Revelation Chapter 14
Verse 3 (God's WordTM)
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3They were singing a new song in front of the throne, the four living creatures, and the leaders. Only the 144,000 people who had been bought on earth could learn the song.
* in front of the THRONE,
* the four living creatures and the leaders.
Previously, the 'NEW SONG' had words to it, but in this case there are no words. Yet the singers (some commentaries assume they are angels) are given a place near the center of heaven, the THRONE, and in the sight of the four living creatures and the (24) elders (Revelation 4:2,4).
In verse one, we suggested that these 144,000 could be children. Many faiths teach that children are heaven-bound if they die between conception and the "age of accountability". Since during this time, we adults have little recollection of that part of our life, how can we say what translation to heaven is (John 17:2) when one of these lives is snuffed out? In the "greatest in the kingdom of heaven" discussion (Matthew 18:1-14), Jesus uses a child as the example.
These 144,000 thousand, I believe, understand this experience very well. See next verse.
Recall that the breaking of the seals around the scroll (Revelation 5:1), is the start of the redemption process of the earth. This SONG indicates that from the beginning of life, the first fruits (next verse) carry a special distinction. To say the these little lives have NOT been PURCHASED contradicts the sanctity of life itself. Likewise, it is arrogant for adults collectively to say that because some have not been baptized or confirmed or in some other way 'been approved' by adults, these little ones cannot take their place in front of the THRONE.
I, for one, if I am not too involved in praising my Savior, want to communicate with one of these PURCHASED lives to see how Jesus' blood covered and translated them. I believe that is one of the mysteries of heaven that we adults will not or cannot ever learn. This verse says I won't.
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