This group was founded in 1968 in Jamaica by Dr. Vernon Carrington.
Carrington is also referred to as 'the Prophet Gad'. This name is used because Carrington claimed that he was the reincarnation of Gad. Gad had been one of the original sons of Israel, and Carrington felt his role was to reunite the Ten Lost Tribes.
Carrington is regarded as the angel discussed in Revelation 7:2. "And I saw another angel coming up from the east with the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels to whom God had given the power to damage the earth and the sea."
Carrington is central to the movement, although he has a number of 'shepherds' to work beneath him, enabling the development and understanding of the group.
Twelve Tribes of Israel is considered the most liberal of the Rastafarian groups.
Unlike the Bobo Shanti and the Nyahbinghi, the Twelve Tribes believes in the salvation not only of blacks but of all races.
Members of the Twelve Tribes can practice their religion in church or from their homes.
The group believe themselves to be descendants of the Twelve Sons of Israel.
The group exists outside Jamaica in places such as the United States of America, New Zealand, Europe and Africa.
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