I have been studying and teaching Bible doctrine for over 48 years and the shepherding teacher for home based Churches. Sola Scriptura
God Reserved Blessings for Israel to Put Them Above All the Nations.
The Old Testament was a Prosperity Covenant with Israel.
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 listed the blessings that would come to those who were obedient to God’s covenant within the nation of Israel.
- They would be blessed whether they lived in the cities or on farms.
- Blessed with healthy children, crops and livestock.
- Blessed in their pantry and in their future needs.
- Blessed wherever they went.
- Blessed when having to battle their enemies causing them to scatter and be no more a threat.
- Blessed in everything they set hearts to accomplish.
- Israel as a nation shall be blessed.
- The world will tremble at Israel’s holiness and will fear them.
- The weather shall always be a blessing.
- The world will look to Israel to lead them to God.
Caveat: it all depends upon Israel’s faithfulness to God’s commandments as Deuteronomy 28:15 to 30:20 list the curses that will flow into Israel should their faithfulness to His covenant be broken.
The book of Judges teaches us today that the blessings to Israel came when they had a godly judge and quickly disappeared when an ungodly judge arose to lead them. It soon became every man for himself and they did as they selfishly deemed that which was right in their own eyes. The blessings and curses became a roller-coaster ride for the nation of Israel. God sent invading armies and when their ‘prosperity was in dire peril, they would cry to God and He would send one to lead them out of their misery. Then came the times of being exiled: first Assyria - His rod to punish them, then the Babylonians to eventually the Romans. For nearly 1,900 years, Israel as a nation ceased to exist. As Paul stated in Romans 11:11 salvation came to the Gentiles to provoke Israel to jealousy which will eventually lead all Israel to be saved. [Romans 11:26] He has not forgotten His people, though this day they still stumble at Christ being the Messiah; God has reserved a time for their restitution under the new covenant of the Gospel of Christ. Considering the world’s current condition; that time is coming very soon.
A New Covenant Signed in Blood.
The New Covenant in Christ’s Blood is Quite the Opposite
The Gospel is a sacrificial covenant between the Father, through the Son and to the Saints. When Jesus sacrificed Himself for us, arose from the grave and ascended into heaven; we the true believers took Christ and His work upon the cross as our only legacy. Because of this we have been ordained to good works. [Ephesians 2:10] These good works are based solely upon us taking up our cross and dying to self daily. Those who follow the false gospel seek to indulge themselves daily and look with scorn upon those who in their opinion are not successful. Per Ephesians 5:24 we have ‘... put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.’ The word ‘true’ in this verse has an interesting meaning - reality pertaining to an appearance. False believers have to work overtime to hide their true nature; eventually they will let their guard down and be exposed as liars. Appearances can be deceiving but the Word gives us a litmus test - Galatians 5:22-24. Another evidence is the lack of hunger for the Word; not understanding, but not caring to understand. False teachers and the cults thrive upon those who seek to have their ears tickled. They demand that you teach what they want to hear and find themselves comfortable living under the regimen of the leadership … why? … because nothing more is ever really required other than a set of rules that keep them in good standing. Their path is anything but sacrificial.
The testimony of Paul, who was greatly blessed of God defines the difference between a sheep of God and a goat bound for hell. 2 Corinthians 11:23-27
- In prisons often
- Whipped, beaten with rods, stoned
- Shipwrecked three times
- In peril in waters, from robbers, from the Jews, in the city and wilderness, in the sea, from false believers
- Weariness and pain often, hunger and thirst, in cold and nakedness.
… and yet always praising God for His goodness in spite of it all. The question we need to ask ourselves is: are we ready to suffer for the sake of Christ?
We need to remember that all who desire to live a godly life WILL be persecuted [2 Timothy 3:12] and it should not come as a surprise. [1 Peter 4:12-14] True believers around the world this day are dying for their belief and soon it will come to a neighborhood near you. Jesus said of Himself in John 15:25 that He was hated without cause and it's recorded seven times in the Gospels that Jesus warned us, the born-again believers, that we would be hated by both men and nations everywhere. If anything, the Gospel covenant is one of becoming guilty by association with Christ and hated to the point our death being the only solution. The good life is coming but today we are to be hated and ostracized.
A Promise to Israel, Not to the Church.
The Prosperity Covenant Has Found Its Way Into the Evangelical World.
A classic misuse of a promise to Israel and the ill fated attempt to apply it to the Church. 2 Chronicle 7:14 “If my people…” you know the rest. As to the Church, we are not His people, we are the Bride of Christ as Rahab was not of Israel. When saved per Joshua 6:23, she and her family were placed outside of the camp of Israel. It was there she would meet and marry Salmon who became the great great great grandfather of David the king. She was grafted into the nation of Israel and would be included in the lineage of Christ found in Matthew 1. Those who attempt to invoke this verse for the Church are not seeking what Christ desires but what they selfishly desire; returning to their prosperous position within a decaying society being driven towards judgment by God alone. I abhor what is currently going on but I never want to return to the way it was as I personally have been preparing for these days for the past few years. God will not heal our land; He is going to crush it under the weight of judgment. The living Church needs to be ready for what is going to come and stop wallowing in the mire of desiring yesteryear.