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Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, was given a new name after he struggled with and prevailed over an angel of God. His new name, "Israel," traditionally means "he struggles with God." Jacob had twelve sons: Reuben, Judah, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Simeon, Issachar, Dan, Levi, and Zebulun. They constitute the original Twelve Tribes of Israel. Jacob adopted Joseph's two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. All the descendants of Jacob comprise the House of Israel.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that the Lord made special promises and covenants with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, which are passed on to their righteous descendants. Therefore, it is both a responsibility and a blessing to counted with the House of Israel:
- And then will I gather them in from the four quarters of the earth; and then will I fulfil the covenant which the Father hath made unto all the people of the house of Israel.
- Behold, because of their belief in me, saith the Father, and because of the unbelief of you, O house of Israel, in the latter day shall the truth come unto the Gentiles, that the fulness of these things shall be made known unto them.
- And because of the mercies of the Father unto the Gentiles, and also the judgments of the Father upon my people who are of the house of Israel, verily, verily, I say unto you, that after all this, and I have caused my people who are of the house of Israel to be smitten, and to be afflicted, and to be slain, and to be cast out from among them, and to become hated by them, and to become a hiss and a byword among them—
- And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.
- And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.
- But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.
- And I will not suffer my people, who are of the house of Israel, to go through among them, and tread them down, saith the Father.
- But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down, and they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel (3 Nephi 16: 5, 7, 9, 11-15).
- Wherefore, our father hath not spoken of our seed alone, but also of all the house of Israel, pointing to the covenant which should be fulfilled in the latter days; which covenant the Lord made to our father Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed (1 Nephi 18).
- Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to make bare his arm in the eyes of all the nations, in bringing about his covenants and his gospel unto those who are of the house of Israel.
- And every nation which shall war against thee, O house of Israel, shall be turned one against another, and they shall fall into the pit which they digged to ensnare the people of the Lord. And all that fight against Zion shall be destroyed, and that great whore, who hath perverted the right ways of the Lord, yea, that great and abominable church, shall tumble to the dust and great shall be the fall of it (1 Nephi 22:11, 14).
- And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions; and my word also shall be gathered in cone. And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever (2 Nephi 29:14).ru:Дом Израилев