Revelation 7
The 144,000 People of Israel
1After this happened I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth. The angels were holding the four winds of the earth. They were stopping the wind from blowing on the land or the sea or on any tree. 2Then I saw another angel coming from the east. This angel had the seal of the living God. The angel called out in a loud voice to the four angels. These were the four angels that God had given the power to hurt the earth and the sea. The angel said to them, 3“Don’t harm the land or the sea or the trees before we mark the foreheads of those who serve our God.”
4Then I heard how many people had God’s mark on their foreheads. There were 144,000. They were from every tribe of the people of Israel:
5from the tribe of Judah: 12,000
from the tribe of Reuben: 12,000
from the tribe of Gad: 12,000
6from the tribe of Asher: 12,000
from the tribe of Naphtali: 12,000
from the tribe of Manasseh: 12,000
7from the tribe of Simeon: 12,000
from the tribe of Levi: 12,000
from the tribe of Issachar: 12,000
8from the tribe of Zebulun: 12,000
from the tribe of Joseph: 12,000
from the tribe of Benjamin: 12,000
The Great Crowd
9Then I looked, and there was a large crowd of people. There were so many people that no one could count them all. They were from every nation, tribe, race of people, and language of the earth. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They all wore white robes and had palm branches in their hands. 10They shouted loudly, “Victory belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
11The elders and the four living beings were there. All the angels were standing around them and the throne. The angels bowed down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God. 12They said, “Amen! Praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power, and strength belong to our God forever and ever. Amen!”
13Then one of the elders asked me, “Who are these people in white robes? Where did they come from?”
14I answered, “You know who they are, sir.”
And the elder said, “These are the ones who have come out of the great suffering. They have washed their robes#7:14 washed their robes Meaning that they had believed in Jesus and had been made clean from sin by his blood sacrifice. See Rev. 5:9; Heb. 9:14; 10:14-22; Acts 22:16; 1 Jn. 1:7. with the blood of the Lamb, and they are clean and white. 15So now these people are before the throne of God. They worship God day and night in his temple. And the one who sits on the throne will protect them. 16They will never be hungry again. They will never be thirsty again. The sun will not hurt them. No heat will burn them. 17The Lamb in front of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of water that give life. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
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