2002-05-18 - God Wants 144,000
This was written by Dr. David Cooper prior to his death, though not a published work in as much as we are aware. We found the following explanation helpful and clear. We pray it is a blessing to you.
GOD'S METHOD OF SEALING HIS SERVANTS
There is an unalterable, divine principle upon which God operates in saving and sealing anyone to be His servant to preach the Gospel. An individual must first hear the truth, then believe it, and through God's sovereign grace (lovingkindness ) experience regeneration. Afterward he may catch a vision of God's purpose for his life and yield his life to Him. God will then spark his zeal commensurate to his yieldeding and obedience and will use him in His plan and purposes. In other words, one must have faith in God in line with truth which will bring about regeneration in his life before he may serve the Lord according to His plan. So "Belief cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of God " (Rom. 10:17). These 144,000 must hear the truth before they can exercise faith and come to God and be sealed to play their role in God's great plan for the redemption of multitudes of souls.
ARE THE 144,000 IN THE WORLD TODAY?
It is quite likely that the 144,000 Jews of Revelation, chapter 7, are in the world today. The reason for such and assertion is this: world conditions studied in the light of truths found in the Bible concerning the end time force anyone who believes the bible literally to see that the world is at the very brink of the end of the age. The ones who hold the truth of God now, the Church, both Jew and Gentile, will be taken out of the world before those seven years set in. On that glorious occasion the Church will drop the Gospel banner, figuratively speaking. The 144,000 Jews will pick it up and will go forth into all the world preaching the unvarnished truth of God's dealings with sinful man. Therefore according to the foregoing conclusions the Lord's coming for His Church is close at hand, even imminent. Thus any able-bodied Jewish man alive in the world today who has heard the truth through the testimony of the Church could be one of the 144,000 who will be sealed by Jehovah. The world-wide revival in the end time will come through Israel, make no mistake about that! God has spoken, and thus it will be!
In His Service,