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Israel Tribal Seals
(Revelation 7.4-8)
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"Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000." (Revelation 7.4-8)

Twelve Thousand

NumbersEach of the twelve tribes of Israel had its own tribal seal. Probably the best know is the tribe of Judah and the Lion. Mike Klage, studying in Israel gives us a helpful listing. "The 12 tribes of the House of Israel are the descendants of the Patriarch Jacob and his two wives, Leah and Rachel, and his two concubines, Zilpah and Bilhah. Leah had six sons — Reuben, Simon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun. Each of the other women had two sons each. Rachel's were Joseph and Benjamin; Zilpah's, Gad and Asher; and Bilhah's, Dan and Naphtali." The number of those with the Israel tribal seals was given as "one hundred and forty-four thousand" which was twelve by twelve by one thousand which in itself was a special number symbolizing completeness. All God's followers with seals would be brought safely to him and not one would be overlooked or left behind. The list of the twelve Israel tribes sealed does not correspond with any of the eighteen lists of the twelve tribes in the Old Testament. This list was followed by "there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb." Revelation 7.7b included all of God's true followers in this "great multitude."✞

Levites Rewarded

Star of David of IsraelJudah from the tribe of David was listed first. The Levites were priests of God in the Temple and possessed no tribal allotment, but here they are rewarded for their faithfulness by being included as a tribe. Dan was omitted no doubt because of it's unfaithfulness as affirmed by Genesis 49.17, "Dan will be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse's heels so that its rider tumbles backward." It has also been suggested that Dan was omitted because of its pagan practices. The most famous Danite was Sampson. This new Israel embraced the faithful from every nation, race, people, and tongue - an army of true believers and Israel tribes sealed for the service of God.

"Israel Tribal Seals"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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