When two people are inseparable, doing everything together, we say they are joined at the hip. This is the relationship we are to have with the Lord. This relationship is to be a collective joining, however. Many sons, made one in Christ, functioning together in the spiritual realm.
The Scriptures are meant to convey eternal, spiritual realities. They are expressed, however, in the everyday time realm of human language. Thus, we must always look to the Holy Spirit to interpret what we read.
1 ¶ Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps.
3 And they *sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth.
4 These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
5 And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.
John looked and saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion and with Him 144,00 having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. Throughout the Scriptures Zion is synonymous with God’s authority and presence. Christ depicted as standing on Mount Zion is a spiritual picture of His Lordship. He is Lord of lords and King of kings. He has ascended into the heavenlies, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Those with Him are participating in His authority. Having Christ’s name and the name of the Father written upon their foreheads symbolizes their sealing unto God. The forehead is indicative of spiritual perception. Thus, those sealed in Christ see as He sees. The forehead is mystically the seat of our spiritual roots.
There is a unique relationship this 144,000 enters into with the Lord. They sing a new song before the throne and no one learns this song except those participating in it. The sound of many waters that John hears is the word of Christ through many vessels. Christ’s word through these vessels means they are one essence with Him. These 144,000 have not defiled themselves with women. “Women” in this context is a metaphor for religious groups or movements. Those with Christ on Mount Zion have kept themselves chaste. They have not defiled themselves with the religious spirit that so permeates Christianity. They are a pure expression of Christ, the Word. No lie is found in their mouths.
Verse four says the 144,000 follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They are not passively following, but actively participating.
Thayer’s Greek Lexicon:
1) to follow one who precedes, join him as his attendant, accompany him
2) to join one as a disciple, become or be his disciple
2a) side with his party
Part of Speech: verb
Relation: from G1 (as a particle of union) and keleuthos (a road)
Citing in TDNT: 1:210, 33
The 144,000, a symbolic number by the way, are joined to Christ. This is akin to the wheels in Ezekiel 1.
6 The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if one wheel were within another.
17 Whenever they moved, they moved in any of their four directions without turning as they moved.
18 As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes round about.
19 Whenever the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. And whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also.
20 Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction. And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.
21 Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still. And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.
This is a highly symbolic picture of the body of Christ moving as one with the Head. Notice the language Ezekiel uses. “Full of eyes round about… ” Nothing escapes their gaze. The collective Christ, remember, is sealed unto God upon its forehead. The Lord Jesus is depicted in Revelation as having eyes like a flame of fire.
We see this picture again in a different way in Rev. 19.
11 ¶ And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.
13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, WERE FOLLOWING HIM ON WHITE HORSES..
15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.
16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Notice verse 14. The same Greek word for “following,” akoloutheo, is used here that is used in Rev. 14, and conveys the same connotation.
Our hearts should burn with the revelation of being drawn up into the heavenlies with Christ and this 144,000 company. It means leaving the lower realms of viewing our relationship with God as one where we are on earth and He is “in heaven.” This is the lie of separation the religious spirit fosters. Remember, no lie is found in the mouths of the 144,000. It is Christ, made one with His people, that fulfils all that must take place. God is wooing us into a greater place in Him. We have an invitation extended to us to participate with the Lamb, to follow Him wherever goes.