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.
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