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Ask Donnell - Why Is Dan Not Sealed By God in Revelation 7?

Ask Donnell - Why Is Dan Not Sealed By God in Revelation 7?

We received the following question from Deborah;

"Hi Donnell. I have been looking at your youtube vids "living in the last days". I have a question concerning the 144,000 that were sealed of the tribes of Israel. Manasses was sealed but the tribe of Dan was not mentioned. Is there any scripture stating why he was not mentioned? I asked this also on the youtube but I think this is the most appropriate place. Thanks."

Revelation 7:1-8(NKJV) - After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” 4 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: 5 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; 6 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; 7 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; 8 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.

Pay close attention to Revelation 4 which states that the 144,000 came out of ALL the tribes of Israel. So why was Dan left out? Deborah, that is a good question. It wasn't until you asked it that I noticed the tribe of Dan missing from the 144,000. Since nothing's by chance, let's see what clues exist in The Bible that can help us to understand what could possibly have happened. Let's start with some background information on Dan.

Genesis 35:22-26(NKJV) - ....Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: 23 the sons of Leah were Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun; 24 the sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin; 25 the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s maidservant, were Dan and Naphtali; 26 and the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s maidservant, were Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Padan Aram.

Of Jacob's twelve sons, Dan was one of only two born to Rachel's maid, Bilhah. Did the nature of his birth play a factor in Revelation 7? The answer would be no because the tribe of Napthali, Dan's brother, who was also born to Bilhah is named among the 144,000. In addition, the tribes of Gad and Asher, children of Leah's maidservant were also included. Therefore, the tribe of Dan's removal from the list of Israel's tribes in Revelation 7 had nothing to do with the nature of his birth. Let's dig in some more.

Genesis 49:1-2, 16-18(NKJV) - And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days: 2 “Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob, And listen to Israel your father...... “Dan shall judge his people As one of the tribes of Israel. 17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, A viper by the path, That bites the horse’s heels So that its rider shall fall backward. 18 I have waited for your salvation, O Lord!

As Jacob approached his final days he called his sons together in Genesis 49 and prophesied to them concerning what would happen in the last days. He says two interesting things that seem to contradict each other concerning his son, Dan. On one side he said that Dan would judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel but on the other, he said that Dan would become a snake in the path of people trying to pass by. Here's the first stage of the fulfillment of this prophecy.

Joshua 19:40-48(NKJV) - The seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families. 41 And the territory of their inheritance was Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir Shemesh, 42 Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Jethlah, 43 Elon, Timnah, Ekron, 44 Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath, 45 Jehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon, 46 Me Jarkon, and Rakkon, with the region near Joppa. 47 And the border of the children of Dan went beyond these, because the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem and took it; and they struck it with the edge of the sword, took possession of it, and dwelt in it. They called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father. 48 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages.

When the Children of Israel entered The Promised Land they divided it up into portions that were presented to each tribe. Dan didn't feel satisfied with their portion so they did a little extra by conquering a neighboring area called Leshem which they incorporated into their inheritance. They continued this pattern later on and that's how things changed for them. Read Judges 18 and you'll see where the Tribe of Dan went off the right path.

Judges 18:27-31(NKJV) - So they took the things Micah had made, and the priest who had belonged to him, and went to Laish, to a people quiet and secure; and they struck them with the edge of the sword and burned the city with fire. 28 There was no deliverer, because it was far from Sidon, and they had no ties with anyone. It was in the valley that belongs to Beth Rehob. So they rebuilt the city and dwelt there. 29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born to Israel. However, the name of the city formerly was Laish. 30 Then the children of Dan set up for themselves the carved image; and Jonathan the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land. 31 So they set up for themselves Micah’s carved image which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.

When the tribe of Dan conquered Micah, they took idols into the land of Laish where they settled and became idol worshippers from that day forward. This is where one dimension of the fulfillment of Jacob's prophecy of Dan being a serpent began to take shape. By opening themselves up to the devil who is described as a serpent in The Book of Revelation they became associated with a snake. They developed a reputation as idol worshippers as evidenced by a reference in Amos 8.

Amos 8:13-14(AMP) - In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. 14 Those who swear by Ashimah or the sin of Samaria and say, By the life of your god [the golden calf], O Dan! and [swear], By the life of the way of [idolatrous] Beersheba, they shall fall and rise no more.

The god of Dan was no longer the True and Living God but a mere idol. In the end that could explain why they will be left out when God seals all the tribes of Israel. They were supposed to be included with the rest of their brethren but gave themselves to idols. Hence, even though they are technically Children of Israel 12,000 of them won't get the same protection as those within the 144,000. those who would follow the example of Dan will suffer the same fate. According to the prophet Amos, they shall fall and rise no more.

Leviticus 26:1(KJV)- Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God.

Hebrews 6:4-6(NLT) - For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come— 6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.
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