“Yehovah is even now raising up a relatively small group of called-out men, his saints, to lead others through the coming tribulation. For the sake of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) I have often used the number “144,000” when referring to this group who, like Moses, will lead others out of their Egypt and into their promised land, the millennial kingdom. A friend suggested that I call them the “remnant” and I do like that term; Yehovah has always left a remnant of His people in the earth. But I recently came across a verse in Psalms where Yehovah Himself gives them a name.
[This article is continued from part 1 “144,000 – the virgin of Israel.]
The God of gods [El of elohim], Yehovah, has spoken and called to the earth from the rising of the sun to its going down. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, Elohim will shine forth. Our Elohim [our lawmaker and judge] shall come, and shall not keep silent. A fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous all around Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge people. He says, “Gather to Me My saints [חסידי, khaw·seed’, literally, “My kind“], who cut [כרתי, kaw·rath’] a covenant [בריתי, ber·eeth’ – a cutting] with Me by slaughter [זבח, zah’·vach].” Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for Elohim Himself is Judge. Selah (Psa 50:1-6)
The saints, His Ezrach, are Elohim kind. The Elohim of the saints is called “spirit Elohim” in Genesis 1, and these saints have become His spiritually born seed after they entered into covenant with Him by cutting their lamb or goat at His Passover slaughter. This is what I talk about at length in “The Process of Becoming as One Born in the Land.”
Yehovah is coming soon to judge all people; and most will be found wanting. But first He is going to gather together His saints, His kind, to Himself in thousands of locations throughout the earth; these saints are going to war with Him.
A day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, the like of whom has never been; nor will there ever be any such after them, even for many successive generations. A fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns; the land is like the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; surely nothing shall escape them. (Joe 2:2-3)
Who are these people who come, great and strong? And what must a man do today to be numbered among this select group of men who are chosen by Yehovah to lead many men (with their families) into the millennial kingdom; just like Moses and then Joshua did when they brought us out of Egypt and into the land of Canaan?
“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says Yehovah, “that it shall no more be said, ‘Yehovah lives who brought up Israel’s seed from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘Yehovah lives who brought up Israel’s seed from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers. (Jer 16:14-15)
There are only two kinds of men in Yehovah’s kingdom, the Ger and the Ezrach. My teaching concerning how a “Gentile becomes a Ger” and then, how that “Ger becomes an Ezrach” reveals many characteristic traits that all these men have. Here are some of them in brief.
Because Israel was disobedient and went after the elohim (the lawmakers and judges) of other nations, they were kicked out of His land. A man (an eesh) can only serve one master, just as a woman is to serve only one man. We (men) have been scattered among the nations and have been serving their elohim for so long that we no longer know who we are. But Yehovah, even now, is beginning to draw men back to Himself.
Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments [the garments of righteousness], O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean shall no longer come to you. Shake yourself from the dust, arise; sit down [on your throne], O Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion! For thus says Yehovah: “You have sold yourselves for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.” (Isa 52:1-3)
I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My case with you face to face. Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you,” says my master, Yehovah. “I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant [הברית, ha·ber·eeth’]. (Eze 20:34-37)
The future saints’ journey begins with repentance, a circumcision of the heart. He leaves the kingdom of his birth and joins himself to Yehovah and His other called-out people. He now serves only Yehovah because he has rid himself of all his covenants with the world and no longer has any obligation to his former elohim. He is now considered a Ger.
- The future saints come from all nations
- The future saints serve only Yehovah
But at Passover, the Ger enters into covenant [ברית, ber·eeth’] with Yehovah and becomes as one born in the land [Ezrach] by slaughter [זבח, zah’·vach]. A zah’·vach is always something that we kill, and then eat.
And when a stranger [ger] dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to Yehovah, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall become as one born in the land [ezrach]. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it. (Exo 12:48)
- The saints are all men (those who must be circumcised)
- The saints have experienced the 2nd birth and have become Yehovah’s spiritual seed
- The saints are in covenant with only Yehovah
These future saints were created in the flesh on the day they were born, but formed into “Elohim kind” or “saints’ as the “new man,” the spiritual man, at Passover. It is at this time that Jacob (the man of the flesh) becomes Israel (the man of the spirit). When Yehovah speaks through Moses it is always Israel that He is speaking to.
But now, thus says Yehovah who created you, Jacob; and He who formed you, Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. (Isa 43:1)
Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says Yehovah: “My son, My firstborn [בכרך, bek·ore, always male], is Israel. So I say to you, let My son go that he may serve Me.” (Exo 4:22)
His son, Israel, is the male-child found in Isaiah 7, 9, 66 and many other places.
This is the good news. A Gentile man can become Yehovah’s son! Speaking to His spiritual seed, Yehovah says,
Sons [בנים, benim] ye are to Yehovah, your Elohim … (Deu 14:1)
Oh, sooo beautiful!
- The saints are redeemed from bondage, sin, and, in these last days it seems they will be redeemed from the earth (they won’t die) as well.
All those who dwell on earth shall die; but those who have learned to dwell in heaven, by serving spirit Elohim, shall live.
Like Noah, who provided all the seed for the generations of flesh men that Israel now lives among. These saints (and those who are covered by them) will arrive in the millennial kingdom alive, and it will be from their seed that this new world will be populated.
As I said in part 1 of this “144,000” series, I want to distance myself from the book of revelation and the NT as a whole because of all the perversions in it that do not agree with Yehovah’s eternal and unchanging word and ways given through Moses and His real prophets. And one of them in particular which I must address is about what it means to be a “virgin” who is “not defiled with women”.” Like Nicodemus, we so often try to understand things in the flesh that can only be understood in the spirit. And this why Yehovah calls His supposed people ” a virgin daughter of Babylon.”
We will talk about that next time also.