The Tribal Stones For the 12 Tribes of Israel, not just the Jews.

      I will begin by telling you the story about the Gold miner that had mined all of his life. For 70 years he had saved his Gold in a large sack he never let out of his sight. He slept with it, and ate with it in his hand. When he died he took it to heaven with him.

Saint Peter said at the gate, what have you got in the sack. The man said well I have slaved all my life on earth, now I am going to have the easy life, just have a look; as he opened the sack.
Saint Peter looked in and said: why did you bring that street pavement (Revelation 21:21) with you? The streets in heaven are paved in gold.  

   The Bible has 1704 references to Gemstones and minerals that people don't even remember.
What you take with you when you leave this earth is nothing but your memory, and good works. Jesus Christ died and payed the price for your sins, so that you can be resurrected. You can't even do that for yourself. Everybody will be saved. The question really is what are you going to be saved for? Like the miner in the story above, with his sack of Gold to work and patch the potholes in the street pavment MADE OF GOLD IN HEAVEN is good enough for most people.  

  Some of the stones in Revelation 21:10-24 we are familiar with today. Revelation Chapter 4 tells about seeing into heaven and God's throne. When Moses led the 12 tribes of Israel out of Egypt 3500 years ago, they took with them the Gems of Egypt. Some of those same Gems were the kind of Gems that are set in the High Priest's Breastplate.   


  The Hebrew name SAPÌR, which in time past referred to the deep blue coloured stone now called lapis lazuli, found in CLICK HERE Afghanistan.   Lapis lazuli is a very good stone for carving or engraving the name on, Exodus 28:9-22  I also wear one on a Gold chain.

  Modern sapphires were named for this stone, but modern sapphires were not known in ancient times and are too hard for carving, rated at a Mohs 9.0 on the hardness scale. Diamonds are rated at 10 as the hardest GemStone.

 Ancient jewel names were not the modern mineral terms that are used today: they were
only labels to indicate an outward appearance. Therefore two or more jewel stones may have been included within one name. W
e can identify colours as well as names, and we’ve divided the jewels into four groups corresponding to the four sides of the heavenly city, as Apostle John described them and listed them, from right to left. (Revelation 21:9-15) Hebrew reads right to left.  

    We can indicate the Greek and Hebrew names, the modern names and the colours. 
    Those are the jewels, as indicated in Revelation 21:18-23 

     The jewels
inscribed with the names of Israel’s tribes signify earthly people.

Isaiah 61:10  "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels."   

     Israel’s tribal gems are valued as semiprecious; they have no great hardness or brilliance
but they are nevertheless very beautiful.  The colour of the jewels is important in
understanding the prophetic significance of Israel’s tribes, 
in the same way God spoke to

    "I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven
and as the sand that is on the sea shore
And your offspring shall possess the gate of their
enemies."  Genesis 22:17
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     This indicates the vast number of Abraham’s future descendants as stars or sand upon the seashore. (Hebrews 11:11-12) And also signifies the two different Kingdom inheritances.  
     Both inheritances are again referred to in  Isaiah 66:22

                "For as the new heavens and the new earth, 
                    which I will make, shall remain before me, says the LORD,

                so shall your descendants and your name remain."
     (I have that promise also. There are now 29 people on earth with my DNA
     and many more coming. Abraham had Isaac when he was 100 years old.)


       Sand grains are like crystal jewels and they portend an upgrading of human life in the New Earth.  Sand feels clean because dirt does not cling to it.  Likewise, in the new world sin will not cling to us for the curse will be gone. (Revelation 22:3-4 and also 6-7,10,12,14,16) 


       We will describe the five quartz jewels in the High Priestly breastpiece.  The Greek name
AMÉTHYSTOS has reference to wine drinking.  The Hebrew name for amethyst is LÈSHEM.
Amethyst is a quartz crystal easily recognisable by its purple-violet colour.
       Click the Largest Amethyst I have seen in 50 years. Now here in Parowan.

    In nature it is often found with yellow quartz because heat changes amethyst quartz to yellow quartz, called Citrine.  We call that Ametrine today. The classical name is CHRYSÓLITHOS, meaning goldstone in Greek. 
The Hebrew name is TARSHÌSH. 

    In Daniel 10:6 an angel appearance is compared to the colour of this gemstone,
“like in colour to polished brass.”  The Citrine is a transparent jewel, clear to see through.  


   Quartz is found in a translucent or opaque form, in a wide colour range (very much like
jadeite).  The mineral-group name is quartzite.  Three quartzite gems were in the breastpiece
of the High Priest of all of Israel's 12 tribes.

   The CHRYSÓPRASOS quartzite stone is the Chrysoprase, (SH’VÒ in Hebrew), apple green in colour.  SÁRDIOS is the Carnelian Sard, deep red in colour, with an orange-brown tone.     Carnelian red (Latin carnalis) is the colour of raw flesh. Red like Ruby. 

is the quartzite jewel, which is sard and onyx layered together. This stone is mostly red Sard, but the Greek word onyx (fingernail) indicates a grey-white coloured overlay. Onyx (Hebrew SHÒHAM) is flat-layered quartzite, pale layers on top, darker colours below. Cameos are often made from it.       

   Just as the ancient Greek names have been adapted to our modern Gems, which has caused the modern confusion as to what were Bible gem-stones. So also three Gems are sufficiently clear to be transparent: Amethyst, Citrine, and Olivine. So we read in the Apostle John's vision of the New Holy City coming down from heaven with God's light of Gold.

   The breastpiece jewels listed in Exodus 28:17-22 and 39:8-17 do not identify the tribal
, so tribe and jewel correspondence has remained a mystery until now.  
Neither does the Revelation 21 description name the city gates by tribe; so we cannot get the tribe -jewel correspondence by any direct manner.  

In past times these twelve jewels were exhibited only on the High Priest at especially designated times.
But now in the coming Messianic era they will be on continual display in the city together with other colourful jewels. Look through this GodsStones site to see what everyone there will have. See the colors at the top of each page.  

     Isaiah 54:11-12  "O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold,
I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with *sapphires. 

  12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.                                          *(Lapis lazuli, a sapphire-blue coloured stone)

   In the Bible, a basic purpose of gemstones was colour definition, for that was the most accurate and acceptable way of describing colours.  We have our own translation of the Biblical jewel list.  The Hebrew Text only has the jewel names but we include colours because it is helpful to readers if they know the colours.

   Exodus 39:10-13,

   v 10,     And they set it four rows of stones: thr first row was a sardius, (red-Reuben)
               a topaz, or Peridot (yellow-green-Simeon) and a carbuncle: (emerald green-Levi) 
               this was the first row.       


   v 11,     And the second row, an emerald, (green-Judah) a *sapphire, blue-Dan) and a
                diamond. white-Onyx Naphtali).  
                         *Lapis lazuli 


   v 12,     And the third row, a ligure, (-purple-violet Gad) an agate, (Asher) and an Amethyst.
of lavender- Issachar) purple. 


   v 13,      And the fourth row, a beryl, (honey gold-Zebulun Citrine quartz)  an onyx, (white
               -brown- (Joseph) and a jasper-spinach green Jade: (Benjamin) they were enclosed in
                ouches of gold in their inclosings.  

      "But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? 

  13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

  14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.

  15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
  16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.

  17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels
      of fine gold.
  18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
 19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold. 
  20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?" Job 28:12-20  

    "And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from
      evil is understanding."   Job 28:28  


     So I believe that the jewel stone arrangement for the High Priestly breastpiece, identify the appointed tribal names in each row, the first row at top, looking at the breastpiece from right-to-left as it would have then been viewed. The first row has the names Reuben, Simeon, and Levi.  The second row has the names Judah, Dan, Naphtali. The third row has the names Gad, Asher, Issachar. The last row has the names Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. 


     The High Priest also attached two stone plates on his shoulders which had the twelve tribe
names engraved on them in birth order (Exodus 28:9-12; 39:6-7), with six names on one stone
and six names on the other.  

     The King and the Messiah were appointed to be from Judah.  Jesus Christ is the Lion of the tribe of Judah.   (Revelation 5:5) 


     The tribal name stones carried on the High Priest’s shoulders signify Messiah bearing
the peoples’ burdens, (burdens are put on shoulders).  Authority rests on Jesus’ shoulders
(Isaiah 9:6)  His priesthood is permanent (Hebrews 7:24-26) because he continues forever.


     As permanent High Priest, his priesthood continues through the Kingdom era coming very soon that has no end.  The jewel stones of the High Priest show forth his Kingdom of glory. 

   "And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and  I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that
serveth God and him that serveth him not."  Malachi 3:17-18    

   "And it shall come to pass, if they are not more faithful unto me, it shall be taken  away, even that which they have.

     For I, the Lord, rule in the heavens above, and among the armies of the earth; and in the day when I shall make up my jewels, all men shall know what it is that bespeaketh the power of God."  Doctrine and Covenants 60: 3-4  

           This is for glory and beauty (Exodus 28:2)  Come quickly Lord Jesus! 
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