They sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders, but no one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are the ones not defiled with women, for they have kept their virginity. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They were redeemed from the human race as the firstfruits for God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
Revelation 14:3-5 HCSB
Father I pray for enlightenment and discernment not just for myself but for the rest of Your children. I pray that those who read the Bible truly understand its meaning at that time and its application now. May they see which words were meant for the disciples, priests, and other religious leaders, versus the words that were meant for Your common servants such as myself.
May we not be limited in our thinking, or broadly apply principles that will serve more as a detriment to us than a resource for salvation. I pray that the literal and spiritual interpretations and lessons are embraced properly. Father those of Your children who abuse and misuse Your Word and the lessons taught by our Savior Jesus Christ, may they see the Truth as You see it, so that they can stop spreading and living a lie. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
If you really think God created nations of men, women, and children, only for 144,000 to survive Jesus’ return (and be with him and our Father) then you have totally missed the message and the boat that sailed some time ago. People read the book of Revelations with a slanted view, fear, and bias. A seed was planted into their minds, most likely as children, and from there an entire forest has grown.
Instead of always going straight for a literal interpretation of the Bible, dig deeper within yourself to ascertain the spiritual meaning and relevance. Look closely at the writer of each letter and book, look closely and determine if you are reading a parable, an actual account of an event, or a memory of a dream, and then look at the context in which something is written.
I can’t even recall how many times Jesus said to his followers and to even non-believers that his parables and teachings were to be viewed through a spiritual lens, but because of their limited thinking they struggled because they saw things in the physical, human perspective—which also limited their growth and made them more vulnerable to attack by the enemy—and quick to turn their backs on Jesus.
Consider what God wants and expects of you and then each day work to be that person, and remember that if you aren’t caring for children, the elderly, those with ailments, and the poor, then you aren’t serving God and you can’t possibly be following Jesus.
Sending you love from afar,
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