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Bible Q & A

Q. Why is the tribe of Dan not included in the one hundred and forty-four thousand described in Revelation 7?
A. The tribe of Dan settled primarily in Southern Ireland. The people who settled in Southern Ireland were called “Tuatha de Danaan” or “tribe of Dan.” From their earliest history, and even as they are today, the Danites have a record of pagan worship and idolatry quite separate and distinct from the other tribes of Israel. This is clearly illustrated in the 17th and 18th chapters of the book of Judges, where ancient Dan went into idolatry, even stealing the idols they worshipped (Judg. 18:24, 30).

Today, the tribe of Dan is still given to idolatry following the traditions of their ancestors. They are, as a nation, an integral part of the false mystery system God labels as “Mystery Babylon The Great” in Revelation 17:5.This is a great false church, a worldly church, which has persecuted God’s true servants down through the ages (v. 6).

Notice in Revelation 2:20, this same false church is likened to that wicked “woman Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrifice unto idols.” God says He will smite her children with death because they have known the “depths of Satan” (vs. 23-24).

Jezebel’s children, then, are those who have been taught at an early age her abominable idolatries and filthinesses (Rev. 2:20) and are deep in her doctrine (v. 24).This woman Jezebel symbolizes the Roman Catholic Church. Most Danites (Irish) are members of this false church from birth, attending her schools, festivals and idolatrous religious worship services. This is the same false church God commands His people to “come out of” so they will not receive of the plagues He is going bring on those who worship her (Rev. 18:4).

Since the nation of Ireland, the modern Danites, are in the “depths of Satan” and do not know God’s true way, probably nothing less than the complete destruction of this false Roman church, combined with the presence and power of Christ’s rule on this earth, will finally bring them to repentance. Dan says to God: “I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord” (Gen. 49:18).
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