The Book of Revelation 7:2-8

144,000

2 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,

3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

(Rev 7:2-8 KJV)

The four angels have been given the power to hurt the Earth and the sea, but first God wants to set aside 144,000 servants for His work and place a seal upon their foreheads. We are not told what the seal is (it could be physical or spiritual), but we know that it is a mark to indicate that they belong to God and are doing His work. God will protect them and give them power. These servants are taken from the 12 tribes of Israel to proclaim the gospel to the Jews in the tribulation period.

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