Main reference: Rv 7 (Jn 3:31-34)
In Revelation 7, the main reference, what is the sealed 144,000 and the great multitude dressed in white?
These are the promises in Revelation 7 that Jesus made known to his disciple Apostle John 2,000 years ago. The sealed 144,000 are the priests of God’s new kingdom the 12 tribes, and the great multitude dressed in white are the people, in other words, the congregation members of the 12 tribes who have washed their sins with the blood of Jesus (Rv 5:9-10, 7:9-14).
What does “sealed” mean?
Because a seal or a stamp has its owner’s name engraved on it, the seal of God has God’s name engraved on it. The word from the beginning is God (Jn 1:1) and the Bible has the word of God engraved on it. Then the seal of God with God’s name is the Bible. Therefore in the main reference the seal of God that the angel brings is the word from the Bible, from Revelation, specifically the revealed word (refer to Rv 10).
Being sealed by God’s seal means that a person has received the revealed word of the opened scroll in Revelation 10, accepted it in faith, and recorded it in his heart (Jn 3:31-34).
(Jn 3:31-34) 31The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
The sealed 144,000 in Revelation 7 are the 12 tribes, and it is written in Revelation 14 that the 144,000 are on Mt. Zion and have God’s name and the name of the Lamb written on their foreheads. This means that they are sealed with God’s name and the Lamb’s name which is the word. As stated in Revelation 22:4, “they will His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.” They will be God’s servants and will reign with God for ever and ever (Rv 22:5). Having His name written on their foreheads means that they are sealed with the word, for God is the word (Jn 1:1) and Jesus is the word (1Jn 1:1-2).
In contrast the dragon’s group, the beast, entered the tabernacle of heaven and fought against the congregation members, as seen in Revelation 13. The congregation members were defeated; the beast marked their foreheads and hands with his name and they worshiped him. Furthermore the beast of the earth, also called 666, received authority from the beast of the sea. He raised idols (false pastors) for the beast of the sea, gave these idols the breath of the beast, and made the congregation members receive the mark of the beast. In other words, he gave them the doctrines of the beast, the false doctrines of the false pastors. As a result, the name of the beast got written on the foreheads of the congregation members of the tabernacle.
On one side are God’s name and the name of the Lamb written on the foreheads, while the other side has the name of the beast written on their foreheads. The question is whose words, whose name must we receive? Only the one who witnessed the events of Revelation 13 and Revelation 7 will know. He will know very well in what form the sealing will take place and in what form the mark will be given.
When a person raises his hand and makes an oath that he acknowledges the name of the beast (devil’s pastor) and agrees that the beast’s doctrine is true, he is receiving the mark on his hand. And when the beast rests his hand on a person’s forehead and prays over him, that person is also receiving the mark of the beast. A person receives the mark when he believes the beast and in his words. He receives the mark as those words get recorded in his mind and heart.
It is written that the one from above has seen and heard the things of above and testify to the word of God; the one who receives this testimony gets sealed and certifies that God is true. However, how can a person believe if he has not seen and heard anything? How can a person acknowledge and be sealed if he cannot believe? Hearing the word of God and acknowledging it is being sealed. It is written in Revelation 22:16 that God has sent His messenger to the churches to testify the events of Revelation which he has seen and heard. Those (the churches) who accept this testimony are sealed, but those who do not believe despite hearing the testimony, are not sealed.
There are two messengers at the time of the Lord’s second coming: the dragons’ messenger the beast (Rv 13) and Jesus’ messenger who speaks on his behalf. Depending on whose testimony a person believes in, he will receive either the mark of the beast or be sealed by the seal of God.
The time of Revelation is the time when God finalizes His 6,000 year-long work. It is the time when He harvests the fruit of the seed that was planted 2,000 years ago. Those who are born of God’s seed will believe in the words of Jesus’ messenger and will be sealed, whereas those born of the devil’s seed will believe in the devil’s words and thus, will receive the devil’s mark. These events are revealed to be the events of Revelation. The one sealed by God’s seal has God’s word in him, but the one who received the beast’s (dragon) mark has the words of the beast in him.
The sealed 144,000 of the 12 tribes in Mt. Zion are the firstfruits born of the word of truth (Jas 1:18), and they are the fruits on the tree of life that bears 12 crops of fruit every month in Revelation 22. They are heaven and the family of heaven.