Amy VanGerpen (29 Oct 2011)
"RE: Do the 144,000 Really Minister"

Hi Paul,

Hopefully the following will help answer your question:

Isaiah 61 indicates that these "servants of God" [the 144,000], in the manner of Christ's ministry (Luke 4:18-19), will preach "good tidings", which is the good news of the Gospel.
Revelation 7:2-4 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads." And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Isaiah 61:1-6"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, They shall call you the servants of our God.

Also note in Revelation 7, where we are introduced to the 144,000 I believe we see in the next section the fruit of their work in the multitudes saved during the Tribulation. I believe that they are raptured out of here, possibly the same time as the 2 witnesses, when their work is complete.

Amy Van Gerpen

Paul Wilson
(26 Oct
"Do the 144,000 Really Minister"

I read over revelation and it mentions the sealing of the 144,000 but I am not seeing that they are to minister to people on earth. Can someone please point out to me the verses that speak of their commission (witnessing to the world)?????
Also in Strong's the word Sion in re 14 could be talking about the mount on earth not heaven so are we sure they are raptured??? I just don’t understand WHY they would be raptured when they have the seal of God on them to protect them. They should be protected from anything harming them even judgment.