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By John Foll, written 03/20/2019 - 03/23/2019.

© Copyright 2019 John Foll

Jesus said, ‘unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins.’ John 8:24 NASB.

Do not suppose that Jesus was merely referring to the children of God on earth in His day here when He spoke this. Jesus said ‘unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.’ Yes, Jesus is speaking to the people in our day too and you! No one can save themselves, no matter how hard they try, no matter what they do - no matter what, regardless of how much truth they believe in, or how good they think they are. You simply cannot save yourself, dear reader. Unless you believe that Jesus was the Lamb of God, sent to take away the sins of the world - unless you believe that God sent Jesus to take away your sins, you will not have any life within you. Unless you believe that Jesus is the only one, you do not have any life within you. But if you believe Jesus is the one, you will have this life Jesus promised to all who would take it. When John-the-Baptist declared that Jesus was the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, that is what he said and that is what he meant. John 1:29, 36. For Jesus to be able to take away all of the sins of the world - He must take away your sins too. He came not only to clear your guilt from the record books in heaven, but He came to take away your sins as well, to help you stop sinning.

Jesus' declaration in John 8:24 addresses every single person here on this planet. Unless they believe that Jesus is the son of God, the Messiah, to save them from their sin, they will die in their sins. This not only includes forgiveness of sin, but their salvation as well. Salvation was paid for at the cross, but it is not complete until God's people are taken to heaven, to never see death or feel pain again - all crying and dying will pass away! We must believe that Jesus is the one who can save us or we will die in our sins! Ah dear reader, do not miss this point! Unless you believe that Jesus is the one, the one who can save you, you will die in your sins. We're sorry if you think this is too blunt, but it is the truth. What does it mean to believe in Jesus? It means to believe the He is the one who can save you out of all of the distresses in this world, and that He can save you from your sins. It is the belief that He can save you. He takes away your addiction to sin and your sinful propensities - He can make you righteous.

We were saying that when Jesus said ‘that unless you believe that I am He, the one, that you will die in your sins’ – that it applies to us in our day too because it's the truth - it's not just for God’s people in the days when Jesus walked this earth. We are not saying this to pick on those whom He was speaking with, because unbelief and pride seem to be a common problem in humanity. And yes even in our day, many Christians have trouble believing the Jesus can save them from all of their faults and problems. Oh they may say they believe, but where is their belief when doubts and discouragement come? Where is their belief when trials and temptations come? Do they believe that He loves them and died to save them? Do they believe the Jesus has the power to save them? Really save them? Or do they think they are stuck in an endless cycle of sinning with no way out, except to pray for forgiveness? This belief is not correct. True belief believes that Jesus is God, and that He has the ability of saving them.
 
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see! * What God did for me was so amazing – He overcame my doubts when He filled my heart with His love and peace! And now when temptations and struggles to doubt come my way, He helps me regain my faith in Him. So I no longer worry about these things as long as I stay right with God. But oh how sweet it is to know that God loves you, and that you are forgiven! You have a new chance to please Him and start over! Oh how sweet it is to get the victory over the problems and sins that bind you! Jesus claimed that He would free the captives. Luke 4:16-21. If the Son of man has made you free, you shall be free indeed! John 8:36. This is the message we want to preach with all of our strength today in this article. If the Son has made you free, you are free indeed!

* From the Song Amazing Grace, by John Newton.

Dear reader, do you believe the Jesus is the one? Our prayer for you, dear reader, is that you would believe that Jesus loves you and died to save you, and that you would believe that He is the one! And the only one who can ever save you! From this world of sin suffering and death! You may wonder why we are using so many exclamation marks here? It’s because we want you to get it! We want you to get that if you believe that Jesus is the one, that you can have eternal life. If you trust in Him, if you believe in Him with all your heart mind and soul, and that He will finish the good work He started in you, then you will be saved! Philippians 1:6. We wish that someone had fully taught this to us years ago. It would have saved us so much heartache and grief! Perhaps if we had fully given ourselves to God then, we would have known without a doubt that He loved us, and would have really believed that Jesus His Son died to save us, and we would have had this joy that was impossible to hide. But no matter, He has revealed His love to us now and our life is so much the better. We don't want to go back to the way we used to live, of not really believing that Jesus was the one - the only one. And that He is well able to save us, if we trust in Him all the way.

Dear reader, why not trust in him all the way now? What do you have to lose? If you trust Him all the way, you'll be given the ability of knowing that He can save you, bad as you are, and you will stop worrying about whether you are good enough to be saved. And you will want to serve God and obey Him! And you'll have the power to obey Him too! This is our prayer for you, and for everyone who would come to the Fountain of Life. Drink, all who are thirsty! Drink from the Water of life, flowing freely from the throne of God, offered to you if you will take it. If you would accept it and drink to your heart's content, oh how can you not want to drink more and more? You will be changed and be filled with riches beyond measure, and you will have the priceless love and joy in your heart from your most blessed savior! He loves you and wants to save you!

Dear reader, do you believe that Jesus is the one? All the peace, joy and love an eternal life that you have longed for and more can be yours, if you truly believe in Him. If you find you are having trouble believing in Him, keep reading about His wonderful love and the plan of salvation in the Bible, starting in Genesis going all the way to Revelation, praying that He will help you, and learn to devote yourself to Him, then this blessing will overtake you.

It's not about how smart you are, or how strong you are, or how good you are. It's about believing in Jesus. It's about believing that He is the one! The only one! The one who loves you and died to save you! There, we did it again! We're using exclamation marks again because we want you to get it dear reader! Whenever this happens to you, no one will have to tell you that a wonderful change is taking place in your life because you will know it. I know how happy you'll be! Oh how happy you will be to belong to Him! Then when Jesus comes in the clouds with great glory you won't shrink back in fear from your Lord whom you love! Hebrews 10:39; Isaiah 25:9. Oh no! You will say this is my God whom I have waited for, and He has come to take me home! I knew that He loved me and I love Him. I knew that He was going to save me! I knew this because He told me so – yes, He told me so! I knew He would come back to take me home like He promised! John 14:1-3.

May the grace of God be with you all!

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By By John Foll, written between 9/14/2018 to 02/08/2019.

In Adam and Eve, Part 1: The Test of Faith, we learned that Adam and Eve had been created perfect, and were given a perfect world to live in by God. Have you ever heard the expression ‘In a perfect world…’? Well Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world! They were the only ones in the human race who ever lived in a ‘perfect world,’ when this world was perfect in the Garden of Eden. God gave them the ability of living forever without sin, since He created them perfect. There was nothing that Adam and Eve needed: they lived in a perfect world, they were perfect, they had food, they had each other, and everything they needed. Adam had an easy but wonderful job taking care of the Garden of Eden, and Adam had the perfect wife, Eve. And Eve had the perfect husband, Adam. They were created or ‘born’ fully grown, unlike anyone else in human history. But they had to become ‘spiritual adults,’ and needed to learn to love and trust God; they had no experience at life yet. So God gave them a light test to show their love and loyalty to Him, when He placed the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden.

In the Garden of Eden, we discovered that Satan lied to Eve telling her not to believe God, after God had told Adam that they would surely die if they ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Satan told Eve that she would become as ‘a god’, if she would disobey God. But we discovered that both Adam and Eve were already like God, in their own human-finite way. This was because they were created in God’s image, and had God dwelling in them, not because of themselves. So that sneaky serpent in a way was promising something that they already had in a human-finite way! The Devil tempted Eve that she could be fully ‘god’, not just like God. We discovered that Eve (and of course Adam too) could have become more and more like God as they learned to love Him more and more, as time progressed, if they hadn’t fallen. So Eve was being ‘hood-winked’ out of her eternal life and her eternal inheritance of the Garden of Eden’, and robbed of her happy joyful state of bliss. Because of her and Adam’s sin, they were robbed of their ability to be like God, since they now had an affinity for evil, unless God did something to reverse this. Eve didn’t need anything that Satan promised her, which could only bring sin, misery and death. We saw that they fell prey to sin because they doubted God – which is lack of faith! What does that say about us in our day, who have been born into sin? What kind of a chance do we have of pleasing God and being saved if we don’t have faith in Him? Many people in our day (and indeed throughout human history) have fallen prey to sin because of doubting God too! In fact, doubt is the main cause for sin! If you want to please God and be an overcomer against sin, you must believe God. Hebrews 11:6. So you should see how imperative it is to learn how to have true faith in God, if you don’t wish your life to be a failure and fall prey to sin and eternal death.

That is where we left off, and now we will continue exploring what happened in the Garden of Eden that we need to know about today:

How were Adam and Eve able to be perfect in the Garden of Eden before they fell prey to sin?

Jesus plainly declared: ‘no one is good but God alone.’ Luke 18:19 NASB. So how were Adam and Eve able to be good in the Garden of Eden before they sinned? God was abiding in them and in His whole creation. We will endeavor to show this in this article. In our article: Abraham’s Promised Possession Could Only Come Through the Resurrection: we stated that Adam and Eve had been given a measure of the Holy Spirit before they sinned. This provided the basis and the concept that we should write this article that you are now reading: “Adam and Eve Part 2: Clothed with Righteousness”, which also led to us seeing the need to write “Adam and Eve Part 1: The Test of Faith, and then to “Adam and Eve, Part 3: Redemption: Bringing Back What was Lost.” Now let us explore this concept: that Adam and Eve had the Holy Spirit before they fell. You may be saying, ‘How do we know this?’ Keep reading, we will show you why Adam and Eve had the Holy Spirit before they sinned, and lost His full indwelling presence after they sinned. (Note that the Holy Spirit didn’t stop trying to work with them after they fell, but they lost His special presence and complete protection after it.)

When Adam and Eve were created they had a natural desire to love and please God and each other, which is righteousness. Since ‘no one is good but God alone’, the only way this could happen was if God was dwelling in them through the Holy Spirit. How do we know this? Because God is love (1 John 4:8), and because Love is the fulfillment of the Law (Romans 13:10), and because He said that everything He created was very good! Exodus 1:31. He primed the pump to enable Adam and Eve to live righteously. You may say this is speculation, but the salvation-gospel message is designed to bring mankind back to their ideal state, as it was intended at creation, which they would have kept if they had not fallen. Salvation restores mankind. In Heaven this ideal state will be fully regained. God’s plan of Salvation for mankind is His plan to help humanity get back to the state they were in before they fell into sin. There are two Adams, and two different outcomes. The first Adam fell prey to sin because of doubt. The second Adam, Jesus, was an overcomer and clung to the rich promises of God, believing the promises in the word of God that He would be the offering for sin – that God would accept His sacrifice and would grant forgiveness to all who believe through Him. Jesus was a firm believer in God’s power to save! He succeeded where Adam and Eve failed, He had perfect faith in His Father! Jesus and the Holy Spirit are God’s two most precious gifts to mankind, to help us break out of this inherited sin cycle, and help prepare us for Heaven and the earth made new. We will not go into all of the details of this here, because we have many other articles on this topic, and have gone into this in our books: The Love of God: God's Plan To Save You: Part 1 How To Have Righteousness By Faith, and The Love of God: God's Plan To Save You: Part 2 How To Become the Bride of Christ.

We don't know how long Adam and Eve were in the Garden before they fell into sin, but it was probably less than 1 year. Their character development wasn’t complete, so God gave them a test to give them a choice. After they fell into sin, their characters became flawed. Adam and Eve's character development was not complete when they were created, because character is based on choice and habit. They had to decide from their own free will to obey God and allow Him to guide and direct them. This was what the test was for in the Garden of Eden. If Adam and Eve had not failed this test and kept obeying God, then this would have become a habitual choice for them; then they would have kept God’s power to be good. But they chose to doubt God and fell into sin.

What happened to Adam and Eve may be compared to a new Christian who gives their heart to God and is baptized. They have some growing to do until they come into the fullness of Christ. How quickly a new convert grows up spiritually depends on their desire to love and obey God; how strong it is. It is a measure of their love and devotion to God. God gives us the power of choice: to decide what we will have: life or death. To everyone comes a test of faith. Adam and Eve's walk with God in the Garden of Eden may be compared to that of a new Christian or someone thinking about becoming one. Except that Adam and Eve were created perfect without sin, whereas we are born in sin and have to get to know God. Says the Psalmist, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psalms 51:5 KJV. See also John 9:34. But Adam and Eve had a much easier time than we have, since they were born perfect and we aren't. The test that God gave Adam and Eve was a light test indeed, compared with what we have to deal with today. Some people are born into families with almost no truth or morals taught to them. What kind of a chance do they have? What hope do a lot of them have to live a righteous life? But thankfully God doesn’t leave us without hope! For where sin abounds, there God’s grace more abounds! Romans 5:20. So there is hope for those who are born under such bad circumstances, when they see their need and cry out for help! God knows their needs and desires. But Adam and Eve had no knowledge of sin or its consequences like we have today. They had to sin in order to find out whether what God said was the gospel truth or not, which is why we have this mess today, because they doubted Him. Satan told them that they would gain the advantage by disobeying God, and they believed him and doubted God. But they had no need to doubt God! This is what we want you to understand! But God’s grace provided for their and our mistakes! God doesn’t leave us to our sins and failures - He has provided a way out for all who want it!
 

After sin came into the world what happened to mankind and creation?

In the animal kingdom we see sin, destruction and death: the strong preying on the weak, the results of Adam and Eve’s sin! This same evil exists in humanity too, the strong preying on the weak! Within a few years after Adam and Eve’s fall, their first son murdered their second son! Wow! How sad they must have been when their second son died! Genesis 4:1-8. Now they learned personally that the wages of sin is death indeed, after their second son died! After Adam and Eve’s sin, God withdrew His full protection and presence from man and nature. (This is not to say that God completely abandoned man or nature.) When God is in control, life and property are preserved, when He is not in control, death, and destruction are assured; only God can truly preserve things and keep things together. God will not abide sin; He is a consuming fire against it! Exodus 24:17 NASB; Deuteronomy 4:24; 9:3 NASB; Isaiah 29:6; 30:27, 30; 33:14 NASB; Hebrews 12:29 KJV/NASB. If someone chooses their own way apart from God, He honors their choice and allows ‘nature to take its course.’ Whenever someone separates themselves from God, only evil can result. Only by God’s continued presence and protection, the giver of life, could mankind have ever lived forever.

We believe that the animal and plant kingdoms were protected by the Spirit of God before sin, as Adam and Eve were. But after sin they lost their protection or a lot of it and began to die, because of sin. It takes God's guidance and protection to keep bad things from happening. Oh how it makes our heart so sad with what happened to God's beautiful creation! It was not their fault! But they had to suffer too, because Adam and Eve lost their faith in God and fell into sin.

Why did God make animal skins for Adam and Eve, after they sinned, if they hadn’t lost their covering?

After sin God provided animal skins for Adam and Eve to hide their nakedness. Genesis 3:21. (This was the first sacrifice for sin; some animals had to die for their sin to clothe them.) Apparently something happened to them after they sinned, for the Bible says that their eyes were opened, which implies that Adam and Eve had a covering of some kind before they sinned. Before Adam and Eve sinned, the Bible says: “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” Genesis 2:25 NASB. So why were they not ashamed before they sinned? Because apparently they had a covering of some kind. What was this covering?

It is not possible to live forever in a state of sin, because ‘the wages of sin is death.’ Romans 6:23. The only way someone can have eternal life is if they have God's power in them keeping them alive, helping them to be holy. In order for someone to be good, they must have God’s presence or Holy Spirit dwelling fully in them. Think about it! Jesus declared that ‘no one is good but God alone.’ Luke 18:19 NASB. Therefore Adam and Eve before they sinned must have had God dwelling in them, for it says in Genesis, that God said that everything that He made was very good! Genesis 1:31 NASB. God would never say that anything was very good, if there was any trace of sin in it or was defective in any way! God's ways are not man's ways, as the Heaven is above the earth, so are God’s ways above man’s ways. Isaiah 55:8-9. Man may call something good when it is evil, and something bad when it is good, but not so with God! When God says something is good, or more especially when He says something is very good, then it is very good indeed and without sin!

Adam and Eve knew something was wrong when they saw that they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves to make aprons to hide their loins. Genesis 3:7. They knew something was wrong because they became afraid of God and tried to hide from Him. This was mankind’s first attempt to be righteous when they were not. They had no thought before sin to try to cover their nakedness, or for any man-made religion before they sinned. Why is that? Because they lost something very precious when they lost their faith in God and fell, they lost their innocence and they lost the Holy Spirit! They got a boat load of guilt and fear in exchange for their trust in God - because they doubted God and sinned! Sounds like a bad deal to me! Why give up the innocence, peace, love, joy, happiness and eternal life for doubt, guilt, fear and death? Makes no sense to me. This is the foundation of all false religion and self-righteousness. False religion is the attempt to remove guilt and make oneself good and get peace; it is a plan to make oneself righteous apart from the only true plan laid out by God. It is a plan to make oneself righteous without God. Man’s way is to try to cover their physical and spiritual nakedness with a flimsy garment of their own devising. There are many false teachers out there proclaiming anything but God’s true plan. Sometimes they get part of it right, but they have substituted some of their own ideas in place of some of Gods. But this makes it a man-made religion, since it is not the pure truth of the Word of God. But God’s way is the only way to get real peace and have true righteousness.

Acts 5:32 says that the Holy Spirit is given to those who obey God, therefore after Adam and Eve disobeyed God they lost the Holy Spirit! While they trusted God and obeyed Him, they were filled with the Holy Spirit. But after they doubted god and fell into sin, they lost the Holy Spirit. This was a terrible thing that happened to them! Adam and Eve began to die after they sinned, in addition to losing the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit will not always abide with man. See Genesis 6:3. God said this right before the flood when all of mankind, but Noah and his wife and family, were drowned in the flood because of their great sin. We can only have spiritual life when God’s Spirit abides in us. We can only be good when the Holy Spirit is dwelling fully in us continually, by our continued choice! God gives His breath of life to all who are alive, even for those who don't choose to obey Him. But there is more strength and power from Him when someone learns to trust Him all the way. When you trust Him all the way, you will be given supernatural help! That help is through the Holy Spirit!

Adam and Eve tried to hide their nakedness by sewing fig leaves to hide their loins, a small covering, but God provided animal skins to fully cover them, so that they would not be naked at all!

How do we know that the animal skin clothing that God provided for Adam and Eve fully clothed them?
Because before sin the Bible says, “And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” Genesis 2:25 NASB. We also have the direct testimony of the Bible here: “They [Adam and Eve] heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He [Adam] said, ‘I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.’” Genesis 3:8-10 NASB. Please note this point: They made their fig leaf loin cloths just before they hid from God, according to the Bible record. Now why would Adam and Eve hide themselves from God if they were not naked? If their man-made loin covering was clothing enough for them, would they indeed not be naked at all? No! They still hid! Therefore they were still naked! We think that it is apparent from this that a mere attempt to cover one’s loins is not really removing nakedness, but only partly. Dressing in a mere loin cloth is still nakedness! Think about it, it should be obvious. Since there is no mention of the shame of their nakedness mentioned in Genesis after God clothed them with animal skins, the conclusion is obvious that they were not naked anymore, because they were fully clothed. If you think about it, it should be obvious that they were not clothed in any skimpy garment that just covered their loins, which is still naked.

Sin brings shame. This is the way many of the false religions of the world are, they seek to provide a man-made solution to cover the nakedness of sin with a flimsy covering, but they cannot remove the shame of guilt, nor give peace! The man-made religions of this world can never cover the guilt of sin or take it away, nor can they give someone true peace, love, joy and happiness, because they are not God’s plan. They have no way or power to take away the guilt of sin, and they have no way or power to make anyone good. Only God can do this for mankind. God’s plan is to take away our sins and fully cover us with His righteousness, to cover our spiritual nakedness, which is real righteousness indeed! When someone tries to hide their shame with a garment or plan of their own devising, this is really self-righteousness. When someone walks in the righteousness of their own devising, they are in fact still naked, just as Adam and Eve were still naked when they covered themselves with loin cloths, having only a fake righteousness, which is filthy rags in the site of God! All of this is laid bare before the piercing eyes of God, who sees everything – no sin is hidden from His eyes. For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.’ 2 Chronicles 16:9 KJV. Jesus declared, “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” Matthew 10:26 NASB. And Paul stated, ‘wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts;’ 1 Corinthians 4:5 NASB. “For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” Luke 8:17 NASB. All of our pretended righteousness is laid bare before the searching eyes of God. This includes all who think they are righteous because they are doing nothing at all (by God’s power). They think that since we are saved by grace, that there is no need to obey God – some going as far as to preach that we shouldn’t obey God’s requirements because this is ‘works.’ But these are all another hideous form of self-righteousness, a man-made religion. There is only one religion that counts with God, His Word, His way! Any deviation from His plan is a man-made religion.

There are two basic types of religions in the world: 1) self-righteousness: man-made righteousness – man’s way, and 2) the true religion of God: God’s righteousness - God’s way. Adam and Eve made their own self-righteous religion when they tried to provide garments for themselves to cover their nakedness, but when they let God clothe them, this was God’s righteousness for them. True righteousness is what comes from God, not man.

Before sin, Adam and Eve were covered inside and out with the protecting power of the Holy Spirit. 

Going back to Adam and Eve’s covering again that they had before they fell: We believe that they were covered inside and out with the protecting power of the Holy Spirit, who helped them to be good. But after they doubted God they lost the wonderful protection of the complete in filling of the Holy Spirit. You need to invite God’s Holy Presence into your life every day, and seek after Him with your whole heart every day, if you wish to keep His glorious presence and love in your heart. It must be your daily choice. God declares, “Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13 KJV. Ask God every day for His precious Holy Spirit, if you wish to stay fully protected, happy and full of new life! Jesus declared, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?" Luke 11:13 NASB. If you hunger and thirst after this, you must continually ask God for a fresh supply of His grace and the Holy Spirit every day! You must die daily. 1 Corinthians 15:31. You must die daily to sin, stay contrite before God, and stay fully yielded to Him, to keep the full indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

How else do we know that Adam and Eve had the Holy Spirit in them before they sinned?

Paul declared: ‘do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?’ 1 Corinthians 6:19 NASB. And: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 KJV. Wow! This last verse really nails it! We hadn’t thought about how verse 17 proved our point before we just put this here in this article! Since God created you, and since your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in, it is clear that this was God’s plan and devising, this was the way things were meant to be. Thus it is clear that this was the way mankind was created by God to be before sin, when all was perfect and they were ‘very good.’ Mankind was created by God to be a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in. Redemption provides a way for mankind to get the Holy Spirit back; to be filled with Him again, like they were in the Garden of Eden before Adam and Eve doubted God.

What relevance do these declarations by Paul have?

First, we learn that our bodies are the temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in. That means that we were created by God for that very purpose, to be a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in! But we must want His continual presence in our heart at all times, or we will lose Him! Oh don’t miss this point dear reader! You were meant to be a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in. Since we were meant to be a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in, it follows that Adam and Eve had the Holy Spirit in full before they sinned; the Holy Spirit was given for their happiness and joy.

Second, we also learn from Paul that if anyone defiles the temple of their body, or their mind (which is part of the body), that God will destroy them, whose temple they are. What? Everyone is God’s temple to dwell in simply stated. God will destroy those who defile their bodies and minds, if they don’t repent.For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 KJV. So what does this all mean regarding Adam and Eve? Adam and Eve defiled themselves when they doubted God (lost faith in Him), which caused them to sin against Him. I.e. when they disobeyed Him - because of this they had to die. Sin is defilement. But we say doubt in God is SIN! Doubt doesn’t just lead to sin, it is sin! Especially when it is dwelled on and dwelled on. When the temptation to doubt first comes, it is not sin, unless it is dwelled on, watered and cultivated. Those who doubt God cannot possibly have the power to overcome sin, but will be overcome by it, until they make some kind of a confession to God and start to repent and learn to trust Him. To be an overcomer, you must believe God, and you must believe Jesus His Son.

From all of this we learn that Adam and Eve would have had the Holy Spirit dwelling fully in them before they lost their faith in God and fell. Another words, Adam and Eve had the Holy Spirit dwelling fully in them while they believed what God said. But after they doubted God, this was like the proverbial ‘slap in the face’ to God, who harbored nothing but love, mercy and compassion towards them whom He created. Without faith it is impossible to please God, i.e. without faith it is impossible to be saved. Hebrews 11:6. How can we say that without faith it is impossible to be saved? Because Jesus declared:For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NASB. As Jesus plainly stated here, those who believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life. From this we learn that those who don’t believe in Him cannot have eternal life. Therefore those who don’t believe God, or don’t have faith in Him cannot be saved, unless they eventually learn to trust Him. Those that don’t have faith in God, cannot help but fall into sin. Those who don’t have faith in God, cannot have the continual abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. So Adam and Eve lost that special infilling from God of the Holy Spirit when they doubted Him and sinned against Him.

The only way to be good is if you are a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in! You must allow God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in your heart 24 by 7 if you want to be His; if you want to be fully protected as much as you can be on this earth. In God’s presence there is life and joy and eternal protection. Psalms 16:7-11. It is foolishness to go your own way apart from God, it will cut you off from life, just like it did for our first parents in the Garden of Eden, which caused them to die.

We realize we are making a lot of inferences here, but this is the way the Bible is to be used. Isaiah declares: “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” Isaiah 28:10 KJV. That is what we are doing here, putting the teachings of the Bible together, to show you the harmony in what it teaches, and to show you what it means, because the Bible doesn’t contradict itself. No part of the Bible is to be read or interpreted in a way that contradicts the whole. No portion of the Holy Scriptures should be interpreted in such a way as to take away its plain apparent meaning, unless a good reason can be given for that (like it appears to be symbolic and must be interpreted). We are using the Bible to help ‘flesh out’ and explain or fill in more of the details with what happened before and after Adam and Eve sinned, using the principles that the Bible has well established.

So even though Adam and Eve were not aware of the rest of the Bible that would come later, many portions of the Bible can be used to help understand the truths that also apply in Adam and Eve’s day as well. The truth is always the truth.

God’s People put on Righteousness as a Robe:

Let’s explore the passages in the Bible describing the ‘spiritual clothing’ that God wants to put on His people. This will help you to see that God wants humanity to be clothed in His righteousness and the Holy Spirit, which is the way we believe it was in the Garden of Eden.

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 KJV.

This text reminds us of what Jesus declared: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. Matthew 5:6. Blessed are the poor in Spirit. Matthew 5:3. And ‘no one will take your joy from you.’ John 16:22. Etc. Those who mourn in Zion, God will give them beauty for their mourning, and the oil of joy. In the Bible, ‘oil’ can represent the Holy Spirit. Through the prophet Zachariah, God prophesied that the oil represents ‘the two anointed ones who are standing before the Lord of the whole earth.’ Zechariah 4:12-14 NASB. Anointed ones can be a reference to kings or priests anointed with oil. When did Jesus become the anointed one or the Messiah? At His baptism when He was anointed with the Holy Spirit. Matthew 3:16.

Our passage in Isaiah 61:3 gives the reason why we need the anointing of the Holy Spirit: so that we can be trees of righteousness planted by the Lord – this brings glory to God! God is glorified by this that you bear much fruit for Him. John 15:8. This is indeed the only way you can become righteous - if you greatly desire God to give you the ‘oil of joy’ in place of the sorrow that your sins bring on you. What an exchange! His joy for your sins and shame! All of those who are tired of the way their life is going, and just want a better life, can receive this oil of joy for their mourning and sorrow! Joy in place of sorrow! Righteousness in exchange for the nakedness and shame of sin! See how much better God’s plan for your life is than many people imagine? In order to be firm as a rock, and truly planted so that you cannot be moved by the problems of this world or by the winds of strife, you must be planted by God, and filled with ‘the oil of joy’ - the Holy Spirit. This is what brings glory to God, when you become a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in; when you allow and ask the Holy Spirit to dwell in you each day; when you allow God to plant you in the stream of His righteousness! God wants to clothe you with a garment of praise! (Your praise of thanks to Him for saving you!) God wants to clothe you with the garment of His righteousness! And clothe you with the garment of the Holy Spirit! Do you want this? Are you ready for it?

“When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.” Job 29:11-16 KJV.

Here Job declared that he had sought out justice and helped those who were poor: the fatherless and the needy; he declared that this was to ‘put on righteousness’ - to be ‘clothed’ and that judgment ‘was as a robe and diadem.’ Just is the root word of justice or judgment. A good judgement is making the right decision. Just is another word for right or righteousness. This righteousness appears to be a type of spiritual clothing.

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:10-11 KJV.

God declared through Isaiah that He wants to clothe mankind with a garment of salvation and a robe of righteousness. These are the two things that all need to have to be complete in God: 1) Salvation through Forgiveness, and 2) A Robe of Righteousness. In order to be righteous you must first be forgiven of your sins, and you must want to repent from your sinful ways, then God clothes you with the garment of salvation. When you receive His salvation and greatly value and treasure it, you will be clothed with the robe of His righteousness too! You are part of the bride of Christ if you belong to Him. Jesus Christ - the Messiah - the Bridegroom wants to clothe you with salvation and the robe of His righteousness. He wants to deck you out in the jewels of His lovely character, and He wants to cause you to bud and bear much fruit for God’s glory. God wants righteousness to spring forth from among all the nations of the world. This is God’s plan for all the world and wants to use His people to do it! He alone can cause this to happen, but only for those who believe. The jewels are the precious fruits of the Spirit that God will adorn your life and character with, when you get His righteousness, when you get the Holy Spirit in your life. To get this and all that God wants to give you, allow Him to clothe you with His salvation and the robe of His righteousness.

Now let’s see our above passage from Isaiah 61 from the New American Standard Bible:

“Then their offspring will be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them because they are the offspring whom the LORD has blessed. I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:9-11 NASB.

If you are the offspring of God, if you are born again or born from above, you are reborn as a son or daughter of God.Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:’ 1 John 3:1 KJV. The bride of Christ wants to be adorned with the jewels of Christ’s righteousness, just as a real bride seeks to deck herself out with jewels and other adornments for her wedding. This gives the reason for the rejoicing of those who are part of the Bride of Christ: because God has clothed them with His garments of salvation and righteousness.

And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.” Isaiah 59:16-17 KJV.

Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist.” Isaiah 11:5 NASB.

- This is what Jesus did for us! This describes the plan of salvation: Jesus saw that there was no way that mankind could save themselves, and saw that there was no one to intercede for them… Because of His great love for us, He interceded for us, and brought about salvation for us and it sustained Him. Jesus put on the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation and the garments of vengeance and was clad with zeal as a cloak. This describes the various phases of His ministry for mankind: savior, avenger of the wronged, and zealous for God’s righteousness. This prophecy also talks about what the Apostle Paul would later describe as the Armor of God. Jesus put on all of the armor of God to show us how to live, and to be righteous and an overcomer too, by putting on the full armor of God.

The armor or clothing of God:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-17 NASB.

Adam and Eve girded their loins with fig leaves to cover their nakedness and shame, but God wanted to cleanse them from their sin and gird their loins with truth, and give them the breastplate of righteousness. Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves to cover their sin, shame and nakedness, but God wants to take away everyone’s sins, shame and nakedness, and clothe them with a garment of righteousness and truth, and to help them put on the full armor of God! God doesn’t want any part of you to be unprotected, from head to toe! The only safety (and joy) that can be had is when you let God clothe you with the garment of salvation and the robe of His righteousness, and give you the full armor of God, so that you may stand firm against the rulers and powers of darkness in this world, and spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places – to help you stand firm in this evil day, and in the evil days to come, having done everything to stand firm, giving you and girding you with the full armor and clothing of God - that you may be completely protected against the evil one. We have already discussed the armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-17 in several of our books and blogs, and you can read them for a more complete understanding of this armor of God. But we note here that it is part of the clothing that God wants to clothe you with, if you will allow Him to. This clothing is provided to you when you give yourself to God and gain the full power of the Holy Spirit in your life; this is what you get when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, and remain connected to the vine Jesus. “I am the vine, and ye are the branches’. John 15:5. So remain connected to Him, and keep His sweet presence in your life!

The fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints:

“’Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” Revelation 19:7-8 NASB.

Linen, or fine white linen, is the garment of the priests. See Exodus 28:3-43. In this passage God describes the way that Aaron the High priest and his sons were to be clothed: many parts of this complex priestly robe and its accessories were made of linen, and it was decked with jewels and gold - all symbolic of what God wants His people to be clothed with. What? Listen now to what God declared: “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 sons of Israel:You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself.Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.” Exodus 19:3-6 NASB. But God spoke this to the Israelites, what does this have to do with Christians?And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29 KJV. Do you belong to Christ yet? Have you given yourself to Him yet? Then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise, and then you are to be a priest for God to help others in this world, praying for their good and helping them, like God’s priests of old did. Thus God wants all of His people, Israelites, Jews and Gentiles alike, Abraham’s seed, to be a kingdom of priests, wearing the ‘fine linen’ which is the righteous acts of the saints, given to them by God. This is also the same thing as the robe of salvation and the robe of righteousness that Jesus and His Father want to give you, if you want it. Do you want it? Revelation 19:8 says that the ‘fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.’ The only way you can be righteous is if you are clothed with Christ’s righteousness and salvation. When you have allowed Him to adorn you for the wedding supper of the Lamb, then you will have ‘the righteous acts of the saints’, which is the fine linen or robe of righteousness! Then you will be a blessing to others in this world.

Conclusion:

Since God pronounced everything He created as being very good, and since He created clothes for Adam and Eve after they sinned and their eyes were opened, we infer from this that they must have had some kind of clothing before they fell, which we infer was the righteousness of the Holy Spirit, because Jesus said that no one is good but God alone. This righteousness was given to Adam and Eve by the Holy Spirit. Adam and Eve were able to be "very good", as God declared in the Garden of Eden before sin, because He upheld them by His power, and His Spirit filled them. But their character development was not complete, since they had been created fully grown. They were spiritual infants and had to learn to love and obey God and have faith in Him, same as you and I. So a test of faith was provided for them, which was lighter than the test and trials that we face in our day. In our day we have pain, suffering and death - all because sin has been transmitted to us at our birth from their fall. Since mankind’s fall into sin, it is a struggle to be good - impossible without help from God to do so. But God has a plan called redemption which will restore to mankind all that was lost - but only to those who want to yield to Him and let Him help them. This is all quite necessary now since there is sin, suffering and death. Things are not right in this world, but God has a plan to restore the peace, love, joy, faith, hope, happiness, and eternal life that was lost after Adam and Eve fell. Amen!

After Adam and Eves sinned, they sewed fig leaves together to cover their shame and nakedness. This is the foundation of false religion. There are two basic religions in this world: 1) Self-righteousness or man-made righteousness, and 2) Gods true righteousness, which only comes from Him. We need to be clothed with God's righteousness - fully clothed with it (that is His doing), or we will be spiritually naked. Any plan of man's devising that is not God's plan, is actually a form of self-righteousness, including the idea that many have that all attempts to obey God is “works” (or sin). So some of them appear to do nothing at all, thinking that this makes them good, but it does not. Many of them are unconcerned about sin in their life, since they believe that they are “saved.” But this view contradicts the word of God! We learned that ONLY God's way and plan can bring righteousness. Only when we seek to obey God and allow Him to save us; only when we follow His plan in the Bible can we be righteous. It is totally the work of God, but we must cooperate with Him and believe, having the faith to believe that God will do all that He has said He will do. He alone can save us, and fit us up and clothe us with His righteousness.

The Bible in many places refers to a type of spiritual clothing that God's people are to be clothed with. We infer from this that Adam and Eve were clothed with “spiritual clothing” before they sinned, which is the Holy Spirit. God wants to do this for you now! God wants to give you the full armor of God, clothe you with His precious Holy Spirit, that you might be fully protected from the devices of Satan and not be spiritually naked; that you might go forth with joy! This clothing of righteousness, which is symbolically like the fine linen worn by the priests in the Old Testament days, will give you ‘the righteous acts of the saints’.

If you are tired of sinning and causing hurt to yourself and others, then allow God to restore in you what was lost. It can be yours by His most blessed promise! He will do this for all who will submit to His loving watch care and yield to His precious Holy Spirit. Adam and Eve will yet live and regain all that was lost! They will yet regain the Holy Spirit, having the eternal joy of the Holy Spirit dwelling fully in them. This will also be true for all who love and trust God and give themselves to Him. Adam and Eve will yet regain God's protecting power like they once enjoyed, where nothing bad could happen to them, and they will yet be clothed in righteousness again, like they were in Eden. All this God will do for them and us as well - for all those who desire God's wonderful salvation!

Dear reader, the Holy Spirit longs to dwell right now in your heart! You were created to be a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in! Why not claim this most blessed joy and experience for yourself, and allow God to envelope you in His love, and shield you from the evil that would destroy you? Let Him shelter and protect you in His love. This is our prayer for you!

God wants to clothe you with the garment of salvation, provided by Jesus’ death on the cross for your sins, and He wants to provide you with a robe of righteousness to clothe your spiritual nakedness so that you can be like Him, be saved and live a righteous life for His glory. God has a plan put in place to restore those who want it, to the ideal Eden like state which Adam and Eve had before sin. This plan will conclude when the redeemed of mankind are brought to Heaven, and on the Earth made new, when all who reside there from the least of them to the greatest, will all know the Lord and worship Him!

May the grace of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. May you be fully clothed with the righteousness of Christ, and His peace, love, joy, faith, and happiness; that you may not be lacking in any good thing. May your spiritual nakedness be fully clothed with Christ's righteousness. May you have the greatest time of your life as you learn how wonderful God is, and crave His constant companionship. Amen.

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By John Foll, written between 9/14/2018 to 02/03/2019.
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In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 KJV & NASB. ‘And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.’ Genesis 1:31 NASB77. This was the way God created this world - there was no sin; everything was good; everything was perfect. There were no animals killing other animals, no people killing other people or animals, or bloodshed or strife, all was perfect.

If everything was good that God created, how did life get so messed up on this planet then?

We want to contemplate what God did for mankind at creation, and what was lost, and how to get it back again.

God made this world perfect, Adam and Eve were perfect.
But they were born fully grown with no experience at life; they had no experience of sin or death or their need for complete dependence upon God. Complete dependence upon God was something they needed to learn.

The Test of Faith Given:

Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2:9 NASB. Then God created Adam. After God created Adam: “Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.’” Genesis 2:15-17 NASB. God created everything that man needed, but He also put a tree in the garden to test him and show his trust. This was a test for Adam to prove his loyalty to Him. After God created Eve, this was a test for her also. It appears that Eve hadn’t been created when God gave this command to Adam to not eat from that tree, because she is not mentioned or addressed by God in this passage.

You may ask, ‘Why did God give Adam and Eve a choice to obey Him, which was to not eat from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?

Why did He make the ability of living forever based on obedience? Why did He even give them a choice? Just make them be good! Sounds easy doesn’t it? To easy. This is a question many have asked. He made them perfect, so why did He give them a choice? God wants everyone to have a choice. He doesn’t compel any to love, serve and obey Him. Love doesn’t mean anything when it is enforced and there is no alternative. Love is not real, unless both parties of their own free will love each other; it must be reciprocated. God is kind and loving and does not force Himself on any, but desires all to obey Him out of love. To bring up what someone said one time, who we were discussing the love of God with: ‘God is a gentleman.’ This is to use ‘human terms.’ Would you appreciate someone demanding you do something against your will? Wouldn’t this make you resentful? Then why do some think that God would do this? What kind of a God would He be if He did this? Intelligent creatures come to resent compulsion if it continues too long, and causes rebellion! Forcing someone against their will to be good is not right. The only way someone could be forced against their will and not resent it, would be if they were stupid, and had no understanding; a brute animal. But many animals also have desires of what they want to do or not, and get upset or angry if they are coerced against their will, they just want to be free! We have observed this on several occasions. So not even many of the animals want to be forced to do something against their will either. But all intelligent beings resent compulsion. So compulsion is not an option for genuinely caring and loving beings, which is why God does not do this! God’s kingdom will be made up of those who want to be good, and have let God make them be good. God’s standards of love and perfection are so much higher than the standards of mankind that are so often trumpeted in society today, which are on display in the media through men of “learning” and in the teachings of many religions of this earth, and He is always 100% consistent. God is completely beyond all reproach. If it is wrong for someone to try to compel others against their will, it is wrong for God to do so too! See Genesis 2:18-25.

Adam and Eve were given everything they needed, and their test:

God gave Adam and Eve a simple test. He had given them everything there heart could want, and everything they needed. “Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." Genesis 2:18 NASB. Adam and Eve were made for each other. God truly provided for all of their needs. Since He provided for all of their needs, there was no need for them to fail the test. The choice of belonging to God, having eternal life, and all of the best blessings in this mortal life and the life to come depend on a willingness to love Him and desire to please Him.

So they needed a test to show their loyalty to Him and give them a choice. So the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was placed in the Garden of Eden. God made the test of their loyalty to Him as light as possible. Since God had given them everything they needed, there was no reason for them to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree. What need have you to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, if you can eat from the Tree of Life? How wonderful the Tree of Life must have been! If you eat the fruit of it, you will live forever! Do you know of any other food which can provide eternal life? After sin, God made this statement: “Then the LORD God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever’" Genesis 3:22 NASB. So the Tree of Life had the ability of making the ones who ate from it live forever. So why eat from the other tree?

A Perfect World:

We believe that if they had remained loyal to Him, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil would have been removed at some point. They had the advantage we do not have of being “perfect”, and living in a “perfect world”. Have you ever heard the expression: “In a perfect world…”? Well Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world! Adam and Eve had no sinful addictions, no predisposition to sin, no bad habits, etc. – they were perfect.

But Adam and Eve fell prey to sin, read Genesis 3:1-24 for this sad story. And so the human race inherited sin from the progenitors of the human race, Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were created perfect and had no sinful tendencies, yet they fell prey to sin, and thus the whole human race inherited their sinful tendencies from them.

How did Adam and Eve fall, since they were perfect?

They had everything they could want, plenty of food, an easy job (caring for the Garden of Eden), great beauty, and they had each other. Mankind has been going steadily downhill since creation. Think about it: they had the ability of living forever! Then after sin until the flood some lived up to 969 years (Genesis 5:27), then later down to 70 years. Eve would have been the most beautiful woman who ever lived, and Adam would have been the most handsome, the best man, and Eve the best woman – we are fairly certain of this. So they had everything they needed, lived in a perfect world, and they had each other.

Why did they want to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?

Here we get to the heart of this article. The answer may surprise you! It is the same reason why we so easily fall prey into sin too!

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'" The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:1-6 NASB.

Satan lied to Eve: ‘he said, you shall not surely die!’ He was contradicting God, calling Him a liar! This is what Satan does, he contradicts God. You can tell whenever you hear any message from him, because sooner or later he contradicts God, sometimes very subtly, and sometimes in your face - boldly contradicting God. Satan said, ‘In the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God’. Satan indeed declared that she could be a ‘god’ here, knowing both good and evil, if she would disobey God. But she already knew God, and she already had eternal life. She had her husband, the perfect husband. And more importantly she was already like ‘God’. What? Adam was created in the image of God, and Eve in the image of Adam.And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness’. Genesis 1:26 KJV. “For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.” 1 Corinthians 11:7 KJV. So Adam was created in the image of God and in the glory of God, and Eve was in the glory of man. And man was like God, and Eve was like Adam. Therefore Eve was like God too! So she was already like God, in her own human, finite way. (We are not saying she was an equal with God, but that she was already like God in her own human-finite sphere.)

Satan tricked her into thinking she was missing out on something big. Thus Satan tricked her out of being like God. When she fell for this lie, it started a chain reaction which caused the human race to fall into all sorts of sin and evil, which was anything but like God! Satan tricked her into thinking that she had to disobey God in order to be like God, when she was already like Him! What foolishness! He is such a trickster! His lie was utter foolishness! Those who really know and love God, will not seek after what God is already providing them. Thus the eating of the forbidden fruit was the first effort made by mankind to earn their own salvation apart from God - to be their own god and save themselves! (But God was already helping them to be like Him and saving them!) If she would have followed God’s plan, she would have become more and more like God, as time unfolded, as she learned to love God more and more. So what need did she have of the devil’s lie? We were all created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26), and John tells us: ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God’ 1 John 3:1 KJV. It was a sin of covetousness, wanting what did not belong to her; for something she should not have. She was offered something she didn’t have or need, something forbidden. She was not really in need of anything, because she had been given everything that she needed, for God had given them everything they needed to sustain their life, and they had each other. The LORD God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely;”’ Genesis 2:16 NASB77 and God had given her the perfect husband. There was nothing in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that she needed, it could only bring sadness, misery, sickness and death. Everything was perfect, except for the forbidden fruit on that tree, and the serpent entwining the tree. In the end, she gave into the devil’s temptation, ate the fruit and gave some to her husband to eat, and he ate.

Why did Eve fall? How do we know that Eve’s doubt of God led to her fall and sin?

The Devil lied to her. She believed the lie, which mean she doubted God, and ate the forbidden fruit. Because Satan contradicted God, and she believed Satan instead of God. You cannot believe what God says, and the exact opposite which is what Satan preaches, at the same time. They are mutually exclusive, one or the other. For Eve’ to believe Satan’s lies, in direct contradiction to God, shows that Satan had planted doubt in her mind that God really meant what He said. Satan told her, ‘You surely shall not die!’ And the Bible tells us that: ‘When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.So Eve must have decided that God was wrong, and that the serpent was right, meaning she doubted God.

Why did Adam fall?

He loved His wife and didn’t want to live without her. (He might have thought Eve would have died right away?) We think that he may have doubted that God would provide him another wife if she died. Think about it. If Adam had not eaten the fruit, in a few hundred years or so Eve would have died, then God could have created him another wife. But when his wife Eve gave him the fruit he did eat. There is no evidence that he resisted it when his wife gave him the forbidden fruit to eat, but that she gave him the fruit and he did eat. Herein is his sin: he meekly gave in to his wife and ate the forbidden fruit. No apparent thought about whether it was right or wrong, or an effort to resist it. He just ate what his wife gave him to eat.

What would have saved Adam and Eve from their fall into sin?

(Which would have saved the human race from inheriting sin.)

Faith. One simple word, but so full of grace and power: Faith in God! So what then was Adam and Eve’s greatest sin then? Doubting the plain word of God. Oh how many in our day are doubting the word of God too! Oh how many don’t really believe God when He said that ‘the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life?’ in Romans 6:23. Or when Jesus the Son of God declared: ‘he who overcomes, will I grant to eat from the Tree of Life?’ Revelation 2:7. How few really believe what Jesus or His Father declared here! Or when Jesus declared: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NASB. Thus it is clear from this that both our salvation and our ability of living forever is based on our faith in God and in the merits of Christ’s blood alone. This is all based on faith.

But you may say, ‘Don’t all Christians believe that the wages of sin is death, and that the gift of God is eternal life?’

Or you may say, ‘Don’t all Christians believe that those who believe in Jesus will not perish but have everlasting life?’ Or you may say, ‘Don’t all Christians believe that only those who overcome, will Jesus grant to eat from the Tree of Life in Heaven?’ To all of those questions we say: No, unfortunately no! How do we know this? Without going into detail and possibly stirring up a spirit of debate, the answer should be obvious: Christianity in our day does not have the power to be good that it once had, as described in the Gospels and the book of Acts, and many other places in the New Testament. And there are many who believe that since we are saved by grace alone (Ephesians 2:5-9 and in other places), that this negates all other passages in the Bible that say that Christians need to overcome by the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:14; 12:11) and obey God. Exodus 19:5-6; Deuteronomy 13:4; 27:10. These passages in Revelation show that Christians have a need to overcome! These messages are the revelation of Jesus Christ! Revelation 1:1. (How could someone believe anything that contradicts what Jesus said? Which also includes Revelation 2:7.)

For the most part in the western world, Christianity in general is but a faint shadow of the way it used to be, as Jesus left it when He went back to Heaven after His death and resurrection. Christianity should be good, as ‘the good book’ says! And there is a great lack of faith in the miracles of God too! Without going into too much detail here, today there is not a big difference between a lot of those who claim to be a Christian, and those who do not claim to be one at all, other than rhetoric. You can’t slip a piece of paper between many of them! We know there are exceptions, but unfortunately they are not the norm nowadays. In general, there is a big lack of faith in God to do what He says He will do - a big lack of faith in both the promises and the curses laid out in the Bible. But Hebrews 11:6 declares that without faith it is impossible to please God! So unfortunately we see now that not all Christians really believe in the promises of God all-the-way, including Romans 6:23, Revelation 2:7, and John 3:16, for if they did, what a change there would be in this world today! What a blessing Christians would then be! What a wonderful world this would be, if they believed in the plain, simple word of God? But this is not God’s intent for this world or the way He wants Christians to be! He has a plan for all who will listen to fix these problems!

Many don’t believe the plain word of God as it reads, and seek out teachers who tell them that they are OK with no change of their heart or character needed, or that they do not need to do everything that He commanded them. Thus the greatest sin of our day is doubt too! It is an ugly word, that when cherished dooms the soul to misery, then eternal death, unless it is repented of. O reader, don’t be shut out of Heaven because of unbelief: Unbelief in the word of God! Satan definitely lied to Eve like he lies to so many today, saying that God didn’t really mean what He said; that He is withholding something from you - that if you eat that forbidden fruit you can become a ‘god’ too. And of course the devil also tempts people to all other sorts of evil thoughts, evil words, and evil deeds; stirring up as much strife and bloodshed as he possibly can.

So how could Adam and Eve have made it through this temptation?

Faith in God. If they had believed what God had said, and that He loved them, then they would not have fallen! But isn’t this why so many people fall prey to sin today? Doubt or lack of faith in God. How many people, who say they are ‘believers’, really believe all of His Words in the Bible? If they really believed what God said, they would be doing it. Because God gives the power and ability, to all who love Him, of becoming His son or daughter. He gives them the ability of obeying His Word, if they believe! God’s love and power are the ultimate, and are unimaginably powerful! They are beyond compare to anything in this universe. Jesus said, if we would have faith, we would say to this mountain, ‘move to yonder place’, and it would be moved! Matthew 17:20.  – Faith can move a mountain of doubt! To him or her who believes the word of God, they have a wonderful power changing them; they have help that is not available to those who doubt. Those who have learned that God is to be loved and trusted - truly have the power to become the son or daughter of God, because God’s supreme power can do anything good for someone who believes Him, helping them overcome a mountain of doubt! This faith does not take away our choice! Far be it! Our belief in God’s Word shows our choice to want to be His son or daughter! And God will honor our choice, whether to become His son or daughter and have eternal life, or to doubt Him and go our own way and do our own thing, which leads to eternal death.

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” 1 John 3:1 KJV.

In conclusion, we learned that Adam and Eve had been given everything they needed, including each other, and they lived in a perfect world, yet they still fell to sin. We learned that because they doubted God that they fell prey to sin, bringing all of the woes of sin and evil into this world. We also learned that doubting God is the same reason why we fall too! If Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world, having everything they needed, yet they fell because of lack of faith, then how shall we escape from falling into sin unless we have faith in God too? Therefore it behooves us in our day to learn how to have faith in God, and learn to love Him, to help break us out of this endless cycle of sinning, misery and death. Because we definitely don’t live in a perfect world in our day, and we are all sinners who have inherited tendencies to sin, that unless saved and changed by God, we are doomed to be stuck in sin, misery and eternal death.

May you learn to trust in God and love Him all-the-way. May you gain victory over sin through Christ. May you believe in Jesus that you may have eternal life! May the grace of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all! Amen.

* In part 2 of this series you will discover how God provided the Holy Spirit for Adam and Eve before their fall, to help keep them from sinning, to help them be pure, Holy, good and His, and that after their fall they lost His full presence. And in part 3 you will learn of God’s plan to redeem mankind from this pit of ruin, misery and death, and restore them back to the way things were in the Garden of Eden, where everything was very good! So you will learn of God’s plan for your life, and how you can be restored as well, to what you were meant to be! You can regain what mankind lost after their fall, if you learn to have true faith in God! Amen. This is what we will study!

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See the related article by E. J.  Waggoner’s The Everlasting Covenant: 09 The Test of Faith.

And you may also want to read our related commentary article: 09 The Test of Faith: Editor’s Notes (The Everlasting Covenant)

Recap From Our Previous Commentary:

Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.’” Genesis 22:1-2 NASB.

The story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son on a mountain in the land of Moriah is such an amazing story! Abraham had been promised by God that through his seed, all nations of the earth would be blessed, which was a prophecy about Jesus. Genesis 12:1-3; 17:1-8; 18:18. Jesus, the Messiah could only be born through his son Isaac, according to God’s promise to Abraham, so if Abraham sacrificed his son Isaac who was childless, how could Jesus be born through Abraham? And only through Jesus’ death on the cross can anyone ever have forgiveness of sin. And only through Jesus death and resurrection can anyone ever be resurrected after they die, because Jesus is the resurrection and the life! John 11:25. And if Jesus wasn’t born as a babe, who is the Resurrection and the Life, how could Abraham be resurrected? And if Abraham wasn’t resurrected, how could he ever get his inheritance? (Because he never got his inheritance while he was alive, as we will see.) Do you see the problem that Abraham had? (He most likely didn’t have a full understanding at this time, of the plan of salvation like we have now, because God was starting to unfold it; he only had the testimony of the patriarchs who came before him.)

From a human standpoint, Abraham was asked to sacrifice his own eternal life! Or ‘to put a knife to his own throat, and to cut off the hope of his own salvation,’ as Waggoner put it! From a human standpoint, he was also asked to sacrifice the eternal life of everyone in the world! Wow! We learned from the previous articles listed above that he would receive his promised inheritance through the resurrection. So how could he receive the promise if he had to take his son’s life as a sacrifice to God? Would he continue to believe God’s promise, that he would personally have an ‘everlasting possession’ (Genesis 17:8) in the land of Canaan, which could only come to him through the * Resurrection, and that from one born to him would all the nations of the earth be blessed? Or would he lose his faith in God’s promise? This was the test! Wow! What a test!

God’s Promise of the Everlasting Possession:

We want to show you from the Bible what God had promised Abraham, and why this promise to Abraham could only come to him personally through the Resurrection, and why the children of Israel could only fully get this promised inheritance through the Resurrection as well.

* Many years before God had asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, note what God said to him: And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, 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. 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.” Genesis 13:14-16 KJV. And later God said to Abraham: “And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he [Abraham] said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?” Genesis 15:7-8 KJV. God had him make a sacrifice of a 3 year old heifer, a 3 year old ram, a turtle dove and a pigeon, then Abraham fell into a deep sleep and God answered him, saying that his descendants would be strangers in a land that was not theirs, and enslaved and oppressed for 400 years, and then they would come out with much possessions. Genesis 15:13. It is clear that Abraham’s descendants, during their 400 years in their captivity as slaves, never received their possession that God had promised Abraham and his descendants. But God had promised all of the land that Abraham could see northward, southward, eastward and westward to him and his descendants forever, not just to his descendants after they left Egypt.

Note again what God promised Abraham regarding the land the He showed him: ‘to thee will I give it’ and ‘to thy seed forever.’ God promised this land to Abraham personally and to Abraham’s children forever! It was to be their possession forever! Do not miss this! If either Abraham or Abraham’s children (those faithful to God) did not receive this possession forever, then this promise has not yet been fulfilled. Note what Abraham said: ‘How will I know that I shall inherit it?” This makes it clear that Abraham expected to receive the inheritance for himself, not just for his posterity. For those who think that the children of Israel, delivered from their bondage in Egypt, coming into the Promised Land of Canaan was the complete fulfillment of this promise, think again, because it was not forever. In the dream that Abraham had, God answered Abraham and said that his posterity would come out of the land of Egypt with ‘many possessions.’ We believe that this was a partial fulfillment of the promise, when they got their inheritance in the land of Canaan. This was the beginning of the fulfillment of this promise.

Abraham did not have the Promised Land as an eternal possession for himself, since he died and was never in control of the land at any time in his life, that was to be given to him (and to his descendants). Yet God had promised it to him and to all of his descendants, which also includes those who came after him, before the children of Israel came out of Egypt, since it included all of his descendants. (But based on other places in the Bible its continued possession was dependent upon being faithful to God, or by God’s grace.) There is no place in Genesis that ever declared that Abraham was ever in possession of it. So there is simply no way that the promise was fulfilled in Abraham’s day, to the days of the children of Israel’s slavery in Egypt! After David and Solomon’s day it wasn’t totally fulfilled either, because the children of Israel lost a lot of it. But God had promised Abraham and his descendants that they would get it as an eternal possession forever, including Abraham himself! God always keeps His promises! Please do not think of this promise as merely a returning of the Jews to the land of Israel for a modern Israeli state, an ‘earthly kingdom,’ which some today think is the fulfillment of prophecy. This promise was for a spiritual kingdom that would last forever, not just for temporal blessings, as we shall see!

Some may think that we are making too big of a deal about ‘the everlasting possession’ that God promised Abraham in Genesis 17:8, as meaning that the possession must be everlasting. They may think that it is a figurative expression that God made to Abraham. The rationalistic humanistic mind is ever ready to try to turn everything into the mundane and ordinary, to match their ideas and non-belief in God or their non-belief in His miracles. Many people probably think that He didn't really mean that Abraham himself should personally, literally have the promised possession. Or that those who followed after Abraham, until the generation of those who came out of Egypt, would personally have it either.  Meaning that the promise was fulfilled only when the children of Israel came out of Egypt to receive their inheritance in the Promised Land, and that was the complete fulfillment of the promise, end of story. And they probably think that the ‘everlasting possession’ means that the many generations of Abraham’s offspring living in the Promised Land was the fulfillment. This is the way human beings think a lot of the time. More than likely many people haven’t studied this out, and have no thoughts on it whatsoever. Some people may think that they have everlasting life vicariously through their children, and their grand-children and their great grand-children, etc. Another words eternal life only happens through having children and that we ourselves won’t get it; that our life is passed down to our posterity from generation to generation. This humanistic view of eternal life is incorrect, and is not eternal life by any means! It leaves out God and His supernatural power, and it leaves out the salvation that God wants to provide us and leaves out real eternal life. And it throws out the teachings of the Bible. It is not much different than someone thinking that they can save themselves by their own merit, skill or will or ability, or by their own hard work, etc. This is salvation by works. No miracles needed for the humanist, they die at death, and this is the end of the show for them. Their beliefs can be explained only in naturalistic terms and human philosophy. But where does this leave God? Where does this leave the Bible and its teaching of salvation? As we shall see, God has a better plan, much better! And you will see that God’s salvation is salvation indeed! It is miraculous and supernatural, completely beyond the ability of mankind!

God’s Conditions for the Everlasting Possession:

After the children of Israel came out of Egypt, they had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years, after many of them lost faith in God and rebelled against Him. See Hebrews 3:5-19, and see the book of Numbers, starting with Numbers 14:20-35, and onward throughout the end of the book. Then they came into the Promised Land. See the book of Joshua for this. But they lost a lot of their promised possession after the days of David and Solomon, when the Israelite kingdom was at its peak, power and size. They were not able to get or continue to keep all of their inheritance after they came into the Promised Land, because of lack of faith, fear, and slackness at times to do what God had commanded them to do, in conquering the land that was given to them, and repeated infidelity to God. After Solomon died, because of Solomon’s sins and the sins of his wives sacrificing to the pagan gods, Israel was split into two different kingdoms, with * 9 ½ tribes going to Israel and 2 ½ tribes going to Judah. See 1 Kings 11:29-39; 2:1-17. Then later these tribes left God, never to return again as a whole back to Him, and many of them lost their national and religious identity as Israelites, and served other gods and idols! In the Old Testament, these 9 or 10 lost tribes are generally referred to as ‘Ephraim.’ But Ephraim was actually a tribe itself, the largest tribe of Israel, who defected from God as a tribe, along with the 8 other tribes. And since then, the remaining tribes of the children of Israel have lost even more of their inheritance, until we get to our day. Throughout their history as God’s chosen people, there was almost a constant round of backsliding by them, then God would raise up someone to help save them and help them to return to Him, then later they would backslide again. But this constant round of backsliding also describes much of the history of Christianity as well. This is human nature at its best, when they don’t continue to put their trust in God all-the-way. That is why Isaiah later declared that ‘all we like sheep have gone astray,’ because humanity is prone to wander from God. Isaiah 53:6 KJV.

* We say 9 ½ tribes instead of 10, because part or all of the tribe of Benjamin returned back to God we believe. See 2 Chronicles 15:1-7, where God uses the phrase king ‘Asa, all Judah and Benjamin.’ And there is other evidence as well. Note that Paul himself was of the tribe of Benjamin. Philippians 3:5. And though the Levites were scattered throughout Israel, many of them were in Judah and its surrounds because of their service to the temple, for the sacrifices for sin, and we also believe that some of them left the areas where the 9 ½ tribes were, to return back to Israel. See also 2 Chronicles 15:8-9 too. In that text part of the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon returned as well.

So we see that the ‘everlasting possession,’ promised to Abraham, is held on the condition of obedience to God. This concept that God’s best blessings are given only to the faithful, can be illustrated by the fifth commandment: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Exodus 20:12 KJV. This commandment can also be worded as: ‘Obey and love and cherish your father and your mother, that you may live long on the land which the Lord your God gives you.’ What does this have to do with the everlasting possession? We think that when the children of Israel were departing from God, that they were rebelling against the teachings of their parents. We think that a lot, if not all of the ills in this world can be linked to people not obeying their parents, ‘in the Lord’. Obviously if the parents are teaching something wrong, their children should not heed these teachings, but they should still respect them and heed what they were taught that was right. This commandment declares that those who want to live forever must love and obey and respect their parents. Thus obedience is linked to eternal life. So obedience is linked to ‘the everlasting possession’ that God had promised Abraham.

Not convinced yet that obedience to God is linked to ‘the everlasting possession’ that God promised Abraham? Note what Moses told the children of Israel, in his final message to them before he died: * “Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God: Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. The LORD shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways. The LORD will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you. The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways. So all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will be afraid of you.” Deuteronomy 28:1-10 NASB.

Now when could this promise that Moses gave to them from God have been fully fulfilled in the Israelite kingdom? If you study their history, you will never see all of them being faithful to God or for very long, just like Christians for a very long time have had a problem with their faithfulness to God too, with round after round of backsliding in many of the ages past. And there is so much infidelity and backsliding in our day as well! So the children of Israel did not have all of these blessings, or for very long. So you will never find a place in time where this promise, which was given to the Israelites by God through Moses, has fully taken place or fully happened yet, or for very long! Why haven’t these promised blessings by Moses fully taken place yet? See Deuteronomy 28:15-68. This is a very long list of curses for disobeying God, and we don’t wish to list them all here, but if you read it you will see. To summarize it, God’s best continued full blessings are given on the condition of continual obedience to Him. All of the above blessings in Deuteronomy 28:1-10 were removed when they disobeyed God and didn’t repent and return to Him fully. This is what happened, unfortunately. So we think that it is clear that God’s promise to Abraham and to His children has not been totally fulfilled yet at any point, since ‘the everlasting possession’ must be everlasting, and because only those faithful to God can have it forever. We see here that the promised blessings of God, including the ‘everlasting possession’ that was promised to faithful Abraham, can only be had and kept by obedience to God. For these blessings to be everlasting, there must be and everlasting obedience to God.

Now to explore this concept more fully, especially note what Moses declared in our above passage of Deuteronomy 28:1-10: and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you. The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.” Take this with the beginning of this passage: ““Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God.Also especially note: When Moses gave this last message to the Israelites, it was just before they went into the Promised Land to receive their inheritance, that God had promised Abraham! Do you see here that their ability of living in the land of their ‘everlasting possession’ was granted, if they wanted to obey Him? Can there be any doubt here? Also note here that God’s word was that His people, if they obeyed Him would be a holy people for Himself. When has this ever fully happened? And it says quite clearly here, that the only way that God’s people can be holy, is if they obey Him! Those who don’t want to obey God should not expect to have an ‘everlasting possession’, which is eternal life in Heaven and on the earth made new. We believe that this promise of God’s people becoming holy would start to be fulfilled when John the Baptist, Jesus and His disciples began to preach the word, with great power, but this will not be complete until Heaven.

* Note: For all who believe that the 10 Commandments in the Old Testament are only for the Israelites or the Jews: They should not be able to argue here that the Israelites or the Jews were not to keep and obey all of God’s commandments. Moses clearly told them that the blessings of their possessions and life in the land of Canaan were dependent on their obedience to God. Thus for the children of Israel to hang on to their ‘everlasting possession,’ that God had promised Abraham, they had to obey God. But it is a grave mistake for anyone to believe that God doesn’t want Christians to obey Him too! Or for anyone to believe that they can be saved, who knowingly or willingly disobey God. Or for anyone to think that they can be saved without confession and repentance. But there is forgiveness and mercy and help for all who want it, so there is no reason for anyone to be disobedient to God or to be lost. Because God has made a provision for everyone, through the forgiveness of sins and through the power of the Holy Spirit – through the power of a changed life that He will give to all who really want it.

God’s Mercy and Plan to Save the offspring of Abraham

Thus we see that the ability of Abraham and his offspring to have or to hang on to their ‘everlasting possession,’ must mean something more than just God’s people having a temporal possession, and losing it at death or because of infidelity to God. Because God’s best continued blessings are given to the faithful - to those who are obedient to His word. Abraham and some of his offspring were obedient to God, but not all of them were, and they were prone to wander from God.

Is there no hope for the children of Israel’s wandering from God? Is there to be no hope for ‘the lost tribes of Israel,’ like the tribe of Ephraim? Was there no plan to rescue the ‘lost tribes of Israel’ and give them their inheritance that God had promised Abraham? God always keeps His promises, and will yet save as many as possible from these ‘lost tribes of Israel,’ who defected from God as a tribe and were exiled by the Assyrians, where they were transported lock-stock-and-barrel to other countries far from their home, never to return again to their inheritance that God gave to their forefathers, that He had promised Abraham. See 2 Kings 17:21-28 for the story how the Assyrians moved the lost tribes of Israel away from their inheritance in Israel, to far away countries, and why God let it happen. Does God have a plan to save the Jews of the other tribes of Israel too? Many of them are in need of spiritual reviving as well. Yes! God has a plan to save as many as possible of Israel, from all twelve of the tribes, to fulfill His promise to Abraham: to give to as many of them as possible their land for an eternal possession! God always keeps His promises!

The wonder of God and His love is that He deals as gently as possible with His people; He gives them space and time to repent; He gives them time to seek after Him. Oh how He loves everyone so much! How can He give up His people whom He loves? Note what Hosea prophesied concerning Ephriam, which most likely includes the other 8 of the lost tribes as well:So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call them to the One on high, None at all exalts Him. How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, All My compassions are kindled. I will not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath. They will walk after the LORD, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar, and His sons will come trembling from the west. They will come trembling like birds from Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria; and I will settle them in their houses, declares the LORD.” Hosea 11:7-11 NASB. So God has indeed promised that some of them will return to Him ‘trembling from the west’, ‘trembling like birds from Egypt’, and ‘like doves from the land of Assyria,’ and will come again to their everlasting possession that God had given them, because of His promise to Abraham. So God has a plan to recover the lost tribes of Israel, including the tribe of Ephraim! And God also has a plan to revive as many as possible of all of the 12 tribes of Israel.

When God says something, you can believe it will happen, because God always keeps His promises! God declared through the prophet Isaiah: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 KJV. When God says something, His word will be accomplished, no if, and’s or buts! His word is power, and will cause what He has declared to happen, to happen. There can be no doubt that since God declared that the tribe of Ephraim would return to their ‘everlasting possession,’ that when He ‘roars,’ like it says in our passage from Hosea, that it will happen! It cannot fail! But it will be a remnant, all those who would return to God. There will be a remnant who will return to Him, ‘trembling’ as it says in our Hosea passage above. And God has a plan for all of the other tribes of Israel as well, for those who return fully to Him, so that they can receive their everlasting possession that God had promised Abraham. God always keeps His promises! “Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” Isaiah 51:11 KJV. Amen!

God Helps His People Receive Their Everlasting Possession:

What is the main point in what we are making here?

The children of Israel, after they came into the Promised Land of Canaan, after many of them lost their inheritance due to unfaithfulness to God, or all of them to death, cannot be the complete fulfillment of the promise that God made to Abraham, because it was to be an ‘everlasting possession!’ Therefore this implies that there must be a great change that would come over God’s people, which would enable them to live holy lives for Him, and not lose their everlasting possession due to death or sin. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 KJV. But how would this great change come about? Now that is the gospel message! This is righteousness by faith! This is a topic for further articles!

But we will give you a hint here:

1) God needed to provide for the forgiveness of His people:
Jesus was to be born as a babe through Isaac, Abraham’s seed, so that all nations of the earth could be blessed. Then He worked for the revival of His people and trained His disciples to be evangelists of the Gospel, and then died on the cross for the sins of everyone in the world, including Abraham’s seed. This was how He would be a blessing to all nations of the earth and to Abraham’s seed. In order for anyone to be resurrected to receive their ‘everlasting possession’ they must be forgiven by God. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NASB. This is necessary ‘for there is no man that sinneth not’ 1 Kings 8:46 KJV. And in order for God to be able to do the second step below, His people must be forgiven of their sins.

2) God needed to circumcise the hearts of His people and give them the Holy Spirit:
Moses prophesied:And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.” Deuteronomy 30:6 KJV. This concept is echoed in other parts of the Old Testament. Jeremiah prophesied: “"Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the LORD. "But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."” Jeremiah 31:31-34 NASB. This is nothing other than the New Covenant! This is the first recorded instance of the New Covenant in the Bible! There is also something similar prophesied by the prophet Ezekiel, one of Jeremiah’s contemporaries, where God said,And I will give them [His people] one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:19-20 KJV.

So God had a plan to save His people, Israel, and give them a new heart, which is the New Covenant promise! He had a plan to circumcise their heart, as Moses prophesied. This started to take place at Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus’ death on the cross, where the Jewish Christians were given the Holy Spirit, and a huge change took place in them instantly! God wrote His law in the hearts of His people at Pentecost with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He gave them a heart to love Him and serve Him with all the way, with great joy! (It must be remembered that there were no Gentile Christians at this time, so the New Covenant was originally only for the Jews, until the Gospel message was preached to the Gentiles, which started about 3 ½ years after Jesus death on the cross.) But the New Covenant promise fulfillment can only be fully met in Heaven, where all of them from the least of them to the greatest of them will know Me,’ as God declared through His prophet in Jeremiah 31:34. This New Covenant promise in Jeremiah, which started at Pentecost, was the means that God used to help save His people to help them obey Him, so that they could eventually receive their ‘everlasting possession’ that He had promised Abraham! Because God always keeps His promises! God truly provides for the needs of His people. Whatever He has asked them to do, He has provided the way to do it, if they will prepare themselves to receive it.

Why did God provide the Holy Spirit for His people to circumcise their hearts? To help save them! This would help keep them from falling away, so that they could please Him and be happy in His love, and help them through their trials and tribulations to be true to Him with patience. This is how you become born again! Was it just to help them become born again and to have a better life? There can be no doubt that this was part of it, but there is more to it than that! God provided the Holy Spirit to His people to keep His promise to Abraham, that through His seed, all nations of the earth would be blessed!  Think about it: Not only was Jesus born as an Israelite of the tribe of Judah, but His disciples were all Jewish too! Jesus commanded His disciples to go and preach the gospel to every nation, kindred and tongue. Matthew 28:18-20. Which was also a fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham, that through his seed, all nations of the earth would be blessed. The gospel message was first preached to the world through Jewish evangelists, starting with Jesus’ disciples, then the seven deacons, and then later Paul and Barnabas, and many others who were all Jews! This was how the gospel message exploded and went to all corners of the earth! So not only was Jesus death on the cross and resurrection the fulfillment of the promise that through Abraham’s seed would all the nations of the earth be blessed, but also the Jewish Christians preaching to the Gentiles was a fulfillment of this promise! And all those who love Jesus in our day will also do as He commanded them, and help Him to fill the marriage supper of the Lamb, by inviting others to come there too! Luke 14:21-24.

God jump-started Christianity with what took place at Pentecost and afterwards, through the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God's great power was shown by the rapid spread of Christianity throughout the world, converting Gentiles and Jewish people in various parts of the world, who would listen, where the Apostles and other evangelists went. God always keeps His promises! We are bringing out this point because some may argue:

Why did God not provide the Holy Spirit from day one to His people, especially after Abraham?

First: We believe that Adam and Eve had been given a measure of the Holy Spirit before they sinned. So it is not true that God didn’t provide the Holy Spirit from day one. But Adam and Eve lost Him after they lost faith in or doubted God, and sinned. Why? Because the book of Hebrews declares: “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NASB. They lost the Holy Spirit due to a lack of faith in God! Adam and Eve would not have fallen prey to sin, if they had not doubted God, but kept trusting in Him. See how important Righteousness by Faith is?

For more on this read our upcoming article: “Adam and Eve’s Test of Faith”.

Second: We believe that Abraham, and many, if not all of the patriarchs, prophets and some leaders and kings had the Holy Spirit. So it is not true that God didn’t provide the Holy Spirit after Abraham. Various people in the Old Testament were given a measure of the Holy Spirit who wanted to obey God, for what He wanted them to do. In the days of the Old Testament many people had the relationship and power with God that they wanted to have, same as today. Unfortunately like many today, many in the past did not have much power from God, if any, and were satisfied with just getting by. Some wanted more power from God and got it because they loved Him, like David, a man after God’s own heart. 1 Samuel 13:14; 16:7, 11-13. (Yes, David sinned, but having the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean that one cannot sin, because God doesn’t take away our power of choice, and sometimes humanity loses their hold on God.) This question is too big to answer here. But suffice it to say all could have had this blessing of the Holy Spirit, in the days of the Old Testament, who wanted it and were willing to comply with God's conditions. See Joel 2.

Third: God had a plan to save the world: And the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, together with Jesus’ death on the cross was how He did it. The special outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is the reason why the Gospel message spread so rapidly through the earth after Pentecost. This was how God kept His promise to Abraham, that through his seed all nations of the earth would be blessed! And this is how He blessed all of the nations of the earth, through the Gospel! God's plan was always for the Salvation of the world, for God had made a promise to Adam and Eve, which was more than *2000 years before Abraham was born! (Adam and Eve were not Jews or Israelites, but all the races of mankind came from them and Noah and his sons.) God always keeps his promises! Ever since Adam and Eve sinned and fell from God (Genesis 3:1-13), God was executing His plan to save humanity and bring them all back to His home! So there is much more to the story then just Abraham and the Israelite nation! Genesis 3:14. This is about salvation of the whole world! Abraham and his posterity had the wonderful privilege of playing a part in the wonderful plan of Salvation!

* https://answersingenesis.org/bible-timeline/

Fourth: God had a plan to save the Israelites and the lost tribes who had wandered from Him. God knew ahead of time what would happen to the Israelites, the seed of Abraham, like we have previously discussed in this article. And He provided for their Salvation, through the power of the Gospel Message that would be preached to them, not only at Pentecost and in the days of the New Testament, but in our day as well, until we get to the end of the world. And through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that took place then, and through what will take place yet again (and in fact is even beginning to happen now), God will help others from the tribes of Israel to give themselves to Him and be saved, through His gift of the Holy Spirit - to those who want Him.

All four of these reasons are why God provided the great power of the Holy Spirit to His people, starting at Pentecost: To help save as many people as possible from this world and to keep His promise to Abraham. This was why Pentecost took place, and Jesus’ death on the cross! God provided this power to His people so the gospel message could quickly go to the ends of the earth, and win people from their misery and slavery to sin! With the power and speed the gospel spread with the full power of the Holy Spirit, it is as if God had said, ‘I have waited long enough to tell the people the good news of Salvation! Enough is enough! Let them tell others quickly about My love, so that they can get the help they need fast!This happened very quickly after Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection! It started 50 days after it, and * experts say that by the time that Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD, that the Gospel had spread to all of the then known, civilized world! Which was a period of about 36 years! (It went as far away as India and China!) So that the Gentiles could also share the everlasting possession with father Abraham.

* You can Google this to see that what we are saying is so. We don’t necessarily subscribe to the views that some of the people who are saying this believe, so we will not provide the links for them at this time, unless we can eventually find one that is unbiased or one that we can support all the way.

Our heart right now is so moved with the wonder and love of God and His plan to save humanity! It is so perfect wonderful and true! It is much bigger then we can fully take in and understand. And as we discovered in the previous parts of this article, many of the children of Israel, including the lost tribes, really need this gospel message preached to them now! - That Jesus and his disciples preached, to bring them back to God, so that they could share in the promise that God made to Abraham. God knew ahead of time, before Isaac was even born, what the history of Abraham’s offspring would be, and how many of His children would apostatize and leave the truth, forsaking their covenant with Him. No one can come up with any kind of sin, mistake or wrinkle that God hasn’t already thought of and planned for! Nothing surprises God. Everything that will ever happen, is like a book that has already been written that God has already read before it happened, to use a human analogy. God doesn't leave Humanity to its own sins and mistakes; He has wonderfully provided for our great need, before we needed it! Thus God will keep his promise to Abraham, and Adam as well, and will bring as many of their children, and great great great great grandchildren, etc. back to Him, so that He can keep his promises to them! Oh how our heart is overpowered with the sense of God's love and kindness, and the wonder of His plan to save us in spite of our sins and mistakes! Oh how we love Him!

Abraham’s Promised Possession Fulfilled:

We declare to you that ‘the everlasting possession’ made to Abraham, is an ‘everlasting possession,’ possessed only by those who live forever. Everything we have discussed and brought up thus far is to bring us now to this point: this is the great focal point of human history, in the Bible! Everything prophesied in the Bible eventually moves us to this point: God’s plan to save the world and restore it back to its former state in the Garden of Eden, that He promised to Abraham! Yes God promised to save the world through Abraham’s offspring, but Abraham did not have all of the details of this plan. Oh what a joy it is to serve God! Oh what a privilege! Abraham will indeed have a very rich reward in Heaven for all of the souls he helped to get there! God is so wonderful!

Now let’s examine the evidence for Abraham’s promised ‘everlasting possession’ from the book of Hebrews, and we will then proceed to what it means: By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11:8-10 NASB. Or ‘whose builder and maker is God,’ as the KJV puts it. From this we learn that Abraham didn’t receive it in his lifetime since it says:by going to a place he was to receive for an inheritance,” and because it says “he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land.” He was living in the land promised to him and his offspring by faith, believing that God would carry out His promise to him. Isaac and Jacob did not receive this promise in their days either, because they were ‘strangers’ too, and because they were also ‘fellow heirs of the same promise.’ This means that in all of Abraham’s days he himself did not have this land as an ‘everlasting possession,’ that was promised to him, because he was a foreigner in the land. And none of his posterity would get any of it for 400 years when they were slaves in Egypt either. So the only way God could keep His promise to Abraham, to give him his everlasting possession in the land of Canaan, was through the Resurrection, when Abraham would be raised from the dead, with all of his descendants who were true to God! Furthermore, our above passage in Hebrews declares that Abraham was looking for ‘the city whose architect and builder is God.’ This is the New Jerusalem of Heaven! Because this is the inheritance of God’s people only after * the Resurrection, and it is built by God, not man.

* We will not go into the proof of this here: that the righteous saints go to Heaven after the Resurrection, not before. We have articles on this in our How To Please God Blog, but hope to add more articles on this too.

How do we know that the New Jerusalem was the city that the book of Hebrews declared that Abraham was looking for, and not the old Jerusalem built by man, or the modern day Jerusalem in the modern state of Israel, or some other city? Because it says in Revelation 21:1-4, that we will list below, that after God brings the New Jerusalem down to earth, then He will wipe away every tear from every eye, because He will *destroy death for all time! And because its architect and builder is God. This can ONLY happen after the Resurrection, and the New Jerusalem can only be fully the everlasting possession of Abraham and his offspring, after death is finally destroyed in the Lake of fire!

The New Jerusalem is clearly built by God, not man – therefore it is the only possible city whose maker and builder is God, and it is the only city whose entrance depends on the Resurrection, or by translation to Heaven without seeing death by the righteous, who are alive at Jesus’ Second Coming. God’s promise to Abraham, which was for an ‘everlasting possession’, could only be had by someone who is righteous and lives forever.  – The only place this can happen is in Heaven and on the Earth made new! This is the great focal point of human history - all of human history moves towards this point in time. Thus the New Jerusalem in Heaven, which is brought down to earth, is the only city which could be Abraham and his seed’s everlasting possession, including His ‘spiritual seed’ - Gentile Christians.

Yes, the New Jerusalem will come down out of Heaven, which was built by God, not man, then Abraham and his offspring will inherit it forever! In this land there will be no sin, suffering or death! Just life everlasting, joy without end, love without end, and hope without end!

* We have already written articles, and posted articles by another writer, on our How To Please God Blog on how God will destroy death for all time, and related truths, under different title names than this topic. We are still running part of this series.

The Revelation of John: The New Jerusalem:

Then I [John] saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.’” Revelation 21:1-4 NASB.

On this day, Abraham and his offspring finally receive their promise that God made to him fully, through the Resurrection! Then they will walk on the streets of gold in the New Jerusalem, and have it for their eternal, everlasting possession! Then they will never die and never lose it! God always keeps His promises! Amen!

Since God declared that all nations of this earth would be blessed through Abraham’s seed (which is Jesus Christ), therefore it seems obvious that the blessings given to Abraham will also be extended to faithful Gentile Christians as well; they share in the blessings that God promised Abraham! So the promise of the New Jerusalem is also for faithful Christians as well! We will show the evidence below that the New Jerusalem will be for both Israelites and Gentile Christians.

Let us catch a glimpse of Heaven here, where Revelation reveals to us that the kingdom of Heaven will be made up of both Jews and Gentiles alike, when it talks about the twelve tribes and the twelve apostles. Read John’s description of the New Jerusalem:

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Revelation 21:10-14 NASB.

So the New Jerusalem has 12 gates on its surrounding wall: one for each of the tribes of the sons of Israel, and it has 12 foundation stones, with the names of the 12 Apostles of Jesus written on them.
This makes it clear that the saved in the New Jerusalem will be made up of the faithful children of Israel (the offspring of Abraham), and the 12 Apostles, with their spiritual children: faithful Gentile Christians. Together they all make up the nations of the saved!

The Earth is burned with fire: Every trace of sin on the Earth, man-made or not, will be destroyed by fire. Peter declares, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10 KJV. Peter makes it clear that: 1) ‘The heavens shall pass away with a great noise’, 2) ‘the elements shall melt with fervent heat’, 3) the earth shall be burned up, and 4) “The works therein shall be burned up.”We think this covers all that is on the Earth, don’t you? What could be left? Even the elements are burned up!

The New Jerusalem comes down out of Heaven and settles where the current Jerusalem is, but it will be much bigger! Based on the name Revelation gives it, we think it is obvious God will put it where the old Jerusalem was. Then why is it called the New Jerusalem? Because God makes all things new!And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’” Revelation 21:5 NASB. By making all things ‘new,’ this would also include Jerusalem as well, so the Jerusalem on the Earth made new must necessarily be the New Jerusalem, for it cannot be the old one, which was man-made, or contain any trace of sin in it! These words are faithful and true, as God said! “Then I [John] saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.” Revelation 21:1 NASB. So not only is it a new Earth that the saints will inherit, they will also inherit the New Jerusalem as well.

Sin, suffering and death will be destroyed, and God will wipe away every tear! Revelation 7:17; 21:4; 20:14-15; 21:8. The book of Hebrews refers to the city that Abraham was searching for, as the city ‘whose builder and maker is God,’ Hebrews 11:10 KJV, which we discovered is the same city. So this is the city which God built, but it is new to the Earth when He moves it there. God makes all things new, and replaces the old, man-made earthly Jerusalem with the New Jerusalem from Heaven, built by God! Ever since David made this city his royal city, the city of his royal residence, it has figured into the beliefs of Israel, and then later into Christianity, as being symbolic for God’s people. Nearby is the hill where Jesus was crucified. The Bible has much to say about Jerusalem and Zion, and with so much associated with this city of Jerusalem and mount Zion, it seems like the probable location of the New Jerusalem. So God moves the New Jerusalem from Heaven to earth, and He and Jesus will dwell with the redeemed of mankind forever! The New Jerusalem will be Their new temple or throne! For more on this, see the ‘For Further Study’ section, after the conclusion of this article.

Abrahams Everlasting Possession, the New Jerusalem, will be a massive city of 1500 miles wide by 1500 miles deep, or 2.25 million square miles! Wow!
We think that it is safe to say there has never been a city this big on Earth of this size in any of its recorded history! “The city [the New Jerusalem] is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.” Revelation 21:16 NASB. Did Abraham ever dream that his everlasting possession for himself and his offspring, both physical and spiritual, would be a massive city of 2.25 million square miles? We think not! To give you an idea how big the New Jerusalem will be, consider that the * circumference of this earth is 3,963 miles at the equator. So a city 1500 miles in width or depth would be 0.385 times the circumference of the equator! Wow! That’s a really big city! Quite big enough to house the nations of the saved!

* https://www.space.com/17638-how-big-is-earth.html

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.” Revelation 21:21-27 KJV.

This is wonderful news! This gives us a glimpse of the wonder of Heaven! God will dwell with His people! There will be no more night! No more tears! That city will have no need of the sun, for the glory of God will lighten it! And the Lamb of God will also lighten it as well! They love everyone so much! And they have finally brought their children home! Home forever to be with Them! No more sin! No more suffering! No more death! No more saying goodbye to loved ones! No more hungering and thirsting for God, all who are thirsty and hungry will on that day be satisfied with the fullness and goodness of God and His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit! Jesus shall look at the travail of His soul, for the death that He died for all who made it there, and be satisfied! Isaiah 53:10-12. His death paid the price for the sins of His people, and the Holy Spirit changed their hearts, so that they were able to love Him and the Father with all their heart, mind and soul, and to live a righteous life for Them! Now they will be with Him and the Father forever, to share in everlasting joy! And share in the eternal possession of Abraham!

This will be the most wonderful day in all of human history! Abraham will be there! His faithful offspring will be there! The nations of the saved will be there! People from every nation, kindred and tongue will be there! “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou [Jesus] art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” Revelation 5:9 KJV. The Gentiles who accept the invitation from God to be saved, given by Jesus’ disciples, the offspring of Abraham, and by the Gentile preachers and evangelists who came after them, will also share in the promise that God made to Abraham, and will receive an ‘everlasting possession’ with them in Heaven too! There is room enough for all! The New Jerusalem is big enough for all, who would accept God’s invitation to join faithful Abraham and his faithful descendants!

There is room enough for all who accept God’s wonderful salvation in Heaven and on the Earth made new! No reason for anyone to not be there, it has been provided by God for all! Won’t you come and go with me to that bright and fair land? Amen.

And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, 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. 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.” Genesis 13:14-16 KJV. Yes, God has kept His promise to Abraham! All the land promised to him is finally his! And he is alive to see it and enjoy it, with his children, children’s children, and great, great, grand children, etc. forever! It’s no longer just a promise, it is now finally his! To the north, south, east and west! All his and for all his offspring forever! His offspring will be a numberless multitude, the nations of the saved! Way too many to count! The massive multitude of the saved of Israel and Gentiles!After this I [John] beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-10 KJV.

And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And He saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And He saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” Revelation 19:5-9 KJV.

Yes! You can believe that God will keep His promise to Abraham! God always keeps His promises! God’s promise to Abraham for the ‘everlasting possession,’ was the promise of the Resurrection to him, eternal life in the New Jerusalem! And God’s promise to Abraham is also for all who are his spiritual offspring as well, faithful Israelites and Gentile Christians! Amen.

Oh Water of Life,
Fill us with Your sweet Presence!
I love You!

Please help all who read this
Know the wonder of Your love,
And the wonder of Your ways.

How pure, righteous, kind and loving you are!
How perfect are Your plans,
How just are Your ways!
Oh how I love You!
You always keep your promises!

Please fill us with the Water of Life,
And give us life everlasting!
And take us to our everlasting possession
That you promised Abraham,
And to all those faithful to You
In the New Jerusalem,
On the Earth made new,
For the Bride of Christ.

Amen!

May the grace of God, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all! Amen.

The song for the day:
Therefore the redeemed of the Lord:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pdVtpYTKXI

Therefore the Redeemed (Isaiah 51:11):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVcwk0o45g0


Prophecies of the Earth made New, where God dwells with His people in the New Jerusalem:

Here is a prophecy for the end of time, showing that God will dwell at Jerusalem:The LORD roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people and a stronghold to the sons of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, and strangers will pass through it no more.” Joel 3:16-17 NASB. Notice that God is dwelling in Zion here, His holy mountain. He utters His voice from Jerusalem. When this prophecy takes place, God will dwell in the city of Jerusalem! Jerusalem is the city which was built on the mountain of Zion. Jerusalem and Zion are used somewhat synonymously. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion . How do we know that this is talking about the New Jerusalem at the end of time? Because the book of Joel is about the end of the world, and how God would pour out His Holy Spirit on His people, those who repent, and save and restore them: Judah and Jerusalem. Study the whole book and you will see. See especially Joel 1:1-3; 2:32; 3:1. And because its message: God will dwell in Zion, His holy mountain, is similar to Revelation 21:22-23, where the city of the New Jerusalem has God and the Lamb as its temple, and is illuminated by God and the Lamb’s glory. There are also other places in the Bible that prophesy something along these lines. Compare these prophecies with the New Jerusalem of Revelation 21. We think it is clear that the New Jerusalem will be located where the Old Jerusalem, the city of David was.

At the end of time God’s glory will be in Jerusalem: “For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning. The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the LORD will designate. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. It will no longer be said to you, "Forsaken," nor to your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate"; but you will be called, "My delight is in her," and your land, "Married"; for the LORD delights in you, and to Him your land will be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so your sons will marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you. On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves; and give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” Isaiah 62:1-7 NASB.

There is a clear reference here to the ‘bride of Christ’, i.e. the New Jerusalem here, when the Lord says here ‘married’, ‘and to Him your land will be married.’ It prophesies here that God will establish and make ‘Jerusalem a praise in the earth.’ ‘God will establish Jerusalem’ is a reference to the New Jerusalem, whose maker and builder is God (Hebrews 11:10), because ‘establish’ can mean ‘build.’ Therefore this text could be read: ‘God will build Jerusalem.’ When this passage says, “her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning,” this is referring to the glory of God being in the midst of Jerusalem! Like when it says in Revelation 21: “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” Revelation 21:22-23 NASB. These are clearly the same city, the New Jerusalem. It is clear that Isaiah 62 must be the New Jerusalem, and cannot be the earthly Jerusalem in the modern state of Israel, because God’s presence and glory would be there in full strength. Like when it says: ‘her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning.’ The current city of Jerusalem cannot be what Isaiah 62 is prophesying about, because God’s glory is not dwelling there now! It would be well known if He was dwelling there now, because His glory outshines the sun! And God’s glory is a consuming fire against sin. Exodus 24:17; Deuteronomy 4:24, 9:3. And when it says, “you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the LORD will designate,” this new name could very well be ‘the New Jerusalem’.  At the end of this prophecy, God instructs His people to pray to Him, until He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Another words they are to keep praying to God that He would establish the New Jerusalem, until it happens! Amen!

Zechariah 14:1-48 describes the final doom of the wicked, and the New Jerusalem:

Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.” Zechariah 14:3-4 NASB.

Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him! And it will come about in that day that there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. For it will be a unique day which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light. And it will come about in that day that living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter. And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.” Zechariah 14:6-9 NASB.

These are not intended to be an exhaustive list of every prophecy in the Old Testament prophesying about the days when God would dwell with His people in the New Jerusalem or Zion.

See also Isaiah 62:1-7; 52:9; Micah 4:1-7; Hebrews 12:22-23.

Zion can be referred to as Jerusalem, ‘the City of David’ or ‘My Holy Mountain.’ Zion is the Bride of Christ, or Jerusalem. But Zion is not only the city of Jerusalem, she also represents God’s people. There is a lot of symbolism throughout the Bible referring to God’s people as Zion, Jerusalem,  ‘daughter’,  ‘her’, ‘married’, ‘bride’, ‘fair’, ‘comely and delicate’, and ‘woman,’ etc. Which is synonymous with the Bride of Christ. In the New Testament Zion stands for God’s Church, and includes both faithful Jews and Christians. And finally, the New Jerusalem represents God’s people, pure and holy, because God dwells in her midst, and she is the city where they dwell, the Bride of Christ. Amen!

Jerusalem in the modern State of Israel versus the New Jerusalem:

The modern State of Israel is not the complete fulfillment of the prophecy made to Abraham by God! The modern Jerusalem in the modern State of Israel is not the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven! The modern Jerusalem in the modern State of Israel is not the ‘everlasting possession’ for Abraham or his descendants! The modern Jerusalem is not the home of Abraham’s spiritual seed, Gentile Christians.

The modern Jerusalem was built by man, not God, and is an earthly kingdom, and its occupants are still sinners like we are. They are not all righteous, like the people are who are described in the New Jerusalem in Revelation, or from the prophets of the Old Testament like Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc. Don’t miss this point! And many of them are secular, and thus cannot be the children of the promise, since they are not of faith like Abraham was. It is not enough to be born into the race of Israel, any more than it is not enough to be born into a Christian family, or to become a member of a Christian Church, or to convert to Judaism, etc. No one is automatically saved based on what race or religion they were born into, or because they joined a certain church denomination.But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; nor are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants, but: ‘THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED.’” Romans 9:6-7 NASB. “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” Romans 2:28-29 KJV. The saved are those who have chosen by faith to believe the promises of God, and are obedient to Him and love him, like Abraham did.

Those who try to take the prophecies about Heaven and apply them to the earthly kingdoms will be sadly disappointed, and may miss out on the real New Jerusalem. Humanistic thinking tries to put God's promise to Abraham as an earthly kingdom, in the modern State of Israel. The people who believe this, make mundane applications of the spiritual lessons of the Bible regarding the Israelites and Jews, as the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The real truth is that the New Jerusalem will come down out of Heaven, which was built by God, not man, that Abraham and his offspring will inherit forever! In this land there will be no sin, suffering or death! Just life everlasting, joy without end, love without end, and hope without end! Do you see how much better God's plan is than what many people believe it is? Abraham and his offspring will dwell together, with his spiritual seed, the Gentiles who became Christian through Jewish Christians preaching the Gospel to them - all in one big happy family forever! Going all the way back to Adam and Eve! God's way is perfect and without any flaws! It is so much better than what mankind has to offer, and what many have conceived, which offers no real hope and no real betterment of the human race. God's way is best. God's way is supreme!

The End
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From the Editor: The Everlasting Covenanthas had a very great impact on my life! These articles, with its stories from the Bible, led me to fall in love with God, there is no other way of putting it. The thing I was needing the most in my life was given to me after I learned how much He loved me in “The Everlasting Covenant” by E. J. Waggoner.

It is my prayer, dear reader, that God will richly bless you, as you learn more and more about His great love for you as presented by E. J. Waggoner in “The Everlasting Covenant, as we continue to present more articles from it.

May the grace of God, and the priceless, precious fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you, as you go down this journey of falling totally in love with God! Riches beyond measure await you, if you will just get to know Him and His great love for you!

Listen to these articles at:  http://www.whiteraimentevangelism.com/recommended.

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Watchword:

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.'” John 14:23 NASB.

White Raiment Evangelism Revelation 3:18:

In Revelation 3:18 Jesus said, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, and white raiment, and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest be clothed, that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and that thou mayest see." (Paraphrase of the KJV.)

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If you have not read Part 1, we recommend that you read it first: Abraham's Promised Possession Could Only Come Through the Resurrection Part 1

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Prophecies of the Earth made New, where God dwells with His people in the New Jerusalem:

Here is a prophecy for the end of time, showing that God will dwell at Jerusalem:The LORD roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people and a stronghold to the sons of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, dwelling in Zion, My holy mountain. So Jerusalem will be holy, and strangers will pass through it no more.” Joel 3:16-17 NASB. Notice that God is dwelling in Zion here, His holy mountain. He utters His voice from Jerusalem. When this prophecy takes place, God will dwell in the city of Jerusalem! Jerusalem is the city which was built on the mountain of Zion. Jerusalem and Zion are used somewhat synonymously. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion . How do we know that this is talking about the New Jerusalem at the end of time? Because the book of Joel is about the end of the world, and how God would pour out His Holy Spirit on His people, those who repent, and save and restore them: Judah and Jerusalem. Study the whole book and you will see. See especially Joel 1:1-3; 2:32; 3:1. And because its message: God will dwell in Zion, His holy mountain, is similar to Revelation 21:22-23, where the city of the New Jerusalem has God and the Lamb as its temple, and is illuminated by God and the Lamb’s glory. There are also other places in the Bible that prophesy something along these lines. Compare these prophecies with the New Jerusalem of Revelation 21. We think it is clear that the New Jerusalem will be located where the Old Jerusalem, the city of David was.

At the end of time God’s glory will be in Jerusalem: “For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning. The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the LORD will designate. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. It will no longer be said to you, "Forsaken," nor to your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate"; but you will be called, "My delight is in her," and your land, "Married"; for the LORD delights in you, and to Him your land will be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so your sons will marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you. On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves; and give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” Isaiah 62:1-7 NASB.

There is a clear reference here to the ‘bride of Christ’, i.e. the New Jerusalem here, when the Lord says here ‘married’, ‘and to Him your land will be married.’ It prophesies here that God will establish and make ‘Jerusalem a praise in the earth.’ ‘God will establish Jerusalem’ is a reference to the New Jerusalem, whose maker and builder is God (Hebrews 11:10), because ‘establish’ can mean ‘build.’ Therefore this text could be read: ‘God will build Jerusalem.’ When this passage says, “her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning,” this is referring to the glory of God being in the midst of Jerusalem! Like when it says in Revelation 21: “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” Revelation 21:22-23 NASB. These are clearly the same city, the New Jerusalem. It is clear that Isaiah 62 must be the New Jerusalem, and cannot be the earthly Jerusalem in the modern state of Israel, because God’s presence and glory would be there in full strength. Like when it says: ‘her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning.’ The current city of Jerusalem cannot be what Isaiah 62 is prophesying about, because God’s glory is not dwelling there now! It would be well known if He was dwelling there now, because His glory outshines the sun! And God’s glory is a consuming fire against sin. Exodus 24:17; Deuteronomy 4:24, 9:3. And when it says, “you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the LORD will designate,” this new name could very well be ‘the New Jerusalem’.  At the end of this prophecy, God instructs His people to pray to Him, until He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Another words they are to keep praying to God that He would establish the New Jerusalem, until it happens! Amen!

Zechariah 14:1-48 describes the final doom of the wicked, and the New Jerusalem:

Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.” Zechariah 14:3-4 NASB.

Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him! And it will come about in that day that there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. For it will be a unique day which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light. And it will come about in that day that living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter. And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.” Zechariah 14:6-9 NASB.

These are not intended to be an exhaustive list of every prophecy in the Old Testament prophesying about the days when God would dwell with His people in the New Jerusalem or Zion.

See also Isaiah 62:1-7; 52:9; Micah 4:1-7; Hebrews 12:22-23.

Zion can be referred to as Jerusalem, ‘the City of David’ or ‘My Holy Mountain.’ Zion is the Bride of Christ, or Jerusalem. But Zion is not only the city of Jerusalem, she also represents God’s people. There is a lot of symbolism throughout the Bible referring to God’s people as Zion, Jerusalem,  ‘daughter’,  ‘her’, ‘married’, ‘bride’, ‘fair’, ‘comely and delicate’, and ‘woman,’ etc. Which is synonymous with the Bride of Christ. In the New Testament Zion stands for God’s Church, and includes both faithful Jews and Christians. And finally, the New Jerusalem represents God’s people, pure and holy, because God dwells in her midst, and she is the city where they dwell, the Bride of Christ. Amen!

Jerusalem in the modern State of Israel versus the New Jerusalem:

The modern State of Israel is not the complete fulfillment of the prophecy made to Abraham by God! The modern Jerusalem in the modern State of Israel is not the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven! The modern Jerusalem in the modern State of Israel is not the ‘everlasting possession’ for Abraham or his descendants! The modern Jerusalem is not the home of Abraham’s spiritual seed, Gentile Christians.

The modern Jerusalem was built by man, not God, and is an earthly kingdom, and its occupants are still sinners like we are. They are not all righteous, like the people are who are described in the New Jerusalem in Revelation, or from the prophets of the Old Testament like Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc. Don’t miss this point! And many of them are secular, and thus cannot be the children of the promise, since they are not of faith like Abraham was. It is not enough to be born into the race of Israel, any more than it is not enough to be born into a Christian family, or to become a member of a Christian Church, or to convert to Judaism, etc. No one is automatically saved based on what race or religion they were born into, or because they joined a certain church denomination.But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; nor are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants, but: ‘THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED.’” Romans 9:6-7 NASB. “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” Romans 2:28-29 KJV. The saved are those who have chosen by faith to believe the promises of God, and are obedient to Him and love him, like Abraham did.

Those who try to take the prophecies about Heaven and apply them to the earthly kingdoms will be sadly disappointed, and may miss out on the real New Jerusalem. Humanistic thinking tries to put God's promise to Abraham as an earthly kingdom, in the modern State of Israel. The people who believe this, make mundane applications of the spiritual lessons of the Bible regarding the Israelites and Jews, as the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The real truth is that the New Jerusalem will come down out of Heaven, which was built by God, not man, that Abraham and his offspring will inherit forever! In this land there will be no sin, suffering or death! Just life everlasting, joy without end, love without end, and hope without end! Do you see how much better God's plan is than what many people believe it is? Abraham and his offspring will dwell together, with his spiritual seed, the Gentiles who became Christian through Jewish Christians preaching the Gospel to them - all in one big happy family forever! Going all the way back to Adam and Eve! God's way is perfect and without any flaws! It is so much better than what mankind has to offer, and what many have conceived, which offers no real hope and no real betterment of the human race. God's way is best. God's way is supreme!

The End.
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Blog Edited by John Foll.

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From the Editor: The Everlasting Covenanthas had a very great impact on my life! These articles, with its stories from the Bible, led me to fall in love with God, there is no other way of putting it. The thing I was needing the most in my life was given to me after I learned how much He loved me in “The Everlasting Covenant” by E. J. Waggoner.

It is my prayer, dear reader, that God will richly bless you, as you learn more and more about His great love for you as presented by E. J. Waggoner in “The Everlasting Covenant, as we continue to present more articles from it.

May the grace of God, and the priceless, precious fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you, as you go down this journey of falling totally in love with God! Riches beyond measure await you, if you will just get to know Him and His great love for you!
Listen to these articles at:  http://www.whiteraimentevangelism.com/recommended.

Watchword:

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.'” John 14:23 NASB.

White Raiment Evangelism Revelation 3:18:

In Revelation 3:18 Jesus said, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, and white raiment, and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest be clothed, that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and that thou mayest see." (Paraphrase of the KJV.)

#Faith #Abraham #New #Jerusalem #Heaven #God #Promise #Everlasting #Possession #Zion #Holy #End #Time #Lamb #Bride #Christ #Modern #State #Israel #Jew

By John Foll, written between 8/11/2017 and 8/13/2017, 9/14/2018 - 9/25/2018.
© Copyright 2018 John Foll

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If you have not read Part 1, we recommend that you read it first: Abraham's Promised Possession Could Only Come Through the Resurrection Part 1

Abraham’s Promised Possession Fulfilled:

We declare to you that ‘the everlasting possession’ made to Abraham, is an ‘everlasting possession,’ possessed only by those who live forever. Everything we have discussed and brought up thus far is to bring us now to this point: this is the great focal point of human history, in the Bible! Everything prophesied in the Bible eventually moves us to this point: God’s plan to save the world and restore it back to its former state in the Garden of Eden, that He promised to Abraham! Yes God promised to save the world through Abraham’s offspring, but Abraham did not have all of the details of this plan. Oh what a joy it is to serve God! Oh what a privilege! Abraham will indeed have a very rich reward in Heaven for all of the souls he helped to get there! God is so wonderful!

Now let’s examine the evidence for Abraham’s promised ‘everlasting possession’ from the book of Hebrews, and we will then proceed to what it means: By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11:8-10 NASB. Or ‘whose builder and maker is God,’ as the KJV puts it. From this we learn that Abraham didn’t receive it in his lifetime since it says:by going to a place he was to receive for an inheritance,” and because it says “he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land.” He was living in the land promised to him and his offspring by faith, believing that God would carry out His promise to him. Isaac and Jacob did not receive this promise in their days either, because they were ‘strangers’ too, and because they were also ‘fellow heirs of the same promise.’ This means that in all of Abraham’s days he himself did not have this land as an ‘everlasting possession,’ that was promised to him, because he was a foreigner in the land. And none of his posterity would get any of it for 400 years when they were slaves in Egypt either. So the only way God could keep His promise to Abraham, to give him his everlasting possession in the land of Canaan, was through the Resurrection, when Abraham would be raised from the dead, with all of his descendants who were true to God! Furthermore, our above passage in Hebrews declares that Abraham was looking for ‘the city whose architect and builder is God.’ This is the New Jerusalem of Heaven! Because this is the inheritance of God’s people only after * the Resurrection, and it is built by God, not man.

* We will not go into the proof of this here: that the righteous saints go to Heaven after the Resurrection, not before. We have articles on this in our How To Please God Blog, but hope to add more articles on this too.

How do we know that the New Jerusalem was the city that the book of Hebrews declared that Abraham was looking for, and not the old Jerusalem built by man, or the modern day Jerusalem in the modern state of Israel, or some other city? Because it says in Revelation 21:1-4, that we will list below, that after God brings the New Jerusalem down to earth, then He will wipe away every tear from every eye, because He will *destroy death for all time! And because its architect and builder is God. This can ONLY happen after the Resurrection, and the New Jerusalem can only be fully the everlasting possession of Abraham and his offspring, after death is finally destroyed in the Lake of fire!

The New Jerusalem is clearly built by God, not man – therefore it is the only possible city whose maker and builder is God, and it is the only city whose entrance depends on the Resurrection, or by translation to Heaven without seeing death by the righteous, who are alive at Jesus’ Second Coming. God’s promise to Abraham, which was for an ‘everlasting possession’, could only be had by someone who is righteous and lives forever.  – The only place this can happen is in Heaven and on the Earth made new! This is the great focal point of human history - all of human history moves towards this point in time. Thus the New Jerusalem in Heaven, which is brought down to earth, is the only city which could be Abraham and his seed’s everlasting possession, including His ‘spiritual seed’ - Gentile Christians.

Yes, the New Jerusalem will come down out of Heaven, which was built by God, not man, then Abraham and his offspring will inherit it forever! In this land there will be no sin, suffering or death! Just life everlasting, joy without end, love without end, and hope without end!

* We have already written articles, and posted articles by another writer, on our How To Please God Blog on how God will destroy death for all time, and related truths, under different title names than this topic. We are still running part of this series.

The Revelation of John: The New Jerusalem:

Then I [John] saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.’” Revelation 21:1-4 NASB.

On this day, Abraham and his offspring finally receive their promise that God made to him fully, through the Resurrection! Then they will walk on the streets of gold in the New Jerusalem, and have it for their eternal, everlasting possession! Then they will never die and never lose it! God always keeps His promises! Amen!

Since God declared that all nations of this earth would be blessed through Abraham’s seed (which is Jesus Christ), therefore it seems obvious that the blessings given to Abraham will also be extended to faithful Gentile Christians as well; they share in the blessings that God promised Abraham! So the promise of the New Jerusalem is also for faithful Christians as well! We will show the evidence below that the New Jerusalem will be for both Israelites and Gentile Christians.

Let us catch a glimpse of Heaven here, where Revelation reveals to us that the kingdom of Heaven will be made up of both Jews and Gentiles alike, when it talks about the twelve tribes and the twelve apostles. Read John’s description of the New Jerusalem:

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Revelation 21:10-14 NASB.

So the New Jerusalem has 12 gates on its surrounding wall: one for each of the tribes of the sons of Israel, and it has 12 foundation stones, with the names of the 12 Apostles of Jesus written on them.
This makes it clear that the saved in the New Jerusalem will be made up of the faithful children of Israel (the offspring of Abraham), and the 12 Apostles, with their spiritual children: faithful Gentile Christians. Together they all make up the nations of the saved!

The Earth is burned with fire: Every trace of sin on the Earth, man-made or not, will be destroyed by fire. Peter declares, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10 KJV. Peter makes it clear that: 1) ‘The heavens shall pass away with a great noise’, 2) ‘the elements shall melt with fervent heat’, 3) the earth shall be burned up, and 4) “The works therein shall be burned up.”We think this covers all that is on the Earth, don’t you? What could be left? Even the elements are burned up!

The New Jerusalem comes down out of Heaven and settles where the current Jerusalem is, but it will be much bigger! Based on the name Revelation gives it, we think it is obvious God will put it where the old Jerusalem was. Then why is it called the New Jerusalem? Because God makes all things new!And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’” Revelation 21:5 NASB. By making all things ‘new,’ this would also include Jerusalem as well, so the Jerusalem on the Earth made new must necessarily be the New Jerusalem, for it cannot be the old one, which was man-made, or contain any trace of sin in it! These words are faithful and true, as God said! “Then I [John] saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.” Revelation 21:1 NASB. So not only is it a new Earth that the saints will inherit, they will also inherit the New Jerusalem as well.

Sin, suffering and death will be destroyed, and God will wipe away every tear! Revelation 7:17; 21:4; 20:14-15; 21:8. The book of Hebrews refers to the city that Abraham was searching for, as the city ‘whose builder and maker is God,’ Hebrews 11:10 KJV, which we discovered is the same city. So this is the city which God built, but it is new to the Earth when He moves it there. God makes all things new, and replaces the old, man-made earthly Jerusalem with the New Jerusalem from Heaven, built by God! Ever since David made this city his royal city, the city of his royal residence, it has figured into the beliefs of Israel, and then later into Christianity, as being symbolic for God’s people. Nearby is the hill where Jesus was crucified. The Bible has much to say about Jerusalem and Zion, and with so much associated with this city of Jerusalem and mount Zion, it seems like the probable location of the New Jerusalem. So God moves the New Jerusalem from Heaven to earth, and He and Jesus will dwell with the redeemed of mankind forever! The New Jerusalem will be Their new temple or throne! For more on this, see the ‘For Further Study’ section, after the conclusion of this article.

Abrahams Everlasting Possession, the New Jerusalem, will be a massive city of 1500 miles wide by 1500 miles deep, or 2.25 million square miles! Wow!
We think that it is safe to say there has never been a city this big on Earth of this size in any of its recorded history! “The city [the New Jerusalem] is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal.” Revelation 21:16 NASB. Did Abraham ever dream that his everlasting possession for himself and his offspring, both physical and spiritual, would be a massive city of 2.25 million square miles? We think not! To give you an idea how big the New Jerusalem will be, consider that the * circumference of this earth is 3,963 miles at the equator. So a city 1500 miles in width or depth would be 0.385 times the circumference of the equator! Wow! That’s a really big city! Quite big enough to house the nations of the saved!

* https://www.space.com/17638-how-big-is-earth.html

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.” Revelation 21:21-27 KJV.

This is wonderful news! This gives us a glimpse of the wonder of Heaven! God will dwell with His people! There will be no more night! No more tears! That city will have no need of the sun, for the glory of God will lighten it! And the Lamb of God will also lighten it as well! They love everyone so much! And they have finally brought their children home! Home forever to be with Them! No more sin! No more suffering! No more death! No more saying goodbye to loved ones! No more hungering and thirsting for God, all who are thirsty and hungry will on that day be satisfied with the fullness and goodness of God and His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit! Jesus shall look at the travail of His soul, for the death that He died for all who made it there, and be satisfied! Isaiah 53:10-12. His death paid the price for the sins of His people, and the Holy Spirit changed their hearts, so that they were able to love Him and the Father with all their heart, mind and soul, and to live a righteous life for Them! Now they will be with Him and the Father forever, to share in everlasting joy! And share in the eternal possession of Abraham!

This will be the most wonderful day in all of human history! Abraham will be there! His faithful offspring will be there! The nations of the saved will be there! People from every nation, kindred and tongue will be there! “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou [Jesus] art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;” Revelation 5:9 KJV. The Gentiles who accept the invitation from God to be saved, given by Jesus’ disciples, the offspring of Abraham, and by the Gentile preachers and evangelists who came after them, will also share in the promise that God made to Abraham, and will receive an ‘everlasting possession’ with them in Heaven too! There is room enough for all! The New Jerusalem is big enough for all, who would accept God’s invitation to join faithful Abraham and his faithful descendants!

There is room enough for all who accept God’s wonderful salvation in Heaven and on the Earth made new! No reason for anyone to not be there, it has been provided by God for all! Won’t you come and go with me to that bright and fair land? Amen.

And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, 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. 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.” Genesis 13:14-16 KJV. Yes, God has kept His promise to Abraham! All the land promised to him is finally his! And he is alive to see it and enjoy it, with his children, children’s children, and great, great, grand children, etc. forever! It’s no longer just a promise, it is now finally his! To the north, south, east and west! All his and for all his offspring forever! His offspring will be a numberless multitude, the nations of the saved! Way too many to count! The massive multitude of the saved of Israel and Gentiles!After this I [John] beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-10 KJV.

And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And He saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And He saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” Revelation 19:5-9 KJV.

Yes! You can believe that God will keep His promise to Abraham! God always keeps His promises! God’s promise to Abraham for the ‘everlasting possession,’ was the promise of the Resurrection to him, eternal life in the New Jerusalem! And God’s promise to Abraham is also for all who are his spiritual offspring as well, faithful Israelites and Gentile Christians! Amen.

Oh Water of Life,
Fill us with Your sweet Presence!
I love You!

Please help all who read this
Know the wonder of Your love,
And the wonder of Your ways.

How pure, righteous, kind and loving you are!
How perfect are Your plans,
How just are Your ways!
Oh how I love You!
You always keep your promises!

Please fill us with the Water of Life,
And give us life everlasting!
And take us to our everlasting possession
That you promised Abraham,
And to all those faithful to You
In the New Jerusalem,
On the Earth made new,
For the Bride of Christ.

Amen!

May the grace of God, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all! Amen.

To Be Continued…

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Therefore the redeemed of the Lord:
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Therefore the Redeemed (Isaiah 51:11):
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From the Editor: The Everlasting Covenanthas had a very great impact on my life! These articles, with its stories from the Bible, led me to fall in love with God, there is no other way of putting it. The thing I was needing the most in my life was given to me after I learned how much He loved me in “The Everlasting Covenant” by E. J. Waggoner.

It is my prayer, dear reader, that God will richly bless you, as you learn more and more about His great love for you as presented by E. J. Waggoner in “The Everlasting Covenant, as we continue to present more articles from it.

May the grace of God, and the priceless, precious fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you, as you go down this journey of falling totally in love with God! Riches beyond measure await you, if you will just get to know Him and His great love for you!

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“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.'” John 14:23 NASB.

White Raiment Evangelism Revelation 3:18:

In Revelation 3:18 Jesus said, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, and white raiment, and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest be clothed, that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and that thou mayest see." (Paraphrase of the KJV.)

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If you have not read Part 1, we recommend that you read it first: Abraham's Promised Possession Could Only Come Through the Resurrection Part 1

God Helps His People Receive Their Everlasting Possession:

What is the main point in what we are making here?

The children of Israel, after they came into the Promised Land of Canaan, after many of them lost their inheritance due to unfaithfulness to God, or all of them to death, cannot be the complete fulfillment of the promise that God made to Abraham, because it was to be an ‘everlasting possession!’ Therefore this implies that there must be a great change that would come over God’s people, which would enable them to live holy lives for Him, and not lose their everlasting possession due to death or sin. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 KJV. But how would this great change come about? Now that is the gospel message! This is righteousness by faith! This is a topic for further articles!

But we will give you a hint here:

1) God needed to provide for the forgiveness of His people:
Jesus was to be born as a babe through Isaac, Abraham’s seed, so that all nations of the earth could be blessed. Then He worked for the revival of His people and trained His disciples to be evangelists of the Gospel, and then died on the cross for the sins of everyone in the world, including Abraham’s seed. This was how He would be a blessing to all nations of the earth and to Abraham’s seed. In order for anyone to be resurrected to receive their ‘everlasting possession’ they must be forgiven by God. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NASB. This is necessary ‘for there is no man that sinneth not’ 1 Kings 8:46 KJV. And in order for God to be able to do the second step below, His people must be forgiven of their sins.

2) God needed to circumcise the hearts of His people and give them the Holy Spirit:
Moses prophesied:And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.” Deuteronomy 30:6 KJV. This concept is echoed in other parts of the Old Testament. Jeremiah prophesied: “"Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them," declares the LORD. "But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."” Jeremiah 31:31-34 NASB. This is nothing other than the New Covenant! This is the first recorded instance of the New Covenant in the Bible! There is also something similar prophesied by the prophet Ezekiel, one of Jeremiah’s contemporaries, where God said,And I will give them [His people] one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:19-20 KJV.

So God had a plan to save His people, Israel, and give them a new heart, which is the New Covenant promise! He had a plan to circumcise their heart, as Moses prophesied. This started to take place at Pentecost, 50 days after Jesus’ death on the cross, where the Jewish Christians were given the Holy Spirit, and a huge change took place in them instantly! God wrote His law in the hearts of His people at Pentecost with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He gave them a heart to love Him and serve Him with all the way, with great joy! (It must be remembered that there were no Gentile Christians at this time, so the New Covenant was originally only for the Jews, until the Gospel message was preached to the Gentiles, which started about 3 ½ years after Jesus death on the cross.) But the New Covenant promise fulfillment can only be fully met in Heaven, where all of them from the least of them to the greatest of them will know Me,’ as God declared through His prophet in Jeremiah 31:34. This New Covenant promise in Jeremiah, which started at Pentecost, was the means that God used to help save His people to help them obey Him, so that they could eventually receive their ‘everlasting possession’ that He had promised Abraham! Because God always keeps His promises! God truly provides for the needs of His people. Whatever He has asked them to do, He has provided the way to do it, if they will prepare themselves to receive it.

Why did God provide the Holy Spirit for His people to circumcise their hearts? To help save them! This would help keep them from falling away, so that they could please Him and be happy in His love, and help them through their trials and tribulations to be true to Him with patience. This is how you become born again! Was it just to help them become born again and to have a better life? There can be no doubt that this was part of it, but there is more to it than that! God provided the Holy Spirit to His people to keep His promise to Abraham, that through His seed, all nations of the earth would be blessed! Think about it: Not only was Jesus born as an Israelite of the tribe of Judah, but His disciples were all Jewish too! Jesus commanded His disciples to go and preach the gospel to every nation, kindred and tongue. Matthew 28:18-20. Which was also a fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham, that through his seed, all nations of the earth would be blessed. The gospel message was first preached to the world through Jewish evangelists, starting with Jesus’ disciples, then the seven deacons, and then later Paul and Barnabas, and many others who were all Jews! This was how the gospel message exploded and went to all corners of the earth! So not only was Jesus death on the cross and resurrection the fulfillment of the promise that through Abraham’s seed would all the nations of the earth be blessed, but also the Jewish Christians preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles was a fulfillment of this promise! And all those who love Jesus in our day will also do as He commanded them, and help Him to fill the marriage supper of the Lamb, by inviting others to come there too! Luke 14:21-24.

God jump-started Christianity with what took place at Pentecost and afterwards, through the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God's great power was shown by the rapid spread of Christianity throughout the world, converting Gentiles and Jewish people in various parts of the world, who would listen, where the Apostles and other evangelists went. God always keeps His promises! We are bringing out this point because some may argue:

Why did God not provide the Holy Spirit from day one to His people, especially after Abraham?

First: We believe that Adam and Eve had been given a measure of the Holy Spirit before they sinned. So it is not true that God didn’t provide the Holy Spirit from day one. But Adam and Eve lost Him after they lost faith in or doubted God, and sinned. Why? Because the book of Hebrews declares: “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NASB. They lost the Holy Spirit due to a lack of faith in God! Adam and Eve would not have fallen prey to sin, if they had not doubted God, but kept trusting in Him. See how important Righteousness by Faith is?

For more on this read our upcoming article: “Adam and Eve’s Test of Faith”.

Second: We believe that Abraham, and many, if not all of the patriarchs, prophets and some leaders and kings had the Holy Spirit. So it is not true that God didn’t provide the Holy Spirit after Abraham. Various people in the Old Testament were given a measure of the Holy Spirit who wanted to obey God, for what He wanted them to do. In the days of the Old Testament many people had the relationship and power with God that they wanted to have, same as today. Unfortunately like many today, many in the past did not have much power from God, if any, and were satisfied with just getting by. Some wanted more power from God and got it because they loved Him, like David, a man after God’s own heart. 1 Samuel 13:14; 16:7, 11-13. (Yes, David sinned, but having the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean that one cannot sin, because God doesn’t take away our power of choice, and sometimes humanity loses their hold on God.) This question is too big to answer here. But suffice it to say all could have had this blessing of the Holy Spirit, in the days of the Old Testament, who wanted it and were willing to comply with God's conditions. See Joel 2.

Third: God had a plan to save the world: And the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, together with Jesus’ death on the cross was how He did it. The special outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is the reason why the Gospel message spread so rapidly through the earth after Pentecost. This was how God kept His promise to Abraham, that through his seed all nations of the earth would be blessed! And this is how He blessed all of the nations of the earth, through the Gospel! God's plan was always for the Salvation of the world, for God had made a promise to Adam and Eve, which was more than *2000 years before Abraham was born! (Adam and Eve were not Jews or Israelites, but all the races of mankind came from them and Noah and his sons.) God always keeps his promises! Ever since Adam and Eve sinned and fell from God (Genesis 3:1-13), God was executing His plan to save humanity and bring them all back to His home! So there is much more to the story then just Abraham and the Israelite nation! Genesis 3:14. This is about salvation of the whole world! Abraham and his posterity had the wonderful privilege of playing a part in the wonderful plan of Salvation!

* https://answersingenesis.org/bible-timeline/

Fourth: God had a plan to save the Israelites and the lost tribes who had wandered from Him. God knew ahead of time what would happen to the Israelites, the seed of Abraham, like we have previously discussed in this article. And He provided for their Salvation, through the power of the Gospel Message that would be preached to them, not only at Pentecost and in the days of the New Testament, but in our day as well, until we get to the end of the world. And through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that took place then, and through what will take place yet again (and in fact is even beginning to happen now), God will help others from the tribes of Israel to give themselves to Him and be saved, through His gift of the Holy Spirit - to those who want Him.

All four of these reasons are why God provided the great power of the Holy Spirit to His people, starting at Pentecost: To help save as many people as possible from this world and to keep His promise to Abraham. This was why Pentecost took place, and Jesus’ death on the cross! God provided this power to His people so the gospel message could quickly go to the ends of the earth, and win people from their misery and slavery to sin! With the power and speed the gospel spread with the full power of the Holy Spirit, it is as if God had said, ‘I have waited long enough to tell the people the good news of Salvation! Enough is enough! Let them tell others quickly about My love, so that they can get the help they need fast!This happened very quickly after Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection! It started 50 days after it, and * experts say that by the time that Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD, that the Gospel had spread to all of the then known, civilized world! Which was a period of about 36 years! (It went as far away as India and China!) So that the Gentiles could also share the everlasting possession with Abraham.

* You can Google this to see that what we are saying is so. We don’t necessarily subscribe to the views that some of the people who are saying this believe, so we will not provide the links for them at this time, unless we can eventually find one that is unbiased or one that we can support all the way.

Our heart right now is so moved with the wonder and love of God and His plan to save humanity! It is so perfect wonderful and true! It is much bigger then we can fully take in and understand. And as we discovered in the previous parts of this article, many of the children of Israel, including the lost tribes, really need this gospel message preached to them now! - That Jesus and his disciples preached, to bring them back to God, so that they could share in the promise that God made to Abraham. God knew ahead of time, before Isaac was even born, what the history of Abraham’s offspring would be, and how many of His children would apostatize and leave the truth, forsaking their covenant with Him. No one can come up with any kind of sin, mistake or wrinkle that God hasn’t already thought of and planned for! Nothing surprises God. Everything that will ever happen, is like a book that has already been written that God has already read before it happened, to use a human analogy. God doesn't leave Humanity to its own sins and mistakes; He has wonderfully provided for our great need, before we needed it! Thus God will keep his promise to Abraham, and Adam as well, and will bring as many of their children, and great great great great grandchildren, etc. back to Him, so that He can keep his promises to them! Oh how our heart is overpowered with the sense of God's love and kindness, and the wonder of His plan to save us in spite of our sins and mistakes! Oh how we love Him!

To Be Continued…
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From the Editor: The Everlasting Covenanthas had a very great impact on my life! These articles, with its stories from the Bible, led me to fall in love with God, there is no other way of putting it. The thing I was needing the most in my life was given to me after I learned how much He loved me in “The Everlasting Covenant” by E. J. Waggoner.

It is my prayer, dear reader, that God will richly bless you, as you learn more and more about His great love for you as presented by E. J. Waggoner in “The Everlasting Covenant, as we continue to present more articles from it.

May the grace of God, and the priceless, precious fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you, as you go down this journey of falling totally in love with God! Riches beyond measure await you, if you will just get to know Him and His great love for you!

Listen to these articles at:  http://www.whiteraimentevangelism.com/recommended.

Watchword:

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.'” John 14:23 NASB.

White Raiment Evangelism Revelation 3:18:

In Revelation 3:18 Jesus said, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, and white raiment, and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest be clothed, that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and that thou mayest see." (Paraphrase of the KJV.)

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If you have not read all of this article so far, we recommend that you read all of the parts that came before this one. For Part 1, click here: Abraham's Promised Possession Could Only Come Through the Resurrection Part 1

God’s Mercy and Plan to Save the offspring of Abraham

Thus we see that the ability of Abraham and his offspring to have or to hang on to their ‘everlasting possession,’ must mean something more than just God’s people having a temporal possession, and losing it at death or because of infidelity to God. Because God’s best continued blessings are given to the faithful - to those who are obedient to His word. Abraham and some of his offspring were obedient to God, but not all of them were, and they were prone to wander from God.

Is there no hope for the children of Israel’s wandering from God? Is there to be no hope for ‘the lost tribes of Israel,’ like the tribe of Ephraim? Was there no plan to rescue the ‘lost tribes of Israel’ and give them their inheritance that God had promised Abraham? God always keeps His promises, and will yet save as many as possible from these ‘lost tribes of Israel,’ who defected from God as a tribe and were exiled by the Assyrians, where they were transported lock-stock-and-barrel to other countries far from their home, never to return again to their inheritance that God gave to their forefathers, that He had promised Abraham. See 2 Kings 17:21-28 for the story how the Assyrians moved the lost tribes of Israel away from their inheritance in Israel, to far away countries, and why God let it happen. Does God have a plan to save the Jews of the other tribes of Israel too? Many of them are in need of spiritual reviving as well. Yes! God has a plan to save as many as possible of Israel, from all twelve of the tribes, to fulfill His promise to Abraham: to give to as many of them as possible their land for an eternal possession! God always keeps His promises!

The wonder of God and His love is that He deals as gently as possible with His people; He gives them space and time to repent; He gives them time to seek after Him. Oh how He loves everyone so much! How can He give up His people whom He loves? Note what Hosea prophesied concerning Ephriam, which most likely includes the other 8 of the lost tribes as well:So My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call them to the One on high, None at all exalts Him. How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, All My compassions are kindled. I will not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath. They will walk after the LORD, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar, and His sons will come trembling from the west. They will come trembling like birds from Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria; and I will settle them in their houses, declares the LORD.” Hosea 11:7-11 NASB. So God has indeed promised that some of them will return to Him ‘trembling from the west’, ‘trembling like birds from Egypt’, and ‘like doves from the land of Assyria,’ and will come again to their everlasting possession that God had given them, because of His promise to Abraham. So God has a plan to recover the lost tribes of Israel, including the tribe of Ephraim! And God also has a plan to revive as many as possible of all of the 12 tribes of Israel.

When God says something, you can believe it will happen, because God always keeps His promises! God declared through the prophet Isaiah: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 KJV. When God says something, His word will be accomplished, no if, and’s or buts! His word is power, and will cause what He has declared to happen, to happen. There can be no doubt that since God declared that the tribe of Ephraim would return to their ‘everlasting possession,’ that when He ‘roars,’ like it says in our passage from Hosea, that it will happen! It cannot fail! But it will be a remnant, all those who would return to God. There will be a remnant who will return to Him, ‘trembling’ as it says in our Hosea passage above. And God has a plan for all of the other tribes of Israel as well, for those who return fully to Him, so that they can receive their everlasting possession that God had promised Abraham. God always keeps His promises! “Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” Isaiah 51:11 KJV. Amen!

To Be Continued…

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It is my prayer, dear reader, that God will richly bless you, as you learn more and more about His great love for you as presented by E. J. Waggoner in “The Everlasting Covenant, as we continue to present more articles from it.

May the grace of God, and the priceless, precious fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you, as you go down this journey of falling totally in love with God! Riches beyond measure await you, if you will just get to know Him and His great love for you!

Listen to these articles at:  http://www.whiteraimentevangelism.com/recommended.

Watchword:

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.'” John 14:23 NASB.

White Raiment Evangelism Revelation 3:18:

In Revelation 3:18 Jesus said, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, and white raiment, and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest be clothed, that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and that thou mayest see." (Paraphrase of the KJV.)

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If you have not read Part 1, we recommend that you read it first: Abraham's Promised Possession Could Only Come Through the Resurrection Part 1

God’s Conditions for the Everlasting Possession:

After the children of Israel came out of Egypt, they had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years, after many of them lost faith in God and rebelled against Him. See Hebrews 3:5-19, and see the book of Numbers, starting with Numbers 14:20-35, and onward throughout the end of the book. Then they came into the Promised Land. See the book of Joshua for this. But they lost a lot of their promised possession after the days of David and Solomon, when the Israelite kingdom was at its peak, power and size. They were not able to get or continue to keep all of their inheritance after they came into the Promised Land, because of lack of faith, fear, and slackness at times to do what God had commanded them to do, in conquering the land that was given to them, and repeated infidelity to God. After Solomon died, because of Solomon’s sins and the sins of his wives sacrificing to the pagan gods, Israel was split into two different kingdoms, with * 9 ½ tribes going to Israel and 2 ½ tribes going to Judah. See 1 Kings 11:29-39; 2:1-17. Then later these tribes left God, never to return again as a whole back to Him, and many of them lost their national and religious identity as Israelites, and served other gods and idols! In the Old Testament, these 9 or 10 lost tribes are generally referred to as ‘Ephraim.’ But Ephraim was actually a tribe itself, the largest tribe of Israel, who defected from God as a tribe, along with the 8 other tribes. And since then, the remaining tribes of the children of Israel have lost even more of their inheritance, until we get to our day. Throughout their history as God’s chosen people, there was almost a constant round of backsliding by them, then God would raise up someone to help save them and help them to return to Him, then later they would backslide again. But this constant round of backsliding also describes much of the history of Christianity as well. This is human nature at its best, when they don’t continue to put their trust in God all-the-way. That is why Isaiah later declared that ‘all we like sheep have gone astray,’ because humanity is prone to wander from God. Isaiah 53:6 KJV.

* We say 9 ½ tribes instead of 10, because part or all of the tribe of Benjamin returned back to God we believe. See 2 Chronicles 15:1-7, where God uses the phrase king ‘Asa, all Judah and Benjamin.’ And there is other evidence as well. Note that Paul himself was of the tribe of Benjamin. Philippians 3:5. And though the Levites were scattered throughout Israel, many of them were in Judah and its surrounds because of their service to the temple, for the sacrifices for sin, and we also believe that some of them left the areas where the 9 ½ tribes were, to return back to Israel. See also 2 Chronicles 15:8-9 too. In that text part of the tribes of Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon returned as well.

So we see that the ‘everlasting possession,’ promised to Abraham, is held on the condition of obedience to God. This concept that God’s best blessings are given only to the faithful, can be illustrated by the fifth commandment: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Exodus 20:12 KJV. This commandment can also be worded as: ‘Obey and love and cherish your father and your mother, that you may live long on the land which the Lord your God gives you.’ What does this have to do with the everlasting possession? We think that when the children of Israel were departing from God, that they were rebelling against the teachings of their parents. We think that a lot, if not all of the ills in this world can be linked to people not obeying their parents, ‘in the Lord’. Obviously if the parents are teaching something wrong, their children should not heed these teachings, but they should still respect them and heed what they were taught that was right. This commandment declares that those who want to live forever must love and obey and respect their parents. Thus obedience is linked to eternal life. So obedience is linked to ‘the everlasting possession’ that God had promised Abraham.

Not convinced yet that obedience to God is linked to ‘the everlasting possession’ that God promised Abraham? Note what Moses told the children of Israel, in his final message to them before he died: * “Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God: Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. The LORD shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways. The LORD will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you. The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways. So all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will be afraid of you.” Deuteronomy 28:1-10 NASB.

Now when could this promise that Moses gave to them from God have been fully fulfilled in the Israelite kingdom? If you study their history, you will never see all of them being faithful to God or for very long, just like Christians for a very long time have had a problem with their faithfulness to God too, with round after round of backsliding in many of the ages past. And there is so much infidelity and backsliding in our day as well! So the children of Israel did not have all of these blessings, or for very long. So you will never find a place in time where this promise, which was given to the Israelites by God through Moses, has fully taken place or fully happened yet, or for very long! Why haven’t these promised blessings by Moses fully taken place yet? See Deuteronomy 28:15-68. This is a very long list of curses for disobeying God, and we don’t wish to list them all here, but if you read it you will see. To summarize it, God’s best continued full blessings are given on the condition of continual obedience to Him. All of the above blessings in Deuteronomy 28:1-10 were removed when they disobeyed God and didn’t repent and return to Him fully. This is what happened, unfortunately. So we think that it is clear that God’s promise to Abraham and to His children has not been totally fulfilled yet at any point, since ‘the everlasting possession’ must be everlasting, and because only those faithful to God can have it forever. We see here that the promised blessings of God, including the ‘everlasting possession’ that was promised to faithful Abraham, can only be had and kept by obedience to God. For these blessings to be everlasting, there must be and everlasting obedience to God.

Now to explore this concept more fully, especially note what Moses declared in our above passage of Deuteronomy 28:1-10: and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you. The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.” Take this with the beginning of this passage: ““Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God.Also especially note: When Moses gave this last message to the Israelites, it was just before they went into the Promised Land to receive their inheritance, that God had promised Abraham! Do you see here that their ability of living in the land of their ‘everlasting possession’ was granted, if they wanted to obey Him? Can there be any doubt here? Also note here that God’s word was that His people, if they obeyed Him would be a holy people for Himself. When has this ever fully happened? And it says quite clearly here, that the only way that God’s people can be holy, is if they obey Him! Those who don’t want to obey God should not expect to have an ‘everlasting possession’, which is eternal life in Heaven and on the earth made new. We believe that this promise of God’s people becoming holy would start to be fulfilled when John the Baptist, Jesus and His disciples began to preach the word, with great power, but this will not be complete until Heaven.

* Note: For all who believe that the 10 Commandments in the Old Testament are only for the Israelites or the Jews: They should not be able to argue here that the Israelites or the Jews were not to keep and obey all of God’s commandments. Moses clearly told them that the blessings of their possessions and life in the land of Canaan were dependent on their obedience to God. Thus for the children of Israel to hang on to their ‘everlasting possession,’ that God had promised Abraham, they had to obey God. But it is a grave mistake for anyone to believe that God doesn’t want Christians to obey Him too! Or for anyone to believe that they can be saved, who knowingly or willingly disobey God. Or for anyone to think that they can be saved without confession and repentance. But there is forgiveness and mercy and help for all who want it, so there is no reason for anyone to be disobedient to God or to be lost. Because God has made a provision for everyone, through the forgiveness of sins and through the power of the Holy Spirit – through the power of a changed life that He will give to all who really want it.

To Be Continued…
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From the Editor: The Everlasting Covenanthas had a very great impact on my life! These articles, with its stories from the Bible, led me to fall in love with God, there is no other way of putting it. The thing I was needing the most in my life was given to me after I learned how much He loved me in “The Everlasting Covenant” by E. J. Waggoner.

It is my prayer, dear reader, that God will richly bless you, as you learn more and more about His great love for you as presented by E. J. Waggoner in “The Everlasting Covenant, as we continue to present more articles from it.

May the grace of God, and the priceless, precious fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you, as you go down this journey of falling totally in love with God! Riches beyond measure await you, if you will just get to know Him and His great love for you!

Listen to these articles at:  http://www.whiteraimentevangelism.com/recommended.

Watchword:

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.'” John 14:23 NASB.

 

White Raiment Evangelism Revelation 3:18:

In Revelation 3:18 Jesus said, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, and white raiment, and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest be clothed, that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and that thou mayest see." (Paraphrase of the KJV.)

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See the related article by E. J.  Waggoner’s The Everlasting Covenant: 09 The Test of Faith.

And you may also want to read our related commentary article: 09 The Test of Faith: Editor’s Notes (The Everlasting Covenant)

Recap From Our Previous Commentary:

Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.’” Genesis 22:1-2 NASB.

The story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son on a mountain in the land of Moriah is such an amazing story! Abraham had been promised by God that through his seed, all nations of the earth would be blessed, which was a prophecy about Jesus. Genesis 12:1-3; 17:1-8; 18:18. Jesus, the Messiah could only be born through his son Isaac, according to God’s promise to Abraham, so if Abraham sacrificed his son Isaac who was childless, how could Jesus be born through Abraham? And only through Jesus’ death on the cross can anyone ever have forgiveness of sin. And only through Jesus death and resurrection can anyone ever be resurrected after they die, because Jesus is the resurrection and the life! John 11:25. And if Jesus wasn’t born as a babe, who is the Resurrection and the Life, how could Abraham be resurrected? And if Abraham wasn’t resurrected, how could he ever get his inheritance? (Because he never got his inheritance while he was alive, as we will see.) Do you see the problem that Abraham had? (He most likely didn’t have a full understanding at this time, of the plan of salvation like we have now, because God was starting to unfold it; he only had the testimony of the patriarchs who came before him.)

From a human standpoint, Abraham was asked to sacrifice his own eternal life! Or ‘to put a knife to his own throat, and to cut off the hope of his own salvation,’ as Waggoner put it! From a human standpoint, he was also asked to sacrifice the eternal life of everyone in the world! Wow! We learned from the previous articles listed above that he would receive his promised inheritance through the resurrection. So how could he receive the promise if he had to take his son’s life as a sacrifice to God? Would he continue to believe God’s promise, that he would personally have an ‘everlasting possession’ (Genesis 17:8) in the land of Canaan, which could only come to him through the * Resurrection, and that from one born to him would all the nations of the earth be blessed? Or would he lose his faith in God’s promise? This was the test! Wow! What a test!

God’s Promise of the Everlasting Possession:

We want to show you from the Bible what God had promised Abraham, and why this promise to Abraham could only come to him personally through the Resurrection, and why the children of Israel could only fully get this promised inheritance through the Resurrection as well.

* Many years before God had asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, note what God said to him: And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, 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. 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.” Genesis 13:14-16 KJV. And later God said to Abraham: “And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he [Abraham] said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?” Genesis 15:7-8 KJV. God had him make a sacrifice of a 3 year old heifer, a 3 year old ram, a turtle dove and a pigeon, then Abraham fell into a deep sleep and God answered him, saying that his descendants would be strangers in a land that was not theirs, and enslaved and oppressed for 400 years, and then they would come out with much possessions. Genesis 15:13. It is clear that Abraham’s descendants, during their 400 years in their captivity as slaves, never received their possession that God had promised Abraham and his descendants. But God had promised all of the land that Abraham could see northward, southward, eastward and westward to him and his descendants forever, not just to his descendants after they left Egypt.

Note again what God promised Abraham regarding the land the He showed him: ‘to thee will I give it’ and ‘to thy seed forever.’ God promised this land to Abraham personally and to Abraham’s children forever! It was to be their possession forever! Do not miss this! If either Abraham or Abraham’s children (those faithful to God) did not receive this possession forever, then this promise has not yet been fulfilled. Note what Abraham said: ‘How will I know that I shall inherit it?” This makes it clear that Abraham expected to receive the inheritance for himself, not just for his posterity. For those who think that the children of Israel, delivered from their bondage in Egypt, coming into the Promised Land of Canaan was the complete fulfillment of this promise, think again, because it was not forever. In the dream that Abraham had, God answered Abraham and said that his posterity would come out of the land of Egypt with ‘many possessions.’ We believe that this was a partial fulfillment of the promise, when they got their inheritance in the land of Canaan. This was the beginning of the fulfillment of this promise.

Abraham did not have the Promised Land as an eternal possession for himself, since he died and was never in control of the land at any time in his life, that was to be given to him (and to his descendants). Yet God had promised it to him and to all of his descendants, which also includes those who came after him, before the children of Israel came out of Egypt, since it included all of his descendants. (But based on other places in the Bible its continued possession was dependent upon being faithful to God, or by God’s grace.) There is no place in Genesis that ever declared that Abraham was ever in possession of it. So there is simply no way that the promise was fulfilled in Abraham’s day, to the days of the children of Israel’s slavery in Egypt! After David and Solomon’s day it wasn’t totally fulfilled either, because the children of Israel lost a lot of it. But God had promised Abraham and his descendants that they would get it as an eternal possession forever, including Abraham himself! God always keeps His promises! Please do not think of this promise as merely a returning of the Jews to the land of Israel for a modern Israeli state, an ‘earthly kingdom,’ which some today think is the fulfillment of prophecy. This promise was for a spiritual kingdom that would last forever, not just for temporal blessings, as we shall see!

Some may think that we are making too big of a deal about ‘the everlasting possession’ that God promised Abraham in Genesis 17:8, as meaning that the possession must be everlasting. They may think that it is a figurative expression that God made to Abraham. The rationalistic humanistic mind is ever ready to try to turn everything into the mundane and ordinary, to match their ideas and non-belief in God or their non-belief in His miracles. Many people probably think that He didn't really mean that Abraham himself should personally, literally have the promised possession. Or that those who followed after Abraham, until the generation of those who came out of Egypt, would personally have it either.  Meaning that the promise was fulfilled only when the children of Israel came out of Egypt to receive their inheritance in the Promised Land, and that was the complete fulfillment of the promise, end of story. And they probably think that the ‘everlasting possession’ means that the many generations of Abraham’s offspring living in the Promised Land was the fulfillment. This is the way human beings think a lot of the time. More than likely many people haven’t studied this out, and have no thoughts on it whatsoever. Some people may think that they have everlasting life vicariously through their children, and their grand-children and their great grand-children, etc. Another words eternal life only happens through having children and that we ourselves won’t get it; that our life is passed down to our posterity from generation to generation. This humanistic view of eternal life is incorrect, and is not eternal life by any means! It leaves out God and His supernatural power, and it leaves out the salvation that God wants to provide us and leaves out real eternal life. And it throws out the teachings of the Bible. It is not much different than someone thinking that they can save themselves by their own merit, skill or will or ability, or by their own hard work, etc. This is salvation by works. No miracles needed for the humanist, they die at death, and this is the end of the show for them. Their beliefs can be explained only in naturalistic terms and human philosophy. But where does this leave God? Where does this leave the Bible and its teaching of salvation? As we shall see, God has a better plan, much better! And you will see that God’s salvation is salvation indeed! It is miraculous and supernatural, completely beyond the ability of mankind!

To Be Continued…
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From the Editor: The Everlasting Covenanthas had a very great impact on my life! These articles, with its stories from the Bible, led me to fall in love with God, there is no other way of putting it. The thing I was needing the most in my life was given to me after I learned how much He loved me in “The Everlasting Covenant” by E. J. Waggoner.

It is my prayer, dear reader, that God will richly bless you, as you learn more and more about His great love for you as presented by E. J. Waggoner in “The Everlasting Covenant, as we continue to present more articles from it.

May the grace of God, and the priceless, precious fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you, as you go down this journey of falling totally in love with God! Riches beyond measure await you, if you will just get to know Him and His great love for you!

Listen to these articles at:  http://www.whiteraimentevangelism.com/recommended.

Watchword:

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.'” John 14:23 NASB.

White Raiment Evangelism Revelation 3:18:

In Revelation 3:18 Jesus said, "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, and white raiment, and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest be clothed, that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and that thou mayest see." (Paraphrase of the KJV.)

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