12 Tribes of Israel

Dr. Winetta Flakes

2nd Generation
LaTressa Sanders

3rd Generation (Men)
Bishop Jesse McPherson

• Judah – Judah comes from the Hebrew word Yadah which means to praise, to give thanks, to glorify or to acknowledge God. Judah was Jacob’s fourth son by his wife Leah. Judah is used in the Bible four distinct ways: a) man Judah (son of Jacob and Leah); b) tribe descended from Judah; c) territory occupied by the tribe; d) the kingdom established on that territory. The tribe of Judah always marched out first in battle. Their call was to rule, to lead in battle, and to worship. Worship and warfare always go together. If you are called to worship, you are also called to war.

Apostle Deborah Anderson

2nd Generation
Prophetess Dana Carmouche

Min Evetter Hawkins

3rd Generation
Prophetess Maria Ivery

• Issachar – Issachar was the ninth son of Jacob and fifth son of Leah. Issachar means: “he will bring a reward or by definition ‘wages’”. Issachar was grouped together with Judah and Zebulun as the lead group that would march out first. Jacob blessed Issachar by saying that he was a man of strength who would not hold back from hard work to establish a secure place to rest. The men of Issachar understood the times and knew what Israel should do. We find Issachar linked with prosperity, intercession, and blessing.

Evangelist Veronica Harrison

• Zebulun – Zebulun was the sixth son of Jacob and Leah. His name means “a habitation” from a root word, which means “to dwell in an exalted fashion.” Moses prophesied to Zebulun and Issachar together that Zebulun would rejoice in going out and Issachar would stay in his tents. This tribe is linked with bestowing blessing and with the ability to profit through maritime trade. They had the ability to break iniquity off of trade structures and multiply. They developed and filled storehouses for provision, which was one of their roles.

Minister Robbin Criswell

• Reuben – Reuben is the first-born son of Jacob and Leah and his name means “behold a son.” Reuben lived with rejection, lost control over his own spirit, and fell into sexual sin and as a result lost his position to which he was born. Even though Reuben lost his position of first-born, he acted like a first-born. Instead of becoming full of self-pity or revenge, he demonstrated the fruit of repentance in how he lived the rest of his life. Reuben was grouped together with Simeon and Gad as the second group of warriors.

Dr. Sabrina Echols

2nd Generation
Minister Trudy Huff

• Simeon – Simeon was Jacob and Leah’s second son, Simeon means “to hear.” Simeon camped and marched with the second group of tribes (Reuben & Gad). Simeon first fought alongside Judah to help Judah take his inheritance, and then Judah fought alongside Simeon to take his land. Simeon’s inheritance was completely within Judah’s territory. Moses does not give a blessing or prophecy to Simeon when he blessed the other tribes before his death. But, Ezekiel included Simeon in the tribes who would have territory in the coming kingdom.

Pastor Shuwanda Nelson

• Gad – Gad was the seventh son of Jacob, his birth was welcomed by Leah with the cry “Fortunate!” The destiny of Gad was to suffer attack from the enemy. But, the end result would be his triumph. Gad was a great warrior. Reuben, Mannaseh, and Gad were described as being valiant men who were skillful in battle. Gad was granted their inheritance by Moses before Israel entered the Promise Land. Gad was faithful to their commitment and warred with the other tribes until the land was subdued.

Minister Kimberly Caldwell

• Joseph – Joseph doesn’t have a tribe but is the first born of Rachel and Jacob. For his selfless leadership in saving his people he was given a double portion inheritance through his two sons Ephraim and Mannaseh. Joseph had many positive characteristics from which we should glean. He was a good decision maker, very versatile in the way he adapted to circumstances, strong sense of duty, and strict justice. He was exceptionally generous, exhibited self-control, as well as lead with prosperity and ruled within the system. Joseph was a great leader and had integrity and strength of character, he was sensitive, ruled from a place of humility, walked in unconditional love toward his brothers, and his faith in the Lord never wavered. The firewood that fueled Joseph’s passion, purpose and vision was a direct result of him hearing and believing what God had spoken. Joseph fully understood what God had spoken to him and about him was true no matter what the circumstance indicated. Like Joseph we are called to reproduce, save our families and a nation!

Elder Tina Kolegas

• Ephraim – Ephraim was the second son of Joseph but the blessing of the firstborn was pronounced on him by Jacob. His name means “double fruit.” Ephraim and Mannaseh were always grouped together and almost always treated as one tribe. When Moses blessed the tribes just prior to his death, he prophesied to them together. Many important leaders emerged from this tribe (Joshua, Samuel, and Jeroboam). Men of Ephraim were warriors that were described as being mighty men of valor, famous in their fathers’ households. It’s recorded that men from Ephraim contributed to the restoration of the temple.

Minister Cheryl Williams

2nd Generation
Minister Steffanie Bernstein

• Manasseh – Manasseh was the first born of Joseph. Manasseh means to forget; to leap up and away. Half of the tribe of Manasseh chose to stay east of the Jordan along with the tribes of Reuben and Gad, they stayed there to fight and subdue the land. Gideon was from the tribe of Manasseh and the men of Manasseh fought with him against Midian. Manasseh also contributed to the restoration of the temple after the reign of King Asa.

Apostle La Vetta Williams

2nd Generation
Minister Viola “Pennie” Tucker

• Benjamin – Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob and Rachael. Jacob called him “son of my right hand.” Benjamin alone of Jacob’s sons was born in the Promised Land, between Bethel and Ephrath. Benjaminites, in the southern kingdom of Judah, were assimilated by the more powerful tribe of Judah, but never lost their identity. Modern Jews thus consider themselves to be descendants of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin or are classed as Levites to indicate an affinity with the religious functionaries, who at one time exercised the priesthood in ancient Israel. Many mighty men arose from the tribe of Benjamin such as Mordecai, and Saul of Tarsus, who eventually wrote most of the New Testament. The message from the tribe of Benjamin is redemption. Benjamin was called of God, even as the youngest son, to train and equip the next generation of leaders.

Minister Paulette Denise

• Dan – Dan was the fifth son of Jacob. Dan’s name means “to rule, to judge or to execute judgment.” Jacob’s blessing to Dan was that he would rule among the tribes. Dan was grouped with Napthtali and Asher. These tribes camped on the north side of the Tabernacle and marched out last, forming the rear guard. They were excluded from the list of sealed tribes in the Book of Revelation for pagan practices, but they were given a northern portion of land in future Israel according to the Book of Ezekiel. Samson was a descendent of the tribe of Dan.

Minister Felicia Morgan

• Asher – Asher was the eighth son of Jacob. Asher means “happy.” His inheritance in the Promised Land was along the seacost between Tyre and Carmel, some of the most fertile land in Canaan. This is the territory where Jesus turned water into wine and He revealed Himself as the “Bread of Life.” Moses blessed Asher with a blessing “equivalent to the most blessed of all the sons of Israel, the one who was peculiarly favored by the Lord.” The blessing of Moses also includes mineral resources of iron and bronze or copper. These were to provide “bolts and locks” for a strong defense so that the tribe of Asher would live in security. The words translated “leisurely walk: are literally “quiet strength.”

Minister Dionne Crump

• Naphtali – Naphtali was the sixth son of Jacob. His name means “a doe let loose or communicator.” Jacob’s last words to Naphtali were: “Naphtali is a deer let loose; He uses beautiful words.” Meaning: his words were to have glory on them or to shine. Naphtali was part of the rear guard with the tribes of Asher and Dan and they marched together on the north side of the Tabernacle. Moses’ final blessing on Israel: Deuteronomy 33:23 says, “O Naphtali satisfied with favor, and full of the blessing of the Lord. Possess the west and the south.” Naphtalites are good communicators gifted to encourage and empower others with the redemptive truth of God’s word, as well as provide sound counsel to the oppressed and brokenhearted.

Minister Nora Green

• Levi – Levi was the third son of Jacob. His name means “attached.” When Israel was in the wilderness, God chose the tribe of Levi as the tribe to maintain the Sanctuary and carry out the sacrifices. The sons of Aaron were designated as priests and the some of the tribe of Levi were designated to assisted the priest with their duties. Along with being the teachers of Israel, the Levites were also the judges of Israel. The Levites were responsible for carrying the Ark of the Covenant, any time the Ark needed to be moved. When in the wilderness, the Ark always went first to show the way to go. During the time of David’s Tabernacle, the Levites took on a new role that of singers and musicians. David had thousands of Levites who rotated around the clock singing, playing instruments, and prophesying before the Ark of the Covenant in his Tabernacle.