The names of these twelve tribes differ from the list of names of the original twelve tribes of natural Israel, as given in Genesis 49:3-28. Rightly so, for Revelation 7:4-8 presents the names of the tribes of spiritual Israel. They have to be spiritual Israelites if they are to stand with the Lamb Jesus Christ on the heavenly Mount Zion.(Revelation 14:1-3; Hebrews 12:22) Here we have to take into consideration the words addressed to the Lamb Jesus Christ, at Revelation 5:9, 10:You were slaughtered and with your blood you bought persons for God out of [whom? Out of natural, circumcised Israel? No, but out of] every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth. Bible history shows that there were only a remnant of Jews according to the flesh that became Christians. It was just as the Christianized Jew, the apostle Paul, said:
Unless Jehovah of armies had left a seed to us, we should have become just like Sodom, and we should have been made just like Gomorrah. Also:In this way, therefore, at the present season also a remnant has turned up according to a choosing due to undeserved kindness [and not according to fleshly Israelite descent].Romans 9:29; 11:5.
In order for 144,000 persons out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation to be rated as Israelites they would have to be such in a figurative sense, that is, be inwardly Israelites. As Romans 2:29 reminds us:He is a Jew who is one on the inside, and his circumcision is that of the heart by spirit.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.