The Tribes Of Isra’el

Many have often wondered why the book of Revelation has the 12 tribes in a certain order. The names of Dan and Efrayim were excluded from Revelation. Why could that be? I believe what is happening here is that every time the tribes of Israel are listed, there maybe a different message; every time. Hebrew names have more specific meanings, giving us messages. We will look at the Scriptures that tell us what each name means by definition. Then we will look at the different ways the tribes are listed, in what order, and what instances where the tribes are listed in different orders, throughout the Word of Yah … looking to see if there is a hidden message in each instance.

First look at another set of names to illustrate:

Adam [Man]
Seth [Appointed]
Enosh [Mortal]
Kenan [Sorrow]
Mahalalel [The blessed God]
Jared [Shall come down]
Enoch [Teaching]
Methuselah [His death shall bring]
Lamech [Despairing]
Noah [Comfort and rest]

The meaning of these names together are:

Man is appointed mortal sorrow, but the blessed God shall come down teaching. His death shall bring the despairing comfort and rest.

 

Now we will go and look at the tribes of Israel. Not all lists have twelve, some have eleven and others thirteen. First we will look at what each name means by definition.

Le’ah conceived and gave birth to a son, whom she named Re’uven [see, a son!], for she said, “It is because ADONAI has seen how humiliated I have been, but now my husband will love me.”
B’reshit/Genesis 29:32

Re’uven [see, a son!]

She conceived again, gave birth to a son and said, “It is because ADONAI has heard that I am unloved; therefore he has given me this son also.” So she named him Shim’on [hearing].
B’reshit 29:33

Shim’on [hearing]

Once more she conceived and had a son; and she said, “Now this time my husband will be joined to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore she named him Levi [joining].
B’reshit 29:34

Levi [joining]

She conceived yet again, had a son and said, “This time I will praise ADONAI”; therefore she named him Y’hudah [praise]. Then she stopped having children. B’reshit 29:35

Y’hudah [praise]

Rachel said, “God has judged in my favor; indeed he has heard me and given me a son.” Therefore she called him Dan [he judged]. B’reshit 30:6

Dan [he judged]

Rachel said, “I have wrestled mightily with my sister and won,” and called him Naftali [my wrestling]. B’reshit 30:8

Naftali [my wrestling]

Zilpah Le’ah’s slave-girl bore Ya’akov a son; 11 and Le’ah said, “Good fortune has come,” calling him Gad [good fortune]. B’reshit 30:10-11

Gad [good fortune]

Zilpah Le’ah’s slave-girl bore Ya’akov a second son; and Le’ah said, “How happy I am! Women will say I am happy!” and called him Asher [happy]. B’reshit 30:12-13

Asher [happy]

Le’ah said, “God has given me my hire, because I gave my slave-girl to my husband.” So she called him Yissakhar [hire, reward]. B’reshit 30:18

Yissakhar [hire, reward]

Le’ah said, “God has given me a wonderful gift. Now at last my husband will live with me, since I have borne him six sons.”And she called him Z’vulun [living together]. B’reshit 30:20

Z’vulun [living together]

She called him Yosef [may he add], saying, “May ADONAI add to me another son.”
B’reshit 30:24

Yosef [may he add]

But she died in childbirth. As she was dying she named her son Ben-Oni [son of my grief], but his father called him Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]. B’reshit 35:18

Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]

Yosef called the firstborn M’nasheh [causing to forget], “Because God has caused me to forget all the troubles I suffered at the hands of my family.” B’reshit 41:51

M’nasheh [causing to forget]

The second he called Efrayim [fruit], “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my misfortune.” B’reshit 41:52

Efrayim [fruit]

 

Now that we have the definitions of the names, look at some of the orders of those names.

Order of the tribes of Israel in B’reshit 29:32-30:24

Re’uven [see, a son!]
Shim’on [hearing]
Levi [joining]
Y’hudah [praise]
Dan [he judged]
Naftali [my wrestling]
Gad [good fortune]
Asher [happy]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Z’vulun [living together]
Yosef [may he add]

The order of the tribes in B’reshit 29-30 tells us a blessing:

See, a son! Hearing and joining in praise, He judged our wrestling with good fortune and happiness, rewarding our living together and being added to.

Benjamin had not been born yet … this has a dual meaning in that the son of the right hand had not yet been seen, to their knowledge.

 

Order of the tribes of Israel in B’reshit 35:23-26

Re’uven [see, a son!]
Shim’on [hearing]
Levi [joining]
Y’hudah [praise]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Z’vulun [living together]
Yosef [may he add]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]
Dan [he judged]
Naftali [my wrestling]
Gad [good fortune]
Asher [happy]

The order of the tribes in B’reshit 35:23-26 tells us a blessing:

See, a son! Hearing and joining praise, the reward is living together, adding the son of the right hand. He judged our wrestling with good fortune and happiness.

 

Order of the tribes of Israel in B’reshit 49:3-27

Re’uven [see, a son!]
Shim’on [hearing]
Levi [joining]
Y’hudah [praise]
Z’vulun [living together]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Dan [he judged]Gad [good fortune]
Asher [happy]
Naftali [my wrestling]
Yosef [may he add]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]

The order of the tribes in B’reshit 49:3-27 tells us a blessing:

See, a son! Hearing, joining in praising and living together is the reward. Judging us in good fortune and happiness, wrestling to add the son of the right hand.

This is telling us what will happen at the end of the age … what days we are living in now. Yeshua was telling us about this in the twenty fourth chapter of Matthew.

 

Order of the tribes of Israel in Sh’mot/Exodus 1:2-4

Re’uven [see, a son!]
Shim’on [hearing]
Levi [joining]
Y’hudah [praise]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Z’vulun [living together]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]
Dan [he judged]
Naftali [my wrestling]
Gad [good fortune]
Asher [happy]
Yosef [may he add]

The order of the tribes in Sh’mot 1:2-4 tells us a blessing:

See, a son! Hearing and joining praises, the reward is living together with the son of the right hand. He judged our wrestling and good fortune with happiness being added.

 

Order of the tribes in B’midbar/Numbers 1:21-42

Re’uven [see, a son!]
Shim’on [hearing]
Gad [good fortune]
Y’hudah [praise]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Z’vulun [living together]
Efrayim [fruit]
M’nasheh [causing to forget]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]
Dan [he judged]
Asher [happy]
Naftali [my wrestling]

The order of the tribes in B’midbar 1:21-42 tells us a warning:

See, a son! Hearing the good fortune, the praise and reward of living together. Fruit that caused us to forget the son of the right hand, is judging our happiness in wrestling with Him.

This is speaking against those that want their own way. See Numbers 16 (The Rebellion of Korah).

 

In the following four lists of three, are messages also and then put altogether at the end of this segment.

Order of the tribes in B’midbar 2:10-25 & 7:12-78 (same order by names)

East side of the Tabernacle

Y’hudah [praise]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Z’vulun [living together]

This is a blessing: Praise, the reward is living together

South side of the Tabernacle

Re’uven [see, a son!]
Shim’on [hearing]
Gad [good fortune]

This is a blessing: See, a son! Hearing the good fortune

West side of the Tabernacle

Efrayim [fruit]
M’nasheh [causing to forget]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]

This is a warning: Being fruitful caused us to forget who the son of the right hand is.

This is telling us that the Northern Kingdom is who forgot who the son of the right hand (Yeshua) is.

Those camping on the west (side of the Tabernacle) are to be under the banner of the camp of Efrayim (Numbers 2:18a) The west side was the farthest from the entrance, which was on the east side.

North side of the Tabernacle

Dan [he judged]
Asher [happy]
Naftali [my wrestling]

This is a blessing: In judging my happiness in wrestling with him.

The order of the tribes in B’midbar 2:10-25 tells us a warning:

Praise, the reward is living together. See, a son! Hearing the good fortune. Being fruitful caused us to forget who the son of the right hand is, judging our happiness in wrestling with him.

The farther we get from the door (Torah) the harder things will be in life.

There were three blessing in B’midbar 2:10-25 and one warning, this brings to mind a verse:

“It takes only a little hametz to leaven the whole batch of dough.”
Galatians 5:9

 

Order of the tribes in B’midbar 13:4-15

Re’uven [see, a son!]
Shim’on [hearing]
Y’hudah [praise]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Efrayim [fruit]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]
Z’vulun [living together]
Yosef [may he add]
M’nasheh [causing to forget]
Dan [he judged]
Asher [happy]
Naftali [my wrestling]
Gad [good fortune]

The order of the tribes in B’midbar 13:4-15 tells us a warning:

See, a son! Hearing praises and reward made fruitful by the son of the right hand. Living together added and caused us to forget, judging happiness and our wrestling to be good fortune.

 

Order of the tribes in B’midbar 26:5-50

Re’uven [see, a son!]
Shim’on [hearing]
Gad [good fortune]
Y’hudah [praise]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Z’vulun [living together]
M’nasheh [causing to forget]
Efrayim [fruit]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]
Dan [he judged]
Asher [happy]
Naftali [my wrestling]

The order of the tribes in B’midbar 26:5-50 tells us a warning:

See, a son! Hearing good fortune and praise was our reward. Living together caused us to forget the fruit of the son of the right hand. He judged our happiness in wrestling with Him.

The names of the sons of the tribes of Isra’el are listed in Numbers 26:5-50, there may be more messages in those names.

 

Order of the tribes in D’varim/Deuteronomy 27:12-13

These are the ones who are to stand on Mount G’rizim and bless the people after you have crossed the Yarden:

Shim’on [hearing]
Levi [joining]
Y’hudah [praise]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Yosef [may he add]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]

This first part is a blessing:

Hearing and joining praise is the reward by adding the son of the right hand.

while these are to stand on Mount ‘Eival for the curse:

Re’uven [see, a son!]
Gad [good fortune]
Asher [happy]
Z’vulun [living together]
Dan [he judged]
Naftali [my wrestling]

This second part is a warning:

See, a son! He had good fortune and we were happy living together but judgment came by wrestling against (the son of the right hand).

 

Order of the tribes in D’varim 33:6-24

Re’uven [see, a son!]
Y’hudah [praise]
Levi [joining]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]
Yosef [may he add]
Efrayim [fruit]
M’nasheh [causing to forget]
Z’vulun [living together]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Gad [good fortune]
Dan [he judged]
Naftali [my wrestling]
Asher [happy]

The order of the tribes in D’varim 33:6-24 tells us a blessing:

See, a son! Praising and joining the son of the right hand by adding fruit. Forgetting that living together was a reward and good fortune, He judged our wrestling and gave us happiness.

There were thirteen named in D’varim 33:6-24

Noted missing name: Shim’on [hearing]

 

Order of the tribes in Divrei-HaYamim Alef/1 Chronicles 2:1-2

Re’uven [see, a son!]
Shim’on [hearing]
Levi [joining]
Y’hudah [praise]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Z’vulun [living together]
Dan [he judged]
Yosef [may he add]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]
Naftali [my wrestling]
Gad [good fortune]
Asher [happy]

The order of the tribes in Divrei-HaYamim Alef 2:1-2 tells us a blessing:

See, a son! Hearing and joining in praise, the reward is living together. His judgment; He added the son of the right hand which caused our wrestling to bring good fortune and happiness.

 

Order of the tribes in Yechezk’el/Ezekiel 48:1-28 – Side note: Yechezk’el 48:1-28 is speaking of how the land will be divided up in the future, when everything is finished.

Dan [he judged]
Asher [happy]
Naftali [my wrestling]
M’nasheh [causing to forget]
Efrayim [fruit]
Re’uven [see, a son!]
Y’hudah [praise]
L’vi’im [joining]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]
Shim’on [hearing]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Z’vulun [living together]
Gad [good fortune]

The order of the tribes in Yechezk’el 48:1-28 tells us a blessing:

He judged my happiness and wrestling and caused us to forget the fruit (that leads to destruction), See, a son! Praising and joining the son of the right hand and hearing the reward for living together with good fortune.

 

Order of the gates to the city for the Twelve Tribes in Yechezk’el 48:30-35 – Side note:

Yechezk’el 48:30-35 is speaking of the holy city, Yerushalayim in Chazon/Revelation 21:10-13

“‘These are the city exits; they are to be named after the tribes of Isra’el, three gates on each of the four sides; the four sides each measure just under one-and-a-half [miles]:

On the north, gates named after:

Re’uven [see, a son!]
Y’hudah [praise]
Levi [joining]

This is a blessing: See, a son! Praising and joining.

On the east, gates named after:

Yosef [may he add]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]
Dan [he judged]

This is a blessing: Adding to the son of the right hand that has judged us.

On the south, gates named after:

Shim’on [hearing]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Z’vulun [living together]

This is a blessing: Hearing the reward is living together with one another.

On the west, gates named after:

Gad [good fortune]
Asher [happy]
Naftali [my wrestling]

This is a blessing: Good fortune and happiness were found in our wrestling.

The order of the tribes in Yechezk’el 48:30-35 tells us a blessing:

See, a son! Praising and joining, adding to the son of the right hand that has judged us. Hearing the reward is living together with one another, good fortune and happiness were found in our wrestling.

 

Order of the tribes in Chazon 7:5-8

Y’hudah [praise]
Re’uven [see, a son!]
Gad [good fortune]
Asher [happy]
Naftali [my wrestling]
M’nasheh [causing to forget]
Shim’on [hearing]
Levi [joining]
Yissakhar [hire, reward]
Z’vulun [living together]
Yosef [may he add]
Binyamin [son of the right hand, son of the south]

The order of the tribes in Chazon 7:5-8 tells us a blessing:

Praising the son brought good fortune and happiness, that my struggling (wrestling) that caused me to forget, then hearing and joining the reward is living together has added the son of the right hand (Yeshua).

Efrayim and Dan are not in this list … or are they? The name Efrayim means fruit or fruitful and the name Dan means he judged. So even though the names Efrayim and Dan are not listed there, the names are there in meaning. What Chazon 7:5-8 is saying is another blessing, a dual blessing all in one:

“He judged it to be fruitful”.

Each time the tribes of Israel were mentioned here, only once was the same message repeated. So, within the tribes of Isra’el; there are at least fifteen different messages throughout, the Word of Yah, the Bible.

Given this fact, there almost certainly are other messages to be found too. For instance, the sons of each of the 14 sons (this includes M’nasheh and Efrayim) of Isra’el are also named.

What this is all pointing to is that just because a certain tribe was left out, like Dan and Efraim were in the book of Revelation, does not mean anything happened to either of those tribes or groups of people. There are messages, in the names of the tribes, that we are being given to learn from; to show us what happened in the past and what will be happening in the future.

Shalom!

With the help of the Ruach HaKodesh & Rabbi Danny Palmer, written by
Bernard Yosef Honigfort
 

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One comment

  1. Sandra Butler says:

    Bernard: “I believe what is happening here is that every time the tribes of Israel are listed, there maybe a different message…”

    Sandra: YES!!! The tribe of Dan, meaning “judge’ is omitted because those that have reached 144,000(a spiritual measure: see Rev. 21:17)have already been judged, completing the spiritual judgment that the 12 tribes of Israel or 12 sons of Jacob, represent. Ephraim, meaning “double-fruit” is omitted because the duality that exists within us is removed through this spiritual judgment, whereby we receive the spiritual blessing of Israel or Jacob (Genesis 48:14).

    Bernard: “There are messages, in the names of the tribes, that we are being given to learn from; to show us what happened in the past and what will be happening in the future.”

    Sandra: YES!!! The 12 sons of Jacob, which ARE the 12 tribes of Israel (Genesis 49:28) show us what happened (within us) in the past, and what is to happen (within us) now, in these end times, brilliantly encoded in the 49th chapter of Genesis, where Jacob tells his 12 sons what will befall them in “the end of days.”

    Everything we need to know is encoded in the first book of the Torah!

    Excellent job, Bernard!!! Keep up the good work!!!

 
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