Why Is the Tribe of Dan Not in Revelation 7?

Jul 17, 2014 · Posted in Revelation

The Tribe of Dan?

Imagine for a moment that you thought you were a descendant of the lost tribe of Dan. It is possible for you to be so without even knowing it because Dan is one of the Lost Ten Tribes scattered across the nations of the earth (Amos 9:9). Some say that as a result of this, much of Dan migrated to Ireland.  That would mean that the Irish people are mainly Danites.

If you were a Danite, the mysterious account of the 144,000 in Revelation 7 could cause you some uneasiness:

Revelation 7:3-8 (HCSB) — 3  “Don’t harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we seal the slaves of our God on their foreheads.” 4  And I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 sealed from every tribe of the Israelites:
5  12,000 sealed from the tribe of Judah, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
6  12,000 from the tribe of Asher, 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali, 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
7  12,000 from the tribe of Simeon, 12,000 from the tribe of Levi, 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
8  12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun, 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph, 12,000 sealed from the tribe of Benjamin.

Notice something missing? That’s right, the tribe of Dan is missing.

“Itemizing” the Twelve Tribes

Now, there are many listings of the twelve tribes found in Scripture, over two dozen and  no two are exactly the same. They all vary slightly, at least in order. Some omit a tribe, most often Levi. When Levi is omitted typically Joseph is as well with the replacement of his two sons, the “half tribes” of Ephraim and Manasseh. This always gives a list of twelve tribes, even though technically there are thirteen tribes to draw from.

Nevertheless, Revelation 7 has the only instance of Dan being omitted. And since it is a list of a very blessed subset of 144,00 righteous end time witnesses drawn from the twelve tribes, Dan’s exclusion can easily be viewed as a negative statement about the tribe.

Common Theories On Why Dan Was Excluded

Christians naturally wonder for what reason God would “disqualify” Dan, at least as they perceive it. Various theories have been put forth:

The common thread in all these theories is that they are speculative and subjective. There is no explicit verse backing up these reasons. On the contrary, Dan, like all the tribes who sinned and exiled, seems to be forgiven and in good standing with God in the Millennium having an allotment then (Ezekiel 48:1). What’s more, Joseph will receive a double-portion since both Ephraim and Manasseh are to receive their own territories (Ezekiel 48:4-5).

Unexplained Problems

The intentional exclusion of Dan creates other problems that the above theories do not address:

  1. Revelation 7:4 states the 144,000 come “from all the tribes of the children of Israel.” This statement is plainly contradicted by Dan’s absence as Dan is one of the tribes and sons of Israel.
  2. Since Joseph includes Manasseh, the listing of Joseph and Manasseh amounts to a double inclusion of Manasseh. This redundancy is unprecedented and makes no sense.

In other words, Dan’s absence and Manasseh’s presence are both problematic.

A Better Explanation: Scribal Error

Given the above, I think there is a better explanation. The theory I favor is that Dan was originally there, but a simple scribal error caused Dan to be replaced with MANasseh. In fact, there are at least a couple manuscripts of Revelation that list Dan instead of Manasseh to support this theory.

Yet why are there different versions of Revelation? Remember, although the original Bible manuscripts were inspired and perfect, those manuscripts are not extant today. What we have now to base our Bibles on are only copies of copies. These copies all vary from one another in small ways and Bible publishers do their best to discern which variation reflects the original reading. Mind you, none of the variations affects any important doctrine, but they are there nonetheless, as any Bible scholar will readily tell you.

Accordingly, the Pulpit Commentary says:

…Ewald believes that St. John wrote ΔΑΝ [DAN], and that MAN., the abbreviated form of “Manasses,” was substituted by error; and he appeals to manuscripts 9, 13, which, however, have “Dan” in place of “Gad.” Moreover, Irenaeus, Origen, Arethas, have “Manasseh,” and state plainly that Dan was omitted. It is certainly curious in connection with this conjecture that, if it were true, that is to say, if “Dan” should be read in place of “Manasseh,” we should have a more intelligible order of arrangement. In that case, speaking generally, the elder sons would come first, the younger last; all the pairs of brothers are kept together (only that, in the case of the six brothers, there is a division into two lots); Judah naturally is placed first before Reuben, owing to the prominent place held by him in the Apocalypse in connection with our Lord. The order would then be:
Sons of Leah—Juda, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zabulon
Sons of Zilpah—Gad, Aser
Sons of Bilhah—Nepthalim, Dan
Sons of Rachel—Joseph, Benjamin

If this theory is correct then Dan was originally there just as Revelation 7:4 insisted it would be. Manasseh was not listed twice redundantly. And God was not trying to call attention to an attempt of his to send us a secret coded message in the tribal list. Nor was he punishing Dan “for being the first tribe to worship idols” by subtly calling him out in the end times. Dan was there all along with the rest of the sinful tribes when John wrote the original Revelation manuscript including Dan.

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Pope Francis and One World Religion Fears

May 27, 2014 · Posted in False Prophet, Middle East

Pope’s First Visit to Israel

With Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land, conspiracy theory rumors are emerging. The one I keep getting asked about: “Is the Pope ready anytime soon to call for one world religion?” For example:

Mr. Tim, I was wondering what you thought of the Pope visiting Israel. Some people say he’s forming a one world religion, everyone seems to look up at him, and he’s visiting Israel now about a month after the first blood moon. Is this significant? Please help me with this question.

Here’s my reply to these concerns:

Blood Moons?

First, regarding the “four blood moons,” I have to point out once again that they mean absolutely nothing prophetically as I explain in these articles:

 

“One World Religion?”

That out of the way, people already have their own preferences on what to believe or not believe such as atheism, budhism, hinduism, Islam, etc. We need to understand that nobody is going to accept a one world religion until its forced on them. Even if the most popular religious figure in the world, the pope, advocates for it.

Bible prophecy tells us that a one world religion is coming and what it will be. It will be worship of the Beast or Antichrist as God himself(Rev 13; 2Th 2:4). It also confirms it comes only when he takes over the world and the false prophet does signs convincing the world he is God to be worshiped. He only takes over the world once Wormwood comes and devastates everything.

Therefore, I would not worry about what the Pope does either in Israel or anywhere else today. While he may indeed be the last pope who becomes the False Prophet, he is not that in that role yet. He will not fill that role until the Beast rises to take over the world and makes him his prophet. Until then, his influence, although notable, is highly limited in comparison to what it will be when he convinces the world to worship the Beast through signs and wonders.

Hope that settles everyone’s mind on the Pope and his actions in Israel being a sign of the end. I encourage everyone to review once again the one sign of the end that Jesus gave and wait for only that and don’t fall for any other signs you hear about from sources other than Jesus.
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Street Healing Videos of Todd White and Pete Cabrera

May 23, 2014 · Posted in Healing

A reader emailed me this week about his recent exposure to “street healing.” This is be the practice of operating in divine healing on strangers encountered in public who need healing. This is in contrast to typical venues of divine healing such as churches, healing revivals, and other meetings populated by Christians. I discovered this movement in 2011 after I broke my collarbone and searched online for healing ministers to help and discovered the healers named below. There are some great stories and testimonies among street healers of healing of non-believers, Muslims, even witches. If you watch these stories, it may change the way you think about God and his love for everyone.

This first video explains street healing, how it works and how to get started in it (and has the most remarkable reaction to a healing I’ve ever seen at 4:15-5:15):

Pete Cabrera

Todd White

Tim,

Thought these might interest you.

Todd White, Pete Cabrera and Tom Fisher are probably the best known street healers. I also have Praying Medic’s book. I’ve read many books on healing, since about 1988. His is the very best that I’ve read.

I went to the Power and Love Conference 2 weeks ago led primarily by Todd White: 3 sessions per day for 3 days. People came from as far away as North Dakota. Between sessions, people were going to various shopping centers, malls, Books-a-Million, Subway, out on the streets, you name it and healing people. They lined up for testimonies before the next sessions began. There were so many people with so many testimonies of healings on the streets, that they had to cut the testimonies far short each time, because they would have taken up too much of the Session Times.

I now have about a 75% success rate at healing. The “patient” needs no faith; only the “healer.”

I teach a lot of Indian students on my job. A Hindu girl was healed in my office of a migraine she had been suffering from for about four days, with no relief from going to the doctor. The highest pain level in those four days was about a 9. She came to my office with about a 6. The pain was totally gone in about 5 minutes. She has used the term, “Praise the Lord!” with me twice since then and also has said, “I feel so blessed!”

Having had little experience up to that point, Jesus healed four people through me in one day: two in a medicaid office who were the only people who raised their hands for healing, out of about 20 in the office. I always try to get the patient to quantify the pain. On a scale of 0-10, a guy had a pain level of 10, a lady, a level of 6. After about 5 minutes with each of them, they were down to ZERO! Hallelujah! The lady was so shocked and thankful, she started to cry.

The third person that day, relieved of pain was a young girl wheeled into “Emergency” at a hospital, screaming at the top of her lungs, because of the pain in her stomach. I laid hands on her and she fell asleep twice, awaking with less pain each time.

A fourth person was a cashier in a BP station. She had a migraine that was healed in about 3-4 minutes. She is a naturally very pessimistic person, always complaining about something when I come in. After her pain level went down to zero, she looked me in the eye and exclaimed, “YEAH, IT’S GONE! BUT, IT’LL BE BACK!!!”

Street Healing does not involve any charismatic “spooky dookey”; just straight forward healing by Authority from Jesus and the command of the “healer.” Of course, Jesus is the REAL Healer and the Great Physician.

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Jesus’ Coming: How Much CAN We Know (without “Knowing the Day or Hour”)

May 16, 2014 · Posted in Discernment, Second Coming

A question came up when I taught on Bible prophecy at a local church recently. I was speaking to the youth group – the teens – and one outspoken goth-styled girl was surprisingly confrontational with me.

I had been giving an overview of what end time events are ahead before the rapture. To avoid leaving them with any unnecessary anxiety, I made it a point to finish the talk by reassuring my young audience that all signs – or the lack of any of the real ones given by Jesus – point to Jesus not coming back any year soon. This meant time for teenagers like them to finish their education, get married and start a family.

In the Q&A session afterwards, this girl tore into me saying, “you can’t say that because no man knows the day or hour. You’re saying you know the day or hour!” It’s an objection I have heard countless times, but never in person nor so boldly. Her demeanor surprised me because this was my first time speaking there and the rest of the church youth were more shy and respectful.

Keeping my cool, I did my best to defuse the situation by smiling and calmly explaining a few points to back up my statement. I shared basic facts from prophecy that made my statement possible without knowing the time Jesus would come exactly–something I indeed do not claim to know.

So, what exactly did I point out to her? Read on to find out and understand what we can know about timing today and why faithful believers won’t stay in the dark about when Jesus is coming forever

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1500 Year Old Bible Says Jesus Was Not Crucified?

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1500 Year Old Bible Says Jesus Was Not Crucified

If you want a provocative headline that inspires worry in Christians, then that news headline will do it. Since that news came out, I’ve had several readers ask for my opinion. What I have told them is the following:

From what I understand it is the Gospel of Barnabas in that Bible from that the claim that Jesus Christ was crucified is based on. I came across this comment on that, “The Gospel of Barnabas is well known – the 1st copies date from the 12th to 14th Centuries, and it’s a forgery. As Mr. Gold points out, the script pictured above is Arabic, placing it towards the 14th Century ( those from the 12th are written in Spanish).”

In other words, just because a Bible version includes an extra book does not mean that book is Scripture or even authored by who it is claimed to. I have not found a single pseudepigraphical book yet (including Barnabas) that belongs in the Bible as Scripture with the rest of the books.

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Can Christians Fight For Their Country?

May 5, 2014 · Posted in Emails
An interesting question I received that brings up some uncommon thoughts I have which I think would benefit many Christians I come in contact with:
Dear Tim,

There are very few people I respect as I do you, which is the reason I’m asking you this question.  I’ll try to keep it short.

Without trying to prove everything here is the premise:

By virtue of immense wealth, a small number of people control most of the money in the world. (Illuminati)

They pool their resources for hundreds of years in a satanic plot to cause as much chaos as possible, with the ultimate goal of installing Satan as the world’s leader.

Through their power they install an American president, who is not even an American, and continuously lies to Americans, and breaks American law,   (I’ll call him barack obama)

Because he is a traitor to America, he sells America to the Chinese to give them an official reason to invade America.

Just for the sake of this question, please accept this premise-

Question: Is it, or is it not, morally correct to fight the invading forces using lethal means, according to the bible?  Or should we as Christians accept the rape and murder and pillage?

I sincerely thank you Tim, because I respect your opinion.

F.

Biblical Pacifism?

The Bible, including Jesus (Lk 22:36), does not teach pacifism. Going to war was even commanded by God multiple times to ancient Israel. Therefore, it’s not forbidden to fight to defend your country against invaders in a time of war. (Killing when it is not war is murder as David commented about Joab’s revenge against the person who killed his brother in the battle – 1Kg 2:5).

That said, God commanding a whole secular nation to go to war is different than individual servants of God in a wicked nation electing to go to war. It’s their decision unless they are drafted. When I hear Christians get political, hate on their current administration or demonize the liberals, I do not understand it considering Jesus’ example.

Jesus Avoided Such Causes

Jesus was living under pagan Roman occupation. There was plenty of pagan idol worship, homosexuality, pedophilia practiced for him to rail against. Yet even when baited to say something political (in the case of the temple tax question), he declined and turned the opportunity into a way to emphasize serving God (“render unto Caesar…render unto God…”.

Jesus went about his father’s business of the kingdom. His food was to do work of God, spreading the Good News of the Kingdom. He’s  our example. Note that I’m not saying it’s wrong to be involved in politics or express opinions or even dislike for the other camp. I’m saying if you are one of the few today who know and practice  Jesus’ message about love for all and serving others being a light to them (how many even Christians do that?), these good causes or efforts can end up being a distraction from a higher or better calling and cause of service for God.

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How to Tell When An Event is God Speaking …or Just an Event

May 3, 2014 · Posted in Discernment, False Prophet

Here we are now past the first of the four 2014-2015 blood moon lunar eclipses that John Hagee and Mark Biltz have been promoting so much. Many wonder if “something” happened like was expected. Some blood moon proponents answer that Ukraine’s invasion and the persecution of the Jews there could be what the blood moons were warning about.

Yet doesn’t something always happen somewhere in the world, without any blood moons to accompany them? More specifically, Jesus predicted “wars and rumors of wars” (Mt 24:6) would continue until his coming. The Old Testament prophets predicted antisemitism for Israel after their exile (Dt 28:37; Jr 24:9; 44:8).

Are we really supposed to believe that the wars and antisemitism which happen all the time on their own are related to eclipses in the sky which also happen naturally on their own. Or that Ukraine would not have been invaded had the 2014-15 tetrad not been there to witness it?

When it’s put that way, doesn’t the tetrad theory seem kind of arbitrary and forced?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to tell you God does not use heavenly signs. He has (Star of Bethlehem) and he can again. However, the biblical pattern of how God communicates warnings to the general public shows God consistently using something less technical and esoteric then lights in the sky.

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If Bible Prophecies Worry You (or a Loved One), Read This

Mar 15, 2014 · Posted in Emails

This past week, I had a young mother practically living on my Facebook wall. She’d ask a prophecy question, then I’d answer it, and then she’d have another one minutes later.

For three days she covered practically every Bible prophecy topic you can name, pretrib vs. post-trib rapture, the 144000, the mark of the beast, and of course,”What about the four blood moons, aren’t they in the Bible?” referring to the holy day lunar eclipses starting up next month.

Also, “What about how everything is getting worse? It can’t go on much longer this way…”

I’d answer each question with one of my many articles that address  these common questions. Yet it seemed like none of my answers could satisfy her or bring her peace. She confessed she was not sure of my answers because she did not know who to trust on any of these topics.

Nevertheless, she kept on asking. Finally on the third day after dozens of Q & A, it came out why she was so inconsolable. “I have a baby boy and it does hurt me to think I will not get to see him grow up…”

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including raising your kids.

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Who Will Be Left For Us To Rule in the Millennium?

Jan 10, 2014 · Posted in Millennium, Rapture

The Dilemma for Post-tribulation Rapture Only?

A question that eventually comes up after studying end time prophecy long enough is who is going to be left to populate the earth during the Millennium, especially the start of it. The question arises from two discoveries:

  1. The righteous go up to heaven in the rapture and then come back glorified to rule.
  2. The unrighteous go through God’s terrible wrath (which means being subjected to hundred pound hailstones among other things – Rev 16:21) and seem to all die from many verses (1Th 5:3; Ps 2:12; Zeph 3:9; Mal 4:1; 2Th 1:7;2:12)

For pretrib rapture believers, who position the rapture seven years before #2 above, they believe some of those left behind after the rapture become righteous (such as Jews) and survive into the Millennium. They argue that the post-tribulation rapture must be false because, with it coming at the end, there is no time between the rapture and the start of the Millennium for any unbelievers to be converted and saved

The Surprising Solution

Despite many verses that on their own seem to point to utter destruction of all unbelievers in God’s wrath, there is a very clear verse which pretribbers overlook specifically talking about survivors from Armageddon:

Zechariah 14:16-18 (HCSB)16 Then all the survivors from the nations that came against Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of Hosts, and to celebrate the Festival of Booths. 17  Should any of the families of the earth not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of Hosts, rain will not fall on them.  18 And if the people of Egypt will not go up and enter, then rain will not fall on them; this will be the plague the LORD inflicts on the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Festival of Booths.

How can this be?

First, while the Battle of Armageddon will result in complete destruction of the Beast’s armies (God’s enemies) as Zechariah clearly depicts (Zec 14:12), this is only the armies who come against Jerusalem. The rest of the people left behind in the nations where the armies came from will not be destroyed by God at the Battle of Armageddon.

Secondly, even with hundred pound hailstones that fall before Armageddon comes, some of these people left behind will find cover and survive. Zechariah 13:8 suggests that as many as one third will be left after God’s wrath.

What About the Mark of the Beast?

There is still another problem with the unrighteous survivors of the tribulation which many will think of. Everyone who is not raptured and is not martyred will have the Mark of the Beast within five months. At first glance, it seems that those who took the mark and worshiped the Beast’s image will be tormented forever (Rev 14:11). This naturally reminds Christians of hell.

However, the passage does not explicitly say the torture itself lasts forever. It only says the smoke of their torment rises forever which is impossible and cannot be meant literally. It is an idiomatic expression which is used previously in the OT. It is found in that form and others such as the worm of the dead not dying (Isa 34:10; 66:24). Similarly, Revelation says later about the destruction of Babylon that her smoke rises forever, too. We understand that Babylon is not destroyed, burning or tortured forever. The hyperbole about smoke rising forever seems to convey the seriousness of the judgment.

Where it says that those who worship the Beast have no rest day or night, that’s talking about how bad the cup of the wrath of God (Rev 14:10) will be that they must face. It’s not talking about hell. The lake of fire comes over 1000 years later at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-14).

Thus, the implication of Zechariah 14 that survivors will come up to worship (or receive no rain) is that the mark of the beast that was on all of them was removed when the Kingdom of God begins to reign. Satan is bound at that time (Rev 20:1-3) and it stands to reason the mark and enslavement of people it brought is also terminated.

Why the Marked Don’t Deserve Damnation

This releasing and forgiveness of the marked would only be fair of God when you consider the circumstances. People who take the mark will have been deceived into thinking the Beast is God himself (2Th 2:4). They will also be coerced into taking it by the fact that they cannot buy or sell without it (Rev 13:17). Plus there are the locusts that are unleashed at the start of the Great Tribulation on people (Rev 9:4-10). They torture people with pain like from the sting of a scorpion for five months (Rev 9:10). Probably only those who have resisted taking the mark receive this torture. (For more on the locusts and what they probably are read my Mark of the Beast article.)

As you can now see, there will be survivors who make it through the Great Tribulation, the wrath of God and the mark of the beast. These survivors, although not righteous or believers, will become the subjects of the Kingdom during the Millennium. The point about there being punishment if they disobey God’s instructions fits the fact that these people are not starting out as believers or even welcoming of Jesus. They will no doubt have resistance to the new king of the Earth who has just arrived and changed everything without their consent.

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Bible Studies: ■ Rapture Timeline? 2011 or 2012? ■ Bible Codes, Catholic prophecies, dreams and visions vs. The Bible? ■ Signs of the Apocalypse: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and Bible Prophecy, and Hurricane Wilma? Is the Battle of Armageddon/End of the Age Near?Is America/USA in Bible Prophecy as Mystery Babylon? ■ Who is the Antichrist or False Prophet?Book of Revelation symbolic?Is Wormwood Planet X or Nibiru or Xena (and Gabrielle)?Reliable End Times Events Timeline/Chronology?Are the 30, 360, 1260, 1290, 1335 days literal?Which year is the return of Jesus Christ/Yeshua Messiah or when is the End of the World?Which Prophetic Feast of the Torah is Next?How to survive the Great Tribulation?The 144,000? ■ Bible Verses

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