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August 27 – The 144,000 take two

“The hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.” – Revelation 14:3 

Scripture reading: Revelation 14:1-5; Ephesians 2:1-10; 2 Timothy 2:23-26

What does it take to defeat a dragon? In stories the mightiest dragons often have a fatal flaw, a vulnerability which a single arrow might expose! In Revelation 14 we are shown how to beat a dragon. It is in a certain identity with specific characteristics that mark the victors. The first characteristic of v. 3 is this: they are redeemed from the earth.

Take a moment to consider this. The 144,000 had to be redeemed. This means they once fought for the ‘other’ side. They fought against the Lamb, instead of for Him. Media and human nature encourage us to look at those standing across the aisle from us with tremendous animosity. We can mock them, ridicule them, expose them and shame them. We can come to church and pray, “Lord, I thank You that I am not like other men!”

But the 144,000 weren’t flawless. They weren’t so wise that they never fell for the lie of the enemy. To the contrary, each and every one once stood ‘across the aisle.’ What made the difference was not their brains or brawn, but a God who redeemed.

God still saves sinners. This is the fatal flaw in the devil’s strategy; Christ saves condemned sinners from right under the devil’s nose! In an age of increasing animosity, let us be a church marked by truth and grace, rejoicing that through the Gospel, God still saves sinners even from the ranks of the enemy.

Suggestions for prayer

Lord, help us to see Your saving power saving sinners.

Pastor Greg Bylsma is a graduate of Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and he is currently serving at the Living Water Reformed Church in Brantford, Ontario. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at

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