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.
The sealing of the “all the tribes of Israel” is symbolic of the protecting of all the saints of God at His second coming. Why are the OT Israelites symbolic of Believers of all time? What are some of the similarities between Israel and believers? We can find some basic answers to these questions by looking at two texts…
Deu 7:6-8 KJV … “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”
All Believers (Spiritual Israelites)
Eph 1:4-6 KJV… “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
Note these principles that apply to both OT Israelites and believers of all ages that are found in the above passages…
Principle #1 – Israel and believers are made up of people separated unto the Lord
Principle #2 – Israel and believers are selected by the Lord according to His good pleasure
Principle #3 – Israel and believers are separated from the world
Principle #4 – Israel and believers have a special love bestowed upon them from the Lord
Principle #5 – God has made a covenant with Israel and believers
Folks, what a wonderful blessing it is to know that we, as believers, are a part of the spiritual nation of Israel…
Gal 3:26-29 – “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
(see also: Rom 2:28-29; Gal 6:15-16; Gal 3:6-9)
As spiritual Israel, we can know assuredly that our Lord loved us, chose to bring us to a special relationship with Himself, desires for us to live holy lives for His glory, and has given us many eternal promises that will be fulfilled at His coming!
May we all be special people living our lives for His glory, knowing we are His spiritually chosen people making up the Spiritual Nation of Israel!
1Pe 2:9-10 KJV… “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation