Recently I have read several articles and booklets discussing who the 144,000 are in Revelation 7. So far I can’t quite agree with the conclusions that I have seen.

Most seem to conclude that they are the same 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 14 who are identified there as the First Fruits of God’s Harvest.

But as I read the scriptures in context I come to a different conclusion. I thought I would share my thoughts to see if any of you can help clarify my thinking.

Lets look at the verses in question and see if we can get more understanding out of them;

Rev 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
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.
Rev 7:5 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.
Rev 7:6 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.
Rev 7:7 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.
Rev 7:8 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.

Now as we read through this there are several points made that we should extract:

 

  1. They were being sealed in order to protect them from the winds that were to blow on the earth shortly.
  2. These are servants of God
  3. They were selected from the physical tribes of Israel
  4. They are being sealed against the terrible things that are going to happen to the earth shortly
  5. There are 144,000 of these people being sealed(protected from the trumpet plagues)
  6. The narrative went out of it’s way to show that there were a specific number from each of 12 tribes of Israel.

In the past we have been told that they represent the church (the First Fruits of God’s Harvest). It was said that each of us who are first fruits will be assigned to a physical tribe of Israel. And perhaps that could even be true yet why elaborate on that here without any further explanation.

All of the people who are part of the body of Christ have already been sealed by the giving of God’s Holy Spirit surely they are already known to God and the Spirit beings who are doing His will on the earth.

2Co_1:22  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

No this appears to be a special sealing since the only reason given for it is to protect those on the earth then from what is about to happen after the opening of The Seventh Seal. Since that is the given reason for the sealing and it is happening in real time on the earth, it cannot apply to the First Fruits as many of them are already dead over the centuries and the ones that are likely still alive are already in a place of safety awaiting Christ’s return.

Plus I find it difficult to apply a spiritual application of who is being referred to here when so much detail is given about who they are. It states they are from the 12 tribes of Israel and I see no reason to spitualize that statement away. These were physical humans who were genetically part of each of the tribes of Israel indicated. Spiritual Israel contained gentiles as well as Israelites.

We have to realize that physical Israel are still God’s people. Plus he has a plan for the nation of Israel during the millennium.

Eze 39:27  When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; ]

Jersualem will be the capitol of the world and Israel to be a model nation to the rest of the world.

Look at the example below of God marking or sealing some of those of physical Israel to protect them from His death angel.

Eze_9:4  And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Given that this is being done in real time to those who are alive on the earth then it cannot be referring to spiritual Israel as many of them are already dead. This is referring to physical Israelites alive at the time. God is protecting some of each of the tribes of Israel that will be extant during the millennium in order to save their lives so that they might live over into the Kingdom that will be set up at Christ’s return.

It would seem to me to be a logical deduction that Christ is preparing a group of physical Israelites to become the core of the new Nations of Israel that will be coming back to the land originally given to them. Not just Judah (the Jews) but all of the Tribes/nations of Israel.

At least this is the way it seems to me from a reading of the scriptures. I am open to any ideas and thoughts on this subject. You can post them here or email them to me at shards@cogcw.org

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