Can you explain why the tribe of Dan is missing from the list of the 12 tribes of Israel in the book of Revelation?
Q. Can you explain why the tribe of Dan is missing from the list of the 12 tribes of Israel in the book of Revelation? It is listed in the Old Testament and I have read some commentary that the anti-christ might be from the tribe of Dan. I would like to know your views on this. Thanks so much for your Bible Studies they are wonderful and have really helped me to gain Bible knowledge.
A. Most scholars believe that Dan was omitted from the list of 12 tribes in Rev. 7:1-8 because it was through the tribe of Dan that idolatry was introduced into the land after Solomon died. (1 Kings 12:28-30) Jacob had prophesied in Genesis 49:17 that Dan would be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward hinting that Dan would be responsible for Israel’s fall back into idolatry.
There’s a tradition that Dan was a ringleader in the kidnapping and sale of Joseph into slavery, and another one that the anti-Christ will come from the tribe of Dan, but neither one of these can be confirmed Biblically. For these or other reasons, no one from the tribe of Dan is sealed with the 144,000. But God is merciful, and at the beginning of the Kingdom Age when the land is re-distributed, Dan receives the first share. (Ezekiel 48:1)