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The Everlasting Covenant

The everlasting covenant was first promised to Abram while uncircumcised (Gen 15:18Gen 15:18
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). Then Abram’s name was changed to Abraham and he was promised to be a father of many nations (Gen 17:4Gen 17:4
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). Likewise, Sarah was blessed to become mother of nations and kings (Gen 17:16Gen 17:16
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). At the same time the covenant was reaffirmed and the circumcision seal was given to Abraham and his descendents (Gen 17:10-14Gen 17:10-14
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). The same covenant was subsequently confirmed to Isaac and Jacob.

Joseph had twelve sons but loved Joseph more than the others. Due to jealousy, his brothers sell him as a slave to slave traders going to Egypt. Subsequently, due to a famine in the land, all the children of Israel go to Egypt. The total who came out of Jacob were 70 souls. But now, Joseph has become the Lord of the land and second only to Pharaoh. The children of Israel live free, prosper and multiply in the choicest part of the Land of Egypt. After 400 years, a new Pharaoh who did not know Joseph, makes their life miserable and enslaves them with hard labor.

Yahweh remembered His Covenant when He heard their groaning in captivity (Ex 2:26Ex 2:26
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). He sent them a Redeemer deliverer from the tribe of Levi, Moses, to lead them out of the house of bondage. The everlasting covenant envisioned a kingdom of priest (Ex 19:6Ex 19:6
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) and a sanctuary not built with human hands (Ex 15:17Ex 15:17
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). Thus, it was formalized to the twelve tribes at Horeb under the Levitical priesthood and Legal administration by Aaron (Ex 19:24Ex 19:24
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). This priesthood was only temporary since the blood of animals could not effect permanent change in sinful mankind and was just a prophetic foreshadow of the blood of the everlasting covenant (Heb 7:11Heb 7:11
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). An everlasting priesthood covenant was promised for atonement (Num 25:13Num 25:13
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). The everlasting covenant was confirmed by Moses at Moab (Deut 1-29), and further ratified by Joshua at Shechem (Joshua 24).

The covenant is then unconditionally established with king David and eternally promised to ONE of his sons (1 Chronicles 17:11-141 Chronicles 17:11-14
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). David sings prophetic praises with lyrics about the promise of the everlasting priesthood of Melchizedek (Psa 110:4Psa 110:4
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). Subsequently after a falling away, the everlasting covenant is confirmed by king Josiah (2nd Kings 23:2-3).

As time passed by the Levitical Priesthood Covenant became defiled (Neh 13:29Neh 13:29
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& Mal 2:8Mal 2:8
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). Yahweh used prophets Jeremiah (31-31-34) and Isaiah (61:6) to promise a New everlasting Priestly Covenant. Prophet Amos was used to promise a day when the Yahweh Himself will rebuild the fallen tabernacle of David and join the remnant of men (Israel) and all the Gentiles that invoke His name (LXX Amos 9:11-12Amos 9:11-12
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When that day came, a redeemer foreshadowed by Moses, of the seed of David announced that He came to set the captives free. He started His public ministry by reading from Isaiah 61 aka the scroll of Melchizedek found at at cave in Qumram. Later, He finished His earthly minister with death and resurrection after holding the Passover Seder. He broke bread and shared wine (Gen 14:18Gen 14:18
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) and washing the feet of the disciples (Ex 40-12&31-32). There was a “transposition” of the Levitical covenant and the Melchizedek covenant during the Passover Seder also called last supper. These new royal priests according to the order of Melchizedek needed anointing which came at the upper room on the feast of Shavuot (Acts 2:1-4Acts 2:1-4
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The administration of the Law was “transferred” from the now old and fading away Levitical priesthood to the new covenant of the Melchizedek priesthood (Hebrews 7:12Hebrews 7:12
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The sacrificial part of the Law was fulfilled with the ultimate sacrifice of Messiah (Heb 10:1Heb 10:1
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& 7:19). But the administration of the Law is transferred from the old Levitical priesthood covenant to the new everlasting covenant of the Melchizedek priesthood (Isa 61:8Isa 61:8
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). Further proof of this is found in Acts 15. Besides, it is noteworthy the fact that the tribe of Levi is not listed separate from the twelve tribes in Rev 7.

The Everlasting Covenant CAN NOT and WAS NOT revoked (Gal 3:15Gal 3:15
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) and a New One WAS NOT put in its place. Read Rev 7 and 14 and inform yourself of how the first fruits, aka the remnant of Israel (Zep 3:13Zep 3:13
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), are from the 12 tribes of Israel.

The Everlasting covenant’s door was apparently just now opened to the (uncircumcised) Gentiles. But this was hinted at in the Torah since Abram received the promise while uncircumcised. So that both Jew and Gentile can be of the faith of Abraham (Gal 3:14Gal 3:14
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). Both Jew and Gentile, circumcised and uncircumcised can be heirs of the promise to the seed of Abraham (Yahushua haMoshiach) and be part of the commonwealth of Israel (Isa 61:9Isa 61:9
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; Gal 3:29Gal 3:29
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The everlasting covenant is now nearly fulfilled once the 12 tribes are rejoined as one under Moshiach the seed of David, Yahushua haMoshiach crowned with His elect. The everlasting covenant is completed with the Davidic Monarchy Covenant and the Covenant of a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek and thus are called the covenants of promise (Eph_2:12). The Moshiach shed the blood of the everlasting covenant (Heb 13:20Heb 13:20
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& 1 Cor 15:451 Cor 15:45
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). His position in the everlasting covenant is multi-fold. His exaltation is supreme as: Sacrifice, Temple, Redeemer, King of kings, Lord of lords, High Priest, First fruit, Bridegroom, First born, Emmanuel, God with us.

If you have been blessed by this study, let us know by coming to Congregation Heralds to study it with us.

by Ricardo Rodríguez

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