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List of Israelite tribes
- Levi (excluded from land division)
Map of the tribal division of land
144-thousand Messianic Hebrew evangelists to be revealed
The modern identity of the descendants of tribes of Israel were thought by most to be almost totally lost, leaving only the Jews known (the descendants of Judah). However, the identity of all descendants of the tribes is known to God, and 21st century research the 21st century is revealing their modern identities.
In the book of Revelation, God reveals that 12-thousand repentant and regenerate descendants from each of 12 tribes of Israel will be revealed for a special task. These will be followers of the true Messiah (the 2nd Adam, the Son of God). These 14-thousand will be revealed on Earth during the Tribulation period, prior to the Millennium. The
List of specified tribes that God has chosen for this task
- Manasseh, a son of Joseph, and a large tribe
- Joseph—apparently referring to descendants of his other son, Ephraim
Note: The tribe of Dan is not included on this list. If there is a reason (and not a scribal error), it is not explicitly explained in Scripture. Various interesting, but unproven, theories have been proposed.
The 144,000 will be divinely marked with a seal on their foreheads
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying,
And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel…” —from Revelation 7:1-10 NASB
These evangelists of Hebrew lineage will receive Divine protection as they go about their task of spreading the Gospel throughout the world.
Tribes of the Earth
In Matthew 24:30 the word ‘tribe’ has a wider significance.
“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.” —Matthew 24:30 NASB