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144,000 Good Men:
By Steve Herzig

Using salt when instructions call for sugar dramatically changes a recipe. Sugar and salt are not the same, and no amount of symbolic interpretation can make them so. You must take the words literally, or your recipe will not come out as intended. Literal interpretation is important because words mean something.

Unfortunately, many people forsake literalism when reading the Bible, creating confusion and an improper understanding of the text. This is especially true with the book of Revelation. In Revelation 7:1-8 and 14:1-5, the apostle John described in detail a specific group of 144,000 people. Many Christians say this is merely a large company of believers. Others, such as Jehovah's Witnesses, identify themselves as the group. But the words John used make it clear that not one of these options is valid. Here is why:

From The Book of Revelation:

Thus 144,000 Jewish men will be separated for service and used by God for His purpose during the Great Tribulation, the "time of Jacob's trouble" (Jer. 30:7), because that is exactly what the words of the Bible say. And that is exactly what they mean.



Written by Steve Herzig, director of North American Ministries for The Friends of Israel. Reposted from Israel My Glory Magazine - May/June 2010 p.17.

For more information please contact:
The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.
P.O. Box 908
Bellmawr, NJ 08099
Customer Service: 800-257-7843

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