Then I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds so they did not blow on the earth or the sea, or even on any tree.
And I saw another angel coming up from the east, carrying the seal of the living God. And he shouted to those four angels, who had been given power to harm land and sea,
“Wait! Don’t harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.”
And I heard how many were marked with the seal of God—144,000 were sealed from all the tribes of Israel:
from Judah 12,000 from Reuben 12,000 from Gad 12,000
from Asher 12,000 from Naphtali 12,000 from Manasseh 12,000
from Simeon 12,000 from Levi 12,000 from Issachar 12,000
from Zebulun 12,000 from Joseph 12,000 from Benjamin 12,000