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Who are the 144,000 mentioned in the Bible?

The following is the answer to the question.
Rev 7:1-4 mentions the sealing of God's servants on the forehead.   In verse 4 John heard the specific number of people sealed, "And I heard the number of those who were sealed.  One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed: of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed;

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of the tribe of Rueben twelve thousand were sealed;

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of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;

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of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed;

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of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed;

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of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;

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of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed;

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of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed;

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of  the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;

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of the tribe of Zebulum twelve thousand were sealed;

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of the tribe of Joseph twelve  thousand were sealed;

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of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.

Rev 14:1-5 God show John the vision and he saw: "…one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father's name written on their fore-heads (verse 1).…the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth (verse 3).… the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins (verse 4)….their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God (verse 5).

My answer is they are the children of Israel and they are the special number of the living saints, who are virgins and without fault.  They will see Jesus Second Advent alive.

Rev 7:9-17 mentions another group of living saints "a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues…" Verse 13 says,  "Who are these arrayed with white robes, and where did they come form?"  Verse 14 says, "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."

I believe these are "martyrs" who have special experience and have stood firm and was slain for the sake of preaching God's Word throughout the ages, please refer to Rev 6:9-11 "…those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held (verse9).  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?  Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.


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