WHY? 144,000 is a little flock compared to the rest REVELATION 7;9-10 It is a little flock in comparison to the GREAT CROWD from all nations ,Hi Mee,
It seems your use of Luke 12:32 is a bit of a stretch if that is support for the 144000.
even now there are about 7 million all around the earth who are waving their symbolic palm branches , and not forgetting the ones that will be resurrected at a future time, who are dead in the grave right now John 5;28-29
yes i would say that 144,000 are a little flock ,and that is no stretch of the imagination. it is very clear to see, and the GREAT CROWD becomes a bigger crowd every day .