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END TIME: Who are the 144,000?

These are not what you think? Here is why? Some think the Revelation is about a “fixed” number of people. The Jehovah’s Witnesses, according to some, think that only 144,000 will “enter into heaven.” But is that what this is about? Hardly. The confusion is the result of a misunderstanding created by the translators!

The Hebrew language has a number assigned to each letter including the finals. This is described on the page in this blog regarding Hebrew Letters and Numbers. Another number represented by a large Aleph has the number 1,000. So very common to the Hebrew is the general expression of “thousands.” You might find this written as “thousands of thousands” and “thousands times ten-thousands.”

Enoch, in the passage that Jude quoted in his letter, reads …

“And look! He comes with ten thousands of His set-apart ones to execute judgment on all, and to destroy all the ungodly, and to convict all flesh of all the works of their ungodliness that they have ungodly committed, and of all the hard things that ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

This is not saying that He is coming with only “10,000 of His set-apart ones” but with ten “thousands.” This means that there is a general understanding of “thousands” (the large Aleph) that is a term that means “a lot” and the number preceding the “thousands” is an adjective that may have more meaning that simply “10.”

Also, in the Revelation, the words are not 144,000, but rather “144 thousands.”

What could this mean?
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