The Message of the 144,000 Future Jews for Jesus*
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God
to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for
Since the formation of Israel on May 14, 1948, Christians worldwide have
stepped up efforts aimed at getting the gospel message out to the Jewish
people. Many of these "good news" recipients are hearing for the first
time fundamental facts such as, Jesus was a Jew, and, the current
outpouring of Christian support for the nation Israel is Biblically
based. Sixty years of sincere evangelism has Jews flocking to Jesus in
record numbers. Yet scores more remain undecided, or uninformed, about
the messianic claims of Christ.
Among this latter grouping, are 144,000 Jews destined for spiritual
greatness. They will witness the Christian Church vanish from the earth
in a twinkling of an eye, which is the likely event prompting them to
realize that Jesus Christ was, is, and will always be the Messiah! Left
behind, these individuals will commence to administer the gospel of
Christ in a perilous period of time.
Revelation 7:5-8 identifies these future evangelists by their ancient
tribal origins. From each of the following twelve tribes come 12,000
members who commit themselves toward godly servitude: Judah, Reuben,
Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph,
and Benjamin. According to Revelation 7:9-10, these 144,000 witnesses
turn out to be instrumental in escorting many end time souls to salvation.
Curiously, these twelve tribal patriarchs are not listed in their
chronological birth order. Since the Bible normally identifies
genealogies chronologically, this contrast is attention getting. Judah,
listed first, was actually the fourth son of Jacob and his wife Leah,
and Manasseh, Joseph’s son, is listed before his father. Similarly the
other names are not listed in any apparent order, or are they?
Conspicuous scriptural abnormalities like this compel a deeper analysis.
A standard starting point of exploration is to discern the meaning of
the names to see if they are message-formatted. This method finds
application in the case of the 144,000 witnesses.
The Meaning of the Names: Judah- Praise God; Reuben- behold a son; Gad-
good fortune; Asher- happiness; Naphtali- my wrestling or struggle;
Manasseh- God has caused me to forget; Simeon-hearing; Levi-joining or
grafting in; Issachar- God hath given me my hire, or has reinstated me;
Zebulun- elevated or elevated position; Joseph- adding or increasing;
Benjamin- son of the right hand.
The Message of the Names: Praise God! Behold a Son of good fortune and
happiness. My struggle, God has caused me to forget. Hearing of our
grafting in, God has reinstated me into an elevated position, increased
by the Son of the right hand.
The Mission Statement: Inherent in these oddly ordered names, appears to
be the ministerial message of the 144,000 witnesses. Their "Mission
Statement" should read as follows: Praise God for the gospel of Christ,
a Son of good fortune and happiness. My struggle with sin and the Mosaic
Law, God has caused me to forget. Hearing of the mystery of our grafting
in with the Gentiles, God has reinstated me into an elevated position of
ministry once again, and is increasing those being saved through Christ,
the Son of the right hand.
These post-rapture Jews will be among the "Firstfruits" of the restored
"My people Israel" period. This is a future point in time, whereby the
Jewish people regain their former "Client Nation" status. For over 2000
years, in fulfillment of Hosea 1:9, the Jews existed in a "not My
people’ condition. The rebirth of the nation Israel in 1948 set the
stage for their entitlement reclassification process. They are soon to
be reinstated as "My people Israel". Forthcoming events that occur
during this period of time are detailed in my book, ISRALESTINE, The
Ancient Blueprints of the Future Middle East, available at
Briefly stated, with the sudden disappearance of the Christian Church,
God’s people Israel, formerly recognized as the "Chosen People", take
center stage once again. Performing in the main arena at the time will
be the 144,000 Jewish evangelists. Their faith in Christ, understanding
of the Bible, and Christian artifacts like books, commentaries, tapes,
videos, songs, and other assorted teachings, will undoubtedly escort
them through their end times gospel campaign.
Corresponding with the mysterious exit of Israel’s greatest fan club,
the Evangelical Church, comes the daunting realization that the Jewish
State is left behind to fend for itself. If not fulfilled beforehand,
the Arabs of Psalm 83, and then the Russian – Iranian led coalition of
Ezekiel 38 and 39, will each advance against Israel for their piece of
the chosen pie.
Against this amazing backdrop, these 144,000 witnesses accomplish one of
the greatest worldwide revivals in history. At the cost of a martyr’s
death, many will come to accept Christ as their Savior. Therefore, the
good news today is that the gospel continues on tomorrow, through the
faithful efforts of the 144,000 future Jews for Jesus.
Romans 1:16, NKJV; emphasis added
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
Apocalyptic fiction series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.
Name definitions primarily collected from Easton’s Bible Dictionary, and
Holman Bible Dictionary
Regarding the mystery: Romans 11:25, Ephesians 3:3-6. Regarding the
grafting in: Romans 11:17-24
Pertinent My people Israel passages are Ezekiel 38:14,16, Ezek. 39:7,
Ezek. 25:14, Ezek. 36:8,12, Hosea 1:10, Romans 9:26
Also here is good audio of Rev 17 and 18
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Revelation 17 [1990s]