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The Blood Covenant of God

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The Fall of Mankind

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The Introduction Page

What is the Blood Covenant of God all about?

 

When and Where did it start?
What is its purpose?
How does it apply to me today?

 

Have You Prepared Your Wineskin 
for the New Wine of God?

 

The Blood Covenant of God

This is an Introduction to the Prophecies of Messiah, that opened the eyes of two men who were on the verge of losing their faith in their Messiah, and actually had lost their faith in Him, because they had a false understanding the Mission of their Mission. although Jesus had clearly spoken about what was going to happen the disciples, not one of them truly understood what he was saying or what he meant. One reason for that is … because they didn’t understand the Scriptures, nor did they understand their eternal Blood Covenant relationship with God. 

In other words, the faith of these two men was in the fire of purification. As it stood, their faith was too shallow to handle the current crisis they were experiencing, but not too difficult for Jesus, the recently Resurrected, Son of God, to take into his humble hands. Jesus gently and humbly corrected these two men who were like two sailors lost at sea without a rudder. By using his own testimony about Himself, that had been pre-recorded before his miraculous birth (from 400 to 4000 years before He was born), Jesus broke open to them the scriptures that Jesus was “the Lamb of God,”  who was destined to die, in order to take away the sins of mankind. Jesus was at the center of the Blood Covenant, and ALL the Prophetic Promises connected to it from the Very Beginning.

Why did Jesus need to teach them his Testimony?  Because, All their hopes and dreams had been shattered, as they needed to be. Why? Because: They were trying to build their spiritual houses upon a false belief system, that was taught to them by men. Their false religious beliefs were standing upon a cracked and broken foundation. The evidence was clear: When they should have been rejoicing, they were full of sorrow and dismay.

Jesus used the prophecies of the Old Testament to correct their wrongful thinking, and to give them a true foundation, and a right perspective upon which to be grounded into an Eternal Faith, one that will never moved. It may get shaken, but only that which is not worthy of the Kingdom of God will be removed (and shaken off), everything else that is in Agreement with the Word of God and the Kingdom of God will remain, and become the eternal treasure they will possess forever and ever. This is something that we all need: All those who will choose to follow Jesus as their Redeemer, LORD, and King.

In short, Jesus used his own Testimony to repair these men’s damaged and wounded faith, by pointing out to them the Old Testament Scriptures that relate to Himself.

Mark this down: Wise men do no put new wine into old wineskins. If they do the Wineskins will break open, and the wine will run out. When men are following false hope created by false teachers, and a false understanding of God’s Ways, that come from a false man-based religious system, then they are not ready for the New Wine.
          When we have false identities, and hide behind false premises, we are not ready for the New Wine of God. We must prepare our lives to become containers for the new Wine. Anything to do with a false image of God, and every false and fake image of ourselves needs to go. (The Lord calls this pruning.) We need to get down and dirty and into the nitty gritty, and purge ourselves of every wrongful unclean thought, word, and deed we possess. We need to confess who we truly are before a Holy God, and make our sins as white as snow!  

In the Blood Covenant of God: Those who follow Christ prepare themselves, through repentance and faith, to become faithful workers in his Vineyard. This is not just the pastors job, or the missionaries job, or the Sunday school teachers job. This is the calling of every individual in the Kingdom of God, who wants to fully participate in the Blood Covenant of God, share in its blessings, and share in its persecutions, walking in the real fellowship, and the real sufferings of the Messiah of Israel. Jesus said:

Matthew 16:24-25 (KJV)
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

We should not only want our sins made white as snow, but we need to know how to make them white as snow. We need to participate in the plan of Salvation, and once we have gotten our own clothing clean and bright, we should be able to tell and show others how to do everything we have learned to do. We should be like those who pay it forward: Those who give back to show our appreciation and deepen our connection to the One who saved us and called us to follow Him. Should we not?

In the Blood Covenant of God: We need our garments to be made as white as snow, to shine like the brilliance of the Sun, clean and pure. Our garments are a symbol of our faith, and how pure, and true, and right it is.

Below the testimony of one whole church in one whole city, is that only a few appear to be saved, and walking with Jesus in genuine faith and repentance and spiritual life. Only a few. This echoes the teaching of the narrow road. Only a few there be that find it, and follow it, but many are they that follow the wide road that leads to destruction. Many even inside the four walls of the church. This just shows that church membership gives us no real assurance for our eternal salvation. Is it possible that the description below accurately portrays a church you have gone to, or the church you are now attending?

Revelation 3:4-5 (KJV)
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Make a Note: That’s a big deal. You want Jesus to “confess your name to His Father.” You want him to be your advocate, your heavenly attorney on the day you stand trial for your deeds done in the body.

That is a significant passage: It teaches we can have our names written in the Book of Life, but due to rebellion, laziness, and ignorance, resulting in disobedience and sin, we can have our names blotted out of the Book of Life. That is why we need to learn, and know, and practice, how to keep our robes as white as snow. Yes? This doctrine is not often taught or well understood in the modern day church, but it is central to the Gospel of Christ. Jesus said:

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

Please note: Who is doing the buying here? It is the motivated believer. It is by his action, his faith, his work: he is to buy gold from Jesus. He is to buy clothing from Jesus. He is to buy eye salve, in order to prepare himself to see the work of the Kingdom of heaven and to do it (he is to prepare his wineskin in order to contain the New Wine of Heaven).

Revelation 16:15 (KJV)
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Again, this is not a common teaching in many modern churches. Jesus will come at a time unexpected, and he that is fat and lazy, or just too busy to care about the hour of Jesus’ Visitation, will not have prepared himself (like the five foolish virgins), therefore, he will not have “kept his garments clean and white, pure and spotless. On the Day of Judgment we will be exposed for who we really are, and for what our lives really stood for. Some things we truly don’t want to be know for in Heaven are listed below, and yes this is a short list:

  1. a hypocrite,                          (Matthew 6:16; Mt. 23:13-29)
  2. a false convert,                    (Matthew 7:22 ff)
  3. an unfruitful branch,            (John 15:1-7)
  4. a tare among the wheat,     (Matthew 13:24 ff; Mt. 13:37 ff)
  5. a foolish virgin,                     (Matthew 25:1 ff)
  6. a lazy steward,                     (Matthew 25:26)
  7. a goat among the sheep,    (Matthew 25:44)

Mark this down: This is not name calling. This is not judging others. This is not being critical of others beliefs. This is simply speaking the Truth in Love. We cannot prepare ourselves if we don’t know what is at stake. We can’t make necessary changes if we don’t know what changes need to be made. So Jesus is simple calling out and identifying problems for what they are. Of course, He sees everything from an eternal perspective, and often what he sees will hurt our feelings. That’s because our feelings need to be hurt, so that we can see the solution to our problem, through the pain and the tears.
          The purpose and motivation of exposing the truth is so that nobody gets a fearful surprise on the Day that matters most. The most important Day of our lives is coming in a flash, in a twinkling of the eye, we will soon be transported into the Courtroom of Heaven. In His heavenly courts we will have an adversary, (a prosecuting attorney–that would be Satan the accuser of the brethren who accuses them day and night before the thrown), and an advocate, our eternal defense lawyer (that would be Jesus). If we are “in Christ” our lives are protected by Jesus’s Blood, [the Blood Covenant of God], and the purchase price for our lives has been paid in full, so we can go free from the condemnation of the enemy.
         But, if we are not “in Christ” we are not covered by the Blood Covenant of God, then every infraction of the Law of God will be used and judged against us. So the critical factor will be are we really a true and full participant in the Blood Covenant of God, or are we just pretending to be “in Christ”, or have we fully rejected Christ from the git go. If the latter two apply to us, so will the Lake of Fire judgement apply to us. 

Can you see from Heaven’s Perspective what going to soon take place? Every soul should make it his or her duty to know this for sure. Know where you came from … Know where you are going … Know why you are here now … and know the consequences of your eternal decisions that you will make every single day of your life. Be Cognitive. Be Alert. Be informed. Then, you can make your wisest most informed decisions on every matter that comes across your decision making desk.

 

John 3:18-21 (KJV)
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
       19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

We will need to talk about Verse 18, later in the Blood Covenant. But the idea of believing here comes from the Hebrew Culture and Mindset. Believeing has to do with obeying the Commandments. You can tell if someone believes something by what they do, not by what they think or say, or believe in their mind, or believe in their heart (that may be immaterial–depending upon their actions. I know many people who are deceived believing themselves to be saved, but not bearing the Fruit of Salvation (you may know some as well). Jesus told his disciples you can tell a tree by its fruit. No Fruit? No Salvation. It is pretty simple.
           A person can easily BELIEVE, think or say one thing but then DO THE OPPOSITE. This is not possible in the Hebrew Mindset.  The western idea of believing, (mental ascent) really doesn’t apply to the word “believeth” in this sense above. Much of Western Christianity has cheapened the Blood Covenant of God, turning it into “A Mental Social Club” where we meet and share happy thoughts, but don’t do anything that requires Biblical Faith, or Biblical Action,  this is not Biblical Believing, more on this later.

 

If we know we will stand before God and give an accounting of our lives, whether we were true to him or false. Then we should also know all of the criteria that will be laid upon our account for which we will need to give an answer. 
          If we be true, we will receive his reward, and his commendation. If we be deceived, and false, we will receive his condemnation. The evidence will be plain and sure. Nothing will be hidden on that day. We will either be clothed in White Raiment, or stand before God as naked and ashamed, just as he has said. This is all plainly laid out in the Blood Covenant of God.

Revelation 4:4 (KJV)
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

As we can see, heaven is populated by people who have made their robes white, they have washed away their sins, in the Blood Covenant of the Lamb, and they have turned away from all former agreements they had made with Satan, and the World, and the Flesh, to serve them.    
           They have broken off every lie, sin, self indulgence, unclean habit, unclean thought, word, and deed, and then they have entered into the Labor of the Lord as a Good Servant of God Most High. And like the twenty four elders they are wearing white robes that cover their nakedness, and show their worthiness to walk with Jesus, and be in this presence, and enjoy his favor, and live in His Glory. No dark thing will be allowed in His Presence. No Evil wicked, secret sin, will stand before God. No lie, no rebellion, no ingratitude, no self-justification, no excuses, no false representations, no hidden skeletons in the closet will be allowed in His Holy Sanctuary. So now is the time to get clean. Today is the Day of Salvation. (I can only imagine this paragraph will infuriate many so called “do nothing” believers, that still believe that they believe, but have no fruit to prove their faith. It seems many a man has been sitting in the pew for 30 plus years, taking in all kinds of teaching that tickles the ears and fills the church coffers, but doesn’t demand faith in action. Doesn’t require taking up your cross and following in Jesus footsteps. Doesn’t require the believer to do anything, but just believe.
          I probably stepped over the line and lost the majority of readers from this last paragraph. For those of you still willing to explore, the Blood Covenant of God, hang in there. This is going to be a rocky road for a while. It was for the disciples of Jesus, and it will be for us today. Jesus never promised it would be easy, he just knows that it will be worth it.

Revelation 7:9 (KJV)
After this I 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;

As you can see, the great multitude of believers, who were granted their entrance into heaven, were all clothed in white. And remember they chose to make their garments white. They chose to take on the challenges of the Gospel. They chose to become obedient and holy, just and true, righteous and faithful servants of the most High God. They looked forward to the day and the hour when God will say to them:

“WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.
ENTER INTO THE JOY OF YOUR MASTER.”

I firmly believe, those are the words you and I want to hear in our own ears, on the day that matters most to us in all the days of our total existence. I believe, you and I should want to graduate into the Halls of Heaven, and be honored guests at the Great Wedding Supper of the Lamb.
          Are we slow of mind and heart? Yes, but we don’t have to continue down that path. Remember the original apostles were slow of mind and heart at the beginning of their journey with Christ, but the key is they didn’t stay that way. They persevered through trials, temptations, overcoming all kinds of sins, and self centered egotistical thinking, but they endured and overcame their selfish nature. If they can do it, so can we.

Revelation 19:14 (KJV)
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

You may not be aware, but if you are in Christ, you are part of a vast army, one that wins battles. One that is victorious. One that never backs down. Never gives in. Never gives up. Never turns and runs away from the enemy. And they win their battles not by swords and spears, or  bows and arrows, but by Faith and Deeds in God’s Miraculous Kingdom. We learn to use spiritual weapons, and spiritual armor. We do not fight against flesh and blood …

Ephesians 6:12-13 (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Today, is the day to stand. Today, is the day to fight. Tomorrow is not promised. You can win over the darkness every time you decide to stand in the Blood Covenant of God, every time you participate in the fight of faith.

Now you might be wondering why list all these specific references to white raiment, white garments, clean and white clothing, white linen, white robes, and the like. What does this have to do with the Blood Covenant of God? It actually has everything to do with the Blood Covenant of God.

It is a suspiciously missing teaching from much of modern christianity. Do you know what white raiment, white linen, white robes, clean and white garments represent in the Kingdom of God?

Every believer should have this simple teaching down pat as a part of the backbone of their  daily operation of faith in the Son of God.

White linen represents the righteousness of the saints. It is the very ground the saints walk on: The very foundation of their lives, the very necessary work of the Kingdom of God. It includes their own personal sanctification, but it doesn’t stop there. It continues to invoke their prayers, their faith, their mighty works, their heavenly fruit, and their personal sacrifices that Jesus promised would be a part of their testimony in the Kingdom of God, that it would be visible to even the lowest and darkest sinner. It would be evident to all, that their white robes clean and bright were a result of their clean lives, the removal of all worldly filth, worldly lusts, worldly pursuits, worldly greed, worldly idolatry, worldly vanity, worldly pride (anger, hostility, violence, avarice, and licentiousness), and the removal of any desire whatsoever to participate in the worldly lies, ways, lifestyles, fads, trends, and temptations that pollute every person living in the world.

Revelation 19:8 (KJV)
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.

 

Those who break away from all false idol worshipping images of religion, will want to build their lives upon a solid foundation, upon the perfect, clean and holy Rock of God.

Deuteronomy 32:15 (KJV)
15 But Jeshurun [Israel] waxed fat, and kicked:

[when Israel became prosperous, they turned their backs on God,
as a result, they became materialistic, and left the Way of God.

They began to dive into sin, idolatry, and serving other gods,
and following the practices of the heathen, lusts and pleasures, 
sadly the Western Church has followed in their footsteps]

thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness;
then he forsook God which made him,
and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

 

God’s faithful and true followers will not lightly esteem the Rock of their Salvation. Rather, they will trust in their Rock, and hold fast to Him, they will call upon Him and they will be saved. They will know Him as their Savior. They will honor Him, and cleave to Him, and call upon His Name.

 

2 Samuel 22:2-4, 47 (KJV)     [Also recorded as: Psalm 18]
The LORD is my Rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
The God of my rock; in him will I trust:
He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge,
My saviour; thou savest me from violence.
I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised:
so shall I be saved from mine enemies
The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock;
and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.

 

Making God our Rock: This will take some effort on the part of the believer. Some streams of modern Christianity teach that if you put effort into your faith, it will be the works of the flesh and rejected by God, but: Where does their teaching come from?  Compromised religion? Or genuine faith based Biblical Living?

The Saviour himself told his followers to pray for laborers to go into the harvest. He told his followers that they were to bear much fruit, and this would be a sign that they were following Him. He also said, the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
          A laborer is someone who puts effort in the the work he is doing, and because of his work, he becomes skilled and well equipped, and trained in doing the Work. That is why his is called a laborer, and that is what makes him fruitful. True laborers are those who prepare themselves, and their world, for the harvest of God that is happening in their generation.

This is also a teaching conspicuously missing from modern church christianity.
         The sheep are told to bring people to church, but few are trained to go into the world and be a witness to the Kingdom of God. Which is the central point of the whole message of the Gospel of Christ. As a result, even fewer laborers are raised up, even fewer trained and equipped and able to rightly handle the word of God, and share the message of Repentance and Faith, and the Judgement to Come.

Our job as believers in Christ is to expose lies, tear down strongholds, and plunder the strong man’s house, and take away his goods, and his protection. And to bear much fruit in so doing.
           How can we do this if we are not actively training ourselves to become excellent laborers in God’s Heavenly Harvest? How can we bear the Fruit of Heaven, if our eyes are solely focused on the things of the Earth? How can we bring the Kingdom of God into Our Lives, if we don’t even know how to make our raiment as white as snow? How can we teach others, what we don’t even know ourselves? 

Who can answer these questions with integrity, honesty, and faith? 

It will take a bold spirit, a bold faith, a bold and courageous heart and mind that will fully face and fully accept responsibility for the full counsel of God, and not just blame it all on their pastor or their church, or their denomination. As we have seen, even whole churches in the Apostles day, only had a few true followers of Christ. How much more worse could it be in our day? 

Like Moses and Gideon and Josiah, they knew that the work of the ministry of God was not going to be done unless they took the bull by the horns. They chose to wash their clothes, they chose to take their lives into their hands, and then hand it over to the King of Heaven. They chose to make God, the Lord and Master of their Lives. And they chose to do the will of God in their day, even as God had called them. Those chose to break down the false idol worshipping practices in their day.
       We too are called to tear down our false images, fake teachings, and idol worshipping practices today. Like Abraham, Abel, David, and Elijah, we can lay ahold of the Blood Covenant of God.   We can rightly prepare our vessels for the New Wine of the Spirit, like Cleopas and the Early Believers. We can choose to change the face of our world through our witness of the Gospel and the Salvation of a great harvest of souls. It takes One, to reach One. Making disciples who make disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples in Christ, in the Spirit of Truth and Humility and Holiness, doing the will of the Father from the heart.

Once a believer truly enters into the harvest of Heaven, bringing souls our of darkness into light, there will be nothing in this world that will compare to that holy and sacred experience. And once one decides to devote his life and all his time and energy to such a task, as becoming a faithful laborer in the Kingdom of God, all of his energy, focus, and food will be to continue the work. It will be the most exciting, challenging, growing, and deep learning experience of His Life, guaranteed, that is if he shall endure to the end, and not give up or remove his name from the Lamb’s Book of Life, through temptation, disillusion, or any dark attack upon his faith or his person, or his family.

The truth be told, the enemy will come and attack every true believer. The enemy will deceitfully use every tool available, which is often the man’s family members, friends, employers, and government officials. We should expect to face all the enemies Paul and the Apostles faced, if we truly Walk with God on the Road of Salvation. Our job discription from Heaven’s Thrown is to assail the gates of Hell, to bind the strongman, to plunder and tear down his strongholds, to plunder his treasuries, and set the captives free. But He won’t lightly give up his positions without a fight, don’t ever think he will.

Those who are not ready to step into the warfare of becoming a full fledged soldier of Christ, still need to be pruned and purged in order to become a fruitful vine branch in the Vineyard of the LORD. This is a calling from Heaven. It is an invitation to become who you were born into this world to be, by the grace of God, and the message of the Kingdom of God, you shall become all that God has for you, if you simple enter into a true Blood Covenant Relationship with the Holy One of Heaven.

May this calling not be overwhelming. Let your Life and your soul absorb just one step at a time, one day of progress at a time. Little by Little, the War is Won. Little by Little the ground is taken back from darkness to light, in our own lives first and then in the lives of everyone around us. This is the Calling. This is the Challenge. This is the Blood Covenant of God. 

 

Wise men put new wine into new wineskins,
and both are preserved.

(Matthew 9:17 )

 

Shalom,

 

Brother Thomas

 

To keep reading click link for Chapter Two.

 

 

 

 

Just a short followup question:

Did you know that the Word of God
identifies you as a Wineskin?

You are either One that can handle the Kingdom of God, or one that cannot handle the Kingdom of God. Believe it or not, God intended you to handle immense power and authority, that you will absolutely need if you choose to follow Him in all of His Ways, if you were to prepare yourself to become one of His New Wineskins. As you will learn from God’s Eyewitness Testimony, that all his wineskins had to be well prepared in advance, in order to properly and adequately handle the Power of the New Wine, because It was far stronger than the old wine. And even more dangerous if put into the wrong hands. (See Acts 8:18)

Cleopas and his buddy (Mark 16:12-13, and Luke 24:13-35) were vessels being prepared. They walked with Jesus after the crucifixion and resurrection, but they did not know it was Jesus, even while their hearts burned within them. God was carefully preparing his vessels for the New Wine to be poured out. These two men were definitely a breed set apart from the common religious people of the day. In fact, their breed was so different, their jealous religious counterparts wanted them dead! (Can you see how the same Spirit of Jealousy came on the leaders of Jerusalem, as it had come upon Cain (in Genesis 4:1 ff). They were entertaining the same spirit of jealousy and murder that Cain did, repeating its evil work once again.

This was all happening behind the scenes throughout the entire writing and living of the New Testament, and the Old Testament. This is nothing new. It has been that way since the very beginning of the Blood Covenant, ever since Cain killed Abel, an evil religious spirit has been invited into the hearts of men, and has taken up residence throughout the generations of man.

This Jesus came to set men free from that wicked spirit, yet they killed Him in the process, even as the Word of God foretold they would. These wicked, deceived, and jealous men, believed they were doing God a favor by murdering the Son of the Most High God! It doesn’t get much more derelict than that. And yet, this is all apart of the Blood Covenant of God, and the fulfillment of 4000 years of detailed prophecy, even in the minutest detail. (Read Psalm 22:1 and following) This will be revealed in more detail as we move through a thorough Study of The Blood Covenant of God.

 

Wise men put new wine into new wineskins,
and both are preserved.

(Matthew 9:17 )

 

By Studying the Blood Covenant of God, you will surely deepen your faith, and knowledge, and gratitude of all that God has done for you. It this will help reveal how intimate a relationship God has always planned and intended to have with you according to His Eternal Purpose. This wisdom can help prepare you to become the New Wineskin, God has intended you to be from the Beginning of Creation until this very day.

May you grow every day nearer to the person God has always intended you to be.