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JESUS

The Woman And Her 144,000

CHAPTER 14

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Fathers name written in their foreheads....These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. (Rev. 14:1, 4-5) Who is to compose the hundred and forty-four thousand? This those who are the elect of God will in a short time know without question. (1 SM 174)

The Scriptures tell of the last movement which is to enter the scene of conflict before the final conflagration which will engulf the entire earth. Their number is 144,000. They have the Fathers name (character) written in their foreheads. Wherever Jesus leads, they follow. In their mouth is no deceit and they are without fault. And without question, the 144,000 know who they are. No other generation will have entered into this unique experience. No other generation will have faced the special trials that this generation must face. No other generation has seen themselves so needy of God's grace. No other generation will have trusted God so completely. The hatred of the entire earth will be directed toward this little company. The reason for this hatred is that this small band perfectly reflects the image of Jesus.

Those who receive the seal of the living God...must reflect the image of Jesus fully. (EW 71) What is it to reflect the image of Jesus fully? If one stands before the mirror, and his image is reflected fully, what does he see? Does he see something different in the glass than that which is projected into it? No. He sees the express image of the object reflected.

Jesus was a man as all men are. He was born of a woman. His flesh needed washing and His hair needed combing. He was tired after long days of walking on hot, dusty roads. Other men saw Him as a man. He looked much like any of the other passers-by of His day. Jesus said of Himself, I can of mine own self do nothing.... (John 5:30) He had the same temptations as men of today. He was in all points tempted like as we are. He was not a superman but came as a man, living the way men must live.

The Divine Nature

Jesus had something else. He had a divine nature. For Him to live was God. For Him to live was the Father. On one occasion, Philip asked Jesus to show him and the other disciples the Father. Jesus said, ...Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? (John 14:9) Jesus was telling Philip to see me is to see God. Jesus looked like any of us look. He appeared as we all appear. Yet, He was saying that He was Gods own image. In His own day, people hated this message. Even so, Jesus said, I and my Father are one. After saying this, the Jews took up stones to stone Jesus. Jesus then said, ...Many good works have I showed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, makest thyself God. (John 10:32, 33)

Jesus said that He and His Father were one. In John 17, He prayed that we would have that same oneness. That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.... (John 17:21) The believer today will understand by faith that he and the Father are one; yet, the skeptic will likely report, He maketh himself God. They try to stone Christians as they stoned Christ. They huddle in small groups saying, Did you hear that? He said he was God. Now we know he has a devil. Now we know that group belongs to the new age. Of Jesus they said, ...Now we know that thou hast a devil.... (John 8:52)

History Repeats Itself

Yes, history has repeated itself. The sons of God are here. We have been given the mind of Christ. We have been given His life. We have been given His Spirit. For us to live is Christ. There is only one God and not 144,000 gods. This one God is the inhabitant of all His children and for them to live is God. His children and the Father are one. To see them is to see the Father. This is our faith.

Jesus said, ...I am the light of the world.... (John 8:12) Jesus also said, Ye are the light of the world. (Matt. 5:14) Faith in Christs own word causes the children of God to bear His testimony. I am the light of the world. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. ...Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. ...I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. ...And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. ...I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. ...If God were your Father, ye would love me...Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. (John 8:15, 16, 19, 26, 29, 38, 42, 55) This is the Christian testimony to those who scoff. We and our Father are one. If they loved God they would love us. Since they do not love us, they have another father.

When Jesus revealed Himself, many left Him. He said, ...Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. (John 6:53-57) After this, Jesus said, Doth this offend you? He said that these words had spiritual implications. He was saying that if one has the Spirit, and believes the words that are spoken, they are eating His flesh and drinking His blood. Yes, they were offended and many turned away from Him at that time.

Jesus was our elder brother. He has walked head and shoulders above us. Some may understand this truth to say that we are in competition with Jesus or that we are "as good as He is." Have you ever seen a beautiful, crystal clear lake? Have you ever taken a pail of water from this lake? The pail of water is the same as the lake. It is the same purity, the same substance, the same temperature and the very same water. Even so, it isn't the lake. So it is with us. We have the same substance and the same qualities as Jesus. Even so, we are not Jesus Himself. Someone with the pail could say, "Yes, this is lake water."

The Same Thing Not The Same Capacity

Another example is that this same lake could overflow into a pond down below. That pond could be seen as the son of the lake. The lake bore it. The water in the pond was the expressed image of the water in the lake. It was not the lake itself, but it was the lake in nature and substance and image.

Yes, Jesus was human, and He had a divine nature. The other sons of God are human also, and they, too, have a divine nature. We are not the capacity of Jesus, but we are of Him. What is said of Jesus can be said of His sons even though His sons do not have the capacity that He has. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature.... (2 Peter 1:4) Soon the world will know that God has loved us. Soon the end of all things will reveal what is stubble.

The Scriptures take on a whole new dimension when they are read through the eyes of Jesus. Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon me, that I should be called the son of God: therefore the world does not know me, because it did not know Him. (1 John 3:1) For it is God which worketh in me both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13) For it is not I that speak, but the Spirit of my Father which speaketh in me. (Matt. 10:20) Yes, the things I do are of God, for it is He who works in me to do His will. Yes, it is not I who speaks, but the Father who dwells in me. The things that He says are the things that I say. The life that He lives is the life that I live. I am the son of God. I am no longer in the flesh, but I am in the Spirit. (See Romans 8:9).

It is said of Christ, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places...and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:19, 20 & 2:6) Yes, I sit in heavenly places. It was written of Jesus, For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. (Colossians 2:9) Of the believer it is written, For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3:14-19) Jesus revealed no qualities and exercised no powers that men may not have through faith in Him. (DA 664) Higher than the highest human thought can reach is Gods ideal for His children. Godliness godlikeness is the goal to be reached. (ED 18) Those who enter the kingdom of God are those in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

It Is Now Lawful To Utter

Why have these marvelous things been kept from human eyes so long? One writer explains. The great apostle had many visions. The Lord showed him many things that it is not lawful for a man to utter. Why could he not tell the believers what he had seen? Because they would have made a misapplication of the great truths presented. They would not have been able to comprehend these truths. And yet all that was shown to Paul molded the messages that God gave him to bear to the churches. (3 SM 57) Why were these things unlawful to utter? Because men could not grasp them. But, on these to whom the ends of the earth are come, has been given this treasure in earthen vessels. ...When it (the heart) shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. The Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open faces beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:16-18)

Now that the veil has been taken away, our hearts have been turned to God and our understanding has been opened, these truths have become lawful for us to utter. This, indeed, is the salvation of God. The image of God has been restored. We have been filled with all the fullness of God by faith. Do you say of me whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, You blaspheme; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, dont believe me. But if I do, though you believe not me, believe the works: that you may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. (John 10:36-38)

The Lord is leading a people. They are not stray offshoots. They are not following a man. Together they hear the voice of God and together the members of the body move. The finger does not lag behind. The feet do not refuse to walk when the head begins to walk. The body is one in purpose and one in God. We are where Christ is. Whatever Christ is doing, the church is doing. No one outside of Christ will do what Christ does. All in Christ will do what He does.

Glorified With God's Own Self

And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. ...And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. (John 17:5 & 22) The church has been given the glory of Gods own self. We are glorified with Gods own self. This is the promise of Jesus. Those who will not unite with Gods own Self will not see the kingdom of God. Jesus said to His church, ...Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you...receive ye the Holy Ghost: whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. (John 20:21-23) ...They marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. (Matt. 9:8) ...And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:47)

These are the 144,000. This is the life of the 144,000. In this last age, this company can be described as the woman of Revelation 12. The Lord describes His church as a virtuous woman. "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: and she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." (Rev. 12:1-2)

The church, here described, is in pain waiting for the deliverance of the child. This child is a representation of Jesus who was born of a pure woman. But this has a more full representation. The woman is the church and she bears those who are in the image of Jesus. This child is the fulfillment of her message. The church through the ages has strained to reveal the full character of God. She has taught the message of salvation. Now she is ready to be delivered. Her child, the revelation of the message in its fullness expressed in the believer, is about to be born. The woman's child is to reflect the image of Jesus fully.

They Seek To Destroy The Child

But something happens. As she is to be delivered, an enemy seeks to destroy the revelation of this truth. "And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born." (Rev. 12:3-4)

Satan and his children work to destroy this message before it can come to full revelation. He drew the one third of the stars (light givers) from heaven (their exalted position). He desires to ruin the birth of this message. But he does not succeed. "And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." While it is true that Jesus will rule the nations with a rod of iron, it is also true that the overcomers will as well. "And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he (the overcomer) shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father." (Rev. 2:26-27) The Psalms also describe this. "Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." (Ps. 2:8-9) The truth has power to save or destroy. A man is either on top of the rock or under it. We are either life or death depending on whether or not a man receives our testimony. "For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: to the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life." (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)

Ruling with a rod is to rule with authority. It is to speak with authority and to judge righteously. The believer is not overcome by the world, but rather, he overcomes the world. He speaks with authority since he speaks with a "thus saith the Lord". This is the man child who is come into the world. This is the Lord Our Righteousness. This is the people of God who have the word of God and are sanctified by it.

When the man child is born, the church must flee into the wilderness. "And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. ...And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Rev. 12:6 & 15-17)

The Flood Goes Out Of Their Mouths

The forces of evil are ever present to send a flood of words out of their mouths to devour those who know the truth. These words are sent out to drown the message. From pulpits and pews comes the message of peace and safety. The congregations are lulled to sleep while words of rage, accusation, and suspicion flow out of the mouths of the serpents in order to take their lives if they can. I have heard some of these words. "No man can keep the commandments of God continually." When I have borne the testimony of Jesus, I have been told, "You can't say that" or "Do you think you are perfect?" This is the flood of words that comes out of the serpent's mouth and the mouth of all his children.

Even so, the earth helps the woman as she sojourns in the wilderness. She is not accepted by the world, so this is her lot until Jesus comes in the clouds to take her home. Have you been born again as the man child? Have you had the commandments of God written on your heart? Do you have the testimony of Jesus? If you do, the dragon will cast a flood of words out of his mouth to wash your testimony away if He can. This being true, your glorious triumph is soon to be seen in all the earth.


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