The 144,000 of Israel
Who are the 144,000 from Bible prophecy? In answering this question,
I believe we can gain a little further insight to some of the great plans
God has in store for Israel.
And after these
things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth,
holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on
the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw
another angel ascending from the east, having
the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to
the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth
and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea,
nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in
their foreheads. 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 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.
Of the tribe
of Aser were sealed twelve thousand.
Of the tribe
of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand.
tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
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.
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.
What this passage shows us regarding prophetic timing is that we are
at the transition time to God’s wrath. The previous chapter ended
at the sixth seal when the kings and great men are hiding in mountains and
caves for fear of the wrath of God coming. Even with their assumed lack
of understanding of God’s wrath, the Bible connects the sixth seal
to the beginning of the day of the Lord.
For the day of the LORD of
hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every
one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: And upon
all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all
the oaks of Bashan, And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the
hills that are lifted up, And upon every high tower, and upon every
fenced wall, And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant
pictures. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness
of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in
that day. And the idols he shall utterly abolish. And
they shall go into the holes of the
rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD,
and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly
the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver,
and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship,
to the moles and to the bats; To go
into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks,
for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when
he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
And I beheld
when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake;
and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as
blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a
fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and
every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And
the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the
chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free
man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And
said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face
of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
For the great day of his wrath is
come; and who shall be able to stand?
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD
is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall
melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of
them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be
amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. Behold, the day
of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the
land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. For
the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their
light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall
not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their
evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy
of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the
golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth
shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and
in the day of his fierce anger.
The angels are holding back the winds to wait for the seal of God to
be placed on the forehead of the 144,000. These four angels are given to
hurt the earth and sea. This means the destruction of the day of the Lord
is being held back until the 144,000 are sealed. The following passage reveals
that the protection from this fifth angel sounding the trumpet is to have
that seal of God.
And the fifth
angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and
to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless
pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great
furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke
of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth:
and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the
earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men
which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was
given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented
five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when
he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall
not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
Regarding the identity of the 144,000, Revelation 7 tells us that the
they are all from the 12 tribes of Israel. It also tells us then names of
what tribes God considers to be the 12. In addition to stating such, these
12 tribes are symbolized prophetically as the 12 stars on the woman in Revelation
12:1. We know this woman represents Israel because of Joseph’s dream
and what the same symbols represented there when Jacob (Israel) interpreted
the dream. Genesis 37:9-11 This “wonder” or sign in the heavens
is displayed from Jerusalem every two to three years. But the identity of
the 144,000 is defined beyond their heritage. They are also described as...
And I looked,
and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and
with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s
name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice
from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great
thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the
four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the
hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from
the earth. These are they which were
not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they
which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from
among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And
in their mouth was found no guile: for they
are without fault before the throne of God.
I know of only one type of people who fit this description, young men.
They are virgins, male because they aren’t defiled with women, their
mouth has no guile and they are without fault before the throne of God.
In Jewish tradition, a
Bar Mitzvah is held at the age of 13.
The term means “son of the commandment.” It is at this age that
Jewish children are obligated to observe the commandments. This would be
the age of accountability. I believe these will be 144,000 Jewish boys who
understand and love the Lord their God with all their hearts and minds.
I believe God will use them as a witness among their parents in the wilderness
to bring them to understand after the
blindness of Israel has been lifted. At the triumphal entry in 32 AD,
Yeshua prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and Israel’s blindness
from that point on.
And when he was
come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying,
If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in
this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now
they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come
upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass
thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even
with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave
in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of
I really recommend reading all of Romans 11 several times to really understand
the God - Israel - Gentile relationship better, but I’m just going
to post a couple relevant passages regarding Israel’s blindness.
What then? Israel
hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained
it, and the rest were blinded. (According as it is
written, God hath given them the spirit
of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should
not hear;) unto this day. And David saith, Let their table be
made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto
them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down
their back alway. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should
fall? God forbid:
but rather through their fall salvation is come
unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing
of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
For I would not,
brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should
be wise in your own conceits; that blindness
in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles
be come in.
So somehow the Gentiles both provoke Israel to jealousy and at the fullness
of the Gentiles, the blindness is lifted from Israel. To me, this sounds
like Israel will recognize the harpazo of the bride of Christ and be provoked
to jealousy because of the refining through the fire they go through when
the bride is taken.
And it shall
come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein
shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And
I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine
them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried:
they shall call on my name, and I will hear
them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest
them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children
together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and
ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say
unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say,
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
I believe this will be the point in time when Israel recognizes Yeshua
as the Messiah in the wilderness. Their reason being that they will know
the armies of the world are converging on Jerusalem once again on the 9th
of Av once again. They will have been refined through the fire of God’s
wrath, which is coming upon all them that dwell on the whole earth. Luke
21:34-36 They’re acceptance of Christ will prompt His return in glory
to destroy the armies gathered at Armageddon and cast the beast and false
prophet into the lake of fire, ending the great tribulation. Revelation