Just who are they? Many groups have claimed that THEY are part of the 144,000.
But what saith the Scripture? The only place that they are mentioned is in the book of REVELATION.
So, starting with 1st mention of the 144,000 in Revelation 7:4. Let’s see who are described:
Revelation 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.
First it states they are from the tribes of Israel. That makes them Jews.
Second each of the 12 tribes are listed (7:5-8) and it states 12,000 from each tribe.
Ergo 12,000 x 12 = 144,000 all Jews.
Third it states (7:3) that they are sealed (by God) in their foreheads.
Does this mean others can see the seal?
The next mention of the 144,00 is in Revelation 14:1. Is there more information about them?
Revelation 14:1 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.
Forth they are on Mount Sion with the LAMB. (That’s on earth in Israel.)
Fifth the seal is defined as HIS FATHER’S NAME in their forehead.
. (NOTE a study of Lamb reveals he is the Lord Jesus Christ)
Revelation 14:3 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.
Sixth they song a new song.
Seventh only they could sing the new song.
Eighth they were redeemed from the earth. (taken to heaven)
Revelation 14:4 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.
Ninth they are men (not defiled with women).
Tenth they unmarried (virgins).
Eleventh they follow the Lamb (believe him to be messiah).
Twelfth they are the firstfruits (that’s a whole other study).
Revelation 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Thirteenth no guile (sly or cunning) in their mouth.
Fourteenth they are without fault (no sin).
Based on the fourteen facts list above, taken from the book of Revelation, it appears the 144,000 are virgin Jewish men, protected by God, chosen at the beginning of the Tribulation period, who will take the gospel of the kingdom (Jesus is the Messiah and will rule as King) to the world during the Tribulation. Then they will be the FIRSTFRUITHS (of Jews) taken to heaven (Bodily).
Who today can claim to be one of the 144,000?