The Second Half of Christ’s Covenant
We left off with this contract between God and Humanity:
Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse;
- the blessing, if you obey the commandment of the LORD your God which I command you today;
- And the Curse (Judgment) if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today. (Deuteronomy 11:26-28 NKJV)
Now, let’s look at the Split Versing of the Covenant of Jesus Christ.” The two divisions of the contract or covenant can be seen in Isaiah 61:1 and 2.
First Half of the Covenant”
At the beginning of His ministry Jesus announced Himself the fulfillment of the Blessing’s Half of the Contract when He said Isaiah 61:1-2a was fulfilled by Him (Jesus). He did this on the day He entered into His hometown Synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4:14-21) and proclaimed Himself Israel’s Messiah. Here is what He read, Isaiah 61:1-2a:
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach glad tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives; and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
AND, To Proclaim “The Acceptable Year of the Lord”
ONLY AFTER MAKING THIS PROCLAMATION DID JESUS CLOSE THE SCROLL AND DECLARE TO THE CROWD; VERSE 21!
“Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
BAM! Jesus just proclaimed to the crowd that He was Israel’s Messiah!
Here’s an oddity too… Jesus just happened to stop reading Isaiah 61 right in the middle of a sentence. Coincidence?
If Jesus had not stopped reading right where He did… then Jesus’ next utterance would have been:
And “the Day of Vengeance of our God” to comfort all who mourn.
Can you see why Jesus stopped reading where He did?
Simply put, Jesus did not read the next line of the Text because He only intended to fulfill the “Blessings half of the Covenant” and not the “Curses or Judgment Half of the Contract”.
Here’s another oddity, Jesus, while on the Cross, just happened to say, “It is finished” a moment before He gave up the Ghost (Holy Spirit) (John 19:30).
Why would He say “It is finished?”
Jesus said “It is done or finished” because He had just completed the first half of His seven year contract between God and Mankind for salvation (Daniel 9:27)!
Here is another quirk in the Covenant of Jesus Christ:
- When the 3½ year Great Consummation is complete…
- a loud voice will be heard shouting from the heavens saying, “It is done!” (Revelation 16:17)
- What will be finished or completed will be the seven years Covenant of Jesus Christ!
So I ask you… what is the Second Half of Christ’s Covenant?
The second half of Christ’s Covenant is the Curses or Judgment half of the contract.
And why is the Second Half of Christ’s Covenant pertinent to Christians TODAY?
Because the majority of Christians are mistakenly under the impression the Body of Christ will be Raptured before the Tribulation Period or Great Tribulation begins. Such is not the case!
Why is this important?
Because we were falsely taught the Great Tribulation is God’s Wrath; which it decidedly IS NOT!
Bear in mind… Here is the RUB…
- Most Believers are familiar with the concept of Christ’s Covenant because of the New Testament.
- However, most Believers are utterly unaware Christ’s Covenant spans seven years and consists and has always consisted in two parts; the blessings and curses.
- Part 1) the Blessings half as mentioned earlier in this post (The Acceptable Year of the Lord (Isaiah 61:2a). Which is Jesus’ 3½ years of ministry and that fulfilled!
- Part 2) the Curses or Judgment half of the contract labeled in the Bible as, “The Day of Vengeance of our God” (Isaiah 61:2b).
- The Second Half of Christ’s Covenant is yet to be realized; however, it is coming within the next ten or fewer years (Parable of the Fig Tree Matthew 24:32-35; and Psalms 90:10 referring to 80 or less years for the Biblical lifespan of a human. It is a prophetic marker and element of the covenant.
Just as the covenants between Abraham and God AND the Israelites and God consisted in two parts – so the Covenant of Jesus Christ also entails two parts.
Here are a couple examples: Genesis 12:1-3
The Covenant between God and Abraham:
Now the LORD said to Abram:
Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV)
The covenant between God and Israel:
“Behold, I set before you today
a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known. (Deuteronomy 11:26-28 NKJV)
NOW, after you’ve read this post – you should go and ask friends and family these questions; more specifically ask your pastors or your priests. You will likely be astonished by the number of Christians, Pastors and Priests. Most will have NO idea what you’re talking about. As covered in the Post, “Hidden Agenda” God concealed much of the End-Times message until the world entered the “Time of the End”.
There is a reason for that which was addressed in another Pos:
The Hidden Agenda
Alright, don’t be fearful; rather, rejoice in the Lord and the fact His Word (The Bible) is real and true and is currently coming to pass in your lifetime and as you are reading this blog.
Be brave and have a blessed day!