In Psalm 91 we read an explanation of why it is the name of G-d that is uniquely made known in Israel, the name, יְהוָה , becomes the threefold seal in the foreheads of all the witnesses of G-d during the great tribulation that comes upon the earth, to try all who dwell upon it.. To repeat, as was said in the earlier post on Psalm 91+Revelation, those who overcome, who call upon the name of יְהוָה , will be kept in the day of the great trial, just as we see demonstrated in the great vision in chapter seven of the Revelation. In Psalm 91 it is told to us that it is through the true name of G-d that his servants will be sealed for salvation in the trial in the day when the judgments come upon the earth. This corresponds to the focus of Yehoshua's prayer recorded in John/Yochanan 17, and to his promise given to the representative assembly at Philadelphia in the introduction to the Revelation.
5 12,000 sealed from the tribe of Judah, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad, 6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher, 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali, 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh
7 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon, 12,000 from the tribe of Levi, 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar, 8 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulon, 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph, 12,000 sealed from the tribe of Benjamin.
9 After this I looked1, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were robed in white with palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
Salvation belongs to our God,
who is seated on the throne,
and to the Lamb!
11 All the angels stood around the throne, the elders, and the four living creatures, and they fell facedown before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying:
Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour
and power and strength
be to our God forever and ever. Amen.
13 Then one of the elders asked me, “Who are these people robed in white, and where did they come from?”
14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.”
Then he told me:
These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation.
They washed their robes and made them white
in the blood of the Lamb.
15 For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and they serve Him day and night in His sanctuary.2
The One seated on the throne will shelter them:
16 They will no longer hunger;
they will no longer thirst;
the sun will no longer strike them,
nor will any heat.3
17 For the Lamb who is at the center of the throne
will shepherd them;
He will guide them to springs of living waters,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.4
1 The house of Israel and the house of Judah are already reunited here in the beginning measure that is required for the preparation of the return of Mashiach. Twelve thousand from each tribe is the representation of this measure. The order of the tribes as listed and the invisibility of one tribe, here the tribe of Dan, has deep significance, which will later be brought out. Those to be sealed are sealed with the seal of G-d, and therefore they are revealed in one picture, yet there unity will not be fully activated until they are in the midst of the great tribulation. Now the unfolding of time is to be looked at from a different perspective. Now we are shown a view from the heaven beyond time looking back into time. We see the multitude of the saved, those who have come through the great tribulation.
2 These are the same addressed at Philadelphia. Here they are said that they are present because they have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb. Previously, it was said that they were sealed with the seal of G-d in their foreheads. They are the same because they are identified as those kept from or through the great tribulation. The washing of their garments in the blood of the Lamb and the sealing with the seal of G-d and the merit of overcoming are all shown to be one thing in different aspects.
3 That these are preserved in the tribulation of the world is a sign of salvation to come in the resurrection of the dead, the transfiguration of Adam as Torah Israel.
4 The view of the redeemed from the vantage point of heaven comes back to seeing them ultimately in heaven. The purpose of this view is ultimately to show the true reader and hearer of the Revelation themselves in the Revelation. As Paul said, "Seek those things that are above where you are seated with Mashiach at the right hand of G-d."
It is in this spirit that one becomes a witness of Hashem and is prepared to be called to the witness stand. It is living in this spirit that one serves in the work of turning the judgment from absolute to mitigated, of saving the breath of the world.