The Woman in the Wilderness and the 144,000 Part 3
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Bill Kochman

Published On :
December 16, 1998

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009


Miracles In The Wilderness, Length Of The Beast's War And
Great Tribulation, Significance Of Dragon's Flood, Endtime
Deceivers And Wolves, The Sealed Of The Tribes Of Israel,
Endtime Prophecy Focused On Israel, The Escapees And The
Great Slaughter, Sabbath Or Salvation?, The Burden Of The
Law, Jewish Orthodoxy And The Antichrist, Life Or Death?





At this current time, I honestly don't know with one hundred
per cent certainty, that this secret location where the Jews
will be hidden, is actually Petra; or that the 'they' in the
previous verses from the Book of Revelation, who take care
of the woman, are actually King Hussein and the Jordanians.
Considering the volatility of Middle Eastern politics, in
which alliances and loyalties can change from one day to the
next; I simply think it is risky business to unequivocally
say that Petra is the place which has been prepared by God
for the protection of the Christian Jews during the coming
Great Tribulation; but such an idea does seem to have some
strong Scriptural support. In fact, since many years ago, I
have heard that the place has been stocked with necessary
provisions for its future Christian Jewish refugees. Time
will certainly tell.

One other thought which has occurred to me, is that if this
place is prepared by God Himself, well then who knows; maybe
the 'they' are actually real Angels, who will miraculously
protect and feed these saved Israelies in the wilderness of
Petra, or wherever their place of refuge may be. Isn't this
precisely what we are told in the previous verses from Psalm
Ninety-One? The Lord did the very same thing in the days of
old with Angels' Food, multitudes of quail, water out of a
dry rock, etc. Surely He could do it again if He so chose.
Consider the following inspiring verses which demonstrate
the Lord's miraculous provision for His children during
their time of need:

"I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel:
speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in
the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know
that I am the LORD your God. And it came to pass, that at
even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the
morning the dew lay round about the host. And when the dew
that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the
wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the
hoar frost on the ground. And when the children of Israel
saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist
not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread
which the LORD hath given you to eat." (Exodus 16:12-15)

"Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened
the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon them to
eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. Man did eat
angels' food: he sent them meat to the full. He caused an
east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought
in the south wind. He rained flesh also upon them as dust,
and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: And he let
it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their
habitations. So they did eat, and were well filled: for he
gave them their own desire;" (Psalms 78:23-29)

"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and
gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy
brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and
it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to
them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the
congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod
from before the LORD, as he commanded him. And Moses and
Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock,
and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch
you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand,
and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came
out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts
also." (Numbers 20:7-11)

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his
riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)

Allow me to also point out that, as I explain in the series
'The Great Tribulation And The Rapture', the various verses
regarding the Woman in the Wilderness make clear that the
Great Tribulation lasts for a period of three and a half
years, and not the full seven years as some Pre-Tribulation
Rapture theorists erroneously claim. 'A thousand two hundred
and threescore days' is precisely three hundred and sixty
days, or twelve thirty-day Jewish months. The phrase 'for a
time, and times, and half a time' is the same as 'for a
year, and years, and half a year; in other words, three and
a half years or forty-two months; the same time period
designated by both Daniel and John for the period of the
Beast's war against the Saints, and the occupation of the
city of Jerusalem. Following are a few more verses for your
consideration:

"And he shall speak great words against the most High, and
shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to
change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand
until a time and times and the dividing of time."
(Daniel 7:25)

"And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the
waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his
left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever
that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he
shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy
people, all these things shall be finished." (Daniel 12:7)

"But the court which is without the temple leave out, and
measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the
holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall
prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed
in sackcloth." (Revelation 11:2-3)

"And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things
and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue
forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy
against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and
them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make
war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was
given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations."
(Revelation 13:5-7)

So as you can see, the Bible is very consistent regarding
the length of the Great Tribulation, and the persecution
against the Lord's Endtime children. Concerning the flood
which the dragon casts out of its mouth, it might possibly
represent a physical army, or government forces; as this
same word is used in the Old Testament to represent a large
army of people, such as in the following verse describing
the military exploits of the Beast:

"And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from
before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the
covenant." (Daniel 11:22)

As I mention in the series 'John Lennon's Imagine And
Secular Humanism', words are spiritual weapons. The fact
that the flood proceeds out of the mouth of the dragon, also
suggests the possibility that it might symbolize a war of
words. In othe words, it might represent worldly propaganda
against the Believers, or perhaps the lies and doubts that
Satan speaks to our minds and hearts. As I point out in some
of my other articles, this is why the Apostle Paul warned us
to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of
Christ; and to put on the Helmet of Salvation; and not
to listen to the deceptive lies of Satan:

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
(2 Corinthians 10:5)

"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word of God:" (Ephesians 6:17)

The fact that the Earth swallows the dragon's flood, might
signify that the people of the world will swallow Satan's
lies, and the slanderous propaganda of the political Beast
and the religious False Prophet; while God's true children
will exercise Spiritual Discernment; and thus will not be
deceived by their strong delusion. As I point out in many of
my articles, such as 'Who Hindered the Antichrist?',
strong delusion will definitely be the order of the day with
those who worship the Jewish false messiah known as Moshiach
ben David. This is why Jesus, Paul, Peter and others warned
us to beware of such decievers; such as in these following
verses:

"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves:
be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."
(Matthew 10:16)

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets,
and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it
were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
(Matthew 24:24)

"For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous
wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock."
(Acts 20:29)

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as
a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
(1 Peter 5:8)

"Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with
all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all
deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the truth, that they
might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them
strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:"
(2 Thessalonians 2:9-11)

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived." (2 Timothy 3:13)

I cannot over-emphasize how important it is, that you firmly
ground yourself in God's Word. This is the only way that you
will personally escape the strong delusion of the Endtime.
Do not just accept at face value what you hear on the radio,
or on the television set, or even what you hear coming from
church pulpits; because in these last days, Satan has his
pawns everywhere! There are many wolves in sheep's clothing;
and you just might be their next meal if you don't watch
out!

In addition to all of the evidence I have now presented, one
final Scriptural link which is a strong indication that the
144,000 are indeed saved Israelies who will heed the Lord's
warning, and who will thus flee from the face of the demonic
Islamic Beast and his forces as they surround Jerusalem, is
the following. In John's description in Revelation chapter
seven, he specifically tells us that the sealed servants of
the Lord are 'of all the tribes of the children of Israel':

"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 Nepthalim 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." (Revelation 7:4-8)

If the 144,000 are indeed flesh Jews of the physical tribes
of Israel, and more specifically, if they are Messianic Jews
who have professed faith in the Blood Atonement of Jesus
Christ, the following words of warning from the Lord found
in Matthew chapter twenty-four and Luke chapter twenty-one
make even more sense. The Lord said:

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation,
spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place,
(whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be
in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the
housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take
his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to
them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your
flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For
then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the
beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."
(Matthew 24:15-21)

"And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then
know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them
which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them
which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them
that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the
days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be
fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to
them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great
distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they
shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away
captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden
down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be
fulfilled." (Luke 21:20-24)

After issuing the above warning in Luke chapter twenty-one,
the Lord went on a few verses later to add the following
sobering words for His listeners, as well as for His Endtime
readers:

"And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts
be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares
of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as
a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of
the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that
ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that
shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."
(Luke 21:34-36)

In reading the above verses, it seems that some Western
Christians have adopted the practice of interpretting the
Lord's 'ye' to mean them; and I am beginning to think that
in some cases, this is a mistake. For some odd reason, some
Western Christians have this mighty idea that they must be
at the center of Endtime prophecy, but this may not be the
case whatsoever. Many years ago, due to my associations at
the time, I too embraced this attiude; however, over the
years, as I have come to a better understanding of the Holy
Scriptures, I have been slowly realizing that most of us may
be merely spectators in the overall scheme of God's Endtime
plan. In other words, I have been gravitating to a more
Israel-central understanding of Endtime prophecy. Remember
again the words of Michael to the Prophet Daniel:

"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince
which standeth for the children of thy people: and there
shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there
was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy
people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found
written in the book." (Daniel 12:1)

Most of the Endtime prophecies, such as those found in the
above verses from the Gospels, are addressed to the Jews, or
'thy people' as Michael called them, who would be living
during the Endtime. More specifically, they are addressed to
the Christianized Jews who will be living in Israel, and in
Jerusalem, at the time these events actually begin to occur.
Just like every word written in the Epistles and the Book of
Revelation, Jesus wasn't addressing His unbelieving Jewish
enemies; He was primarily addressing the future fruit of His
First Century Jewish Apostles and Disciples. While these
world-shaking events will affect all Christians everywhere,
and while we may even witness them on television, we will
not actually experience them ourselves. We won't participate
in them directly. We will not be in Jerusalem when the Beast
invades Israel; but we will most definitely participate in
the glorious Rapture three and a half years later!

So this brings us to our main question. What did the Lord
really mean when He said 'that ye may be accounted worthy to
escape all these things that shall come to pass'? Well, to
what things was He referring? Obviously, to the siege and
invasion of Jerusalem which He described earlier in His
sermon. What did Jesus mean by being 'accounted worthy to
escape'? If you accept the erroneous view held by those who
embrace the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory, the Lord is
addressing all Christians everywhere, who they claim will
escape the Great Tribulation via the Rapture. If the vast
majority of us are not even going to be in Israel at that
time, then why will there even be a need for us to escape
such things? If these events happen any time soon, you may
very well be sitting comfortably in your home in the United
States of America, watching the invasion and battle for
Jerusalem on the evening news! Might it be as King David
wrote:

"Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward
of the wicked." (Psalms 91:8)

If you accept all of the Scriptural evidence I've presented
in this series, as well as in 'The Great Tribulation And The
Rapture' series, then the escape to which our Lord must be
referring, can only be the miraculous flight of the saved
Christianized Jews, who will be found worthy to be included
in the sealed 144,000 servants of the Lord. They will be the
Woman in the Wilderness who escapes the wrath of the Islamic
Beast by fleeing to Petra, or to some other secret location
prepared for them by the Lord. As far as I can tell, it has
absolutely nothing to do with worldwide Christendom. These
escapees will constitute under 2.5 per cent of Israel's
current population of about six million people. The rest of
the unbelieving antichrists, who have rejected the Word of
the Lord, are going to get slaughtered by the Muslim sword,
as part of God's stern chastisements against them. It will
be a very terrible slaughter 'such as was not since the
beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be'!

Notice also that the Lord specifically states 'pray ye that
your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath
day'. Here again we see a specific mention of 'flight', as
in this verse which we have already looked at, which shows
that the escape is not into the air via a Pre-Tribulation
Rapture, but rather into the wilderness for the duration of
the three and a half years of Great Tribulation:

"And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle,
that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place,
where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a
time, from the face of the serpent." (Revelation 12:14)

But why does the Lord say 'neither on the sabbath day'? This
again is another clear indication that the 144,000 are flesh
Jews of all the tribes of Israel, and no one else. You see,
while the Messianic Jews do accept Christ as their personal
Lord and Saviour, they still adhere to some of the practices
set forth in the Mosaic Law. This includes the observance of
the Sabbath day. Unless I am mistaken, Law-observant Jews
are only permitted to travel about one eighth of a mile on
the Sabbath. What this means, is that when the Arab invasion
is imminent, and the total destruction of Jerusalem is nigh,
these people are going to be forced to make a choice. Either
they are going to follow the laws of Jewish Orthodoxy, or
else they are going to obey the Lord's warning, and flee as
fast as they possibly can from Jerusalem! They are going to
fly into the wilderness, not turning back for anything! Let
me remind you again of the Lord's own words:

"Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any
thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the
field return back to take his clothes."
(Matthew 24:17-18)

If those Jews vacillate for even a minute, they will be just
like Lot's wife! They are going to be fried; maybe by atomic
fire from the sky! Remember Lot's wife! Jesus said that for
a reason!

This is all related to what I state in the article 'The
Sabbath: Are Christians Obliged To Keep It?'. Jesus clearly
stated that the Sabbath is made for man, and not man for the
Sabbath. In other words, through the implementation of the
Sabbath day observance, God was giving the Israelites an
opportunity to rest from their labors; which was something
which they were not accustomed to doing at that time. Don't
forget that they had just come out of hard Egyptian bondage.
Taking a day off was apparently not a part of their mode of
thinking. It is something which they had to be taught. But,
what happened later, is that, as with many other Laws given
by the Lord to Moses, the legalistic Jewish Elders turned
the observance of the Sabbath into a burden, more grievous
to be born that the whips in Egypt. In other words, the Law
became the master, instead of men being the master of the
Law. The Scribes and the Pharisees used it to their own
self-righteous advantage as Jesus clearly exposed:

"...The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All
therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and
do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do
not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne,
and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will
not move them with one of their fingers." (Matthew 23:2-4)

"...Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with
burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not
the burdens with one of your fingers." (Luke 11:46b)

This brings us to the final point I will be sharing in this
series. As I explain in my article 'The Kings Of The North
And The South', with each passing year, Jewish Orthodoxy is
growing stronger and stronger in Israel. There are already a
number of staunch Conservative Jews in the Israeli Knesset.
It is these same religious Jews who are creating serious
problems for current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; who
is now involved in 'land for peace' negotiations with the
Palestinians. It is these very same Orthodox Jews who will
be responsible for the inevitable contruction of the final
Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah. Not only that, but they will
be the ones who will herald Moshiach ben David as the true
Jewish messiah, when in fact he is the Antichrist. Part of
this scenario is that observance of the Torah will become
very strong. Devout Jews refer to this return to the Law of
God as 'Teshuvah'.

So what does all of this mean? The picture which comes to my
mind, and I admit that this is only speculation on my part,
is that while the false Jewish messiah known as Moshiach ben
David will be sitting in the rebuilt Temple claiming to be
'God', enforcing the Mosaic Law, and possibly even telling
the Israelies that he is going to miraculously deliver them
from the invading Muslim forces, the smart Jews who have
converted to Christianity, will be faced with the decision
of either yielding to their Jewish heritage by obeying the
Law, meaning observing the Sabbath and staying in Jerusalem,
or else obeying the words of the Lord when He tells them to
run for their lives, if they expect to survive the coming
massacre. Those who obey and flee will comprise the 144,000.
I am reminded of the following words of wisdom found in the
Book of Proverbs. In fact, it appears to be repeated twice,
as if the author wanted to give it emphasis:

"A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but
the simple pass on, and are punished." (Proverbs 22:3)

"A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but
the simple pass on, and are punished." (Proverbs 27:12)

In conclusion, this is my understanding regarding the most
probable identity of the Woman in the Wilderness and the
144,000. In my view, scripturally-speaking, it seems to make
a lot of sense. What do you think? Time will certainly tell
how accurate I have been. If I am correct, and if you happen
to be a Christian Jew in Israel at the time these things
begin to occur, I urge you to be wise, and to flee for your
life! Don't look back! In the words of King David, flee as a
bird to your mountain! With these remarks, I will bring
another series to a close. I pray that it has been a
blessing in your life.

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For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this series, or which contain topics which are related to this series. All of these articles are likewise located on this very same website:

Abomination of Desolation: Explained!
Greater Works Than These Shall He Do . . . and Satan Too
In the Ages to Come
Jesus Christ's Return: Have We Been Deceived?
Leviathan: An Ancient Dragon of the Sea?
Revelation's Babylon the Great
Satan: His Origin, Purpose And Future
Satan: King of Tyrus, King of Empires
The Fruits of Disobedience
The Great Tribulation and the Rapture
Tradition or Truth? Old Wine or New Wine?
When Was Satan Cast Out of Heaven?
Who Hindered the Antichrist?


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