The Barley Bride, The 144,000 Firstfruits and The Midnight Loud Cry of the Third Angel

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Ellen White makes it clear in The Great Controversy, 426-7, that the bride cannot be the guests and the guest at Christ’s wedding cannot be the bride. The bride is the firstfruits. She is represented by another grain that was the firstfruit crop of Israel and offered as the wave sheaf. The Lord has shown me in no uncertain terms that the firstfruit crop in Jerusalem was barley. Thus, the firstfruits wave sheaf bride, the 144,000, is represented by the barley grain rather than the wheat. This will be made more apparent as you read this document. 


----- Original Message -----

From: Ron Beaulieu


Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 7:42 PM

Subject: Re: [SDAIssues] Re: Last Day Remnant




Ellen White, the pioneers and myself see it differently. In Revelation chapter 7, John sees the 12 tribes that constitute the 144,000. Then AFTER that he sees a great multitude which no man can number. I believe with Ellen White that these are two different groups. The martyrs come out of great tribulation as well, and they could be made up of all the numberless martyrs of the dark ages and at the end-time. They have white robes as well, and Ellen White said that they have a red border on the bottom of their robes symbolism their spilled blood.  I deal with the 144,000 further, below Rev. Chapter 7. Coming out of great tribulation is not the same as being redeemed from among men in Chapter 14.


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Chapter 7

1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.

8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15 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.

16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

17 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.


The 144,000 in Revelation 14, are specifically mentioned as being redeemed from among men. They give the three angel's message to the world at the end-time. They are without fault. They are the bride of Christ. Isaiah 62 designates Zion, the bride as giving this Everlasting Gospel, verse 11. Zion is different from the great multitude because she is made pillars in the Temple in heaven, Rev. 3:10-12. Ellen White said that only the 144,000 go into the Temple on Mt. Zion. The are redeemed from the earth--translated without seeing death being the FIRSTFRUITS to God and the Lamb. The great numberless multitude are not FIRSTFRUITS. A numberless multitude DOES NOT give the Loud Cry. Isaiah 62 and COL 405-6 says that the bride of Christ gives that cry and awakens ALL TEN virgins. They all slumbered and slept, Matt. 25:5. These are very strong differences. Ellen White's statement below best describes the true rendition of things and not yours Karl. Contrary to apostate SDA's, the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church did not err.

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." [REV. 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. {GC88 665.1}

Most unfortunately, for yourself and those you teach, you royally misrepresent and misinterpret Karl. And Laval Picard, it should be clear as day that the 144,000, being the firstfruits, Zion, Philadelphia, the pure bride of Christ, give the three angel’s message to the world as the Generals in God’s Army of Joel 2. They will be joined by the martyrs who will give it as well, but the bride, the 144,000, makes the Loud Cry AWAKENING CALL, COL. 405-6 and Isaiah 62:11.


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Chapter 14

1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.

2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.




The Barley Bride Versus the Wheat Guests


When Jesus gathered out the disciples from the apostate church, that was the former rain. Later, on the Day of Pentecost, those who had been gathered out to give the gospel to the then known world, were blessed with the outpouring of the Latter Rain. As it was in this prefigure, so it will be in the antitype of that prefigure. The former rain is necessary for the crops to grow and the firstfruits crop in the Holy Land was barley. Barley was brought as the “firstfruits” crop. The bride is represented by the barley, not the wheat, and that is another distinguishing difference between the wheat and tares.


The first-fruits, a sheaf of barley, offered at the feast of Pentecost (Leviticus 23:17-20), and wheat-bread, the first-fruits of the second harvest, offered at the Passover (vs.10-14), were wave-offerings. 

The Barley bride, the disciples) of Christ, were gathered out first (DA 179), and then they gathered out the wheat from the tares. The tares were gathered into the midst's of the apostate church, Ezekiel 22:17-31. So it will be in the antitype.

The Lord has shown this writer that the twelve baskets filled with the fragments of the five barley loaves symbolized the disciples and the 12 tribes of Israel, and the 12,000 from each tribe that constitute the 144,000, and that barley symbolizes the firstfruits harvest, the 144,000 bride. The disciples were Christ's bride, DA 179.


Jhn 6:13 Therefore they gathered [them] together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.


2Ki 4:42 And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat.


There is significance in the following statement by Ellen White concerning the cake of barley bread for those who have the spiritual discernment to see it.


Gideon recognized the voice of God speaking to him through the words of these Midianitish strangers. His faith and courage were greatly strengthened, and he rejoiced that Israel's God could work through the humblest means to abase the pride of men. With confidence and hope, he returned to the few men under his command, saying, "Arise, for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian." {ST, July 14, 1881 par. 4}


     The apparently powerless condition of that little company of Israelites, compared with the vast host of the enemy, was fitly represented by the cake of barley bread. But as that loaf overthrew the tent upon which it fell, so would the handful of Israelites destroy their numerous and powerful enemies. The Lord himself directed Gideon's mind in the adoption of a plan which the latter immediately set out to execute. He divided his three hundred men into three companies. To every man was given a trumpet, and a pitcher containing a lighted lamp. He then stationed his men in such a manner that they surrounded the entire camp of Midian. They had been previously instructed how to proceed, and at midnight, at a signal from Gideon, all the three companies blew their trumpets, uncovered their lamps, and broke the pitchers, at the same time shouting, "The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!" The light of three hundred lamps, piercing the midnight darkness, and that mighty shout from three hundred voices, suddenly aroused the sleeping army. Believing themselves at the mercy of an overwhelming force, the Midianites were panic-stricken. A terrible scene of confusion ensued. In their fright they fled in all directions, and mistaking their own companions for enemies they slew one another. {ST, July 14, 1881 par. 5}


I have not exhausted the theme of the barley bride. The story of Ruth and Boaz has further significance. Compare her being taken in his skirt with the remnant of Ezekiel 5:1-3.


----- Original Message -----

From: "Karl" <

To: <

Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 6:10 PM

Subject: [SDAIssues] Re: Last Day Remnant



The great multitude are not the saved from every generation. They are the ones who passed through tribulation in the end-time.
 --- In, "Ron Beaulieu" <rsbeauli@... wrote:

By your reckoning, all would be made Philadelphians or pillars in  the Temple, for you make the great multitude to be translated without  seeing death. The Bible says that Philadelphians will be made pillars
in the Temple, not Laodiceans.
For those who believe Ellen White and Scripture, ancient Laodicea  as a corporate church never repented and those who did became  Philadelphians and followed Jesus and His disciples. Ellen White says  that the Laodicean state of the church represents the foolish  virgins. The foolish virgins don't make it. Those who buy what  Laodicea is counseled to buy, gold tried in the fire, faith that works by the self-sacrificing love of Christ, either become
Philadelphia or Sardis--martyrs. Ellen White said to study the last three states of the church and make application of them.
  "The state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins, is  also spoken of as the Laodicean state." E. G. White,  Review and
 Herald Articles,  Vol. 2, 420, 8/19/1890. 
I don't make Laodicea a total loss. That is not a true statement.  That is a gross isrepresentation of what I teach and one would think you would have it down by now after five or so years. I believe that some Laodiceans will heed the counsel to Laodicea.


As I go to Press—This Item Just in From Laval Picard


----- Original Message -----

From: Laval Picard


Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 8:49 PM

Subject: [SDAIssues] the 144,000


In Revelation 7 we read about the twelve tribes which are sealed. We should know that the use of the word Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulon, Joseph, and Benjamin are symbolic terms. Literal Israel as such, of course, has no particular place in the earth made new, for the apostle Paul points out in Romans and Galatians, "If you are Christ's," then what? "You are Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise," the promise made to Abraham. "He is not a Jew who is one outwardly." Galatians 3:29; Romans 2:28,29. 


Obviously, then, the 144,000 are heirs according to the promise for they are Christ's. But they are a special company of people who will go through the time of Jacob's trouble and be translated without seeing death. They have received both the first and the second and final seal prior to the close of probation and they are reflecting Christ fully. Now we ask ourselves the question, Why is it that each tribe is allocated exactly 12,000 souls? Twelve thousand from Judah, twelve thousand from Banjamin, twelve thousand from Zebulon, and right down through the entire twelve.


Each of these tribes or the fathers of these tribes, if you go back to the Old Testament, possessed particular characteristics. Some of which were very advantageous, and some of which were very detrimental. Levi and Simeon, for instance, were so evil in their behavior that Jacob had no particular blessing to give to either of these young men. He spoke of them as the sons that would bear a curse instead of a great blessing. On the other hand, Judah is recognized as being the kingly tribe, the one about whom no words of condemnation were uttered.


There are very good reasons to believe that the number 144,000 is symbolic. It is not literal. It will not be literally 144,000 people. However it is not a question to make an issue of, by any means, because the important thing is not the number but the character and the qualifications, and the work to be accomplished by this company of people. But let us consider briefly some of the reasons which clearly show that the number 144,000 is not a literal number of people.


In the first case, it is much too arbitrary. God does not deal in arbitrary figures. In the second case, we have another number used in the Bible to designate the same company of people. They are the wise virgins. How many wise virgins are there? Five. Five wise and five foolish. So in one place, this company of people is designated by the number five and in another by the number 144,000.


We know perfectly well, of course, that that number five does not signify a literal number of five virgins. Furthermore, we know that the five wise and five foolish do not even indicate 50%, do they? In fact, in the first fuliflment of the parable back in 1844, we find that by far the larger proportion turned out to be foolish virgins. There were fifty thousand people who came up to the great disappointment. Those fifty thousand people were a mixture of wise and foolish virgins. How many of them turned out to be wise? 25,000? 10,000? 1,000? 100? About one hundred. That is about what it was. We don't know the exact count of how many remained faithful during that period, but out of the 50,000 people, roughly speaking, about one hundred people or even less than that remained faithful. And that one hundred people who remained faithful were signified by the parable as the wise virgins while the fourty-nine thousand nine hundred who were unfaithful were the foolish virgins.


So the number five then does not even signify 50% versus 50%, let alone being a literal number. Now if we are going to take the 144,000 as being a literal number, then consistency demands that we take the number five to be a literal number too, and we certainly cannot do that.


Now it is true that in Early Writings, we read, "The 144,000 in nunmber." It is contained in the very first vision Mrs. White had. Some people, of course, who believe in a literal number, are quick to fix their attention upon that statement and the literal number is 144,000. The reference page is 15 where it says, "The living saints, 144,000 in number, knew and understood the voice while the wicked thought it was thunder and an earthquake."


There are two ways in which that statement can be interpreted. For instance, in the first case, it can mean a numerical count, the 144,000 in number. But the expression 144,000 in number can also mean by designation number. By designating 12,000 for each tribe, God is speaking to us about the power of the Gospel itself, (12,000 for each tribe is also far too arbitrary for this to be a literal number), for no matter what fortunate or unfortunate background it might be from which we came, (we can for instance be classified as a Levite or a Simeonite, which tribes were disadvantaged because of their bad characters), by the power of the Gospel of the merits of Christ which it is our privilege to claim, we can still be saved or have an equal chance to become a member of the 144,000 despite our bad background, just as surely as can a person with a better background such as the tribe of Judah, Joseph or Ephraim or any one of those more advantaged tribes.


We, of course, as we live and are in that position where, if faithful, will go through to victory, if we survive the martyrdom which is coming, and become part of the 144,000, members of that illustrious company,  will share with Christ in the ministry of Kings of kings throughout eternity.




----- Original Message -----

From: Ron Beaulieu


Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 9:29 PM

Subject: Re: [SDAIssues] the 144,000




It is only your personal opinion theology that the tribes are symbolic terms. The Jews were of the tribes of Levi, Judah and Benjamin. The rest of us fall into the other 9 lost tribes. Those other tribes are Gentiles, thus the issue of Abraham's seed is moot except that we are all His seed because the Gentiles were grafted in.


There is nothing arbitrary to the specificity of 144,000 IN NUMBER, and 12,000 from each tribe. There is significance to the number that you may not understand. You may consider it arbitrary because you do not understand its significance.


The 144,000 are not the wise virgin guests. They are the barley bride. Ellen White clearly said that if guests, they cannot be the bride and if the bride they cannot be the guests. You choose to ignore this significant data to your own ignorance, placing your personal opinion of feeble man in lieu of clear instruction from the SOP. The wise virgins are concubines. They are defiled with women. Zion, the bride is not! The word for virgin in Isaiah 62:5, is bethulah, meaning strictly pure according to Gesenius' Hebrew--Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament. This agrees with Revelation 14:1-4, which says that the 144,000 are without guile or fault, Rev. 14:5. If you make the 144,000 the wise virgin guests, then they all have to be translated without seeing death and that is preposterously errant.


The critical part of 1844 that you grossly butcher and misconstrue is that you mix the responders with those who gave the Midnight Cry and the first and second angel's messages! There were about 50 faithful Philadelphians on the morn of October 23, 1844. That was the faithful who gave the cry. It is a total farce to combine those who responded to the call with the bride who gave the call.


The disciples were called the bride of Christ by Ellen White, Desire of Ages, 179. They were 12 in number. It is interesting that 144,000 is a multiple of 12. I believe there is significance to this.