Lesson 5 – Why?
Today I was re-reading all the wondrous revelation knowledge that the Lord has been pouring out to so many of us. As I was seeking the Lord once again on more insight regarding the 144,000, a curious question popped into my head….why? Why 144,000? The answer not only amazed me but opened up a whole new rabbit hole, which I will be sharing in our next lesson!
So, in order to understand who we are & why the number 144,000, we have to go back to the beginning, yep, back to the fall of Adam & Eve. In Genesis 2 we see that the Lord had His day of rest on the 7th day, before starting the next chapter pertaining to mankind. He was happy with His creation & everything was in balance. He created the Garden of Eden & created Adam & Eve, & placed them in the garden which contained the Tree of Life & the Tree of Knowledge of good & evil. In this simplified version we see 2 people, man & woman, 2 trees each of a different type. We all know the story of Satan’s deception, so I’m not going to dwell on that. What is important is the disobedience of Adam & Eve, & the eating of the fruit which caused them to lose their purity, & their glorified bodies by releasing the knowledge of good & evil into creation. In this act of disobedience they went against the one thing the Lord had asked them not to do, & so the ‘Fall’ of mankind, & the judgment pronounced over them by the Lord (Gen 3). These are 2 separate things.
Now, we are going on one of Lu’s detours again, so buckle up! Many years ago the Lord taught me about the ‘Balance’. Think of a large set of scales in the Throne Room, on one side Justice, the other God’s Law, & it is under God’s Law that judgment falls. All things must be in balance. When Adam & Eve fell from grace they stepped out of His light, & into darkness. This unjust act caused a tilt in God’s scales, & in order to redress the balance His Law had to be meted out, & so the judgment of all mankind. I need to point out here that the judgment of the Lord will only ever equal the amount of the iniquity or injustice, thereby redressing the imbalance of the scales. There was no way for Adam & Eve to ever make amends for what they had done, & the Lord knew this, so in His wisdom, & His wonderful mercy He made a way for reparations to be made. Oh yes, Christ our Redeemer, & what a blessed sacrifice He made! Yes….but that is only part of the story…
We’ll take a little trip through biblical history so you can understand just how important the Lord’s scales are. So we’ll pick up our story a ways down the road with a man named Noah. We all know the story of the flood, but you need to see what happened to the Lord’s scales in order to truly understand. Sin & iniquity, moral decay, filth & injustice, heaped high upon the scales of the Lord. Justice was bent so low that the Law cried out for release! So the Lord unleashed His judgment, but before He did the Lord in His mercy called out a remnant…..one obedient family! He set them a task, & not an easy one at that, in order to prove their obedience, the building of the Ark (Gen 6 & 7). All through scripture, you will see that the Lord in His mercy will always call out a remnant when His judgment is to fall. So where to next? Ah, Sodom & Gomorrah! Again the sin & iniquity, moral decay, filth & injustice heaped high upon the scales of the Lord. Justice once again bent low, & the Law cried out for release. So once again, the Lord in His mercy called out a remnant, Lot & his family, & once again the Lord called for obedience. Now we all know what happened to Lot’s wife for her disobedience, she brought herself out from under His mercy & back under His Law & therefore partook of His judgment (Gen 19). You can find such instances all through His Word, obedience above anything is what the Lord requires! Just look at Job!
Now let’s jump ahead to the time of our Lord’s first coming & what it means to us. We all know that sin separates us from the presence of God, that we cannot go to heaven & reside with Him for eternity without the blood bought sacrifice of our dear Lord Jesus. He took upon Himself the sin of the world, from the original sin of Adam & Eve throughout all the ages of man. We must believe upon the Lord & turn away from our sinful life in order to receive the blessings of redemption bought by His blood. For the church, Christ’s blood redresses & holds the scales in balance. This is also where things take a fork in the road….the new covenant of Christ for the Body of Christ, the Church, & the Jews who failed to recognize the Messiah & are still under the Law. Now, when you look at the iniquity of the Jews, in the blatant disregard of over 300 prophecies pertaining to the coming of Messiah, then the denial even after His crucifixion, that adds up to a very large heap of iniquity on the scales of the Lord. They denied Christ, His gift of redemption & so the Lord turned His face from them for a season…a long season of 2 thousand years, although we all know that he is getting ready to bring them back into His grace once the fullness of the Gentiles has come in!
Now let’s look at the age of the church……once again the sin & iniquity, moral decay, filth & injustice have heaped high upon the scales of the Lord. Justice once again bent low, & the Law cries out for release. But this time the Lord has a different plan. Yes, He is going to unleash His judgment on the world, & what a time of judgment it will be, like none other. So before that happens, true to form the Lord calls out a remnant….the 144,000. But why that number?
Well, remember back in the recanting of the fall of Adam & Eve I told you of the 2 separate things, the fall from grace & their glorified state, & the iniquity that separated them from God. So here is where we go down the rabbit hole….. We know that Christ shed His blood so that the iniquity would be forgiven, & we could be reconciled with the Lord after we die, but His sacrifice cannot take away the fall from glorification by disobedience or undo the release of the knowledge of good & evil. Therefore the perfection of creation cannot be brought back without redressing the disobedience & putting the proverbial genie back in the bottle …& before you get all shocked & oh Lu! Let me explain what the Lord has shown me. The sin was what separated them from the Lord, not what brought the judgment or curse. The DISOBEDIENCE brought the judgment. And the Lord cannot make reparation for something that He has made a judgment against. He would be going against His own law, & therefore annulling His own judgment. His judgment has to stand until reparation can be made. Enter the 144,000. One group of 144,000 for the redress of the fall for the gentiles, one group of 144,000 for the redress of the fall for the Jews.
How can that be Lu? Well, do you remember I told you in His wisdom & mercy the Lord made a way for us? What could the payment be for such disobedience that would be an acceptable offering to the Lord, to redress the balance on the scales? If you accept that we have had 7 days of creation, & on the 7th day He rested. Then He began the 6 days of our history & the 7th day will herald the millennial reign of Christ. With this as the foundation, we are at the end of the 6th day, which in biblical terms equals 6000 years of man’s history. I asked the Lord, what payment is enough? This was His answer….1 soul for each year of the 6000 years, from each of the 12 tribes, for Adam. One soul for each year of the 6000 years from each of the 12 tribes for Eve. These must be a called out holy people, totally obedient to the Lord. The 144,000 who we have already learned are:
4These 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. 5And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
We are the 'ardent' followers of Christ, who follow Him wherever He goes. We are redeemed out of men....being FIRSTFRUITS unto God & to the Lamb, washed clean in His blood, without spot or blemish. The Living Sacrifice (Romans 12:1) who become the flaming sword of the Lord (Ps104:4). We have walked through His refining fire, & not been consumed (Ezk 20:47). He has given us His armor that is to become part of who we are –
The Full Armor of God (Ephesians 6) 10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
This is the truth of who we are, given the blood bought salvation & righteousness of Christ, His knowledge & wisdom & the Sword of His Word. When all these come together we become a Key. The Key to the Door which is Christ. We are enough to make payment as a living sacrifice, acceptable to the Father as firstfruits, not just to be able to bring in the harvest of souls but something far more profound. We are the living sacrifice, acceptable in His sight that will allow the Lord to finally ‘Reverse the Curse’. In order to reverse the curse access to Eden must be returned, & we are the key. (Job 28) How do we know this….we go back to the beginning, to when the Lord sealed up Eden.
Gen 3:22-24 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 24So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life
The way to the Garden is guarded by Cherubim that hold the fullness of the Lord's knowledge & the flaming sword of His spirit. It is the sword of Palawan, but that is the earthly manifestation. In Genesis, it says that the Cherubim guard the way TO the garden. We have to gain the fullness of His knowledge to gain the wisdom to know, & the flaming sword of the spirit, which we have had all along, in our armor. We must be a spirit on fire, to gain access, this is why the lukewarm cannot come to Eden, & they must wait for the harvest. We are the key to unlocking Eden, through Christ who is the Door! Without our OBEDIENCE, we cannot find the way TO Eden through His wisdom & knowledge & the Holy Spirit on fire within us. We have to access Eden in order to be glorified this side of heaven! We become His flaming sword of Truth to take to the world during the harvest. Through our obedience the reparation can be made, & this allows the Lord to bring the judgment to an end & reverse the curse. We serve a mighty & awesome God who knows the end from the beginning! How will He bring about this reverse of the curse? Ah, now that’s another tale & another rabbit hole…time for some tea.
As always, please seek the Lord & ask Him for understanding of every word of truth written here.