Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted: May 8, 2022
This essay will explain the identity of the 144000 and the multitude in white robes seen in Revelation chapter 7. They are actually seen in 3 different places in the book of Revelation.
The Sixth Seal is the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus into heaven. We see the 144000 sealed and the multitude in white robes in heaven during this seal after the cross, so we know the 144000 and the great multitude are during the church age.
Symbolism of the Number 12
The number 12 when used in the bible always points to the leadership of all God’s people. We see 12 12’s in the 144000 which represents spiritual Israel/the entire church over the entire earth.
The 144000 are those who are sealed by God and have been stained by the Holy Spirit baptism during the church age (they are the redeemed who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit). They are serving as priests (teachers) and kings (Christ’s example) among the wicked and unbelievers on earth.
There are 12 gates into New Jerusalem, each named after one of the 12 tribes mentioned in Revelation chapter 7 (Revelation 21:12-14). There are 12 foundations of the wall of the city and in them are the names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb. New Jerusalem is the spiritual hearts of the redeemed who are Christ’s bride (Rev. 21:1-3). When you walk through the narrow gate and remain on the difficult path, you will pass through the New Jerusalem gate (Matthew 7:13-14).
Their Identity Explained
This section covers Revelation chapter 7.
I personally believe the 144000 are the Revelation 7 multitude which is spiritual Israel who washed their robes clean (Revelation 7:14). These are the spiritual renewed agape hearts of those who are alive and living on earth and “serve God day and night” in His temple — God’s temple is our physical bodies (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19, 2 Corinthians 6:16).
There is no day and night in God’s throne room. God’s glory is the only light and there is no darkness in His presence (Revelation 21:23) — this is why I believe the multitude represents the living redeemed on the earth who are currently working for and serving Him.
Our hearts serve God in the day (in times of joy and when awake) and also at night (in times of despair and while sleeping). Our hearts are worshiping Him.
We see the foreshadow of the spiritual multitude with palm branches in John 12:12-13 —
“On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” They were celebrating the arrival of Jesus to Jerusalem! ….just like our spiritual new Jerusalem hearts are celebrating Him and His saving grace now.
God tells us in Isaiah 49:8-10 that He will establish a new covenant with His people that will cause us to “feed in the ways.” He tells us that when we are in covenant with Him, we will “not hunger or thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for He that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall He guide them.”
We see this same thing happening in Revelation 7:16-17… these are current church age events and not something to come in a future earthly kingdom which is a false teaching by deceivers (see the Millennial Reign articles: Part 1 and Part 2).
During this church age, those in God’s spiritual kingdom thirst no more (we have the eternal living waters), hunger no more (we have the Holy Spirit), receive no heat (we have the Comforter and are at peace), for the Lamb feeds and leads us. God will wipe away all tears from our eyes when we turn our cares over to Him. He will COMPLETELY wipe away all tears when all former things have passed away, we receive the crown of righteousness on the last day (2 Timothy 4:8) and descend into the new earth and new heaven (Revelation 21:1-3).
The 12000 x 12 that we call “144000” is synonymous with the word “sealed.” We see the spiritually sealed multitude of agape hearts presently in the throne room.
God causes us to be seated in heavenly realms while we are still on this earth (Ephesians 2:6).
The Redeemed with the Lamb
We again see the 144000/sealed multitude in God’s throne room in Revelation 14:1-5.
The phrase “not defiled with women” is metaphorical for not being deceived by false Christianity taught in 501(c)3 church houses, and the word “virgins” symbolizes purity (just like the 10 virgins parable in Matthew 25:1-13).
The word woman or women always symbolizes the church in prophecy, and there are two churches: A false church influenced by the Revelation 17 harlot (the wolves in sheep’s clothing who deceive), and the church of the redeemed who are the sheep who only follow the Shepherd Jesus Christ and our teacher the Holy Spirit and not the teachings of men.
1And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are[present tense] they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile [cunning deceit]: for they are without fault before the throne of God.Revelation 14:1-5
We see in verse 14:4 that the 144000/sealed multitude are the firstfruits — this is because we are all grafted into the vine that is Jesus Christ (John 15:5). Jesus is the firstfruits which makes the fruit of our branches (us) firstfruits (1 Corinthians 15:20).
The Tabernacle of the Testimony
We see the 144000 great multitude for a third time in the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in Revelation 15:5-8:
5And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
The temple is our physical bodies where the Holy Spirit resides in our renewed hearts. Our renewed hearts hold the testimony of Jesus Christ which we speak with our mouths and deeds.
6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
The seven angels represent the 7 churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. The 7 churches represent the types of members that you will find among today’s church body. The 7 angels came out of the temple which are our physical bodies… they are the representatives of our renewed agape hearts.
Side-note: In reading Revelation chapters 2 and 3, can you identify which type of church member you are? Or are you a combination? What are the warnings given to you by Jesus Christ regarding your faith?
7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
The four beasts are described in Revelation 4:7-9… their six wings represents creation. They are full of eyes because God has opened them to His truths. We see one with the face of a man and 3 who were like a lion (strong), like a calf (meek), and like a flying eagle (given a wide reach). My personal belief is that these 4 beasts represent the gifts and powers given by God to human men who are His predestined. While on earth, God’s creation worships Him day and night through their spirit which are present in God’s throne room.
The 7 golden vials given to the 7 angels on behalf of the church are the wrath that is going to be poured out by God on the wicked as punishment for how they treated His redeemed people.
8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
THIS VERSE IS INCREDIBLY AWESOME! The temple — our physical bodies — are filled with smoke which causes NO MAN to be able to enter the temple, our bodies. Smoke causes blindness to those who approach it — this means there will be a time during earth’s last 42 months when the wicked can no longer harm us because they will no longer be able to identify us. This is during the 3rd woe which is the last day when God pours out His 7 last plagues/vials/bowls of wrath on the wicked. The living remnant of God will be protected from His wrath on the last day... they will be there to witness it all without being affected by it!
See the article Events of Earth’s Last Age for a detailed description and chronological order of last days events.
Ours is a Spiritual Kingdom
Jesus Christ is reigning right now and we are serving as priests (teachers) and kings (Christ’s example) among the wicked (all unbelievers). After His second coming, the great white throne judgment begins, the wicked are thrown into the lake of fire, then New Jerusalem (which are the spiritual hearts of the redeemed) descends down into the new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1-3).
Jesus had His opportunity to reign on this earth, but He ran from it. John 6:15 tells us Jesus perceived the people would come and take Him by force to make Him a king, so He departed from them.
In John 18:36, Jesus said His kingdom is not of this world, and if it were, then His people would fight to save Him from the Jews.
Jesus said in Luke 17:20-21 that “the kingdom of God cometh not with observation…(because) the kingdom of God is within you.”
Jesus’ reign ends on the last day when He will turn His kingdom back over to Father God once all has been placed in subjection to Him (which is Jesus’ enemies being thrown into the lake of fire – 1 Corinthians 15:25-26).
God’s and Jesus’ kingdom is a spiritual kingdom, not one made of earthly elements. The kingdom is happening now within our renewed spiritual hearts and is not something that will come in the future… it is already here on earth as in heaven (Matthew 6:10). We are seated in heavenly realms while still on this earth (Ephesians 2:6).
The Throne Room Is Not For Resting
I briefly considered that the Revelation 7 multitude also includes the old testament saints who were given clean white robes of righteousness by God in Revelation 6:11. They were ministered to in Paradise in Sheol by Jesus after His death, their physical vessels were resurrected after Jesus’ resurrection (Matthew 27:52-53), then Jesus moved Paradise into heaven where the spirits of the physically dead are now living always in the presence of the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).
But because the 144000 multitude is serving God “in His temple” where there is light and darkness, and we are told that our living physical vessels are His temple, I believe the 144000/sealed multitude represents all those alive on earth who are indwelt with the Holy Spirit and working for the Lord through our faith and spirit fruits.
The old testament saints are told to “rest for a season” in Revelation 6:11, so I personally believe the spirits of the new testament saints whose physical vessels have passed are resting in the same place with them, and are no longer in the throne room with palm branches of worship and faith-works. They are resting from their labors and their faith-works followed them (Revelation 14:13).
Where We Are
The 144000/sealed multitude are the hearts of the living whose physical vessels are still on earth working for and serving God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. OUR SPIRITUAL AGAPE HEARTS ARE IN GOD’S THRONE ROOM RIGHT NOW!
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:1-4 ESV). We die daily and take up our cross and follow Jesus Christ — 1 Corinthians 15:31, Luke 9:23, Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:6.
YOUR AGAPE HEART IS NOW BEFORE GOD’S THRONE, and before the Lamb, clothed in a white robe of righteousness and with a palm branch of faith-works and worship in your hand. Your heart is singing “Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 7:12). FOCUS ON THESE THINGS (Colossians 3:2).
Through MUCH tribulation do we enter the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22, Revelation 7:14).
If you would like to better understand how ours is a spiritual kingdom, these articles will be of help:
Millennial reign part 1: https://scripturestudy.guide/millennial-reign-the-thousand-years/
Millennial reign part 2: https://scripturestudy.guide/revelation-20-millennial-reign-explained/
God’s spiritual kingdom on this earth: https://scripturestudy.guide/the-kingdom-of-god-is-here/
God’s chosen people, spiritual Israel: https://scripturestudy.guide/gods-chosen-people/
God bless you all! See you soon in our glorified bodies in the throne room! ❤
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