In general, the gathering of the Kingdom of God does not proceed smoothly, primarily because it starts
before most Christians are expecting it and it happens violently. Here are two of the relevant scriptures.

"As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury
poured out, will I rule over you: and I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the
countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury
poured out." (Ezek. 20:33,34).

"Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is
the time of the Lord's vengeance; He will render unto her a recompense. Babylon hath been a golden cup
in the Lord's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the
nations are mad. Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed..." (Jer. 51:6-8).

The latter scripture applies first to ancient Babylon, then to modern Babylon, the One World Government,
with its multitude of languages, its worship of wealth and its spiritual confusion. Humankind has been
careful to avoid nuclear war in the 66 years since the first and second atom bombs fell on Japan. God will
not be so careful, but as in the day of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone, He
will destroy cities of the One World Government "with fury poured out."

Assuming that you survive the destruction of the One World Government and you have found a safe
place far from the cities and you are getting on with the business of day-to-day survival in a world without
government subsidies, how will you recognise the missionaries of the Kingdom of God?

If you love Christ, the 144,000 missionaries of the Kingdom of God will be trying to find you. Being found is
to your benefit, because the Kingdom of God will restore prosperity to the earth. (See No. 112, "The
Business Model For The Kingdom Of God.") How do you discern a missionary sent by Christ from a
conman intent on taking advantage of you?

There are two scriptures about the 144,000, a physical scripture describing their heritage and a spiritual
scripture describing the start of their ministry...

"And 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, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the
earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I
heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four
thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of
the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of
the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve
thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve
thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed
twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand." (Rev.7:2-8).

"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand,
having His Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of
many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their
harps: and they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders:
and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed
from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they
which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the
firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault
before the throne of God." (Rev. 14:1-5).

As each missionary is sealed, they will be given a cross with the name of their tribe and their personal
number inscribed in a ceremony that takes place in Jerusalem, Israel. So one of the ways the 144,000 can
be recognised is by this cross hung around their neck. The 144,000 also will be people of the highest
moral character, they don't deceive.  "And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault
before the throne of God."

Other parts of the prophecy are less clear. Presumably, they will be teaching a New Song that only they
can learn. "I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: and they sung as it were a new song
before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the
hundred and forty and four thousand." That means that the 144,000 will have a new message. How will you
recognise it? For that matter, what does "not defiled with women; for they are virgins" mean?

The primary thing to remember about the 144,000 is that they are righteous, "they are without fault before
the throne of God." Therefore they can only be teaching Bible Truth undiluted by error! But, since the
144,000 are teaching a New Song, a new message, a series of new revelations about the Bible, it may not
sound true to you.

For example, the Catholic church interprets the words "not defiled with women; for they are virgins" to
mean that the ministry should be all male and all celibate. The Catholics give these words a physical
interpretation and exclude women from the ministry.

But there is also a symbolic meaning to the phrase. In the Bible, false churches are described as whorish
women, as in Mystery, Babylon The Great, The Mother Of Harlots And Abominations Of The Earth and her
daughters the apostate churches. V. T. Houteff, founder and prophet of the Davidian Seventh Day
Adventist church put it this way:

"It is said of the 144,000: "These are they which are not defiled with women for they are virgins." (Rev. 14:
4.) The "women" mentioned in this Scripture are symbols of impure churches. These "women" are
brought to view in Revelation 17, under the figure of the woman sitting on the scarlet colored beast. We
quote Rev. 17:5: "And upon her forehead was a name written, mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of
harlots and abomination of the earth." This mother and her daughters are the "women" with whom the
144,000 are not defiled, for the message of the sealing found them in the church. Thus being in the
church of God when sealed, they are "virgins" -- "not defiled with women" (with fallen churches)." (V. T.
Houteff, "The Shepherd's Rod," Vol. 2, 1932, p. 165, 166).

The 144,000 have put behind them all of the satanic false doctrine which has permeated the Christian
church over the centuries, just as they have put behind them all their sins. They come to God pure in
heart and mind and spirit. Those who are not celibate come to God with their spouses. The 144,000 are a
spiritual company, they are redeemed from their sins, undefiled by false doctrine and "without fault
before the throne of God."

Just as the seventy that Christ sent to herald Him, the 144,000 will travel in pairs. "After these things the
Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place,
whither He Himself would come." (Luke 10:1).

Protestants will not be surprised to see married couples among the 144,000. Martin Luther, the founder of
the Protestant Church, married an ex-nun named Katharina von Bora. He enthused about his marriage.
"There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good
marriage." A Christ centered marriage is a protection against temptation and distraction for both spouses.

Where will you find a pair of Christ's missionaries? As in the days of Christ, likely they will be teaching in
or near a place where people gather, for example a street market or a public park. They will be dressed in
comfortable modest clothing and at least one (but probably both), will be wearing a numbered cross
denoting a tribe name.

Their message will be new to most Christians. Lest its strangeness scare you away, I will acquaint you with
the most startling revelations. The 144,000 will teach the joining of Jews and Christians under the ministry
of Christ, keeping the Old Testament Feast Days and Sabbath of the Jews.

"Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of
Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows (these are the lost tribes that became Christian), and will put
them with him, even with the stick of Judah (these are the known Jews), and make them one stick, and
they shall be one in Mine hand. And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the
children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and
bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel;
and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be
divided into two kingdoms any more at all... And David My servant shall be king over them; and they all
shall have one shepherd (Christ): they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My
statutes, and do
them." (Ezek. 37:19,21,22,24).

The Feast Days are described in Leviticus 23. At the end of the description of each Feast Day is the
comment, "it shall be a
statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations."

Christ and the Apostles kept the Sabbath and Feast Days of the Jews. With respect to keeping the feast
days of Lev. 23 and the New Moons, the Apostle Paul had this to say. "Let no man therefore judge you in
meat (because you eat food God considers unclean), or in drink (because you misuse alcohol), or in
respect of an holyday (feast), or of the New Moon, or of the Sabbath days." (Col. 2:16).

The 144,000 will not be found on Saturday, they do not work on the Sabbath (or during the Feast Days).
The Sabbath is found in the fourth Commandment. Note that the Sabbath is the seventh day (Saturday),
both in the Commandment and on your calendar.

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the
seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy
daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for
in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day:
wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11).

The 144,000 will be teaching that all the Old Testament prophesies are to be understood to guide the
gathering of God's Kingdom in the end time. You will find them very willing to discuss both the Old and
New Testaments of the Bible with you. They have learned the New Song taught by the harpers, and
consequently, if you test them, you will find them to be extremely knowledgeable about the Bible. (For
more about the New Song or for comments on how to prepare to be among the 144,000, see No. 18, "The
Song Of The Harpers" on this website.)

The 144,000 will also be teaching “the whole family in heaven” (Eph. 3:15), a concept that will likely startle
you. Many scriptures reveal the Holy Family.

Three members of the Holy Family are found in Luke 4. "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned
from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness." (Luke 4:1, KJV). The three are Christ, the Holy
Ghost and the Holy Spirit.

Other scriptures also reveal members of the Holy Family. There were two divine persons present at the
creation. "And the Spirit of God moved on the waters. And God said, Let there be light; and there was
light." (Gen. 1:2,3). God and His Spirit were at the creation.

Adam and Eve were made in the image of God and His Spirit ."And God said, Let US make THEM in OUR
image, after OUR likeness: and let THEM have dominion... So God created man in His OWN image, in the
image of God created He HIM ; male and female created He THEM." (Gen. 1:26,27). A reasonable
conclusion is that Eve was made in the image of the Holy Spirit.

Paul also tells us that the creation reveals the nature of the Godhead. "For the invisible things of Him
(God) are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and
Godhead; so they are without excuse..." (Romans 1:20). Men and women were made in the image of the
Holy Family. (For more scriptures that reveal the Holy Family, see No. 22 "The Holy Family.")

Prophesies of the darkening of the light of the Bible and its restoration can be found in No. 86, "Spiritual
Discernment For Smart People." Explanations of some of the prophesies that will be taught by the 144,000
are found in various articles on this website also.

After the gathering, God's people will return to Israel to praise Him, then spread out to take over the
earth in peace and prosperity.

"For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish
ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save Thy people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them from the
north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the
woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither. They
shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of
waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is My

"Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered
Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and
ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the
height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil,
and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall
not sorrow any more at all." (Jer. 31:7-12).

"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this
world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. (Rev.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden