- to whom it was granted to harm the earth, (vs 2). These did not harm the earth, till the servants of God were sealed on their foreheads - the 144, 000.
Who are the 144,000 people mentioned in the book of Revelation, chapters 7 and also chapter 14?
Here is what's revealed;
- they're the servants of our God, who are spared of the great tribulation, and here is how they got spared - they're sealed on their foreheads with the seal of, "a Lamb's Name and his Father's Name" (ref. Rev 14:1).
These 144,000 came from all the tribes of the children of Israel
What's peculiar about them?
- "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." Revelation 14:4
- "And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." Revelation 14:5
“Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” Revelation 7:13
Where did they come from?
From all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues!
"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands." Revelation 7:9
Why are they arrayed in white robes?
They came out of the great tribulation!
"These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Revelation 7:14
The book of Revelation is a highly symbolic book (cf. 1:1). But chapter 7 there is nothing symbolic in it. However, any attempt to exploit the message of the narrative to your own theological ends could be futile. The Apocalypse has become a happy hunting ground for some religious cultists who seek biblical support for their peculiar doctrines.
|The Revelation of Jesus Christ|
|Revelation||2||To the Church in Smyrna|
|Revelation||3||To the Church in Laodicea|
|Revelation||4||Things hereafter - Part 1|
|Revelation||5||Who’s worthy to open the book|
|Revelation||6||Things hereafter - Part 2|
|Revelation||7||The seal of the Living God|
|Revelation||8||The Trumpet Judgements|
|Revelation||9||2 Stages of Tribulation|
|Revelation||10||The Little Book|
|Revelation||11||The Two Witnesses|
|Revelation||12||The two great signs|
|Revelation||13||Who will worship the beast|
|Revelation||14||The Lamb and the 144 000|
|Revelation||15||The Vail Judgements|
|Revelation||16||The Vail Judgements - Part 2|
|Revelation||17||Woman upon the scarlet Beast|
|Revelation||18||The fall of Babylon|
|Revelation||19||King of kings & Lord of lords|
|Revelation||20||The First Resurrection|
|Revelation||21||The written Books|
Simple Gospel Summation