Wanted: 144,000 Christians
The Measure Of A Man
In speaking of this measurement of 144,000 no man can deny that the Scriptures declare it to be a 144,000 'people' who have reached the stature of a full grown man. Now this could only be in principle of a type of body made up of flesh that could grow to a membership of a 144,000. Scripture supporting this is found in Revelation 21:17, "And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel." In this chapter, one will notice there are two measures of 144,000. The Apostle Paul pointed out in Ephesians the 4th chapter that the Church made up of Gentiles with apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers on this end was to reach the stature of a glorious church to the measure of the statue of the fullness of Christ. Since the Church is to be the Bride, The Lamb's Wife, and since John saw a city and called it the Bride, The Lamb's Wife, both of these are to reach the measure of a man. No man can doubt these principles as being the qualities of Christ.
In these Scriptures that I have quoted I have decided to reveal some thoughts I have had for a long time. For years I was afraid that people could not bear it, but I feel the time is short and interested people should know the truth so that we may get done with this work and be ready to leave here at anytime it is necessary for us to go. The Church of God of these last days is in need of 144,000 true blue redeemed from the earth, men and women who desire to be perfected in the Word of God and formed in the Revelation of Jesus Christ and be that Church seen by John in the 19th chapter of the Book of Revelation, arrayed in her glory.
Don't you think there are a 144,000 Christians among the kingdom saints that desire to be in the Bride and become the Lamb's Wife? Truly and surely there are. This doesn't mean that only a 144,000 will go to Heaven, but millions will be guests at the Marriage of the Lamb. After the Church has reached the measure and the stature of Christ, it is then ready to reveal Christ on earth. Then will it be time for the Church to make the midnight cry and all of the saints will rise up to trim their lamps. All which are ready may go in as guest to the wedding of the Lamb. Who wants to be faithful and remain faithful in the Church. Let us make the vision speak that we may soon have the Church ready so that Jesus may come at any time. The last 144,000 Gentiles to reach the measure and stature as compared with the 144,000 in the 7th chapter of Revelation. This Scripture also points out the flying gospel message was connected with this 144,000.
* Article Written By: The Late Grady R. Kent, St. John II, Chief Bishop of The Church of God, 1957-1964. This sermon was taken from The Vision Speaks, Volume 4 : Number 1 : June 1961.
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