“The new covenant has nothing to do with the natural descendants of Israel and with mankind in general, but . . . is limited to spiritual Israel.” The Bible’s restoration prophecies relate neither to the natural Jews nor to political Israel, which is a member of the United Nations and a part of the world that Jesus spoke of at John 14:19, 30 and 18:36.
It is now a mere geographical location on Earth and there are true worshippers of Yehowah who live there, but they are not involved in any of the politics or wars of political Israel.
Twelve Tribes of Israel in Christian Greek Scriptures and Twelve Tribes of Israel in Hebrew Scriptures not identical.
Rev. 7:4: “I heard the number of those who were sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel.” (But in the verses that follow, mention is made of “the tribe of Levi” and “the tribe of Joseph.” These were not included in lists of the 12 tribes of natural Israel. Interestingly, while it is said that people would be “sealed out of every tribe,” the tribes of Dan and Ephraim are not mentioned. [Compare Numbers 1:4-16.] Reference must here be made to the spiritual Israel of God, to those whom Revelation 14:1-3 shows will share with Christ in his heavenly Kingdom.)
The Twelve Tribes in the Christian Greek Scriptures
(Revelation 7:4-8) 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the sons of Israel:
5 Out of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand sealed;
out of the tribe of Reu′ben twelve thousand; out of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand;
6 out of the tribe of Ash′er twelve thousand;
out of the tribe of Naph′ta·li twelve thousand;
out of the tribe of Ma·nas′seh twelve thousand;
7 out of the tribe of Sim′e·on twelve thousand;
out of the tribe of Le′vi twelve thousand;
out of the tribe of Is′sa·char twelve thousand;
8 out of the tribe of Zeb′u·lun twelve thousand;
out of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand;
out of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand sealed.
The Twelve Tribes in the Hebrew Scriptures
(Numbers 1:4-16) 4 “And some men should be with YOU, one man to a tribe; each is a head to the house of his fathers. 5 And these are the names of the men who will stand with YOU:
Of Reu′ben, E·li′zur the son of Shed′e·ur;
6 of Sim′e·on, She·lu′mi·el the son of Zu·ri·shad′dai;
7 of Judah, Nah′shon the son of Am·min′a·dab;
8 of Is′sa·char, Ne·than′el the son of Zu′ar;
9 of Zeb′u·lun, E·li′ab the son of He′lon;
10 of the sons of Joseph:
of E′phra·im, E·lish′a·ma the son of Am·mi′hud;
of Ma·nas′seh, Ga·ma′li·el the son of Pe·dah′zur;
11 of Benjamin, Ab′i·dan the son of Gid·e·o′ni;
12 of Dan, A·hi·e′zer the son of Am·mi·shad′dai;
13 of Ash′er, Pa′gi·el the son of Och′ran;
14 of Gad, E·li′a·saph the son of Deu′el;
15 of Naph′ta·li, A·hi′ra the son of E′nan.
16 These are the ones called of the assembly, the chieftains of the tribes of their fathers. They are the heads of the thousands of Israel.”
(Revelation 2:9) 9 ‘I know your tribulation and poverty—but you are rich—and the blasphemy by those who say they themselves are Jews, and yet they are not but are a synagogue of Satan.
(Romans 2:28-29) . . .For he is not a Jew who is one on the outside, nor is circumcision that which is on the outside upon the flesh. 29 But he is a Jew who is one on the inside, and [his] circumcision is that of the heart by spirit, and not by a written code. The praise of that one comes, not from men, but from God.
Romans 9:6 not all who spring from Israel are really “Israel.”
Note: Jerusalem on earth is not even relevant after God allowed it to be destroyed in 70 C.E.
(Galatians 4:26) . . .But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.
(Hebrews 12:21-22) . . .” 22 But YOU have approached a Mount Zion and a city of [the] living God, heavenly Jerusalem,. . .
In the year 33 C.E., the fleshly nation of Israel lost its claim to be God’s chosen nation when it rejected Yehowah’s Son, the Messiah. The Messiah himself put it this way:
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the killer of the prophets and stoner of those sent forth to her . . . Look! Your house is abandoned to you.” (Matthew 23:37, 38) Jesus’ statement came true when in 70 C.E., Roman legions destroyed Jerusalem along with its temple and priesthood.
The genealogical records were also destroyed. After identifying Jesus, they were no longer needed.
(1 Timothy 4:1-3) 4 However, the inspired utterance says definitely that in later periods of time some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired utterances and teachings of demons, 2 by the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, marked in their conscience as with a branding iron; 3 forbidding to marry, commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be partaken of with thanksgiving by those who have faith and accurately know the truth.
(Mark 7:18-19) . . .Are YOU not aware that nothing from outside that passes into a man can defile him, 19 since it passes, not into [his] heart, but into [his] intestines, and it passes out into the sewer?” Thus he declared all foods clean.
What about the Mosaic Law?
(Romans 10:3, 4) 4 For Christ is the end of the Law, so that everyone exercising faith may have righteousness.
(Colossians 2:13, 14) 13 Furthermore, though YOU were dead in YOUR trespasses and in the uncircumcised state of YOUR flesh, [God] made YOU alive together with him. He kindly forgave us all our trespasses 14 and blotted out the handwritten document against us, which consisted of decrees and which was in opposition to us; and He has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the torture stake.
(Ephesians 2:15-18) 15 By means of his flesh he abolished the enmity, the Law of commandments consisting in decrees, that he might create the two peoples in union with himself into one new man and make peace; 16 and that he might fully reconcile both peoples in one body to God through the torture stake, because he had killed off the enmity by means of himself. 17 And he came and declared the good news of peace to YOU, the ones far off, and peace to those near, 18 because through him we, both peoples, have the approach to the Father by one spirit.
Confusion Concerning Israel
Yehowah is the Holy One of Ancient Israel , not repeat not of Modern Day political Israel.
Modern day political Israel, no affiliation with Yehowah God the Almighty.
The same hold true for doctrine of Worldwide Church of God. No affiliation with Yehowah God the Almighty. Doctrine is twisted to make it appear that the United States and Britain are Israel, this is not scriptural.
This is reason for political affiliation between United Nations political Israel, and United States and Britain.
See chart about Nations of Earth in Bible prophecy which explains the order of appearance on the world stage. (Click here for a larger image)
Yehowah is the God of Yehowah’s Witnesses throughout history. Hebrews 11:1-12:1 He is also the God that Jesus worships. Jesus Christ is also a Witness of Yehowah. Revelation 1:5
Modern day “spiritual Israel” of Yehowah’s Witnesses referred to in the Christian Greek Scriptures is not repeat not political in nature and has no political affiliation. Spiritual Israel is spiritual in nature, and is not the political state of Israel on a map. (Just to clarify)