Are The 144,000 Killed During The Tribulation?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer one of them.
Question: Will the 144,000 be killed during the tribulation? Thanks.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Anthony.
The simple answer is not a chance. Now let us document it.
Turn your Bible with me to,
1 “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.”
This is extremely important to understand. The Four Winds usher in the final events that will complete this age of flesh and we will be talking more about these events in the future, (update see: The Timeline of the Tribulation).
2 “And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,”
3 “Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”
The Four Winds cannot begin to blow until the servants of our Father are sealed. Make note, the Four Winds occur before the Tribulation begins. That is how important the Sealing is, (see: The Epic Battle Of The Saints).
Sealed with what?
Sealed with the Word of God.
God’s Word is the Sealing and this Sealing will keep them from the lies and deception of Satan. That should be very clear to you as we just read the end cannot begin until God’s Election are Sealed.
4 “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”
This documents for us the number of those who are sealed from the Tribes of Israel, being the 144,000. Verses four through eight document 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes are sealed making up our total and documenting this is not just Judah, but 12,000 from Judah only. Take note, this does not factor in the ethnic peoples who will be sealed as well. Verse nine, thirteen and fourteen tell us before the Throne of God there is “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues” who “came out of great tribulation“.
1 “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.”
Those standing with Christ on Mount Sion are the Saints who are Sealed, His Election, (Matthew 24:31). This places us at His return, after the “signs and lying wonders” of Satan (2 Thessalonians 2:9).
2 “And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:”
3 “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.”
Who sang the song?
The 144,000 who were what?
“Redeemed from the earth.”
They were not killed and Christ documented for us in Luke 21:18, “there shall not an hair of your head perish” when they are delivered up before Satan.
4 “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”
5 “And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.”
Spiritual virgins, those that Paul would speak of in 2 Corinthians 11:2-3.
What else did these 144,000 do?
‘They followed the Lamb where ever He went‘.
They did not get sidetracked or confused about what they were to do. They were Sealed with God’s Word for a purpose and they followed Christ through the entire Tribulation. Essentially they are the five wise virgins.
Anthony, I would really like you to read our study titled, “The Saints and Their Role in the Tribulation.” I think it will really help you.