God marks his people from Israel
1 After this, I saw four angels. They were standing at the four corners of the earth. They were stopping the four winds of the earth. As a result, no wind could blow on the earth, or on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel who was coming up from the east. He was carrying the seal of the God who lives for ever. He shouted loudly to the four other angels. They had received authority to destroy the land and the sea. 3 But he shouted to them, ‘Do not destroy the land or the sea or the trees yet. Wait until we put a seal on the heads of God's servants. God's seal on the front of their heads will keep them safe.’
4 Then I heard how many people received God's seal. The number of people was 144,000. They came from all the tribes of Israel's people: 5 12,000 from Judah's tribe,12,000 from Reuben's tribe,12,000 from Gad's tribe, 6 12,000 from Asher's tribe,12,000 from Naphtali's tribe,12,000 from Manasseh's tribe, 7 12,000 from Simeon's tribe,12,000 from Levi's tribe,12,000 from Issachar's tribe, 8 12,000 from Zebulun's tribe,12,000 from Joseph's tribe,12,000 from Benjamin's tribe.
7:8The 12 names in this list were all sons of Jacob, except Manasseh, who was Joseph's son. Jacob's other name was Israel. He was the ancestor of Israel's people. The angel did not include the name of Jacob's other son, Dan, in the list.