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 Rev 7:4  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

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[ 144,000 Sealed ] After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree.

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And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.

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[ The Lamb and the 144,000 ] Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads.



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And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.

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 On the 144,000 The Bible Pages - a nondenominational bible study site. A bible key-word search index to the contents of this site and the great multitude of Revelation 7. Also, the first-fruits or virgins of Revelation 14:4 - who are they?

 There are many kinds of dogmas regarding who God's first-fruits really are, and regarding the 144,000 and the great multitude of Revelation 7. Often, preachers cause their followers to think that they are "the first-fruits". The true first-fruit in God's spiritual harvest, the saints (people of the apostles' day), are in that way handily swept aside.

This essay takes a closer look at the biblical record and prophecy, regarding both the innumerable multitude of Revelation 7 and the firstfruits group of Revelation 14:4, in order to see what the Bible really says about these things.

Revelation 7.

The apostle John saw a vision regarding the one hundred and forty-four thousand, and the great multitude who were too many to be counted:

Revelation 7: [...] 8 Of the tribe of Zebulun, 12,000; Of the tribe of Joseph, 12,000; Of the tribe of Benjamin, 12,000.

Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and a vast host appeared which it was impossible for anyone to count, gathered out of every nation and from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in long white robes, and carrying palm-branches in their hands.

(Weymouth NT)

The 144 000 are said to be of the "tribes of Israel", 12 times 12000 and that they in some way are a special group, compared with the "vast host" whom John saw.

The latter group, the innumerable multitude, was said to be of "all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues". The group of one hundred and forty-four thousand, on the other hand, might at first glance appear to be "racial Israelites":

Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of those having been sealed: one hundred forty four thousands, having been sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel (Green's Literal)

Please note the past time tense in verse 4, "having been sealed". That is what the Greek text says, using the perfect passive participle. In other words: Revelation 7:4 does not state when the 144000 were sealed. We know that the great multitude will be sealed in the "end time", but when it comes to the first-fruits (the saints, people of the apostles' day), well, they were sealed a long time ago, of course; it is only that a careless reading of Revelation 7 may cause one to fail to notice this fact.

The saints' "sealing" consisted of the Holy Spirit. In other words, they were "sealed" with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:21, Ephesians 1:13 Ephesians 4:30).

The apostle Paul wrote to the saints in Corinth and Ephesus, mentioning the seal they had received:

2 Corinthians 1:21 Now, he that confirmeth us, together with you, for Christ, and hath anointed us, is God: 22 Who also hath sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. (EB)

Ephesians 1:13 In whom, ye also---hearing the word of the truth, the glad-message of your salvation,---in whom also believing,---were sealed with the Spirit of the promise, the Holy Spirit (EB)

Ephesians 4:30 And be not grieving the Holy Spirit of God, wherewith ye have been sealed unto a day of redemption (EB)

These passages show that the seal or the sealing the saints had received, was the Holy Spirit. Please note that the apostle Paul was addressing the saints, people of his own day.

Despite this, some preachers claim that the other group who are to be sealed in the end time (the great multitude), supposedly already have the Holy Spirit, before they are "sealed". But the Bible does not say that. The saints (people of the apostles' day) were sealed by the Holy Spirit. It is quite clear that the great multitude of Revelation 7:9 will also be sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Then, it seems that as quickly as the sealing of the great multitude (those who are to be sealed by the Holy Spirit in the "end time") has been done, angels will take them up to Jesus.

Please note that the sealing and taking up of the great multitude happens before the "Time of the Lord" (which some call "the Day of the Lord"). That event is a part of the sixth seal which is mentioned in Revelation 12:6. Jesus will come down as the Lord or lords only at the end of the events of the seventh seal. The opening of the seventh seal comes much later (see Revelation 8:1). A note: The seven seals of the book of Revelation are one thing, and the seal which the saints received and which the great multitude will receive, is another.

Is there a "time-gap" between Revelation 7:8 and 7:9?

The 144000 are called aparchê, often translated as "first-fruits" (Romans 8:23, Revelation 14:4 and so on). Even this indicates that the group of 144,000 simply must consist of the saints (people of the apostles' day).

Many preachers deceive people and tickle their egos, by making them believe that they (the followers of the preacher in question) supposedly are "the 144000". But, followers of some preacher cannot be "the first-fruits". There were thousands upon thousands of saints in the apostles' day. It is clear that the "first-fruits" consist of the saints, people of the apostles' day, and not of people of our day.

But, is there a "time-gap" between Revelation 7:8 and 7:9 as some claim? Not necessarily. The apostle John saw a vision regarding a future event. In that vision, he saw both the 144000 and the great multitude. But, that does not tell us when the group of 144,000 had come into existence; that only tells that John saw them also, in that vision.

Revelation 7:9 records John's words "after this I looked"; following that, he described how he, in his vision, saw the uncountable multitude from all nations standing by God's throne. Does that phrase "after this" (Revelation 7:9) mean, "at a later time, much later than the previously mentioned group", or, is that only saying that John first saw a special group of people, and that he (in that vision) then turned his head and saw another group of people who also were standing there, at the same time?

It seems the future event which John saw in his vision, both groups will be at the same place. But again, that does not tell us anything regarding when the smaller group, the 144000, had come into existence.

But, the timing of the event which is described in this passage, is clearly that of the "end time":

Revelation 6:17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" 7:1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so that no wind could blow on earth or sea or against any tree. 2 I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to damage earth and sea, 3 saying, "Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have marked the servants of our God with a seal on their foreheads." (NRSV)

Does this say that the group of 12 times 12,000 will be sealed at that time? No. The true "first-fruits" (the saints, people of the apostles' day) were sealed almost 2000 years ago. The "seal" they received was the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:21, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30).

Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of those having been sealed: one hundred forty four thousands, having been sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel [...] (Green's Literal)

Please note that the Greek wording literally means "having been sealed". Perfect participle, past time. Revelation 7 does not say that all that group would be sealed in the "end time"; it only says they had been sealed, at some time.

Again, many preachers cause their followers to think that they supposedly are "the first-fruits" or "the 144000". But obviously, it is the saints, people of the apostles' day, who are the "first-fruits". People of our day cannot be that. And, the saints were sealed with the Holy Spirit a long time ago, in the apostles' day.

 The 12 times 12,000 saints of the "tribes of Israel" of Revelation 7, and the "first-fruits" or "virgins" of Revelation 14:1-4.

In Revelation 7, the Greek text has the word ek, "out of". ("Out of the tribe of Judah", and so on.) But then, Revelation 7 most probably talks about the "tribes" of a spiritual Israel. Also: Revelation 14:3-4 shows that the group of 144,000 are "the first fruits".

Revelation 7 shows that along with those 144,000, there will be a great multitude which is said to consist of people from "all nations". In John's vision, that multitude was too large to be counted.

In Revelation 14:4, the Greek word which many translate as "first fruits" was aparchê. It really had the meaning "the beginning of a sacrifice", "the firstlings for sacrifice", "first-fruits".

In the New Testament, the word aparchê occurs in Romans 8:23, 11:16, 16:5, 1 Corinthians 15:20, 15:23, 16:15, James 1:8, and also in Revelation 14:4 which shows that the 144000 are the "first-fruits":

Revelation 14:1 Then I looked, and there was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion! And with him were one hundred forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father’s name 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; the voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, 3 and they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the one hundred forty-four thousand who have been redeemed from the earth. 4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins; these follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been redeemed from humankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb, 5 and in their mouth no lie was found; they are blameless. (NRSV)

Revelation 14:4 calls the 144 000 "first-fruits" (aparchê, which meant such things as "the firstlings for sacrifice"). Are those 144000 the same as the 12 times 12,000 Israelites who are mentioned in Revelation 7? While that is not fully clear, it is not likely that there would be two different groups of 144,000.

Now, if the 144 000 would be physically racial Israelites, then what happened to the saints who came from the other nations? Were not they a part of the "first-fruits"? Considering what other New Testament passages say, such an exclusion on a racial basis seems very unlikely. A likely explanation is that the group of 12 times 12,000 who are mentioned in Revelation 7, is not related to tribes of physical Israel, but refers to a spiritual Israel and its "tribes". Thus, also the saints who came from other nations could be included in that group of 144,000.

Also: The innumerable multitude can contain people who are physically Israelites, because the Bible does not say that that group would consist "only" of people from the other nations. The Bible indicates that it will consist of people from all nations:

Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!" (NRSV)

All nations and all languages; all kinds of people. That does not exclude any nationality.

So, the 144,000 seemingly "racial" Israelites in John's vision, are probably to be understood to refer to the "first-fruits" and "tribes" of a spiritual Israel, without any reference to physical race. And, the great multitude will also contain Israelites.

Both groups are mentioned as being before God's throne.

In his vision, John saw both groups, the 144,000 and the great multitude, standing before God's throne. The English translation of the book of Revelation might make it seem that only the great multitude stands there, but a closer study shows that there is no such division between those groups; both groups stood before God in John's vision.

A note: Certain preachers have caused their followers to have a deep aversion against God's Holy Dwelling, Heaven. Because of that, many people have great problems with understanding these things properly. The essays eb04b.htm and eb05b.htm have more on what the Bible really says about Heaven.

What about the great tribulation?

Again, there are preachers who sweep aside the real "first-fruits", the saints (people of the apostles' day). They cause people to think that those who follow the preacher, supposedly are "the 144,000" or the "first-fruits". And, some of them even claim that those who do not follow them (the preacher), "will have to go through the great tribulation", while those who follow them are promised a "place of safety". Add to that: Many preachers talk about a "tribulation" of a kind which the Bible says nothing about 

The Bible shows that the "great tribulation" will be a time of intense persecution of those who turn to God. Also: The great tribulation will precede the event when Jesus comes for those who are sealed in the "end time". Also: The Bible indicates that that time of persecution ("tribulation") will occur when the two witnesses are active. The essay et01c.htm has more on the two witnesses; the essay et04b.htm has more on the great tribulation.

A note: The Bible does not promise a "place of safety" for anyone, prior to the time Jesus comes for those who are sealed in the "end time". And, when Jesus comes for them, they will be made into spirit beings. In other words: Their "place of safety" is not a physical one.

Another note: It is of course true that the 144,000, the "first-fruits", will not have to suffer during the "end time" events. That is simply because that group consists of saints, people of the apostles' day. They ended their physical lives a long time ago. But, as for the "end time" period of "tribulation" - which will be a time of intense persecution of people who turn to God - all believers who live on Earth at that time, will be subjected to it, in one way or another

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Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

 

Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years

 

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more.

Rev 21:2  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven of God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God:

Rev 21:4  and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away.

Rev 21:5  And he that sitteth on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he saith, Write: for these words are faithful and true

 

Isa 45:18

(ASV)  For thus saith Jehovah that created the heavens, the God that formed the earth and made it, that established it and created it not a waste, that formed it to be inhabited: I am Jehovah; and there is none else

 

Isa 45:19  I have not spoken in secret, in a place of the land of darkness; I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I, Jehovah, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right

 

Joh 10:16

 (ASV)  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and they shall become one flock, one shepherd.

 

(ISV)  I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must lead these also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock and one shepherd.

 

(KJV)  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

 

(KJV+)  And2532 other243 sheep4263 I have,2192 which3739 are2076 not3756 of1537 this5026 fold:833 them also2548 I3165 must1163 bring,71 and2532 they shall hear191 my3450 voice;5456 and2532 there shall be1096 one3391 fold,4167 and one1520 shepherd.4166

 

(LITV)  And I have other sheep which are not of this fold. I must also lead those, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock, one Shepherd.

 

(MKJV)  And I have other sheep who are not of this fold. I must also lead those, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one flock, one Shepherd.

 

(MSG)  You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They'll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd

 

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I exhort you as aliens and temporary residents to keep abstaining from fleshly desires.—1 Pet. 2:11.

The Festival of Booths foreshadowed the joyous ingathering of those who exercise faith in Jesus Christ. The ingathering began at Pentecost 33 C.E., when Jesus’ 120 disciples were anointed to become part of “a holy priesthood.” As the Israelites lived in booths for a few days, anointed ones know that they are mere “temporary residents” in this ungodly world. Their hope is a heavenly one. (1 Pet. 2:5) That ingathering of anointed Christians reaches its conclusion during these “last days,” when the final ones of the 144,000 are gathered. (2 Tim. 3:1) During the ancient festival, 70 bulls were offered. (Num. 29:12-34) The number 70 represents 7 multiplied by 10, numbers that represent heavenly and earthly perfection. Hence, the sacrifice of Jesus will benefit faithful ones from all 70 families of mankind that descended from Noah.—Gen. 10:1-29. w07 1/1 1:16, 17

 

(1 Pet. 2:5) 5 YOU yourselves also as living stones are being built up a spiritual house for the purpose of a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 

(2 Tim. 3:1) But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.

(Num. 29:12-34) 12 “‘And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month YOU should hold a holy convention. No sort of laborious work must YOU do, and YOU must celebrate a festival to Jehovah seven days. 13 And YOU must present as a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, of a restful odor to Jehovah, thirteen young bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs each a year old. They should prove to be sound ones. 14 And as their grain offering of fine flour moistened with oil three tenth measures for each bull of the thirteen bulls, two tenth measures for each ram of the two rams, 15 and a tenth measure for each male lamb of the fourteen male lambs; 16 and one kid of the goats as a sin offering, aside from the constant burnt offering, its grain offering and its drink offering.

17 “‘And on the second day twelve young bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs each a year old, sound ones; 18 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, the rams and the male lambs by their number according to the regular procedure; 19 and one kid of the goats as a sin offering, aside from the constant burnt offering and its grain offering, together with their drink offerings.

20 “‘And on the third day eleven bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs each a year old, sound ones; 21 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, the rams and the male lambs by their number according to the regular procedure; 22 and one goat as a sin offering, aside from the constant burnt offering and its grain offering and its drink offering.

23 “‘And on the fourth day ten bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs each a year old, sound ones; 24 their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, the rams and the male lambs by their number according to the regular procedure; 25 and one kid of the goats as a sin offering, aside from the constant burnt offering, its grain offering and its drink offering.

26 “‘And on the fifth day nine bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs each a year old, sound ones; 27 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, the rams and the male lambs by their number according to the regular procedure; 28 and one goat as a sin offering, aside from the constant burnt offering and its grain offering and its drink offering.

29 “‘And on the sixth day eight bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs each a year old, sound ones; 30 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, the rams and the male lambs by their number according to the regular procedure; 31 and one goat as a sin offering, aside from the constant burnt offering, its grain offering and its drink offerings.

32 “‘And on the seventh day seven bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs each a year old, sound ones; 33 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, the rams and the male lambs by their number according to the regular procedure for them; 34 and one goat as a sin offering, aside from the constant burnt offering, its grain offering and its drink offering.

 

Gen. 10:1-29 And this is the history of Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham and Ja´pheth.

Now sons began to be born to them after the deluge. 2 The sons of Ja´pheth were Go´mer and Ma´gog and Ma´da·i and Ja´van and Tu´bal and Me´shech and Ti´ras.

3 And the sons of Go´mer were Ash´ke·naz and Ri´phath and To·gar´mah.

4 And the sons of Ja´van were E·li´shah and Tar´shish, Kit´tim and Do´da·nim.

5 From these the population of the isles of the nations was spread about in their lands, each according to its tongue, according to their families, by their nations.

6 And the sons of Ham were Cush and Miz´ra·im and Put and Ca´naan.

7 And the sons of Cush were Se´ba and Hav´i·lah and Sab´tah and Ra´a·mah and Sab´te·ca.

And the sons of Ra´a·mah were She´ba and De´dan.

8 And Cush became father to Nim´rod. He made the start in becoming a mighty one in the earth. 9 He displayed himself a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah. That is why there is a saying: “Just like Nim´rod a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah.” 10 And the beginning of his kingdom came to be Ba´bel and E´rech and Ac´cad and Cal´neh, in the land of Shi´nar. 11 Out of that land he went forth into As·syr´i·a and set himself to building Nin´e·veh and Re·ho´both-Ir and Ca´lah 12 and Re´sen between Nin´e·veh and Ca´lah: this is the great city.

13 And Miz´ra·im became father to Lu´dim and An´a·mim and Le·ha´bim and Naph·tu´him 14 and Path·ru´sim and Cas·lu´him (from among whom the Phi·lis´tines went forth) and Caph´to·rim.

15 And Ca´naan became father to Si´don his firstborn and Heth 16 and the Jeb´u·site and the Am´or·ite and the Gir´ga·shite 17 and the Hi´vite and the Ark´ite and the Si´nite 18 and the Ar´vad·ite and the Zem´a·rite and the Ha´math·ite; and afterward the families of the Ca´naan·ite were scattered. 19 So the boundary of the Ca´naan·ite came to be from Si´don as far as Ge´rar, near Ga´za, as far as Sod´om and Go·mor´rah and Ad´mah and Ze·boi´im, near La´sha. 20 These were the sons of Ham according to their families, according to their tongues, in their lands, by their nations.

21 And to Shem, the forefather of all the sons of E´ber, the brother of Ja´pheth the oldest, there was also progeny born. 22 The sons of Shem were E´lam and As´shur and Ar·pach´shad and Lud and A´ram.

23 And the sons of A´ram were Uz and Hul and Ge´ther and Mash.

24 And Ar·pach´shad became father to She´lah, and She´lah became father to E´ber.

25 And to E´ber there were two sons born. The name of the one was Pe´leg, because in his days the earth was divided; and the name of his brother was Jok´tan.

26 And Jok´tan became father to Al·mo´dad and She´leph and Ha·zar·ma´veth and Je´rah 27 and Ha·do´ram and U´zal and Dik´lah 28 and O´bal and A·bim´a·el and She´ba 29 and O´phir and Hav´i·lah and Jo´bab; all these were the sons of Jok´tan.