Revelation 7:9

New Testament

4 Now I heard the number of those who were marked with the seal, 144,000, sealed from all the tribes of the people of Israel: 5 From the tribe of Judah, 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000, from the tribe of Gad, 12,000, 6 from the tribe of Asher, 12,000,from the tribe of Naphtali, 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh, 12,000, 7 from the tribe of Simeon, 12,000, from the tribe of Levi, 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar, 12,000, 8 from the tribe of Zebulun, 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph, 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin, 12,000 were sealed. 9 After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands. 10 They were shouting out in a loud voice,“Salvation belongs to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Apocalypse of Abraham 21:7


2 And I looked beneath the expanse at my feet and I saw the likeness of heaven and what was therein. 3 And [I saw] there the earth and its fruits, and its moving ones, and its spiritual ones, and its host of men and their spiritual impieties, and their justifications, and the pursuits of their works, and the abyss and its torment, and its lower depths, and the perdition which is in it. 4 And I saw there the sea and its islands, and its animals and its fishes, and Leviathan and his spouse, and his lair, and his dens, and the world which lies upon him, and his motions and the destruction of the world because of him. 5 I saw there the rivers and their overflows, and their circles. 6 And I saw there the tree of Eden and its fruits, and the spring, the river flowing from it, and its trees and their flowering, and I saw those who act righteously. And I saw in it their food and rest. 7 And I saw there a great crowd of men, and women, and children, and half of them on the right side of the portrayal, and half of them on the left side of the portrayal.

 Notes and References

"... Abraham asks about the righteous. God says that Israel did have some good leaders (David, Hezekiah, Josiah), but that most quickly turned to their own interests. Abraham asks how long this dismal state of affairs will persist. God says that there are four ages of a hundred years each. This is a reference to the four kingdoms of Daniel 2 and 7. The time scheme this section indicates is hard to decipher; the text may be corrupt. In addition to the four eras, God mentions an hour at the end that is equivalent to a hundred years, and then he says that the end time itself will be divided into twelve parts. There follows a Christian interpolation in chapter 29. It speaks of a man who arises from Israel and whom many from the left and from the right Jews and gentiles, worship ..."

Murphy, Frederick James Apocalypticism in the Bible and Its World: A Comprehensive Introduction (pp. 160-165) Baker Academic, 2012

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