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Received by Belief: An EVERLASTING Covenant to Israel

Just as our salvation is eternal, God’s promises to Israel are irrevocable and eternal.

The same unconditional and everlasting covenant God made with Israel carries on through the blood of Christ upon all who believe, and will continue when Christ returns to reign over the house of Jacob forever.

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:31-33).

As true Christians can add nothing more than wholehearted belief to receive eternal life, Abraham added nothing more than belief to receive the promises of God’s covenant with Israel.

“Then He brought him outside and said, ‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.’ And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:5-6).

The believer prepares the place of their heart through believe to receive the promise of God’s Holy Spirit whereby they are sealed until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13). Just as we are eternally sealed with salvation, Abraham’s descendants cannot undo the promises God made to Abraham. God’s promises are based upon the faith and obedience of Abraham to God’s voice when He tested his faith by the prefiguration of the sacrifice of Isaac atop Mount Moriah:

“Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: ‘By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice'” (Genesis 22:15-18).

Abraham’s actions were based upon his faith; they were not based upon an attempt at self-righteousness. How much more humble and heartbreaking can a work be than to offer your only living son, chosen by the Lord to inherit the promises, as a living sacrifice?

In the same way that God obviously did not have to prove His own righteousness by offering His only begotten Son as a sacrifice, Abraham did not offer up his only son Isaac as a sacrifice to prove himself righteous either. He did it because he was being faithful to God’s commandment.

Abraham’s precedent of justification by faith is repeated as a testimony to those of us who trust in Christ for our salvation (Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6, and James 2:23).

After Abraham prepared the place that God would make the covenant with him, he was in a deep sleep when God performed the pledge of the covenant, ALONE.

“And he said, ‘Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?’ So He said to him, ‘Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.’ Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces. On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: ‘To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates (Genesis 15:8-10, 12, 17-18).

As opposed to God, when man attempts to perform the pledge of a covenant, he will ultimately transgress it:

“And I will give the men who have transgressed My covenant, who have not performed the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they cut the calf in two and passed between the parts of it” (Jeremiah 34:18).

Many of those who adhere to the gospel of “live your best life here and now” and those who use God’s abundant grace as an excuse to hold hands with the world,

also adhere to the doctrine of Replacement Theology. They claim that God’s promises to Israel were not an EVERLASTING covenant, contrary to what the World of God says:

“And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you” (Genesis 17:7).

These folks are the same ones who say that you can lose your salvation if you sin too much… oh, wait a minute. They don’t believe that, do they? Well, maybe they should because it makes about as much sense as believing that Israel has lost the everlasting promises God made to them based upon the sins of other generations.

Satan wants everyone to believe that God has rendered His own promises to Israel null and void, because it was through Israel that the world received its Messiah, who provides everlasting life to all. If God’s everlasting promise to Israel can be broken, then perhaps God’s promise of everlasting life to all who believe in Jesus (John 3:16) can be broken too.

However, there is an important concept that proves that God’s promises to both Israel and to all who believe in His salvation are irrevocable:

When God made the promise to bless the descendants of Israel forever (Genesis 17:7), God was the One who performed the work of the covenant, not Abraham (Genesis 15:17).

When God made the promise that eternal life would come through belief (John 3:16), God was the One who performed the work of that covenant too, not us (John 20:24-31).

God’s covenant to Israel is alive and well and it can be traced directly from Abraham to Israel.

God reconfirmed His covenant to Abraham through his son Isaac:

“Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father” (Genesis 26:3).

Then God reconfirmed the covenant with Isaac’s son Jacob, and God called his name Israel:

“And God said to him, ‘Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.’ So He called his name Israel. Also God said to him: ‘I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land'” (Genesis 35:10-12).

So there we have it, directly from God to Abraham–to Isaac–to Jacob; an everlasting covenant has been made with Israel.

The house of Israel does not yet dwell safely in its land and is still bearing the shame of the Gentiles until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in (Romans 11:25). The prophecy contained within the following verses, which has already begun, will soon see its ultimate completion:

“‘They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. And they shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid. I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore. Thus they shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people,’ says the Lord God” (Ezekiel 34:27b-30).

Shalom aleichem, Peace be upon you, Israel.

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Islam and Satan’s Apostate Pulpit

Many watchmen on the wall understand that the prophecies contained in the books of Daniel and Revelation point to a future one-world government and a one-world apostate religion. Currently, true Islam [1] is capturing the attention of the world at large.

The useful idiots that call themselves the Islamic State and or The Caliphate [2] are currently being used by Satan to bring about a false Islam that will be fit for a seat at the table of apostate religion. It will not be radical or fundamental Islam [1] that has a seat at the head table; it will be false Islam, aka “peaceful” Islam.

Fundamental Christianity will not join with other religions and neither will fundamental Islam. False Christianity and false Islam are another story altogether.

The powers that be, according to the will of the general public, will purge the brutal brand of extreme Islam currently seen in places like Syria and Iraq, and also on the doorstep of Israel, from public view. So called “peaceful” Islam which is really a false Islam will promptly fill its void and take its place next to false Christianity.

The main goal of this mission is to somehow unite false Islam with Israel to facilitate the signing of the false peace treaty between Israel and the rest of the world (Daniel 9:27). For Satan’s master plan of a one-world apostate religion to become a reality, a complete purge of fundamental Islam and fundamental Christianity must take place.

Fundamental Judaism has no place for other gods either so fundamental Judaism most likely will not be in control of Israel when the covenant is confirmed with the many (Daniel 9:27). I see no other way the Third Temple will be allowed to be built on the Temple Mount aside from the complete destruction of radical Islam or a false peace with a false Islam.

Recently, a British citizen who is now “fighting” in Iraq and Syria was asked by a news reporter to give his reaction to statements that were made by a certain high ranking British imam. After hearing that the imam condemned the actions of ISIS as brutal and against true Islam, the jihadist said that the imam and all of his followers are apostates. I couldn’t agree more [1].

By the way, the reporter also asked the jihadist if he agreed with the heartless and barbaric act of beheading and if he would actually participate in such a brutal act. His response was that he would be “honored” to participate in such a “blessed” act, particularly against a Syrian or an American soldier. Yes he called it an “honorable” and “blessed act” (just F.Y.I.).

Thankfully, not all people who claim to be Muslim agree with the demonically brutal actions of ISIS. I assume, although I really have no idea, that most people on earth do not have the will to <em>physically</em> participate in the brutal and cruel actions of the Islamic State. However, when demons use their strongest influences currently allowable by the Holy Spirit under this Age of Grace, Satan can move entire groups of people to do his will thereby rendering them fully capable of physically reproducing the brutality of ISIS.

Let me explain:

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).

All of mankind is unrighteous apart from God. God declares our own “righteousness” as being like puss filled rags (Isaiah 64:6). If an individual chooses to accept the righteousness of Jesus Christ, it is only then that they are declared righteous by the Father:

“But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5).

The believer is also sealed and protected by the Holy Spirit:

“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14).

It is not because of our works but because of our belief that we are declared righteous and protected by God’s Holy Spirit. Likewise, if an individual rejects the righteousness of Jesus Christ they are also rejecting the Holy Spirit and thereby they will be without His protection. All people who reject Jesus Christ are susceptible of being directly used by demonic forces.

Satan and his generals have a particular master plan and an end goal in mind. They have been and are continuing to use particular groups of people as they see fit. The larger a group’s denial of the protection of the Holy Spirit, the more useful that group is as a whole to enact the will of Satan.

There is a stark contrast between Christianity and Islam as far as being united in purpose for Satan and against God. Thankfully, due to the voice of the true church, the false church is not as usefully united in Satan’s purposes as it will be after the Rapture of the true church. When the true Christians who are currently on earth are removed, the ranks of the false church will then be able to march in lock step with their leader, unabated.

As a particular brand of false Christianity is taking clearer shape each and every day, so also will a false Islam begin to take shape. Again, as the British jihadist said, they’re all apostates who disagree with the actions of ISIS, they’re not true Muslims [1]. The more than 400,000 Muslims who live in Chicago and the hundreds of thousands who live elsewhere throughout America will be turned into “peaceful” Muslims under the Antichrist’s plan for a false Islam.
It is my strongest belief that we do not have to worry about Sharia Law becoming a reality in America.

Satan knows full well where his ultimate seat will be: “sitting in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God”(2 Thessalonians 2:4). Satan has head-knowledge of the Word of God backwards and forwards and many ways in between. That is how the words of Jesus and His Apostles and prophets contained in the Old and New Testaments can be so twisted as to bring about so many false doctrines and so much confusion.

Of course, Satan has no heart knowledge of God’s precious grace and truth. However, again Satan knows he will end-up sitting in the newly built Third Temple in Jerusalem at the middle of the Tribulation. Does Satan think he can alter the outcome of God’s plan of final defeat for him? Yes, he does, but that does not change the fact that he knows he will claim to be Jesus Christ, the world’s messiah.

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Is anyone else out there wondering what exactly is up with our president? I can honestly say that sometimes I’m baffled by the actions of the Obama Administration. At times, it is beyond surreal and Orwellian. I believe in the truth of what God has already revealed to us in His Word as to what will happen during the Tribulation.

In congruence with the prophetic knowledge God has provided for us in His Word, all I can do is offer my best opinion as to what is happening right now in relation to that future prophetic truth.

Example: It may just be that Obama’s complete inaction against the Islamic State while it is still metastasizing in Iraq and Syria, is to bring about the all-out attacks prophesied against Israel as recorded in Ezekiel 38 and Psalm 83, or to bring about the Burden of Damascus prophesied in Isaiah 17 [3].

Since the Islamic State seems to be completely demon possessed it is likely that they will physically try to conquer all the way to Jerusalem, just so long as the powers that be wait long enough before wiping them out. God uses evil rulers of all stripes to fulfill His purposes.

“For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, ‘For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth’” (Romans 9:17).

Endnotes

[1] The closer a group follows the “holy” book of Islam, the more extreme and brutal that group will be. Any Islamic group that claims to offer peace to unbelievers is actually practicing apostasy according to the Koran.

[2] ISIS vs. The Islamic State, or The Caliphate: These monsters ought to be called by their preferred name because by doing so, their evil actions are more likely be linked directly to Islam.

[3] A specific prophecy can have an original fulfillment in the past and a secondary and final fulfillment in the future.

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