Reputation Points: 10
The 12 Tribes of Israel
My question relates to what has become of the original twelve tribes of Israel. My lack of understanding regards God's promises to Israel and the ultimate fate of at least most of the tribes. There are a plethora of scriptures concerning God's promises to the tribes and I hope someone here can point me to some for greater understanding.
The issue is, considering the history of the Kingdom of Israel, after the division of the kingdom into Israel and Judah, Israel was eventually destroyed by Assyria and during their captivity they began to intermingle with foreigners and essentially lost their identity as blood Israelites, becoming Samaritans instead. Revelations 7 discusses the 144,000 sealed from the 12 tribes. How can this be if there are no longer people that are true blood descendents of these tribes? Or am I not understanding this scripture and the promises to Israel. Also, Rev. 7 does not mention the tribe of Dan at all, and instead refers to the tribes of Manasseh and Joseph. Is Dan excluded from the inheritance of the 12 tribes?
You can see I have little knowledge on this subject, and would love to hear people shed some light on this for me.