The 144,000 Sealed
7 1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth , holding back the four winds of the earth , so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree . 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun , having the seal of the living God ; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea , 3 saying , " Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads ." 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed , one hundred and forty-four e thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel : 5 the tribe of Judah , twelve thousand were sealed , from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand , from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand , 6 the tribe of Asher twelve thousand , from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand , from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand , 7 the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand , from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand , from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand , 8 the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand , from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand , from the tribe of Benjamin , twelve thousand were sealed .
The White-robed Multitude
9 After these things I looked , and behold , a great multitude which no one could count , from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues , standing before the throne and before the Lamb , clothed in white robes , and palm branches were in their hands ; 10 and they cry out with a loud voice , saying , " Salvation to our God who sits on the throne , and to the Lamb ." 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures ; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God , 12 saying , " Amen , blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might , be to our God forever and ever . Amen ."
13 Then one of the elders answered , saying to me, "These who are clothed in the white robes , who are they, and where have they come from?" 14 I said to him, "My lord , you know ." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation , and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb . 15 "For this reason , they are before the throne of God ; and they serve Him day and night in His temple ; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. 16 " They will hunger no longer , nor thirst anymore ; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat ; 17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd , and will guide them to springs of the water of life ; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes ."