The 144000 and the Fifth Trumpet Plague

The 144,000 and The Daughters of Zion are “the Remnant of Israel” and they will be the only believers that will be alive to greet the Son of Man at His second coming.  The rest of the believers will have been martyred.  This conclusion is based on the Fifth Trumpet Plague, which is the focus of this article.

And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of Elohim in their foreheads. (Revelation 9:3-4 KJVm)

 

According to John, all mankind will be affected by the Fifth Trumpet Plague, all except those men which have “the seal of Elohim” in their foreheads.

And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living Elohim: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our Elohim in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. (Revelation 7:2-4 KJVm)

 

 

 

The 144,000 (which represent the 12 tribes of Israel) are the only males that will be sealed “with the seal of Elohim in their foreheads.”  

 

 

 

Based on this initial evidence, one could conclude  that if there were any other believers alive at that time then they would also be affected by the Fifth Trumpet Plague.  

At first glance it would appear that  the 144,000 men are the only ones protected from the Fifth Trumpet Plague.   However, this isn’t the case.

 

 

Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before The Son of Man.  (Luke 21:36 KJVm)

Notice that the Son of Man instructs us to pray that we are counted “Worthy to Escape” the future apocalypse and to be found alive “standing” with the Son of Man at His Second Advent.

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion,  and with Him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1 NIV)

 

According to John,  the only ones identified as found “standing” with The Lamb at the time of His Second Coming are the 144,000, which confirms our initial conclusion.

 

 

THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL

 

 

Now notice that they are counted according to one of the twelve tribes of Israel.  

 

A PROPHETIC CENSUS

“Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one. (Numbers 1:2 NIV)

This counting of the 144,000 works  like an Old Testament census, where the men were counted and recorded by name according to the family and tribe they were a part of.

Women were also counted. However, they weren’t registered in their own name.  Rather, their identities were based on the family ties of their men.

This process of taking a census also applies to Bible prophecy.  Take Noah for example.

NOAH'S EIGHT
NOAH’S EIGHT

Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of Eloah waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. (I Peter 3:20 KJVm)

 

The Scriptures identifies a group of eight individuals that survived the flood.

And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Genesis 6: 10 KJV)

 

 The male count was four men, which were documented by name.

But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. (Genesis 6: 18  KJV)

 The female count was also four.  However, these woman weren’t identified by their own name, rather, they were simply recognized as the wife of Noah and the wives of his three sons.

Another past example is that of Lot  and the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah.

LOT AND DESTRUCTION OF SODOM & GOMORRAH
LOT AND DESTRUCTION OF SODOM & GOMORRAH

  And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. (Genesis 19:30 KJV)

The prophetic scriptures identify a group of three individuals, which survived the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.  The male count was one man, which was recognized by his name; Lot.

And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. (Genesis 19:30 KJV)

 

The female count was two women, which were identified simply as Lot’s daughters.

 

So, in the flood scenario and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, both the “surviving” men and women were counted.  The difference was that the men were recorded by their names and the women were identified by virtue of their ties to their men.

WHICH BRINGS US TO TODAY

When Adonay shall have washed away the filth of the Daughters of Zion and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. (Isaiah 4:4 KJVm)

 

Isaiah chapter 4 identifies a group of women, which the prophet identifies as “The Daughters of Zion.”

Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. (Isaiah 4:3 NIV)

 

Like the 144,000 men, which will be recorded “standing” on Mount Zion, these Daughters of Zion will also be found on Mount Zion and will be “recorded among the living in Jerusalem.”

In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, “We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!” (Isaiah 4:1 KJV)

And just as the 144,000 men are counted, the women will also be counted.  Specifically seven women to every one man.  And like an Old Testament census, the number of the Daughters of Zion will be recorded, according to the tribal name, which the men are a part of.

So, just as Noah’s wife, his daughter in-laws and Lot’s two daughters were protected from their prospective calamities, the Daughters of Zion are also going to be protected from the Fifth Trumpet Plague. 

 IN REVIEW

And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of Elohim in their foreheads. (Revelation 9:3-4 KJVm)

 

 

The Fifth Trumpet plague is designed to afflict all mankind except those that have the seal of Elohim in their foreheads.

And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. (Revelation 7:2-4 KJVm)

 

The 144,000 will be the only men sealed and protected from The Fifth Trumpet plague…

 

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1 NIV)

 

…and will be found alive “standing”on Mount Zion with The Son of Man at His Second Coming.  

 

THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL

 

The 144,000 will be counted and their names will be recorded according to the tribes they are a part of.  

Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. (Isaiah 4:3 NIV)

 

Similarly, the Daughters of Zion will also be “recorded among the living” on Mount Zion  in Jerusalem”….

In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, “We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!” (Isaiah 4:1 KJV)

 

…and will also be counted according to the tribal name, which the men are a part of.

 

This “elect” group of men and women are “The Remnant of Israel.”   And they will be the only believers that will be alive at the Second Coming of the Messiah.  All other believers will have been martyred by that time.  If there were any other believers alive at that time, then they would also be afflicted by the Fifth Trumpet Plague.

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