The appointed time has come. No longer strangers, no longer rootless... a nation is being gathered. No longer separated, no longer alienated... a commonwealth is being formed. The ancient writings speak of a mystery: "Come here, I shall show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb... the holy city, Jerusalem... with twelve gates... the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel..." Tribes? What are these tribes? "The tribes of Jacob... the preserved ones of Israel... a light to the nations, so that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth..." (Isaiah 49:6). "...a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars..." (Revelation 12:1).
Come and Visit!
One of our greatest desires is to share our life with others. There are many ways to get to know us.
A Tribal Life We are a tribal people. The folk that you will meet in our community are part of a tribespeople. Our life is expressed through living together in community. We love working with each other on our farms and in our cottage industries, doing folk dances and playing music, building, teaching our children at home, and caring for one another. Our desire is to live as naturally as possible by being close to Creation and to people. Our vision: not a lifestyle, but the forming of a new nation – the twelve tribe nation of Israel. We want to be restored back to what we were created to be.
Why Twelve Tribes And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers, the promise to which our twelve tribes hope to attain [for them], as they earnestly serve God night and day. And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews. (Acts 26:6-7) Our twelve tribes have nothing to do with mystical tribalism, as in the beliefs of some.
The Confederation of Twelve Tribes: A Manifesto The New Israel,[fn]Galatians 6:16[/fn] or the New Sons of Jacob,[fn]Isaiah 44:5[/fn] is an alliance of twelve tribes.[fn]Isaiah 49:6,8; Acts 26:6-7[/fn] Joshua 24 shows the tribes of old Israel gathered one last time under their great commander, Joshua. No longer would his strong leadership hold the tribes together. Now they would have to be a true confederation of twelve self-governing tribes, yet still able to act as one man under their elders, judges, and officers.
Tribes in the New Covenant And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers, the promise to which our twelve tribes hope to attain [for them], as they earnestly serve God night and day. And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews. (Acts 26:6-7) When Paul, in his defense before Agrippa, referred to "our twelve tribes," there were no twelve tribes as there had been in the Old Covenant times. There were only two identifiable tribes left who returned from the captivity ? Benjamin and Judah.