Revelation 14:3 And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders.
No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. 5No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.
This 144,000 is a special group of people in Revelation. Were they all male before their resurrection?
This 144,000 is a special group of people in Revelation. Were they all male before their resurrection?
If Rev14:4 states
“It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb,”
The past tense indicates it’s referring to their time on earth. With women indicates that they were men who remained virgins.
Rev14 parallels Numbers 31 when Moses sent 1,000 soldiers from every tribe totaling 12,000, now there are 12,000 from every tribe totaling 144,000. A twelve fold increase. Just as the soldiers in numbers 31 were faithful and divinely protected so too are the 144,000.
The question further alludes but does not elaborate on the idea that all genders turn male after the resurrection without providing scriptural examples but the bulk of the question hinges on this idea for it to even be a consideration.
This 144,000 is a special group of people in Revelation. Are they all male?
In short to your question, the answer is NO. For “there is neither male nor female” as far as the spiritual relationship of Christ’s joint-heirs is concerned. Gal. 3:28
Galatians 3:28 (NET Bible)
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free,
there is neither male nor female[b]—for all of you are one in Christ
These are those who did not defile themselves with women,
The fact that the 144,000 “are virgins” does not mean that members of this special group are necessarily unmarried in the flesh. The apostle Paul wrote to Christians who had a heavenly calling that, marriage is preferable under certain circumstances.
The Apostle Peter is shown to be a married man, his wife apparently accompanied him on some of his missions, as did the wives of others of the apostles. (1 Corinthians 9:5) His mother-in-law lived in his home, one he shared with his brother Andrew. Mark 1:29-31.
1 Corinthians 7:1-2 (NET Bible)
7 Now with regard to the issues you wrote about: “It is good for a man
not to have sexual relations with a woman.”[a] 2 But because of
immoralities, each man should have relations with[b] his own wife and
each woman with her own husband.
1 Corinthians 7:36-37 (NET Bible)
36 If anyone thinks he is acting inappropriately toward his virgin,[a]
if she is past the bloom of youth[b] and it seems necessary, he should
do what he wishes; he does not sin. Let them marry. 37 But the man who
is firm in his commitment, and is under no necessity but has control
over his will, and has decided in his own mind to keep his own virgin,
What characterizes this special group is their spiritual virginity. They have avoided spiritual adultery with worldly politics and with false religion.
James 4:4 (NASB)
4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is
hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the
world makes himself an enemy of God.
Today, billions of humans are involved in various forms of false religion that can be traced back to ancient Babylon. (Genesis 11:6-9) Collectively, those religions are designated as, “Babylon the Great".
Revelation 17:5 (NET Bible)
5 On her forehead was written a name, a mystery: “Babylon the Great,
the Mother of prostitutes and of the detestable things of the earth.”
Philippians 2:15 (NET Bible)
15 So that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without
blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which
you shine as lights in the world[a]
4And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:
From which race were the 144,000 called? John said, "the tribes of the children of Israel".
Which Jews comprise the 144,000? What is their characteristic?
Rev. 14:4(b) NASB
4bThese have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
Acts 20:28 Lamsa
28Take heed therefore to yourselves and to all the flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, to feed the church of Christ which he has purchased with his blood.
Which Jews comprise the 144,000? What is their characteristic? John said, "These have been purchased". What else are they known as? John said, "first fruits". Who are known as the purchased? Paul said, "the church of Christ". Hence, the 144,000 refers to the Jews who comprised the early membership of the Church of Christ.
What differentiated them from later Church of Christ members? What were they not defiled with?
Rev. 14:4(a) NKJV
4aThese are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins.
What were they not defiled with? John said, "not defiled with women". Why not? John explained, "for they are virgins". What should we notice? We should notice that they are not virgins because they are undefiled, but rather, they are undefiled because they are virgins.
Are these literal virgins? What are the two kinds of churches likened to? What are the members of the true Church likened to?
II Cor. 11:22 NKJV
22For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Rev. 17:1 NKJV
1Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,
What are the members of the true Church likened to? Paul said, "a chaste virgin". On the other hand, what was prophesied in the Revelation of Jesus? John said, "the great harlot". Whereas the true Church is likened to a virgin or pure woman, what is mentioned in the Revelation of Jesus is the opposite: a harlot, or an unclean woman.
This is one of the women, by whom the first Church of Christ members were not defiled, because they were virgins, that is, the true Church promised in marriage to Christ.
Is the great harlot a literal woman? How can we identify this woman? Upon where would the great harlot be seated? John said, "on many waters".
What does that mean? What do the waters symbolize?
Rev. 17:15 NKJV
15Then he said to me, "The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
What do the waters symbolize? The angel explained, "peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues." The great harlot is not a literal woman, but symbolizes something that is universal in scope.
What claims to be universal in scope? What is Greek word for "universal"?
Hist. Dict. of Cath., p. 1
"Catholic" comes from a Greek word meaning "universal" or "comprehensive." … as the Second Vatican Council says, … "The unique church of Christ, which in the creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic ... subsists in the Catholic Church,”
(Historical Dictionary of Catholicism. By William J. Collinge. Second Edition. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2012.)
What is Greek word for "universal"? Collinge explains, "Catholic." Who profess to be "Catholic"? Collinge said, "the Catholic Church".
Is this merely coincidence? What name would the harlot also bear?
Rev. 17:5 NKJV
5And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Was Peter in Rome? (article from Catholic Answers, catholic.com)
The Church here in Babylon … (I Pet. 5:13, Knox). Babylon is code word for Rome.
(“Was Peter in Rome?” Catholic Answers: To Explain and Defend the Faith: Nihil Obstat: Bernadeane Carr, STL., Cnesor Librorum, August 10, 2004; Imprimatur: +Robert H. Brom, Bishop of San Diego, August 10, 2004. www.catholic.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016)
What name would the harlot also bear? John said, "Babylon". What is the term "Babylon" code for? Catholic authorities say, "Rome".
What also bears the name "Babylon" or "Rome"?
Marks of the True Church (article from catholic-pages.com)
"The True Church is ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, and APOSTOLIC. Only the Roman Catholic Church can validly claim all four marks."
What also bears the name "Babylon" or "Rome"? Catholic writers say, "the Roman Catholic Church".
Thus, the Roman Catholic Church is the fulfillment of the great harlot, and the 144,000 are characterized, not in that they were literally male, but that they were undefiled by either the great harlot or by those it begot (for the harlot would also be called a "Mother").
This is to differentiate those who would apostatize later on.
It is said of the 144,000 sons of Israel (Rev 7:4) that they “have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste” (Rev 14:4). Therefore, some assume that these 144,000 Jews are only men. But that is not true because “defiled with women” does not refer to literal sexual relationships. Revelation has two women:
The one is the pure woman of Revelation 12 (Rev 12:1), also called,
“the bride, the wife of the Lamb” (Rev 21:9; 19:7), or “the holy
city, Jerusalem” (Rev 21:10). (Note that the angel told John that he
will show Him the bride but then John sees the holy city, implying
that the bride and the city are the same thing.)
The other woman is “Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and of
the abominations of the earth” (Rev 17:5). She is also a city: “The
woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings
of the earth" (Rev 17:18).
Just like Revelation symbolizes false religion as a woman, it symbolizes participation in false religion as having sexual relationships with Babylon and her daughters (Rev 17:2, 5; 18:3).
Therefore, when it says that the 144,000 have not been defiled with women, it means that they did not participate in false religion. Their worship is pure.
These 144,000 are virgin men that are Jewish. At the beginning of the tribulation, they have been redeemed (come to know Jesus) and they will preach the gospel to the world (the post rapture people). Read this: https://www.gotquestions.org/144000.html
Do you understand that by believing the future is etched in stone, then you believe also that the free will we posess is precisely an illusion? Do we have free will? Yes. Is free will an illusion? Yes.
As some here I believe the 144k virgins reflects a “spiritual” state of being at such time (see 1Cor.15:51-52) and the precept in Jeremiah 31:3-4 NKJV in a nutshell confirms this. In order for us to take on this spiritual change we must repent (change our mind and TURN) from sin Acts 3:19 and obey all His commandments which is our duty Ecc.12:13 1John 2:4 James 2:10 not just the 10 but the commandments in the Torah (1st 5 books of the Bible) ie dietary laws Lev.11&Deut.14…Feast Days laws Lev.23 and sacrificial law Ro.12:1 and the only way we can do this is possession of His Holy Spirit who He gives to those who OBEY Him if you ask Him to come live in you! Acts 5:32 Luke 11:13 Acts 2:38 “ That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Eph.5:27 Rev.19:9 hence the “special group!” Yah bless!