"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth." (Revelation 14:1-3)
A look at the Lamb of Mount Zion is an encouraging way to end this explanatory interlude. The Lamb of God is seen permanently standing on the same ground temporarily occupied by the antichrist. The Lamb's servants are pictured by His side with the unmistakable mark of God. This mark may be physical, or it may represent the presence of the Holy Spirit in their countenance. God's Spirit marks His own, giving an undeniable witness of true conversion.
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity (II Timothy 2:19).
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his (Romans 8:9).
These 144,000 are the same as those presented in chapter seven. Like every saint, these men are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Christ's blood is a precious thing, and it has been given in redemption of those who will turn to Him in faith. His blood purchases. This purchase is irreversible. Once the transaction is made, the product (believer) cannot be sold back or given up.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth (Revelation 5:9-10).
"These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God."
A man once said, "The word virgin in the Bible simply means a young woman." This statement is false. The word virgin which is used to describe Mary's premarital condition (Luke 1:27) is the same word used here. The passage here clearly uses the word to describe the abstinence of intercourse. Sexual impurity has become the norm in today's society, but things will be worse in the Tribulation. The amplified influence of idol worship will serve to add to the commonality of this particular sin as people participate in immorality out of worship to their false gods. The Lord's servants will be marked not by their participation but by their abstinence from such things. Any believer is capable of horrific sin if he chooses to give in to his evil flesh, but one does have to wonder about a professing believer who habitually practices something which is openly forbidden by God. Likely, the world will become so evil in the end times that any trace of a normal marital relationship will vanish. All physical interactions will be wicked and outside of God's original plan. In the middle of all this, the testimony of these saints will stand out clearly.
They are also marked by their willingness to follow the Lamb wherever He might lead them. These men will truly "go against the flow." Any believer can follow this example. God's power is sufficient in any age. Nothing but a lack of faith prevents a believer from departing from the worldly norm and finding grace "whereby [he] may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear (Hebrews 12:28)."
The text calls them firstfruits. Simply stated, they are a foretaste of what God is about to do on a national scale with Israel. As Christ's blood will redeem these 144,000 Jews who turn to Him as their Messiah, even so will His blood redeem the nation when they turn to Him with all their heart (Isaiah 33:20-24).
The blood of Christ enables the believer to stand blameless before the throne of God. Though imperfect in the flesh, the believer is positionally faultless in the blood of Christ. In Jesus, the saint is made the very righteousness of God (II Corinthians 5:21).