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Reference Guide #10

The 144,000

 

A most amazing parallel exists between what happened to ancient Israel on a literal and local scale and what will happen to the Christian church—Spiritual Israel—on a worldwide scale in the last days.

 

NOTE THESE PARALLELS:

ANCIENT ISRAEL

 

SPIRITUAL ISRAEL

Jer. 50:33, 34 Persecuted by Babylon Rev. 17:6
Dan. 3:13 Forced to worship image Rev. 13:15
Dan. 4:30 Called Babylon the Great Rev. 17:5
Jer. 51:13, 14 Babylon sits on many waters Rev. 17:1
Isa. 44:27, 28 Rescued by drying up Euphrates Rev. 16:12
Jer. 51:6–8 Called out of Babylon Rev. 18:4
Isa. 45:1 Rescuer called “the anointed” Dan. 9:25
Isa. 41: 2, 25 Both rescuers from the “east” Matt. 24:27

 

 

Revelation 7:1–4 Only those who have been sealed will be numbered with the 144,000.

Revelation 14:1–5 Only those in whose mouths there is no guile will be sealed.

2 Corinthians 5:20 We are to live our lives as ambassadors for Jesus Christ.

1 John 3:22 As Christians, we keep God’s commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

Hebrews 12:1 As we “run” the Christian race, we lay aside the “weights” that hold us back.

1 John 5:4 Our Christian faith overcomes the world.

1 John 2:15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.”

1 Peter 2:9 As Christians we are to be a peculiar people.

 

CHRISTIAN LIFESTYLE

THINGS WE LISTEN TO:

  • Mark 4:24 Jesus said, “Take heed what you hear.”
  • Proverbs 18:15 Ears of the wise seek knowledge.
  • Proverbs 23:12 Again, we are to listen to that which gives knowledge and wisdom.

 

THINGS WE SEE:

  • Isaiah 33:15, 16 Those going to heaven are those who stop listening to and seeing murderous bloodshed and other evil.
  • Proverbs 23:26 Our eyes should observe the Lord’s ways (i.e., things that are good and wholesome).
  • Ezekiel 20:7 We are to cast away anything that is an abomination to our eyes.
  • Psalm 101:2, 3 We are to walk within our house with a perfect heart by not setting wicked things before our eyes.
  • Psalm 119:37, 38 We are to turn from seeing vanity and instead have God’s Word established in our hearts.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 We are changed into the things we behold.
  • Philippians 4:8 Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, with virtue and praise, think on these things.

 

THINGS WE WEAR:

  • Genesis 35:1–3 When God’s people were consecrated to Him, they put away all “strange gods.”
  • Genesis 35:4 The result was that Jacob’s family put away their adornments.
  • Exodus 33:4–6 After worshiping the golden calf, God called for a revival and asked His people to take off their ornaments.
  • 1 Timothy 2:9 Again our dress is to be modest, without “broided hair” (meaning plaited—a custom of weaving gold strands, pearls, and beads into the hair) or gold, pearls, and costly array.
  • 1 Peter 3:3, 4 Our adorning is to be modest, not with gold, pearls, and costly array, but with a meek and quiet spirit. It is the inner character that is valuable to God.
  • Titus 2:11–14 As the church looks for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of Jesus, they allow God to purify them in all things as a peculiar people.

 

 

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