One Hundred Forty-Four Thousand / 144,000

The special group of “sealed” saints mentioned in Rev. 7:4 and 14:1 , described as consisting of 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel. They are identified as “the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb,” “redeemed from among men.” The sealing of the 144,000 is described after the delineation of the events under the “sixth seal” ( Rev. 6:12–17 ; cf. Rev. 8:1 ), which include the second coming of Christ and “the great day of his wrath.” John saw “four angels . . . holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree” until the “servants” of God have been “sealed . . . in their foreheads” ( Rev. 7:1–3 ). In the context of the sixth seal, wind would represent strife, turmoil, and natural calam...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.