covenant blessings of abraham

However none of the Nations of Israel have turned back to God to obey Him faithfully. And also of the son of the bondwoman I will make a nation, because he is your seed. The fact is that God fights the battles for His people as He promised He would. God made marvelous promises to the patriarch of the chosen nation. Now all the blessings God has given our Nations will be removed because His people have forsaken Him. The expression, being drawn from the passages in Genesis in which the Lord assures Abraham that "he would bless him," and that "in him all nations should be blessed," must be taken to import the Divine good will and whatever benefits would therefrom result. By inheritance, those who descend from that lineage receive the same blessings and enter into the same obligations as their great forefathers. The Lord promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. 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.”. 35:11–12.) God told Abraham he would be the literal father of Nations from both his sons Isaac and Ishmael. They are chosen not because they have an easier path to salvation, or because God loves them more than other people. Jesus and His disciples called the time that they lived the “last days” because four thousand years from Adam had passed at that time. 2:10.). 11–13). Everything taken for granted and enjoyed by the Nations that God previously blessed, such as wealth, fertility, rain in the right season and protection from enemies will now be reversed. 11:26–25:10.) In the Old Testament, we read how God postponed the promise of the land when his people refused to serve him. BLESSINGS GOD GAVE TO ABRAHAM, ISAAC, JACOB – 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. Judah abandoned God and were decimated by their enemies; the same sins are committed today by Britain and America. When Jeroboam was King of the ten tribes of Israel, he sinned by making two golden calves as idols for Israelites to worship instead of keeping God’s Feast of Tabernacles at Jerusalem. 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. (See Deut. The Abrahamic Covenant Bible story is from the book of Genesis and begins with chapter 12 as God calls upon Abraham to go to the land of Canaan where he promises to "make of him a great nation," a blessing unto to mankind through his descendants all families of the world shall be blessed. Praise God for his faithfulness! After the Babylonian Empire came the Medo-Persian Empire, then Alexander the Great’s Greek Empire which divided into four after his death (Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Central Asia). (We learn of our lineage through a patriarchal blessing.) 17:7. These are all the Kingdoms of the times of the Gentiles: each one great in their time; each of them steeped in idolatry which God hates; and their influence over future Gentile Empires will not cease until the return of Jesus Christ as King of God’s Kingdom on Earth. The tribe of Dan named every place they went, after their father Dan. The books of Genesis and Abraham record his faith and diligence in serving the Lord. Genesis 27:28-29. 16:16; Ether 13:8. with the blessings of the Gospel” (Abraham 2:11) by sharing the gospel with others so that they too can be part of the covenant. 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 current Queen Elizabeth II was crowned sitting on a throne in Westminster Abbey which housed a stone known as “the stone of Destiny” or “the Stone of Scone” or “Jacob’s pillow stone.”   The stone was built into the Coronation Chair of Westminster Abbey in London in the thirteenth century. In 1996 the stone from the Coronation Chair was returned to Scotland and will only return to London on loan for a coronation. Thus, Abraham’s and Sarah’s descendants are chosen people. In review, the Abrahamic covenant promised Abraham a great posterity. Luke 21:24,27.”And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. We are heirs to the gospel and the priesthood because of the covenant God made with Abraham. I declare, 2021 shall be your year of SURPLUS SUPPLY. Privileged as we are to live when covenant blessings are available among the Lord’s Saints, we have a marvelous opportunity and a great responsibility to make those blessings available to all our Father’s children. 3:8). Modern revelation testifies of a heavenly fulfillment: “Abraham received promises concerning his seed, and of the fruit of his loins … which were to continue so long as they were in the world; and as touching Abraham and his seed, … both in the world and out of the world should they continue as innumerable as the stars; or, if ye were to count the sand upon the seashore ye could not number them.” (D&C 132:30.). When Mom Can’t Be Home—Making the Best of Second Choice, Barbara W. Winder, Joy F. Evans, and Joanne B. Doxey, “We Prophesy of Christ”: The Law of Witnesses in 2 Nephi, Coping Financially after My Husband’s Death, The Abrahamic Covenant: A Blessing for All People, The Exodus: Seeing It as a Test, a Testimony, and a Type, Bernard Lefrandt: Dutch-Indonesian Pioneer. 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. 22:18.). The Abrahamic covenant is a unilateral covenant that God made with Abraham. 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 patriarch Abraham committed himself unwaveringly to the Lord’s service and was privileged to enter into a covenant with him. 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. 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 Nation of America is presently the number one military and economic power in the world. Few people today realise that the strength and wealth of the British Empire and America are the result of the blessings God promised Abraham. For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill and under every green tree. Jeroboam placed one of the idols in DAN and the other in BETHEL where Jacob’s pillow stone was. They are chosen to service, in the same sense that individual Latter-day Saints are chosen for callings in the Church. However these blessings will not continue for a rebellious Nation. *Find out where God wants you to serve him. The Nation of Judah is the only Nation recognised as Israel today. When one considers the characteristics and idiosyncrasies of the British people in conjunction with their history, especially in warfare, it is amazing that more figures in history did not recognise how often God’s hand has helped that tiny island nation. Learn exactly what these promises were and how they affect you. They have been blessed in the city and the field, the fruit of the body and the ground, the cattle and flocks, the basket and the pantry and God has protected these Nations from all enemies that have come against them. Deuteronomy 28:9-10.”The Lord shall establish you an holy people unto Himself, as he has sworn unto you, if you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Just as He promised, His people have been able to lend to many nations and never borrow, to be the head and not the tail, they have been above and not beneath. 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. They arrived in Ireland around the time of Babylon’s destruction of Jerusalem in 587BC. The ten tribes of Israel were banished out of God’s sight for their idolatry, but Judah (the Jews) remained more or less faithful to God for a little over a century; then Judah also rejected God and went the way of the Pagan nations around them so God allowed Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to defeat them and he destroyed Jerusalem, and took many into captivity. ”Yet you have forsaken Me and served other gods; wherefore I will deliver you no more”. The covenant with Abraham pertained to his children collectively as well as individually. The Nations of Simeon and Levi are dispersed throughout Israel and Judah. 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. Because we are in Christ, the blessings of Abraham belong to us. Genesis 48;3-5.”And Jacob said to Joseph, God Almighty appeared to me at Luz (Bethel) in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, And said to me, Behold, I will make you fruitful, and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people; and will give this land to your seed after you for an everlasting possession. God hates idolatry and His people have gone astray from His laws and commandments and lost knowledge of His Sabbaths and Holy Days and what they represent. God promised the blessings to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph because of their obedience and faith; through four generations they were living examples of their faith in God and that example to other nations was meant to continue until Jesus Christ returns. God has created mankind mortal, we will not live forever. God has given mankind six thousand years on Earth to freely choose whether to obey and follow God’s laws and one thousand years is like one day to God. 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. Daniel 4:35. Prosperity is a fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant, and it’s a fulfillment of the blessings that are listed in Deuteronomy 28. Ephraim, Manasseh and Joseph are as one Nation in the prophetic blessings. Without God allowing circumstances to evolve, man can do nothing. Judges 10:13. 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. ), Promise 3: “I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” (Gen. Perhaps the best-known blessing of the Abrahamic covenant is that of a vast posterity. The nations which are the descendants of Abraham have the potential to be obedient to God because of their lineage. And when the Lord saw it He abhorred them because of the provoking of his sons and of his daughters and He said I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. The last days are the end of the six thousand years allotted to mankind, which makes them right about now. It was Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh that were told they would be like a fruitful vine running over the wall; a Nation of people spreading around the world protected by God and given more blessings than all their brothers and relatives. 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. It is thought that Ireland is the Israelite tribe of Dan because ‘Dan will Judge his people’ (Genesis 49:16) and the name Dunn in the Irish language means the same as Dan in Hebrew, which is judge. In modern times, the Lord has renewed that covenant with his Saints. However it is Isaac who inherits blessings as the Covenant People. All of these eventually became part of the Roman Empire. The Abrahamic promise of countless descendants pertains to the eternal world as well as to descendants on earth. Every faithful man and woman can receive its blessings to the fullest degree, by accepting baptismal and temple covenants and by living righteously. Collectively his children will fulfill those parts of the covenant applicable to them. The seventh day of the week represents the one thousand year Kingdom of God when Jesus Christ returns as King. Isaac’s blessing on Jacob was that he would have the dew of Heaven, the fertile places of the Earth and people and nations would bow to him and serve him, including his brother. Samuel the priest told Jeroboam that because of the sin of Solomon, the Lord would take ten tribes of Israel  from Solomon and give them to him. The sin of Jeroboam was so severe in leading Israel away from God that the ten tribes of Israel lost all knowledge of God’s true Holy Days and lost sight of who they were. COULD OTHER GREAT EMPIRES OF THE WORLD BE THE COVENANT PEOPLE? America is not at all shy about showing how wealthy they are and is extremely generous in giving aid to poor and underprivileged nations. The covenant made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was a covenant of blood. However, the Nations of Britain and America have turned away from God and refused to acknowledge Him in any way. Daniel 2:37.”You, O King, are a King of Kings: for the God of Heaven has given you a Kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.”. The original Hebrew word for man was (ish). 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.”. (See Gen. 22:1–18; Heb. Hebrews 11:18. Gather yourselves together, and hear, you sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father. *Find out which discipline God wants you … ), Promise 2: “And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.” (Gen. In a gospel covenant, we enter into sacred agreements with God, promising our obedience to his will. A unilateral covenant is an agreement made between two parties, in which only one of the parties has responsibility to act. Isaac and all his descendants received the promises because of Abraham’s obedience. Obedience to God’s laws result in peace, health and prosperity for the entire Earth, as well as blessing from God. 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. o Blessing - the Abrahamic Covenant would be an everlasting covenant for Israel and for the world. More than seven million Latter-day Saints hold him as their forefather, while more than one billion other Christians and Muslims consider Abraham to be their father in a symbolic sense. 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. 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). The purpose of human existence is to learn to make the right CHOICE in life. Zechariah 7:9-10.”Thus says the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother and oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.”. The answer is in the scattering and the gathering. 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. The house of Israel is the family of the Lord’s Saints. The next thing that God teaches Abraham after the covenant is a revelation on astronomy. Genesis 21:12-13. Israel put his hands of the heads of the lads, to bless them and said to Joseph that Manasseh would be a Great Nation but his younger brother Ephraim would be Greater, he would be a Commonwealth of Nations. ), Promise 4: “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” (Gen. The mind of man thinks it is his wisdom and strength that gains him riches and prestige in this world, but it is far from the truth. The Covenant people have always been easily led into the godless ways of Paganism and Idol worship continues to grow stronger in the nations which God has allowed to gain supremacy during the ‘times of the Gentiles’. Individually, each person must pass his/ her own test, as did Abraham, if the blessings of Abraham are to become valid in each life. If we consider the house of Israel’s chosen status to be a calling to serve—like any other calling in the gospel—then we can keep the calling in proper perspective. It is the Hebrew word Jahve, the One who keeps His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob throughout all generations. 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. So God took ten nations of the Kingdom of Israel from Solomon and gave them to his servant Jeroboam. THE BLESSINGS OF ABRAHAM. The following examples mention four promises: Promise 1: “Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. The other ten Nations, known in history as the lost ten tribes, lost their identity and do not know that they are Israelites. 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