Genesis 49 and Deuteronomy 33 identify the family traits of the Israelite tribes. God maintains a closer relationship with Israel than with any other people.
Animals often serve to symbolically represent human traits, and Jacob referred to some of his offspring in Genesis 49 as having animal characteristics.
Israel consistently cycles through God's deliverance, apostasy through idolatry and immorality, God's chastening, national repentance, then deliverance again.
Each depiction of the Sixth Seal also shows God's involvement with physical Israelites. John's vision precedes a glimpse of 144,000 of the tribes of Israel.
'Manasseh' means 'forgetful' or 'making forgetful.' From its founding in colonial days, its people have tended to forget the past and plunge into the future.
Book One of the Psalms, parallel with the spring season, focuses on the Messianic prophecies, revealing God's plan to redeem Israel by crushing Satan.
The identity of the 144,000 in Revelation has long been a source of controversy. However, when we let the Bible interpret itself, the answer is plain!