“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
James 1:1 (NIV) BibleGateway
When I read this: Wait ... What!? The 12 Tribes mentioned once only by Jesus. Common knowledge says Jewish people are descended from the Levi and Judah tribes, the others? Lost. But God doesn't lose anything or anyone.
That you may eat and drink at My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.Luke 22:30
"And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed." Revelation 7:4 (5-8, twelve thousand of the tribes of Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin).