The 144,000 sealed are a vision of the book of Revelation about the servants of God among the tribes of Israel. They will receive a seal on their foreheads to show that they are God’s servants. The 144,000 sealed will go to Heaven, along with many other people from all nations.
The 144,000 appear in Revelation 7: 2-4 , after the opening of the sixth seal. An angel holding the seal of God had the foreheads of God’s servants sealed before bringing destruction upon the earth. 144,000 were sealed: 12,000 from each of Israel’s 12 tribes.
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Along with the 144,000 was a countless crowd from all the nations of the world , dressed in white and praising before the throne of God. These people had gone through a great tribulation and had been cleansed by Jesus, the Lamb ( Revelation 7: 13-15 ). All of them will live in Heaven, next to the throne of God.
Revelation 14: 1 explains that the seal on the foreheads of the 144,000 is the name of God . The 144,000 are virgin people, who follow Jesus everywhere, and who have no blemishes. They are pure, representing the best of humanity ( Revelation 14: 4-5 ).
What do the 144 thousand represent?
The 144,000 represent people totally dedicated to God , who reject sin and do what is right. They are in contrast to the people who received the mark of the beast, who are condemned because they worship a false god ( Revelation 14: 9-11 ).
144 thousand represents a complete number of people. 12,000 of each of Israel’s 12 tribes represents a large number of people. But the 144,000 are not the only ones who will be approved and taken to Heaven. The multitude of all nations that will go with them will be countless.
The Bible says that the 144,000 will come from Israel. There are two main interpretations of who these people will be:
- Jews by birth– Israelites who convert to Christ
- Spiritual Israel– parts of the Bible say that Christians are the true children of Abraham
Why were they sealed?
In the past, stamps were used to mark documents and ensure that they were authentic. Each stamp was unique, so one person’s stamp could not be confused with another’s stamp. The seal on the forehead of the 144,000 would make it very clear that they belong to God. Everyone could see that they are servants of God. The seal may also represent God’s protection.