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Are the 144,000 the only ones saved?

Submitted: 1/25/2012
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Question: Will there only be 144,000 be saved? A friend told me that if that number is completed, then that time will be the judgment day. I actually don't know much about the end-times, but what will be the last sign before the second coming. I hope you can help me.

Answer: If the 144,000 are the only ones saved, then I have no chance of salvation since I'm not Jewish. I say this because Revelation 7:4 speaks quite clearly of 'one hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.' So I would say that your friend is not correct. In addition, immediately after this passage Revelation 7:9-10 says, 'After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying,'Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!' This passage describes a group much larger and more diverse than the 144,000.

The final sign before the second coming of Christ is described in Matthew 24:29-30, which says, 'Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.' Hope this helps.