12 tribes of Israel

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Preach

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In Matthew 19:28, Jesus says that the disciples (12?) will judge the 12 tribes of Israel? What does this mean? And when will they judge/govern them? I'm looking for amil, postmil, and premil perspectives if they are relevant to the passage. Thanks.
"In Christ",
Bobby
 

Scott

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This refers to the apostle's judgment of the Church. The 12 tribes symbolize the Christian Church. So, for example, James uses the tribal language to address his epistle to the Church: "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings." James 1:1.
 

WrittenFromUtopia

Puritan Board Graduate
Originally posted by Scott
This refers to the apostle's judgment of the Church. The 12 tribes symbolize the Christian Church. So, for example, James uses the tribal language to address his epistle to the Church: "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings." James 1:1.

But of course, at that time, the Church was ONLY Jewish converts, as James was the first epistle written, well before they took the Gospel to the "nations" in AD 47.
 

Scott

Puritan Board Graduate
The entire system of Israel prefigured the Church. The apostles were one part of this. The typological connection pervades the NT.
 
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