Main reference: Rv 7 (Rv 14)
What do the sealed 144,000 and the multitude in white represent?
In Revelation 6 God judges and brings to an end the corrupt Spiritual Israel and creates a new nation, the New Spiritual Israel in Revelation 7. During this time, God seals the 144,000 of the twelve tribes with His seal as promised. Each tribe consists of 12,000 people. “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb’” (Rv 7:9-10). They are the great multitude. This event that fulfilled has been seen Today. Why can you not believe it?
What does it mean to be sealed by the seal of God?
The angel brings the seal of the living God. This is the angel that brings the revealed word of the open book in Revelation 10. To be sealed means to have this revealed word engraved inside our hearts and minds. God and Jesus are the Word from the beginning (Jn 1:1, 1 Jn 1:1). God gave the sealed book sealed with seven seals to Jesus, who opened all the seals and gave the book to the angel. The angel brings the opened book and begins the work of sealing (Rv 1:1, Rv 5, Rv 10, Rv 7). Therefore, the seal of God is the word of God. Having the word engraved in one’s heart is having God engraved in one’s heart, and having the word engraved in one’s heart means to be sealed by the seal of God.
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 The man who 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. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”
Thus, being sealed means to listen to the word of testimony (of the things of heaven that have been seen and heard), believe it, and engrave it in your heart.
Revelation is regarding the events of heaven (Rv 12, 13, 15). One is sealed with the revealed word which is the testimony of what was seen and heard in heaven. As written in John 3, the difference between a person who is sealed and one who is not sealed is the difference between a person of heaven and a person of the world. How can we tell? One can tell by whether he has the word of the heaven or not. The sealed twelve tribes in Revelation is a promise of God concerning the new era, the new people, and the new nation. This new nation begins with a person who is sealed, which means a person with the word. Anyone who believes this promise will search for the place with the revealed word so that he can be sealed, and he will sincerely desire to be sealed.
Who are the great multitude that appear after this—the multitude that no one can count and that come out from every nation and tribe?
After the former heaven and earth come to an end due to corruption in Revelation 6, and the work of sealing the twelve tribes happen in Revelation 7, a great multitude that no one can count come out from every nation and tribe. They have received the atonement of sin by Jesus’ blood. As written in Revelation 19:11-16, a rider is riding on a white horse and his name is the Word of God. Jesus is the Word from the beginning, and the blood is his word. As Jesus said, the blood that was shed 2,000 years ago will be eaten on the day of the Second Coming at the kingdom of his Father. Today, at the time of Revelation, this blood can be eaten at the twelve tribes of God’s kingdom. In Revelation 5:9-10, Jesus purchased men and made them to be God’s kingdom and priest with his own blood, and in Revelation 12:10-11 they fought and overcame the dragon with the blood of the Lamb. In Revelation 7:14, Jesus allowed the people to become the great multitude by washing their robes with the blood of the Lamb. Thus, the great multitudes are those who come out from all nations and receive the atonement of sin and salvation after the 144,000 are sealed. They believe in the word of the testimony of the 144,000, those who testify to the blood of the lamb.
They prepared places in nations and regions for the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Offices for the unification of scriptures. With the word of Jesus’ blood they have been cleansed from sin and have become the great multitude; it is a great number that no one can count, numbering billions of people. This is exactly what has been seen.
In this era the unbelieving, those who practice magic arts, the liars, and the dogs, cannot enter heaven, the holy city—their place is hell (Rv 21:8, 22:15). Those who believe in the prophecy and fulfillment of Revelation will receive salvation as the great multitude. The betrayers and destroyers will not enter heaven but go to hell, but those who believe will receive salvation and become the people of heaven.
Revelation makes known the new people of the new nation in a new era. It makes known the re-creation of a new nation. Those who believe will receive salvation as written in Revelation.