Hi John B, I enjoyed reading your interpretation regarding four winds, etc. Have you considered that the 144, 000 virgin Jews are youth who are an endtime army which have not had any relations with the opposite sex because they are 12 - 19 years old but have received Jesus Christ as Lord (Messianic jewish youth and gentile youth). Many prophecies regarding the youth have been given. Also, I would consider this interpretation that they are not all "jews" by man's interpretation but use the Word to interpret who is a Jew.Romans 2:28-29 (KJV)
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.We have been grafted in when we accept Jesus Christ, the Lion of Judah/where the name "Jews" comes from ...not all people from / or born Israelites are called Jews, Judah and Israel were two different kingdoms at one time and the two sticks coming together shows the distinction of the two kingdoms. Believers in Jesus (tribe of Judah) are now in His lineage, therefore; by circumcision of our heart aren't we now called Jews.Ezekiel 37:15-18 (KJV)
15 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
To the church in Smyrna:Revelation 2:9 (KJV)
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
To the church in Philadelphia:Revelation 3:9-10 (KJV)
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
I would like to hear responses to my interpretation of this from anyone here on the Five Doves. I'm still tr