About Jesus Steve Sweetman
The Abrahamic Covenant And Prophetic History
3:16 is the pivotal verse that distinguishes between the two ways of
in prophetic history. Those
who believe Israel
has lost her prophetic and historic significance point out that Abraham's
offspring is Jesus, and rightly so. They
say that all the promises made to Abraham's descendents are fulfilled in
Jesus because He is Abraham's offspring.
The problem with this thinking is that the word
"offspring" differs in meaning from the word
you can't lump all the promises made to Abraham's descendents onto the lap
of Abraham's offspring Jesus. Paul
is only addressing one word in Galatians 3, and that's the singular word
"seed", or "offspring" as seen in the Genesis account.
He is not addressing the plural word "descendents" that
is also seen in the Genesis account. Galatians
3:16 does not redefine the word "descendents" and make it mean
the same as word "offspring".
Genesis account refers to three specific recipients of God's promises.
They are, Abraham, his descendents
thing we should note is that all of the promises concerning greatness,
land, foreverness, and number of descendents, are promised to both Jesus
These promises are linked
together because when Jesus returns to earth as the King of the Jews, He
will fulfill these promises and include Israel
in the fulfillment. For
example, Jesus will inherit the land, and give it to Israel.
12:2 and 3 clearly state that it is God Himself who will fulfill all the
promises. We can't view
people talk as if Israel
has some kind of ability on
her own to get the promised land. I
don't see this happening. All
the Old Testament passages clearly state that God Himself will make sure
what He has promised will indeed take place.
like to close with some isolated passages that I haven't commented on.
in Acts 7:1 to 5 spoke about the promised land.
If you read what he said, you'll note that he understood the land
to be literal land and not spiritual land.
I suggest Stephen knew what he was talking about.
Jesus gave the disciples final instructions before His ascension, in Acts
1:6 the disciples asked Him, "are you at this time going to restore
the Kingdom to Israel"? Jesus didn't answer by
saying, "sorry guys, I've changed my mind, it's no longer a literal
Kingdom but a spiritual kingdom".
He simply said that it was not for them to know "the times and
dates the Father has set".
That implies that God has set a time and a date when
you want to get a good picture of what the end of this age looks like,
read Isaiah 13 and 14. It's
not a pretty picture. The
coming of our Lord is a destructive day, but a day that ends in the
salvation of both Israel
and the church.
13:19 says, "Babylon, the jewel of nations ... will be overthrown by God".
After this mighty overthrow, Isaiah
14:1 says, "the Lord will have compassion on Jacob; once again He
people and nations blessing Israel
today based on Genesis 12:2 and 3. God
said that He'd bless those who bless Abraham and curse those who curse
him. Some people say we should
ignore this passage because
fulfilled his promise to curse those who curse Abraham by cursing Pharaoh,
even though Abraham was clearly outside of God's will, just like Israel
the Abrahamic Covenant, God spoke many promises to Abraham, mostly of
which concerned Jesus and srael. Both will be reunited at the
end of this age when God alone pours out a spirit of repentance upon
Israel. At that time,
both Abraham's descendents
So this has been my thinking. Consider what I say and the Lord give you the understanding in all things.