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Back Next Chapter 19, Part 2 Preview: What is the “New Covenant”? Is the New Covenant already in effect? What are the terms of the Covenant (or contract). Who did Yehovah (God) intend to make this Covenant with? The knee jerk response to this question is usually—it’s for the church. But try to prove it! Is it possible that Yehovah promised this Covenant to another group of people, to begin at a later date? There is a great deal of misinformation concerning what this Covenant really is that has been taught in the churches for centuries. The implementation of the prophesied New Covenant is the very center of Bible prophecy! You have been a victim of “Replacement Theology”! Read on, and consider the earth shattering truth about the “emancipation proclamation” of the “age to come”.

New Jerusalem

Perhaps you, the kadishea (saints), have the “hope” of serving Him in a much higher capacity when Yehovah is ruling over Israel. Matthew also spoke of literally ruling in the Kingdom:

Matthew 19:28 Yeshua [Jesus] told them, “I assure you that when the Human Son sits on His magnificent throne on the Renewed Earth, those of you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, presiding over the twelve tribes of Israel. —The Gabriel Bible

We will serve under the envoys (apostles) in the Everlasting Kingdom:

Revelation 1:6-7 and has made us a a priestly kingdom [Aramaic: Malkutho koknoitho] for Aloha and His Father. To Them belongs praise and power, forever and ever. Aw-main 7 He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Yes, Aw-main.

“Service” in the spirit realm will be “much more brilliant”. The New Covenant is something that we should have “such a HOPE” for. Serving in the Kingdom of Yehovah is the destiny of all of Yeshua’s (presently human) servants:

2 Corinthians 3:4-14 This is the kind of confidence that we have in the Messiah towards YHVH. 5 Not that we have sufficient ability to think anything of ourselves, but our competency is from Yehovah, 6 who has qualified us to be ministers of the New Covenant, not in the letter, but in the Spirit, because the letter kills, but the spirit produces Life. 7 Now if the ministry that brought death, that was engraved in letters on stone, was so brilliant that Israel’s descendants couldn’t even gaze at Moses’ face [Exodus 34:29] due to the remaining brilliance on his face, 8 then won’t the ministry that brings the spirit be even more brilliant? 9 If there is brilliance in the ministry ‘that pronounces’ condemnation, how much more does the ministry of justification exceed it in brilliance? 10 For what was adorned in luster had no luster in this regard, in comparison with this that excels in brightness. 11 If what is being inactivated [condemnation, v.11] is brilliant, how much more brilliant must ‘redemption’ be that lasts forever? 12 So because we have this hope, we speak even more boldly. 13 We aren’t like Moses who threw a veil over his face, so that Israel’s descendants couldn’t even gaze at the remnant of the glow that ended. 14 But they’ve been blinded in their understanding to this very day, when the ancient covenant [“old covenant”] is read, because their veil hasn’t been lifted, nor is it apparent to them that the veil was severed [Matthew 27:51] by the Messiah.

In verse 11 above it says “is being inactivated”. This implies that the First Covenant had not yet passed away (yet the envoys were expecting the New Covenant/Kingdom of Elohim (God) to arrive very soon). The KJV goes as far as to say that it “is done away”. That is because the translators believed that the New Covenant was already in effect. It is true that the envoys believed for years that they were the generation that would see the Kingdom of Elohim established in their life times. They hoped to help administer the New Covenant to Israel. But they later changed their view about the timing, as is explained in Pentecost (Shavuot) in Prophecy!

The Old Covenant Finally Fulfilled

After Israel went into exile, Jeremiah still represented Yehovah as saying that the First Covenant needed to be observed by the remnant of Israel (until the New Covenant is enacted).

Jeremiah 11:1-10 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from Yehovah: 2 “Listen to the terms of this covenant, and inform the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 3 Tell them, ‘This is what Yehovah, the Elohim of Israel says: Cursed is anyone who doesn’t obey the terms of this covenant, 4 that I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace. I said, “Listen to Me, and do everything I command you, so you can be My people, and I can be your Elohim, 5 so I can fulfill the oath that I swore to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is today.” Then I answered, “Aw-main, Yehovah.” 6 Yehovah told me, “Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: Listen to the terms of this covenant and do them. 7 Because I warned your ancestors when I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even to this very day, saying again and again, “Obey My voice.” 8 Yet they didn’t obey, or ‘listen’. Instead, everyone stubbornly ‘pursued’ their evil thoughts. So I brought on them all the terms [consequences] of this covenant, that I commanded them to do, since they hadn’t done them.”

9 Yehovah told me, “I have discovered a conspiracy among the people of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 10 They have returned to the sins of their ancestors who refused to hear My words, and have pursued other gods to serve them. The nation of Israel and the nation of Judah have broken the covenant that I made with their ancestors.

Daniel, in describing the end of this age, mentioned the Latter Temple’s offerings that will be reestablished in the end time. The temple will be functioning for three and a half years prior to when the Beast stops the sacrificing—breaking his covenant. The timing is from Daniel’s Seventy Weeks Prophecy, where a day represents a year:

Daniel 9:27 27 He [the desolator] will make a firm contract [covenant] with many for one period of seven. Then in the middle of the period of seven he’ll stop the ze’bakim [sacrifices] and the offerings. The desolator will bring loathsome things [or idols] thru a wing of the Temple [JFB commentary], until the predetermined end time, when wrath will be poured out on the awestruck.

Matthew, in what is commonly called the Olivet Prophecy, also stressed the significance of the Beast’s or the “Abominator’s” presence in the Kadosh (holy) Place, when he will personally pollute the Latter Temple and force an end to the daily burnt ze’bakim [sacrifices].

Matthew 24:15-22 When you see the sign of the detestable desolation mentioned by the prophet Daniel, standing in the kadosh Place—the reader must understand— 16 then those of you who are in Judea should escape to the mountain/s! 17 No one on the roof should come down to get anything out of their houses, 18 and no one in the fields should return to get their clothing. 19 But I pity pregnant and nursing mothers in those days. 20 Pray that your flight won’t be during foul weather or on the Sabbath. 21 There will be Great Tribulation then, such as has never occurred from the beginning of the world until now, and will by no means ever happen again. 22 If it weren’t for those days being terminated, no one would survive. But for the sake of the select those days will be terminated.

(This will be the new Third Temple. The Kadosh Place” is mentioned 56 times in the Tanak {Hebrew Scriptures} in reference to the Temple.)

Daniel mentioned this event three other times, so that you wouldn’t miss it!

Daniel 8:11 Yes, it magnified itself, even to the prince of the army, and it took away from him the continual burnt offering, and the place of his Temple was throw down.

The Beast will not throw temple services to the ground when he sets foot in the Kadosh Place, he will throw the “TRUTH down to the Ground”.

Daniel 8:12-13 Because of the rebellion, the army [of the kadosh ones (saints)] will be given over to it, along with the daily burnt ze’bakim, and it will throw truth to the ground, and ‘the horn’ will do what it wants to and prosper. 13 Then I heard a kadosh one speaking, and another kadosh one asked the one who was speaking, “How long is the prophecy [vision] about the continual burnt zebakim, the desolating transgression, the surrender of the Kadosh Place [Temple], and the army being trampled under foot?”

We have not seen the last of Yehovah’s First “Covenant”. Don’t assume that the Romans put an end to it. As soon as the Third Temple is constructed the “Covenant” will kick in again—complete with “the continual burnt zebakim”!

Daniel 11:28-35 Then he [the King of the North] will turn back toward his homeland with a lot of plunder, but then he’ll decide to take action against the kadosh covenant, and he’ll do that before returning 'home'. 29 At the appointed time he’ll return, and invade the south, but this time it won’t turn out the way it did before. 30 Ships from Kittim will come against him, he will be discouraged and turn back, venting his anger against the kadosh covenant, and take action, he’ll even return, and have an understanding with those who abandon the kadosh covenant. 31 Armed forces will rise up, and they’ll defile the Temple refuge, and put a stop to the daily burnt zebakim, and they’ll set up an appalling detestable idol [KJV, abomination of desolation]. 32 With slick and corrupt talk he will corrupt the wicked who violate the covenant. But the people who know their Elohim will be strong and take action. 33 Their wise people will share understanding with the many, yet they’ll fall by swords and flames. They’ll be captured and plundered for many days. 34 When they fall, they’ll be given a little help, but many who become allies with them will not be sincere. 35 Some of the teachers will fall away, to refine them, and to purify them, and make them white, all the way to the time of the end, but it will still happen during the time appointed [Hebrew, Mowed, a special Festival Day].

The First Covenant is valid until the time when “things are completely straightened out!”

Hebrews 9:6-10 The priests continually enter the outer tabernacle to perform their services. 7 The high priest enters the inner part of the tabernacle only once a year, alone, and with the blood that he offers for himself and the sins of the people. 8 By this the kadosh spirit indicates that the way into the Most kadosh Place was symbolically hidden, as long as the first tabernacle was still standing. 9 This is an illustration for today, when both the meal offerings and ze’bakim being offered are unable to ‘clear’ the conscience of those who are offering them. 10 These things only deal with food and drink and various kinds of washings that are mortal ordinances, set up until the time when things are set right.

The New and Everlasting Covenant

Ezekiel also spoke about the New Covenant, and tho he did not use the word “New” as Jeremiah did, it is nonetheless the same covenant. What other covenant could this possibly refer to? In fact the term “Everlasting” is a better description of what Yehovah has in mind. Yehovah contrasted the coming “Everlasting Covenant” with the covenant that Israel broke “in the days of your youth”.

Ezekiel 16:59-63 This is what the Sovereign Yehovah says, “I’ll cause what you’ve ‘effected’. You ‘trashed’ your oath in breaking your covenant [marriage vows]. 60 But I’ll remember the marriage vow I made with you in the days of your youth [the “Old Covenant”], and I’ll establish an everlasting [New] Covenant with you. 61 Then you’ll remember the way you lived and be ashamed when I return your older and younger sisters to you. and I’ll give them to you as daughters, but not due to My covenant with you. 62 Then I’ll reaffirm My [marriage] covenant with you, and you’ll know that I am Yehovah. 63 Then you’ll remember and be ashamed, and never ‘talk back’ again due to your shame, when I’ve forgiven you for everything you’ve done,” says the Sovereign Yehovah.

The Everlasting Covenant was begun with Abraham, and was never meant to be anything but everlasting. When the New Covenant is in force, it will become exactly what it was originally meant to be.

Ezekiel 20:33-38 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Yehovah, I will rule you with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out, I’ll be your King. 34 I’ll bring you out of the nations and gather you out of the countries where you were scattered, with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, and with wrath poured out. 35 I’ll bring you into the wilderness of the people [Isaiah 1, Hosea 2:14], and I’ll judge you there face to face, 36 just like when I judged your ancestors in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, that’s how I’ll judge you, says the Sovereign Yehovah. 37 I’ll make you pass under the shepherd’s rod, and I’ll bind you in a [Kimchi] [New] Covenant, 38 and I’ll purge out the rebels from among you, and those who disobey Me. I’ll bring them out of the land where they were living, but they won’t enter the land of Israel. Then you’ll know that I am Yehovah.

Ezekiel 37:24-28 My servant David will be their king, and all of them will have one shepherd. They’ll ‘live by’ My ordinances, and carefully obey My statutes. 25 They’ll live in the land that I gave to My servant Jacob, where their ancestors lived. They and their children and their grandchildren, forever, and My servant David will be their leader forever, for eternity. [Both 5704 and 5769]. 26 I’ll make a [New] Covenant of peace with them. It will be an Everlasting Covenant with them, and I’ll establish them, and increase their numbers, and set My Kadosh Place among them forever. 27 My home [New Jerusalem] will also be ABOVE them. I’ll be their Elohim, and they’ll be My people. 28 The nations will know that I, Yehovah, make Israel kadosh, when My Kadosh Place is among them forever.

In fact the Great Tribulation will devastate the land because we have been trampling Yehovah’s Torah (Law), and are still breaking the “Everlasting Covenant”!

Isaiah 24:3-6 The earth will be completely emptied and completely laid waste, because Yehovah has spoken this word. 4 The earth mourns and fades away. The world languishes and fades away. The lofty people of the earth languish. 5 The earth also is polluted under its inhabitants, because they’ve transgressed the Torah, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. 6 So the curse has devoured the earth, and those who live there are found guilty. The inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few people survive.

Ezekiel chapters 40-48 is actually all about the time of the New Covenant. None of the prophecies in these nine chapters have ever even remotely been fulfilled.

Ezekiel 43:5-11 The spirit lifted me up, and she brought me into the inner courtyard, and I saw, the splendor of Yehovah filling the Temple.

6 I heard someone speaking to me from inside the Temple, while the man was standing beside me. 7 He said, “Human son, this is the place where My throne is and the place for the soles of My feet, where I will live among the Israelites forever. The nation of Israel will no longer defile My kadosh name, neither they, or their kings, by their prostitution, or with the dead bodies of their kings in their high places of worship, 8 by setting their idol threshold by My threshold, and their doorposts by My doorposts, and there was only a wall between Me and them. They’ve defiled My kadosh name by their loathsome behavior, so I destroyed them in My anger. 9 They should ‘stop’ their prostitution, and get the dead bodies of their kings far away from Me, and I’ll live among them forever.

10 Human son, describe the Temple to the ‘nation’ of Israel, so that they’ll be ashamed of their wickedness, and have them measure the diagram, 11 and if they are ashamed of everything they’ve done, then elaborate on the design of the Temple, its arrangements, its exits and its entrances, the entire diagram, with all its ordinances and laws, and write it in plain sight, so that they can accurately view its design, and all its statutes, and carry them out.

This nine chapter prophecy ends with the river of life cleansing the earth, and trees of life bearing fruit each month.

Ezekiel 47:12 On the river banks, along both sides, every kind of crop bearing tree will grow. The leaves won’t wither, or fail to produce fruit, they will produce a new crop every lunation, because of the water that flows from the Temple. The fruit will be for food, and the leaves will be used for healing.

This is when the twelve tribes of Israel again take back their land—now truly a “Kadosh Land” again, because Yehovah is there! (all of Ezekiel 48).

Zechariah 2:10-13 Sing and celebrate, maiden Zion, because I’m going to come and live with you, says Yehovah. 11 Many nations will side with Yehovah during this time, and become My people, and I’ll live among you, and you’ll know that Yehovah the ‘Warrior’ King has sent Me to you. 12 Yehovah will inherit Judah as His legacy in the kadosh land, and choose Jerusalem again. 13 Be silent everyone, in the presence of Yehovah, because He moving into action from His kadosh abode!”

Soon A Third Temple!

If you read these nine chapters you cannot help but ask why there is all of the emphasis on ze’bakim [sacrifices]. Indeed why is there any mention of zebakim in the Everlasting Kingdom? Did Yeshua (Jesus) actually end the Levitical zebak system? Here is an entire website concerned with the issues of the Torah (Law), and what happened to it after Yeshua was crucified: Paul, the Temple & New Covenant Sacrifices. While the web host most likely has a traditional view of the New Covenant, he sees a big problem with what is taught about the Levitical Priesthood “having been abolished”. This too has been misrepresented by the Churches. Better still, find a copy of The Coming Last Days Temple. It is out of print, but new and used copies are still available from various web sources.

Mediation by Crucifixion!

Is Yeshua presently acting as a mediator for the kadishea? I was taught that “Jesus has to mediate for the saints daily to the Father”, that is, He has to continually remind Yehovah, His Father not to squash the mere humans, since after all, only He could relate to what it is like being human. However, once we know what the New Covenant is, we should further understand that Yeshua completed the active mediation when He died! Three of the six references to “mediator” in the Testimony of Yeshua, mistakenly called the “New Testament”, concern the time of the future New Covenant. Hebrews 9:15 says that the mediation was performed “by means of death”. So the role of mediator was performed by a physical Yeshua, not the resurrected One. When the New Covenant is actually fulfilled by Yehovah and His Messiah (the Lord and His Christ), no additional mediation will have been needed. The New Covenant was ratified with the blood of Yeshua and now awaits the end of this present evil age.

Notice the statement that Yeshua, the human Man (Greek: anthropos), was the mediator.

1 Timothy 2:5 YHVH is One, and there is one Mediator between YHVH and humanity, namely the man Yeshua Messiah,

Yeshua “has [now] obtained a more excellent ministry”. The first definition used for “ministry” in the Online Bible Greek Lexicon is: “a public office which a citizen undertakes to administer at his own expense”. There could be no higher expense!

Hebrews 8:6 But now, Yeshua (Jesus) Messiah has been given a superior ministry since He is also the Mediator of a better covenant, one that was founded on better promises than the former.

Hebrews 9:15 This is why He became the Mediator of the New Covenant—so that by His death He could become the ransom payment for those who had sinned under the first covenant, so that those who are called to the eternal inheritance can receive the promise.

Here again, the Mediation was accomplished by Yeshua’s blood.

Hebrews 12:24 and to Yeshua, the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the sprinkling of His blood that reveals better things than ‘the blood’ of Abel.

To say that Yeshua must keep on mediating is tantamount to saying that He must keep on dying—a shameful concept!

Hebrews 6:4-6 But those who have already descended into immersion [baptism] [2] and have savored the gift from the Heavenly realm, and have received the kadosh spirit, 5 and have experienced the wonderful Word of Aloha and the powers of the age to come— 6 and then fell away can’t be renewed a second time to a changed mind. That is like PERSONALLY crucifying Aloha’s Son all over again, and exposing Him to open shame.

[2] The Greek says, “those who have once been enlightened”, instead of “those who have already descended into immersion.” This corruption greatly diminishes the importance of immersion, just as was brazenly done in chapter 10:32.

The New Covenant goes into effect once the Redeemer comes to Zion:

Isaiah 59:16, 20-21 He saw that there was no man, and was amazed that there was no one to intercede, so His own Arm brought deliverance to Him, and His righteousness upheld Him. 20 A Redeemer will come to Zion for those of the tribe of Jacob who turn from rebellion, says Yehovah. ... 21 As for Me, this is My covenant with them, says Yehovah. My Spirit that is on you, and My words that I’ve put in your mouth, won’t depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your descendants, or from the mouths of their descendants’, says Yehovah, “From today to forever.”

Paul also prophesied about the coming New Covenant and people are still ignorant of this “hidden mystery”:

Romans 11:25-27 Friends, so that you won’t be presumptuous, I want you to know of this hidden mystery—that a degree of spiritual blindness has overtaken Israel until the full complement of the nations comes in, 26 and then all Israel will be Rescued. ‘As the Scriptures declare’, “A deliverer will come from Zion and turn Jacob from sinfulness. 27 And THEN they will have My [NEW] COVENANT, after I have forgiven their sins.”

I also added, in essence, a Part 3 called The New Covenant and the Great Multitude. It addresses who the Great Multitude are.

I recommend reading WHAT DO YOU MEAN... A NEW COVENANT? It is a rather technical article that demonstrates from the Hebrew and the Greek what “New” really means! Interestingly, Frank believes that the New Covenant is already in effect.

Ultimately, today’s popular “Replacement Theology” is the teaching that we are already living under and enjoying Israel’s (Jeremiah 31) New Covenant. It has to do with who the Israel of Bible prophecy really is. Is it “the church” or is it the misguided descendants of Israel who will awaken as a result of the coming Great Tribulation? Who is going to take over the land of Israel and live there for many many generations.

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