An Interlude

1 After this I saw 1four angels standing at the 2four corners of the earth, holding back 3the four winds of the earth, 4so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending 5from the rising of the sun, having the 6seal of 7the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the 8four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,
3 saying, "9Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have 10sealed the bond-servants of our God on their 11foreheads."

The 144,000

4 And I heard the 12number of those who were sealed, 13one hundred and forty-four * thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
5 the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand,
8 the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.