Revelation: Do not become entangled into what and who are the 144,000. This may only serve to take your mind off what is going on. More important than that is to remain faithful to Christ. One of the difficulties of trying to sort out what’s going on is the element of time. Here on earth we experience events in a linear fashion. God, on the other hand, sees everything outside of time – more as an eternal present or “now”. So “first fruits” to us may mean something very different to God. Focus more on what’s unfolding than in the details.
Gospel: Luke 12:49-59
New Testament: Revelation 14:1-3
Old Testament: Genesis 9:1-7