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An SDA independent ministry is teaching a version of the 144,000, that lies so close to the track of truth, that many will be deceived by it. I will compare that version with the truth as taught by the late J. Wilfred Johnson, a visionary who taught what he was shown in vision on the Everlasting Covenant and the 144,000. Mr. Johnson taught the principle of Regeneration, whereby the character of the faithful bride of all ages will be regenerated into a body to demonstrate her character in a real live Investigative Judgment since 1844. In this regard, Christ was the firstfruits of those born (risen) from the dead and the bride, the 144,000, is the second, third, fourth, etc., etc. If the principle of Regeneration sounds strange to you, try Revelation 3:10-12, and tell me how God is going to keep the 144,000 Philadelphians of the first century A.D through the worst time of trouble to ever come upon the world. Those verses are the greatest proof of Regeneration as described in this document. This principle is supported by the following Bible evidence:

·       As stated, in the message to Philadelphia, Revelation 3:10-12, she is told that she will be kept through the worst time of trouble ever to come upon the entire world. That is at the end-time, per Matthew 24. Philadelphia is the only blameless church, without fault.

·       The disciples of Christ are referred to as the bride in Desire of Ages, 179. The disciples were leaders, and surely they will be leaders in the Temple on Mt. Zion.  It was they who gave the Loud Cry of their day. Compare with Desire of Ages, 232, where it says Jesus “gathered out” those who would take the gospel to the world, and that TRUE REFORMERS have withdrawn in every succeeding generation from the church of their fathers because the leaders would not tolerate the advancing light.

·       Will Christ have to say to His disciples: Sorry, you were born in the wrong generation to be my bride? Nay.

·       Mr. Johnson taught that the special resurrection is the time at which the 144,000 recognize their true identity; their first state of existence.

·       I repeat for important emphasis: As Jesus was the firstfruits, FIRSTBORN from the dead, says Scripture, this is PROOF ABSOLUTE OF REGENERATION, because apart from REGENERATION Christ WAS NOT the firstborn of the dead—I cite Moses as well as all the dead Jesus and the disciples raised from the dead to life. So Christ is the FIRSTBORN of the RESURRECTION OF REGENERATED bride (144,000), which make the second, third, fourth, etc., ect., on up to the last person comprising the 144,000. As a body was prepared for Jesus in the person of Mary, so a body is prepared for the template of the character of all, that their characters might be tested at the end-time when Satan’s temptations are developed to their greatest extent—state of the art. Otherwise, Satan would have a point in contending that if the bride of the past, first century Philadelphia, lived at the end-time when his arts are perfected, he would win her over. By regenerating the bride of all generations, Satan is given opportunity to tempt her to the utmost of his ability. But she proves that her character can stand the highest development of Satan’s temptations.

·       In Christ’s Object Lessons, the voice of God, and THE VOICE OF THE BRIDE awakens all ten virgins with the Midnight Cry. The bride does not sleep. She is the faithful watchmen of all ages of the church. For example, the Waldensians were faithful Sabbath keepers, and there have always been Sabbath keepers in every generation, because there have been faithful men in every succeeding generation, to wit:

·       The Bride is nearest the throne: Mr. Henriques teaches that all who are saved regarding the special resurrection (all faithful SDA who died in the faith since 1947), and the 144,000 of the SDA church, are BOTH the 144,000 bride--in other words, those who rise in the special resurrection as the 144,000, along with those who are translated without seeing death. That does not appear to be true in the following statement. Ellen White and the Bible both portray the 10 virgins as guests at the wedding, and she say if guests, they cannot also be the bride, The Great Controversy, p. 426-427.

·       "Nearest the throne are those who were once zealous in the cause of Satan, but who, plucked as brands from the burning, have followed their Saviour with deep, intense devotion. Next are those who perfected Christian characters in the midst of falsehood and infidelity, those who honored the law of God when the Christian world declared it void, and the millions, of all ages, who were martyred for their faith. And beyond is the "great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, . . . before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands." Revelation 7:9. Their warfare is ended, their victory won. They have run the race and reached the prize. The palm branch in their hands is a symbol of their triumph, the white robe an emblem of the spotless righteousness of Christ which now is theirs." E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 665.

 

If all saved are the bride of Christ, then how is it that ONLY the voice of God and the voice of the bride awaken all ten virgins, Christ's Object Lessons, 405-6? This distinguishes the voice of the bride from the 10 virgin guests the bride awakens. This distinguishes the bride from her sons and daughters, Isaiah 62. This distinguishes the bride in the following statement by Ellen White, which accords with Isaiah 62:

 

"The people of God, symbolized by a holy woman and her children, were represented as greatly in the minority. In the last days only a remnant still existed. Of these John speaks as they 'which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." E. G. White, Signs of the Times,  Nov. 1, 1899, and Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary,  vol. 7, p. 972.

 

In Isaiah 62, the bride, Zion, is said to have sons and daughters. These sons and daughters are the guests at the wedding, the wise virgins.

 

One could say: The holy woman (mother--bride) cannot be the children, and the children cannot be the holy woman mother--bride. The woman is the bride and the children are guests at her wedding, GC, 427. If guests, they cannot be the bride and the bride cannot be the guests. 

·       One would think that the bride who followed the Saviour with deep, intense devotion, would be NEAREST THE THRONE. For example, the disciples were always closest to Jesus. Would this not be the case in the Kingdom of heaven? According to Henriques, the disciples will not be part of the bride.

·       Henriques says that the martyrs and those Adventists who died in the third angels message since 1847 are part of the 144,000. Ellen White makes ALL MARTYRS OF ALL AGES a distinct sub-group to the bride that is nearest the throne. In other words, there is not a group of martyrs that is included nearest the throne with the bride. Also, the martyrs have a red hem on their robes, to wit: “As we were traveling along, we met a company who also were gazing at the glories of the place. I noticed red as a border on their garments; their crowns were brilliant; their robes were pure white.” Early Writings, p. 18. These martyrs are NOT the 144,000, for they do not go into the Temple on Mt. Zion. Only Philadelphians go therein. Rev. 3:10-12.

·       And beyond are the great multitude. The above statement clearly distinguishes between the bride, the martyrs and the large multitude guests. (See GC 427 top part).

“The church is God's fortress. His city of refuge, which He holds in a revolted world. Any betrayal of the church is treachery to Him who has bought mankind with the blood of His only-begotten Son. From the beginning, faithful souls have constituted the church on earth. In every age the Lord has had His watchmen, who have borne a faithful testimony to the generation in which they lived. These sentinels gave the message of warning; and when they were called to lay off their armor, others took up the work. God brought these witnesses into covenant relation with Himself, uniting the church on earth with the church in heaven. He has sent forth His angels to minister to His church, and the gates of hell have not been able to prevail against His people.

Through centuries of persecution, conflict, and darkness, God has sustained His church. Not one cloud has fallen upon it that He has not prepared for; not one opposing force has risen to counterwork His work, that He has not foreseen. All has taken place as He predicted. He has not left His church forsaken, but has traced in prophetic declarations what would occur, and that which His Spirit inspired the prophets to foretell has been brought about. All His purposes will be fulfilled. His law is linked with His throne, and no power of evil can destroy it. Truth is inspired and guarded by God; and it will triumph over all opposition.

During ages of spiritual darkness the church of God has been as a city set on a hill. From age to age, through successive generations, the pure doctrines of heaven have been unfolding within its borders. Enfeebled and defective as it may appear, the church is the one object upon which God bestows in a special sense His supreme regard. It is the theater of His grace, in which He delights to reveal His power to transform hearts.” Acts of the Apostles, pp. 11, 12.

·       Ellen White says in Great Controversy, p. 426, 427, that Christ came to the marriage in 1844, and those who were ready went in to the marriage: “In the parable, when the bridegroom came, ‘they that were ready went in with him to the marriage.’ p. 426.

“At the appointed time, the Bridegroom came, not to the earth, as the people expected, but to the Ancient of Days in heaven, to the marriage, the reception of His kingdom. ‘They that were ready went in with Him to the marriage: and the door was shut.’” p. 427.

·       What is meant by the words: “and the door was shut?” The bride had already been chosen before the time of the Investigative Judgment. Christ knew/knows exactly who His bride is based on her former life. This is how the Holy City, the NEW JERUSALEM, Philadelphia, is able to function as the bride of Christ. She is the earthly representative of the church in heaven, Hebrews 12:22, 23. She is the True Reformers of every age:

·       "Characteristics of True Reformers.--Here are given the characteristics of those who shall be reformers, who will bear the banner of the third angel's message, those who avow themselves God's commandment-keeping people, and who honor God, and are earnestly engaged, in the sight of all the universe, in building up the old waste places. Who is it that calls them, The repairers of the breach, The restorers of paths to dwell in? It is God. Their names are registered [written--Heb. 12:22, 23] in heaven as reformers, restorers, as raising the foundations of many generations." E. G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, 1151.

 

"The members of the church triumphant--the church in heaven--will be permitted to draw near to the members of the church militant, to aid them in their necessity." E. G. White, The Southern Watchman, Sep. 8, 1903.

 

How could Ellen White make the above statement if there were no members of the church triumphant, the church in heaven, consisting of souls made perfect—faultless, the 144,000?

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Heb 12:23   To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Christ is the FIRSTBORN from the dead. His bride is the second, third, fourth, etc., via REGENERATION.

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Christ was the firstfruits, firstborn of the RESURRECTION. He lived before. He was born again in a human body and lived a life on earth. He died. He was resurrected from the dead. He was thus the firstborn from the dead, and HIS BRIDE is the second, third, fourth, etc.

Faults With Andrew Henriques’ Interpretation of the 144,000

1.    The 144,000 are Philadelphians. They are the only church that is proclaimed WITHOUT FAULT.

2.    It is Philadelphia only who gets the New Name, New Jerusalem.

3.    Ellen White said that only the 144,000 go into the Temple on Mt. Zion.

4.    In Great Controversy, p. 665, there are three groups of saved persons. Seated nearest the throne is the bride. Then there are the Martyrs, Then beyond, is the great multitude.

5.    Ellen White says that the 144,000 are translated without seeing death. Andrew says that all who died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, are part of the 144,000. How could all who died under the third’s angels message from 1844 on, be translated without seeing death? This is no problem with what God has shown me concerning Mr. Johnson’s scenario, because I was shown that all who have ever lived and who claimed Christ as their Saviour, are regenerated for the Investigative Judgment (NOT JUST THE 144,000), and that the 144,000 are the final, LAST generation living on the earth when Christ comes. In other words, the 144,000 are regenerated last since 1844, fulfilling the pronouncement that the LAST shall be first, and the first last Mat 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. The bride that is termed forsaken, or LAST, in Isaiah 62, is FIRST IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. The bride is tested LAST, for that is the timeframe for the worst time of trouble

6.     Mr. Johnson taught that the 144,000 are from every generation and were regenerated since 1844, for the Investigative Judgment, and that part of the “special resurrection” is the 144,000 awakening from their grave of sleep as to their true identity of their lives before 1844. Reincarnation is Satan’s counterfeit of this act of God.

“A Special Resurrection Before Jesus Appears—Graves are opened, and “many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth ... awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2. All who have died in the faith of the third angel’s message come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God’s covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. “They also which pierced Him” (Revelation 1:7), those that mocked and derided Christ’s dying agonies, and the most violent opposers of His truth and His people, are raised to behold Him in His glory and to see the honor placed upon the loyal and obedient.” {Hvn 28.1}

7.    Andrew parallels those whom he believes are raised at the special resurrection with Moses, but Moses’ body saw no corruption before it was raised. If the special resurrection is those who are martyred (according to Andrew), their bodies would indeed see corruption, because the martyrs are killed before probation closes, per Ellen White.

8.    Mr. Johnson saw that the special resurrection as pertaining to any just persons was simply an awakening or recognition of their true identity. They were raised from the sleep of their death (dust of the earth) to be Regenerated. In this regard only, he would agree with Andrew’s scenario that they are the 144,000, but not that they are another group entirely that does not go through the FULL TIME OF TROUBLE.

9.    Ellen White referred to Luther as a builder of the great Temple, to wit: “…God purposed to make him [Luther] a builder in the great temple that was rising so slowly through the centuries.” Should we conclude that Luther won’t be one of the 144,000 via REGENERATION?

10.     According to Henriques’ scenario, the 144,000 would include only Adventists who have lived since 1847, for that is when Ellen White had her vision related in Early Writings, pp. 15 and 286, which is one and the same vision dated December 20, 1845, rather than 1847, the date Henriques gives. So according to him, no one living prior to 1847, will qualify as one of the 144,000. This would be strange in light of the faithful watchmen in every age, including the original church of Philadelphia in the first century, and the disciples of that time.

11.     Ellen White says that the 144,000 are the LAST GENERATION living just prior to the second advent and that they are translated to heaven without seeing death. This is a most important qualifying part of the WEIGHT OF EVIDENCE. When one’s theory contradicts the Bible and/or the Spirit of Prophecy, one is in error. And Andrew’s theory directly contradicts this point of evidence.

"The woman is a symbol of the church, and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chap. xix, 10, 'is the spirit of prophecy.' Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the ten commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the Devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to Heaven without seeing death, 'ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,' then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them.

The true spirit of the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. xxx, 8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things." E. G. White, Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27.

12.     The remnant are the LAST GENERATION living just prior to the second advent. Andrew includes Adventists of another generation OTHER THAN THE FINAL, LAST GENERATION living prior to the second Advent. He dates the 144,000 back to 1847, and they were of another generation.

13.     Mr. Johnson includes the bride from EVERY GENERATION, BUT THEY ARE AMONG THE FINAL, LAST GENERATION BECAUSE THEY ARE REGENERATED.

14.   Ellen White says that the remnant is translated to heaven without seeing death. Henriques says that the martyrs are part of the 144,000, but the martyrs at the end-time do see death.

15.  The Henriques version would preclude the disciples being the bride of Christ, when Desire of Ages, says that the disciples were the bride of Christ. Ellen White says that Christ “gathered out” those who would take the gospel to the world, and it was His bride that did just that.

16.  Those who go into the Temple on Mt. Zion function as lesser priests while Christ is the High priest thereof.

17.  Moses certainly can serve as a type for those risen from the dead, but not for the FAULTLESS 144,000, because he sinned and died. Elijah indeed does serve as a type of the true 144,000, for he was translated WITHOUT SEEING DEATH.

18.  Henriques dates the 144,000 from 1847 onward, using the date of Ellen White’s first vision, which was actually 1845. (See Appendix for page 15 of Early Writings. God’s Word dates them from Philadelphia, NEW JERUSALEM, circa first century. THIS IS A MAJOR CONTRADICTION OF THE BIBLE WEIGHT OF EVIDENCE.

19.  In pastor Henriques’ Great Controversy studies, he makes it clear that he regards himself as doing the work of John the Baptist. But John the Baptist would not make such serious errors at this stage in history.

We appreciate some of Andrew’s presentations, and will continue to include his presentations on our Website, but Mr. Henriques appears to be a bit arrogant when intimating that he is the only one who has divided the Word of Truth correctly. It might be better if he left some room for correction, such as we have presented in this document, proving that his theory on the 144,000 has contradictions not only to Ellen White, but the Bible evidence, in addition to his serious error in stating that women’s ordination and the LGBT movement are the most serious abominations committed in the SDA church, when the worst abominations involve the Godhead, the personality of God and Christ, and the highest good, crowing gift that heaven can bestow. Despite these serious errors, we believe God can use Andrew Henriques’ in an important way if he will humble himself and be open to the counsel of elder brethren, as Ellen White directed.

It is also a gross misrepresentation for Mr. Henriques to teach that women’s ordination and the LGBT cult within professing Adventism is the worst abomination. The worst abomination involves the personality of God and Christ, just as the Alpha heresy did. That abomination is not only far worse, but much older, dating back to 1980. The Bible mentions having three witnesses to serious matters, and Ellen White, J. Wilfred Johnson, and myself are visionary witnesses to the truth of the Godhead. Let me fully warn you friends, that it is unpardonable sin to attribute any of God’s truth to demonic forces. Satan hates the Investigative Judgment and the truth about the Godhead for they involve two of the most important things God does. He attacks these two elements more than any other. He even came up with the foolish counterfeit of reincarnation for God’s Principle of Regeneration, so as to cast dispersions on Regeneration. So be very, very, very careful before you attribute Regeneration to demonic forces, because the unpardonable sin is attributing what the Holy Spirit does to Satanic forces. Regeneration provides some very important answers and poses some questions which one should just put on the shelf and pray about. Mr. Johnson felt that the 144,000 would need the answers Regeneration provides. I fully agree. We don’t have all the answers to the Godhead and Regeneration, but that does not make either of these issues less important and less true. At Christ’ resurrection, He raised many faithful from the grave as witnesses to His cause. That would seem strange to many, but that is what is recorded in the Bible. Again, He will raise His bride of all generations as witnesses to the world.

Conclusions

·       Regardless of what one might think of my and Mr. Johnson’s presentation, it does not directly contradict Ellen White and the Bible weight of evidence.

·       It is the bride, Rev. 3:10-12, that goes into the Temple. Only Philadelphia, the 144,000 enter there, Early Writings, p. 19. Revelation 7:14-17 says: “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” “And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 7:14-17; 21:4. {AA 602.3}

·       It is those who get victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, that sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. The bride, the 144,000, is the ONLY ENTITY that sings that song. Only the 144,000 get that victory and go through that FULL TIME OF TROUBLE. The reason the just who are raised in the special resurrection (awakening) sing the son of Moses and the Lamb, is because they are the 144,000, and not another special group. They are the 144,000 who go all through the FULL TIME OF TROUBLE. Revelation 3:10-12 says Philadelphia will go through that time and be PILLARS (LEADERS) in the temple.

·       Rev 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 

Rev 15:3   And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 

·       If there is any dispute between the Word of God and Ellen G. White, Ellen White said to defer to the Word. The Bible says that only those who get the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, sing the song of Moses and the Lamb, and only the 144,000 do this. We must defer to Scripture on this as Ellen White instructed. Ellen White did not claim infallibility, and if there is any dispute, we must let the Word, the Bible, speak. Personally, I don’t believe there is any dispute between Ellen White and Scripture on this issue. I believe it is faulty interpretation on Mr. Henriques’ part. Mr. Johnson’s view was confirmed to me in vision. Ellen White does say that only the 144,000 learn that song by experience.

·       Ellen White and Scripture apply the ten virgin parable to the SDA church. Follow this in Matthew 25. For instance, there was a Midnight Cry in 1844. Then the virgins grew weary and fell asleep in a tarrying time since 1844. All those virgins slumbered and slept. Then there is a repeat of the Midnight Cry. See Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 405-406. I believe it is preposterous to not apply this state of things to the SDA church militant. I believe it is a major error to teach that the only saved among Adventists is the 144,000, and that is what I understand Andrew Henriques teaches.

·       Ellen White reapplies Matthew 22 in Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1, pp. 4-9. Just before the first historic application of those verses, God “strangely” raised faithful men from their graves to witness the Gospel to the world. NOT SO STRANGELY, at the final application of Matthew 22, God raises His faithful bride of all generations to witness the Gospel to the world! NOT SO STRANGE! NOT SO STRANGE! It is indeed the Voice of God and the voice of the bride, the 144,000 who give the Loud Cry that awaken the ten virgins, and gives the last invitation to the world to accept the Gospel. So one had better pray long and hard before casting dispersion on God’s plan regarding those who are to take His Gospel to the world during the Loud Cry.

·       Andrew said in a recent sermon (Sermon for Sabbath, March 11) quote: “If we are not a part of the 144,000, we are lost.” How does Andrew come to that conclusion? He teaches that all Adventists who are saved will be included in the special resurrection and/or the 144,000, and that those who are raised in the special resurrection are part of the 144,000 because they sing the song of Moses and the Lamb and only the 144,000 know that song by reason of their experience in going through the time of Trouble. He admits that those raised in the special resurrection DID NOT go all through the FULL TIME OF TROUBLE, but that they get credit for it anyway, paralleling them with the eleventh hour workers. He defines those raised in the special resurrection as all who died in the faith since 1847, AND THE MARTYRS WHO OCCUR AFTER THE SUNDAY LAW. And here is where Andrew makes a huge error involving the martyrs. Ellen White says in The Great Controversy, p. 665, that the group of martyrs mentioned AFTER THOSE NEAREST THE THRONE, THE BRIDE, includes ALL MARTYRS FROM ALL AGES, NOT JUST THE MARTYRS OCCURRING AT THE END-TIME. In other words, Andrews says that the martyrs occurring at the end-time of trouble, are part of the 144,000. Ellen White says the martyrs of ALL AGES are included in the group of martyrs mentioned in GC 665. Andrew takes the martyrs who take place at the end-time and places them with the 144,000, the bride, THOSE NEAREST THE THRONE. This is a major factor that proves Andrew wrong on the special resurrection, whereas there is no such contradiction involved in Elder Johnson’s rendition. I say Elder Johnson, because he was first elder in the SDA college church here in Lacombe, Alberta for more than 40 years. He was a man of the highest integrity.

·       Immediately above is exactly how and why Andrew instructs his hearers that “If we are not a part of the 144,000, we are lost.” That is not true. The message of the Loud Cry to all TEN VIRGINS, including those in the SDA church. The call to them is to go forth out of apostate Jerusalem, whereas the bride will have already come out from that apostate church lest she be defiled with women (the apostate SDA church). According to Revelation 14:1-1, she cannot be defiled with women (apostate churches).

·       At the end-time, the 144,000 will not be martyred, for they are translated without seeing death. Whereas, the martyrs will come from the guest wise virgins who have been part of the apostate SDA church.

Isa 37:31   And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward: 

Isa 37:32   For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this. 

"Nearest the throne are those who were once zealous in the cause of Satan, but who, plucked as brands from the burning, have followed their Saviour with deep, intense devotion. Next are those who perfected Christian characters in the midst of falsehood and infidelity, those who honored the law of God when the Christian world declared it void, and the millions, of all ages, who were martyred for their faith. And beyond is the "great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, . . . before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands." Revelation 7:9. Their warfare is ended, their victory won. They have run the race and reached the prize. The palm branch in their hands is a symbol of their triumph, the white robe an emblem of the spotless righteousness of Christ which now is theirs." E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 665.

·       Read The Great Controversy, pp. 426, 427, to find that the bride is the church triumphant representative of the church in heaven, Hebrews 12:22, 23, the True Reformers. The guests are the people in the church. If guests they cannot be the bride and vice versa.

·       All who will be saved who died in the faith of the SDA church, cannot be the 144,000, for the following reasons:

1.    They all are not of the FINAL (LAST) GENERATION living just prior to Christ’s coming, who are translated without seeing death.

2.    They include wise virgin guests as well as the bride who meets criteria 1 (above).

3.    The martyr’s who occur at the end-time are included in the group of MARTYRS OF ALL AGES (GC 665), and not in the group that is nearest the throne, WHICH IS THE BRIDE OF CHRIST.

4.    Proof ABSOLUTE that some amongst saved Adventists are wise virgin guests, is the fact that Philadelphian Adventists circa 1844, did lapse into Laodiceanism, and during the tarrying time since then, they sleep until awakened by the bride, Christ’s Object Lesson’s, pp. 405, 406. If that is not true, all SDA’s would have had to be PHILADELPHIANS since 1844, and that simply and empirically is not true!

5.    Were all SDA’s since 1844, PHILADELPHIANS, the bride, New Jerusalem, the 144,000, who go into the Temple on Mt. Zion, (EW 19 and Rev. 3:10-12), Ellen White would not have indicted them as Laodicean and stated that the Laodicean message was counsel to all churches including the SDA church.

6.    Were all SDA’s since 1847, raised in the special resurrection to be part of the 144,000, as Andrew Henriques teaches, Ellen White would not have prophesied that they would be brought down to hell, along with her prolepsis prophesy that they refused to meet God’s CONDITIONS, so that His promises WERE NOT fulfilled to them. Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 4, 1884 Great Controversy, Vol. 4, p. 199, 200.

7.    Were All SDA’s since 1847, part of the 144,000, Ellen White would not have said that they were the church militant.

Will Andrew Henriques be able to humble himself and admit to his great errors regarding the Godhead, women’s ordination, the LGBT apostasy; and the 144,000? If not, he will go on to make more errors. Time will tell. The consequences are eternal.

I can’t access Part 1 of Andrew Henriques’ video on the 144,000, because there was some type of copyright infringement and he deleted it. Here is the link to part II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEAV5IEUlQg&list=PLO15ZryPPVMPPoqm0Mp57etTIAO1PnmEL

Here is the link to The Regeneration of the 144,000 by Elder J. Wilfred Johnson http://omega77.tripod.com/regenerationwilfredjohnson.htm

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“John saw the mercy, the tenderness, and the love of God blending with His holiness, justice, and power. He saw sinners finding a Father in Him of whom their sins had made them afraid. And looking beyond the culmination of the great conflict, he beheld upon Zion “them that had gotten the victory ... stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God,” and singing “the song of Moses” and the Lamb. Revelation 15:2, 3.” {AA 589.1}

“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Sion, and with Him a hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father’s name written in their foreheads.” Revelation 14:1. In this world their minds were consecrated to God; they served Him with the intellect and with the heart; and now He can place His name “in their foreheads.” “And they shall reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 22:5. They do not go in and out as those who beg a place. They are of that number to whom Christ says, “Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” He welcomes them as His children, saying, “Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:34, 21. {AA 590.4}

“These are they which follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb.” Revelation 14:4. The vision of the prophet pictures them as standing on Mount Zion, girt for holy service, clothed in white linen, which is the righteousness of the saints. But all who follow the Lamb in heaven must first have followed Him on earth, not fretfully or capriciously, but in trustful, loving, willing obedience, as the flock follows the shepherd.” {AA 591.1}

“These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” “And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 7:14-17; 21:4. {AA 602.3}