
“And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt [The prophets of Elohim often referred to Jerusalem as Sodom or Egypt (Isa. 1:9-10, Jer. 23:14, Amos 4:11)], where also our Master was crucified [Jerusalem]. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in the graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts to one another; because these two prophets [‘two witnesses’ are now referred to as ‘these two prophets’] tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from Elohim entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them, and the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the Elohim of heaven” (Rev. 11:8-13, emphasis added).
Everything you have just read above is to be literally fulfilled. The only symbolism is the “two prophets” which has been changed from the “two witnesses” as used earlier in this chapter and the name “of the great city” is called “Sodom and Egypt” being the city of Jerusalem. The prophets of the Old Testament often referred to Jerusalem as Sodom or Egypt.
Many of the concluding events of the last days before the return of Yahushua will take place in Jerusalem, for Satan has been preparing earth’s inhabitants for his greatest deception.
The “two prophets” (144,000) ascend up to heaven in a cloud just as Yahushua did (Acts 1:9) when He was taken to heaven, and we can be assured that just as the disciples gazed into heaven until Yahushua had disappeared from their sight, so the “remnant” will also be gazing into the heavens trying to catch the last glimpse of the 144,000.
We see “the seven last plagues” have not been poured out at this time when the 144,000 are taken to heaven. The time frame is “the second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe comes quickly” (Rev. 11:14). The “second woe” we have seen is the sixth trumpet that began in Revelation 9:13. Sometime after one-third of earth’s inhabitants are killed in the war pictured in Revelation 9:13-18 and Daniel 11:40, the 144,000 are brought to Jerusalem and are put to death, and three and a half days later they are brought back to life and taken to heaven.
The third woe is the seventh trumpet which is “the seven last plagues,” as pictured in Revelation chapter sixteen. We saw in Revelation chapter fifteen that the 144,000 are on the “sea of glass” before “the seven last plagues” are poured out. Can we see that the “two witnesses” or the “two prophets” are the 144,000? They will be doing the prophesying and causing the waters to turn to blood and smiting the earth with plagues.
They also cannot be harmed until their “one thousand two hundred and threescore days” of prophesying are completed, just as Yahushua could not be harmed until the “twelve hours in the day” (John 11:9) were completed during His ministry. Yahushua’s enemies attempted to harm and even kill Him, but He could not be harmed until His allotted time was fulfilled. So it will be with the 144,000.
The 144,000 will have so close a walk with Elohim that He will entrust them with great powers for healing people and for harming the earth, but nothing in comparison to when Elohim pours out “the seven last plagues” upon the earth and its inhabitants. “The people that do know their Elohim shall be strong to do exploits and they that understand [the 144,000] among the people shall instruct many [‘great multitude’ (Rev. 7:9)]” (Dan. 11:32-33).
The 144,000 will be singing the song of Moses and the Lamb because their experience will be somewhat similar to that of Moses and Yahushua who both died and were brought back to life before they saw corruption.
In Revelation chapter fourteen we read, “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. 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: and they sung a song as it were a new song [‘the song of Moses the servant of Elohim, and the song of the Lamb’ (Rev. 15:3)] 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. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto Elohim and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of Elohim” (Rev. 14:1-5).
Just as Yahushua was the first fruit presented to Elohim when He was resurrected so the 144,000 are the first fruits presented to Elohim and Yahushua before Yahushua returns to the earth to resurrect and rescue His people.
We have pictured in Revelation 11:19, “And the temple was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail” (emphasis added). The last part of this verse is identical to what is written in Revelation 16:18-21 when the seventh vial is poured out. The earthquake and the hail, being described in these two portions of Scripture, are the same.
The Day of Atonement was the concluding event in the sacrificial services and took place on the tenth day of the seventh month of the Biblical Lunar-solar Calendar and was the only time when the “ark of His testament” could be seen, and we see it does not take place until after the 144,000 are killed and brought back to life.
Back in Revelation 15:8, we read, “And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of Elohim, and from His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled” (emphasis added).
In Leviticus chapter sixteen in describing the Day of Atonement and what took place, we find nearly the same words being spoken. “And there shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goes in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the congregation of Israel” (Lev. 16:17, emphasis added).
What had been foreshadowed in the Old Testament in the sanctuary service will meet what were the actual events that had been foreshadowed. It was a compacted prophecy. “Thy way, O Elohim, is in the sanctuary” (Ps. 77:13).
Revelation 11:19 and 16:18-21, coincide with Daniel 8:14 and the sanctuary being cleansed, for the only time the “ark of His testament” was ever seen was on the Day of Atonement. Just as the beginning of the “time of trouble” was signaled by the first global “earthquake” accompanied by “voices, and thunderings, and lightnings” so the Day of Atonement taking place in heaven will be announced by the second global “earthquake” accompanied by “lightnings, and voices, and thunderings . . . and great hail.”