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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.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

7:4 hundred and forty and four thousand. This is the only occurrence of the number 144,000 in the Bible, and no reason is given for it here. One possibility is that each Israelite will serve as one of the twelve tribal leaders for one month during the thousand-year kingdom age.

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