The Number From the Tribes of Israel

Revelation 7:4 says, “And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed…” Part of my comments last year on this text was this, “Read verses 5-7 and see if you can discover a missing tribe. He listed twelve tribes, but another tribe is put in place of the missing tribe.”
I should have said to read through verse 8. Anyway, John listed the tribes of Israel, saying that 12,000 had been sealed from each. In Revelation 7:5-8 John listed: Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin.
Does anything seem odd about the list? John listed Joseph, but John also listed Manasseh, which should have been included in Joseph. That means John excluded a tribe. Did you figure it out from last year? John did not list the tribe of Dan!
Why was Manasseh put in the place of Dan and why was Dan excluded?
Dan was also excluded from the genealogies in First Chronicles 4-9. Something similar happened in Deuteronomy 33 where Simeon was left out. Why?
Some think that the tribe of Dan had become small and to maintain the figure of using 12 as a perfect number one of the half tribes was substituted.
This could also be a way of the Lord showing us that fleshly Israel is not meant, but spiritual Israel, which is the true Israel. There were true spiritual Jews from among the fleshly Jews.
I believe that the number merely shows that the redeemed from Old Testament times has already been completed.
At the present, the Lord is filling up number from the world that will be saved.

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