Revelation 14:1 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, 3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, 5 and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.
We have a picture of the redeemed Church with the Lamb of God (Jesus). The Church is made up of Jews and Gentiles. Ephesians 2:11-22 instructs us that the Jew and the Gentile become one in Christ. Romans 11:13-18 instructs us that the Gentiles were grafted into the Jewish People of God through Christ. The 144,000 is a picture of the entire Jewish and Gentile Church. At the time of this picture given in our Scripture passage, the Jewish people have come to recognize Jesus is their Savior (Romans 11:25-32).
The redeemed Church is the virgin Bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2). Jesus cleansed the Church from all sin, including the sin of idolatry, which is spiritual immorality or adultery.
The redeemed Church is also the firstfruits of all creation as taught here and in James 1:18. Paul instructs us in Romans 8:20-21 that all creation is in bondage to sin and will be set free one day from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
The Church will sing a new song before God’s throne that only the redeemed Church can sing. What a glorious choir that will be!
This passage of Scripture is a glimpse into the future of the Church that has existed on earth from the beginning of the Church until the Church is caught up to be with Jesus when He returns (John 14:1-3). The persecuted Church is encouraged to endure by knowing the final outcome of their faith. All believers in Christ are encouraged to be bold knowing their future with Jesus. Revelation is given to all believers so they will be bold in making disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). May every believer be fulfilling their assigned task of making disciples among all in their sphere of influence.