SUBJECT: The Tribe of Dan -- Tribe of Ephraim
QUESTION: Why are the Tribes of Dan and Ephraim not
mentioned in the 144,000 of Revelation?
Thank you for your recent inquiry. You asked why the tribes
of Dan and Ephraim are not mentioned in the 144,000
described in Revelation 7.
It is interesting to note that Dan is also left out of the
genealogies of 1 Chronicles 1-9. This historical point of
interest helps explain why Dan was not mentioned in
The tribe of Dan as a whole was guilty of IDOLATRY -- even
to the point of stealing the idols they used to practice
their religion (Judges 18:14-31). Theirs was the first
organized idolatry in ancient Israel, and the longest in
duration. It continued "until the day of the captivity of
the land," nearly 500 years later (Judges 18:30). Jewish
tradition says that Dan was the first tribe to follow
Jeroboam into his sin of idolatry. In their literature, the
term "Dan" is often used to represent idolatry.
From this summarized history of the tribe of Dan, it becomes
obvious why Dan would not be among the 144,000 "servants of
God" described in Revelation 7:1-4. Dan thoroughly rejected
God's true religion for thousands of years, substituting a
continuous tradition of idolatry. The descendants of Dan
say, "I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord" (Genesis
49:1, 18). The vast majority of Danites must wait for
salvation until AFTER the sealing of the 144,000.
It is reassuring to know that Dan and all the other tribes
of ancient Israel WILL be saved. In fact, Dan is mentioned
FIRST in the apportionments of land in the soon-coming
Millennium (Ezekiel 48:1). The Bible records, "ALL Israel
shall be saved" (Romans 11:26). The 144,000 are only a very
small portion of the people of all nations who will
eventually be saved.
A related question involves the tribe of Ephraim. Some have
thought that this tribe is not mentioned among the 144,000
either. But, in fact, Ephraim IS included. You will notice
that the tribes of Manasseh and Joseph are both listed.
Ephraim and Manasseh were the two sons of Joseph (Genesis
48:1). Since Manasseh is one of the tribes descended from
Joseph -- and mentioned by name -- the "tribe of Joseph"
here must refer to EPHRAIM (Revelation 7:8). Ephraim, being
the leading tribe of the house of Joseph, sometimes bore the
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