The 144,000

Though they are only mentioned twice in scripture, there seems to be a lot of debate over who they are. What is boggling is that the answer as to who they are is also given, yet always over looked.

So who are the 144,000?

Revelation 7: 2 -8 "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 Israel. 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. Of the 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."

To have the seal of God is to say you live your life in a godly manner, for the Lord, and will be part of the first resurrection. The tribes of of Israel where the actual descendants of Abraham. So the 144,000 are the physical descendants of Abraham who have been found worthy of eternal life in the kingdom of God.

Why only 144,000 mentioned?

Revelation 14: 1-5 " 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 first fruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God."

They are the first fruits of the redeemed, the first to be transformed at Christ's coming! These are the best of the best from the descendants of Abraham, who have followed faithfully in the Lord. These first fruits are offered to the Lord, just as the first born in every home was to be offered to the Lord. There is nothing hidden or cryptic to be found here. They are just what it says they are.

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