Christian Churches of God
of the Church under the Seventy
The church was established under the Seventy ordained by Christ (Lk. 10:1,17). They were recorded by Hippolytus, assistant bishop of Lyon and then bishop of Ostia Antica the port city near Rome. Because the facts did not coincide with later Roman Catholic propaganda regarding Peter and the apostles they tried to denigrate Hippolytus as an antipope, because he rebuked them. The history is important to the church.
Establishment of the Church
under the Seventy
The Church was told by Christ to remain at
Jerusalem until Pentecost of 30 CE when they were given the Holy Spirit as we
saw in Acts and as was covered in the papers Holy Spirit
(No. 117); Timing of the Crucifixion
and the Resurrection (No. 159); Forty Days Following
Christ’s Resurrection (No.159B). We saw from this history that the
entire church was present in Jerusalem up until after Pentecost. We were given,
under the authority of Hippolytus assistant to Irenaeus of Lyons and later
bishop of Ostia Antica, the identification of the Seventy (LXX). With their
names, we were given their locations of areas of responsibilities, which are
covered in the text Fate of the Twelve
Apostles (No. 122B).
In that text the LXX are numbered and we
will retain that numbering and identify the locations and all the apostles
involved. These people and locations are verifiable independently in many other
works. The work by Hippolytus at the end of the Second Century from the Quartodeciman Disputes
(No. 177) is an authentic record independent of the later Roman fictions.
Apostles and their areas
We saw from 122B regarding:
Hippolytus ON The Twelve Apostles
Where Each OF Them Preached, And Where HE
Met His End.
1. Peter preached the Gospel in Pontus, and Galatia,
and Cappadocia, and Betania, and Italy, and Asia, and was afterwards crucified
by Nero in Rome with his head downward, as he had himself desired to suffer in
These areas are identifiable as part of the ancient Parthian
Empire from what is now Turkey and Mesopotamia (now Iraq).
2. Andrew preached to the Scythians and Thracians, and
was crucified, suspended on an olive tree, at Patrae, a town of
Achaia; and there too he was buried.
Here we see that Andrew (brother
of Peter) was preaching to the Parthians and the Scythians in
the north and to the Thracians to the west. This shows a division of area
working in conjunction with Peter and the other apostles
3. John, again, in Asia, was banished by Domitian the
king to the isle of Patmos, in which also he wrote his Gospel and saw the apocalyptic
vision; and in Trajan's time he fell asleep at Ephesus, where his remains were
sought for, but could not be found.
John was also buried in the area at Ephesus
where Miriam had been buried after he was given charge of her by Christ at
4. James, his brother, when preaching in Judea, was
cut off with the sword by Herod the tetrarch, and was buried there.
5. Philip preached in Phrygia, and was crucified in
Hierapolis with his head downward in the time of Domitian, and was buried
Here we see Philip preaching adjacent to
Peter and as another division of the Parthian system at the time. Note that under Domitian he and John were
persecuted. He was executed and John exiled.
6. Bartholomew, again, preached to
the Indians, to whom he also gave the Gospel according to Matthew, and was
crucified with his head downward, and was buried in Allanum,142 a town of the great
[Here we see that Bartholomew went to
upper Parthia seemingly being replaced or aided by Matthew from Jerusalem and
then like Thomas went East from Parthia and Persia into Bactria and its
surrounds and then India. Ed.]
7. And Matthew wrote the Gospel in the Hebrew tongue,144 and published it at Jerusalem,
and fell asleep at Hierees, a town of Parthia.
8. And Thomas preached to the Parthians, Medes,
Persians, Hyrcanians, Bactrians, and Margians,145 and was thrust through in the
four members of his body with a pine spears146at Calamene,147 the city of India, and was
9. And James the son of Alphaeus, when preaching in
Jerusalem was stoned to death by the Jews, and was buried there beside the
10. Jude, who is also called Lebbaeus,
preached to the people of Edessa,148 and to all Mesopotamia, and fell
asleep at Berytus, and was buried there.
11. Simon the Zealot,149 the son of Clophas, who is
also called Jude, became bishop of Jerusalem after James the
Just, and fell asleep and was buried there at the age of 120 years.
[James, brother of Christ, was martyred in Judea in 63
CE, at the end of the 69 weeks of years of Daniel 9:25 and succeeded by Clophas
(Cleopas) and immediately afterwards by Clophas’ son Simon who then took the
church to Pella where it was safe from the destruction in Jerusalem in 70 CE.
The church later returned to Jerusalem. Cox. ed.]
12. And Matthias, who was one of the seventy, was
numbered along with the eleven apostles, and preached in Jerusalem, and fell
asleep and was buried there.
13. And Paul entered into the apostleship a year after
the assumption of Christ; and beginning at Jerusalem, he advanced as far as
Illyricum, and Italy, and Spain, preaching the Gospel for five-and-thirty
years. And in the time of Nero he was beheaded at Rome, and was buried there.
[Note that Paul went to Rome after he was called which was a year
after Pentecost in 30 CE, in 31 CE. He was called and sent into the north and
established churches in Asia Minor and then went across to Rome and on into
Spain. We will deal with this later; and over the reign of Claudius to the
ascension of Nero.]
The Original Twelve Apostles
Judas was replaced by Matthias determined by Lot (Acts
(Matthew 10: 1-4; Mark 3:13 -19)
brother of James is the corresponding name in Luke’s gospel (Luke 6:12-16)
Thaddaeus is the Greek rendering of the Aramaic
Thaddaios which occurs in the text in Matthew and Mark and does not appear in
the text in Luke. It is taken as a rendering for Judas, brother of James. There
is no deviation of the persons in the texts except for the order in which they
Of the original Twelve Apostles John, Matthew, Jude
and Simon died natural deaths. The others were martyred for the faith. (122B
The locations of these ministries show that the
mission of the majority of the apostles here and in the LXX below extended from
Judea and Gaza south to Egypt and Africa and north to the Parthians where the Israelites
were scattered after their captivity in 722 BCE north of the Araxes, and into
Scythia and beyond into India. Here we
see the basis of the legends of the apostles speaking to the tribes; Peter to
the Anglo-Saxons and their sub groups and Andrew to the Scots (hence their
After Philip had baptized the steward of Candace Queen
of the Ethiopians, the steward went home and established the Abyssinian Church
which spread throughout the region. From Aksum it spread south and to the Yemen
and into Saba (Sheba) among the Sabaeans. In the Fourth Century Archbishop
Meuses of Abyssinia took the Sabbath faith to China via India. See also below
(cf. General Distribution of
the Sabbath Keeping Churches (No. 122)).
We see here below that the church was established
among the Seventy all over Anatolia and the Levant and from Syria into
Mesopotamia and into Arabia.
Christianity spread throughout Arabia and among the
Jews who became Christians, and Arabs also became Jews. By 470 CE Arabic had
been developed from Eastern Aramaic and the Bible was made available in Arabic
with some texts carved in stone (now on display). In 570 the prophet Qasim ibn
Abdullah ibn Abdul Muttalib was born. In 590 CE the Holy Roman Empire was declared
by Gregory I at Rome. In 608/9 Qasim had married a Jewish Christian named
Kadijah. He embraced Christianity and her uncle taught him the Scriptures. In
611 he began to teach the Sabbatarian faith to the pagan Hubal worshippers of Becca
that practiced child sacrifice to Hubal (Baal/Moloch) (cf. Introduction to
the Commentary on the Koran (Q001); Summary of the Commentary on
the Qur’an or Koran (QS)).
In 613 CE the First Hijrah (or Flight) led by the Prophet’s
cousin Jafar occurred from Becca to the court of the Negus in Aksum in
Abyssinia seeking refuge among the fellow Christian Sabbatarians of Abyssinia. The
story of the First Hijrah is covered in the Commentary on the Koran:
Surah 19 Maryam (Q019). See also Sabbath in the Qur’an (No.
Another record of the persecution of the
first four centuries of the church is mentioned in Commentary on
the Koran Surah 18 (Q018).
All the Surahs are found at Commentary on
the Koran at:
The fate of the Family of Christ as the
Desposyni is also covered in the paper The Virgin Mariam and the Family
of Jesus Christ (No. 232).
We will now deal with the entire LXX and
their locations and we will group them now in areas of mission and what is
known of their timings from what we know of Hippolytus and other authors.
We have listed the numerical sequence of
Hippolytus on The Seventy Apostles.150 but regrouped them in geographical
Land of Judea, Galilee, and surrounding lands from Syria onwards
1. James the Lord's brother,151 bishop of Jerusalem. He was
martyred in 63/64 CE at the end of the 69 “Weeks of Years” of Daniel 9:25.
2. Cleopas, bishop of Jerusalem, uncle of
Christ, husband of Mariah sister of Mariam, mother of Christ. He died shortly
after he succeeded James brother of Christ on James’ death. He was succeeded by
Simeon or Simon his son.
3. Matthias, who supplied the vacant place
in the number of the twelve apostles. He served in Jerusalem where he wrote the
gospel in Hebrew and then proceeded to Parthia where he died in Hierees.
4. Thaddeus, who conveyed the epistle to
5. Ananias, who baptized Paul, and
was bishop of Damascus.
6. Stephen, the first martyr.
7. Philip, who baptized the eunuch. He was
later sent to Phrygia in Parthia as we see above.
8. Prochorus, bishop of Nicomedia, who
also was the first that departed,152 believing together with his
9. Nicanor died when Stephen was martyred.
12. Nicolaus, bishop of Samaria.
67. Philemon, bishop of Gaza.
and the Levant
14. Mark the evangelist, bishop of
15. Luke the evangelist.
These two belonged to the seventy
disciples who were scattered153 by the offence of the word which
Christ spoke, "Except a man eat my flesh, and drink my blood, he is not
worthy of me."154 But the one being induced to
return to the Lord by Peter's instrumentality, and the other by Paul's, they
were honoured to preach that Gospel155 on account of which they also
suffered martyrdom, the one being burned, and the other being crucified on an
Expansion among the Greeks, Anatolians
and the Phoenician trading areas
16. Silas, bishop of Corinth.
17. Silvanus, bishop of Thessalonica.
19. Epaenetus, bishop of Carthage (area of
Tunis and Algeria). Epaenetus was the first bishop of Carthage, but the Roman
Church did all they could to conceal the church history there for their own
purposes in Sicily and Iberia and there. The Trinitarians try to limit the
first bishop to Agrippinus at the end of the Second Century which is ludicrous
(cf. Encyc. Britt 11th
ed, Art. Carthage). Apparently this was to limit the Christian
influence as Tertullian was writing then. He refers to the British church as
long established by then. In 202-203 Perpetua and Felicitas were martyred and
they claim these as their own.
Tertullian was succeeded by Cyprian (248)
Persecution of the Christians resumed under the Emperor Decius in
20. Andronicus, bishop of Pannonia.
[Pannonia was a province of the Roman Empire bounded
north and east by the Danube, Coterminous westward with Noricum and upper
Italy, and southward with Dalmatia and upper Moesia.]
21. Amplias, bishop of Odyssus. [A major
city of Macedonia]
22. Urban, bishop of Macedonia. [cf. Rom.
16:8-9, He was bishop of Macedonia (outside of the city). He and Amplias were
appointed bishops by the apostle Andrew brother of Peter. Amplias was put to
death by Pagans and Urban by Pagans and Jews.]
23. Stachys, bishop of Byzantium (Called “beloved
friend” by Paul (Rom. 16:9-11). The area was reportedly referred to by Andrew
as Constantinople. Stachys built the church at Argyropolis in Byzantium. He
gathered over 2000 Christians under instruction. He served from 38-54CE when he
24. Barnabas, bishop of Heraclea in Asia
Minor. He was allegedly followed by
28. Apelles, bishop of Smyrna.
[The Smyrna school trained Polycarp,
Polycrates, Irenaeus of Lyon and Hippolytus of Lyon and Ostia Antica.
Paul says Appelles was approved of Christ
(Rom. 16:10). His fidelity stood the test. He brought multitudes to the faith
before he died.
Note here that Hyppolytus says he was
bishop of Smyrna and established the church there and makes no mention of the
church at Heraclea in place of Barnabas.
25. Phygellus, bishop of Ephesus. He was
of the party also of Simon.156
26. Hermogenes. He, too, was of the same
mind with the former.
27. Demas, who also became a priest of
This was the start of the rot at Ephesus
that John had to clean out when he later presided in Ephesus. Irenaeus was a child at the feet of John and
he spoke to the elders who knew Christ and learned from them before being
trained at Smyrna (cf. Appendix A to Sanctification of the
Simple and Erroneous (No. 291)).]
30. Narcissus, bishop of Athens. Paul
greets his family in Romans 16:11. He
was tortured and martyred for Christ.
31. Herodion, bishop of Tarsus. (in Mersin
province of now Turkey) He was a kinsman of Paul (Rom. 16:11).
32. Agabus the prophet.
33. Rufus, bishop of Thebes (in Greece) (cf.
Rom. 16:13 also).
34. Asyncritus, bishop of Hyrcania (Rom.
35. Phlegon, bishop of Marathon (Rom.
38. Hermas, bishop of Philippi (Rom 16:14).
The distribution of Paul’s letter to the
Romans was thus meant for a much wider audience than simply those at Rome. It
was also meant for the bishops of Italy, Greece and their flocks and the flocks
of Asia Minor. Tertius, the scribe here, must have therefore made many copies
for their distribution.
Gaul, Britain and to the Balkans
13. Barnabas, bishop of Milan.
37. Patrobulus,157 bishop of Puteoli (Rom. 16:14).
It is a city of Naples in Italy.
18. Crisces (Crescens), bishop of
Carchedon in Gaul. (Carchedon was another name for Carthage and may have
originated from there) (Irenaus later became bishop of Lyons in Gaul).
29. Aristobulus, bishop of Britain.
His family was established at Rome under
Linus as we see from Paul’s greetings (Rom. 16:11). There is no doubt of his
establishment of the church in Britain.
39. Linus, bishop of Rome [son of Caradog
of Britain (Cox ed.)].
36. Hermes, bishop of Dalmatia (Also
referred to in Rom. 16:14).
59. Clement, bishop of Sardinia.
42, 43. Olympus and Rhodion were martyred
70. Trophimus, was martyred along with
Paul, who was also martyred at Rome.
So also were Caradog and Linus martyred
there under Nero when Claudius was poisoned. Caradog, at what was termed House of the Britons, had the patronage
of Claudius. Arviragus was also there and his grandson Meurig (aka St. Marius)
married the daughter of Cyllin son of Caradog and niece to Linus. They returned
to Britain as client kings of the British and developed the church there (cf. Origin of the Christian
Church in Britain (No. 266)).
Prisca and Aquila also had a house church
there and perhaps it was that of the House
of the Britons (Rom 16:3).
The reported doctrines of the early church
at Rome are recorded in The Original Doctrines of
the Christian Faith (No. 088).
The British Royal family were used to
establish the church in Britain, as Linus bishop of Rome was the son of Caradog
(or Caracticus lat.) king of the
Cantii and the Catavellauni and brother to Arviragus king of the Silurians son
in law to Anna wife of Bran the Blessed and daughter of Joseph of Aramathea,
metals trader in Britain. The details are given in the papers Origin of the Christian
Church in Britain (No. 266). See also Hittites in
the House of David (No. 067C) for the links and lineages.
10. Timon, bishop of Bostra. [Bosra, also spelled Bostra,
Busrana, Bozrah, Bozra and officially known Busra al-Sham is a town in southern
Syria, administratively belonging to the Daraa District of the Daraa
Governorate and geographically part of the Hauran region]
11. Parmenas, bishop of Soli.
There are also other places named Soli in
Iran and elsewhere.
40. Caius, bishop of Ephesus. (Note he
succeeded Phygellus in the sequence as bishop at Ephesus.)
41. Philologus, bishop of Sinope. It is situated
on the most northern edge of the Turkish side of the Black Sea coast, in the ancient region
of Paphlagonia, in modern-day northern Turkey. The city serves as the capital of Sinop Province.
44. Lucius, bishop of Laodicea in Syria
45. Jason, bishop of Tarsus (after 31
Heridion above). (Mersin province Turkey)
46. Sosipater, bishop of Iconium. (Now
Konya in Turkey. It was the last city of ancient Phrygia. The Cimmerians
overran it in 622 BCE).
47. Tertius, bishop of Iconium.
48. Erastus, bishop of Panellas. Erastus
was steward at Corinth and was appointed bishop of Panellas or Banias.
الحولة; Hebrew: בניאס)is the Arabic and modern Hebrew name of an ancient site that
developed around a spring once associated with the Greek god Pan. It is located at the foot of Mount Hermon, north of the Golan Heights. The spring is the source of the Banias
River, one of the main tributaries of the Jordan River.
50. Apollo, bishop of Caesarea. The city
is located in north-central Israel.
51. Cephas.158 The details of Cephas were removed leaving a
lacuna in the text. Cephas or Peter went to Antioch and was recorded as
appointing three successive bishops there. He was also bishop to the Hebrews as
we saw above in their locations in Pontus, and Galatia, and Cappadocia, and Betania, and
Italy, and Asia.
afterwards crucified by Nero in Rome with his head downward, as he had himself
desired to suffer in that manner. [It is probable that event took place on his
later mission to Italy (122B ed).].
Anatolia, the Levant, Thrace and the
52. Sosthenes, bishop of Colophonia. (An
ancient city in Ionia located between Lebedos and Ephesus.)
53. Tychicus, bishop of Colophonia.
54. Epaphroditus, bishop of Andriace. A
port city on the Southern coast of Turkey in what was ancient Lycia.
55. Caesar, bishop of Dyrrachium (a city
of what is now Albania).
56. Mark, cousin to Barnabas, bishop of
Apollonia. Apollonia was founded in 588 BCE by Greek colonists from Corfu and Corinth,
on a site where native Illyrian tribes lived, and was perhaps the most
important of the several classical towns known as “Apollonia”.
57. Justus, bishop of Eleutheropolis. Eleutheropolis (Greek,
"Free City") was a Roman and Byzantine city in Syria Palaestina, some 53 km southwest of Jerusalem. Its remains still straddle the ancient
road connecting Jerusalem to Gaza and are now located within the Beit Guvrin National Park.
58. Artemas, bishop of Lystra. Lystra (Ancient
was a city in central Anatolia, now part of present-day Turkey. It is mentioned five times in the NT. Lystra
was visited several times by Paul along with Barnabus or Silas. There Paul met
Timothy. It is 30 km south of
Tarsus or Konya.
60. Onesiphorus, bishop of Corone. Corone or Korone (Ancient Greek:
Κορώνη) was a town of ancient Messenia, situated upon the
western side of the Messenian Gulf, in Peloponnesian Greece.
61. Tychicus, bishop of Chalcedon. Chalcedon was an ancient maritime town of
Bithynia, in Asia Minor. It was located almost directly opposite Byzantium,
south of Scutari (modern Üsküdar).
49. Quartus, bishop of Berytus. [then]
62. Carpus, bishop of Berytus in Thrace.
63. Evodus, bishop of Antioch [appointed
64. Aristarchus, bishop of Apamea. Located
on the right bank of the Orontes River in Syria.
65. Mark, who is also John, bishop of
66. Zenas, bishop of Diospolis. (In Lydia
Anatolia (another was in Thrace, now Bulgaria).
68, 69. Aristarchus and Pudes.
Note the extensive missions of Peter from
the Bible texts and other records. He was not bishop of Rome but was
responsible for the ten tribes of Israel through Parthia and the north and from
know from Hippolytus that Peter was in Italy as a minor part of his mission and
it is possible that he was never in Rome. His major mission was from Antioch to
Parthia and the tribes of the dispersion into the Caucasus (see the paper The Fate of the Twelve Apostles
It is of significance
to note that Irenaeus from his exposure to John and to Polycarp and those at
Ephesus and Smyrna held that Psalm 82:1 referred to the theoi or
gods (elohim) which included the elect, namely those of the
adoption (Against Heresies, Bk. 3, Ch. 6, Ante-Nicene
Fathers, Vol. 1, p. 419) (cf. Deity of Christ (No 147)).
Appendix A to 122D
After the Fall of
Parthia in the Second Century, the horde moved into NW Europe where the Celts
had spread as the Hyperborean Celts after the fall of Troy to the Greeks in
1054 BCE at the time of Eli, judge in Israel (cf. MacGeoghegan below). The
Parthians also took with them the calendar as we see with the Angles and Saxons.
Their calendar, called the Almanac, which is Aramaic and Arabic for “The
Counting,” was a bimonthly calendar based on the conjunction of the new moon
spanning 59 days. A copy is in Cambridge University library.
The Anglo-Saxons also
contained a significant number of Hg I (AS). They were divided into eight
sub-clades and these are thought to represent the tribes there with the Hg I
(Isles) among the British Celts from the Tuatha
De Danaan of Ireland.
Their New Year was on
25 March which was the date of the Equinox on the formation of the Northern
Kingdom in Samaria after the death of Solomon. They retained this date until
1752 CE when they adopted the Roman system based on the god Janus following the
Solstice at Christmas (cf. Origins of Christmas and
Easter (No. 235)).
The Horde moved into
NW Europe under the Judge Odin and the nations were formed there from the sub-tribes.
They split up from
their occupation of NW Europe as follows.
Norwegians, Danes and Swedes settled after the Great Migration period in the
three areas. The Norwegian area sub tribe was distinct from the Danes and
Swedes in that they are significantly R1a whereas the Danes and Swedes are R1b
but both groups contain Hebrew Hg I.
the Original Danes came from the Irish Tuatha de Danaan (Hg I (Isles) who went
there and returned as is also explained in the early chapters of The History of Ireland by Abbe
MacGeoghegan (Sadlier NY, 1868).
(with some remaining in what is now Saxony) went to Britain following the Jutes,
after the Jutes were invited in by Vortigern. The Jutes settled in what
is now Kent and Hereford. The Angles settled in the East and the Saxons
in the South from Essex to Sussex and Wessex. The Trojan Celts were in Wales,
Cornwell and the Dumnoniae in Devon and to the North. The Parisii were settled
north of what became Anglia.
and Scandinavians settled later (10th century) in York and Mercia.
They and the Saxons pushed the Trojan Britons into Wales, with the Milesian
Brigantes in Lancaster. The Picts were in the north. The Scythian Scots
had not yet come in to Scotland via
Ireland. They were preached to by Andrew in Scythia (cf. above) and hence
the patron saint of the Scots.
British Celtic Church was in Britain from 30 CE under Aristobulus Bishop of Britain
with the support of the British Royal Family and of Linus at Rome.
and Francs then came into Gaul from the East. The Francs were derived from what
was viewed as the Cimmerian Horde. The line of the French kings is derived from
Antenor I king of the Cimmerians. Antenor the ancestor was a Hittite fighting
at Troy as we are told by Homer in the Iliad.
(who spoke a form of ancient Anglo-Saxon) remained in what is termed
Frisland. The Dutch were a sub tribe of the Germans that moved into
Holland later. They claim descent from Issachar.
Lombards were a sub-tribe of the Anglo-Saxons and went south to Milan.
The Heruli moved into Dalmatia. They were followed by the Hravtski or
Croats from the area of northern Parthia in the East adjacent to Persia. They
have a large element (ca. 40%) of Hg I Hebrew YDNA also.
moved into Iberia and settled into what became Portugal, with the Vandals who
settled in what is now Spain; they were also followed by the Alans into Europe.
(from the Massagetae) followed them in from Northern Parthia into Italy as
Ostro (Eastern) Goths and into Spain as Visigoths or Western Goths. The Visigoths
displaced the Vandals into Africa by Roman invitation and supplanted them over
the Iberian Celts (Basques and Phoenicans) that had long preceded them.
in Scythia had been exposed to Andrew and certainly by the time they got to
Pannonia. They were Unitarian Sabbath-keepers who practiced adult baptism and
they constructed their baptismal baths in Italy. Their creed regarding the
faith was published by Ulfilas, bishop of the Goths, and is recorded and
examined in the text of the Pre-existence of Christ
also important to see the distribution of the Tribes in Europe as outlined in
the paper The
Unitarian/Trinitarian Wars (No. 268).
were comprised of the Alemanni or “all men” and were part of all the tribes.
Parthians were all a combination of the Hebrew Israelites and the Northern
Hittite Celts. After the fall of Troy the Celts moved into Europe. The
Greeks called the Trojans Keltoi in the Iliad.
the Francs or Cimmerians also moved back into Galatia and stayed there until
Parthia fell. Then the Francs came into the West as the Salien and Riphathian
It is now
impossible to separate the Hittites from the Israelite Hebrews, except by YDNA,
but they are racially intermarried and the MTDNA is generally distributed among
establishment of the churches among the nations is covered in the papers General Distribution of
the Sabbath-keeping Churches (No. 122) and Role of the
Fourth Commandment in the Sabbath-keeping Churches of God (No 170).
allocating the people to the Twelve Tribes we look as follows:
144,000 are allocated to the tribes upon their conversion by God from the
First Resurrection. As we see from Revelation 7 Joseph becomes comprised of Dan
and Ephraim for the purposes of Twelve Tribes of the 144,000 so Levi can take
its portion. Dan however holds its place in the structure and judges Israel as
its birthright and takes its share of the Great Multitude as does Ephraim.
Multitude is also allocated to the nations by God for purposes of government.
They are also part of the Twelve Tribes as spiritual Israel.
To be a
part of the Body of Christ we must become spiritual Israel. Christ was
allocated Israel as his inheritance (Deut. 32:8-9).