Revelation 14:1 The Identity of Israel

Continuing our study of Revelation 14.

Revelation 14:1  ‘Then I looked and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.’

We saw, in Revelation 7, that these 144,000 are Jewish.

Revelation 7:4  ‘Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. 

There is an important point to be made here. In AD135, the Jewish nation was scattered across the world. Jerusalem was razed to the ground. They no longer had a homeland, a capital city or a temple. 

No people-group has ever survived losing its homeland for such a long period of time. Even its language began to fall into disuse. The only thing that held them together was the synagogue and the beautiful Law. 

Waves of persecution followed the Jews. They learnt to keep a packed suitcase by the front-door, ready for when they would be moved on. The horror of the Odessa massacre and the Auschwitz holocaust should have finished them off, once and for all. 

But these were the children of a faithful God and eventually, miraculously, they were able to reclaim, and hold on to their homeland once more. The enemy had sought to destroy their identity but his evil plans would not prevail. 

Some Christians have also sought to destroy the Jewish identity. Perversely, they have misconstrued a few scriptures to try and prove that God had finished with the Jews and that they, the Christian church, were now the true Israel who had taken the place of the Jews in God’s eyes. 

They scoured the Old Testament, looking to pocket the blessings of Israel, like a thief rifling a dead man’s body for money. They conveniently forgot to take the curses.

But here in Revelation 7:4 and 14:1, God confirms that his beloved tribes of Israel, once thought lost in the storms of time, are still alive in His divine reckoning. And furthermore, He has placed the names of the tribes on the gates of the beautiful New Jerusalem. God’s love for Israel is eternal and will never be forgotten. 

Revelation 21:12a  On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

God is eternally faithful. His gifts and his call are irrevocable.

Thank you for reading this and for your support. Lo aprecio.

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