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Offline lord doog

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12 Sealed Tribes in Revelations 7
« on: November 06, 2012, 03:34:58 PM »
In Revelations 7:5-8 it says:

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of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed;

of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.

I'd like to bring attention to the bolded sections. First, the Tribe of Dan is conspicuously absent. From what I understood the early fathers interpreted this to mean the Antichrist will come from the Tribe of Dan. I have no problem with this explanation. What I am curious about is why the Half-Tribe of Manasseh took its place, but no mention is made of the half-tribe of Ephraim. In other words, why were both the Tribe of Joseph and the Half-Tribe of Manasseh mentioned and not the Half-Tribe of Manasseh and the Half-Tribe of Ephraim? Isn't Joseph the parent Tribe of Manasseh? And why Manasseh and not Ephraim if Genesis 48:19 says Ephraim will be greater?

As a side question, anyone have any idea on why the tribes were ordered the way they are in this passage?
“Many times I spoke, and as a result felt sorry, but I never regretted my silence.”  -Saint Arsenius the Great

Offline Hinterlander

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Re: 12 Sealed Tribes in Revelations 7
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2012, 06:53:10 PM »
Ephraim was greater and therefore became known by the name Joseph rather than Manasseh inheriting the name.

Danites were idolaters (Judges 18:30)

Source: http://biblecommenter.com/revelation/7-5.htm
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