04 September, 2006

The Everlasting Covenant

Down through the ages, many Churches have deliberately taught millions of people that the Jews and Israel, were permanently excluded from God's favour, something completely opposite to Bible teaching.

An Everlasting Covenant.
The promises to the ancients were eternal promises described in Gen.17:7-8 "I will establish my covenant between me and thee and they seed after thee in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee...and to they seed after thee...And I will give unto thee and thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger...all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession."

There are three important things to note in this Scripture:
1. The Father made an everlasting covenant with Abraham which has NEVER been revoked
2. Under that Covenant, Abraham and his seed after him, the Jewish nation, was promised everlasting possession of the Land of Canaan, which stretches (under promise) from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates River
3. The covenant and the possession promised to Abraham demands the resurrection and eternal life of Abraham, to whom the promises were made.

To all those critics of the Jews, I challenge anyone, anywhere, to show from the Scriptures where the covenant promises to Abraham were revoked. The Psalmist of Psalm 89:34, assures us of the certainty of the Father's promises by writing "MY COVENANT WILL I NOT BREAK, NOR ALTER THE THING THAT IS GONE OUT OF MY LIPS."

The claim by many Churches that the 'promises' of the Father now only apply to the 'church', falls down badly in the face of plain Scripture. Luke was moved to warn that there would be "weeping and gnashing of teeth" when some see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom and "yourselves thrust out". The promises of "the Gospel preached to Abraham", included "his seed", so it's improbable that Abraham , Isaac and Jacob would be in the Kingdom on their own, the more so as Jesus told the Disciples that in the Kingdom they would "judge" the twelve Tribes of Israel. (Matt 19:28) (See also Revelation 7:4)

Not only so, Moses told Israel before they entered the Promised Land for the first time that the time would come when they would be scattered to all parts of the earth, but also that He (God) will "have compassion on thee and will return and gather thee from all the nations whither the Lord hath scattered thee." (Deut 30:3) Amos, the Prophet to the ten Tribes, wrote of Israel "I (God) will bring again the captivity of my people Israel...and I will plant them upon their own land and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them." (Amos 9:14-15. Ezekiel adds to Amos' words of the future for Israel: "I have gathered them to their own land ....I have poured out my spirit upon the HOUSE OF ISRAEL." (Ez.39:28-29

The scattering of Israel was the Lord's doing. The regathering of Israel is also the Lord's doing and their possessing the Land for an everlasting possession will be the Lord's doing. And even though Israel did not do all the things expected of them, the promises of the Father were never rescinded and thus they are still to be fulfilled. Not only so, the promise that all nations should be blessed through the "seed", has also not been fulfilled.

We read in Deuteronomy 28:58-68 the steps the Father promised He would take if Israel did not "observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD". These verses are like a pre-written history of the Jewish race for the next 4,000 years, but no where, in any other part of the Bible, are we told that the Father would permanently cast aside those who were selected as His special and "peculiar people". (Deut.14:2)

Twice in the prophecies by Jeremiah, the Father promised Israel, that white He undoubtedly was going to punish them for their waywardness and their refusal to obey His requirements of them, "yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure and will not leave thee altogether unpunished." (Jer.30:11). The reason was: "I will be sanctified in you before their (the heathen) eyes". (Ez.36:23) We must keep in mind that it was the Father's decision that His great Name was to be sanctified and vindicated to the whole world, through Israel, not through any other nation.

In Deuteronomy 28:58-68, there is listed all the things the Lord said He would do to Israel for their unfaithfulness and every word of it came true, particularly verse 64: " And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other:"

The simple reason why God scattered Israel was that they had turned their back on Him and because they had worshipped "other gods" of wood and stone. But was this to be the end of the promises to Israel? Absolutely not.

In Deuteronomy 30:3-9 we read of the final purpose of the Father: "That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:"

Again, no where in the Scriptures have any of these promises to the Jews of Israel, been rescinded, but rather Israel is fulfilling the promise of the return to the land, in this, our day.
• "And I will bring them and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem." Zech. 8:8
• "I will settle you after your old estates..." Ezekiel 36:11
• "Like as I have watched over them to pluck up......so will I watch over them to build and plant." Jeremiah 31:28
• "Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old." Micah 7:14
• "I will plant them upon their Land and they shall no more be pulled up." Amos 9:15
• "They shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting , the work of my hands..." Isaiah 60:21

The Apostle Paul, writing in the letter to the Romans, explains very carefully to the New Covenant Church "GOD HATH NOT CAST AWAY HIS PEOPLE which He foreknew" (11:2) In Romans 11:24-28, Paul prophecies that the natural branches of the Olive tree (the Jews of Israel) would be "graffed into THEIR OWN Olive tree" and he warns Gentiles and Gentile Churches "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the gentiles be come in. And so ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED. For this is my covenant unto them, WHEN I SHALL TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS..."

The Israel Paul is referring to is not the "Israel of the Churches", but the nation of Israel, with whom the Father made the Covenant in the first place.


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