1 After that I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind should blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascend from the east with the seal of the living God, and he cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who had it in their power to harm the earth and the sea, 3 "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we mark the slaves of our God on their foreheads." 4 I heard that the number of those that were marked with the seal was 144,000. They were from every tribe of the children of Israel: 5 12,000 from the tribe of Judah that were marked; 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben; 12,000 from the tribe of Gad; 6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher; 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali; 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh; 7 12,000 from the tribe of Symeon; 12,000 from the tribe of Levi; 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar; 8 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulon; 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph; 12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin.
9 After that I saw a great crowd which no one could count from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and they cried in a loud voice, "Our deliverance is the work of our God who is seated on the throne, and of the Lamb!"
11 Then all the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four animals, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, "Amen! Blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power, and strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen!"
13 Then one of the elders addressed me and said, "Who are these people dressed in white robes, and where do they come from?"
14 I said to him, "You know, my lord." He said to me, "They are the people who come through the great persecution, who have washed their robes white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 That is why they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple, and he who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 16 They will never be hungry or thirsty again, and never again will the sun or any burning heat distress them, 17 for the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."