The nation of Israel originated from Jacob, the last of the three patriarchs — Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The LORD changed Jacob’s name to Israel and blessed him with twelve sons. The sons became the twelve tribes of Israel.
The apostle Paul writes in Romans 9:4-5 that through the nation of Israel came, “the adoption, the glory, the covenant, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises…and the Christ, who is God over all.”
The reason, I believe, Paul writes this in his book to the Romans is to spur them on towards being thankful for Israel and supportive of Israel. They are the original people of faith and promise, and through them our salvation comes in Yeshua.
In this day and age of threats and anti-Semitism towards these people of the promise are you thankful for Israel? Are you supportive of Israel?
“The city had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.” – Revelation 21:12
This verse is referencing the city of the New Jerusalem or Heaven. It gives us insight to how many gates there are leading into Heaven — 12. Each gate representing one of the tribes of Israel. If we are planning on entering Heaven, we must walk through one of the gates of the tribes of Israel. Which one do you plan on walking through?
Are you sojourning with a tribe?
“You are to allot the land as an inheritance for yourselves and for the strangers residing among you… Along with you the strangers are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe a stranger resides, there you are to give them their inheritance.” – Ezekiel 47:22-23
This passage described the LORD’s instruction for dividing up the Promise Land as an inheritance to each of the Israelites. Each person, according to their tribe, was to be given a portion of the land. The “strangers” who wanted to serve the LORD and become part of the people of Israel were to be given an inheritance as well. Their inheritance was allotted based on the tribe they sojourned with.
There is no “stranger’s gate” in Heaven. There are only gates for the tribes of Israel. We become part of Israel when we sojourn with them.
Do we have to move to Israel and live with the people of Reuben or Judah or Levi so we can walk into Heaven through their gate? No. Going back to the point of Romans 9; however, we should begin giving real thought to how we can support Israel. Our prayers for their peace, our efforts to bless them, and our love towards them helps us to sojourn with them as they navigate their way through this delicate time in history.
Perhaps the LORD will highlight a tribe to each of us in our prayers for their peace, our efforts to bless them, and our love towards them. Because there is no stranger’s gate, that tribe might just be the gate we walk through into Heaven.