144,000 Sealed — The Quality Number

“Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 . . .” (The Apocalypse of Jesus 7:4)

Source: Book “Somos Todos Profetas” [We Are All Prophets], 1999 | Updated in July 2017.

Many people get desperate when they hear of the 144,000 saved from the Apocalypse, thinking they are lost: “The number of those saved is so small!”

One hundred and forty-four thousand represents the number of those who, from generation to generation, are chosen by Christ for the great missionary task of taking His Gospel to the world. They are the spiritual quintessence of human race, since much more than 144,000 people are acting in the name of Jesus on our planet. Those who are more advanced, the 144,000, are distributed by Him across all religions, since the message does not need to be ostensively His to be Christian. Jesus talks to all consciences, since His language is that of real Fraternity. Who can do without it? That explains why true luminaries always appear in Humanity, vigorously driving it to progress. It was the Planetary Christ, the Word of God, who sent Moses, Martin Luther, Saint Augustine, Melanchthon, Erasmus, Bahāʾullāh, Einstein, Beethoven, Edison, Tesla, Michelangelo, Zamenhof, Stravinsky, Socrates, Plato, Allan Kardec, Muhammad, Confucius, Buddha, Zarur, Spinoza, the Curies, Lao Tzu, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Teresa of Ávila, Gandhi, John XXIII, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Anthony of Padua, Anchieta, Jean de Bolais, Chico Xavier, and many others, even Marx, to shake savage capitalism and lead it, due to fear of ideologic adversaries, to be humanized. No one owns the Truth on Earth. Do not think that our planet is a madhouse. There is a Man at the helm: Jesus!

Tela: James Tissot (1836-1902)

So in chapter 7, we see the 144,000 chosen from the twelve tribes of Israel. I have explained already that, prophetically speaking, Israel is not restricted to the Hebrew nation. Why would only the Jewish Brothers and Sisters be saved? Arab, Catholic, Protestant, Spiritist, Umbanda, Communist, Atheistic, Buddhist, Brahmanic, Shintoist Brothers and Sisters―everyone can be included among those saved, since God will judge us by our deeds. Christ advises in His Gospel according to Matthew 16:27: “For the Son of God is going to return in His Father’s glory with His Angels, and then He will reward each person according to what they have done.”

Tela: Sátyro Marques (1935-2019)

Many people have become atheistic due to religious errors and abuses. That explains an old statement of mine: religious failure generated atheism. But to give comfort to all those who make the effort and want to overcome their own struggles and help so many others in the world, I invite you all to turn your attention to verse 9, chapter 7 of the Apocalypse, the very same that addresses the 144,000 that have been sealed.

José de Paiva Netto is a writer, journalist, radio broadcaster, composer, and poet. He is the President of the Legion of Good Will (LGW), effective member of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI) and of the Brazilian International Press Association (ABI-Inter). Affiliated to the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Union of Professional Journalists of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Writers of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Radio Broadcasters of Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC). He is also a member of the Academy of Letters of Central Brazil. He is an author of international reference in the concept and defense of the cause of Ecumenical Citizenship and Spirituality which, according to him, constitute “the cradle of the most generous values that are born of the Soul, the dwelling of the emotions and of the reasoning enlightened by intuition, the atmosphere that embraces everything that transcends the ordinary field of matter and comes from the elevated human sensitivity, such as Truth, Justice, Mercy, Ethics, Honesty, Generosity, and Fraternal Love.”