ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

God Sets His Seal of Protection Upon The 144,000 Select Men of Israel

Updated on March 5, 2015

Revelation 7

John sees four mighty angels virtually hold back the winds of judgment long enough for God to set His seal of protection upon 144,000 select men of Israel.

v.1 "After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree."

In the wake of the chaos of the vision recorded in last chapter, John now beholds four angels standing at the "four corners of the earth holding the four winds of the earth". This might imply that these angels are standing at the four points of the
compass—north, east, south, and west. But what does John mean by “holding the four winds?"

Some see it as a restraining of literal winds and thereby a form of intensifying the earlier judgments. But the Bible also uses the word "wind" as a symbol of divine judgment (see Jer.49:36; 51:1; 2Sam.22:11). And though I see no contradiction that this might concern the weather (given the great earthquake and other events we read about in the last chapter) I tend to accept this latter explanation. That God is using these angels to pause the judgments long enough for Him to seal His servants.

Then John sees another angel ascending from the east and carrying with him "the seal of the living God” which he uses to write the name of God on the foreheads of His servants (Rev.14:1) as protection against the destructive forces of the judgments yet to come (Rev.9:4). Interestingly, a similar event is recorded in the book of Ezekiel wherein a man (not unlike this angel from the east) was used in a similar fashion by God to seal the righteous throughout Jerusalem as a means of protecting them against an impending judgment of death (check—Ezekiel 9). We will see later that they all make it (Rev.14:1).

Twelve thousand Jews from each of the twelve tribes of Israel are sealed. And later we'll discover that all one hundred and forty-four thousand are male Jews characterized as virgins (Rev.14:1-5).

It should be noted that the tribe of Dan—one of the original tribes of Israel (Gen.49:16)—is omitted and the tribe of Manasseh (the son of Joseph but not one of the original twelve tribes; Gen.48:1) is put in its place. Why Dan is excommunicated in the Tribulation is unclear; though the tribe does have a part in the millennium Kingdom (Ezekiel 48). One suggestion is that it’s because Dan was the first tribe to fall into idolatry in the promised land of Canaan (Judges 18:30-31). Another thought is that it might hint that Antichrist himself is a Jew of the tribe of Dan. I don’t know.

One more point. Skeptics have long held to a theory that some of the tribes of Israel were “lost” following their Assyrian captivity. Obviously, they are not lost to God, however, and when the time is ready, He can and will find them.

Whereas John just watched one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed in preparation for Tribulation service, here he seems to leap forward in time and sees a great multitude worshiping in heaven that have come out of great tribulation. Why does John record one group sealed prior to the great Tribulation and then suddenly a second group clearly having endured the great Tribulation? I believe it’s because the two groups are indelibly linked. Whereas the earlier group was designated to preach the gospel during the Tribulation, this second group represents those who will hear the preaching and are saved because of it.

These Tribulation saints are adorned in white robes to signify the righteousness of Christ and waving palm branches as a symbol of victory. Considering the great suffering which these saints must endure in the Tribulation, it’s fitting that they get the assurance that Christ will eternally dwell among them; that they shall neither hunger nor thirst anymore, nor be stroke by the sun or any heat; and that God wipe away every tear from their eyes.

About the Author

James Kobzeff is an evangelical born-again Christian who has long had a passion for the Church to know the Revelation. His commentary is the result of having studied and taught the Book many times over the past thirty years and is considered a continual work-in-process.

You can read more at his blog Learn the Revelation


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • SeanBrook profile image

      Sean Brookfield 

      5 years ago from Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Few people know or agree about the true meaning of the 144000 and what it really tells us. I recently found this information (ancient but newly published it seems) which explains it in it's entirety as well as the' lost years of jesus', the Holy Grail, the gospels ommitted from the Bible, etc..sooner or later the truth emerges, I believe.

      (well it certainly resonates as truth to me anyway).

    • BLACKANDGOLDJACK profile image

      Jack Hazen 

      6 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      Good job, James.

      I think I'll go back and read your series from the beginning, and then have more to say.

      Regards and God bless,



    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)