Monday, April 4, 2011

THE NEW COVENANT PART II: THE OLD COVENANT.

The New Covenant    [1]    [2]    [3]
Part 1: The Covenant With Noah, Abraham And King David
Part 2: The Old Covenant Of The Ten Commandments
Part 3: The New Covenant Of The Passover



Many who professed Christianity have taught that the Old Covenant is no longer valid. And that is correct, the Old Covenant made at Mount Sinai in Horeb ended when JESUS CHRIST the SON of GOD, the LORD GOD of the Old Covenant died at the hands of murderers — the Jews and the Roman overlord ruler of Judea.

This is because the Old Covenant was a marriage covenant (with a Spiritual context, because the LORD GOD being one of the party and GOD is SPIRIT) between the LORD GOD and the nations of Israel and Judah. And in marriage covenants when one party die, the covenant for the party is ended, except in the case when the man or husband die (because of the husband being the head and owner of the whole family), that entire marriage covenant with all the involved other parties (i.e. wife or wives) also ended. This means that the wife or wives are all free to remarry. That is the same in most nations of the world today (2015 C.E.) with some exceptions including where any one party can end the marriage (from the legal status of the law of that nation) albeit subject to meeting their legal requirement under the relevant political nation entity.

The same LORD GOD of that covenant was born as JESUS CHRIST, a SON of man, the first born SON of Mary. When HE died the marriage covenant with Judah (the nation of the Jews and all the Jews bound in that covenant made at Mount Sinai) therefore ended (Romans 7:1 – 3). Things in those early years of human civilization were much simple then, with less state meddling and control over the private affairs of man (includes woman). But nearly all professed Christianity seem to have confused the Old Covenant with the Old Testament's Scriptures of the Scripture of Truth thinking and believing that Scriptures and Covenants are the exact same thing, which of course they are not.

There are many types of covenant which is just another term for a fully binding andor a fully pledged agreements or contracts, each with different terms and conditions. That is not too different from today, where we have many types of binding political, social, business and private transaction agreements, contracts, conventions and treaties.

Some examples are sales and purchase agreements, loan agreements, hire-purchase agreements, employment agreements, membership agreements, subscriptions agreements, licensing agreements, usage agreements, partnership agreements, mutual trade treaties, defense treaties, peace treaties etc. In all these agreements there are usually many different kinds of terms such as main and ancillary terms, the legal framework, scope, duration, non conformance penalty to provide for failure of compliance of the parties involved, voiding or invalidation terms, etc. These terms spelled out the obligation of all parties to the agreement on what they have agreed and entered into as the required performances from each of the parties involved. Non conformance to the agreed terms by any party will result in penalties or punitive entitlement against the offending party or parties. Non conformance may also result in the voiding or the termination of the agreement especially if they involve the main terms. Likewise too persistent or continuous failure to perform even ancillary terms even when penalties are extracted may also result in the voiding or the ending of the agreement.

Similarly the marriage agreement or covenant has terms. In ancient times the understood unwritten terms of a marriage covenant was universal to most major civilization and nations of those days. Today because of the involvement of states, nations and religious institutions into the private lives of their citizenry these terms will depend on the legislation so enacted by the legislature of these nations. But one thing is still common in the marriage covenant of all nations and that is the duration of agreement or covenant (this is from the context of what is enforceable by the political national entity). All marriage contracts or covenants have the same tenure on duration which is the lifespan of one party to the contract or covenant unless otherwise terminated. When I say this I am not including the various belief system (some of which are so ridiculous that one wanders how any sane person can believe such things) of people of the world some of whom subscribed to the belief that marriage extend into the after life or next life including all other next lives (reincarnations).

Also in most nations of the world today, the marriage contract or covenant can also be ended under certain conditions depending on the legislation of the nation in which the parties involved are under or belong to. These are the divorce andor annulment condition or term. In some nations the utterance of certain words in a certain manner is acceptable as the required conditions to end the marriage while in others a petition has to be filed with the civil or religious authorities and must meet certain prerequisite spelling out certain requirement and entitlement of the parties involved even after the marriage is ended. Of course there are also nation states where no prerequisite is needed except the mutual agreement of the parties involved.

There is however one aspect of marriage as an agreement or contract or covenant which most people and nations of the world do not subscribe to. This is from the religious standpoint of Christianity and even Judaism (not that there are any today who truly subscribe to the so called ancient religion as is defined in the original religious text of the ancient Jews which today is ascribed as Judaism the religion of the modern days Jews). Many especially among those who don’t hold to or are not members of Christianity may ask why they should abide by the definition of a ‘religion’ they don’t believe in or subscribe to. That not withstanding the marriage covenant as defined in the Christian Holy Scriptures is binding on all man and women whether they believe in the GOD of these Scriptures or not (John 4:16 – 18). Below I illustrate the reason why I said so with a simple allegory.


If you are a citizen of a certain country which for this illustration we shall not name in case they should be offended through this illustration that we are using. One day as it eventually happens, you have grown to adult maturity and started to have an attraction for members of the opposite sex. This was when you began to notice all the lovely young maidens of your country. Followed on this development you started to court as many as had taken your fancy. And being very attractive and robust young man who was left with quite an enormous inheritance by your parents, you were not only able to win these maidens you courted but got them to agree to marry you. You then proceeded to marry these ladies going through the marital ceremonial rites with them individually.


However there was a slight problem, in the country of which you and all these ladies are citizen of, polygamy is against the law. Needless to say, a jealous neighbor of yours who have never been able to attract any ladies highlighted the matter to the authorities concerned. Would you on being brought before a court of your country and charged with polygamy, be able to protest that the courts have no authority over you and the laws of your country have no authority over you since you do not recognized them.


And that is precisely why the laws and commandments of GOD regarding marriage which is ordained through a commandment by GOD (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:9) applies to every man and woman irregardless on whether they believe in HIM or not. This is in that as much a citizen of a nation are bound to both honor and abide by all the legally legislated laws of that nation including requirement to be loyal to nation state andor the duly constituted head of that nation state, GOD being both the ABSOLUTE OWNER and SUPREME RULING SOVEREIGN not only rules over all HE CREATES but also have not only just absolute authority to do exactly as HE desires and pleases, HE also had the ABSOLUTE POWER to do so such none can even hope to imagine to be able to hinder much less thwart anything that HE chooses to do andor will do. Fact is if GOD does not allow us to be able to disobey HIM (or for that matter to even think or move), we wouldn't be able to.

From the perspective of this laws and commandments of GOD, there are only two provision to end the marriage covenant: firstly the marriage covenant is ended when the life (or lives) of one or both parties to the covenant comes to an end; or when one or both parties was/were unfaithful to the covenant through extra marital relations (sexual adulteries).

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”
He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
Matthew 19:4 – 9


During the times of the ancient nations of Israel and Judah, GOD had allowed the men to terminate their marriages by issuing a certificate of divorce to their wife or wives (Jeremiah 3:8). The purpose for the certificate was so that their ex wives can remarry without being excused of committing adultery, a sin punished by death. This was an allowance added by Moses due to the rebelliousness nature (the unconverted nature of the men and women) of those ancient Israelite and Jews. When GOD first created mankind in HIS image and likeness, this was not GOD's intention that a marriage covenant ever to be broken but it was allowed as a concession because of the wickedness (of never ever intending to be faithful to the covenant) of offending parties.

But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.
Matthew 5:32


Nevertheless for true Christians today in the marriage covenant between converted members (those who have made the commitment to enter into and henceforth continued in the New Forever Covenant), divorce is only permitted on the grounds of adultery, that is of marital unfaithfulness. For the full discussion on the institution of marriage as ordained by GOD please read the chapter ‘Marriage, Sex and True Love’ of ‘Bible 101 – The Holy Bible Expounded’.


The Marriage Covenant between GOD and the Descendants of the Patriarch Jacob.


During the days of Joseph (after he was sold off as a slave by his own brothers), his father Jacob and his eleven brothers and their family, there was a lengthy period of famine in the land of Canaan. When they food provisions began to run out Jacob sent his ten sons (with only Benjamin left behind) to Egypt to buy grains for their family and livestock. There the brothers were brought before Joseph whom they had sold into slavery unbeknownst to their father, Jacob. Though they did not recognized Joseph, he recognized them and put them to some trials and tests before revealing himself to them and asking them and his father to settle in Egypt.

Through the course of between three to four hundreds years the Israelite grew to become an exceedingly numbers such that they began to appear to be a threat to the Egyptian Kingdom. Through a new king of Egypt after successive generations who did not know about Joseph, the Egyptian enslaved the Israelite and put them into hard bondage. When the Israelite cried out because of this hard bondage, GOD raised up a Prophet in the person of Moses to deliver them. Moses who was forced to flee Egypt after he killed an Egyptian had settled with the Midianites. It was while there that GOD revealed HIMSELF to Moses and sent him to free the Israelite from their slavery in Egypt.

Unbelievers may accuse GOD of a set up job for letting the Israelite to become enslaved in the first place. This typically is how all those with bad faith evaluate everything about GOD. Is it a small wonder than that it is written that without faith it is impossible to please GOD? It is the not the scope of this title to discuss free will self awareness and intelligence or what I called freewill choice driven decision by intelligent free will personages empowered by knowledge of good and evil. The main discussion on this in the chapter ‘Grace, Sin and the Commandments of GOD’ while the rest are in the chapters ‘GOD IS’ and ‘Angels, Demons and Men’ of ‘Bible 101 – The Holy Bible Expounded’.

After delivering the Israelite with a great miracles filled deliverance culminating: with the Passover where GOD spared the first born children of the Israelite including their livestock while killing all those of the Egyptians; and also in the Red Sea crossing where the Egyptian army was destroyed; GOD then tested them with HIS Sabbath to test to proof them and to teach them to obey Him.

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.”
Exodus 16:4 – 5


This GOD did before HE presented them with HIS covenant whether they would accept HIM as their GOD, RULER, KING and MASTER. As was made clear in the first part of this discussion title, GOD do not make covenants with those who do not accept HIM as GOD. All covenants that GOD made with anyone comes with all the prerequisites of fearful reverence, obedience and submission. This is because GOD cannot (because HE will not) deny HIMSELF as for HIM to do so will make HIM into someone ridiculous, and GOD is not ridiculous contrary to blasphemous lies of all the explicitly evil so called Abraham religions and also all those who hearts and minds are only focused on lust continually.

Today the meaning of the word GOD had been totally corrupted by mankind, professed “Christianities” not excluding, just as they have done with the words faith, belief, love, religion and worship that almost none today fully comprehend what is entailed when they say that they are a worshiper of the Christian GOD or that they believe in this GOD.

But unlike their fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Israelite were a stubborn self expedient disbelieving lot. Nevertheless despite their stiff neck stubbornness and wicked disbelief, GOD (in accordance to HIS will and propose in the process that HE had preordained) went through with offering them HIS covenant. This GOD did to honor and keep HIS promises to their forefathers in the covenants HE had made with them since they had kept and honored their everlasting covenants with HIM (all the duration of lives from that point the Covenants were made until their death).

And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’” So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. 25 Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the LORD; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.”
Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. And the LORD said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? See! For the LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” So the people rested on the seventh day.
Exodus 16:22 - 30


The minds of the Israelite were totally focused on the physical and the present (Exodus 14:10 – 12; 16:2 – 3, 20, 27 – 28; 17:1 – 3; 32:1 – 4; Numbers 14:1 - 4). They completely have no hindsight at all (not too different from many of our “absolutely infallible” brilliant man of science of today) remembering nothing that GOD did to deliver them nor being able to fathom all the incredible miracles (even when they were collecting the manna from heaven every six days of the week) to understand so they might stop complaining and griping to learn to completely trust the all powerful GOD.

After this first lesson on obedience, some two months after their powerful miracles filled deliverance from slavery in Egypt, GOD then presented the Israelite with HIS covenant.

And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the LORD commanded him. Then all the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to the LORD. 9And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.”
Exodus 19:3 – 9


When the Israelite agreed to the terms of the covenant presented, Moses was commanded to consecrate them preparing them to personally hear the voice of GOD and the main terms of the covenant. Three days later GOD then thundered from Mount Sinai the Ten Commandments as the main or primary or signature terms or conditions of the Covenant.

And God spoke all these words, saying:
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. “You shall have no other gods before Me
Exodus 20:1 – 2


And followed on that GOD spoke in thunders the very words of the Ten Commandments directly to the Israelite gathered at the foot of Mount Sinai. But these Ten Commandments was not the sum total of GOD laws and commandments but just a concise summaryGOD further instructed Moses to speak to the Israelite to teach them the rest of the laws, statutes and ordinances they were to obey. You can read all this from Exodus chapter 20 to chapter 24.

So Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD and all the judgments. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the LORD has said we will do.” And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD.
Exodus 24:3  –  4


But these Israelite never kept their words and even refused to enter into the territory of the Promise Land instead wanted to elect a representative to take them back to Egypt. So while they have entered into the agreement, their marriage covenant (Jeremiah 3:14, 31:32; Ezekiel 16:1 – 8) with the LORD GOD, they refused to enter into the marriage so GOD (Numbers 14:11, 22  –  23) terminated the covenant with that generation and they all died in the wilderness all those twenty years and older, except for Caleb and Joshua.

‘Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed Me, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite, and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have wholly followed the LORD.’ So the LORD’s anger was aroused against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the LORD was gone.
Numbers 32:11  –  13


Forty years on, Moses reminded the children of these same Israelite of the covenant they and their fathers made as they were about to enter and to take possession of the Promised Land, to enter into the marriage covenant with the LORD GOD.

The LORD did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are alive. The LORD talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire. I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain. He said:
I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.…………..’
Deuteronomy 5:3 – 7


Even as the covenant was made and agreed upon by their parents, all those who were adults (who all died in the wilderness because of their rebellion), these same parents and adults never entered into the covenant, never took possession of the land and never became the nation (or Kingdom) of Israel and were not married to the LORD GOD WHO delivered them. Conceptually the marriage was annulled because these Israelite refused to honor and abide by it. Until they take possession of the promise to enter into the territory of the Kingdom the marriage was not official or in a carnal context, consummated.

That was the reason even as the covenant was proposed and agreed on Mount Sinai with their fathers which naturally also included them also as the inheritors then as well as for the all their future generations (conditional upon their compliant to this Covenant to be faithfully obedient to the OWNER KING and GOD), Deuteronomy 5 verse 3 recorded ‘The LORD did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are alive’ because their parents (failed to honor and keep the Covenant and so) died and never entered into the covenant to receive the promised inheritance even as they had agreed to it in Horeb by Mount Sinai. But the children being the progeny and descendants too have been entered into the same through their parents, this is from the context of inheritance because the children being heirs were by default (when there are no exceptions made in the will of their deceased parents) inheritors of the land and material property of their parents.

Also since the context is that of nationhood (i.e. of being citizenry of a nation) as well as that of dominion (i.e. a place or habitat to live and carry out their lives), the children (already living or not yet born) being non adult dependents whether they were party to their parents or not to the undertaking of citizenry pledge of allegiance (i.e. covenant) they (including all their generations that would follow) are citizens by default of their parents admission as citizen to the nation. Here we shan't again discuss the concept of dominion and the collective or shared fate (as the ultimate consequence or result to and from what we do) as we have discussed this is the previous part of this subtitle.

This too is the reason the Rainbow Covenant is binding on all the generations and subsequent generations that descended from the families that were saved in Ark and bound by GOD to the Rainbow Covenant for as long as rainbows will appear in the heaven (i.e. the sky or atmosphere). This of course is something very simple (and a very common practice in law and nationhood) that everyone who would not be deliberately pretending stupidity will automatically understand. A point to note about the Rainbow Covenant is that it is the only covenant made by GOD where HE did not bound mankind to be HIS subjects with HIM as their GOD, OWNER and SOVEREIGN, the ONE they must love with all their hearts (i.e. attitude and emotions), minds (i.e. intelligence), soul (i.e. live and psyche) and strength (i.e. power). But this do not mean that HE cease being the GOD and absolute RULER and OWNER of all things including all mankind whether they accept HIM as GOD or not. GOD still is GOD and owns all that HE still sit as SUPREME JUDGE (i.e. the one who will require an account and to render a judgmental pronouncement) over all their expressions in thoughts (i.e. all their contemplation and imagination) acts (i.e. all they do) and words (i.e. all they communicate).

That is the same concept with the true Christians of today, all those who are the real (and not all the billions of fake and fraudulent) disciples of JESUS. That is the reason the Church of GOD is the Betrothed Virgin (Matthew 25:1; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 19:6, 21:2, 9, 17) and not yet the Wife as the marriage hasn’t taken place yet. The marriage will only occur at JESUS CHRIST coming (Second Advent). Those who have been converted having undergone all the necessary prerequisite but somewhere along their life's journey gave up their faith and commitment, will not be accepted into the SPIRITUAL Kingdom of GOD that JESUS CHRIST will restore to the land of Israel at HIS Second Advent (Matthew 25:12).

Just as the New Covenant is the Passover, so the Old Covenant was the Ten Commandments, both are the primary terms and both the primary signs of the respective covenants. The primary term or terms are not the sum total of all the terms of the covenant. All covenants of GOD with man either individually or as a family nation have the prerequisite of them accepting and acknowledging GOD as their GOD and to be HIS people, to be subject to HIM as OWNER MASTER (LORD) and (absolute) SOVEREIGN. Both these concepts carried the requirement of total obedience to HIS voice as OWNER MASTER and the honoring, keeping and performing all of HIS commandments, laws, statutes, judgments and words as RULER and SOVEREIGN. In a similar way from the perspective of the marriage covenant instituted by GOD, when a woman accept a man as her husband, she is required by the covenant to honor, obey, submit to and serve her husband as her master (Ephesians 5:22, 24, Colossians 3:18; 1 Peter 3:1), but not to the extend that will result in her not honoring, not obeying andor breaking the commandments of GOD. That was why Sarah, the Mother of the Faithful, called Abraham, Lord (1 Peter 3:6). It should be noted that the Christian Holy Scriptures only recorded of two members of mankind accorded with the authority title of Prince (includes Princess) by GOD, one was David, the other Sarah.

In as much as when you enter a country and take up its citizenship, you of necessity have to agree whether with an oath or an affirmation to honor and abide by the constitution and laws of that country and even to uphold them. It should be abundantly clear that entering into a covenant with GOD to be HIS people in HIS nation (Kingdom of GOD) carries that same requirement in an even more absolutely binding way. No entities whether nations or organization can have a group of free willed independent minded personages under its jurisdiction without a set of rules that govern their obligation and responsibility to it and to one another. That is very fundamental to the law of relationships. Every one of us know (or anyway should know) that when we have interaction in relationships with others, such relationships are governed by rules (even if unwritten and not explicitly spelt out) which when broken will cause frictions and conflicts which if not resolved will lead to the end of the relationships and often times even serious harm including death to one, some or all of the parties. This is indeed a very simple thing that many so called Christians just do not seem to be able to understand.

Just as the first covenant that GOD made with mankind through Noah was called the Rainbow Covenant, so the covenant of GOD with the ancient Israelite was called the Ten Commandments Covenant (Exodus 34:28; Deuteronomy 4:13). Because the Ten Commandments were not only the main terms of the covenant it was also the Sign of the Covenant. That was the reason they were written on two tablets of stones and placed in the Ark of the Covenant which the Israelite carried with them through the years of their wandering until their children finally enter into the Promise Land when the Ark of the Covenant was finally housed in the Temple (after the temple was completed). This was as a sign to them so that they might not forget their obligations in their covenant with GOD.

In the same way the Passover is the New Covenant as well as the Sign of the Covenant. The failure of the Israelite to keep the Ten Commandments through not honoring, obeying and performing all of the terms amounted to them breaking their covenant with GOD so also the failure of Christians to commemorate the Passover (exactly as instituted and ordained by JESUS CHRIST) constitute their breaking their Covenant with both LORD JESUS and GOD The FATHER, thus voiding the Grace that gives salvation through GOD's mercy.


Why Was The Covenant That GOD Made With Ancient Israel A Marriage Covenant?


In the first part of this discussion subtitle I explained that the reason GOD made covenant with man was because of relationship, to formalize our relationship with our CREATOR and OWNER. Here it is time to understand that everything that GOD instituted and ordained have one primary purpose. And that purpose is to make HIS creation perfect (i.e. of no longer being subject to lust seeking to do evil) and complete (i.e. of being fully equipped by knowledge and enlightenment) forever or should I say ‘beyond’ forever. And this was what I mean when I wrote earlier at the beginning, that the main reason for creation was for the purpose, will and good pleasure of GOD (Hebrews 2:10; Hebrews 5:9; Hebrews 7:28).

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Matthew 5:48


I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
John 17:23


Many are those who looking at the current creation that GOD has subjected to corruption and decay (Romans 8:20 – 22) and are unable to understand (through unwillingness because of the stubbornness of their exalted hearts) how if an ALMIGHTY GOD who is good, created all things why then is there evil and so much suffering in the realm of man, the physical earth in which mankind have their existence. Read the chapter ‘Self Righteousness and the Righteousness of GOD’ for the discussion on and answer to this question.

To this end GOD had ordained certain conditions and requirements in the physical realm of man that taught and work towards this purpose. HE had also instituted HIS overall one single plan for mankind in several tracks that would lead to the final judgment when all who had ever lived (all those who were not part of the First Resurrection at CHRIST's Second Advent) will be resurrected to be judged and through this judgment it will be determine whether they (the main population of mankind who were not judged in their first lifetime) will be considered worthy to inherit the eternal life and forever perfection in the beyond forever Kingdom of GOD.

This purpose is paramount in the institution of marriage as ordained by GOD when HE first created man. This very same reason is in the ordained authority of the husband over the wife (or wives), children, bond servants and slaves and all that belongs to family of each and every man, all that belongs to the husbands as the head of his family. The near absolute authority of the husband over his family parallels that of the King over the nation (as originally ordained by GOD and not those of the world from the time after the eviction from the Garden of Eden to today) which includes the entire physical territory. Needless to say this near absolute authority is on condition of being subject to, falls under and are fully in compliant with all the laws, commandments and the over riding authority of GOD. The husband as the appointed authority carry the full responsibility and the corresponding accountability to GOD for his rule over his family, to rule over them as the exact example of GOD loving rule over HIS FAMILY.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Ephesians 5:22-24


And that is one of the main reasons the covenant that GOD made with men collectively as a nation or nations is a marriage covenant.

This is a reworked extract from the chapter ‘Self Righteousness And The Righteousness Of GOD:
In the context of nationhood (i.e. kingdom) the King or Sovereign is the absolute head of the kingdom, holding absolute power authority. And in the context of creation (of an all powerful Creator who creates everything absolutely) the creator is absolute second to none in authority by virtue of rights (i.e. of having entitlements by virtue of oneself being oneself outside of any other consideration). The one who creates everything naturally (from the stand point of ownership rights) owns everything and have absolute rights and authority to do whatever he pleases with what, with all that, he fully owns. Therefore from the standpoint of creation, the creature has no rights whatsoever when in comes to whatever the creator is please to do to creature. This has been the reason the Christian Holy Scriptures never explicitly discussed rights, of anyone (other than GOD) having any rights (because from the context of creation, no one other than GOD has rights). Every power and authority that a creature holds or wields, there is a unbreakable requirement of the CREATOR that the creature wields it with responsibility towards (i.e. answerable and accountable to GOD in) that which is mandated in and by the Royal Law And Commandment of Love enshrined in the two Great Commandments, to love GOD absolutely (without any excusable clauses no matter what) and to love neighbor equally.
Even as essentially and in the final analysis from the context of the creation there is only one kingdom, namely the Kingdom of GOD, GOD had allowed mankind to formed kingdoms of their own ‘creation’ and derived power after they had proven themselves to be just fully focused on evil and wickedness during the period of the Antediluvian Age, having totally no willingness to a self control commitment to anyone or anything except to lust wholly and fully whenever they could be able (i.e. have sufficient impunity) to do so. To this end, GOD allowed them to form their own kingdoms and systems of beliefs (i.e. religions) through the Rainbow Covenant whereby they would be free (from having any true knowledge of the CREATOR and) of the requirement to sincerely and fully love and obey their CREATOR GOD, to become the beasts and animals they lusted to become instead of being mankind made in the image and likeness of GOD. But GOD being truly and absolutely the CREATOR OWNER GOD of all things, warned all those who would be descended from the families saved in the Ark that at the appointed time GOD would require from them the penalty and accounting for all the evils that they will do against GOD's Elect (all those selected and called in a Covenant with GOD to be the people and subject of GOD) and all GOD's creation (all of creation including all mankind who have chosen to become animals).
The Rainbow Covenant then is GOD's ordained Covenant for all life on land that proceed out of the Ark that save them from drowning in the Flood that destroyed the Antediluvian Age. This is the next milestone event (after the Garden of Eden and the post Garden of Eden period) in the process that has been GOD's one single plan for evil to be given full expression in the creation that at the appointed time for the Fulfillment of All Things, evil as an expression of freewill intelligent personages can be seen and fully understood (by all those who are sincere to seek to understand what evil is).
And for the same reason (that there is effective only one Kingdom, the Kingdom of GOD, from the standpoint of ultimate power authority), in the marriage covenant, the husband is the absolute head (within the context of being subject to the laws and authority of GOD) of his family of wives, children, slaves, livestock and all other physical material property. For the discussion of husband, wives and family, and why the man is the head of the family and women seemingly delegated to being a property please read the chapter ‘Sons Of GOD, Daughters Of Men’ of ‘Bible 101 – The Holy Bible Expounded’.

This too applies to the Church of GOD but in a different perspective since the Kingdom of GOD is not yet restored (Acts 1:6 – 8; Revelation 11: 15); contrary to the lies of both the mother church and most of the daughters churches of the Christmas religion that their religion and their churches are the fulfillment of the Kingdom of GOD.

Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
Revelation 11: 15


The Church of GOD is the betrothed or affiance bride (i.e. covenanted wife to be) of JESUS CHRIST. The marriage shall only take place when JESUS CHRIST returns to restore to the Kingdom of GOD to the physical territory promised to Abraham and his descendants through both Isaac and Jacob. That will be the time the surviving (i.e. still physically alive) members of the twelve tribes of Jacob aka Israel (and include Levi but exclude Dan) will be transported to the Promise Land after the climatic Battle of Armageddon.

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”
Revelation 19:6 – 8

The second main reason is as a provision for the Old Covenant to end without breaking (i.e. terminating and ending) the promises of GOD in HIS covenants with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and even more so with David to have David's son sit on his throne for all generations (Jeremiah 33:17, 20 – 21). Since both the Patriarchs and David faithfully kept their covenants with GOD throughout their lifetime, and never voided them therefore GOD will not break HIS promises to them. All these covenants were not marriage covenants and do not end with the death of the parties involved.

If you can see it, the marriage covenant too is forever while both parties to the covenant are alive and are faithful to the covenant. The covenant with the ancient nation of Israel ended because of adultery (Spiritual marital unfaithfulness) and the LORD GOD divorced that nation (Jeremiah 3:8) and had them carried away from their covenant inheritance. From then those Israelite ceased to be the people of GOD and their nation ceased to be. Even though the nation of Judah was equally and even more unfaithful, and GOD too had them carried away as captive to Babylon after which they never to fully regain their sovereign nationhood, mostly being a subject or vassal of another nation, GOD did not end that covenant with a divorce.

The reason they were not divorced by GOD was because of GOD’s promises to David that he will never failed to have a son to sit on his throne. And if you have the faith to believe it this throne of David still has a seed of David seating on it even as the nation of Judah as a nation of GOD was no more for almost two thousand years. Here you should understand that ‘the throne of David’ and the ‘nation or Kingdom of GOD’ are two different conceptual entities and they can be separated without either losing its definitive meaning just as was the case with the house (household or family or nation) of Judah and the house of Israel when this two nations were separated after the death of Solomon. A more complete discussion of GOD's promises to David is discussed in ‘The New Covenant Part I: Noah, Abraham And David’.

Yet the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that He had made with David, and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever.
2 Chronicles 21:6 – 8


I have made a covenant with My chosen,
I have sworn to My servant David:
Your seed I will establish forever,
And build up your throne to all generations.’” Selah
Psalm 89:3 – 4


“Thus says the LORD: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers.
Jeremiah 33:20 – 21


The nation of Judah to which the JESUS came to as a SON of man, was then still the nation and people of GOD at that time even though they were only a vassal nation as opposed to a full sovereign nation. The reason they were not fully a sovereign nation was because of their bad faith in refusing to sincerely (they were just deceitfully pretending that they were) honoring and keeping their covenant with GOD just as was the case of the ancient nation of Israel when they became vassal to Assyria before they were finally carried away. This is another consistent truth testified to in the Christian Holy Scriptures. When the people of GOD by covenant are not sincere in their obedience and commitment to GOD, GOD often let them fall under the power authority of the gentiles nations around them. That too had been one of the reasons the Apostle Paul (more than any of the other eleven Apostles) was for many years a prisoner of Rome. That too was the reason all the Apostles except for the Apostle John died in martyrdom. The Apostle John too would had died in martyrdom (Luke 21:18) but was delivered by GOD in a miracles and was subsequently exiled to the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9). The same too will be true in the time leading to and during the Great Tribulation, many Christian (the real ones through the New Covenant) because of their insincere faith and obedience will face torture and death in martyrdom in the hands of those who hate them, the Beast power and the Great Harlot and all those who are in cohort or complicit with them.

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
John 1:10 – 11


The third reason why the covenant of GOD with man collectively, as in a Church, Congregation, Assembly or Nation, is a marriage covenant is because of GOD's purpose when HE created man and woman in HIS image and likeness. Marriage (including human sexual procreation as a Type) is the means through which man can be born Spiritually to become the SPIRIT Children of GOD, the very members of the direct SPIRIT FAMILY of GOD with JESUS as the FIRST BORN of The FATHER. This will be when all those born as such will be composed of the HOLY SPIRIT, the same HOLY SPIRIT of and as GOD and LORD JESUS. You can read a discussion on this third reason at ‘Building The Faith That Please GOD’. But be warned that the discussions on that blog are for true converted Christians and not for those who (like the ancient Israelite and also near all of professed Christianities) do not have the faith to believe GOD.


The Ancient Nation of Israel and Judah And The Ten Commandments Covenant.

So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone.
Deuteronomy 4:13



After being witness to the thundering of GOD’s voice as HE spoke to them the words of the Ten Commandments, GOD then through Moses warned the Israelite, who were trembling with fear at the awesome event, that they were not to make for themselves gods of silver or of gold. Moses also elaborated on the various ordinances to the Israelite of which the Israelite agreed to abide by:

Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the LORD has said we will do, and be obedient.”
Exodus 24:7


With the Israelite agreeing to enter into the Covenant, The Ten Commandments, with GOD, Moses on instructions from GOD then left to go up to Mount Sinai to receive the laws and commandments accompanied half of the way up by his assistant Joshua, and they were there forty days and nights.

Right off from even the beginning the ancient Israelite demonstrated an attitude of continuous unbelievable bad faith of having totally no intention to be faithful in their Covenant with the ALMIGHTY. They were not willing to get their focus off themselves, off from what they needed, wanted, lusted after and how they felt (their carnally focused fears, pride and lust) at any single point of time. Being totally short sighted, they only see the ‘here and now’ and their personal predicament, discomfort, and fears. Being so myopically focused they were unable to get a true perspective of their awesome supernatural deliverance, sacred covenant, undeserved blessings and the power of GOD.

That attitude of bad faith was ubiquitous to their entire nation’s history (as also it is in the societies of man) even until this very day as reflected in those who professed the Jewish religion, never mind the professed “Christians”. Soon after Joshua and his generation passed from the scene, the Israelite began to depart from the covenant they made with GOD and began turning to worship the gods and idols of the pagan nations around them. Whenever this happened, GOD would then let them fall into the hands of their enemies who would oppressed them. Each time they would cry out to GOD and HE would send Judges to deliver them. Again and again this was repeated throughout the Times of the Judges until the time of the Prophet Samuel. When Samuel was old the Israelite unwilling to understand that breaking their covenants with GOD was the cause of their afflictions, suffering and falling into the hands of the pagan nations around them, they then propositioned Samuel to appoint a human king over them just like all the other pagan nations around them. Refusing to acknowledge that their failure in honoring and keeping their covenant with GOD was the cause of their afflictions and sufferings, they focused instead on the consequences of their failure. They thought that with a king and his army to fight their battles and protect them from the nations around them they would have safety from their enemies, the nations around them who had oppressed and afflicted them.

Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
1 Samuel 8:19 - 20


They were unwilling and thus unable to see that the reasons those things happened to them were because they were not faithful in their covenant with GOD to become HIS nation, to become HIS people, to belong to HIM. In asking for a king to rule over them they continued to express the same bad faith that is the root cause of their failure to honor and keep their covenant with the CREATOR GOD.

Then Samuel called the people together to the LORD at Mizpah, and said to the children of Israel, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt, and delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all kingdoms and from those who oppressed you.’ But you have today rejected your God, who Himself saved you from all your adversities and your tribulations; and you have said to Him, ‘No, set a king over us!’ Now therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your clans.”
1 Samuel 10:17-19


Since they were adamant that they wanted a king over them despite Samuel warning them what such a king would require from them, GOD then gave them a king after their treacherous own hearts in the person of Saul.

From Genesis up until this point for those who have the eyes to see it, the GOD of the Holy Christian Scripture had dealt with great patience with sinning and rebellious mankind. What rebellious mankind refuses to see plainly recorded in the Christian Holy Scriptures is a GOD waiting patiently for mankind to come to grasp and understand the truth about themselves how they have let themselves be driven by the emotion component of their Spirit’s minds in the focus and the pursuit of their self expediencies. These they expressed either as: greed, lust and covetousness leading to their deceitful dealings with one another that they might gain over all those they deal with or just purely for gain’s sake shoring up their lives in sensual andor material abundance and indulgences or; as pride and egoistic self glorification which in some are expressed as “enlightened” humility.

Rare and few were the times when the Israelite led by their kings had faithfully obeyed GOD to honor and keep their covenant with HIM.

After King Solomon’s reign because he too was unfaithful to GOD, the ancient nation of Israel was split into two nations, Israel (with ten of the twelve tribes of Jacob aka Israel) and Judah (with two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, including also the Levites priesthood). The nation of Israel was taken away from Solomon's son Rehoboam, leaving the son with the tribe of Judah and Benjamin (also the Levites). While the nation of Judah was occasionally faithful to the marriage covenant through the kings who ruled over them, the nation of Israel never were and GOD divorced that nation and had them carried away from their inheritance.

Then the king of Assyria carried Israel away captive to Assyria, and put them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed His covenant and all that Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded; and they would neither hear nor do them.
2 Kings 18:11 – 12


Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the LORD.
Jeremiah 3:8 - 10

GOD divorced the 'half' nation of Israel from HIS marriage covenant with them and had them carried off by Assyria because of continuous unrepentant unfaithfulness. From that point the Israelite ceased to be the nation and people of GOD. And even as Israel was cast off by GOD, Judah continued in her unfaithfulness until GOD also had that nation carried off by Nebuchadnezzar.

Even though GOD later returned the Jews to their land during reign of the Mede Persian Empire, the Jews never fully committed (Jeremiah 3:10) to their covenant with GOD. They began to return to their old ways soon after. This they do in a different manner by pretending to love HIM and being faithful to HIM. While they professed to seek to obey HIM they changed HIS laws and ordinances to their convenience. They paid microscopic details to their tithes but did away with the real intent of HIS commandments by establishing traditions that does away with the need to obey these commandments. All these JESUS CHRIST testified to during the years of HIS ministry as a SON of man. Finally the covenant with the Jews too came to an end when JESUS died to mediate a New Covenant based on the better promises of eternal Spiritual inheritance as opposed to those of the Old Covenant which pertains only to this temporary life of physical and temporary things.

After JESUS' death a period of one hour of GOD's timeframe for mankind were given to the Jews to accept and enter into the New Covenant made through the blood of JESUS CHRIST. There after the nation even then only just a vassal nation would soon be no more. From that time forth the Jews or nation of Judah too ceased to be the people and nation of the CREATOR GOD.

Yet GOD had not cast them (both Israel and Judah) off forever because of his covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. A time is soon coming when GOD will bring the surviving descendants of these nations back to inherit the land promised to them in GOD’s covenant with Abraham. GOD never breaks HIS covenant with those who had faithfully kept and honor them.

I will not discuss the details of the Israelite (including the Jews) continued unfaithfulness to the covenants they made with GOD here as you can read the full disclosure in the Old Testament section of the Christian Bible from the book of Exodus to the book of Malachi and even in the New Testament section in the four Gospel records as well as the Acts and Epistles of the Apostles. In this, both the Old Testament and New Testament records were also consistent as is the case with all the records of the Christian Holy Scriptures.

What should be noted at this point was that though the descendants of the Patriarch Jacob entered into the Promise Land as one nation, GOD had separated them as Judah and Israel even through the times when they were one United Kingdom while they were under the Judges and King Saul. This was also the case when GOD established King David over the whole of Israel and Judah when David reigned in Jerusalem for thirty-three years and to the end of the reign of Solomon. In this there is the same parallel reason of GOD’s intention to not break HIS covenant with David and also HIS covenant with Abraham whereby through his Promised SEED all nations of the earth will be blessed.

In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
Genesis 22:18


From that it should be also understood that because of HIS covenants promises to the Biblical Patriarchs, GOD will again return their modern day descendants who are at this time distributed in many nations of the world back to their ancient lands at JESUS’ second coming. This HE will do when HE will again free and gather them from their modern day captivity in the nations of the world after their current resident nations are conquered by the Beast power. Then and only then will the bulk of these modern day descendants of Jacob (including those who professed the Jewish faith) finally accept and enter into the New Covenant and once again be the nation of Israel and the Kingdom of GOD.

“Return, O backsliding children,” says the LORD; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.
Jeremiah 3:134


“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
Jeremiah 31:30 – 34


Next:   THE NEW COVENANT.
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