144,000 Virgin Males

Question from a Site Viewer
Why is it just 144,000 virgin males and not women that get to go to heaven to be with God?

Tim’s Answer
Thanks for your question. You ask why it is only 144,000 virgin males and not women that go to heaven to be with God. Perhaps you have been confused by the Jehovah Witnesses. The Bible does not teach this false teaching anywhere. The only place that the 144,000 figure is mentioned in the Bible is in the book of Revelation, where in Revelation 7:1-8 God seals 144,000 males of all the tribes of the children of Israel, and in Revelation 14:1-5 where we are told that they were virgins, were first fruits to God and that they are with the Lamb. The Bible never says that they are the only ones who get to go to heaven. In fact, the Bible teaches the exact opposite. In Revelation 7:1-8, we find that the 144,000 all come from the nation of Israel. In Revelation 7:9-17, the very next verses in Scripture, we find that there is a “great multitude which no one could number of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” Thus, there is 144,000 virgin Israelite males who are sealed and who stand before God as the first fruits. But first fruits always implies that there are many others. And this is what the rest of Revelation 7 teaches. Besides the 144,000 Israelite males, there is a great multitude of all nations that make it to heaven and are in the presence of God.

Further, any teaching that only 144,000 virgin males get to heaven is simply unfathomable for those who actually read what the Bible says. The apostles of Christ were married (see 1 Corinthians 9:5; Mark 1:29-30). Are we to say that the chosen apostles of Christ did not go to heaven because they were not virgins? This would be contrary to what Jesus said in John 14:14 that they would be with Him. Jesus told us to lay up our treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20). Paul teaches that those who believe in Jesus have their citizenship in heaven (Philippians 3:20). Paul also teaches that those who believe in Jesus are right now seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). There is every indication that we will get to receive our treasure, that we one day will reside where our citizenship is, and that our connection with heaven is so strong that we are seen as being seated there right now. This is what the Bible teaches.

Accordingly, the teaching that you have heard is simply not what Jesus taught, or what Scripture says.

What Jesus does teach is that anyone who believes in Him shall never perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus promises to receive all who come to Him (John 6:37). Jesus promises to come again for those who believe in Him and that we will always thereafter be with Him (John 14:1-3). If Jesus is in heaven, then all those who believe in Him will be in heaven as well. It really is that simple.

I trust that you will take the time to read the Bible for yourself, and not let the teachings of others, or me, ultimately decide these matters for you. Look to the Bible. They have the words of life. If you read the Bible and seek for God, you will find Him everywhere on the pages of Scripture. His love, His concern, His holiness, His desire that we would love Him, His desire that we would choose good and not evil, His desire that we would grow to love His Son, Jesus, and the path He has given to us to inherit the kingdom of heaven are all revealed in the Bible.

I suggest if you do not know where to being in the Bible, that you begin with the gospel of John. This is the fourth book in the New Testament. It, perhaps, more than any other book of the Bible, explains who Jesus is, and how we can become followers of God. But the other books of the Bible are also very good. I encourage you to read, pray, and seek after God. If you do so, you will not be disappointed.

a servant,

tim

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