There exists a “cosmic battle” for the ownership of the earth, to which, many in the ‘Christian’ world would readily agree. This is the statement made by Paul in Ephesians…. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
This leaves me with a few questions for the benchwarmers out there…. do you understand what is going on in these realms? The fear is that many do not. The evidence is the lack of understanding concerning prophesy and the culmination of the present age. Taking the “easy way” out, claiming a rapture, free from obligation [by calling it grace] seems to be the preference. Reading Matthew 24 should dispel much of this misconception as Matthew does not paint a very rosy picture of the last days. (especially for the wicked)
So let’s dig into the depth of the King and the Kingdom mentality. This mindset is not very prevalent among the American people after our English revolt some 250 years ago. The rest of the world, well, that’s a different story.
The dictionary defines a King as :
- One that is supreme or preeminent in a particular group, category, or sphere.
- A man chosen as the winner of a contest or the honorary head of an event.
I would propose that the “event” or “contest” won by the vast majority of Kings would actually be some form or fashion of an all out war. Again, I would postulate, the war in Ephesians 6 is the King of the Earth, who is, at the present, Satan VS. the King of Heaven.
- 2 Chronicles 9:18 “And there were six steps to the throne, with a footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne, and stays on each side of the sitting place;”
- Psalm 110:1 “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.”
- Matthew 5:35 “Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.”
How then, do we unravel this mess? After all, this is the promise or covenant right?
… and which “covenant” are we talking about? The Marriage Covenant? The Davidic Covenant? The Blood Covenant? The Salt Covenant? or is it The “New” Covenant?
OR…. All the above?
The Adamic Covenant is found in Genesis 1 & 2: “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” This is the title deed to the earth. God took that which was His, the creation, and gave it to mankind. God gave Adam two options: to follow a specific set of instructions, or to not follow. God also explained that these options were set to follow a specific course in which He himself designed and they were unchangeable.
The movie The Matrix shows Neo being presented with a red pill and blue pill and the choice of “seeing” or “not seeing” the truth. Where Neo has pills, Adam has “trees”. The choice for Adam to follow the instructions is in no way different to that of Noah, Abraham, Moses or US. We have the ability to follow Gods instruction and the ability to say “No Thanks” to the whole thing. And, just like these men of faith, we will reap the outcome that has already been established by the Creator.
“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day:” Deuteronomy 11:26-27
In Genesis chapter three we see the fall of Adam and his subsequent demise. Adam loses the deed to the ranch when he choses to take the other “pill”. The curse was already attached to the decision and Adam made his choice. We can see a very clear picture of this in the encounter with Jesus.
- Matthew 4:8-11 “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”
Satan cannot make that offer if he does not have possession of it. Look again….
- Ephesians 2:2 “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”
Here is where I get mad at the controllers of the “canon”. The scribes were instructed to give credence to the earthly authorities. In doing so they overlooked this important title given to Satan. We need to Break this down to grasp the enormity of it meaning.
Prince = G758 ἄρχων árchōn, ar’-khone; present participle of G757; a ruler, commander, chief, leader: by nobility of birth, learning and wisdom, power and authority, wield the greatest influence. 2 Corinthians 11:14 tells us: “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light*.”
*φῶς phōs, foce; from an obsolete φάω pháō (to shine or make manifest, of truth and its knowledge, together with the spiritual purity associated with it.
This association is solidified in Genesis 3:1 where the serpent is identified. H5175 נָחָשׁ nâchâsh, naw-khawsh’; shining or glimmering light (like the skin of a serpent). This word is based out of the word H5172: נָחַשׁ nâchash, naw-khash’; a primitive root; properly, to hiss, i.e. whisper a (magic) spell; generally, to prognosticate: learn by omens; practice divination, divine, observe signs.
This is why God describes Satan to Moses in the way that He does; subtle. עָרוּם ʻârûwm, aw-room’; passive participle of H6191; cunning (usually in a bad sense):—crafty, shrewd, sly. In our world today we have those that are well trained in this manner of communication. Neurolinguistics Programming or NLP pervades our society in television, radio, and business with live or streaming content. NLP is the driving force behind the use hypnotism, and just like the catatonic in the chair, Satan whispered mesmerizing and enticing words to Eve to get a response.
Now that Adam has chosen the path containing the curse of death the covenant or contract with Adam is in violation. Satan has taken control of the deed, or ownership of the earth and God wants it back! During the reign of Satan in chapters three through six in Genesis the world is tossed in turmoil. The angels “which kept not their first estate”, alongside of Satan, experimented and perverted the creation of God causing the flood. Bringing us to next patriarch and the Noahic Covenant.
The Noahic Covenant: This covenant was made to Noah and all his descendants as well as “every living creature” and the earth in general. Many modern preachers will teach that this covenant is an unconditional covenant because it does not depend upon anything Noah or his descendants had to do to fulfill the covenant. The promise is based upon God’s faithfulness alone. Lets think about this statement a minute. If Noah and his family were to be saved from the “wrath to come” did they just kick back in a church pew and wait for God like a bus stop? NO! There was, most assuredly, work to be done!
“Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” Genesis 6:14
In the same manner God announces to Noah the blessings and curses. “But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.” The blessing is survival, the curse…. the same death as the heathen. God is not demanding unreasonable activities from all of humanity. Humanity has been asked to follow the Torah. It is the simple set of behaviors the Torah instructs that provides a harmonious existence between mankind and God, as well as, mankind with one another.
The major misconception by the Protestant movement is the idea that the Torah is no longer applicable to modern day believers. As we move through these covenants we will see that the Torah, or Word, is the same yesterday, today and forever. It is my opinion that the only thing being protested against by the modern church is the instruction or Torah. All this despite the continual use of words like perpetual, forever, everlasting and “throughout all your generations.”
- Exodus 12:14 “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.”
- Numbers 10:8 “And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance forever throughout your generations.”
- 2 Kings 17:37 “And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for evermore.”
In the battle to dissolve the Torah, the mainstream believer unwittingly loses the blessings associated to the life lived in obedience to Torah. Dispensationalists* will condemn those seeking to live according to Torah before they even know the truth behind it. Living out Torah is NOT a “works based” salvation, it is, in fact, 100% the opposite. The believer lives out Torah as a response to grace and the Authority of YHVH. As we transition into the Abrahamic Covenant we can see how God views the relationship in accordance to Torah.
*one who believes the hypothesis that God changed/changes His manner or character in which He deals with humanity. It was one way for Adam, another for the “Jews” and again differently with this generation or the Gentiles.
According to gotquestions.org both the Noahic and the Abrahamic Covenant are “unconditional” covenants. Meaning, an unconditional or unilateral covenant is an agreement between two parties, but only one of the two parties has to do something. Nothing is required of the other party. As opposed to a conditional or bilateral covenant is an agreement that is binding on both parties for its fulfillment. Both parties agree to fulfill certain conditions. If either party fails to meet their responsibilities, the covenant is broken and neither party has to fulfill the expectations of the covenant.
As we saw in the life of Noah there most certainly was participation of the part of Noah. He HAD to build an Ark otherwise he is dead. The Israelites HAD to leave Egypt, they HAD to cross the Jordan to get to the Promised Land, and there are things we will have to do to find our Promised Land.
The tricky part is getting out of our own Egypt. The 501(c)3 or big box church may feel comfortable. like an Egypt during a famine, but, there are plagues coming. We are seeing them manifest already in the anti-Christ stances and agendas. In actions like the LGBT approved preachers and pro-abortion “clergy.” (I could go on for days in this category)
According to Scripture…. does Abraham just kick back and count the days until Messiah? Or does he have something he HAS to do? And what guidelines will he use to get the ‘thing’ accomplished?
- Genesis 26:2-5 “And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.“
First of all we can see that Abraham cannot stay where he is at. This is another gross negligence of the modern church system. The use of phrases like “come as you are” and “Jesus loves you and accepts you as you are” are harmful. Jesus tell us point blank to go and “sin no more” and that is exactly what we should be doing. Once we encounter Messiah it should be incumbent upon us to do the things He ask of us … out of our desire to love Him.
- Exodus 20:6 “And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”
- Deuteronomy 11:22 “For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;”
- Daniel 9:4 “And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;”
- John 14:15″If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
- John 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”
- 1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.“
Do we have enough evidence here to say with confidence: The King has establish a protocol for His Kingdom, that is, The Torah. It was established in the Garden. It was affirmed by Noah and Abraham. It was written down by Moses. It was lived out in Yeshua. The Prophets preached it and Paul explains it. Read it again…
The King has establish a protocol for His Kingdom, that is, The Torah. It was established in the Garden.
It was affirmed by Noah and Abraham.
It was written down by Moses.
It was lived out in Yeshua.
The Prophets preached it and Paul explains it.
Looking back to Adam, Adam had a choice which held either a blessing or a curse, and he chose the latter. The YHVH comes in with a way of redemption. The words “coats of skin” meant that an animal had been sacrificed. YHVH taught Adam the “law” otherwise know as Torah. We Noah build an altar after the boat landed and we see Abraham build altars to YHVH all through his travels. How else do we get the story of Isaac and the redemptive ram stuck in the thicket? If they are not practicing Torah there wouldn’t need to be a sacrifice, right?
YHVH will, and is, asking you to get out of your comfort zone, wooden pew, folding chair, comfy Barcalounger or what ever your big box gym-atorium offers and go find His peculiar people. He wants you to “walk as Jesus walked”, and as Abraham and Noah walked. He probably wont ask you to build a boat, but, don’t count it out.
The Abrahamic Covenant is spelled out in Genesis 15:9-10 “And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
The oldest, most primitive way of creating a covenant was called “cutting a covenant” or [in Hebrew] “b’rit”, which means literally means, “cutting or dividing”.
In all early civilizations blood was integral in covenant making, because covenants were deemed to be a life-fellowship and because “life” was in the blood. Understand what that means: the covenant was life-long, and the participants considered themselves to have been joined together, almost as one flesh, under whatever terms that covenant demanded. Salt, together with bread, was usually eaten as the final event of the covenant ceremony thus gaining the title of ‘Salt Covenant’.
This is why Paul spends so much time explaining the Perfection in Yeshua’s sacrifice and the multiple references to His blood. Just like all these great men of God, when we encounter the Salvation by gace through faith, we too have a decision to make. Are we going to follow the path of Torah? More on the Blood Covenant later.
Psalm 119:105 “Thy word TORAH is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Some may consider that the word Torah is in implication. The word used here for ‘word’ is the Hebrew דָּבָר dâbâr, daw-baw’; from H1696; a word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause:—act, advice. דָבַר dâbar, daw-bar’; a primitive root; appoint, bid, command, commune, declare, destroy, give, name, promise.
Lets push further to the plural or debarim or Deuteronomy; meaning “words” – this word can also be interpreted from the paleo using the symbol of a “bee”. The word in relationship to the bee: both of which when properly handled will pollinate the vine and produce fruit, if mishandled they both can sting and cause pain in our lives. These are the blessings and curses. Which brings us to Moshe’ or Moses.
The Mosaic Covenant is “a significant covenant in both God’s redemptive history and in the history of the nation of Israel through whom God would sovereignly choose to bless the world with both His written Word and the Living Word, Jesus Christ.” Once again a quote from the contributors at gotquestions.org.
While I strongly agree with that statement, and maybe many in the 501(c)3 would do so too….
I am not 100% certain they understand the depth of that statement based on dispensational bias. They verbally claim the law/Torah has been abolished in Yeshua when He is obviously living and administering for us as our Great High Priest!
- Hebrews 4:14-15 “Seeing then that we have a Great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
- Hebrews 8:1-3 “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.”
Why would I need a Great High Priest if I had no need for one. If the “law” is over… so is the job of High Priest. The role of the High Priest is established in the line of Aaron under the Administration of Moses. Here is a foundational principle…
- Acts 7:37 “This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.”
Jesus becomes our Great High Priest under the Administration of YHVH. A pattern or “foreshadowing of the things to come” as Paul states. the evidence supplied tells us we will live in the house of YHVH in the same manner as they camped in the wilderness. The Holiest of places, Gods home, will be at the center and beyond that a place to gather and worship. YHVH and the Messiah in complete harmony.
- Psalm 77:20 “Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.”
- Hebrews 8:4-6 “For if he [Jesus] were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, [Blood Covenant] which was established upon better promises.”
Once again, it has to be said, God does not change. His instructions are for our benefit and our development. Paul tell us to wash our thinking in the Scriptures. The only Scriptures he owned was the “Old Testament.” The way we “renew our minds” is the constant and consistent study of the Word. Why is thus the hardest part of the believers walk? I have talked to countless (probably in the 10’s of thousands) people who displayed a pious or ‘godly’ personality and when asked their current study the response is abysmal. “We are going through [some Christian personality] book on [some self-help topic that has a “spiritual” title].” Or better yet “they are using several sources to explain Grace.” Not once have I heard “we are studying Hebrew idioms from the Scriptures to better understand prophecy.”
The Mosaic Covenant brings to us the instructions in a written form and a process by which we can remedy sin through the Blood Covenant. As we referred to in the Abrahamic Covenant there exists the Blood Covenant and this is where we break this down….
In parts of the world, and in most all times, a blood covenant was the strongest type of covenant two people could enter into. It has been used in civilized as well as primitive nations to unite two people together in marriage, business or friendship. This can best be illustrated by our own American culture teach the concept of “blood brothers” and the Native American history.
In some Mesopotamian cultures, blood was actually sucked from each other’s’ wounds and ingested by the opposite party. Solemn oaths were sworn, invoking the name of the god each participant worshipped, because a covenant was sacred. In all cases, blood and a god were at the center of the ceremony. In Genesis fifteen, when God entered into covenant with Abraham, substitutes were used. After all, how could God [a Spirit] bleed except through a substitute.
This is the precise reason for the Messiah. “He is the mediator of a better covenant.” A better Blood Covenant! Animals did have innocent blood but they had never been tested by Torah. This is why Paul makes a stance with Christ having been “like us ” and “tempted in everyway.” This blood was not only innocent but it was perfect Scripturally!
I remember as a child singing in the church the song Power in the Blood and it struck me inwardly, not even really understanding why it did so…. now I know! “There is power, power, wonder working power, in the blood …. of the Lamb!” So how is this Blood Covenant “based on better promises”? The better promises are found in the Marriage Covenant…
- Romans 3:25 “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”
- 1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
- 1 John 4:10 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
The Marriage Covenant
Jack Hayford writes that “The covenant of marriage is the single most important human bond that holds all of God’s work on the planet together. It is no small wonder that the Lord is passionate about the sanctity of marriage and the stability of the home. This covenant of marriage is based on the covenant God has made with us. WE can witness the exchange of vows in the nineteenth chapter of Exodus starting in verse seven.
7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him.
8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.
Do you Hebrews take YHWH as your Lord and Savior? We do. Do you YHWH take these whiny Hebrews as your chosen people? I do.
We have seen once again the important God pattern: First, God makes us aware of His presence, Second, He asks the question: will you listen, obey and follow Me? Third, if we respond yes, then He enters into a relationship with us and begins to acquaint us with His will for our lives. It was this way in Moses day, Adam’s day and in our day. Verse ten is an eye-opener too.
10 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes,
This is the equivalent of the modern Baptism – an outward expression of the confession of an inward faith. Also here it is a required act to prepare them for the presence of YHWH. [more than likely this is the beginning of the tradition for the bride to wear white dress]
We run into a snag in the book of Jeremiah. “And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.” Jeremiah 3:8 This is a HUGE issue. How can we become “The Bride of Christ” and attend “The Wedding supper of the Lamb” if we are divorced from God? What evidence do we have that God will be faithful after the bride has not?
Deuteronomy 24:1 “When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.” God has followed His own rules.
But the text moves on from there….
Deuteronomy 24:2-4 “And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife. And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife; Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the Lord: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
Now what do we do? We cannot go back to being the first husbands bride! We are doomed! Well, we would have been doomed under this law if it were not for the death and resurrection of Yeshua. The bride cannot go back to a dead husband. The resurrection produces a “new” creation and thus a bachelor eligible for marriage. Through the cleansing of the Perfected Blood of Christ the people are now a chaste woman eligible for marriage.
The second husband is an idiom for Satan. So spiritually speaking, we cannot worship God after claiming salvation and grace, then switch teams and worship Satan and then swear allegiance to God and expect Him to “buy it”. 2 Peter 2:20 “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.“
When people deny the power and authority of “The Law” what they are really denying is the power of Salvation! The “fulfilment” of the law by Yeshua Messiah was in the way He lived. Obedience to the SAME LAW HE ABIDED BY is by grace through faith. Reminds me of another great old hymn… “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives all fear is gone…. I know, I KNOW, He holds the future, life is worth the living because He lives!”
The Everlasting Gospel/Covenant
The perspective accepted by much of Christianity: “The gospel is “everlasting” in that is an eternally unchanging message. False doctrines come and go, and new teachings are like wind and waves that toss the unsuspecting every which way.” Again supplied by the people at gotquestions.org
So by their own definition, they should be fully on-board with the adherence to Torah. This should be the theme of all Seminary degrees and broadcast on all church websites and television programs. The same awkward pause as asking a faith-healer why he doesn’t take his act to the hospitals.
God actually takes His “act” to the sick people. To those that had defiled themselves and needed redeemed. And yet another covenant that we could have discussed; The Kinsman Redeemer Covenant.
- Matthew 15:24 “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
- Matthew 15:31″Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.”
- John 1:49 “Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.“
Why would God come here? Why take on flesh? Why go through all of this?
To get back the deed of his creation.
- Revelation 5:9-10 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
To prepare an army for the final battle:
- Revelation 12:17 “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
- Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Unlike ANY religion today, the Torah has been consistent throughout the entire course of humanity. No bends or sways in its doctrinal position. Jesus even eliminates any idea that he is changing anything… “My doctrine is not my own but His that sent me.” From Genesis to Revelation – “Hear O Israel your God is One.” One in every aspect.
The King has establish a protocol for His Kingdom, that is, The Torah.
It was established in the Garden.
It was affirmed by Noah and Abraham.
It was written down by Moses.
It was lived out in Yeshua.
The Prophets preached it and Paul explains it.