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THE 144,000

4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: – Rev 7:4 ESV

1 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. – Rev 14:1 ESV

3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. – Rev 14:3 ESV


The numbers 70 and 72 are symbolic of the same thing. The Divine Council (corrupt or not) and the nations that were disbursed from Babel.

70 sons of El in the assembly on Mount Hermon – plus Ba’al and El = 72 (Canaanite pantheon) (some texts read 72 w/o Ba’al and El)

70 nations created by God and given over to 70 fallen angels/sons of god/rebel divine council after the Tower of Babel incident (Septuagint text reads 72)  Genesis 10 & 11

70 elders of Israel on Mount Sinai (72 counting Moses and Aaron) Exodus 24:1-2, 9-11

70 bulls sacrificed at the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot – also called the Feast of Nations) —linking Tabernacles with the 72 disinherited nations (with their gods) and the 144,000. Numbers 29:12-40

70 Sons of Israel that came to Egypt with Jacob. Exodus 1:5

6 sons of God on the Mount of Transfiguration (Jesus – The Son of God, Moses, Elijah, James, Peter and John on Mount Hermon) Mark 9:2-8 [6×12=72    6×24=144    72x2=144   —both 6 and 72 are divisors of 144]

70 disciples were sent out by Jesus (some texts read 72) Luke 10:1-20

 

144=2x72. 200, a multiple of 2, is a necessary part of this equation—linking the 144,000 to the Watchers of 1 Enoch 7:7:

Then they swore all together, and all bound themselves by mutual execrations. Their whole number was two hundred, who descended upon Ardis, which is the top of mount Armon [Hermon].

 

The 144,000 have a role to play in restoring the earth from the destruction of the corrupt Watchers. See 1 Enoch 2:1:

Behold, he comes with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon them, and destroy the wicked, and reprove all the carnal for everything which the sinful and ungodly have done, and committed against him.

 

In all of the Biblical cases, God was declaring that the gods over the nations (72) were in the process of being replaced.

So in Revelation 14, the 144,000 on Mount Zion (144,000/2=72,000—a multiple of 72!) is the ultimate declaration and fulfillment of the gods of the nations being deposed. The new sons of God replacing the corrupt sons of God.

© 2019 Gary Huffman.  All rights reserved.

One thought on “THE 144,000

  1. Thank you Gary for your timely response.
    I read over your thoughts on the 144,000, and I do believe that you are really on to something when it come the numerology and break down of the 70/72 explanation.
    Granted I have to operate on a reasoned assumption. Which to keep this text short,I will just hit highlights, if you don’t mind.
    1) Jesus resurrected, along with many walking in Jerusalem.
    2) Jesus gone a short while, the many with no more mention!(My assumption during this time, He is presenting the firstfruits to the Father)
    3) A look forward in time by John, witnessing the 144,000 being prepped to present the bride, ( Mt. Zion the Holy City, New Jerusalem) to descend to Earth.
    This also is a reasoned assumption that all the saved by Grace pre- crucification saints were released from Abrahams bosom, in far greater numbers than the 144,000.
    Also I am one that sees the Bible using a lot of Symbology but that said I am a Literalist when it comes to Gods Word.
    If you take into consideration that there is a time line of events that must happen before the fulfilment of Jesus return to Earth. Saying that, you will see that, Mt. Zion is still in Heaven Jesus has not returned to earth yet, the 144,00 follow Him wherever He goes.
    I’ll end here with a summary.
    Out of the many that was raised with Jesus, came the OT 144,000 Saints.
    They await the marriage of the Lamb.
    Also in Gods time scale, it’s not been more than two days for them.
    Thanks again for your response, I hope I have explained my understanding in a coherent way.
    God bless you and yours!
    Ken

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