Bagaimana kita tahu 144.000 bukan orang Yahudi literal dari 12 suku? (How do we know the 144,000 aren’t literal Jews from the 12 tribes?)

December 16, 2012 - Doug Batchelor

Lihat video 144000 sebagai referensi lebih lanjut: gelorafirman.org/144000/

Saya percaya 144.000 bukan orang Yahudi literal. Buku Wahyu sarat dengan simbol dan ini adalah salah satu. Misalnya, dalam Wahyu pasal 3, tentang Izebel, tidak ada Izebel yang hidup pada waktu itu. Yonanes merujuk kepada Izebel dalam Perjanjian Lama. Demikian juga dalam Wahyu pasal 2, tentang Bileam, itu berbicara tentang karakter yang hidup kembali pada zaman Musa. Dan naga dalam buku Wahyu bukanlah reptil besar. Ini adalah symbol untuk iblis. Anda juga melihat sebagian dari nama-nama dalam kitab Wahyu, mereka adalah simbol.
Kalau kita membaca Perjanjian Lama tentang masa Raja Hizkia, Anda akan membaca bahwa kerajaan Utara, yaitu kerajaan Israel, yang merupakan tempat dimana 10 suku berdiam, ditaklukkan oleh bangsa Asyur. Mereka mengungsi, dengan kata lain, semua orang tidak hanya dibunuh, mereka dibawa ke Asyur. Mereka kemudian kawin campur, diperbudak, terserap kedalam kebudayaan bangsa Asyur dan mereka kehilangan identitas mereka sebagai orang Yahudi
Orang-orang Yahudi yang tertinggal sebenarnya adalah kerajaan selatan yaitu kerajaan Yehuda. Ingat ada 12 suku. Pada kerajaan Selatan, Anda memiliki tiga suku yaitu: Yehuda, Benyamin dan Lewi. Levi tidak benar-benar sebagai salah satu suku karena mereka adalah imam. Jadi hanya suku Yehuda dan Benyamin saja yang ada di kerajaan Selatan. Kerajaan Utara terdiri dari 10 suku. Mereka disebut sebagai kerajaan Israel. Mereka ditaklukkan lalu ditawan dan kemudian oleh karena kawin campur yang terjadi diantara mereka dengan bangsa Asyur, merekapun kehilangan identitas sebagai orang orang Yahudi. Orang-orang yang dibawa ke dalam pembuangan ke Babilon adalah orang-orang Yehuda, Benyamin dan Lewi. Mereka datang kembali setelah 70 tahun, tetapi 10 suku kerajaan utara, kerajaan Israel, tidak pernah kembali lagi dan mereka tidak pernah lagi disebut sampai ke pada zaman Yesus. Kata ‘Yahudi’ itu sendiri berasal dari suku Yehuda. Jadi ketika kita berbicara tentang orang-orang Yahudi, kita sedang berbicara tentang Yehuda. Kita tidak berbicara tentang 10 suku lainnya.
Paulus mengatakan sekarang di dalam Kristus tidak ada orang Yahudi atau orang bukan Yahudi. Kita semua adalah satu di dalam Kristus. Allah telah membuat semua orang berasal dari satu darah, darah Yesus Kristus yang telah tertumpah di kayu salib demi untuk menyelamatkan kita semua.

How do we know the 144,000 aren’t literal Jews from the 12 tribes? I believe they are not literal Jews but are symbolic. Many symbols are listed in Revelation and this is one.
Caller: Yes. I turned on the radio and you were talking about the 144,000.
Pastor Doug: Yes ma’am.
Caller: And it seems like you were saying – is this correct: that they are the church?
Pastor Doug: They’re not the church entirely, but I believe the 144,000 are not literal Jews.
Caller: Well if you take the Bible literally, it seems obvious, because there are 12 tribes.
Pastor Doug: Well let me explain my reasons for that. First of all when you read Revelation, there are very obvious Spiritual applications.
For instance, it talks in Revelation chapter 3, I think, about Jezebel. Well there’s no Jezebel that lived during that time. They’re referring back to a Jezebel in the Old Testament.
It talks in Revelation chapter 2, I believe, about Balaam the prophet. It’s talking about him like he’s present. Well it’s talking about a character that lived back during the time of Moses.
Caller: Right, right.
Pastor Doug: It speaks of a dragon.
Caller: Right.
Pastor Doug: And that dragon is not a big reptile. It’s a Spiritual word for the devil. Matter of fact Charlene, if you look at most of the names in Revelation, they are Spiritual names.
Caller: I realize that. So much of Revelation is not literal it is figurative. Correct?
Pastor Doug: That’s correct.
Caller: But so much of the Bible seems to be both literal and figurative at the same time.
Pastor Doug: Well let me share some history with you. If you get your Bible and you go to the Old Testament and read during the time of King Hezekiah, you will read that the kingdom, the Northern kingdom, which is where the 10 tribes dwelt, the Northern kingdom was conquered by the Assyrians. They were displaced, in other words, all the people were not just killed, they were carried away to Assyria. All of them.
There they were inter-married, enslaved, absorbed, they lost their identity as a people.
Caller: Are you saying that the Jews no longer exist as a people?
Pastor Doug: No, no, no. The Jews were the Southern kingdom of Judah. Remember there were 12 tribes. In the Southern kingdom, you had the three tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi. Levi wasn’t really thought as one of the tribes because they were the Priests. You had Judah and Benjamin in the Southern kingdom.
The Northern kingdom had what they call the 10 tribes. They were often called the kingdom of Israel. They were conquered. They were inter-married. They disappeared as a distinct people. The ones who were carried away captive to Babylon were the people of Judah, Benjamin and Levi. They came back after 70 years, but the 10 Northern kingdoms never came back and you never see reference to those distinct tribes again all the way to the time of Jesus.
Caller: Well but He brought us, you’re Jewish too correct?
Pastor Doug: Yes I am.
Caller: He brought us from Abraham too. He said I’ll preserve you to the end.
Pastor Doug: He did. He preserved the line of David all the way to the time of Christ and beyond.
Caller: He preserved the Jews as a nationality, which is an incredible miracle, considering the persecution of the Jews throughout the centuries.
Pastor Doug: Right. Now Charlene, do you know the word ‘Jew’ is deriven from the tribe of Judah?
Caller: Right I know that.
Pastor Doug: So when we talk about Jews, we’re talking about Judah. We’re not talking about the other 10 tribes.
Caller: Um, boy. You know, um….
Pastor Doug: Take a look at the Scriptures that I’m sharing with you, and please send for the article. You’ll find out, I think, that it’s a very clear study.
You know, I do believe God has a special work for the Jews. But I would like you to ask for two articles Charlene. Ask for the article on Spiritual Israel, and we’ll send it to you for free.
Caller: But as a Jew, how can you deny your own people?
Pastor Doug: Oh I don’t think I’m denying my people. I praise the Lord!
Caller: Aren’t you becoming a Gentile and turning your back on the unsaved Jews?
Pastor Doug: No. I’m becoming a complete Jew by accepting Christ.
Caller: Right!
Pastor Doug: Let me finish this thought. One of the most powerfully clear messages in the New Testament is that God is no respecter of persons. But whoever believes in Him, He receives.
Caller: Right.
Pastor Doug: God has made all people of one blood. Paul says now in Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile. We are all one in Christ.
But I hope that you’ll be open-minded enough to at least look at the article because there’s a lot I’ve not been able to share. Ask for the article on the 144,000 and Spiritual Israel. It’s all free, and my invitation to you would be come and see.
Oleh: Doug Batchelor

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