144,000 AND THE
The four segments in the divided house of Satan are
called the "four winds of earth" (directed toward controlling society), whereas
in Daniel 7:2 they are called "four winds of heaven" which in that time and
place were false religions that were directed to control restless humanity in religion.
Demons were endeavoring to control the minds of men through false
religions. By way of contrast, these Revelation "winds" stem from demons trying
to control the earth and are directed toward society and the various ideologies and
religions to gain control of this fragile world.
These may possibly be:
(1) Humanists, such as in the
Commonwealth of Russia and China;
(2) Mega-religionists, such
third world nations and who are anti-imperialistic;
(3) New-Agers and Islam, such
as in Eastern religions and the middle-east;
(4) Papacy and Protestants
allied with Europe and the Western World.
These spirit forces are directed toward controlling various
groups of civil powers, such as: Conservative powers, Totalitarian powers, Nationalistic
forces and pure Anti-imperialistic forces.
Listing all twelve tribes by name seems to indicate, as Bro.
Loomis suggested, that each tribe embodied special characteristics and temperaments. Bro.
Loomis based his conclusions on the study of phrenology which was very popular in
yesteryear, and which taught that there were 12 different types of personality and
character traits. This thinking is no longer in vogue. However, lawyers and experts who
are skilled in picking juries in high-powered criminal cases still use phrenology studies
in selecting juries.
We believe character traits do have something to do with God
placing members in the body of Christ. The body of Christ, when complete, will be a
marvelous blending to make the whole body extraordinarily complementary to other segments
of the body.
The call, selection and development of the body of Christ are only
dimly understood now. However, in the years of eternity that lay before the church it will
be a glorious ongoing study.
Jacob had twelve sons who at his death became the 12 tribes of
Israel. However, Josephs two sons Manasseh and Ephraim seemed to replace Joseph in
the tribal arrangement, making 13 tribes.
God allowed this but his plan only provided for twelve tribes.
Subsequently Dan failed to claim his inheritance and became one of the lost tribes of
Israel. Ephraim is not mentioned here in Revelation. He is replaced by his father Joseph
and Manasseh replaces Dan.
Gods predestination included twelve tribes but did not
guarantee any tribe a place in the Revelation tally without works of faith.
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