Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The 12/70 Principle: 12 Tribes, 12 Apostles, 70 Elders, 70 Disciples, 70 Bulls, 70 Nations and 1 Mixed Multitude

12 Tribes, 12 Apostles, 70 Elders, 70 Disciples, 70 Bulls, 70 Nations, 1 Mixed Multitude

And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the Lord, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle. And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. - Numbers 11:24-25
And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. – Exd. 12:38

We have already established that there are 12 Tribes which Correspond to the 12 Apostles, we have also learned that besides Yeshua’s 12 Disciples/Apostles he had 70 other Disciples/Apostles (Luke 10:1). We have also learned that the 70 Disciples/Apostles correspond to the 70 Nations of the World. If the 12 Apostles would sit and rule and judge the 12 Tribes it stands to reason that the 70 Apostles would rule and judge the 70 Nations. After all, the 70 Elders Moses appointed also represent judges and rules over the mixed multitude that came up with Israel out of Egypt whom the Rabbis and Sages say that at least one representative of all the 70 Nations of the World were represented in that mixed multitude that came out of Egypt with Israel and also accepted the Torah with them when the Law was given at Mount Sinai. These 70 Elders would eventually become the 70 that sat on the Sanhedrin in Yeshua’s day.

Also it is worth noting that during Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) 70 bulls were sacrificed on behalf of the 70 Nations.

“Regretfully, many in the Christian churches tend to dismiss this celebration as "just another Jewish holiday." This day is a day in which there were sacrifice offerings in the Temple for each of the Gentile nations. According to the Rabbis, there were 70 Gentile nations in ancient times. Beginning in Numbers 29:13, you can read about the sacrifices that were offered on each of the days of Sukkot. On the first day, 13 bullocks were offered as a burnt offering. On the second day, 12 bullocks, on the third day, 11 bullocks, until finally on the seventh day, only 7 bullocks were offered, making a total of 70 bullocks-one for each of the Gentile nations.” – Rick Aharon Chaimberlin, Litt. D. “Sukkot: Feast of Tabernacles”

“This concept of focusing on the positives of others is also learned from the order of sacrifices that is brought on Sukkot. Throughout the holiday, we bring 70 sacrifices, corresponding to the 70 nations of the world. (The Torah views the nations of the world as 70 roots with many other nations as branches.) This is because we see all nations of the world as important. Each has a specific role to fulfill in God's world and we pray to God, through these offerings, that He inspire them to true service of Him. It is especially on Sukkot that we do this because, as mentioned, it is called "The Season of Rejoicing." When we are happy with ourselves, we look at the world positively and can see good in others, even other nations, even if those nations are presently our enemies.” – Rabbi Baruch Leff