GOD BLESS YOU,
The 144,000 Jewish evangelists are anointed by the Spirit Joel 2:28,29 describes the situation as these Spirit-filled preachers proclaim the gospel of the kingdom.[Joel 2:28,29 says, And it shall come to pass afterward,that i will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;and your sons and your daugthers shall prophesy,your old men shall dream dreams,your young men shall see visions:and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will i pour out my spirit].
We need to pause here briefly because there is a great deal of confusion concerning the presence of the Holy Spirit during the Tribulation hour.This has resulted from a faulty understanding and interpretation of 2 Thessalonians 2:7:For the mystery of iniquity doth alrady worknly he who now letteth will let,until he be taken out of the way.The term letteth is the Old English word for hinders.The picture being painted here is the rise of the Antchrist.Second Thessalonians 2:6 states:Ye know what withholdeth that [the Antchrist]might be revealed in his time.Then verse seven makes it clear that the Hinder–the Holy Spirit–continues to hinder the Antichrist’s rise until He-the Holy Spirit-is taken out of the way.
Here is another reason millions believe in the pre-Tribulation Rapture.Why? The Hinderer lives in the hearts of His people:If any man have not the Spirit of Christ,he is none of his (Roman 8:9).Also,1 Corinthians 3:16:Know ye not that ye are the temple of God,and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? Because of this truth,God’s Spirit cannot be taken unless those in whom He lives are taken.Hallelujah!One should note,however,that the Spirit’s removal only speaks of His restraining power.
Presently Christians are the salt of the earth and the light of the world (see Matthew 5:13-16).The evacuation of Christians,in whose hearts the Holy Spirit lives,is the way-the only way-His restraining influence on sin is removed,ridding the world of salt and light.Christians are God’s preservative forces,as well as the dispellers of darkness.Imagine what happens when the Spirit’s restraining influence (the Church) is removed via the Rapture.Quite literally,all hell will break loose upon earth.Still,even during this time,His continuing personal presence on earth produces one of the greatest revivals in the history of mankind.
The message of the 144,000 centers on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.This was the emphasis of the Old Testament preachers:To [Jesus} give all the prophets witness,that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins (Acts 10:43).
In addition to preaching the message of the shed blood of Jesus,the 144,000 proclaim the advent of the King:And this gospel [or good news] of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;and then shall the end come (Matthew 24:14).
This is not the message of His firse coming-the Rapture (chapter 4,verse 1) but the Revelation or revealing of Christ as King (chapter 19,verse 16).
Though Christ was rejected in the days of John the Baptist,He will be accepted when the 144,000 Jews preach the identical message.