The Root of Every Blessing: The Abrahamic Covenant God made specific, unconditional promises to Abraham. The Roman version of Christianity is not based on God or His word the holy bible, but on the Council of men; the Pagan nation of Rome had no interest in even claiming to be Christian until hundreds of years after the death of Jesus Christ. (See Abr. Even with our understanding of exaltation, eternal families, and the nature of God and his work, we can scarcely envision the magnitude of that promise the Lord made to Abraham. When the prophets announced blessings to Israelites who persevered in covenant obedience or returned to the Lord after grossly breaking His law, they promised the very blessings we have just listed. Genesis 48:14-20.And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. The Abrahamic covenant is a unilateral covenant that God made with Abraham. Genesis 35:9-12.” And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him. o Blessing - the Abrahamic Covenant would be an everlasting covenant for Israel and for the world. ), Since a promised land is the blessing of a sacred covenant, the covenant people can receive it only by fulfilling the stipulations of the covenant. Therefore the ancient Hebrew word for Covenant Man in Anglicized form would be BRT-ish. God began the times of the Gentiles when He gave a Kingdom to Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Because we are in Christ, the blessings of Abraham belong to us. Praise God for his faithfulness! Millions of men worldwide have been named after this great patriarch, attesting to the legacy of his life and deeds and to the honored memory in which his descendants hold him. When He covenanted with Abraham, He promised that, through his posterity, all the families of the earth would be blessed with the “blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even life eternal” (Abraham 2:11). However, the Nations of Britain and America have turned away from God and refused to acknowledge Him in any way. Our Nations have enjoyed protection from our enemies and the wealth and prestige of the blessings God has given us. The blessing of Abraham that Paul was referring to is that all nations will be blessed thru him. Though there have been periods of apostasy in which the gospel and the priesthood were not available to the world, they remained hidden with Abraham’s lineage until the Restoration, when they were revealed anew: “Thus saith the Lord unto you, with whom the priesthood hath continued through the lineage of your fathers—, “For ye are lawful heirs, according to the flesh, and have been hid from the world with Christ in God—, “Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began.” (D&C 86:8–10.). A unilateral covenant is an agreement made between two parties, in which only one of the parties has responsibility to act. I Kings 11:11-13.”Wherefore the Lord said to Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of you, and you have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely rend the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant. The tribe of Dan named every place they went, after their father Dan. The ordinances of baptism, the priesthood, and celestial marriage were made available to him and his seed. Israelites were told they would be known in Isaac. God told Abraham he would be the literal father of Nations from both his sons Isaac and Ishmael. Israel adopted his grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh so they would receive inheritance as his own sons. God tore the nation of Israel apart and gave ten of the tribes of Israel to Jeroboam. God’s promise continued from Jacob (now called Israel) to his son Joseph and then to Joseph’s sons. Hope in Christ Marks First Presidency Yule Program, Worldwide Celebration Notes Young Women Anniversary, Elder Joseph Anderson Celebrates 100th Birthday, Huntsville Saints Survive Tornado’s Destruction, Study Shows Healthy Habits Cut LDS Heart, Cancer Deaths, “The Abrahamic Covenant: A Blessing for All People,” Ensign, Feb. 1990, 51. However it is Isaac who inherits blessings as the Covenant People. One example is the judicial laws of God which were given to His Church in the wilderness and now used in England. Even so, they still claim God and His holy word the bible as the foundation of their beliefs. (2 Peter 3:8). However these blessings will not continue for a rebellious Nation. Learn exactly what these promises were and how they affect you. The third and last part of the Abrahamic covenant is known as the promise of blessing and redemption. When we look for a Company of Nations and a Great Nation in the world today, we see the British Commonwealth of Nations, which as the British Empire was the largest Empire in the history of the world. Ishmael, the son of Sarah’s maid would also be father of nations because he was Abraham’s son, but the descendants of Isaac would receive the blessings God promised to Abraham. HOW THE IDENTITY OF THE TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL BECAME LOST. 1 Kings 14:7-10.” Go tell Jeroboam, Thus says the Lord God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted you from among the people, and made you prince over My people Israel, And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it you: and yet you have not been as My servant David, who kept My commandments, and who followed Me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in Mine eyes;  But have done evil above all that were before you. The ‘times of the Gentiles’ began with King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe:”. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. *Find out which Church God wants you to belong. God told Jacob that his descendants would be a Nation AND a Commonwealth of Nations and Kings shall come from them. When He divorced His nation of Israel God turned the Kingdoms of the world over to the Gentile Nation of Babylon. Through his lineal and adopted descendants, the blessings of the gospel would be made available to all men and women. (Revelation 20:4), Hebrews 1:1-2.”God Who at sundry times and in diverse manners spoke in time past to the fathers the Prophets has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, Whom He has appointed Heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds.”. And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a Nation and a Company of Nations shall be of you, and Kings shall come out of your loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed after you will I give the land.”. In the Battle of Britain the British Airforce had fewer men, fewer guns and fewer planes yet managed to defeat the might of the German Luftwaffe and thwart Hitler’s plans for an invasion of Britain. Before we explore these powerful provisions, it is important for you to understand what a covenant is and the terms upon which your inheritance is based. 11:26–25:10.) “Where there is no law, there is no curse” (but there is no blessing either). The blessings build to the crescendo of the greatest covenant benefit of all—the presence of God Himself with His people (vv. The prophecies of Daniel tell the beginning of these Gentile Empires. MANASSEH’S BLESSING – A ‘GREAT NATION’ AMERICA. Genesis 25:23.” And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in your womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from your bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.”. The English use of a twelve man jury in deciding matters of law, reinstated in England by Aethelred 966-1066, an already existing custom, the origin lost in the mists of time. Few of our Lord’s servants hold a position of prominence equaling that of Abraham. Could other Great Empires of the world be the recipients of the blessings given to Israel? Paul taught the same doctrine about non-Israelites being adopted into the family of Abraham: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.”. status/authority: victim and killer possessed the same status God’s covenant with Abraham (promises, sign) and why Isaac’s birth is crucial God promises to bless Abraham. They have been blessed abundantly above all other nations on Earth. Perhaps the best-known blessing of the Abrahamic covenant is that of a vast posterity. Since the days of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, when gospel blessings have been on earth they have been made available through the house of Israel. In these last days of the history of the world, two nations fulfil the description of the blessings given to Ephraim and Manasseh; The British Commonwealth of Nations and the ‘Great Nation’ America. The Jewish people worship One God, which made them anathema to Pagans who worship an entire pantheon of gods. To discover which nations today are the most likely beneficiaries of blessings given to Abraham, let’s look at what those blessings were. Also because Jesus Christ was born into the line of Abraham, all nations on Earth are blessed through Abraham’s seed. The fact is that God fights the battles for His people as He promised He would. Thus, the priesthood will continue with Abraham’s and Sarah’s descendants. (See Gen. 26:3–4; Gen. 28:13–14; Gen. We live in physical bodies for a certain number of years, determining with our own mind and heart whether we want to follow God’s will, or follow our own will. Millions of Arabs acknowledge Abraham as their lineal parent, as do millions of Jews. Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise. The covenant blessings are for the church as a whole and for each family in particular who fears the LORD. 262–64, 267.) There is absolutely nothing in Gal. I declare, 2021 shall be your year of SURPLUS SUPPLY. Jacob tricked Isaac into giving him Esau’s blessing. Abraham’s and Sarah’s son and grandson, Isaac and Jacob, received similar promises and became subject to the same covenants and obligations Abraham had received. The good news for Gentiles, then, is that we may receive the blessing of Abraham through the new covenant blessings purchased for us in the sacrifice of Jesus. The Lord has restored the gospel in modern times for the blessing of all people. 24–25). The ultimate realization of the Lord’s promise, however, will come in a different way. The Nation of Judah is the only Nation recognised as Israel today. 3:8). The nations which are the descendants of Abraham have the potential to be obedient to God because of their lineage. Other nations have colonized countries around the world but it is only the British who invested time and money into building these colonies into self sufficient and sustainable Countries in their own right. The New Covenant blessing of Abraham That righteousness comes by faith is the blessing of Abraham, and circumcision was merely a witness to the blessing. For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill and under every green tree. Because of him, all will be saved from the bands of death through resurrection; and all but the few who commit the unpardonable sin will receive an eternal inheritance in a degree of glory. It is the Hebrew word Jahve, the One who keeps His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob throughout all generations. Abraham’s place in history is well deserved. The Lord accounts them heirs of the covenant with its blessings and obligations; they become members of the house of Israel. And all the people of the Earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of you.”. Because of the faithfulness of King David, and for Jerusalem, God allowed one tribe (Judah) to remain with the line of David. ), Promise 4: “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” (Gen. These blessings were later reaffirmed to Abraham by covenant (Genesis 15:1–12; JST Genesis 15:9–12). The sound of vowels had to be supplied in speaking thus the word Dan would be in English DN or it might be pronounced dan or den or din or dun or don and still be the same Hebrew name. Of all men on earth, the Lord chose this faithful man to become the father of a covenant people. When the tribes of Israel went into the Promised Land after coming out of Egypt, their boundaries were decided by Lot. The sacred records show that he committed himself to do all that God commanded, even being willing to sacrifice, in response to God’s command, what was most precious to him—his son. The last days are the end of the six thousand years allotted to mankind, which makes them right about now. The curses have been removed in Christ, but the blessings remain. Even by the God of your father, who shall help you and by the Almighty Who shall bless you with the blessings of Heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies under, blessings of the breasts and of the womb; the blessings of your Father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brothers. We live in physical bodies for a certain number of years, determining with our own mind and heart whether we want to follow God’s will, or follow our own will. In 1996 the stone from the Coronation Chair was returned to Scotland and will only return to London on loan for a coronation. Gather yourselves together, and hear, you sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father. How did the Prophet Joseph Smith respond to skepticism in his time? “There is neither Jew nor Greek [in other words, neither Israelite nor non-Israelite], there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. This law is based on law of the Old Testament. God has fulfilled His promise and if His people had continued to keep His laws and commandments God would have continued to make His people rich in goods, fertile in body and cattle and crops, had rain in the proper season and bless the work of their hands. Jesus, who was a descendant of Abraham and Sarah, blesses all people through his atonement. (Gen. The stone has been used as the coronation stone for hundreds of years for many of the Kings of Ireland, Scotland and England. However the Patriarch Abraham was promised that Nations would come from his own body and particularly abundant prosperity and physical blessings would be given to some of the Nations which came from his descendants. And God said to Abraham, Let it not be grievous in your sight because of the lad, and because of your bondwoman; in all that Sarah has said unto you, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall your seed be called. God will turn away His face from us. Obedience to God’s laws result in peace, health and prosperity for the entire Earth, as well as blessing from God. In the days of Queen Elizabeth 1 of England, a medal was struck regarding the British defeat of the mighty Spanish Armada, inscribed with the words “God blew and they were scattered”. Jeroboam’s sin caused God to wipe out all males from the line of Jeroboam; it also caused the ten tribes of Israel to lose sight of God’s Plan. ), Yet the scriptures clearly state that this promise is conditioned upon the people’s righteous behavior. 4:25–27; Deut. Jacob would be served by Esau. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. If the British are the Nation of Ephraim, it would certainly explain why Jacob’s pillow stone from Bethel would have special significance as the Coronation stone. The answer is in the scattering and the gathering. THE BLESSINGS OF ABRAHAM. In turn, he has promised glorious blessings to us if we obey and serve him. The other ten Nations, known in history as the lost ten tribes, lost their identity and do not know that they are Israelites. Abrahamic covenant is the judicial laws of God which were given to Israel Rehoboam the son Israel. 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