The Abrahamic Covenant

The Abrahamic Covenant

“Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from
Your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show
You. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your
Name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless
You, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families
Of the earth shall be blessed.”
Genesis 12:1-3

The Abrahamic Covenant is a God-given promise that has influenced the very course of human history. The Apostle Paul, in writing to the Galatians, was clear about the fact that it could never be annulled. (Galatians 3:17) Many preachers have tried to annul it, in some form or fashion, in an attempt to deny the Jewish people a national destiny in their ancient homeland of Canaan. That God would displace peoples in order to restore Jewish national sovereignty offends them since they regard this as unjust. But God does not see the world as we see it and therefore He harmonizes His judgment of peoples with the return of His people to the Promised Land. Thus he only brought His people into Canaan, after the Exodus and four hundred years, when the wickedness of the nations living there was “ripe” for judgment. (Deuteronomy 9:4-5) This idea of God judging people and nation groups is rejected by many theologians today and thus Michael Pryor an Anglican Minister so fully rejected this notion that he referred to Joshua as “the patron saint of ethnic cleansing.” Totally ignoring the fact that a loving God, who does not change, called for the judgment that Israel’s possession of the land brought on the peoples who were already living there 1300 years before Christ!

Also the Abrahamic Covenant is everywhere affirmed as an everlasting Covenant. (Genesis 17:7-8; Psalm 105:9-12) Most theologians agree that it was unconditional but, if it were not, it was conditional upon Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac. This he completely fulfilled and thus God affirmed that henceforth He would keep the terms of the Covenant; a fact that David acknowledged in the Psalms.

Note the words of Genesis 22:15-18:
“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.”

So, this forever settles the debate! The Abrahamic Covenant is everlasting, cannot be changed and even the New Testament scriptures affirm this. (Hebrews 6:13-20) Why is it so hard for Christian leaders to get this? Especially since the fruit of seeking to reconstruct it has been rotten to say the least. It has brought arrogance and prejudice against the Jews, taken the Church down a pathway to anti-Semitism and birthed pogroms, persecutions, Apartheid and the Holocaust. This is undeniable! Most of all, those who deny the everlasting nature of the Covenant accuse God of Lying!

Because they cannot, humanly speaking, accept that God has returned Israel to Canaan in our time, they concoct elaborate theories all designed to undermine the truth of the Abrahamic Covenant. So, Catholic Bishops declare that the Abrahamic Covenant has been abolished, Protestants do the same and even Evangelicals are constructing elaborate theological theories to disavow the efficacy of this everlasting promise. Some Palestinian Christians, embarrassed by the clear statements of the Bible, have called for it to be “de-zionized!”Those who affirm its efficacy are smeared as working against peace in the Middle East. They are hateful warmongers always advancing the Zionist plots of the Jews!

So, what is the Abrahamic Covenant?
A. It is the watershed of redemption history in that it constitutes God’s decision to save the world from sin. (Galatians 3:8)

B. It has many aspects or facets, like a diamond;
(1) A promise of custodianship. That is, it will be through a racial group called Israel that God will bless the world. This nation will exist as long as the stars and the luminaries are in the sky above us! (Genesis 12:1-3; John 4:22; Romans 3:1; 9:1-5; Jeremiah31:35-37)
(2) A promise of land. Those who “mess” with this land and seek to disinvest the Jewish people of it can expect judgment. (Genesis 17:7-8; Joel 3:1-3) This promise, in spite of Israel’s disobedience, has been fulfilled time and time again through the course of history and up until the present day.
(3) A promise of a saving Messiah. In Genesis 22 we have the story of the “binding of Isaac”, a foreshadowing of the death of Jesus. (Hebrews 11:17-19) The Abrahamic Covenant always held a promise to the descendants of Israel and to the “seed” Jesus. (Genesis 22:17-18) To believe in the one does not deny the other. In Galatians three Paul was pointing to the “one”-Jesus- and was not denying the promises to the “many”-the people of Israel. In other words he was not saying, as some erroneously assert, that God never did from the beginning promise anything to the “many.” Manipulators of the Word of God, anti-Semites and Replacement thinkers emphasize one aspect of the promise, that is the promise in the “seed”, Jesus, and then claim that the promises to the many have been abolished. They have absolutely no biblical grounds for making this claim.
(4) A promise of blessing. (Genesis 12:1-3) That is, God has promised to bless those, whoever they might be, who defend Israel’s existence recognizing the unique role she is playing out for the sake of the world. This does not mean “blind support of Israel” but it does mean standing against those who seek her liquidation, deny her claim to the Promised Land and see no significance biblically in her modern day restoration. Israel’s servant purpose on behalf of the world has not finished with the coming of Jesus in the first century. She will yet mediate, in its fullness, the final great covenant of redemption history to the world; the Davidic Covenant. (Ezekiel 37:24-28; Revelation 22:12-17)
(5) A promise of cursing. (Genesis 12:1-3) All the nations and peoples who resisted the plan of God for world redemption through the Jews have become the wreckage of history. We would do well to learn from this as it is the same as resisting God Himself. (Psalm 83)The Book of Esther is a stark reminder of this as, if Haman had destroyed the Jews, Jesus would never have come. The same is true of the Egyptians in Moses’ day and all the other ant-Semites of history, including the wicked thugs of the Third Reich and their children today, the radical Islamic jihadists. A rude and humbling awakening is awaiting our world. (Psalm 2)
(6) A promise of salvation. (Galatians 3:8) Israel’s ultimate and great purpose given to her in the Abrahamic Covenant was to mediate eternal life to the world through her great son Jesus Christ. We owe her a great debt of gratitude and our God-given role is to appreciate her, pray for her and provoke her to jealousy. (Romans 11) God loves all people the same but He did make Israel the servant of the Lord to the nations; a role that she has ultimately and uniquely played out through her “Male Child”, Jesus. No wonder He said, “Salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22) and indeed He came because God honored His Covenant made to Abraham 2000 years before. (Luke 1:46-55) He does not lie!

C. It has been uniquely validated by the return of the Jews to Canaan in our day and by a living Church that is found in almost every tribe and nation.(Revelation 5:9-10)
This return of the Jews is no coincidence and is quite remarkable and, as in the past, has aroused the anger of the surrounding peoples and even the Church. And yet Scripture everywhere gives testimony to this return (Luke 21:24) and in particular gives testimony to a return from the “North Country” that will surpass that of the Exodus. (Jeremiah 16:14-15) We have witnessed this in that well over a million Jews have returned to Zion from the former Soviet Union. Israel will be judged and corrected but the nations will be made a full end of before the age closes. (Jeremiah 30:11) Israel will not be uprooted ever again, (Amos 9: 13-15) she will be saved and all nations will flow toward Jerusalem to acknowledge her role in history and rejoice in her Savior God! (Isaiah 2:1-4; Zechariah 14:16-19; Revelation 21:22-27) In the end Israel will radiate all the truths and promises God made through her to a fallen world. (Isaiah 62:11-12; Romans 11:25-26)) All of this because of a promise that God made with the man Abraham 4000 years ago. No part of this Covenant has been tampered with or changed and we cannot treat it like a buffet table accepting the parts of it that we like and rejecting the parts that we dislike. The God we serve always keeps His promises and has done so for four thousand years. What a God!

Malcolm Hedding.

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His leadership and television interviews have gone trough out the world. Luden Centeno of Converso Marano Jewish background from Spain resides permanently in Jerusalem. His analysis of Middle Eastern events as they relate to Israel is regularly broadcast through internet radio and television through out the world, especially the USA. Luden has given close to 500 television interviews in Israel Jerusalem and broadcasts live from Jerusalem Israel on the radio. On our last 6 radio programs we have had over 500,00 listeners listening in. Our main goal is to educate the world about Israel and its right to protect herself from any form of terrorism that comes out of Ramallah and the occupied territories that belong to Israel. Israel faces many challenges and dangers since a very long time. There is an unprecedented propaganda campaign initiated by the Arab League to demonize, discredit and delegitimize the Jewish people and their state, within their own land! The efforts of the Arab League were recently seen in the UN Resolution 2334 text as follows, adopted by the UN Security Council at its 7853rd meeting, on 23 December 2016. Reaffirming its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), and 1850 (2008), guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force, reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice, condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions. In order to achieve their goals, the Arabs have for more than 30 years resorted to a deliberate misinformation campaign. This propaganda campaign by the Arab League – both in their own countries and for the last three decades exported to Europe and North America has caused Israel what would seem irreparable damage and indeed, it was the main culprit in the reawakening of dormant European anti-Semitism. Israel continues to suffer many attacks from terrorists and should not bow down under the pressure imposed by the USA, the EU. the Quartet, nor the UN. The former Obama administration was working behind the scenes to get UN Resolution 2334 to pass. even while allowing Iran to continue to develop their nuclear facilities by using John Kerry and others to fulfill their hidden agenda. On December 23rd 2016 the US abstained from exercising its veto to UN resolution 2334 which allowed it to pass. Then John Kerry immediately blasted Israel over the presence of Israeli settlements within Israel's own land. The Obama Administration's hidden agenda came to light. The former Obama administration was trying to force Israel to give up more land for false peace as we have seen in the past. Judea and Samaria and possibly the Jordan Valley were on the negotiating table. For perspective, if the so-called Palestinians obtained Judea and Samaria and possibly the Jordan Valley, Givat HaRoe’eh in the Samaria community of Eli, Ramat Gilad and Giv’at Assaf (also in Samaria), and Mitzpeh Lachish, near Nehogot outside Hebron. they could easily rain down rockets towards any city within Israel, leaving without defensible borders. We say no to land for false peace as we have seen in the past. By former President Barrack Hussein Obama who had a hidden agenda against Israel who will face many difficult challenges ahead (see Tehillim / See Psalms 83) As we have seen what happened with Gush Katif where almost 9,000 Jews were forced out of their own Jewish land due to US pressure, now Bet El Almuna and Migron and Judea and Samaria face the same threat. More than 17,000 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel since Israel uprooted 9,000 Jewish families. Over 11,000 were fired from Gaza towards the southern Israeli city of Sderot by Islamist extremist whose end-game is the total destruction of my people Israel. Hamas terrorists are supported by Iran and now Hamas has joined hands with Fatah. The Iranian Lebanese proxy Hezbollah who also operate in Syria are committed to the total destruction of Israel and has over 100,00 rockets aimed at Israel .Now Al Qaeda and ISIS who are operating in Syria Egypt and the Sinai Desert they will do anything in their power to destroy my people Israel and all Jews. Judea and Samaria (the heartland of Israel also known as the West Bank) face many challenges in the days to come as Abu Mazen will try to pressure the entire world and former US President Barrack Hussein Obama the UN the EU and the Quartet into giving more land for false peace. We saw what happened after the Oslo Accords were signed, dramatically increasing Islamic terror against Israel. Abu Mazen the fake Palestinian Authority leader approached the United Nations many times and has petitioned to be declared as a recognized nation within Israel's known borders. The time has come to tell the entire world the real truth about the enemies of Israel. We speak on the Quran using a Power Point video presentation. We have been aired on CNN, German TV, Finland TV, CCTV, China Al Jazera, Al Arabiya Turk TV and many radio stations on the current issues of Israel. Luden Centeno has a heart for his people Israel and will continue to inform the entire world the real truth as many News Media outlets throughout the world hold anti-Semitic views and won’t tell you the real truth. Centeno, a former police officer who studied Political Science at Temple University USA was born in the USA and currently lives in Jerusalem Israel, knowing karate and boxing having played semi-pro baseball. He has two children, a girl and a son, both born in Jerusalem. Centeno discovered in 2004 that there were possible Converso Marrano Jews from Spain whose ancestors were forced to convert to Catholicism during the time of the Inquisition in 1492. The family names Centeno and Perez are registered in El Libro Verde De Aragon in Spain. The Roman Catholic Inquisitors maintained all the names of all Jewish families who were forced to convert to Catholicism during that horrible time period in Spain. Since 2004 Centeno has been flying intercontinentally to the USA speaking to the nations on the current issues of the the state of Israel (see Psalms 83′ as the nations gather against Israel.) He has spoken on Al Arabiya TV, Dubai TV, Holland TV, German TV and also on American Family Radio which links up with 700 radio stations. His goal is to educate the entire world that Israel has the right to self-determination and the right to defend itself from terrorism. The Moslem Arabs in that area started calling themselves “Palestinians” merely only 40 years ago. “Palestinian” refers to people who live in Palestine: Arabs (“Arabic speaking peoples”), Bedouins, Druze, Christians, and Jews lived in then the British Mandate of Palestine. No people or nation called Palestine ever ruled as a sovereign national entity on this land. There is no Palestinian language or culture in past history. Palestine, as a country does not presently exist. No Arab nation has their historical roots on the land and no one had laid claim to this territory other than the Jews. The Jewish rule of this land extended over a period of over 2000 years. Israel became a nation in the land in 1312 BC. God gave them the land in a covenant (Deuteronomy 29:1-30:20) and they lived there. See the following Quote from the Quran, "Death to the enemies of Allah! Those that make war against Allah and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land. They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished in the hereafter: except those that repent before you reduce them. For you must know that Allah is..." This is what radical Islam says about us Jews’ “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Muslim) Psalms Chapter 83 תְּהִלִּים א שִׁיר מִזְמוֹר לְאָסָף. 1 A Song, a Psalm of Asaph. ב אֱלֹהִים אַל-דֳּמִי-לָךְ; אַל-תֶּחֱרַשׁ וְאַל-תִּשְׁקֹט אֵל. 2 O God, keep not Thou silence; hold not Thy peace, and be not still, O God. ג כִּי-הִנֵּה אוֹיְבֶיךָ, יֶהֱמָיוּן; וּמְשַׂנְאֶיךָ, נָשְׂאוּ רֹאשׁ. 3 For, lo, Thine enemies are in an uproar; and they that hate Thee have lifted up the head. ד עַל-עַמְּךָ, יַעֲרִימוּ סוֹד; וְיִתְיָעֲצוּ, עַל-צְפוּנֶיךָ. 4 They hold crafty converse against Thy people, and take counsel against Thy treasured ones. ה אָמְרוּ–לְכוּ, וְנַכְחִידֵם מִגּוֹי; וְלֹא-יִזָּכֵר שֵׁם-יִשְׂרָאֵל עוֹד. 5 They have said: ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.’ ו כִּי נוֹעֲצוּ לֵב יַחְדָּו; עָלֶיךָ, בְּרִית יִכְרֹתוּ. 6 For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant; God’s word says in Zechariah 8:23 "Thus saith the LORD of Hosts: In Those days it shall come to pass, That ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying: We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."

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