The Meaning of Revelation 7:6 Explained

Revelation 7:6

KJV: Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

YLT: of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;

Darby: out of the tribe of Aser, twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Nepthalim, twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Manasseh, twelve thousand;

ASV: Of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand; Of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand;

What does Revelation 7:6 Mean?

Context Summary

Revelation 7:1-10 - The Multitude Before The Throne
Before times of unusual trial God prepares for the safety of His people. See Genesis 7:1; Genesis 19:16; Exodus 12:13; Ezekiel 9:3-5; Matthew 24:15-16. What a majestic conception this is and how comforting the thought that the winds are controlled by angels, and that the storms which sweep earth and heaven must obey the mandate of eternal love! God's people are not always saved from trial, but they are kept safe in it. We are sealed when the divine likeness is stamped on our characters, Ephesians 1:13. Those that have that likeness also enjoy the earnest of heaven in their hearts, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22.
The definiteness of the number sealed indicates the perfectness and greatness of this first fruit sheaf of souls. If the first sheaf be so full and heavy, what will not the harvest be! See Revelation 14:4. Beyond human count in number; representing every country under heaven; spotless in character; victorious in their conflict with evil; ascribing all glory to the Lamb as the result of His travail of soul. The tribe of Dan is omitted but perhaps reappears in Revelation 21:12. Does this mean that some will be saved as by firebrands plucked from it by the grace of God? [source]

Chapter Summary: Revelation 7

1  An angel seals the servants of God in their foreheads
4  The number of those who were sealed of the tribes of Israel: 144,000
9  Of all the other nations an innumerable multitude, which stand before the throne
14  Their robes were washed in the blood of the Lamb

What do the individual words in Revelation 7:6 mean?

out of [the] tribe of Asher twelve thousand of Naphtali of Manasseh
Ἐκ φυλῆς Ἀσὴρ δώδεκα χιλιάδες Νεφθαλὶμ Μανασσῆ

Ἐκ  out  of 
Parse: Preposition
Root: ἐκ 
Sense: out of, from, by, away from.
φυλῆς  [the]  tribe 
Parse: Noun, Genitive Feminine Singular
Root: φυλή  
Sense: a tribe.
Ἀσὴρ  of  Asher 
Parse: Noun, Genitive Masculine Singular
Root: Ἀσήρ  
Sense: the eighth son of Jacob.
δώδεκα  twelve 
Parse: Adjective, Nominative Feminine Plural
Root: δώδεκα  
Sense: twelve.
χιλιάδες  thousand 
Parse: Noun, Nominative Feminine Plural
Root: χιλιάς  
Sense: a thousand, the number one thousand.
Νεφθαλὶμ  of  Naphtali 
Parse: Noun, Genitive Masculine Singular
Root: Νεφθαλίμ  
Sense: was the sixth son of Jacob, the second child borne to him by Bilhah, Rachel’s slave.
Μανασσῆ  of  Manasseh 
Parse: Noun, Genitive Masculine Singular
Root: Μανασσῆς  
Sense: the first born son of Joseph.

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