There’s a number so common and yet not so common amongst all of us. It the number 144,000.
144,000 is a natural number. It has significance in several religious movements.
In the Mayan calendar, a baktun is a period of 144,000 days.
The Christian Skoptsy sect in Russia believed that the Messiah would come when the Skoptsy numbered 144,000.
144,000 is alleged to have been the number of Sahaba of Muhammad, though other totals have been given. The number is also given as the total number of prophets in Islam, although this has also been reported as 124,000 or 244,000. The actual number of Prophets or Sahaba (Companions) is not known, however, 25 names have been mentioned in the Qur’an.
The number 144,000 has religious significance for Christians because of its use in the Book of Revelation of the New Testament, where it appears a couple of times:
▪ Revelation 7:3–8
▪ Revelation 14:1
And if you’ve heard of the number then it must be from the Jehovah’s Witnesses during one of their ‘annoying’ visits.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that exactly 144,000 faithful Christians will be resurrected to heaven to spend eternity with God as spirit beings. They believe that this number is made up of first-century Christians and other servants of God since then who were “anointed” (or became part of “spiritual Israel”), rather than being composed of literal descendants of Jacob. Witnesses believe that the 144,000 have been selected by God since Pentecost 33 CE. They believe the 144,000 (which they consider to be synonymous with the “little flock” of Luke 12:32) will serve with Christ as king-priests for a thousand years, while all other people accepted by God (whom they identify as the “other sheep” of John 10:16 and “the great crowd” of Revelation 7:9,14), will be given an opportunity to live forever in a restored paradise on earth. According to the Witnesses, the first of the 144,000 were resurrected as spirit beings in 1918 and others who die after 1918 are immediately resurrected to heaven.
You don’t want to believe them so let’s ask ourselves, “Who are the 144,000 people mentioned in the book of Revelation, chapters 7 and 14?”
The book of Revelation is a highly symbolic treatise. Because of this fact, many false religionists have attempted to exploit the message of the narrative to their own theological ends. The Apocalypse has become a perfect subject for some religious cultists who seek biblical support for their rather wierd doctrines.
Twice in this book a group consisting of 144,000 is mentioned. In chapter 7:1 John heard of 144,000 (12,000 each from twelve different Israelite tribes) servants of God who had been sealed on their foreheads. They were thus obviously redeemed people. Also, the apostle saw a “great multitude, which no man can number” out of every nation. These too were redeemed individuals who had been made white in the Lamb’s blood. They had victoriously triumphed over tribulation, and they served God continuously in his temple.
Some feel that these two groups are the same people — just from another viewing point.
The US army for instance. Each branch of the U.S. armed services has one or more elite teams of commandos that fight using covert guerrilla warfare tactics during special combat situations. Only those who demonstrate unflinching self control and perfect obedience qualify. These Special Forces commandos are given dangerous and complex missions; they rapidly attack enemy troops and raid behind enemy lines to clear the way for the main attacking force. Even a small team of these commandos, because of their intense training, can achieve great victories, defeating entire columns in short time.
Back to the matter.
How about we see them as a type of Special Forces unit, a vast “army” of 144,000. They have a special relationship with the Lamb, and they are sealed with a special name. They also sing a special song. So they must be important.
i want to believe they’re the ones commissioned with the greatest missions in the last days: to prepare the world for Jesus’ return.
The Scripture explains that this group is comprised of exactly 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, which are; Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin. It should be carefully noted here that this listing of tribes is unique, because it is the only time in Scripture that the catalog of tribes appears in this particular order
To really understand the identity of the 144,000, maybe we first have to consider them from the two primary pillars of truth in Scripture that describes the group.
Another interesting clue related to the 144,000 is found in 1 Chronicles 27:1-15. Here we read that David’s army was comprised of 12 sets of 24,000, totaling 288,000. That’s two teams of 144,000.
First Chronicles 25 tells of a literal group of “24 times 12” Levities that were to lead in praise music of the temple—that’s two times 144, which equals 288. And of course, you have two times 12, or 24 elders on thrones around the throne of God in Revelation 4:4. This represents the 12 patriarchs in the Old Testament and 12 apostles in the New Testament!
In Matthew 19:28, Jesus says to the Apostles, “You who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” He then makes a promise to those who will come out of the last age of the church known as Laodicea, which means “judging the people.” “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Revelation 3:21). This is because the 144,000 live during the last age of the church and share the experiences of the apostles.
There are different opinions among reputable Bible scholars as to the identity of the 144,000 in Revelation 7.
Is the figure 144,000 even a literal number?
So who will tell us what we need to know? If i aint going to be in heaven let me know now o. i might have some bad things i could pick up before Armageddon. i don’t think i’ve even fully agreed to stare at gold streets without being able to pocket some. And of which the concept of singing halleluyah for eternity is exhausting.