UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF THE
ABRAHAMIC COVENANT IN A TIME OF EVIL
Are you tired of not having answers to the problems of world government, free trade, and the loss of value of life? Do you feel that God has left us alone to battle evil? I have good news for you. God made provision for us to live victorious long before the “foundations of the world” were laid. Having reported on the topic of world government for the past 13 years, I have found myself covered too many times in the miry clay of oppression as a result of reading thousands of pages of UN and UN-related documents written by the world’s powerbrokers on how to change the world “for the better.” Their antics and control over the world’s monetary supply and corresponding interest rates, the plucking of government assets worldwide by public-private partnership, deregulation of country laws so as to increase the cost of utilities, and the privatization of government assets as a way of “reducing debt,” have kept me at times in an over-whelmed position. Why, because I considered the power of these evildoers greater than the power of Almighty God. Centuries ago, a young shepherd boy went up against a very powerful giant by the name of Goliath. None of life’s dynamics have changed. They are the same but what has changed is how we are to fight these battles. The battle is spiritual, not physical.
How do we then live in light of the power of world government? I believe those of us who are believers in Jesus Christ are missing the boat. We are concentrating on man’s evil instead of concentrating on the promises of God given to us in His Word, the Bible. It says there is nothing new under the sun--which means that what we are seeing are the evil tactics of today’s ruthless, power hungry men who take what is not theirs in the name of jobs, free trade, freedom, and the environment. These world rulers, international bankers, CEO’s, and members of groups like the Skull and Bones have used their power for evil instead of good. In other words, we are living history. Again, nothing is new under the sun. So where do we go to get the peace and joy necessary to live our lives today?
As a result of a Bible study class on the Abrahamic Covenant, I found that the answer is to know the provisions God made when Adam and Eve fell. As a result of their disobedience, God had to find a way to get back on the earth to provide a way of salvation and right standing for those who would believe on His Son Jesus Christ. This is our hope and this is how we will be victorious against the Goliath’s of our day. There is the Old Testament Covenant which began with Abraham that was fulfilled when Jesus died and rose from the grave, known as the New Testament Covenant.
When we understand what God has provided through the Abraham and descendants who came before His Son Jesus, we will then find the conviction, courage, and faith to “tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).
Much of our problem is that we are confronting evil with our soul (intellect, mind and will), instead of our spirit-where God resides. Why I was oppressed is because my intellect understood the evil, but my spirit was not part of the process. I Thessalonians 5:17 says “that your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our body houses the soul and the spirit. Most of us live out of our emotions: “I feel” or “I fear” instead of faith in God who resides in our spirit. We must change how we think and how we operate. Jesus told the woman at the well, “God is a spirit and you must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). When we operate intellectually, we block out the spirit of God. To live victorious is for us to understand the spiritual position we have in Jesus.
When the young shepherd David saw the stalemate between the evil Philistines and the Israelites, he declared he could kill the thirteen foot plus giant Goliath (who wore over 300 pounds of armor). Sure of his power and might, the giant taunted David who replied, “You come to me with a sword, spear, and shield, BUT I come to you in the name of the LORD OF HOSTS, the God of the armies of Israel. This day will the LORD deliver you into my hand so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel” (I Samuel 17: 45-47). If David was operating out of his intellect, he would have been fearful, given Goliath’s size. He was, however, operating out of faith which came from his spirit. He promptly told the giant that he was not dealing with him but the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel.”
Our problem today is the same as David’s. While we understand the goals and power of the Bildebergers, the Tri-Lateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Chatham House, etc., we assume the power which they use for evil is greater than the power of the God through His Son Jesus. As a result, the world does not know there is a mighty God who rules the world because those who claim to be Christians are not acting like there is a greater power than evil. I have had a sea-change as a result of studying the Abrahamic Covenant.
We need to walk in boldness because Jesus cancelled the effects of Satan. We have power over depression, fear, oppression, etc. Because I have spent more time studying UN documents than the Word of God, my spirit is not as built up as the soul. How can I walk in faith and confidence when I am cowering after the machinations of evil people? God, after creating the heavens and earth in Genesis 1, created Adam and gave him instructions on how to live in the Garden of Eden. Because Adam was alone, God created Eve, a helpmate. They were able to eat of every tree in the Garden except the Tree of Good and Evil. It was Satan, in the form of a serpent, who played with Eve’s mind to the point where she questioned the exact meaning of God’s instructions. We all know what happened. She ate of the forbidden fruit and then offered it to Adam. Afterward, the all loving, all wise God could not find them when he wanted fellowship with them. As a result of the new wisdom Adam and Eve acquired, they understood their nakedness and had covered themselves with fig leaves to hide their shame. An all-loving God who pronounced curses on them for breaking His Covenant made them clothing from the skins of animals before sending them out of the protection of the Garden. The impact of moving from God’s perfect world to the fallen world had grave and great repercussions. Not only was sin part of mankind’s fallen nature, but Adam forfeited the ground God gave him to Satan which is how Satan became “god of this world system.”
God needed to find another way to get back on Earth to provide a way for our sinfulness to be forgiven. In Genesis 12:1-3, it tells us that God saw Abram who lived in Ur of the Chaldees. He instructed him and his family to leave Ur and follow Him so He could cut a covenant with him. God declared, “I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and make your name great and you shall be a blessing. I will bless them that bless you and curse him that curses you and in you will all the families of the earth be blessed.” These were not only physical blessings, but spiritual as well.
For centuries, various tribal groups such as the Norsemen, Vikings, Greeks, American Indians, Africans, and others, have cut blood covenant. It is the most sacred and solemn agreement between two covenant heads or heads of tribes. It is everlasting and from generation to generation. If one breaks the covenant or if the descendant of one of the covenant heads breaks it, then there are curses that follow forever.
In cutting blood covenant, the two heads of the two different tribes would mingle their blood together by cutting either the palm or wrist and clasping them together. In this way, they became one. Then to ensure that everyone knew they cut covenant, they would rub ash into the wound so there would be a noticeable scar that would symbolize their blood covenant. (In much the same way, a virgin man and virgin woman “cut” blood and enter into a sacred covenant.) In cutting covenant, the benefit would be the greater force of the united tribes as well as combined assets and liabilities, all of which would be for mutual protection and preservation of the tribes and their descendants.
In business this business arrangement is called “partnership”. It is where two businessmen team up in order to have a greater market share and advantage. By joining forces and bringing combined experience and financial strength, they hope to mutually benefit. All of the terms of the partnership are spelled out in a business agreement which explains what each partner will do and what they bring to the partnership. As well, there are clauses that discuss what happens if one breaks the terms of the partnership. Usually there is a name change to reflect the new agreement.
The Old Testament Covenant started with the faithfulness of Abram. God waited 25 years before sealing his covenant with Abram. Genesis 17:1, 2 tells us, “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am the Almighty God, walk before me and be though perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee and will multiply thy seed exceedingly.’” In other words, God made a sacred and holy covenant with Abraham to re-establish His presence on the earth. He gave him the terms of the covenant and then promised him a son through his own seed. Sarai, his wife was given a new name, Sarah, and when she was 90 years old, she became a mother to the seed that would carry the line of Jesus through their son Isaac, Jacob, and David. Both Joseph and Mary who bore Jesus came from the line of David.
As a sign of the covenant, Abram was told to circumcise himself and his whole family, including all male servants. Abraham shed his own blood when he circumcised himself. But in cutting covenant, you need both covenant heads to bleed. How does God bleed? In John 1:14, it says, “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” God the Father bled on the Cross through His Son, Jesus. Paul records in Romans 4:3, “And Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” With the Abrahamic covenant in Genesis 17:3, God promised Abram a seed and changed his name from Abram to Abraham. In John 8:56, Jesus told the Pharisees, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day and he saw it and was glad“.
The Abrahamic Covenant was between Abraham and God; God the Greater cut covenant with the lesser, God gave the blessings in Genesis 17. The Covenant was conditional from the standpoint that if they did not uphold the terms of God’s covenant, it was null and void. In Deuteronomy 30:19, Moses records the blessings for following God and the curses for breaking the Covenant with God, “I call on heaven and earth to record against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessings and cursing; choose life that both you and your seed may live.”
The Abrahamic provided a way for the sin of the people to be covered. It was through the blood sacrifice of cattle, lambs, goats, doves, and other acceptable animals that the blood spilled, covered the sin of the people. In the Old Testament, the blood sacrifice did not erase the sin, it covered the sin.
In Genesis 17:4 it says, “As for me, my covenant is with you and you shall be a father of many nations.” That refers to us, in this day and age. Covenant is an on-going process. Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and all his righteousness will be added to you.” God cut the Abrahamic Covenant which was a pattern for the covenant he would cut with man once His Son Jesus came to Earth.
In essence we take on God’s riches in glory; we take on His righteousness, and strength and power. In other words, we should be walking victorious because the shedding of animal blood in the Abrahamic Covenant has been replaced and superseded by the blood covenant of Jesus Christ. It was the blood of Jesus that atoned or erased our sins versus the blood of an animal which only covered sins. The shedding of the blood of God the Son on the cross provided our forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Our sign of Blood Covenant with Jesus Christ is our heart’s profession of faith in Him as our Savior and our confession of sin. Romans 10:9-10 says “That if you will confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When we do this, our name changes to “believer”.
The God who cannot change (Malachi 3:16) and who does not lie (Titus 1:2), has cut Covenant with you and me through the resurrection of His Son Jesus from the grave. Therefore, we should not be walking around in depression over the affairs of the world. I John 4:17 says, “For as He is, so are we in this world.” I think we are so busy looking at the wordly power and might of Satan’s minions on earth, that we have forgotten whose we are and the power of the God who created heaven and earth. He gave us power to tread on serpents and scorpions because when Jesus was raised from the dead, it told the spirit world that the power of Satan was broken-not just for Jesus but for all those who would live and move and reside in Him! This is what should change how we think and how we stand against the evil of our day.
The words that we speak, they have life and they have meaning. Jesus Christ told those in John 6:63: “The words that I speak, they are power and they are life.” For us to curse ourselves by projecting the negative pictures that we think the enemy is setting up for us only brings damnation. Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the tongue.” We should be choosing LIFE that we might LIVE. We do this through memorizing his words. Because of the New Testament Covenant through Jesus which supersedes the Abrahamic Covenant, we inherit the promises made to Abraham: he will bless us, because of our faith and presence in the world, the world will be blessed. How should we be walking? We need to put the words of Jesus in our hearts and minds because when we speak the Word, demons will flee, because of the power of His words.
We need also to understand that we have been made righteous in Jesus the Messiah. Our righteousness comes as a result of the death of Jesus on the Cross. II Corinthians 5:21 says “He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:2-4 says “For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God in sending his Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit.”
Instead, we need to remember who our Covenant Partner is and that we are joint-heirs with Jesus. This new mindset will put Satan and his minions to flight. After Jesus died and rose from the grave, He went to Heaven where He is seated at the right hand of God. In His place, He gave us the Holy Spirit. As a result of our covenant with God, we have not only great spiritual power but we have an exalted position in Christ. All we need to do is change our hearts and see ourselves as He sees us: victorious. It is only then that we will be able to come against the demonic evil of this world with the power of the Creator of the Universe and His Son Jesus.
In summary, we have the ability to change this world. Whenever we learn of new “rules and regulations” that oppress and change our freedoms, we should be asking God to oppose their ideas, to confound them and to put roadblocks in their pathways in the Name of Jesus. Lastly, I John 4:4 states, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in this world.” We need to read the Word of God as much as we read their documents for then would we have a different mindset about who we are and whose we are. We can stand like David against the Goliaths of our day and like Jesus when He declared He was the Messiah to the religious leaders of his day. Let us start claiming the power of Jesus over the evil of the world and walk in that confidence for our God is Greater!