The Revelation’s 144,000!
A Lunar Sabbath Perspective
Brothers and Sisters it’s time… like no other time… to study the book of The Revelation! Not only is it time to study the book of The Revelation but... it’s time to study the book of The Revelation from a Torah pursuant and THEREFORE Lunar Sabbath perspective!
In this article you will discover who the 144,000 are as well as who the ‘innumerable multitude’ are and what distinguishes the two groups from the rest of believers. You will discover how to avoid the 5 month long scorpion-like stings from demons in the horrifying remedial discipline of the 5th Trumpet Judgment. You will also discover the name of the Anti-Messiah and what day of the week he will proclaim as the day of his worship, i.e. THE MARK OF THE BEAST! Prepare to be shocked! You will discover numbers that deny any possibility of the Sabbath being found on the pagan planetary god calendar the whole world follows after today! The timing of the ‘GREAT SIGN’ found in Revelation 12:1, which reveals the timing of Messiah Yeshua’s birth and the timing of the ‘GREATER EXODUS’ yet to come, will also be discovered! Prepare to be shocked yet again! And you will discover the one and only means to enter yourself into The New Covenant in order to be fully prepared in your hope to become one of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim and or the Bride of Messiah יהושע. This is a fairly long article, about a 90-minute read for the average reader, so allot an appropriate amount of time, it’s an awesome Sabbath Day study, grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable and soak it all in. I hope you’ll be one of those willing to put in the time required to reap the rewards that are found within.
The Blessing and Imminency
In the beginning of The Revelation we’re told...
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and guard what is written in it, for the time is near. (The Revelation 1:3 The Scriptures ’98)
I would like to think the same thing about those who will take the extra time it will take to read this article, I know there is a blessing here for those who will read from the beginning to the end.
The Revelation, verse 1...
Revelation of יהושע Messiah, which Elohim gave Him to show His servants what has to take place with speed. And He signified it by sending His messenger to His servant Yohannan, who bore witness to the Word of Elohim, and the witness of יהושע Messiah – to all he saw. (The Revelation 1:1 The Scriptures ’98)
It is important to note that The Revelation יהושע shares with John is purposed to reveal what will ‘take place with speed’, in other words events that will begin to take place shortly after the giving of The Revelation itself and most experts place the writing of The Revelation at about 96 A.D. The speed with which The Revelation was to unfold was again emphasized at the end of The Revelation. In chapter 22 we read...
“See, I am coming speedily! Blessed is he who guards the words of the prophecy of this book.” (The Revelation 22:7 The Scriptures ’98)
And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near. (The Revelation 22:10 The Scriptures ’98)
“And see, I am coming speedily, and My reward is with Me, to give to each according to his work. “I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Taw’, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. (The Revelation 22:12-13 The Scriptures ’98)
All of these verses of The Revelation are telling us the prophecies of The Revelation have been unfolding since its writing and continue to unfold today.
The Seven Seals
As I read The Revelation it seems to me that we are presently living during the 5th Seal. The first 4 Seals are the four horsemen.
The 1st Seal and therefore the first horsemen riding a white horse is holding a bow and given a crown and he goes out overcoming and to overcome. The symbology of the words ‘white’, ‘bow’ and ‘crown’ speaks of righteousness, might and victory. To me, this rider carries a righteous warning of what is to come and he is able to back up what he says with his might and he is claiming victory before the battle is even engaged! It is a custom of the east to always announce what a person intends to do ‘before’ they do it. The white horse rider seems to be reflective of this custom.
The 2nd Seal and therefore the second horseman riding a red horse goes out with his mission to take peace from the earth with a great sword.
The 3rd Seal and therefore the third horseman riding a black horse goes out holding a pair of scales. Hyper inflation results, leading to famine.
The 4th Seal and therefore the fourth horseman riding a pale horse goes out with the name Death and is followed by the grave. They’re given authority over a fourth of the earth to kill with the sword, hunger and death. These four horsemen representing the first four Seals are in order, a warning of Truth followed by War, Famine and Pestilence! These four horsemen have ridden and are riding now. They began to ride in the distant past, dating back to the time of John, and continue to ride today.
This brings me to where I believe we are today, The 5th Seal. The martyrs cry out,
“How long, O Master, set-apart and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And there was given to each one a white robe, and they were told that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brothers, who would be killed as they were, was completed. (The Revelation 6:10-11 The Scriptures ’98)
The 6th Seal, which has not yet taken place, is that of the ‘great earthquake’...
And I looked when He opened the sixth seal and saw a great earthquake came to be. And the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.
And the stars of the heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its unripe figs, being shaken by a strong wind.
And heaven departed like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
And the sovereigns of the earth, and the great ones, and the rich ones, and the commanders, and the mighty, and every slave and every free one, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
And said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him sitting on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb,
Because the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (The Revelation 6:12-17 The Scriptures ’98)
This great earthquake should be a huge billboard sign that leaves no uncertainty as to where we’re at in our end of days journey. Generally speaking, Sunday Christians believe they will have been raptured off the planet by the time the events prophesied in the book of The Revelation take place and therefore don’t believe the book of The Revelation applies to them. I would think even Sunday believing Christians who are depending upon the pre-trib Rapture will by this time realize how wrong they’ve been and that The Great Tribulation has just begun and that the entire book of The Revelation does in fact apply to them! But then again, maybe not!
At some point down the road from where we are today there has to be a restoration of the mechanisms of THE MASTER'S CLOCK, the Creator’s Cosmological Calendar. I believe that restoration must take place prior to the Great Tribulation and have no doubt that the restoration of the mechanisms of THE MASTER'S CLOCK will be associated with this great earthquake when the sun, moon and stars are altered from their present state. I have come to understand the main natural operating force in the universe is electricity, not gravity. As a matter of fact electricity is 10 to the 39th power stronger than gravity and it pushes and pulls whereas gravity only pulls. All cosmological bodies in the universe have electrical charge and when stars, planets, moons, asteroids and comets come into close proximity with one another they can exchange electrical charge in extraordinarily destructive fashion, even to the point of creating earthquakes, craters and canyons and disrupting orbital values, which is what will reset THE MASTER'S CLOCK! Chapter 6 verses 12-17 of The Revelation looks very much like a cosmological electrical discharge event. There is no doubt in my mind that we will have a close flyby in our solar system in our near future and it will restore the 360-day year with 12 30-day months! Then and only then can the 1260-day prophecies make sense. I think there can be no doubt there is a connection between the restoration of the Creator’s Cosmological Calendar and the mission of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim.
Sealing of the 144,000
The Great Tribulation begins with The 7th Seal. The 7th Seal is divided into 7 Trumpet judgments that are all momentarily put on hold until the 144,000 servants of Elohim are sealed.
And after this I saw four messengers standing at the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
And I saw another messenger coming up from the rising of the sun, holding the seal of the living Elohim. And he cried with a loud voice to the four messengers to whom it was given to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees until we have sealed the servants of our Elohim upon their foreheads.”
And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed out of all the tribes of the children of Yisra’el: (The Revelation 7:1-4 The Scriptures ’98)
Over the millennia untold volumes have been written questioning the literal or symbolic nature of the number of servants sealed. Mistaking the 144,000 as the Bride of Messiah in its entirety, people therefore see the 144,000 number as being symbolic, believing that of the many billions of mankind who have lived since Adam 144,000 is just too small a number to be a realistic representation of the Bride of Messiah. There are also those who have seen the 144,000 as a literal number and of course their denomination fulfills that number and they alone constitute the Bride of Messiah. It is only when the reader of The Revelation understands that the 144,000 are a special end of days group of believers, a 'subset' of those who become the Bride, who are being given a special mission that takes place during The Great Tribulation that we can begin to believe in the 144,000 as being a literal number and I have no reason to believe otherwise. It is interesting to note that the present world population is approximately 7.3 billion. If Messiah יהושע were to come today each one of the 144,000 would represent approximately 1 of 50,000 people alive today!
Of the tribe of Yehudah twelve thousand were sealed, of the tribe of Re’uben twelve thousand were sealed, of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed,
Of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed, of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed, of the tribe of Menashsheh twelve thousand were sealed,
Of the tribe of Shim’on twelve thousand were sealed, of the tribe of Lewi twelve thousand were sealed, of the tribe of Yissaskar twelve thousand were sealed,
Of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed, of the tribe of Yoseph twelve thousand were sealed, of the tribe of Binyamin twelve thousand were sealed. (The Revelation 7:5-8 The Scriptures ’98)
Here too, people have a difficult time believing that of the 144,000 there will be 12,000 sealed from each of the 12 Tribes listed; the tribe of Ephraim is not listed but is represented by the tribe of Joseph which is listed, the tribe of Dan is left out and has no representation. They can only imagine that the numbers are symbolic since the 10 tribes of the Northern Kingdom were scattered and never returned to the Promised Land and over the course of time have entirely lost their identity. Therefore how could 12,000 of each of those 10 tribes be sealed with the seal of Elohim? But I think it is important to remember that without the calling of the Father no one comes to Messiah יהושע. Should I think that the Father doesn’t know who is who and who He’s called that His purposes revealed in His prophecies can be fulfilled? ABBA יהוה is in charge, He knows what He’s doing and I see no reason whatsoever to think these numbers are anything but completely literal.
The Innumerable Multitude
After this I looked and saw a great crowd which no one was able to count, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands,
And crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Deliverance belongs to our Elohim who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
And all the messengers stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped Elohim,
saying, “Amen! The blessing, and the esteem, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the respect, and the power, and the might, to our Elohim forever and ever. Amen.”
And one of the elders responded, saying to me, “Who are these dressed in white robes, and where did they come from?”
And I said to him, “Master, you know.” And he said to me, “These are those coming out of the great distress, having washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
“Because of this they are before the throne of Elohim, and serve Him day and night in His Dwelling Place. And He who sits on the throne shall spread His Tent over them.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun strike them, nor any heat,
Because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and lead them to fountains of waters of life. And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (The Revelation 7:9-17 The Scriptures ’98)
Chapter 7 verses 9-17 of The Revelation leap forward in time to the end of The Great Tribulation. This “great crowd which no one was able to count” represents all those who come through The Great Tribulation to become the ‘grapes of wrath’ of יהוה They are the last minute addition to the Bride of Messiah. This ‘innumerable multitude’ is the mission that the 144,000 are given to call out of the lands of exile to join The Greater Exodus back to the Promised Land of Israel. During The Greater Exodus back to the Promised Land of Israel I believe there will be a tremendous restoration of truth and this ‘innumerable multitude’ will have many foundational truths taught to them, there will be a great deal of repentance and the 144,000 along with the leading of the Ruach HaKodesh will play an instrumental role in that restoration. Once they arrive at the border of Israel they will pass under the rod of judgment in Ezekiel 20 to become the Bride of Messiah... but, there will still be many rebels who will be purged from those destined to become the ‘innumerable multitude’!
“As I live,” declares the Master יהוה, “do not I, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out, reign over you?
“And I shall bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the lands where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out.
“And I shall bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and shall enter into judgment with you face to face there.
“As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Mitsrayim, so I shall enter into judgment with you,” declares the Master יהוה.
“And I shall make you pass under the rod, and shall bring you into the bond of the covenant,
and purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me. From the land where they sojourn I bring them out, but they shall not come into the land of Yisra’el. And you shall know that I am יהוה. (Ezekiel 20:33-38 The Scriptures ’98)
In the Apostolic Writings we have this parallel verse from Matthew 7...
“So then, by their fruits you shall know them-
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens.
“Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’
“And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:20-23 The Scriptures ’98)
Those two passages should give us a clue as to who the Innumerable Multitude and 144,000 are! Nevertheless, we’ll know for sure who the 144,000 are once we get to chapter 14 of The Revelation later on.
The Seven Trumpet Judgments of the 7th Seal
With the beginning of chapter 8 in The Revelation we’re taken back to the beginning of The Great Tribulation that begins with the 7th Seal, which is divided into 7 Trumpet Judgments.
And when He opened the seventh seal, there came to be silence in the heaven for about half an hour. (The Revelation 8:1 The Scriptures ’98)
This is serious! Really serious! The Great Tribulation begins with the first four trumpets which without elaboration destroy 1/3rd of the trees via burning along with all the grasses, 1/3rd of the sea becomes blood, 1/3rd of the living creatures in the sea die and 1/3rd of the ships are destroyed, 1/3rd of the rivers are turned bitter from a falling star named Wormwood and many men die, and 1/3rd of the sun and moon are struck and 1/3rd of the stars darkened resulting in 1/3rd of the day not shining and 1/3rd of the night.
The Horrifying 5th Trumpet Judgment!
That’s serious but we haven’t seen anything yet, the judgments that follow are designed to strike directly against rebellious humanity! The severity of the first four trumpet judgments helps us put into perspective what we’re told in the last verse of chapter 8...
And I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in mid-heaven, crying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those dwelling upon the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three messengers who are about to sound!” (The Revelation 8:13 The Scriptures ’98)
Can you begin to imagine how terrible these last three trumpet judgments must be for them to be called ‘woes’? Considering the end result of the first four trumpet judgments these last three must surely exceed our imagination!
Now we will begin to consider why I said what I said in the beginning of this article...
“Brothers and Sisters it’s time… like no other time… to study the book of The Revelation! Not only is it time to study the book of The Revelation but... it’s time to study the book of The Revelation from a Torah pursuant and THEREFORE Lunar Sabbath perspective!”
And the fifth messenger sounded, and I saw a star from the heaven which had fallen to the earth. And the key to the pit of the deep was given to it.
And he opened the pit of the deep, and smoke went up out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun was darkened, also the air, because of the smoke of the pit.
And out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth, and authority was given to them as the scorpions of the earth possess authority.
And it was said to them that they shall not harm the grass of the earth, or any green matter, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of Elohim upon their foreheads.
And it was given to them that they should not kill them, but to torture them for five months. And their torture was like the torture of a scorpion when it stings a man.
And in those days men shall seek death and shall not find it. And they shall long to die, but death shall flee from them.
And the locusts looked like horses prepared for battle, and on their heads were crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.
And they had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.
And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots of many horses running into battle.
And they have tails like scorpions, and stings. And in their tails is their authority to harm men five months.
And they have over them a sovereign, the messenger of the pit of the deep, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apolluon. (The Revelation 9:1-11 The Scriptures ’98)
Here once again we see mention of ‘the seal of Elohim upon their foreheads’. So far the only ones to have ‘the seal of Elohim upon their foreheads’ are the 144,000 servants of Elohim. In both verses 4 and 10 we’re told that only those ‘men’ who do not have ‘the seal of Elohim’ upon their foreheads are to be stung with the scorpion-like sting. The word translated as ‘men’ is the Greek word ‘anthropos’ and although it can mean ‘mankind’ and therefore include men, women and children I don’t think it includes anyone other than ‘males’ who have reached the age of accountability in this case. Therefore, if you are an adult male living during The Great Tribulation, even if you are a ‘so-called’ believer, it seems reasonable to infer that unless you’re one of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim you are going to suffer this horrible fate of being stung by scorpion-like demons for five months! This torment will be so unbearable you’ll seek death but not be able to die!
A lesson we desperately need to learn is that ALL of יהוה’s judgments are remedial and it is through this horrible judgment of the 5th Trumpet that יהוה will finally get the attention of the vast majority of those ‘end of days’ adult males who eventually become a portion of the ‘innumerable multitude’! I can tell you for certain, after reading The Revelation, ABBA יהוה has my attention, I do not want to experience the fate of being stung by terrorizing demons for 5 months if I can help it.
If you are female you may be tempted to say at this point, “Ah, this has nothing to do with me, I’m female, I don’t have to worry about this 5th Trumpet Judgment of scorpion-like stinging demons and it doesn’t look like I have to worry about becoming one of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim either, I’ve got more important things to do than read this article!” There are a couple points I’d like you to consider.
1) The ‘innumerable multitude’, which constitutes the Bride of Messiah, will have to come to the same faith and obedience that the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim practice.
2) As a woman, can you imagine how you’ll feel when your brother, father, husband or son is experiencing this ‘hell on earth’, suffering to the point that they long to die? You, as a female, are a person of great influence. Exercise that influence to encourage your male loved ones to do all they can to avoid this remedial judgment before it arrives! And if they do become victims of their own choices it will be good for them to have someone who actually knows what’s going on and someone who can encourage them. It will be important and somewhat comforting for them to know for instance that the 5th Trumpet Judgment will last no longer than 150 days, i.e. 5 months, and that they will live through this judgment, they are not going to die. It may be encouraging for them to know יהוה is doing what He is doing in order to get their attention about keeping His ways and that the ‘good plan’ that He has for them is just around the corner.
3) Can you imagine your joy and pride in having successfully influenced a male in your life to the point that they actually become one of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim? Let me encourage you, if you’re female keep reading, it is phenomenally important that you do!
Are You Ready To Meet Your Maker?
You’ve no doubt heard the question, “Are you ready to meet your Maker?” It would seem, even at the late hour of the beginning of the Great Tribulation, there are only 144,000 men alive who can honestly say, “Yeah, I’m ready to meet my Maker!” I am not saying that these 144,000 are know-it-alls, far from it, my guess is that it is their King David-like, whole hearted worship of יהוה alone that sets them apart, they will have removed all paganism from their worship. This is speculation on my part but it may well be that the 144,000 may not have every detail of obedience figured out, there may be a lesson or two that they will be taught in order to bring them into perfect compliance with The 10 Words Covenant before they are sealed.
I was once asked if I thought I was one of the 144,000 and I laughed at the thought of it... but I’m not laughing now! I am not one to entertain visions of grandeur, and certainly not so presumptuous as to say, “I am one of the 144,000” but after having studied this subject in The Revelation, never having considered it before, I have concluded, if Messiah יהושע comes quickly in my lifetime, I will say without apology, “I very much want to be one of the 144,000 servants of Elohim!” ABBA יהוה's calling is sure and without His calling no one will become the Bride of Messiah יהושע much less one of His 144,000 sealed servants but surely in the fact that this 5th Trumpet Judgment is recorded for us in The Revelation we’re given a chance to heed the warning and show ABBA יהוה our heart’s desire and make the most of the opportunity in front of us to prepare in the hope of becoming one of the 144,000.
Who are the 144,000?
What can we do to prepare ourselves in the hope of becoming one of the 144,000 or how will we recognize them if we’re not one of them? Chapter 14 of The Revelation gives us a number of clues.
And I looked and saw a Lamb standing on Mount Tsiyon, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s Name written upon their foreheads. (The Revelation 14:1 The Scriptures ’98)
Here for the first time we see what the ‘seal’ of Elohim actually is. It is ABBA יהוה's Name! This is the first attribute of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim. I have no idea how ABBA יהוה's Name is manifested upon the foreheads of the 144,000 servants of Elohim in the sense that the 144,000 are recognizable by demons and humans but clearly the 144,000 have the distinct honor of bearing ABBA יהוה's Name!
The 144,000 and The 10 Words Covenant
Another way of looking at this sealing via ABBA יהוה's Name is from the perspective of The 10 Words Covenant. The 3rd Commandment is,
“You do not bring the Name of יהוה your Elohim to naught, for יהוה does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught. (Exodus 20:7 The Scriptures ’98)
From this we can infer that the 144,000 servants of Elohim are not profaning ABBA יהוה's Name! How can we profane ABBA יהוה's Name you ask? The pagan multitudes all around us are doing it every day without having a clue. And when I say ‘pagan multitudes’ I am not talking about the atheists and agnostics, nor the members of vast numbers of what we would call pagan religions, I’m talking about professing believers in Messiah יהושע of Scripture! They presumptuously take the Name of ABBA יהוה and then continue in their paganism, thereby profaning His Name. As a matter of fact the first two commandments of The 10 Words Covenant strike at the heart of paganism.
The 1st Commandment of The 10 Words Covenant;
“I am יהוה your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery.
“You have no other mighty ones against My face. (Exodus 20:2-3 The Scriptures ’98)
Regarding the 1st Commandment, have you ever given it much thought that the Gregorian calendar that the entire world follows today has as the names of its weekdays seven pagan planetary gods! Do you suppose that this honor given to the pagan deities would be in violation of the 1st Commandment when ABBA יהוה says, “You have no other mighty ones against My face.” In Exodus 23 after describing His designed function of the week in verse 12 יהוה tells us in no uncertain terms in verse 13 to not even mention the names of other mighty ones!
“Six days you are to do your work, and on the seventh day you rest, in order that your ox and your donkey might rest, and the son of your female servant and the sojourner be refreshed.
“And in all that I have said to you take heed. And make no mention of the name of other mighty ones, let it not be heard from your mouth. (Exodus 23:12-13 The Scriptures ’98)
The 2nd Commandment of The 10 Words Covenant;
“You do not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of that which is in the heavens above, or which is in the earth beneath, or which is in the waters under the earth,
you do not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, יהוה your Elohim am a jealous El, visiting the crookedness of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
but showing kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and guard My commands. (Exodus 20:4-6 The Scriptures ’98)
Notice here in the 2nd Commandment how pagan worship is juxtaposed with those who love יהוה and keep His commandments. It doesn’t take long to judge any nation via its architecture and artwork. Take a look at the buildings human beings around the world have erected, gargoyles abound! The very precipices of many government buildings are burdened with the statues of pagan gods as is the Capitol Building of the United States where Columbia is perched. In many city squares you’ll find pagan deities honored with carvings of stone.
Of course this same violation of the 2nd Commandment is even pervasive within the Roman Catholic Church as well as all other pagan religions.
The 3rd Commandment of The 10 Words Covenant;
“You do not bring the Name of יהוה your Elohim to naught, for יהוה does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught. (Exodus 20:7 The Scriptures ’98)
I’ve already addressed the 3rd Commandment above but I will also say, it is my contention that if you’ve kept any one of the pagan planetary god weekdays, whether it’s Friday, Saturday or Sunday, as your Sabbath then you’ve not only violated the 4th Commandment but also certainly violated the 1st Commandment and the 3rd Commandment as well.
The 4th Commandment of The 10 Words Covenant;
This then, brings us face to face with the 4th Commandment, which reads,
“Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart.
“Six days you labour, and shall do all your work,
but the seventh day is a Sabbath of יהוה your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
“For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore יהוה blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart. (Exodus 20:8-11 The Scriptures ’98)
I have heard it said, “The Sabbath is a test commandment.” The point being that if you’ll commit yourself to keep the 7th Day Sabbath then you’ll have no problem committing yourself to the other 9 Commandments as well. On the other hand committing yourself to the other 9 Commandments does not necessarily mean you’ll commit yourself to keeping the 4th Commandment of Sabbath observance. And I would certainly agree with that mode of thinking, however, that doesn’t prevent anyone from committing to keep a false 7th Day Sabbath, like Saturday, which is The Huge Assumption that millions are making! Nothing will ever replace the need for discernment!
יהוה makes it clear throughout Scripture that keeping the 7th Day Sabbath is ‘a sign’ between Him and His people. In other words the 144,000 servants of Elohim who are honored with the seal bearing His Name will be keeping the true 7th Day Sabbath that He has set-apart. I’ll site a few passages where this is clearly stated. As you read the passage from Ezekiel 20 quoted below please pay special attention to how ‘idol worship’ is juxtaposed with the commandment to set-apart the 7th Day Sabbath. This will come into play later on when we look at the definition of the Greek word ‘parthenos’ translated as ‘maidens’ or ‘virgins’ in The Revelation.
And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
“And you, speak to the children of Yisra’el, saying, ‘My Sabbaths you are to guard, by all means, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, to know that I, יהוה, am setting you apart.
‘And you shall guard the Sabbath, for it is set-apart to you. Everyone who profanes it shall certainly be put to death, for anyone who does work on it, that being shall be cut off from among his people.
‘Six days work is done, and on the seventh is a Sabbath of rest, set-apart to יהוה. Everyone doing work on the Sabbath day shall certainly be put to death.
‘And the children of Yisra’el shall guard the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant.
‘Between Me and the children of Yisra’el it is a sign forever. For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’” (Exodus 31:12-17 The Scriptures ’98)
“So I took them out of the land of Mitsrayim, and I brought them into the wilderness.
“And I gave them My laws and showed them My right-rulings, ‘which, if a man does, he shall live by them.’
‘And I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, to know that I am יהוה who sets them apart.
“But the house of Yisra’el rebelled against Me in the wilderness. They did not walk in My laws, and they rejected My right-rulings, which, if a man does, he shall live by them. And they greatly profaned My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My wrath on them in the wilderness, to consume them.
“But I acted for My Name’s sake, not to profane it before the gentiles, before whose eyes I had brought them out.
“And I Myself also lifted My hand in an oath to them in the wilderness, not to bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, the splendor of all lands,
because they rejected My right-rulings and did not walk in My laws, and they profaned My Sabbath. For their heart went after their idols.
“And My eye pardoned them, from destroying them. And I did not make an end of them in the wilderness.
“And I said to their children in the wilderness, ‘Do not walk in the laws of your fathers nor observe their rulings, nor defile yourselves with their idols.
‘I am יהוה your Elohim. Walk in My laws, and guard My right-rulings, and do them.
‘And set apart My Sabbaths, and they shall be a sign between Me and you to know that I am יהוה your Elohim.’ (Ezekiel 20:10-20 The Scriptures ’98)
These passages are of course speaking to all those called by ABBA יהוה throughout the course of human history of whom the 144,000 are but just a few.
I have also read the writings of others who proclaim the 4th Commandment is the only commandment that contains the attributes of a ‘seal’ in that it includes the Name, Title and Territory of the One who is the author of the ‘seal’. Although this is true we must never remove the 4th Commandment from the body of The 10 Words Covenant. In other words those ‘sealed’ with ‘the seal of Elohim’s Name’ are those who are keeping ALL of The 10 Words Covenant without any profaning delusional beliefs as to what the commandments are and how and when they should be applied, especially the 4th Commandment.
Is Saturday the 7th Day Sabbath of יהוה? This is where the rubber hits the road; this is an absolutely pivotal question that must be answered. Does יהוה share the set-apart esteem of His 7th Day Sabbath with the pagan planetary god Saturn? Let’s take just a moment to look at the word ‘Saturn’, which is the etymological root word of Saturday.
There are reasons to believe and certainly those who do believe that Saturn is just another form of the word Satan, the one being an early Latin version and the other of late Latin.
From the word ‘Saturn’ we derive the word ‘Satyr’. A ‘Satyr’ is a half goat, half human depiction of Satan.
‘Satyr’ is also spelled ‘Satur’. Satur in Chaldee is spelled STUR... The gematria of ‘STUR’ is 666!
Every day of the Gregorian calendar week is named after a pagan planetary god and Saturday is no different! Saturday is ‘Saturn’s Day’, and ‘Saturn’s Day’ is ‘Satan’s Day’!
This is why studying The Revelation’s 144,000 from a Lunar Sabbath perspective is so important. Lunar Sabbath Observance does not esteem Saturn’s Day or any other pagan planetary god weekday. Lunar Sabbath Observance proclaims the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Days of every Lunar Cycle as the 7th Day Sabbaths of יהוה just as Scripture does. This issue of 7th Day Sabbath observance, along with one other fundamental element that I’ll discuss at the end of the article, is the crucial difference between Lunar Sabbath Observers and those who esteem ‘Saturn’s Day’ as the 7th Day Sabbath that will primarily define who becomes the sealed 144,000 servants of Elohim and those who get tormented with the terrorizing scorpion-like stings of demons for 5 months leading men to wish they were dead!
It is appropriate to ask at this point, “Who has not profaned The Name of our ABBA יהוה?” The answer in the end of days is ‘the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim’! They will have lived in the world but not been of the world. They will not have lived their lives according to a calendar that honors the pagan planetary gods! Messiah יהושע calls such devotion to the pagan gods ‘hatred’ toward Him! Via the calling of ABBA יהוה and the indwelling of His Ruach HaKodesh these 144,000 have had their eyes opened to see the paganism that abounds and have cleansed themselves of it! They will not be worshipping the Living El of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob on Saturday, a.k.a. Saturn’s Day, which is also known as Satan’s Day!
A Nuance from Chapter 7 of The Revelation
Let's consider an intriguing passage from The Revelation that adds information to the text but leaves one to wonder, “Why did I need to know that?”
And I saw another messenger coming up from the rising of the sun, holding the seal of the living Elohim. And he cried with a loud voice to the four messengers to whom it was given to harm the earth and the sea;
Saying, “Do not harm the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees until we have sealed the servants of our Elohim upon their foreheads.” (The Revelation 7:2-3 The Scriptures ’98)
Why does the reader of The Revelation need to know that the messenger holding the seal of the living Elohim to seal the 144,000 comes up from the rising of the sun? It seems like useless information, even if it is true, so what! But if we stop and think for just a moment maybe we can make some sense of it and understand its importance. ‘Coming up from the rising of the sun’ would mean this very important messenger who has a very important announcement regarding a very important group of 144,000 people is coming from the east. What else rises in the east? THE MASTER'S CLOCK! The sun, moon and stars, which make up the time keeping mechanisms of the Creator’s Cosmological Calendar, all rise in the east where this messenger is coming from! From my perspective of a Full Moon Rosh Chodesh Lunar Sabbath observer all of my observations are made on the eastern horizon as the sun, moon and stars rise into view! Is this verse hinting that the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim will be keeping a restored Scriptural calendar, which is observed on the eastern horizon?
There may be a second allusion that can be drawn from this text where during The Revelation John sees “another messenger coming up from the rising of the sun...” I would think that it would be reasonable to conclude that the messenger’s work of sealing the 144,000 takes place in one 24 hour day as the sun’s light races across the earth’s equatorial circumference as the earth rotates on it’s axis. That in fact it is not a sealing process that evolves over the millennia.
A Great Sign!
And a great sign was seen in the heaven: a woman clad with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
And being pregnant, she cried out in labour and in pain to give birth. (The Revelation 12:1-2 The Scriptures ’98)
This great sign of a woman seen in the heaven is no doubt the constellation Virgo that represents the virgin birth mother of Messiah יהושע (She is the true Israel).
And while He was still talking to the crowds, see, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him.
And one said to Him, “See, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
But He answering, said to the one who spoke to Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”
And having stretched out His hand toward His taught ones, He said, “See My mother and My brothers!
“For whoever does the desire of My Father who is in the heavens is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:46-50 The Scriptures ’98)
Messiah יהושע’s brothers and sisters ‘in the Father’ are His ‘mother’, the true Israel. This same ‘great sign’ of a woman clad with the sun with a crown of 12 stars and the moon beneath her feet also represents the end of days Bride of Messiah יהושע who are making their way back to the Promised Land via The Greater Exodus, an exodus so great that יהוה esteems His name with it rather than the first exodus from Egypt.
“Therefore, see, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “when they shall say no more, ‘As יהוה lives who brought up the children of Yisra’ěl out of the land of Mitsrayim,’
but, ‘As יהוה lives who brought up and led the seed of the house of Yisra’ěl out of the land of the north and from all the lands where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell on their own soil.” (Jeremiah 23:7-8 The Scriptures 2009)
The Greater Exodus, which will take place in the near future, will no doubt begin just as the first exodus from Egypt, on the evening of the 15th Day of the 1st New Moon in the Spring.
But how can the single constellation of Virgo with the Full Moon beneath her feet and a crown of 12 stars above her head represent The Greater Exodus that begins in the Spring as well as Messiah יהושע’s birth if His birth takes place in the fall as so many teach?
I have recently stumbled across an intriguing video teaching by Jonathon Cahn that postulates the possibility that יהושע was actually born on the 1st Day of the 1st New Moon in the Spring when all of the lambs that would be used as Passover sacrifices in the Temple would be born in nearby Bethlehem. Those lambs would only be born in the Spring and then once they were a year old the following Spring they qualified as legitimate Passover Lamb sacrifices. With יהושע being the Passover Lamb of יהוה it would certainly make sense for Him to fulfill the typology by being born in the Spring as well. However, most studies on the subject of Messiah’s birth conclude that He was born in the fall during what would be the 7th Month. I have also believed this in the past proclaiming His birth to have been on Yom Teruah, the 1st Day of the 7th Month. These studies use the priestly course found in 1 Chronicles 24 which along with details found in Luke 1 and 2 can give us a fairly good idea when יהושע was born. The priestly course had 24 divisions, each division serving for 1 week. When the entire course had served the order was repeated so that a 12 month year of 48 weeks was covered by the 24 divisions of the priestly course, each division serving one week once every 6 months. This fact makes it possible for יהושע to have been born in either the Spring or the Fall and those who have believed His birth took place in the Fall do so primarily based upon John 1:14 which tells us יהושע dwelt among us but the catch is that it can also be translated as ‘did tabernacle among us’ as the YLT has done...
And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 Young’s Literal Translation)
That verse certainly gives mental images of the Fall Feast of Tabernacles, however it could also be an allusion to Messiah יהושע being the Tabernacle that was first set up in the wilderness according to Exodus 40:1-2 on... get this... the 1st Day of the 1st Month!
'On the first day of the month, in the first month, thou dost raise up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, (Exodus 40:2 Young’s Literal Translation)
In Exodus 40:2 the tabernacle is also known as the ‘Dwelling Place’ and is translated as such in many translations.
“On the first day of the first new moon, you are to raise up the Dwelling Place of the Tent of Appointment, (Exodus 40:2 The Scriptures 2009)
To further the point Messiah יהושע speaking of His own body said...
Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. (John 2:19 King James Version)
Or what may be a more emphatic translation of the verse...
יהושע answered and said to them, “Destroy this Dwelling Place, and in three days I shall raise it.” (John 2:19 The Scriptures 2009)
There is another verse that can mislead a person to think that יהושע was born in the fall and it is most often used to combat the pagan tradition of יהושע being born on the winter solstice. The verse is Luke 2:8 which reads...
And in the same country there were shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. (Luke 2:8 The Scriptures 2009)
The usual take on this verse is to say that shepherds wouldn’t have their flocks out at night during the winter therefore this verse must refer to the Fall. But is that necessarily the only explanation? Would it make sense that the shepherds were living out in the fields keeping watch over their flocks at night because it was lambing season in the Spring? That resonates within me!
יהושע’s fulfillment of the Passover Lamb typology by being born in the Spring is just too much to overlook in my estimation and therefore I believe that indeed, Messiah יהושע was born in the Spring and most likely on the 1st Day of the 1st New Moon! Why does any of that matter? Because the Great Sign of Revelation 12:1 would then be taking place in the Spring when Messiah יהושע would have been born and it would be beaconing the beginning of the Great Tribulation and the beginning of the Greater Exodus back to the Promised Land when the 144,000 are sealed! For millennia Virgo has been seen with the Full Moon beneath her feet in the Spring; every Spring! But... Virgo with the Full Moon beneath her feet has not been beaconing the 1st Day of the 1st New Moon of the Year since 705 B.C.E. THE MASTER’S CLOCK must be reset prior to the beginning of the year in which the Great Tribulation and the Greater Exodus begin to take place. It is my most earnest belief that the Great Earthquake of the 6th Seal is a manifestation of an even larger astronomical event that indeed resets THE MASTER’S CLOCK and the ‘Great Sign’ of Virgo with the Full Moon beneath her feet and a crown of 12 stars above her head, which she does not presently have, will beacon the beginning of the year in which the Great Tribulation and the Greater Exodus will occur. This ‘Great Sign’ of Virgo with the Full Moon beneath her feet and a crown of 12 stars is the end of days equivalent of יהוה instructing Mosheh that this is the beginning New Moon of New Moons for you prior to the exodus from Egypt...
And יהוה spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon in the land of Mitsrayim, saying,
“This new moon is the beginning of new moons for you, it is the first new moon of the year for you. (Exodus 12:1-2 The Scriptures 2009)
Once the Great Earthquake resets THE MASTER’S CLOCK and Virgo appears in the Spring with the Full Moon beneath her feet AFTER the Vernal Equinox and a crown of 12 stars appears on Virgo’s head it will be the most unmistakable beacon for all those who are going to participate in the Greater Exodus back to the Promised Land to get ready to move out two weeks later on the 15th Day of the 1st New Moon just as Israel moved out under the command of Moses from the bondage of Egypt on the 15th Day of the 1st New Moon! All of this is in perfect harmony with the context of the remainder of Revelation 12.
And his tail draws a third of the stars of the heaven and throws them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, to devour her child as soon as it was born.
And she bore a male child who was to shepherd all nations with a rod of iron. And her child was caught away to Elohim and to His throne. (The Revelation 12:4-5 The Scriptures 2009)
These two verses obviously speak to HaSatan’s opposition to the birth of Messiah יהושע and the birth itself.
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by Elohim, to be nourished there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. (The Revelation 12:6 The Scriptures 2009)
In this verse we see the first reference to the Greater Exodus when those who know what to do and when to do it begin their journey back to the Promised Land under the protection of The Almighty (Psalm 91). It is at the beginning of this 1260-day period that the 144,000 are sealed and I believe their sealing is for the purpose of shepherding this flock back to the Promised Land! This 1260 day period is also prophesied in Daniel 7:25 which speaks of “a time, times and half a time” as 3.5 years (1260 days) when the Beast will come against those believers who were left behind and didn’t participate in the Greater Exodus and will become martyrs. This is also the time frame when the Beast will change the appointed times and especially the 7th Day Sabbath making Saturn’s Day the Mark of the Beast!
And there came to be fighting in the heaven: Miḵa’ěl and his messengers fought against the dragon.
And the dragon and his messengers fought, but they were not strong enough, nor was a place found for them in the heaven any longer.
And the great dragon was thrown out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who leads all the world astray. He was thrown to the earth, and his messengers were thrown out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in the heaven, “Now have come the deliverance and the power and the reign of our Elohim and the authority of His Messiah, for the accuser of our brothers, who accused them before our Elohim day and night, has been thrown down. (The Revelation 12:7-10 The Scriptures 2009)
Here HaSatan and his minions are cast out of heaven and in his absence peace prevails in heaven.
“And they overcame him because of the Blood of the Lamb, and because of the Word of their witness, and they did not love their lives to the death.
“Because of this rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has little time.” (The Revelation 12:11-12 The Scriptures 2009)
Who are “they” who overcame and did not love their lives to the death? For those who would say angels can’t die you may want to take a second look! But woe unto the earth, all hell is about to break out!
And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child.
And the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, to fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. (The Revelation 12:13-14 The Scriptures 2009)
Here again we have references to both the birth of Messiah יהושע and the woman who gives birth, the true Israel, being given two wings of a great eagle to fly into the wilderness to her place where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time which is 3.5 years or 1260 days according to a 360 day year. This is once again a reference to the Great Tribulation and the Greater Exodus. Here again we have references to Daniel 7:25 and Daniel 12:7.
And out of his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river after the woman, to cause her to be swept away by the river.
And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. (The Revelation 12:15-16 The Scriptures 2009)
Other than the obviousness of HaSatan’s animosity toward the woman and his lack of success in coming against her this is a hard verse to interpret with any sense of certainty and I have no intention of faking it. In Daniel 12:5-6 we see mention of two men standing over the waters of the river in the context of the 3.5 years but it’s hard to say whether that has anything to do with HaSatan spewing out water like a river in The Revelation 12:15-16 especially when in Daniel 12:9 Daniel is told “Go, Daniel, for the words are hidden and sealed till the time of the end.” Maybe we’ll understand more in the near future!
And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, those guarding the commands of Elohim and possessing the witness of יהושע Messiah. (The Revelation 12:17 The Scriptures 2009)
HaSatan is enraged with the woman and goes to fight against the ‘remnant of her seed’... who would that be? I am assuming it is a reference to those who keep the commandments and possess the witness of Messiah יהושע but didn’t participate in the Greater Exodus and eventually pay for that mistake with their becoming martyrs.
Here we have chapter 12 telling us that the Bride of Messiah is associated with the sun moon and stars, in other words she is keeping time via THE MASTER’S CLOCK rather than the pagan planetary god calendar of Pope Gregory XIII. As she is led by the 144,000 back to the Promised Land via The Greater Exodus, during the Great Tribulation, she has learned of THE MASTER’S CLOCK and adopted it as her own, having finally understood the 4th Commandment and disposed herself of Saturn’s Day observance to keep the Full Moon Rosh Chodesh Lunar Sabbath, therefore she is keeping all of The 10 Words Covenant and possesses the witness of יהושע Messiah!
I am convinced that as the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim lead the ‘innumerable multitude’, i.e. the end times Bride, back to the Promised Land via the Greater Exodus during the Great Tribulation they will teach and correct the beliefs and practices of those who are called out by יהוה, there will be an overwhelming outpouring of the Ruach HaQodesh!
The Great Earthquake!
This ‘Great Sign’ prophecy is not written in a vacuum, it has a literal connection in time and space. In trying to understand the ‘Great Sign’ we may also need to consider what has taken place during the 6th Seal, the ‘Great Earthquake’!
And I looked when He opened the sixth seal and saw a great earthquake came to be. And the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.
And the stars of the heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its unripe figs, being shaken by a strong wind.
And heaven departed like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. (The Revelation 6:12-14 The Scriptures ’98)
I am convinced this ‘Great Earthquake’ resets the mechanisms of THE MASTER’S CLOCK and the year returns to 360 days in length divided by 12 30-day months. This enables the prophecies cloaked in 3.5 years, 42 months and 1260 days to all co-exist in perfect harmony, something that can’t be done today. And as I’ve said above I don’t think the details of the ‘Great Sign’ can be met in that the Full Moon can be seen beneath the feet of Virgo in order to beacon the 1st Day of the 1st New Moon, which must take place after the Vernal Equinox, not yet, not until THE MASTER’S CLOCK is reset. This ‘Great Earthquake’ is so massive that it restructures the face of the earth. If you’re already planning your route back to the Promised Land during the Greater Exodus you’re no doubt wasting your time, things are going to look altogether different!
A Numbers Problem for Saturday Keepers
Let’s now take my argument against Saturday keepers as acceptable candidates for the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim one step further.
If we hinge the credentials of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim on their faith in Messiah יהושע and an adherence to The 10 Words Covenant and ‘IF’ Saturday is the correct day fulfilling the 4th Commandment then there is a numbers problem to say the least!
I’d like to consider three denominations along with the Messianic/Hebrew Roots Movement that all keep ‘Saturday’ as the 7th Day of Elohim and would also consider themselves to keep The 10 Words Covenant and of course believe יהושע is the Messiah. Those denominations are the Seventh Day Adventist church (SDA), the Church of God 7th Day and the Worldwide Church of God. As we consider these church membership numbers please remember that only 144,000 men will be spared the tormenting scorpion-like stings of the demons during the 5 month 5th Trumpet Judgment, all other men will suffer this terror and want to die!
According to the official website of the SDA their total membership as of 2014 was 18,479,257! The official website of the Church of God 7th Day claims 300,000 members as of 2015 and the Worldwide Church of God, which exploded in the mid 1990’s, had a total membership of 150,000 in the early 1970’s (the WCG splintered into hundreds of groups and I have no idea what their current membership numbers would total today). I also have no way of knowing how many people there are around the world today that associate themselves loosely with the Messianic/Hebrew Roots Movement but their numbers are surely growing with congregations and Sukkot sites around the world.
What we need to do is break down what membership numbers we do have and give an estimate for those we don’t have and I am going to postulate a guess that the total number of people associated with these ‘Saturday’ keeping groups’ totals approximately 20,000,000! That’s 20 MILLION! If we could agree, just for the sake of making some sense out of these numbers, that, let’s say one out of five of those 20,000,000 are adult men. I think in today’s world that is probably a pretty conservative estimate. That leaves us 4,000,000 יהושע believing, 10 Words Covenant keeping, ‘Saturday’ observing adult men from which the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim would be selected. The other 3,856,000 men who believe in יהושע as the Messiah, keep The 10 Words Covenant and observe ‘Saturday’ get to look forward to the 5-month long 5th Trumpet Judgment when they will be tormented by terrorizing scorpion-like stings from demons causing them to wish to high heaven they were dead but won’t be able to die! Do you see a problem with that? Where’s the justice? Surely the 144,000 aren’t selected via a roll of the dice leaving a huge contingent of those who are just as qualified hanging in the wind wondering which direction the next scorpion-like stinging demon comes from! Right?
Now then, enter into the equation those who observe the Lunar Sabbath. I know of no one who has any numbers of any kind that would give us an idea as to how many Lunar Sabbath observers there are in the world today but you can rest assured their numbers are few, although I have every reason to believe they are growing! And when you consider the different factions within Lunar Sabbath observance based on what phase of the moon is used to beacon Rosh Chodesh the numbers fall even further, but still they are growing. As I’ve already stated I am a Full Moon Rosh Chodesh Lunar Sabbath observer and there can be no doubt that among the factions within the Lunar Sabbath community the Full Moon Rosh Chodesh group is the smallest of the contingents. Here again, although I am convinced that Full Moon Rosh Chodesh Lunar Sabbath observance is the only legitimate Sabbath observance I cannot see there being enough יהושע believing and 10 Words Covenant keeping adult males within our Full Moon Rosh Chodesh Lunar Sabbath community to fulfill the roles of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim today. Does that mean that we Full Moon Rosh Chodesh Lunar Sabbath observing adult males of today will not be the 144,000? Not necessarily. Our numbers could spike dramatically with an outpouring of the Ruach HaKodesh anytime soon or it may well be that Messiah יהושע isn’t coming back quite as soon as we may like and a whole another generation of young bucks will take on the role of the 144,000. Whether or not my generation of adult males is the one which has the privilege of fulfilling the role of the 144,000 is really a moot point, if we’re not called upon to serve in that capacity what we can do is take joy in setting the stage for those who do become the 144,000! On the one hand I want Him to come soon so badly and then on the other hand I don’t feel like I’ve prepared for His coming and it is extremely difficult for me to see this old goat as one of the 144,000! If not me then maybe one of my sons or grandsons will make the grade!
The 144,000 Sing A New Song
Here we continue our evaluation of who the 144,000 are according to Chapter 14 of The Revelation. The second attribute being, the 144,000 sing a new song, a song that no one else is able to learn.
And I heard a voice from the heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; the voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the one hundred forty-four thousand who have been redeemed from the earth. (The Revelation 14:2-3 NRSV)
Personally, I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket! Can’t sing a lick! Couldn’t remember a lyric if my life depended upon it! But I have always said, “Someday... I will sing!” Learning this ‘new song’ would be a great place to start!
Trying to define the ‘new song’ my NRSV Third Edition translation has a cross reference to chapter 5 verses 9-10 of The Revelation but that ‘new song’ is sung by the ‘four living creatures’ and the ‘24 elders’ not the 144,000. Furthermore the ‘new song’ of the 144,000 is sung before the throne and before the ‘four living creatures’ and ‘24 elders’ and it’s a song that no one but the 144,000 could learn. The ‘new song’ of chapter 5 on the other hand is recorded word for word in verses 9 and 10. Taking that into account the ‘new song’ recorded in chapter 5 verses 9 and 10 is certainly not the ‘new song’ of chapter 14. No, it’s a ‘new song’ that no one can learn but the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim. Could the ‘new song’ be of a ‘new language’?
The third attribute of the 144,000 is that they are not defiled with women for they are virgins!
They are those who were not defiled with women, for they are maidens. (The Revelation 14:4a The Scriptures ’98)
It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins; (The Revelation 14:4a NRSV)
That brings a lot of questions to mind! If taken literally (most don’t) this would narrow the field of applicants significantly! Are the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim literally ‘virgins’ undefiled by women? The 100% literal interpretation of this verse is by far the cleanest of all options, but can it be the right interpretation? Amongst over 7 billion people alive on planet earth today, could we find 144,000 adult ‘sexually virgin’ males who believe in Messiah יהושע and keep The 10 Words Covenant (Full Moon Rosh Chodesh and Lunar Sabbath)? Honestly... it exceeds my imagination! But... even though the thought exceeds my imagination, that is no basis for building a belief that it can’t be so. If the verse is to be taken literally as though the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim are adult male believers in Messiah יהושע who keep The 10 Words Covenant as it was meant to be kept (Full Moon Rosh Chodesh and Lunar Sabbath) AND are ‘sexual virgins’ then surely Messiah must yet tarry for at least the next generation who are brought up in true righteousness prior to their adult years for there to even be 144,000 adult and ‘sexually virgin’ men who are completely undefiled with women to choose the sealed servants from!
To take it perfectly literally would eliminate all married men since they are no longer ‘virgins’. Even though there is nothing defiling about a man and woman coming together in the one flesh union within the provision of legitimate marriage, these men would still be subjected to the tormenting scorpion-like stings of the demons for 5 months just because they’re not ‘virgins’! There is also within the ranks of married men a problem that most will discover far too late and that is that there are a lot of men sitting in the front pew who have married divorced women who’s husband still lives! That man is totally defiled! He is basking in the light of holiness all the while he is up to his eyeballs in adultery! That would be a violation of the 7th Commandment. There are men who have committed fornication and adultery but have repented, are they eligible? Has the repentance put an end to their being defiled with women? I would think so but my opinion doesn’t count and certainly not if the ‘virgins’ stumbling block is to be taken literally. So far none of these questions and answers are providing anything that really helps solve the problem, at least if the verse is to be taken literally. Could the 144,000 be a group of men who have literally never been defiled with a woman and are ‘virgins’? Sure... as unimaginable as that may seem. There is this verse that is stuck in my head that just makes total sense to me and seems applicable here. After being questioned by the Pharisees about marriage and divorce Messiah’s disciples came to Him and said,
“If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is good not to marry.”
And He said to them, “Not all receive this word, but only those to whom it has been given,
For there are eunuchs who were so born from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the reign of the heavens. He who is able to receive it, let him receive it.” (Matthew 19:10-12 The Scriptures ’98)
Could a widower become a eunuch for the sake of the reign of the heavens?
Could a repentant adulterer become a eunuch for the sake of the reign of the heavens?
Could a repentant whoremonger become a eunuch for the sake of the reign of the heavens?
Could ‘I’ become a eunuch for the sake of the reign of the heavens? Or is it left to the literal ‘virgin’ that chooses not to marry and therefore chooses to become a eunuch for the sake of the reign of the heavens? Time certainly will tell!
There is another view however...
The symbolic view is easily but only partially summarized by understanding the word ‘women’ to mean ‘false religion’! I say, “partially summarized” because if we continue to interpret the word ‘virgin’ literally the interpretation would force us to understand ‘virgin’ as one who has never had a ‘false religious relationship’ and therefore an adult male who is a ‘false religious virgin’. From my point of view today, you couldn’t count 144,000 adult males who have not been defiled by false religion from birth since false religion has so completely permeated our cultures. The only way I can see the word ‘virgins’ to be taken literally in the sense of ‘false religious virgins’ from birth is, once again, if Messiah tarries and there is yet time for a new generation of actual commandment keeping male believers to grow from birth to the age of accountability never having been defiled by false religion and they are therefore literally ‘virgins’.
If Messiah is to come very soon then I would think it more reasonable to interpret the word ‘virgins’ symbolically and therefore simply as men who have ‘put away’ false religion. The problem with that is the very second I say that I am allowing my own desire for Messiah יהושע to come quickly and my desire to become one of the 144,000 to influence my interpretation of the verse. It sits down in the driver’s seat and drives my human reasoning. Exegesis flies out the window and eisegesis takes the wheel! That should always raise red flags!
It’s time to take a look at the definition of the word translated above as ‘maiden’ but usually translated as ‘virgins’.
It is Strong’s G3933, the transliteration of which is ‘parthenos’. The Thayer Definition goes as follows.
a. a marriageable maiden
b. a woman who has never had sexual intercourse with a man
c. one’s marriageable daughter
a man who has abstained from all uncleanness and whoredom attendant on idolatry, and so has kept his chastity
a. one who has never had intercourse with women
The question I put to you is, “Does the 2nd definition of ‘parthenos’ solve our problem?” I’m hoping it does! Although we can continue to struggle with the issue of whether or not a man has remained ‘idolatry chaste’ from birth or has ‘put away’ his idolatry and therefore is ‘idolatry chaste’ I am going to leave the door open to hope!
Let me make this personal, can I, as a divorced man who has certainly been defiled with women in the past and who is obviously not a virgin become one of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim? I honestly have no desire to ever marry again. I’ve chosen to become a spiritual eunuch for the sake of the reign of the heavens, at least to the degree that I can. Obviously I can’t change my past! And let me be clear, I’m a filthy sinner still in need of grace, I’m not deluded, but I’ve striven to put away all of the paganism I can find in my life, turning over every rock to expose the false religion that has wormed its way into my world in order to stomp it out of existence. I search the Scriptures to know and apply ABBA יהוה's ways, pursuing His commands. And of course I love Messiah יהושע, believing that He has paid for my sin, He is my Creator, Savior, Redeemer and soon coming King! Striving in both the physical and spiritual realms, I’m a eunuch and virgin wannabe! Are those the credentials of those who are called to be one of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim? With those attributes in my résumé would I, if Messiah יהושע should come quickly, have a shot at becoming one of the 144,000? I don’t know, may ABBA יהוה's will be done, but I can tell you I really do want to be of their number!
First-Fruits To Elohim And To The Lamb!
The fourth attribute of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim is their relationship with Elohim and The Lamb.
They were redeemed from among men, being first-fruits to Elohim and to the Lamb. (The Revelation 14:4b TS2009)
Hmmm.... That’s enough to make you think! If it weren’t for the fact that the demonic hoard’s authority to sting men in the 5th Trumpet Judgment is limited to those men who do not have the seal of Elohim, therefore excluding the 144,000, I could easily believe the 144,000 have been given their resurrection bodies at the time of their sealing. But with the need for that limited authority there is an obvious protection extended to the 144,000 that wouldn’t be necessary in my mind if the 144,000 had already received their spiritual resurrection bodies. With that thought in mind I have to believe that the 144,000 remain mortal men sealed of Elohim with the task to gather the ‘innumerable multitude’ from the four corners of the earth and prepare them for the judgment to come. They will receive their spiritual resurrection bodies at the same time and along with everyone else of the first-fruit resurrection.
Another thought that captures my mind is; since the 144,000 are ‘redeemed from among men, being first-fruits to Elohim and the Lamb’ is it necessary for them to undergo the judgment in Ezekiel 20, which I believe is the ‘consummation’ of the betrothal phase of The New Covenant? Without a doubt, if they are required to succumb to that ‘consummation judgment’, they will surely pass with flying colors having already become sealed servants of Elohim. So what would be the point of their being judged again? Here my gut is telling me that the 144,000 will not undergo the ‘consummation judgment’ of Ezekiel 20 and Matthew 7; they’ve already been judged and found worthy when they were sealed with the seal of Elohim at the beginning of the Great Tribulation, if that were not the case they would never have been sealed with the name of the Father in the first place!
Walking the Talk
The very next verse from the section we’re studying from the 14th Chapter of The Revelation discloses the fifth attribute of the 144,000 and it also gives me hope.
They are those following the Lamb wherever He leads them on. (The Revelation 14:4b The Scriptures ’98)
Allow me to explain... I think a few of you will be able to relate.
In 2004 I had come to the point that I felt I could no longer continue to worship at the Assembly of God church that I was attending. I had come to some conclusions concerning what it meant to be ‘born again’ and they ran very contrary to that denomination’s doctrine. I wanted to leave but I didn’t know where to go. On April 23rd of 2004 I did a word search on the Internet using these key words, ‘born again’. I think I skimmed through 28 articles before I found one that used the same verses I used and came to the same conclusions I had come to and for the first time I realized I am not alone! And if I was nuts, at least I had company! But the article used words I had never heard before like ‘Ruach HaKodesh’ and it spooked me just a tad. That along with the fact that this website wasn’t a denomination that I could affiliate with also became a roadblock. Several days later I did the same word search, on May 3rd of 2004 to be exact. This time I found another article written by John W. Ritenbaugh, pastor and founder of the Church of the Great God in Charlotte, North Carolina, which was again using the same verses and coming to the same conclusion. After reading Mr. Ritenbaugh’s article ‘You Must Be Born Again!’ I immediately went to their home page and found the link to their fundamental beliefs page, once there I discovered they were 7th Day Sabbath observers! It was one of those moments when you know, that you know, that you know! In a moment I knew I was supposed to be keeping The 7th Day Sabbath. The only problem was that I was working in a steel mill as an overhead crane operator and the rotating shift at the steel mill had me working every other weekend, there was no way I could keep The 7th Day Sabbath and keep my job!
I stayed put, I studied... and two years later I quit!
I wanted it so bad that I quit a great paying job for my skill set on September 29th, 2006. There was no doubt in my mind I would never make that kind of money again and as a crane operator I had every reason to believe I could milk that job all the way to retirement. I chose the 7th Day Sabbath instead! Looking back I have absolutely no regrets even though I am broke beyond belief!
The blessing of showing my heart’s desire to follow the Lamb wherever He leads me on is that 5 years after I quit I realized I had quit a great paying job and secure financial situation that I could have rode all the way to retirement for a ‘false 7th Day Sabbath’, Pope Gregory’s Saturday! It was in 2010 at the Feast of Tabernacles that I was given 4 DVD’s on the Lunar Sabbath produced by Troy Miller, a Dark Moon Conjunction advocate. I told the man that gave them to me that I would watch them even though I had already been poisoned on the subject. I took them home and for 4 months they sat on my table and haunted me every time I walked by. When I finally bucked up and became a man of my word by actually watching them I was blown away! I had another one of those you know, that you know, that you know moments! At that time I was, and continue to be, working with my son in our own carpentry business. And although I had the liberty to take off any day I chose, it has been a hardship in that he keeps Saturday and as a Full Moon Rosh Chodesh Lunar Sabbath observer most of the time I’m taking off a day between Monday and Friday of the pagan week. Typically, he can’t work without me and I can’t work without him, it’s costing us big time! Nevertheless, there are no regrets.
I do not write this to impress anyone but rather write it as a model for the reader that shows there are people out there that are making radical choices to follow the Lamb wherever He leads. I only write of this because I know there are a few of you Full Moon Rosh Chodesh Lunar Sabbath keepers out there, that can relate with similar choices of your own. You and I are to follow the Lamb wherever He leads us on! Should the end of days come in our lifetime will you and I be qualified to become one of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim? Not without His calling! Nor without His TRUE 7th Day Sabbath! But we must realize that it is ABBA יהוה's calling that leads us to true obedience! As a Lunar Sabbath observer it is overwhelmingly obvious to me that the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim will be... MUST BE... Lunar Sabbath observers who are correctly keeping the proper phase of the moon as the beacon for Rosh Chodesh, i.e. the Full Moon, in order to mark the weekly Sabbaths on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Days of every Lunar Cycle! I just want to encourage you, whoever you are, and I look myself in the mirror as I say this, heed the warning of the 5th Trumpet Judgment and out of your love for the Lamb strive to continue to follow Him wherever He leads you! There is no price too high to pay!
Redeemed From Among Men
In verse 4c we see the sixth attribute of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim. They are redeemed from among men.
They were redeemed from among men, being first-fruits to Elohim and to the Lamb. (The Revelation 14:4c The Scriptures ’98)
Here again the word translated as ‘men’ is the Greek word ‘anthropos’, the same word we’ve already discussed when considering who would suffer the 5th Trumpet Judgment. And once again, even though ‘anthropos’ can mean mankind and therefore include men, women and children I believe it only means men in this case, i.e. males of the age of accountability. Throughout Scripture the genders are given rights and responsibilities and in this case the burden of responsibility to fulfill the mission placed before the 144,000 falls on the shoulders of men who have prepared themselves to meet the task at hand.
No Falsehood Found In Their Mouths
Here in verse 5 we see the seventh and final attribute of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim. Every word they speak is true!
And in their mouth was found no falsehood, for they are blameless before the throne of Elohim. (The Revelation 14:5 The Scriptures ’98)
This is more than saying the 144,000 never lie, it is saying that whenever the 144,000 speak their words are true! A normal person can speak something they ‘believe’ to be true with all of their heart but that does not, in and of itself, make it true. If the 144,000 speak on Scriptural doctrine, their words will be trustworthy and true. Worshipping according to any of the weekdays of the Gregorian Calendar is paganism and therefore anyone proclaiming Saturday as the 7th Day Sabbath of יהוה has disqualified himself from any possibility of becoming one of the 144,000 who speak no falsehood and are blameless before the throne of Elohim! This is an important point and alludes to the fact that many doctrines falsely held by men will be corrected by the 144,000 during The Greater Exodus as the 144,000 lead those who eventually become the ‘innumerable multitude’ which constitutes the end times Bride of Messiah יהושע back to the Promised Land. There will be a great restoration of truth that will be established by the truth of the words spoken by the 144,000 during this time. I can’t imagine any man having that kind of understanding at this point and time, we all have a few beliefs that don’t measure up. This leads me to believe that the 144,000 men who are selected are men who have the heart of King David and worship יהוה solely. All paganism has been removed from their walk of faith. Once selected as one of the 144,000 they are given the final attributes of the 144,000 via a ‘my cup runneth over’ indwelling of the Ruach HaKodesh so that they can speak authoritatively, with no falsehood in their mouths!
The authority of the 144,000 will go far beyond the restoration of Scriptural truth to establish the faith once delivered unto the saints. Their leadership will also involve where to place the next footstep, which direction to go and when to go all the while chaos is unfolding all around them. They will undoubtedly also be involved in mediating disputes when they develop. They will be leading the multitudes back to the Promised Land via The Greater Exodus from the four corners of the Earth just as Moses and Joshua led the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt!
A ‘Type and Shadow’ of the 144,000
Often times when dealing with a prominent figure in Scripture we can find allusions to that figurehead in types and shadows recorded elsewhere in Scripture. The 144,000 are certainly a prominent end time figurehead group; can we find such a type and shadow outside The Revelation? I believe we can! I have been striving to make the case for the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim to be a group of selected men who help to gather and restore the ‘innumerable multitude’ during the Great Tribulation and Greater Exodus to the ‘faith once delivered unto the saints’, Jude 1:3;
Beloved ones, making all haste to write to you concerning our common deliverance I felt the necessity to write to you urging you to earnestly contend for the belief which was once for all delivered to the set-apart ones. (Jude 1:3 TS2009)
Let me be clear... all those who eventually become the Bride of Messiah יהושע will have come to the same faith as the 144,000 before they enter into judgment with Messiah יהושע via Ezekiel 20 and Matthew 7. The ‘innumerable multitude’ will have been ‘prepared’ by the 144,000. So with that in mind where is the type and shadow of the 144,000 recorded in Scripture?
Allow me to take you to the Book of Esther in the TaNaK. In the Book of Esther we have many types and shadows. There is a King, Sovereign Ahashwerosh, there is a Queen, Sovereigness Vashti, and there are Eunuchs, most important in this case is Hegai. There is a good guy, Mordechai and there is a bad guy, Haman! There are beautiful women including Esther, whose Hebrew name is Hadassah.
Always keep in mind that in all that I write ‘I could be wrong!’ Nevertheless, I’d like to share with you what has come to me as I consider the type and shadow of the 144,000. The way I see it, Sovereign Ahashwerosh is a type and shadow of our Messiah, King יהושע! The rebellious Sovereigness Vashti is a type and shadow of Mystery Babylon, also known as the Queen of Heaven. The lovely young maidens who are gathered and prepared to go before the King are a type and shadow of all those who participate in the Greater Exodus back to the Promised Land during the Great Tribulation. Of course Hadassah (Esther) is a type and shadow of those of the ‘innumerable multitude’ who actually pass the judgment of King יהושע in Ezekiel 20 and become the Bride of Messiah and the true Queen of Heaven! So then whom do you suppose make up the type and shadow of the 144,000?
Especially Hegai. These eunuchs are the servants of the King; they have his trust and confidence.
Then the sovereign’s servants who attended him said, “Let lovely young maidens be sought for the sovereign, and let the sovereign appoint officers in all the provinces of his reign, and let them gather all the lovely young maidens to the citadel of Shushan, into the women’s quarters, under the hand of Hegai the sovereign’s eunuch, guardian of the women, to give their preparations. “And let the young woman who pleases the sovereign be sovereigness instead of Vashti.” And the word pleased the sovereign, and he did so. (Esther 2:2-4 TS2009)
Very clearly we see that ‘lovely young maidens’ were gathered from all the provinces of the King’s reign just as all those who are gathered from the four corners of the earth to participate in the Greater Exodus back to the Promised Land. Once gathered, the ‘lovely young maidens’ were placed under the supervision of the King’s eunuch Hegai who would oversee the ‘lovely young maidens’ preparation to go before the King just as all those gathered from the four corners of the earth to participate in the Greater Exodus back to the Promised Land will be prepared by the 144,000 to go before King יהושע in the judgment prior to going into the Promised Land. That judgment is recorded for us in Ezekiel 20 and Matthew 7. Once the King had ‘known’ all of the ‘lovely young maidens’ he selected one as his new Queen to replace Vashti. To ‘know’ a woman in the Scriptural sense is to pass judgment on her, it is the consummation of the ‘betrothal’ phase of the marriage. In spite of western marriage traditions, the consummation of the betrothal phase of the marriage should come ‘before’ the wedding supper! King יהושע will meet with each one of us face-to-face in judgment before we are accepted as His Bride, there will be many who will fail this face-to-face judgment recorded in Ezekiel 20 and Matthew 7. Those who do pass under the rod of judgment and meet our King’s approval will become the Bride of Messiah יהושע, the King’s new Queen of Heaven replacing Mystery Babylon, daughter of the Chaldeans!
Now when the turn of each young woman came to go in to Sovereign Ahashwerosh after she had completed twelve new moons according to the regulations for the women – for the days of their preparation were completed as follows: six new moons with oil of myrrh, and six new moons with perfumes and with the preparations of women – thus prepared, the young woman went to the sovereign, and whatever she asked for was given to take with her from the house of the women to the sovereign’s palace. In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned to the second house of the women, into the hand of Sha ashgaz, the sovereign’s eunuch, guardian of the concubines. She would not come in to the sovereign again unless the sovereign delighted in her and called for her by name. And when the turn came for Esther, the daughter of Abihayil the uncle of Mordekai, who had taken her as his daughter, to come in to the sovereign, she sought no matter but what Hegai the sovereign’s eunuch, guardian of the women, advised. And Esther found favour in the eyes of all who saw her. And Esther was taken to Sovereign Ahashwerosh, into his royal palace, in the tenth new moon, which is the new moon of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. And the sovereign loved Esther more than all the women, and she found favour and loving-commitment in his eyes more than all the maidens. And he set the royal crown upon her head and made her sovereigness instead of Vashti. (Esther 2:12-17 TS2009)
So what can we draw from this? It is of paramount importance that we make note of the passage above that tells us whatever the women thought would impress the King was given to them from the house of the women to take before the King. Hadassah however, was a very intuitive young woman. She placed her trust in Hegai the King’s eunuch who knew what the King liked! When it came time for her to go before the King she took only Hegai’s advice with her! At the end of the Greater Exodus back to the Promised Land each and every one of us who participate in the Greater Exodus will come face-to-face with King יהושע and in His presence He will pass judgment upon us. When you come into the presence of King יהושע do not lean on your own understanding! Remember what the 144,000 sealed servants of יהוה have taught you during the Greater Exodus and go before your King with that alone!
I'll close this theme on eunuchs with this quote from Matthew 19...
But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. (Matthew 19:11-12 The Scriptures 20090)
Note that it is not necessary for everyone to become a 'spiritual eunuch' but there are men who choose this life for themselves for the sake of the Kingdom of Messiah יהושע. I find no better fit for this type and shadow than the 144,000 who for the sake of the Kingdom shepherd the 'innumerable multitude' back to the Promised Land!
The Remedial Nature of יהוה’s Judgments
But what if I am not one of the 144,000 and must endure the 5th Trumpet Judgment for whatever reason?
If I must endure the 5th Trumpet Judgment, having studied The Revelation, I at least know the torment of the scorpion-like stings will eventually come to an end and I will live through it. I will also know the judgment serves a remedial purpose, which is for my good, and that ABBA יהוה is challenging me to get serious about becoming the Bride of His Son. I’ll get through it! I remember times during Basic Training in the Army when the physical training was so intense that I would encourage myself when I thought I couldn’t go another step by saying to myself, “You’re not going to die!” No matter what happened, I knew I was going to get through it! You see, I had placed my trust in those above me in the chain of command and if I must endure the 5th Trumpet Judgment I will place my trust in THE ONE above who loves me and knows what’s good for me!
Abaddon and The Sabbath of The Anti-Messiah
I’d like to quote again a verse from chapter 9 of The Revelation already quoted above in order to complete my thoughts on the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim and the TRUE 7th Day Sabbath of יהוה.
And they have over them a sovereign, the messenger of the pit of the deep, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apolluon. (The Revelation 9:11 The Scriptures ’98)
Right there, in black and white is the coming Anti-Messiah... Abaddon! Whether Abaddon manifests himself as a human without a host or whether he chooses to indwell a human being I don’t know but there is no doubt in my mind right there before our very eyes is the name of the Anti-Messiah although it would be doubtful that he uses that name once he’s released from the pit of the deep. However, there is one thing that I have absolutely no doubt about in regard to what Abaddon will do once he is freed from the bottomless pit. Before I spill the beans let me ask you a question.
Have you ever read an article or heard a rumor about how the One World Religion that the Anti-Messiah will set up will force everyone to worship on Sunday?
That there are already Sunday laws on the books today?
Where did that belief come from? It was developed by Messiah יהושע believing, 10 Words Covenant keeping, Saturday observers of course, since we’re always pointing our fingers at the other guy!
Here is a prime example of what I’m talking about from current events of our day. I encourage you to take the time to watch this short video of a Saturday observer warning about forced Sunday observance.
Naturally I completely disagree with the Pope’s position on Sunday loyalty and observance. I wouldn’t listen to a word the Pope says, he’s a puppet on a string, and Abaddon will be his puppet master! There can be no doubt the Pope is leveraging all religious entities to fall into line with Sunday observance, that is obvious! But when Abaddon shows up on the scene he’ll yank the Pope’s chain quick and force him to submit to ‘his’ will. I also completely disagree with Doug Batchelor’s position that the whole world will one day be forced to keep Sunday as well.
Can you imagine any self-respecting Jew ever accepting anyone as their Messiah if he proclaims Sunday as the true day of His worship? Brothers and Sisters that will NEVER happen! At least, not in mass numbers. If the Jews saw anyone doing miracles but claiming Sunday as the Sabbath they would immediately quote Deuteronomy 13 and oppose him vehemently just as they do with the Christian Jesus whom they ‘perceive’ as having sought to change the Sabbath from the 7th Day to the 1st Day according to the doctrines of Sunday Christianity!
So what day will the Anti-Messiah institute as the day to worship him in his new One World Religion? If I were a movie director here's the way I'd have it play out...
On worldwide television, as headline news on every network news broadcast around the globe, Abaddon, the Anti-Messiah, will go to the Temple Mount and stand before a Torah scroll, he’ll then read from Shemoth (Exodus) 20:8-11, the 4th Commandment.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to set it apart.
“Six days you labour, and shall do all your work,
but the seventh day is a Sabbath of יהוה your Elohim. You do not do any work – you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
“For in six days יהוה made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore יהוה blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart. (Exodus 20:8-11 The Scriptures ’98)
He’ll then lift his eyes from the Hebrew text, look straight into the camera and ask,
“What part of that didn’t you understand?”
Then he’ll institute Pope Gregory’s 7th Day, “SATURDAY” as the day of worship in his new One World Religion!!!
The very same false 7th Day Sabbath the delusional Jews have been keeping for the better part of two millennia! They’ll fall all over themselves in the deception proclaiming, “The Mâshîyach, the Mâshîyach has come!”
Abaddon, the Anti-Messiah will twist Scripture just like HaSatan did in the Garden of Eden! The ‘fix’ is already in, assuring wholesale acceptance of the coming One World Religion’s false Sabbath day... Saturday, THE MARK OF THE BEAST!
Mark my word... people will turn to HaSatan via the works of Abaddon, the Anti-Messiah, and worship the dragon, on Saturday, the Black Sabbath of HaSatan!
And all the earth marveled after the beast.
And they worshipped the dragon who gave authority to the beast. (The Revelation 13:3b-4a The Scriptures ’98)
The first mark of true worship is to worship the deity in question on the day that deity demands to be worshipped, Abaddon, in subservience to HaSatan will convince the entire world to worship on Saturn’s Day, the 7th Day of the false pagan planetary god calendar of Pope Gregory XIII. Saturn’s Day is Saturday, the Black Sabbath of HaSatan, the Lord of the Rings!
It will also be an effective sell to the Seventh Day Adventist church, the Worldwide Church of God splinter groups, the Church of God 7th Day and the entire Messianic/Hebrew Roots Movement as well. Saturn’s Day keepers around the world will be taken in by THE MARK OF THE BEAST, the most obvious deception ever, at least ‘obvious’ from the Lunar Sabbath perspective!
And as far as the Sunday keepers, think about it, Abaddon will have the false prophet in his back pocket; many believe the false prophet will be the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. If that’s true he’ll be a ‘yes man’; the Roman Catholic Popes of the past have already shown they have no Scriptural standards and the current Pope is all over the place! The video below is a classic example of what I'm talking about!
If you are a Roman Catholic, you need to ask yourself, “What was that all about?” Is there an explanation for what you just saw in the video above? Or... is it just exactly as it appears to be? Because it appears to be ‘in your face’, blatant, unabashed worship of Lucifer as the creator of the universe! Actually there may be more there than meets the eye. The priest sings “May I say O’Lucifer, who knows no setting.” It is very interesting to note that in the writings of mythology the pagan planetary god Saturn was known as ‘the one who never set’! It is only now that experts are beginning to understand that the planet Saturn approached the earth from the earth’s celestial north pole, the center of the heavens, probably back at the time of Noah’s Flood and therefore never set below the Northern Hemisphere’s horizon. Saturn is Satan and Satan is Lucifer before his fall! It is also informative to know that before the city where the Vatican exists took the name of ‘Rome’ it was named after the pagan planetary god ‘Saturn’! Please understand that I have nothing against Roman Catholic Church members personally, I am only trying to use language and tools that will penetrate the smoke screen the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy has enveloped its members with preventing them from ever coming to Scriptural truth. It is highly likely you are a Roman Catholic because you were born into the Roman Catholic Church; it was grandma and grandpa’s religion and mom and dad’s of course. It’s either that or you married into the Roman Catholic Church, or it was the most convenient church to attend or the biggest and therefore the best. I know of no one who can honestly say I studied the Scriptures diligently and decided the Roman Catholic Church is a perfect representation of what the assembly of Messiah יהושע should look like and therefore joined the Roman Catholic Church. It just doesn’t work that way; we’re all loaded to the gills with huge assumptions regarding our religious affiliation. That is a huge mistake to be making and HaSatan is laughing his head off! The bottom line is the Roman Catholic Church is a whore who will sleep with any of the pagan deities and will dump Sunday worship so fast it’ll make your head spin! One Papal edict and the laity will blindly follow without so much as a nickel’s worth of protest. We must remember all of Roman Catholic Sunday Christianity, including Sunday Protestant Christianity, along with every other pagan religion is nothing more than the harlot daughters of the woman who rides the beast in The Revelation 17 and 18; her identity is Asherah, the goddess mother of all gods! Those harlot daughters will sleep with anyone, they’re whores! The Roman Catholics will be pacified in that they will be keeping the 7th Day of ‘Pope Gregory XIII’! If you’ve seen the recent picture of Kenneth Copeland and several other charismatic Protestant leaders in a photo op with the Pope in Rome then you’ll know the Protestants will follow along like a bunch of obedient little, tail wagging puppies! But the Jews will NEVER accept Sunday!
What about the Muslims?
And I saw one of his heads, as having been slain to death, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the earth marveled after the beast.
And they worshipped the dragon who gave authority to the beast. And they worshipped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to fight with him?”
And he was given a mouth speaking great matters and blasphemies, and he was given authority to do so forty-two months.
And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against Elohim, to blaspheme His Name, and His Tent, and those dwelling in the heaven.
And it was given to him to fight with the set-apart ones and to overcome them. And authority was given to him over every tribe and tongue and nation.
And all those dwelling on the earth, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the slain Lamb, from the foundation of the world shall worship him.
If anyone has an ear, let him hear. (The Revelation 13:3-9 The Scriptures ’98)
Via the overwhelming authority of the Anti-Messiah, given to the beast by HaSatan himself, the Muslims, as well as all other religions, atheists and agnostics will cave in too! They’ll ALL keep ‘Saturn’s Day’, the Black Sabbath of HaSatan, for as I’ve said before, it is THE MARK OF THE BEAST! It is only from the Lunar Sabbath perspective that this makes total sense!
Let’s talk about that for just a moment. Although ‘lawlessnesss’ in general will keep you from becoming The Bride of Messiah יהושע, the calendar, which a man keeps, is an even more specific mark and the day a man chooses to worship on defines the deity he worships, whether knowingly or not. This then brings us to the most definitive mark a man can take upon Himself, will a man worship according to THE MARK OF THE BEAST (Saturn’s Day, the 7th Day of a manmade pagan planetary god calendar) or will a man worship according to THE MARK OF THE MASTER OF THE SABBATH... MESSIAH יהושע, on the 7th Day Sabbath of Scripture reckoned via the mechanisms of The Master’s Clock, the sun, moon and stars of Genesis 1:14-19?
The Conclusion of the Matter
The conclusions are clear, the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim are a special group of men, a small portion of those who will become the Bride of Messiah, who are in perfect compliance with The 10 Words Covenant. The primary difference between them and all other male believers who portend to keep The 10 Words Covenant is that they keep the TRUE 7th Day Sabbath, the Lunar Sabbath of Leviticus 23:1-3, which is marked by the Sun, Moon and Stars of Genesis 1:14-19. They have seen the light of the Full Moon as the beacon of Rosh Chodesh, which resets the weekly cycle (Ezekiel 46:1), and have counted forward to the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Days of every Month to mark the TRUE 7th Day Sabbaths. The 144,000 have disposed themselves of all paganism and worship יהוה whole heartedly just as King David did. The 144,000 are the only men, at the beginning of The Great Tribulation that are ready to meet their Maker!
The light they have seen has exposed ‘Saturday’ as a lawless counterfeit of HaSatan, it is THE MARK OF THE BEAST which will be proclaimed by Abaddon, the Anti-Messiah, as his day to be worshipped when he is released from the bottomless pit to initiate the New One World Religion.
Our ABBA יהוה who is ‘endlessly merciful’ will use a horrifying 5-month judgment of scorpion-like stinging demons to judge all men but especially to get the attention of those who keep Saturday as their 7th Day Sabbath, it is a judgment that is so bad it is set-apart as a ‘woe judgment’ that will cause men to wish to die and yet death will evade them! In the midst of all those who will suffer this terrorizing judgment will stand the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim untouched by the scorpion-like stings of the demonic hoard. The 144,000 will stand unafflicted as a testimony to the TRUE 7th Day Lunar Sabbath!
At the same time the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim stand as a witness to the TRUE 7th Day Lunar Sabbath, which is 'the sign' between יהוה and His people, Abaddon, the Anti-Messiah will proclaim witchcraft's ‘Saturday’, i.e. ‘Saturn’s Day, the ‘Black Sabbath of HaSatan’, the false 7th Day Sabbath of the Jews, SDA, WCG, Church of God 7th Day and the Messianic/Hebrew Roots Movement, as the day he is to be worshipped! Saturday will, without a doubt, become THE MARK OF THE BEAST!
We’ve also learned the timing of the birth of Messiah יהושע along with the timing of the GREATER EXODUS, both being witnessed to by the ‘GREAT SIGN’ of Revelation 12:1 in the Spring. The duration of the GREATER EXODUS is that of the GREAT TRIBULATION, i.e. 3.5 years, 42 months or 1260 days on the restored 360-day year. Both will begin with a near future New Year in the Spring and end in the Fall when Messiah יהושע returns for His Bride. It may well be that you can count the years remaining before the ‘GREAT SIGN’ that beacons the GREATER EXODUS which takes place during the GREAT TRIBULATION with the fingers on your two hands and have fingers left over! We may be that close!
With what I’ve shared in this article from the Lunar Sabbath perspective we have a reasonably clear picture of what to look for in the end of days and who the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim are and what their mission will be, as well as why they were selected and sealed in the first place, i.e. they love Messiah יהושע and keep His commandments as they were meant to be kept. The 4th Commandment will be one of the primary factors in deciding who becomes the 144,000 and who suffers the 5th Trumpet Judgment of scorpion-like stings from the demonic hoard for 5 months, a judgment so horrible, so terrorizing, men will long to die but won’t be allowed to for it is a remedial judgment! The 7th Day Sabbath IS NOT Saturday, the 7th Day Sabbath of our ABBA is reset every lunar cycle and counted from the New Moon Day, landing on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th Days of the New Full Moon! Therefore we have what we need before us to guide us as we manifest our love for Messiah יהושע by keeping The 10 Words Covenant as they were meant to be kept. The bottom line here is this, as is always the case, “Without the calling of ABBA יהוה to His children no-one will come to be the Bride of His Son, the Messiah יהושע!”
The 144,000 and The Master’s Table
I have discussed many things in this article, some of which will have come completely out of the blue to those who are not Full Moon Rosh Chodesh Lunar Sabbath observers. However, if you are a Full Moon Rosh Chodesh Lunar Sabbath observer you may have learned a few interesting things that just hadn’t yet occurred to you but will see them as making perfect sense. There is one thing however that I have left to the last so that the few of you who have read this far will take it with you as you walk out the door, it’s that important! Don't make the mistake of taking what I'm about to say lightly, I can't emphasize that enough! This last nugget of truth will bring to light the importance of both the Calendar and the Covenant in our preparing in the hope of becoming one of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim and or The Bride of Messiah יהושע. The New Covenant is a marriage covenant between Messiah יהושע and His Bride. The 10 Words Covenant serves as the ketubah or marriage contract, they are the ‘terms’ under which Messiah יהושע will take His Bride. At the wilderness judgment that takes place before Messiah יהושע brings His Bride into the Promised Land found in Ezekiel 20 Messiah יהושע tells us,
“And I shall make you pass under the rod, and shall bring you into the bond of the covenant, and purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me. From the land where they sojourn I bring them out, but they shall not come into the land of Yisra’ĕl. And you shall know that I am יהוה. (Ezekiel 20:37-38 The Scriptures ’98)
We must realize that marriage covenants have two phases, the betrothal phase and the bound phase. The only way Messiah יהושע can bring anyone into the ‘bond of the covenant’ (bound phase) is for them to have already ‘entered into’ the betrothal phase, there is only one way that I know of to enter into the betrothal phase! Beyond the ‘terms’ and ‘vows’ of marriage covenants they also have an ‘entry rite’; it’s a foundational aspect of making a covenant between two people, in other words, no entry rite, no covenant!
What is the 'entry rite' into The New Covenant of Messiah יהושע?
I have no doubt that the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim will know the answer to that question. As a matter of fact I believe it is one of the primary reasons ABBA יהוה has the 144,000 sealed with His Name! What is the ‘entry rite’ into The New Covenant of Messiah יהושע? It is THE MASTER'S TABLE, also known as The Lord’s Supper! Not what you knew in the lawless Sunday Church nor the Passover Seder that the Messianic/Hebrew Roots Movement is trying to turn it into but rather what THE MASTER'S TABLE truly is, the ‘entry rite’ into The New Covenant, a 10 Words Covenant obedient, Messiah יהושע loving fellowship, covenantal meal! It is the only way given to become betrothed to the Messiah יהושע and there is no question in my mind that the 144,000 will have participated in THE MASTER'S TABLE prior to their having been sealed with ABBA יהוה's Name and I have to believe that if this ‘entry rite’ of the bread and the wine which are the focus of this ‘covenantal meal’ haven’t been restored prior to The Greater Exodus then surely it will be restored during The Greater Exodus to the ‘innumerable multitude’ so that after His return on Yom Teruah Messiah יהושע can bring His Bride into the ‘bond of the covenant’ via His judgment on Yom Kippur and then His drinking of the cup at The Marriage Supper of the Lamb during the Feast of Tabernacles!
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NRSV)
Neither you nor I will become the ‘innumerable multitude’ much less one of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim, who together constitute The Bride of Messiah יהושע, without first having participated in The Master’s Table. But there is no need for you to wait, you can follow this link to the article ‘THE MASTER’S TABLE ~ The ‘Entry Rite’ into THE NEW COVENANT!’ and learn for yourself what the Scriptures say about this fundamental, covenantal aspect of our relationship with Messiah יהושע. You can then make the application to your life by personally participating in THE MASTER'S TABLE, the ‘entry rite’ into the marriage covenant, and thereby ‘enter into’ The New Covenant of Messiah יהושע as an obedient believer and be fully prepared in the hope of becoming one of the 144,000 sealed servants of Elohim!
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