12 Tribes 12 Stones 12 Apostles 12 Foundation Stones
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together... Ecc. 3:5a
Israel is likened unto Living Stones, 12 Stones have been GATHERED and used to form memorials (Josh. 4) and altars (I Kings 18) representing Israel. Deut. 27-28 speaks of these 12 Tribes (Stones) being SCATTERED due to disobedience. The Temple was the symbolic embodiment of Israel and Yeshua said not one stone of the Temple would be left standing upon another. They would be SCATTERED (Matt. 24:2). Only upon Israel’s collective repentance would these stones be GATHERED again and the Temple rebuilt. When the Tribes are REGATHERED again, 12 Stones will be laid once again (Rev. 21:14).
12 Tribes 12 Apostles 99 in the Flock 1 Lost Sheep 1 Fold
Yeshua left the 99 to save the 1.
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel… But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. – Matt. 10:6, 15:24
Yeshua was called to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.
The 99 represents Judah, the Jews Yeshua and his Talmidim (Disciples) were surrounded by and among. The 1 Sheep Yeshua and His Talmidim left to go save represents forgotten and assimilated Israel, the remaining 10 Tribes.
Israel was likened to sheep (Psa. 23, Isa. 53:6, Jer. 50:6, 17) who would be SCATTERED. The 12 Apostles too were called sheep, Yeshua being the Shepherd (Jn. 10:11, 14, Mat. 10:16, Mk. 14:27) and the Apostles/Sheep were SCATTERED. The Sheep (Apostles) were REGATHERED in the Upper Room (Matt. 20:19-29, Acts 1-2) because their purpose was to go and GATHER together the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel (Matt. 10:6, 15:24, Jn. 10;16, 21:15-17).
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. – John 10:16
He “SCATTERED” the 12 and the 70 (Lk. 9:1-6, 10:1-12) to REGATHER the Lost Sheep of the Other Fold of the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel. To GATHER and reunite Judah and Israel (Ezk. 37).