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THE OATH-BOUND COVENANT

 

Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.

 

By myself I have sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son,

thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the

heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And

in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Genesis 22: 16-18

 

BECAUSE ABRAHAM was obedient to God’s command to offer up his son Isaac on the altar,

and would have done so had the angel not stayed his hand, God gave him the Oath-bound

Covenant. This Covenant is an elaboration of the first, second and seventh promise of the

original Abrahamic Covenant: “I will make of thee a great nation,” “I will bless thee” and “in

thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12: 2, 3), and is called such because God

added His oath to it (Genesis 22: 16; Hebrews 6: 13-20).

 

The first Oath-bound Covenant promise is: “I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven,

and as the sand which is upon the sea shore” (Genesis 22: 17). These two expressions imply that

Abraham’s seed would have two aspects: heavenly and earthly – the heavenly consisting of the

Christ class and the Great Company, and the earthly consisting of the Ancient and Youthful

Worthies. Ultimately the full seed will include the faithful restitutionists, especially the Jews in

their capacity of blessing all mankind (Matthew 25: 34-40).

 

The Four Elect Classes of Abraham’s Seed

 

Jesus and His Church are the primary seed, all other classes being subordinate to the Christ class.

That part of the Oath-bound Covenant which applies to the Christ class is typed by Abraham’s

wife, Sarah. She pictures only those promises which develop the Christ class (Galatians 3: 15-29;

4: 23-31; Romans 9: 7-9). The Church is made partakers of the Divine nature (2 Peter 1: 4). They

will be heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ in the Millennial Kingdom, and will sit with Him

in His throne and reign with Him as Kings and Priests (Romans 8: 17; Revelation 5: 10).

 

The Great Company, or Great Multitude, is the secondary class of the spiritual seed of Abraham.

They failed to gain “the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3: 14), but

will be privileged to stand before God’s throne and to serve Him day and night in His temple

(Revelation 7: 9, 15). They are represented by the “handmaids” of Joel 2: 29, who, together with

the Little Flock, represented in the “servants,” God poured out His spirit “in those days” – the

days of the Gospel Age.

 

The Ancient Worthies, from Abel to John the Baptist (Hebrews 11; Matthew 11: 11-13), were the

faithful consecrated servants of God before the heavenly calling was opened; and the Youthful

Worthies are faithful in their consecration after the selection of the Bride of Christ is ended.

These two classes of Worthies, as the chief earthly seed of Abraham in the Millennial Kingdom,

will be the Kingdom’s special representatives on earth (Psalm 45: 16; Isaiah 32: 1; Luke 13: 28).

The Ancient Worthies are represented by the “old men” and the Youthful Worthies by the “young

men” of Joel 2: 28. The former shall “dream dreams” – receive the deeper revelations of Divine

Truth, and the latter shall “see visions” – receive the simpler revelations of Divine Truth. Along

with the Old and New Testaments, these revelations will be used to teach mankind the way to

eternal life.

 

The Seed to Possess His Enemies’ Gate

 

The second Oath-bound Covenant promise is: “Thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.”

The four elect classes, who have been developed during faith ages, have had to overcome their

enemies – sin, error, selfishness and worldliness, which have been led by Satan, the world and

the flesh. The Lord helped them to overcome as they faithfully used the Word, spirit and

providences of God; and their victory becomes complete in the resurrection.

 

The restitution class during the Millennial Age Kingdom will also have enemies to overcome.

Satan will be bound and unable to tempt man, and world conditions will be favorable toward

righteousness, but they will have to overcome the sin and selfishness of their fallen flesh.

However, if they obediently use all the helps that will then be available, they will finally

overcome the power and effects of the Adamic curse.

 

The Jews to be Blessed First

 

The third Oath-bound Covenant promise is: “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be

blessed.” The first general class of the non-elect to be blessed under the Abrahamic Covenant is

fleshly Israel. They began a period of chastisement at the time of our Lord’s crucifixion that was

to last until the elect classes have been prepared for the Kingdom, after which they shall be fully

recovered from their blindness. The prophet declares, “They shall look upon [unto] me whom

they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him,” because the eyes of their understanding will be

opened, for the Lord promises to pour upon them the “spirit of grace and of

supplications” (Zechariah 12: 10).

 

The Apostle Paul in Romans 9 and 10 points out how Israel failed to obtain the special blessing

of the Abrahamic Covenant by rejecting Christ, that only a remnant received the great blessing

and that the majority were blinded. In Romans 11 he explains that their blindness was not to be

permanent, but only until the Church was gathered out, and that then the Lord’s blessing would

come to fleshly Israel, saving them from their blindness and granting them mercy through the

glorified spiritual Israel (Romans 11: 25-33). The Lord will do this for the natural seed, not

because of their worthiness, but because of His promise made to the fathers – Abraham, Isaac

and Jacob. Note also Ezekiel 36: 22-33.

 

Fleshly Israel, as the leading nation on the earth in the Millennial Age Kingdom, shall be zealous

missionaries under the Worthies and will help convert the nations to Christ. They are represented

as being a part of the “sons” of Joel 2: 28, who will prophesy – teach, or declare the Truth.

 

The Gentiles to be Blessed Next

 

But the Gentiles, the remainder of the non-elect, are also to be blessed. They are represented by

the “daughters” of Joel 2: 28, who, as they come into harmony with God’s Kingdom, shall also

teach the Truth to their fellow man.

 

God has made arrangements for His coming Kingdom on such a grand scale as to permit a

thorough recovery from all present mental, moral and physical weaknesses. The third Oath

bound Covenant promise implies seven distinct blessings for the human race. These blessings

are:

 

First, they will be released from the Adamic penalty and have their sins forgiven, which implies

that all the dead in Adam will be awakened from the grave (Romans 5: 12, 18, 19;

1 Corinthians 15: 21, 22).

 

Second, they will be furnished with a complete knowledge of the Truth (Isaiah 11: 9; John 1: 9;

1 Timothy 2: 4, 6).

 

Third, they will be put under conditions conducive to righteousness, in contrast with the

conditions of the present, which are conducive to sin (Luke 2: 10; Isaiah 35: 1-10).

 

Fourth, their minds and hearts will be so worked upon as to be favorably disposed toward Christ

(John 12: 32, 33).

 

Fifth, they will be so benefited and impressed by the good work then being done that they will

willingly acknowledge Jesus as Ruler and bow down to His authority (Isaiah 45: 22, 23;

Philippians 2: 9-11).

 

Sixth, the Christ will offer to everyone the privileges of the Highway of Holiness

(Isaiah 35: 8-10); but they will be required, as a condition of their enjoying its privileges, to

consecrate themselves to the Lord. All will however be blessed with the opportunity of entering

the Highway of Holiness.

 

The seventh is the offer of the holy spirit (Joel 2: 28, 29). Christ will offer everyone the privilege

of receiving the holy spirit, but it is and will be impossible to receive the holy spirit except by

rendering obedience (Acts 5: 32).

 

The future blessings will be of such a kind that every individual who has not had his full

opportunity in the present life will have it then, during the world’s thousand-year judgment day

(Acts 17: 31; 2 Peter 3: 7, 8). That opportunity includes the obtaining of that which was lost –

human perfection, everlasting life under human, earthly, paradisiacal conditions – an opportunity

of coming again into the Divine likeness, almost obliterated in the human family through the

6,000 years of the fall. Our hearts are stimulated as we contemplate the meaning of this great

Oath-bound Covenant!

 

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