The 12 Tribes of Israel, in the order of Jacob's benedictions, are :
Jacob called his sons, and said: "Gather around, that I may tell you what will happen to you in days to come. Assemble and hear, O sons of Jacob; listen to Israel your father.
Reuben (1), you are my firstborn, my might and the first fruits of my vigor, excelling in rank and excelling in power. Unstable as water, you shall no longer excel because you went up onto your father's bed; then you defiled it--you went up onto my couch !
Simeon (2) and Levi (3) are brothers; weapons of violence are their swords. May I never come into their council; may I not be joined to their company-- for in their anger they killed men, and at their whim they hamstrung oxen. Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce, and their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.
Judah (4), your brothers shall praise you; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father's sons shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion's whelp; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He crouches down, he stretches out like a lion, like a lioness--who dares rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and the obedience of the peoples is his. Binding his foal to the vine and his donkey's colt to the choice vine, he washes his garments in wine and his robe in the blood of grapes; his eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.
Zebulun (5) shall settle at the shore of the sea; he shall be a haven for ships, and his border shall be at Sidon.
Issachar (6) is a strong donkey, lying down between the sheepfolds; he saw that a resting place was good, and that the land was pleasant; so he bowed his shoulder to the burden, and became a slave at forced labor.
Dan (7) shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a snake by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse's heels so that its rider falls backward. I wait for your salvation, O LORD.
Gad (8) shall be raided by raiders, but he shall raid at their heels.
Asher (9) 's food shall be rich, and he shall provide royal delicacies.
Naphtali (10) is a doe let loose that bears lovely fawns.
Joseph (11) is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; his branches run over the wall. The archers fiercely attacked him; they shot at him and pressed him hard. Yet his bow remained taut, and his arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, by the God of your father, who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father are stronger than the blessings of the eternal mountains, the bounties of the everlasting hills; may they be on the head of Joseph, on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers.
Benjamin (12) is a ravenous wolf, in the morning devouring the prey, and at evening dividing the spoil.
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, blessing each one of them with a suitable blessing."
One of the secrets of Israel Tribes (I know others : contact), is that this order explains what happened and may still happen to Israel in days to come : there is a close link between this order and the History of Israel (first era : Priesthood, second era : Kingdom, third era : Prophets, fourth era : Exile).
At first, Joseph held the leadership, because he was "apart from his brothers" (see the benediction above), he was a man of God, successful in his spiritual and social life (prime minister of Pharaoh).
Later, Yahweh told Moses to choose the tribe of Levi for the Priesthood. In these times, the tribe of Levy had a prominent role in Israel.
Then Yahweh appointed various judges. Judging is precisely the role of the tribe of Dan according to Jacob's benedictions : "Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel"
Let's summarize this era of Priesthood on the chart of Jacob :
Then Yahweh decided to give Kings to Israel : the first King appointed was Saul, of the tribe of Benjamin (notice carefully on the chart above the transition process from Dan - end of prophets triangle - , to Benjamin - beginning of Kingdom triangle).
After Saul came David and Salomon of the tribe of Judah.
After the reign of King Solomon (950 BC), there was tough battles for the Crown of Israel : The Tribe of Gad had a prominent role in these battles, because "Gadites were army commanders" (1 Chronicles 12 v14).
Let's summarize this era of Kingdom (compare with the era of Priesthood, and
notice the importance of sacred geometry in this issue; Yahweh loves Sacred Geometry and structural harmony of systems) :
Then Yahweh decided to choose prophets among the people of Israel.
It's more difficult to connect prophets and tribes, for several reasons:
Yet, some indications may be useful :
Gad is generally associated with Reuben (click here to know more), organizing a transition between the era of Kings and the era of Prophets (notice carefully on the chart above the transition process from Gad - end of Kingdom triangle - , to Reuben - beginning of Prophets triangle).
Later, (8th century BC) Isaiah delivered a prophecy about Zebulon : "Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun" (Isaiah 9-1)
Finally, the Tribe of Asher symbolizes the decline of Israel's Identity : "Asher is one of the most indistinct and elusive of the tribes of Israel. It is difficult to fix the boundaries of the tribe's possessions". This decline is the transition to exile :
Simeon, Issachar and Naphtali are 3 of the lost tribes of Israel.
The lost Tribes, after having formed and independent kingdom (The second dynasty of the Northern Kingdom belonged to Issachar, justifying its central position) , suffered from captivity and deportation to Babylon.
Because of this deportation, we have very few additional information about what happened, but these 3 tribes are clearly connected with exile.
Just notice the last Tribe, Naphtali, is know for its fertility : it means that the entire process from Priesthood to Exile is not the end of Israel's History. Thanks to fertility a rebirth of the state of Israel is to come, with other prophetic and sacred geometric issues from Yahweh, ...
As a conclusion, let's summarize the whole process on a single Chart :
During the history of Israel, the Shekinah moves from one tribe to another, from Joseph to Simeon. Click here to know more about the Shekinah now acting for Solomons Temple Rebuilding.
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