(An Analysis Of Who Would Be in Heaven And On Earth)

Perhaps you were astonished with the title of this blog. Perhaps you thought of the future kings or presidents of countries. This doesn’t refer to them but rather to those becoming spiritual rulers of the earth. These are the 144, 000 sons of Israel (Israel of God) who came from every human race in the world. I just hope you will realize and have understanding on who they are and what they will do in the future. The Bible says they will rule over the nations of the world.

“To those who win the victory, who continue
to the end to do what I want, I will give the
same authority that I received from my
: I will give authority over the nations, to
rule them with an iron rod and to break them to
pieces like clay pots. I will also give them the morning star
Revelation 2:26-28, TEV

They were introduced as the 144, 000 sons of Israel. A chosen race of Jehovah God who were redeemed from humanity, a “little flock” mentioned by Jesus which is different from the “other sheep” or simply the “great crowd”.

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is
pleased to give you the Kingdom.”
Luke 12:32, TEV

Using the words “little flock” and “great crowd” in the Bible would really give two different meanings. The word “little” would mean a small number of a population compare with the word “great crowd”. A small flock could only have 30 in persons and a great crowd could have 1000 in persons, right? This would tell us the difference of the two. The latter word shows it is more than the preceding word. However, in the Bible it says that the “great crowd” is cannot be counted by anyone. Therefore, it is really big in number. Now, considering the fact that both of them would be in heaven would contradict other verses from the Bible such as in Proverbs 2: 21, 22 of TEV which states “Righteous people – people of integrity – will live in this land of ours. But God will snatch the wicked from the land and pull sinners out of it like plants from the ground.” And also in the Psalms 37:29 “The righteous will possess the land and live in it forever.”

This only means that there are two kinds of body that would acquire by God’s people who would be on his kingdom in heaven and the other one on earth.

35“Someone will ask, ‘How can the dead be raised to life? What kind of
body will they have? 40And there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies; the beauty that belongs to heavenly bodies is different from the beauty
that belongs to earthly bodies.

1 Corinthians 15:35, 40, TEV

The “great crowd” who came out from terrible persecution is written in Revelation 7:9, 10, 13 – 15 : 9 “After this I looked, and there was an enormous crowd – no one could count the people! They were from every race, tribe, nation, and language, and they stood in front of the throne and of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. 10They called out in a loud voice : ‘Salvation comes from our God, who sits on the throne, and from the Lamb!’ ” 13One of the elders asked me, ‘Who are these people dressed in white robes, and where do they come from?’ 14‘I don’t know, sir. You do,’ I answered. He said to me, ‘These are the people who have come safely through the terrible persecution. They have washed their robes and made them white with the blood of the Lamb. 15That is why they stand before God’s throne and serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will protect them with his presence.’ ”

Perhaps others would think that the “great crowd” would really be in heaven too because of highlighted terms. Are these literal that they would be in heaven? If this is the case then, again it will contradict the verses from the preceding paragraph that good people will possess the earth and that there are two kinds of bodies in resurrection – heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. So in what sense they are in front of the Lamb and of Jehovah. Describing them as “they stood in front of the throne and of the Lamb” would not tell that they are in a particular place. The word “in front of the throne” (Greek, en’opion tou thro’nou; in literal meanings is “sa abot-tanaw ng trono”.(in sight of the throne) would not require them to be literally in heaven. Instead their situation is from a distant sight of Jehovah God, which tells from in heaven, God watches over the people on earth. Consider these verses:
“With a solemn oath to our ancestor Abraham he promised to rescue us
from our enemies, and allow us to serve him without fear, so
that we might be holy and righteous before him all the days
of our life.” – Luke 1:74, 75, TEV

“And so I sent for you at once, and you have been good enough to come.
Now we are all here in the presence of God, waiting to hear anything

that the Lord has instructed you to say.”
Acts 10:33, TEV

Other verses that uses the Greek word “enopion” which translated as “before”or in front of ” in many Bible versions has a literal meaning of ”in sight”‘.This Greek word was used in 1Timothy 5:21; 2 Timothy 2:14; Romans 14:22; Galatians 1:20 of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.

This clearly states that the Greek word “enopion” doesn’t mean they are really in front of Jehovah and Jesus, as “enopion” was translated in the same meaning as “in the eyes of/in the presence of/before” in other verses.

Who and where would the 144, 000 people come from?

“They sang a new song:
‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to break open its seals.
For you were killed, and by your sacrificial death you
bought for God people from every tribe, language, nation,
and race.
You have made them a kingdom of priests to serve our God,
and they shall rule on earth.’ ”
Revelation 5:9, 10, TEV

“Then I looked, and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion;
with him were 144, 000 people who have his name and his
Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from
heaven that sounded like a roaring waterfall, like a loud peal of
thunder. It sounded like the music made by musicians playing
their harps. The 144, 000 people stood before the throne, the four living
creatures, and the elders; they were singing a new song, which only
they could learn. Of the whole human race they are the only ones
who have been redeemed.”
Revelation 14: 1 – 3, TEV

Who are the 144, 000 sons of Israel?

“And I was told that the number of those who were marked with
God’s seal on their foreheads was 144, 000. They were
from the twelve tribes of Israel, twelve thousand from each
tribe: Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Napthali, Manasseh, Simeon,
Levi, Isaachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin.”
Revelation 7: 4 – 8, TEV

Are these literal sons of Israel (Jacob) or really Jews?

Israel was a new name of Jacob given to him by God. And God
promised him that he will be ancestors of kings and nations will
be descended from him.

“When Jacob returned from Mesopotamia, God appeared
to him again and blessed him. God said to him, ‘Your name
is Jacob, but from now on it will be Israel. And God said to him,
“I am Almighty God. Have many children. Nations will be descended
from you, and you will be ancestors of kings.

Genesis 35:9 – 11, TEV

These promised kings in the said verse are literal. It was started from the line of David. It ends with Zedekiah.

So who are now the kings mention in Revelation will rule on earth? If you will try to read Numbers 1:14 – 16, you can find out there that Levi was not included in the registration of the tribe. The reasons can be found in Numbers 1: 47 – 52.

The Levites were not registered with the other tribes, because the LORD had said to Moses, ‘When you take a census of the men fit for military
service, do not include the tribe of Levi. Instead, put the Levites in
charge of the Tent of my presence and all its equipment. They shall
carry it and its equipment, serve in it, and set up their camp around it.
Whenever you move your camp, the Levites shall take the Tent down
and set it up again at each new campsite. Anyone else who comes near
the Tent shall be put to death. The rest of the Israelites shall set up camp,
company by company, each man with his own group and under his own
banner. But the Levites shall camp around the Tent to guard it, so that no one may come near and cause my anger to strike the community of
Israel.” – Numbers 1: 47 – 52, TEV

Therefore, it is not proper to claim that these are literal offspring of Israel. And also Manasseh (in which the name appeared in Revelation 7: 4 – 8 was not a son of Israel). Manasseh was a son of Joseph, who was a son of Israel.

“Before the years of famine came, Joseph had two sons by Asenath. He said,
‘God has made me forget all my sufferings and all my father’s family’, so he named his first son Manasseh.” – Genesis 41:51, TEV

Who are the real sons of Israel (Jacob)?

“Jacob had twelve sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.”
– 1 Chronicles 2:1, TEV

What would the 144, 000 or sons of Israel do and where would they be?

They will become priests of God Jehovah and of Jesus. They will rule with Jesus for a thousand years.

DANIEL 7:27 “‘And the kingdom and the rulership and the grandeur of the kingdoms under all the heavens were given to the people who are the holy ones of the Supreme One. Their kingdom is an indefinitely lasting kingdom, and all the rulerships will serve and obey even them.’ – NWT

27‘Then the (A)sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest OneHis kingdom? will be an (B)everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will (C)serve and obeyHim?.’ – NASB?

“Happy and greatly blessed are those who are included in this first raising of the dead. The second death has no power over them; they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they will rule with him for a thousand years.” Revelations 20:6, TEV

(See also Revelations 14:1 – 3 above)

Those verses have proved that the 144, 000 would be in heaven. Remember the prayer of Jesus which was written in Matthew 6:10. This tells us that the peace and order in heaven would also be on earth. The will of God in heaven will also be on earth as Jesus prayed for it. Therefore there are two places that God’s people would dwell in – in heaven and on earth. Also the Israel of God (144, 000) will also judge the people of the world during 1000 years that is why they will become kings that will rule over the earth under Christ millennial reign.

“Don’t you know that God’s people will judge the world?
Well, then, if you are to judge the world, aren’t you capable of judging small matters?” – 1 Corinthians 6:2, TEV

After 1000 years of Satan’s imprisonment, he will be freed together with his demons and they will try to deceive all the nations to gather them for a battle against Jehovah. Then the final judgment will come. I used the word “during” because on this time, after the Armageddon had happened and the time onwards, people who were saved from Armageddon or have resurrected will be judged according to their ways of life – whether they will allow to continue to live more until 1000 years or not and live forever on earth after the final test. The supporting verse can be found in Isaiah 65:20. Note: preceding and the following verses of this verse should be read.

“Babies will no longer die in infancy, and all people will live out
their life span. Those who live to be a hundred will be considered
young. To die before that would be a sign that I had punished them.” – Isaiah 65:20, TEV

20 “No more will there come to be a suckling a few days old from that place, neither an old man that does not fulfill his days; for one will die as a mere boy, although a hundred years of age; and as for the sinner, although a hundred years of age he will have evil called down upon him. – NWT

Why Jehovah’s Witnesses claimed that the 144, 000 are the Israel of God?

Jehovah’s Witnesses claimed that the 144, 000 sons of Israel are the Israel of God which does not stand to all God’s people but a little flock separated from the great crowd that will be saved from Armageddon. Do they have basis for that? Yes they have. In Galatians 6:16 of New World Translations it says:

“And all those who will walk orderly by this rule of conduct, upon them be peace and mercy, even upon the Israel of God.

These words show that there are two groups talking about, because if not, the Bible would not point out the “Israel of God”. In Good News Bible Today’s English Version (TEV), it is not stated there the words “Israel of God” but rather “God’s people.” However, it doesn’t mean that the two words are acting as a one group.

“As for those who follow this rule in their lives, may peace and mercy be with them – with them and with all God’s people.
Galatians 6:16, TEV

Now, in this written grammar, it can have two meanings. One is that there are two groups being discussed and the other one could have only one group. Some would say this would refer to a single group for those who would be saved could also be called “God’s people”. Translating the “Israel of God” into “God’s people” would seem refer to a single group. If in this case, it will contradict other verses such as in 1 Peter 2:9, TEV: “But you are the chosen race, the King’s priests, holy nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who have called you out of darkness into his own marvelous light.”

It stated the word “priests”. Would you think all that would be saved would become priests? No. The King’s priests are only the 144, 000 sons of Israel who would be in heaven. And “Israel” in a figurative word is fit to be called a Holy Nation. (See Revelation 5:9, 10 and Revelation 14: 1 – 3 above)

Now, let’s discuss the “flock” and “the other sheep” which was written in John.

“There are other sheep which belong to me that are not in this sheep pen.I must bring them, too; they will listen to my voice, and they will
become one flock with one shepherd.”
John 10:16, TEV

Jesus here talked about the sheep. The first sheep which he mentioned are his apostles whom he was talking to at that time and also those who has heavenly calls (144, 000) and the “other sheep” that do not belong to that sheep pen is none other than the “great crowd”. What are the characteristics of a sheep? We know that these are obedient and meek, right? So, we are certainly sure that these are the good people that follows Jehovah and Christ and not those people from the false religions that in due time will be converted and will belong to the sheep pen. Jesus said the first sentence in present time. They are sheep already not will become sheep. Jesus did not emphasize the ones from the false religions that would become his sheep but rather he pointed out them as his own sheep already that would become another flock. If other religions would say that the “other sheep” are those who will be brought in into their church, then it would not be proper to write in the Bible the words “they will become one flock”. For it would mean there is another flock separated from the original flock. If the “other sheep” that they are telling are the ones from the false religion that will be converted, well the correct words that should be used are “They will be on my sheep pen.” I might agreed on them if the grammar in the Bible is written as this: “There are other sheep which belong to me that are not yet on this sheep pen…They will be my flock too with one shepherd.”

Now it is clear that there are two groups of sheep. One is the Israel of God (the 144, 000 sons of Israel or the little flock) and the other is the “other sheep” or the “great crowd”. Here is another proof that Israel of God has a total specific number:

“There is a secret truth, my friends, which I want you to know,
for it will keep you from thinking how wise you are. It is that the stubbornness of the people of Israel is not permanent, but will last only until the complete number of Gentiles comes to God. And this is how all “Israel” will be saved. – Romans 11:25

“I am not saying that the promise of God has failed; for not
all the people of Israel are the people of God.

Romans 9:6, TEV

This shows that the wickedness of the real Israel would not last forever but will end up when the complete number of Gentiles (not Jews) come to God, that is the total number of 144,000 redeemed from all the human races have already been fulfilled. We can see in Romans 11:25 that the Israel of God will be completed first before Armageddon comes to earth. When the 144,000 is fulfilled already the Armageddon is about to come very soon.

Let us study Hebrews 11:39 – 40.

39 And yet all these, although they had witness borne to them through their faith, did not get the [fulfillment of the] promise40 as God foresaw something better for us, in order that they might not be made perfect apart from us. – NWT

All God’s people in the book of Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) have faith in God but they did not receive the promised of God. It is because in verse 40 it says that those 144,000 who are spoken about implicitly in the said verse will be the ones who will make the other people to be holy, blessed and live on earth. How would this be happened? It is because the 144,000 who bought from the whole race of human and was started from the time of apostles of Jesus until to the faithful and discreet slaves of Jesus on these last days and the other remnants of the 144,000 will be helping the people on earth be blessed and become holy. This is true since the other seed of Abraham belongs to the seed of Abraham who is Jesus Christ who will bless the people on earth – Acts 3:25; Galatians 3:29. However, not all born of flesh are sons of God but those who are sons through a promise are really seeds of Abraham and sons of God – Romans 9:7 – 8; Romans 8:17.

2 Timothy 1:9  He saved us and called us with a holy calling, not by reason of our works, but by reason of his own purpose and undeserved kindness.

What is this purpose which is also mention in some verses in the bible? That is to give enlightenment about the word of God to many people and to be priests of God and Jesus in heaven.

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