Who Are The 144,000 Saved In The Book Of Revelation?
Who are the 144,000 in the Book of Revelation? Are there a predetermined number of people who will be saved?
Most of the confusion behind this question comes from the Jehovah Witnesses. They teach that the 144,000 are an elect group of believers who will be chosen by God to go to heaven and rule as royalty over the rest of mankind (who will live forever on Earth). This is an erroneous doctrine that does not take into account the words of the very passage it derives from. Let’s look at Revelations 7:3-8:
“Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad, 12,000 from the tribe of Asher, 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali, 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh, 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon, 12,000 from the tribe of Levi, 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar, 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun, 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph, 12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.
So what does this passage teach us about the 144,000?
They are God’s servants, chosen out of the 12 tribes of Israel. The passage says nowhere that these are the only servants of God or the only servants that are heaven bound. In fact, in the very next verse we see John’s attention drawn to a vast multitude “that no one could number” praising God before His throne. This is a separate group of believers that have come out of the great tribulation and who have been washed by the blood of the lamb. How many are there? No one can number them. Surely God alone knows. Where are they located? Before the throne of God Himself.
Pastor Brian TorresFebruary 12, 2016