The book of Revelation tells us of another Special Forces unit, a vast "army" of 144,000. They have a special relationship with the Lamb, and they are sealed with a special name. They also sing a special song. They have a critical mission to prepare the world for Jesus' second coming. God specifically name the 12 tribes when listing the 144,000, because there is some compelling clues that there is some hidden spiritual meaning to the tribes listed in Revelation chapter seven (7). The order in which these names appear the order makes no sense unless we allow the names to speak for themselves; perhaps, we will see that God is trying to communicate a special message to us through these names.
The names of the tribes listed for the 144,000, in the order in which Revelation chapter seven (7) lists them, and their corresponding Hebrew meanings as found in Scripture are:
1. Judah "I will praise the Lord"
2. Reuben "He has looked on me"
3. Gad "Granted good fortune"
4. Asher "Happy am I"
5. Naphtali "My wrestling"
6. Manasseh "Making me to forget"
7. Simeon "God hears me"
8. Levi "Joined to me"
9. Issachar "Purchased Me"
10. Zebulun "Dwelling"
11. Joseph "God will add to me"
12. Benjamin "Son of His right hand"
When you put the meanings of these names in according to how they are appear listed in Revelation chapter seven (7), it forms a very remarkable statement declaring how God saves the church as His bride! "I will praise the Lord for he has looked on me and granted good fortune. I am happy because my wrestling, God is making me to forget. God hears me and is joined to me. He has purchased me a dwelling and will add to me, the Son of His right hand." These names presented in this order describe a brief story summarizing the church's struggle, redemption, victory, and ultimate marriage to the Lamb. It seems evident that this is a special message of encouragement for those who are in the Church.