T.O. (1 Nov 2011)
"Paul Wilson:  The 144,000...still awaiting in a land of refuge to the North?"

Hello Paul,

I don't belong to any particular denomination but have known and followed Jesus Christ since early childhood, passionate about His Word and looking forward to His Shout any time and going home to Him!

The following is a possibility I've suspected for about 20yrs...
That the 144,000, the 12,000 from each tribe are "tucked away".  Since their exile from Assyria, the tribes travelled far into the "north country"...
I've read that many of them along the way, the long trip of one and a half years, for various reasons opted to stay where they passed by, however the ones who kept going guided by God, made it to a land of refuge in the far North, accessible through the far North, hidden from the rest of the world until a time determined by God. I believe this is why they are pure and without spot!

Just like God lead them out of Egypt on a guided trip, He may have lead them out of Assyria on a guided trip.

Scripture tells us that in the middle of the earth is "the pit" and the "great gulf", which divides this pit from Abraham's Bosom. A Hell (pit), and a Paradise with a garden of the tree of life, mount of Zion, and other peaceful lands, waters and sky (Heavens).
I believe in the parallel: "As above, so below".
I believe there may be a fertile land in which the "people of old" and the remnant of God reside,on the sides of the north, awaiting their time to be revealed to the world. During the millineum on earth, they probably have a very important task along with us!

(The ancient elder Eskimos speak of this so called legend their ancestors passed down and claim this is where they originated from.
This land, on the inside walls of the earth, supposedly consists of perpetual sunshine and paradise like weather, pretty ancient people living close to the inner openings of the inside as well as in other cities, and a holy city at the centre, and a beautiful "garden" with the tree of life at the top of the highest mountain where the whole earth can see it.  Hence, their dark skin even though they reside in such a Nordic environment.)

Upon taking a close look at some historical photographs of nomadic peoples of the far north, my heart raced when I recognized their familiar clothing, features, etc.
Many of the current far north nomadic peoples of today are not of a Native Indian origin at all, and some are.  They vary tremendously.  They are intriguing and captivating to the eye even today.  Especially the Komi/Komy people, the Sami people of extreme North Russia, people of Northern Siberia...
They tell a better and more accurate story than so called "modern manipulated history teachings" !!
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Below I've indicated some Biblical references about the lost tribes of Israel, but there are many more references also relative to an inner earth possibility, and it's polar openings.  As early as Genesis ch.1, the references begin to reveal earth's geography inside and outside.  I have conducted a whole other study on this particular possibility.  It seems that after the "flood", these polar openings became more inaccessible and divinely protected...

Today, the far north and south are off limits due to magnetic field malfunctions and the far south mostly covered by ice... for the time being.
There are no true north or true south pole "points".  Only the drawing lines of the coordinates.  The earth is actually more apple shaped at the poles due to the so called polar "basins", suggesting a "depression" inwards, a curvature into the earth.  As if the earth were donought-shaped from a top or bottom view.
I believe no one or nothing can go beyond approx. 90 degrees, because this is where it begins to "dip" into a depression.
Aircraft gyroscopes loose it at this point !
It seems like quite a few explorers in the past have accidentally navigated or flown into these areas, and given us incredible accounts and details but today the idea is ridiculed and dismissed. 

We should wonder why all the secrecy of these "guarded and monitored" areas even today !!
We should wonder why the farther north one goes, the milder it gets and eventually open ocean and green land, tropical birds, mosquitoes and animals, etc.
We should wonder why all icebergs are "fresh water" which occasionally carry with them tropical plants, colored pollen and non-local animals ?
Satellites show "filled in" or "blocked" visuals of these areas, but once in a while they slip up.
I for one don't believe the "scientific" theory of mass inside the earth.  I believe in a concentric force design, holding it all together as only God could design.

Deu 30:4  If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

Job 26:10 He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters, At the boundary of light and darkness. (NKJV)
* The polar circular basins on the surfaces ?

Job 38:8  Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
Job 38:8  "Who enclosed the sea with limits when it gushed out of the womb,

Job 38:29  Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?
Job 38:30  The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

Psa 48:2  Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
Isa 5:26  And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:
Isa 11:10  And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
Isa 11:11  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 26:20  Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast
Isa 35:8  And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it;but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
Isa 35:9  No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
Isa 35:10  And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isa 40:22  It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

Isa 43:6  I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; (KJ)
Isa 43:6  I'll say to the north, 'Give them up'! and to the south, 'Don't keep them back!' Bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the ends of the earth— (ISV)

Isa 45:8  Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

Jer 3:12  Go, proclaim these words to the north, and say, 'Return, unfaithful Israel,' declares the LORD. 'I won't look on you in anger, for I am gracious,' declares the LORD. 'I won't remain angry forever.
Jer 3:13  'Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have rebelled against the LORD your God, and have scattered your favors to strangers under every green tree. But you haven't obeyed me,' declares the LORD.
Jer 3:14  "Return, unfaithful people," declares the LORD, "for I am your husband. I'll take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I'll bring you to Zion.
Jer 3:15  I'll give you shepherds after my own heart, and they'll shepherd you with knowledge and good sense."
Jer 3:16  And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
Jer 3:17  At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.
Jer 3:18  In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.

Jer 23:8  But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Eze 26:19  For thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee;
Eze 26:20  When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living;

Zep 2:3  Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.

Mat 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Mat 27:52  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Mat 27:53  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
* After death, Jesus went down into Abraham's Bosom, in the Chamber/Paradise.
*Jesus went to "both" Chambers after death and before ascention to Heaven.

Although this beggar was not named, this is an actual account rather than a parable:

Luk 16:19  There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luk 16:20  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luk 16:21  And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luk 16:22  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luk 16:24  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Luk 16:25  But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Luk 16:26  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
*Abraham's Bosom, A Chamber/Paradise

Luk 23:42  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luk 23:43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise
*Jesus had not yet ascended to heaven..., He descended to Paradise ?

John 10:16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Act 2:19  And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
** such as the northern and southern lights

Rom 10:7  Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

Php 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Eph 4:8  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Eph 4:9  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Eph 4:10  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

2Pe 3:5  For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

Rev 5:13  I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, and on the sea, and everything that is in them, saying, "To the one who sits on the throne and to the lamb be praise, honor, glory, and power forever and ever!"
Rev 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

The Hebrew Book of "Esdras" 13:39-50
* The tribes taken to a new land far into the North, by way of a highway, called "Arsareth", which took about 1.5yrs to travel to, some stayed along the way...
The Hebrew Book of Enoch
* Many references about the inner/hollow earth, as well.  The Bible makes a couple of references to the book of Enoch.  It contains amazing information about these topics and much more !  It contains much history and interesting facts.

Northern & Southern Lights: Aurora Borealis - Aurora Australis
Psa 135:7  He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.

Amos 9:2  Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
*Entry is God Protected from those who seek it...to this day !

Some additional info:
the 1st below in an excellent illustration,
God Bless You,