The one hundred forty-four thousand
Rev 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
Four angels, at the four corners, north, south, east and west, holding the four winds. They controlled the winds at the direction of almighty God. Is this proof that God controls the winds and the weather? Global warming, hurricanes, earthquakes, rain and snow? Yes, he does. The angels were also holding back God's judgment, until something was done.
Rev 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Rev 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
Sealed, by the Holy Spirit. A seal was the mark of ownership, representing the owners name, Father God. Sealed by an angel sent from heaven to a select group of people, on their foreheads; where the helmet of salvation is worn. Looking ahead we see the seal again mentioned.
Rev 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
These were protected by God, not to receive the wrath of God, so that they could do their great exploits; the work of God given to them.
Rev 14:1 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.
One religious group has claimed to be these ones who were sealed. They speak of Jehovah as God and no other. They do not see Jesus as God the Son, but these are not the sealed of God. These are following false teachers and false prophets. The sealing of God on the foreheads is the receiving of salvation through Jesus Christ and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This was for a select number of Israel in the end times.
Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundredand forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
One hundred forty-four thousand chosen of Israel from twelve tribes. These were not Gentiles, but the chosen of Israel who would be sent out to evangelize the world in the time of tribulation before the coming of our Lord.