Now about the number 144,000, a curious number indeed. How does this number fit in with the May 21st account of rapture, (which will not happen) and is a debunked theory.
The following is from the Book The Apocalypse, In the Teachings of Ancient Christianity written by: Archbishop Averky Taushev & Father Seraphim Rose.
Rev. 7:4-8 "And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed a hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand."
Commentary: "This sealing will be with the Israelites, who before the end of the world will be converted to Christ, as St. Paul predicts (Rom. 9:27; 11:26). In each of the twelve tribes there will be twelve thousand sealed, and 144 thousand in all. Of these tribes only the tribe of Dan in not mentioned, because from it, according to tradition, will come Antichrist."
"The precise equality of the numbers of those saved from each tribe, it seems to me, indicates the fruitfulness of apostolic seed, because the number twelve taken twelve times and multiplied by a thousand gives the number indicated here, for they were the disciples of the seed which fell on the ground and brought forth the multiple fruit of universal salvation" (St. Andrew, ch 19)."
Rev. 7:9-14 "After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude,which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." "And one of the elders answered saying unto me. What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes., and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
"According to St. Andrew of Caesarea, these in white robes "are those of whom David speaks: if I should count them they are more in number than the sand (Ps. 138:18 Sept.)--those who earlier suffered as martyrs for Christ and those who, from every tribe and people, are to receive sufferings with courage in the last times. By the pouring out of their blood for Christ some of them have made white, and others will make white, the garments of their deeds" (St. Andrew, ch. 20)."
"In their hands they have palm branches--signs of victory over the devil. Their lot is one of eternal rejoicing before the throne of God."
"One of the heavenly elders explains to St. John that these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb. All these signs indicate clearly that these are martyrs for Christ, and the reference to great tribulation causes some commentators to suppose that these are the Christians who will be killed by Antichrist in the last period of the world's existence."
"SCRIPTURE PARALLELS IN CHAPTER SEVEN"
"Romans 11:26. Isaiah also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved."
"Romans 11:26. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
II Cor. 6:16. "What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh."
In reading the work quoted above, I do not see a connection with the May 21st accounting of the rapture of the 144, thousand, do you?
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