Summary: The 144k are 12k from each of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel. They are Jews. There is no we any of us here can become a part of that group. We can all, however, learn from their character and try to emulate their godly behavior in our lives.
Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they are virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among men and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless. Revelation 14:1-5
The 144k are 12k from each of the 12 tribes of the children of Israel. They are Jews. There is no we any of us here can become a part of that group. We can all, however, learn from their character and try to emulate their behavior in our lives.
In contrast to all who live on the earth, small and great, who are forced to take the mark of the beast on their hand or forehead, these have the “mark” of the Father’s name on their forehead-no room for another mark.
5 Commandments of God fulfilled by the 144k:
1. BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY
firstfruits-Billy Graham’s hypothesis is that these 144k were super evangelists-in Chapter 7, immediately after the 144k are sealed we see a multitude without number from every tribe before the throne
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. Revelation 7:9
Billy Graham believes this multitude without number are Tribulation saints who came to faith in Christ as a result of the faithful witness of the 144k. Now, I Revelation 14 we see the 144k have joined their brothers in heaven-meaning they have given their lives for the faith.
It may be significant that this special group are called firstfruits. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus said ‘going, baptizing, teaching them to do all I command you, MAKE DISCIPLES. He also said “the fields are ripe for harvest, therefore, pray the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into the harvest field” (John 4). People who come to faith in Christ are a harvest-and these 144k are firstfruits; they bore further fruit through the ministry God gave to them.
In the book of Revelation, all of the songs sung in heaven by the Saints are songs to God. This group gets to sing a song no one else can sing.
-When I was first learning how to sing, about 18 years old, I sang Albert Hay Malotte’s version of The Lord’s Prayer in a public forum-a choir festival where I was chosen as one of a few soloists. It was the national day of prayer, and after I finished singing the entire audience rose to their feet and gave resounding ovation. I thought that I had done a good job, until one of our choir members asked me later “What kind of song do you think the Lord’s Prayer is?” I said, uh, I think it’s a prayer, I guess. She said “hm. I’m not sure. I think it’s a love song.” I thought about it and came to the conclusion she was right. The Lord’s Prayer is written like one of those great old love songs one of the opera composers like Puccini or Verdi. That insight changed the way I sang the song-I’ve never sung it the same since-and I think the composer was right-prayer, understood properly, is a deeply, profoundly intimate experience. It is the pouring out of the heart in love to our Lord-it is treating the Lord as our closest and dearest friend, as George Eliot said:
“A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
Prayer is like that, and singing a song is, perhaps, a step beyond that. Have you ever loved someone so much you could not quite completely express your love without a song? Maybe this is the affliction of a singer, but I think it may be universal. Some love is not expressed until it is sung. The 144,000 can sing as no other group can. They can sing a song no one else can sing. They have, perhaps, a love for and intimacy with the Lord no one else has.