Back

Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 5 - WITHOUT FAULT BEFORE THE THRONE (REVELATION 14:1-5)

INTRODUCTION: HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANY KIND OF ATHLETIC CONTEST WHERE
THEY INTRODUCE THE TWO TEAMS OR THE TWO SIDES?  BOXING, FOOTBALL.  IN
CHPT 13 OF REV. WE SEE THE DRAGON ON THE SHORE AND THEN WE SEE HIS ALLIES
COME OUT OF THE SEA OR THE LAND.  IT IS LIKE WE WERE JUST INTRODUCED TO
THE OPPOSITION.  THE PICTURE THAT I GET IS THAT THEY ARE BIG AND MEAN AND
UGLY, AND IF WE HAD ANY SENSE, WE WOULD BE TREMBLING IN OUR BOOTS
RIGHT NOW.

THAT IS PROBABLY WHY WE TURN TO THE 144,000 AT THIS PT. IN REV.  IF YOU
REMEMBER IN REV. 6&7, JUST AS THINGS GET THE BLACKEST, AND THE 6TH SEAL
IS OPENED UP, THE BIBLE TAKES A CONFIDENCE BREAK AND STARTS TALKING
ABOUT THE 144,000.  HERE AGAIN, IN OUR TEXT TODAY, JUST AS THINGS LOOK
PRETTY BLEAK, JOHN STARTS TALKING ABOUT THE 144,00 AGAIN.  LETS TURN TO
REV. 14.

I. 144,000
      A. READ REV. 14:1-5.
      B. WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THIS GROUP FROM THE TEXT?
            1. LAMB AND FATHER'S NAME ON FOREHEAD.
            2. NOT DEFILE THEMSELVES WITH WOMEN/PURE
            3. FOLLOW LAMB
            4. PURCHASED FROM MEN/FIRSTFRUITS
            5. NO LIE FOUND IN THEIR MOUTHS
      C. IF YOU TAKE ALL OF THESE THINGS LITERALLY, I DON'T KNOW
            ANYONE WHO FITS THIS BILL.  ONE CRITERIA SOUNDS
            DOWNRIGHT SEXIST OR INSULTING. SO LETS EXPLORE.
      D. NAME IN FOREHEAD? WHAT THINK MEAN? LOOK AT REV.7:3.
            (SUGGEST 1)MENTAL COMMITMENT TO JESUS. 2)CLAIMED BY
                  GOD.  YOU WRITE YOUR NAME IN YOUR BOOKS, YOUR
                  CLOTHES, ETC. 
            1.DO YOU SEE AN INCONSISTENTCY BETWEEN 1&2?  THAT THE TEST IS
WHAT YOU BELIEVE VERSUS WHAT JESUS CLAIMS AS HIS OWN?
            (TEACHER'S HELPS HAVE SEVERAL SUGGESTIONS: 1) THAT A NAME IN
THE BIBLE SUGGESTED A PERSON'S CHARACTER, SO THOSE WITH THE NAME HAVE
THE CHARACTER OF JESUS. 2) A SIMILAR CONCEPT, THAT THE NAME MEANS THE
IMAGE OF GOD. 3) AS WE DISCUSSED, OWNERSHIP.)
      E. NOTICE THE PARALLEL.  IN REV. 13:16 THERE IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST,
AND IN OUR TEXT TODAY THERE IS THE SEAL OR NAME OF GOD IN THE FOREHEAD.
            1. DO YOU SEE ANY SIGNIFICANCE IN THE FACT THAT THE MARK OF
THE BEAST CAN EITHER BE IN THE FOREHEAD OR THE RIGHT HAND (13:16), BUT
THAT THE NAME OF GOD IS ONLY REFERRED TO AS BEING ON THE FOREHEAD?
(YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE MENTALLY CONVINCED TO LOSE HEAVEN.  ALL YOU HAVE
TO DO IS GO ALONG.  ON THE OTHER HAND, NO ONE JUST GOES ALONG TO HEAVEN. 
YOU HAVE TO BE MENTALLY CONVINCED.  ANOTHER IDEA IS THAT YOUR WORKS
(WHAT DO WITH YOUR HAND) CANNOT GET YOU INTO HEAVEN, BUT THEY SURE
CAN CAUSE YOU TO LOSE IT.)

      F. NOT DEFILE THEMSELVES WITH WOMEN. DOES THIS MEAN THAT WOMEN
ARE DEFILING?  DOES IT MEAN THAT THERE IS AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE HERE FOR
WOMEN, BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH WE MAY CALL THEM BAD NAMES, THE
LIKELIHOOD OF A MAN "DEFILING" HIMSELF WITH A WOMAN IS GREATER THAN A
WOMAN DEFILING HERSELF WITH A WOMAN.
            1. IS THIS A SEXUAL MATTER? KJV CALLS THEM, "VIRGINS."
            2. MEAN YOU CAN'T GET MARRIED?
            3. WHAT DOES A WOMAN OFTEN REPRESENT IN REV.? (CHURCH. PURE
CHURCH-12:1 OR IMPURE-17:3&4)
            4. SO WHAT MEANING HERE? (NOT CAUGHT UP WITH THE FALSE
CHURCH.  WE DECIDED THAT THESE POWERS OF EVIL IN THE LAST DAYS WILL
CLAIM RELIGIOUS AUTHORITY, SO THESE PEOPLE STAND APART FROM THE FALSE
RELIGIONS.)

      G. PURCHASED FROM MEN, FIRSTFRUITS (SKIP FOLLOW THE LAMB)
            1. HOW ARE THE 144K "PURCHASED"? (BY JESUS DEATH).
                  a. IF THEY ARE PURCHASED BY JESUS DEATH, ARE THEY ANY
DIFFERENT THAN YOU? (NO.  THAT IS REASON THEY ARE ALSO CALLED
"FIRSTFRUITS."  THEY PRECEED THOSE (US) WHO ARE ALSO PURCHASED.
                  b. OUR LESSON INDICATES THAT THE IDEA OF "FIRSTFRUITS"
WAS A VERY IMPORTANT IDEA IN THE OT. THE ISREALITES OFFERRED THE
FIRSTFRUITS OF THEIR CROP TO THE LORD.  THAT ACKNOWLEDGED GOD'S LOVE IN
GIVING THE HARVEST.

      H. NO LIE FOUND IN THEIR MOUTHS.
            1. YOU WOULD EXPECT THAT THOSE THAT GO TO HEAVEN WOULD NOT
BE LIARS.  WHY DOES IT MENTION THIS FOR THE 144K?
            2. IS THERE MORE HERE THAN MEETS THE EYE?  IF NOT, WHY DIDN'T
TEXT SAY THEY ARE NOT CROOKS, KILLERS, ADULTERERS, PARENT ABUSERS, IE.
GO DOWN THE WHOLE LIST OF THE COMMANDMENTS?
      (SATAN IS IDENTIFIED AS A LIAR AND THE FATHER OF LIARS IN THE BIBLE. 
EITHER YOU FOLLOW THE TRUTH OF GOD, OR PAUL TELLS US IN ROM 1:25, YOU
TRADE THE TRUTH FOR A LIE.  THIS LIE SEEMS TO BE WORSHIPING CREATED
THINGS RATHER THAN THE CREATOR.)

II. CONCLUSION.  THIS GROUP THAT IS TRANSLATED W/O SEEING DEATH, BUT
HAVING COME THROUGH THE TERRIBLE LAST TIMES STANDS AS A MODEL FOR US.

III. NEXT WEEK: THE FIRST OF THE THREE ANGELS MESSAGE.