☝☝☝ THESE ARE THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL. The original twelve tribes of Isrsel included Reuben and Joseph, but not anymore.
Jacob elevated the descendants of Ephraim* and Manasseh* (the two sons of Joseph) to the status of full tribes in their own right due to Joseph receiving a double portion after Reuben lost his birth right because of his transgression with Bilhah. (Genesis chapter 48)
—> 1 Chronicles 5:1 – Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, for he was the firstborn; but forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.
☝☝☝Reuben was a son of Jacob, but his seed is NOT represented as a tribe of Israel, because he slept with his father’s (Jacob’s) concubine.
So☝☝☝the twelve tribes listed above are in fact the twelve tribes, of the nation of Israel. Right? Well, the author of the book of Revelation, apparently does NOT know scripture.
—> Revelation 7:4 – And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
—> Revelation 7:5 – Of the tribe of (1) Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of (2) Reuben* were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of (3) Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
—> Revelation 7:6 – Of the tribe of (4) Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of (5) Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of (6) Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
—> Revelation 7:7 – Of the tribe of (7) Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of (8) Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of (9) Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
—> Revelation 7:8 – Of the tribe of (10) Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of (11) Joseph* were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of (12) Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
Yes. Apparently the author of Revelation didn’t receive a copy of Genesis 48 or 1 Chronicles 5:1. Let’s look at the two lists again.
Listed below are the OFFICIAL tribes of Israel, after Israel himself, blessed Ephraim and Manasseh:
—> (1) Simeon, (2) Levi, (3) Judah, (4) Issachar, (5) Zebulun, (6) Dan, (7) Naphtali, (8) Gad, (9) Asher, (10) Ephraim*, (11) Manasseh*, (12) Benjamin
And here is John “The Revelator’s” list:
—>(1) Juda, (2) Reuben*, (3) Gad, (4) Aser, (5) Nephthalim, (6) Manasses, (7) Simeon, (8) Levi, (9) Issachar, (10) Zabulon, (11) Joseph*, (12) Benjamin.
☝☝☝ Compare the two lists. According to the Old Testament, Reuben’s birthright (right to the Abrahamic blessing) has been STRIPPED away and Reuben has been DISQUALIFIED from his descendants being numbered (included) as a tribe of Israel. Reuben slept with Jacob’s concubine. So his seed (descendants, offspring, lineage, genealogy, etc) is NOT included as a tribe in the nation of Israel and therefore NOT included in the Abrahamic blessing. Point blank, period.
YET, THE AUTHOR OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION ADDS THE TRIBE OF REUBEN BACK INTO ISRAEL.
1 Chronicles 5:1 and Genesis 48 tells us plainly and without debate that Reuben’s birthright was stripped away from him and given to Joseph’s sons – RIGHT? Yet, not only did the author of the book Revelation (1) add the tribe of Reuben back into the nation of Israel; (2) he literally REMOVES the tribe of DAN without precept or prophecy, without rhyme or reason; (3) he removes the tribe of EPHRAIM without explanation or justification; (4) then he re-inserts the tribe of JOSEPH. Here we have 1, 2, 3 and 4 moves without a single bible verse to back them up.
In Genesis chapter 48, Israel (Jacob) divides the tribe of Joseph into two INDIVIDUAL tribes: Ephraim and Manasseh, making the tribe of Joseph no longer one tribe, but two individual tribes represented by his two individual sons; individual tribes, represented by each son; each tribe bearing the individual name of each son.
Long story short, there is NO biblical prophecy or precept that fortells or agrees with adding the tribe of Reuben back into the nation of Israel when 1 Chronicles 5:1 clearly states that Reuben’s birthright was given to the sons of Joseph and Reuben’s genealogy is NOT TO BE RECKONED AFTER THE BIRTHRIGHT (his genealogy is not to be considered in relation to the birthright —> the promise The Most High made to Abraham and his seed). Yet, the author of the book of Revelation makes his own adjustments without precept or prophecy, without rhyme of reason. Where in the entire bible does it state that the tribes of Dan and Ephraim would ever be removed from the nation of Israel? Where in the entire bible does it say the tribe of Ephraim would ever be replaced by the tribe of Joseph?
DO NOT attempt to say the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh will be one tribe. There is no biblical evidence to back up that claim. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. But on the contrary, the bible records that Ephraim (the younger brother) would be GREATER THAN Manasseh:
—> Genesis 48:13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him.
—> Genesis 48:14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn
—> Genesis 48:17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head
—> Genesis 48:18 – And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
—> Genesis 48:19 – And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: BUT TRULY HIS YOUNGER BROTHER SHALL BE GREATER THAN HE, AND [HIS SEED] SHALL BECOME A MULTITIDE OF NATIONS.
—> Genesis 48:20 – And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: AND HE SET EPHRAIM BEFORE MANASSEH. 👀👀👀
Genesis 48:19 tells us CLEARLY that Ephraim and Manasseh are (and will be) TWO SEPARATE NATIONS. So, arguing that Ephraim and Manasseh shall be consolidated into one tribe, is false and has NO biblical foundation whatsoever.
Bible “authors” CANNOT simply write whatever they feel like writing, and prophesy whatever they feel like prophesying, and we’re left with no choice but to accept it “by faith” as the Word of The Most High. Again and again the bible makes multiple “witnesses” a requirement to substantiate a claim. The testimony of these “witnesses” is what we use to verify and validate that abc or xyz is true (see Num 35:30, Deu 17:6, Deu 19:15, 2 Cor 13:1, 1 Tim 5:19, Heb 10:28). Which is why the writers of the new testament were willing to lie, cheat, deceive, fabricate, twist, flip, rob and steal from the Old Testament to validate and give credibility to their new testament nonsense. Without the Old Testament, they have no witnesses. Which is also why bearing false witness is strictly forbidden. The bible places significant emphasis on the necessity of witnesses to validate a claim. Where are John “the revelator’s” witnesses? No where to be found. There are NO scriptural witness testimonies, prophesies or precepts anywhere in the bible, to validate John’s claim.
The author of the book of Revelation cannot be trusted. He goes AGAINST scripture without rhyme or reason, precept or prophecy, excuse or explanation. It makes you wonder if the author of Revelation even knew Reuben had been removed and Joseph’s birthright had been divided between his sons. The author of Revelation has supposedly prophesied several future events. However, you can’t help but wonder if he knew much about past bible history. Revelation 7:4-8 is biblically inconsistent and contrary to biblical record.
The new testament is both good and original. But the part that’s good, is not original. And the part that’s original is not good.