Theology students from Several Religions has different outcome on discussions when they debate this Topic.
Who is the 144 000 that John speaks about in Revelation 7?
Rev 7:2-8 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,
Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1st Clue from this Chapter by John is this that the 144 000 is not Christians that was Born again from Gentiles! It gives the 12 Tribes of Israel, all Jews.
For the Gentiles or Jews that accepted Jesus Christ that becomes Christians is mentioned in the next section from verse 9.
Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Verse 2 and 3 gives us another clue. This 144 000 is Jews that is saved before the Great Tribulation, for it speaks of the Seal of God and the Wrath of God.
Where else in the Bible do we read of Jews that will be saved and kept in save keeping until the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ and the Rapture?
In Revelations 12,
Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Who is this Jews that has to flee the Antichrist just before the Great Tribulation?
Jesus Gives the Clue!
Mat 24:15-21 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
This Prophecy from Jesus states, that during the 7 Year Peace agreements, This Portion of Israel called the Old Judea will be given to the Muslims Arabs called Palestine , AND in return the Jews will get approval to build their 3rd Jewish Temple according to Rev 11.
The Country Palestine will be born but several Jews that are currently staying in this aria will remain in the Country of Palestine because they have been living there, have businesses there and kids go to school there. As soon as the peace agreement is stopped by the Antichrist, The Jews in the Country of Palestine have to flee with minutes to spare.
This Jesus warned about, this will be the Jews that will have to flee to the Wilderness and 144 000 of them will be saved and sealed and kept save by angels until the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ and the Rapture.
The Rest of the Jews and Christians have to face the Great Tribulation.
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Everyone that bears the seal of the living God will be kept save during the Great Tribulation that includes the Wrath of God written in Rev 16.
The 5th Trumpet will announce the Wrath of God and that when the Born Again, Spirit Filled Christians will also be Marked by the seal of God for Psalm 91 protections during the wrath of God.
Rev 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
I hope this clear up the endless quarrel about this Topic.
Pastor Dirk, TruLight Radio XM