144,000

Revelation 7:4-8 says:

“And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed: of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.”

It is amazing to me that some think this is a literal passage. Are they saying that only 144,000 of all the Jews who ever lived will be saved? Moreover, that there are exactly 12,000 of each tribe?

It is mind-blowing to think that could even be possible with the presence of freewill.  Out of the millions of Jews, only this paltry number will be saved? How insulting to the countless numbers of Jews who devoted their lives to God.

Revelation 14:1-5 tells us that these 144,000 are virgin Jewish males. So, not a single Jewish woman and married Jewish man will be in heaven?

If our doctrine demands that we accept the ludicrous, so that our overall doctrines remains intact, we seriously need to look for truth elsewhere. Revelation is not literal but symbolic. It is on the only way that the book makes any sense at all.

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