To attempt to decode Revelations 7, let’s start with the angels holding back four corners, four winds, and an angel rising like the sun. This is a scene of the Heavens, outer space, the night sky.
Earth destruction is paused so that the 144,000 can be sealed, on the forehead, which means literally, “the space between the eyes.” This is where Goliath was struck; and in Ezekiel 3, the prophet is told, “I have made your forehead as an adamant harder than flint.
In Ezekiel 9, the prophet is told to go through Jerusalem and put a seal on the heads of all that sigh and cry at the abominations.
“And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity. Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.”
So, slaughter will commence shortly, and the 144,000 should be preserved, unkillable.
In Rev 21, we are told that 144 cubits is the measure of man that is of the angel. So, it’s the part of the man that is the same as an angel, our higher selves, our spiritual consciousness.
144 is also connected to the dodecahedron, the “sphere of universe,” 12 equal pentagons, equal to 72 right angles.
If 144 is the Angel in Man, then what’s 1000? (144×1000= 144,000).
1000= El Shaddai, the God of the Mountain. Therefore, 144,000 represents the apotheosis, or the union between man and God, or the apotheosis in Greek.
Now, the twelve tribes of Israel. Why are they included? At the time of the writing of Revelations, the ten tribes had been lost for generations, having assimilated into the Samaritans after the Babylonian Captivity.
From Albert Pike: the arrangement of the Hebrew camp in the Desert, and the allegory in regard to the twelve Tribes of Israel, ascribed in the Hebrew legends to Jacob. The Hebrew camp was a quadrilateral, in sixteen divisions, of which the central four were occupied by images of the four elements. The four divisions at the four angles of the quadrilateral exhibited the four signs that the astrologers call fixed, and which they regard as subject to the influence of the four great Royal Stars, Regulus in Leo, Aldebaran in Taurus, Antares in Scorpio, and Fomalhaut in the mouth of Pisces, on which falls the water poured out by Aquarius;
From Albert Pike’s Zodiac correlation of the tribes’ blessings by Jacob in Genesis 49 and by Moses in Deuteronomy 33:
Judah: Lion, Leo, with Aquarius at Winter Solstice and Cancer at Vernal Equinox.
Reuben: Running water, Aquarius, flows toward the South Pole, ascending from Winter Solstice.
Gad: warrior, chief of his army, Mars, Aries
Asher: favored by his brothers, bathing his feet in oil, luxury, Libra
Naphtali: described as a free spirit, who delivers words of beauty, is Mercury, where Virgo lives.
Manasseh: Pisces by default
Simeon and Levi: grouped under the sword, like Gemini, the twin fish
Levi: hides Dan, who was called the judge and the serpent, Scorpio
Issachar: Ass, or donkey; in Cancer, stars are called asselli, or “little asses.”
Zebulun: Dwells on the shore of the sea, like Virgo, represented by the tail of a fish.
Joseph: hides Ephraim (Joseph’s son), described by Moses as a firstborn bull to gore the nations, Taurus
Benjamin: ravin as a wolf, Capricorn
(Note: if you want to harmonize the different blessings passages and create a single list of tribe: zodiac correlations, you can, but there are multiple ways to interpret the text.)
So, if it’s plausible to consider the 12 tribes of Israel as representations of the Zodiac, why? Why the Zodiac at all?
What’s the Zodiac? The wheel in the sky, the stars. If we become like the angels and achieve sanctification, we become like stars in the sky, which is also what God promised Abraham would become of his descendants.
I see some connections but I am still struggling with understanding it all. Thank you for all the details and research. 💜