We find this number in the book of Revelation; a revelation for mankind, which came from Jesus through John. “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 Israel.” Revelation 7:4
The word sealed means to stamp (with a signet or private mark (for security or preservation), referring to a spiritual protection, which the wall symbolizes. The measure of this invisible wall of protection is 144; a spiritual measure, as it is written, ” And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.” Revelation 21:17. How does one reached the spiritual measure of 144? By following Jesus’ instruction pertaining to the twelve tribes of Israel: “And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Matthew 19:28
The word regeneration means anew; the process of forming again, referring to the forming of a new creation (within), which requires one to judge the twelve tribes of Israel (within). The #12 represents judgment. Judging the 12 tribes of Israel formulates to 12 x 12, which equals 144. The new creation that is to be formed within us is that of “a new heaven and a new earth,” symbolizing “a new mind and a new heart©,” our “first heaven and earth” (formed in darkness we mistook for light) passing away through the process (Revelation 21:1). As God’s physical creation was formed through 6 days of works (not to be taken literally), our spiritual creation is formed through 6 days of spiritual works, which are described to us in the first 6 churches in the beginning of the book of Revelation. A day is 24 hours. Six days formulates to 6 x 24, which equal 144. Our spiritual works are the works of the spiritual judgment that is to take place within us— the act of overcoming our false religious and personal beliefs.
Those that reach the spiritual measure of 144 by executing God’s spiritual judgment upon themselves enter the 1,000 year reign of Christ: 144 + 1,000 = 144,000. “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them… and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years…” Revelation 20:7. The reign of Christ begins (within the individual) when that which constitutes christ (love and truth) rules their mind and heart. These make up the 144,000 mentioned in chapter seven of the book of Revelation. Notice that the tribe of Dan is not listed among the tribes. This is because the word Dan means judge, and the 144,000 have already judged themselves.Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2021