The Noahic or Everlasting Covenant
Dr. Joe Temple

Open your Bibles, please, to chapter 9 of the book of Genesis. We have studied Genesis up to the flood. We have reached the time when the year and ten days of the flood were over, and God gave permission to Noah and his family to leave the Ark. In so doing, God began a new era in His dealings with the human race.

We told you when we began our study of the book of Genesis that we would be introduced to different dispensations. A dispensation is a period of time in which God deals with man according to certain rules and regulations. We were introduced to the dispensation of innocency, when man was in the Garden of Eden, created in the image of God, and absolutely innocent. He was living in an environment into which sin had not yet entered.

Then you remember that sin did enter, and Adam was ruled out of the Garden of Eden. A new dispensation began, the dispensation of conscience, when man did that which he wanted to do. That dispensation came to a bitter end in the flood, Noah and his family being the only ones saved by God's grace out of the condemnation of the world.

Now the flood is over. Noah and his family have been borne safely through the flood, and a new dispensation is about to begin. I believe it will be borne out as we go along that this new dispensation is the dispensation of human government, when God sets up certain rules and regulations for the human race, and man lives not so much according to what his conscience tells him as according to the laws of the land.

The First Three Covenants

Each of these dispensations involves a covenant. A covenant is an agrement, and there are eight covenants in the Word of God. For example, when Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden, there was the Edenic Covenant. It takes its name from the Garden of Eden itself. That covenant was an agreement which God made with Adam and Eve in which He said, “I will do certain things, and you will do certain things.”

Then there was the Adamic Covenant, the covenant that God made with man in which God said to Adam, “You will do certain things, and I will do certain things.”

As we look in chapter 9 at the new dispensation and the earth after the flood, we will begin by looking at what is commonly referred to as the Noahic Covenant. On the surface it was a covenant made with Noah. I prefer to refer to it as the Perpetual Covenant, or the Everlasting Covenant, because as we will see, the agreement was made not only with Noah but with the whole human race…with you and with me, and with the people who will come after us.

Some of the covenants mentioned in the Word of God are conditional, and others are unconditional. A conditional covenant entails a promise which can be fulfilled only if God's conditions are met. An unconditional covenant entails a promise which God will keep regardless of what man does. The covenant depends upon Him and Him alone.

Every covenant has a source. It involves certain partners. It has certain rquirements. The content of the covenant is always made very clear, and the scope of the covenant is never left to question.

The Noahic (Third) Covenant

We will read the Scripture that is related to this Noahic Covenant, and then we will discuss it. We will point out the source of the covenant later, but see if you can notice it as we read along. See if you can recognize the partners of the covenant. See if you can recognize the requirements of the covenant. See if you can recognize the content of the covenant. See if you recognize the scope of the covenant.

We will begin reading with verse 20 of chapter 8, because the chapter division should come after verse 19. Just imagine that you are reading chapter 9 of the book of Genesis as if it begins with verse 20 of chapter 8:

Genesis 8:

20And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
21And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
22While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Genesis 9:

1And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
2And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
3Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
4But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
5And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
6Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
7And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
8And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
9And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
10And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
11And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.
12And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
13I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
14And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
15And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
17And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

These verses of Scripture describe the Noahic Covenant, or the covenant I like to call the Everlasting or Perpetual Covenant.

An Unconditional Covenant

I would like to point out the verses which indicate that this is not a conditional covenant. It is unconditional. There are absolutely no conditions whatsoever attached to it.

Do not jump to conclusions, please. There are requirements, but those requirements have nothing to do with whether or not God will keep His promise regardless of whether the human race fulfills its requirements. As we shall see before we are through, the human race will be judged for failing to keep these requirements, but God's promise will hold true.

That the source of the covenant lies in God is presented to us in such verses as verse 21 of chapter 8:

Genesis 8:

21And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake;…

Notice, “I am the One who is going to do this.”

The thing that prompted God to make this unconditional promise was the fellowship that was restored between Noah as representative of the human race and God, when Noah builded an altar and offered a burnt offering on that altar.

Here again we are reminded that the only approach to God is by means of sacrifice. There is no other way. The sacrifice which was placed upon the altar when Noah went from the Ark is taken from among the clean beasts that he took into the Ark before the flood actually came.

Will you look at chapter 9, verse 3:

Genesis 9:

3Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

Notice, “have I given you all things.” Once again, it is all of God.

In verse 9, God said:

Genesis 9:

9And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
11And I will establish my covenant with you,…
15And I will remember my covenant…

“You may forget what I have said. You may forget the promise that I gave you. You may never think about it, but I will remember it.” That is God speaking. In verse 16:

Genesis 9:

16And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant…

The rainbow is an assurance to us that God will keep His word. It is a reminder to God that He made to the human race a promise that He must keep.

The Source of the Covenant…God

These verses of Scripture set before us the fact that God is the source of this covenant… not the good works of man, not the good efforts of men, but solely God's Word. That it is a covenant of grace, not due to the good works of man, is indicated in verse 21 of chapter 8:

Genesis 8:

21And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

“Man has sinned, and man will continually sin, so I cannot make this agreement on the basis of man's righteousness,” said God.

The Scope (Duration) and the Partners of the Covenant

Let us notice next the scope of this covenant. It is very important for us to notice the scope of every covenant that is made if we are to divide rightly the Word of truth. Sometimes people read certain verses of Scripture in the Word of God related to covenants, and they try to make them apply to themselves, and in so doing, they wrest the Scripture from around the structure. We need to know the scope of these covenants. Who is involved in them? How far-reaching is the covenant in question?

For example, there is a covenant in the Word of God known as the Mosaic Covenant. That was a covenant that God made through Moses with the nation of Israel. If we seek to make the requirements of that covenant apply to those who have been saved by grace, we do what the Lord Jesus Christ said was a very foolish thing to do.

Do you remember? The Lord Jesus Christ told a story. He said that no man who thinks rightly would take an old garment and patch it with a new piece of cloth. If he should, when the garment was washed, the new piece of cloth would shrink, tear away from the old garment, and leave a hole bigger than the hole that was originally patched. Anyone who would try to meet the requirements of the Mosaic Covenant with the privileges of the New Covenant would do something just as foolish as that.

Christ used another illustration. He used the illustration of a wine bottle, made not of glass, but of animal skin. He said no man who knows what it is all about ever puts new wine into an old bottle because the new wine will ferment and the old bottle will break. The skin will not be able to expand with the fermentation of the wine. You put new wine in new bottles.

So you must be careful not to mix the covenants. You will never make the mistake of mixing them if you know to whom they are addressed, and if you know the scope of the covenant.

As we look at the scope of the Noahic Covenant, we will be considering the partners involved. We have already noticed the main partner. He is God. With whom, then, did God make this covenant? If we are able to determine with whom God made the covenant, we will be able to understand the scope of the covenant as well. Will you look at chapter 9, verse 9:

Genesis 9:

9And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, [Noah]

This is a covenant that God made with Noah, and He expected Noah to fulfill the requirements of it. He expected Noah to abide by the contents of it. It did not stop there. You will notice that He also added, “and with your seed after you.” With the descendants of Noah was this covenant made. Those descendants of Noah who were interested in knowing the plan and purpose of God would be vitally concerned with the contents and the requirements of this covenant. It was made not only with Noah but also with the seed of Noah. Look at verse 11:

Genesis 9:

11And I will establish my covenant with you,…
12And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:

The covenant was made not only with Noah and his immediate descendants, but also with every living creature for perpetual, continuous generations…one generation after another.

Verse 13 indicates that these perpetual generations include all the generations that will exist as long as the present earth exists. It is not a matter of the covenant's being made with the immediate seed of Noah and for maybe twenty-five generations thereafter. It is made with all the generations that shall occupy the earth. In verse 13:

Genesis 9:

13I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

The entire earth…not just a certain group of people, but the entire earth. Notice verse 15:

Genesis 9:

15And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you [Noah] and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
16And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
17And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

Let me say that as for the scope of the covenant, as for the partnership of the covenant, this is a covenant which God made with Noah and his seed and with the whole human race. It is binding upon all men who have lived since Noah. It is binding upon all men who live today. And it is binding upon all men who ever will live until God is through with this present earth. That is why it is called the Perpetual Covenant. That is why it is called the Everlasting Covenant.

You may know that there are a number of other covenants called everlasting covenants. The word everlasting in the Word of God is like the word forever . It must always be interpreted in the light of the context.

For example, the word forever is used in relation to this earth, yet this present earth is not going to last forever. God is going to destroy this present earth. The word forever is used to indicate that the promises are for the entire time of the existence of the present earth, for the forever of the present earth.

The word everlasting is used in like manner. For example, the covenant that God makes with the Jewish nation he calls an everlasting covenant, but it is everlasting only so long as God is dealing with the Jewish nation.

The word everlasting is used of the New Covenant, a covenant of grace, a covenant which secures to all of us who believe salvation by the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the Cross of Calvary. It is referred to as an everlasting covenant because salvation is eternal and everlasting.

How, then, is the Noahic Covenant so different from these other covenants termed everlasting covenants ? It is because this covenant is not one limited in scope. It is not made with a specific people, for a specific purpose, for a specific period of time. It is made for the whole human race, for the entire expanse of time while the earth remaineth.

The Content of the Covenant

What is the content of the covenant? The covenant's content is one in which we should rejoice. It should gladden our hearts when we think about it because it has in it a promise and a privilege.

The Promise

The promise we have noticed several times over as we have read this passage of Scripture. Look again at chapter 8, verse 21:

Genesis 8:

21And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake;…

That is the basic content of the covenant. Never again will God curse the ground for man's sake. Again in verse 22:

Genesis 8:

22While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Never again will God interrupt the ordinary course of nature through judgment upon the human race. That is the content of the covenant. You will remember that during the flood, for a year and ten days, God interrupted the ordinary course of nature. There was no seedtime and harvest. There was no summer and winter. There was no night and day. God interrupted the course of nature. Now, never again will He interrupt it.

Then in chapter 9, verse 11, we find another passage of Scripture about the covenant's content:

Genesis 9:

11And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

Whatever judgment this earth of ours may merit, whatever judgment this human race may merit, God will never again do what He did in the days of Noah. That is His promise. Never again will the floodgates of the earth be opened. Never again will the foundations of the deep break their bounds. Never again will so much rain fall from Heaven that the entire earth will be covered with waters as judgment from God. That is the basic promise of the covenant.

The Privilege

If you will look at chapter 9, verse 2, you will notice the privilege included in the covenant:

Genesis 9:

2And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.

God said in this covenant that Noah would be lord of the animal creation as Adam was. Adam was lord of the animal creation, but when God found it necessary to cleanse the earth as He did in the flood and to restore Noah to a place of leadership, He deemed it necessary to reiterate the privilege, and to declare that Noah would be lord of all the creation.

There was a difference before the flood. When Adam was lord of all creation, it was a benevolent reign on the part of Adam. There was no great deal of opposition on the part of the beasts. Sin had come into the earth, and the reign was not to be one of benevolence on the part of man and of quiet acquiescence on the part of the beasts. It was to be one of government, one of human force. Notice what God said:

Genesis 9:

2And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth,…

Every beast on the earth is afraid of man. That is what God is saying in this covenant. We recognize that beasts can be trained and become pets, but the fear that is inherent in them must be overcome before this can be done. Some of them can never be trained.

We had a concrete illustration of this when we were in a meeting in California. A young lady had been bitten by a rabid bat and had died. Several others had been bitten, and there was a possibility that there were quite a few rabid bats in the mountains out there, and that others might be bitten.

We asked you to make it a matter of prayer. You did, and God in His grace made it possible for us to get through the entire time without any other fatalities except the one mentioned. The man who was in charge of the forest where the camp was said, “I want to give you just one little word of warning. If you see any wild animal sitting quietly, and it lets you approach, run away as fast as you can run, because the animal is sick and probably rabid. Do not go near a wild animal even if it lets you, because that is not natural for a wild animal.”

I could not help but think about this passage of Scripture:

Genesis 9:

2And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
3Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

God, as the source of the covenant, extended the promise of preservation and the privilege of lordship to the human race in this Everlasting Covenant. It has never been abrogated and will not be while the earth remaineth.

The Requirements of the Covenant

I would like for us to think about the requirements for the covenant. What we have said is basically the foundation for this important part.

Before we look at these requirements, let me say one or two things that I trust will answer some questions which may be in your mind. This is a covenant with the human race. It has nothing to do with our salvation. Will you keep that in mind? It has nothing to do with our salvation!

Someone says, “If we are born again by the grace of God, are we under the dominion of any covenant? You do not mean to say we are under law if we are under grace, do you?” No, we do not mean to say that. You cannot be under law for justification if you are under God's free grace, which is a gift. There is no way in the world to be under the moral law of the Mosaic Covenant for justification and the New Covenant for justification at the same time.

This Noahic Covenant is binding upon the human race whether you are a Christian or not a Christian. As we shall see before we are through, the judgment of the human race for the violation of this covenant will not fall upon you as a Christian for two reasons.

If you are God's child, “there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). You will not come into judgment for your sins. If you are God's child, and you are enlightened in the Word of God, you want to obey the principles of this covenant. You want to meet the requirements of the covenant because, if you are born again, you want to walk in all the light that you have.

I think you will see as we look at a few of these requirements that some of you could have been taking a wrong stand upon certain things, in violation of this covenant.

Man Told He Could Now Eat Meat

First of all, verse 3, which we read as a privilege, also becomes a requirement if we read it as we should:

Genesis 9:

3Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

If we compare this verse of Scripture with the verse that we read when we were considering the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden, we notice a definite difference. In chapter 1, verse 29, God said:

Genesis 1:

29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

These passages of Scripture say that the human race should be vegetarian. No meat was included in the diet of the human race at this time. But if we go back to chapter 9 and notice verse 3 again, we read:

Genesis 9:

3Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

Meat was added to the diet of the human race. Listen closely to what I am going to say. For reasons of health it may be necessary at times to eliminate meat from your diet, and we are not talking against anything like that. But we are saying that on the basis of this covenant you should not eliminate meat deliberately from your diet. God put it in the diet of the human race. Before we are finished, I think you will see why God instructs us that meat shall be a part of our diet for perpetual generations.

Man Told Not to Eat the Blood of Animals

A requirement that is closely related to this one is found in verse 4:

Genesis 9:

4But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

The human race is instructed not to eat the blood of animals, and there is a reason. Someone says, “It might make you sick.” It might not. There is no certainty that it will. However, there is a reason. Turn to the book of Leviticus, chapter 17, verse 11:

Leviticus 17:

11For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

This is not to say that the blood of animals can atone for sin. It cannot. If it could have atoned for sin, it would not have been necessary for the Lord Jesus Christ to die. This is not to say that the blood of an ordinary human being can atone for sin, for if such had been the case, it would not have been necessary to shed the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as an atonement for sins.

But it is to say that blood is sacred. It should not be treated in a light fashion. Therefore God in this Perpetual Covenant with the human race says that the life of the flesh is in the blood, and you shall not eat blood of any description.

God Sanctions Capital Punishment

Going back to chapter 9 of the book of Genesis, you will notice in verse 5 another requirement of this Everlasting Covenant:

Genesis 9:

5And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.

This is a simple statement of fact. From the days of Noah to the end of this earth, there will be bloodshed. There will be no way to prevent it. Animals will shed the blood of man. It happens all the time…wild animals attacking members of the human race. Man will shed man's blood. There will be no way to prevent it. As long as this earth exists, there will be murder and blood letting. Then God says in verse 6:

Genesis 9:

6Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

God makes another requirement in this Perpetual Covenant. Because of the nature of the human heart, He says, “As long as the earth exists, men will be killing one another. I am instituting a rule that must be observed as long as this Covenant is in force. It is a rule that when a man sheds another man's blood, then that man's life shall be taken by those who are in authority.” This verse of Scripture is the basis for capital punishment.

I do not know how you feel about capital punishment. You may have aligned yourself with that growing part of our population that is attempting to outlaw capital punishment. There are a lot of arguments pro and con, but we will not go into them. One argument that is offered for keeping capital punishment is that if we do not maintain capital punishment, crime will increase.

However, every Christian ought to vote to keep capital punishment simply because he wants to be obedient to the Word of God. The Word of God says that capital punishment should exist until the end of this present earth.

Therefore, I say that if you are interested in obeying the Word of God as a Christian, you could not vote for the abolishment of capital punishment. True, there may be at times ills involved. True, there may be inequities. I am quite sure that people have died innocently, but that is not our responsibility. Our responsibility is to obey the Word of God. Certainly we should be very, very sure that we do not become a part of any unfair treatment, but we should be just as certain that we obey the Word of God.

But if you are interested in obeying the Word of God, you should never vote for any law that would make any offense but the taking of human life punishable by execution. This is the only thing that God said should be punished by execution.

For example, kidnapping is a terrible offense. There are not enough words for us to describe how horrible it is, how awful the person is who would kindnap a little child. But regardless of how terrible that deed is, it should not be punishable by death. The only crime that is punishable by death on the authority of God is the letting of human blood.

Man Told to Be Procreant

Go back to verse 1 of chapter 9:

Genesis 9:

1And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

This is a command of God. This is part of the Everlasting Covenant. God intended that people should marry and that there should be children born to that union. Listen very carefully to what I am going to say, because I do not like to be misquoted in these things. It is amazing how the Devil likes to twist things, and cause people to go out and say, “That is what Joe Temple said,” when that is not what Joe Temple said. We are interested in the accuracy of the Word.

Any consistent refusal on the part of the human race to bring children into this world is a violation of the Everlasting Covenant. I am not talking about limiting families for sake of health. I am not talking about limiting families at the leadership and direction of God. I am talking about deliberate refusal on the part of people to bring children into the world. This is a violation of the Everlasting Covenant.

I am not talking about multitudes of couples whose arms are empty, and who would give one of their arms to possess a baby. It may be beyond their control. I am talking about deliberate rebellion against the revealed will of God.

What connection does that have with us living in this age? Once again, our interest is in living scripturally, not in order to be saved…that is already settled…but in order to obey God. We would go to Heaven if we had never heard of the Everlasting Covenant, but we are still interested in living scripturally. No Christian should have any part in the program they are trying to push through Congress today to spend United States money to furnish birth control information around the world to cope with the “population explosion.”

Someone says, “Well, just think a minute. What is going to happen? People are being born faster than we can take care of them. The first thing you know, we will all be pushed out into the ocean.” God had a plan, and man has not obeyed God's plan.

Part of the problem we are facing today is that the sure judgment of God is upon us because we have not done what we should have done to follow the plain instruction of the Word of God. For example, there would be no problem about feeding the people on the earth today if the harvest were properly handled, but it is not. There would be no problem about finding space and livelihood for the people on the earth today if our economic structure were not as it is. We have brought this on ourselves. The way to solve the problem is not to plow good food under and pour other good food into the sea…to do something that violates the very definite revealed plan of God.

God to Judge the Wicked for Breaking His Covenants

This is the Everlasting Covenant. I would like to say to you that someday God will bring the human race into judgment for violating this Everlasting Covenant. Did you notice what I said…the human race? I did not say He will bring you and me as Christians into judgment for violating this covenant. If we violate this covenant, He will deal with us as disobedient children, just as He deals with us when we violate any other part of His Word.

?

The human race which has not known His Son and which is not interested in obeying God will be brought into judgment at the end of time. One thing for which they will be judged is the breaking of the Everlasting Covenant.

Will you turn with me to the book of Isaiah, chapter 24. This chapter describes a period of time about which we do not have time to talk in detail. It is commonly referred to as the Tribulation, a period of time yet future which God will bring upon the earth as a period of judgment after the Church is translated. It will be a time when the earth will feel the brunt of the wrath of God. Isaiah describes it very forcefully:

Isaiah 24:

1Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
2And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
3The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word.
4The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
5The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

Here is a definite statement that God will judge the world during the Tribulation because the world, the human race, dared to disobey the Everlasting Covenant.

Will you turn with me, please, to the book of Revelation, chapter 4. This book, as you know, deals with the future. John is invited to come up to Heaven, and as soon as he enters the door of Heaven, a throne meets his gaze. As we study this scene in detail, we find this throne from which God will judge the world during this period of time about which we have been reading:

Revelation 4:

1After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
4And 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.
5And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
8And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
9And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

This passage reminds us that this is the judgment throne of God, from which God will judge the world for breaking the Everlasting Covenant. How do we know that? Look at verse 3:

Revelation 4:

3And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne,…

Go back to chapter 9 of the book of Genesis, and what do you find God saying? In verse 13, in relation to this Everlasting Covenant that is made for perpetual generations, He is saying:

Genesis 9:

13I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
16And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

Surely it is not accidental that the rainbow should be found round about the throne.

One last thought: One of the reasons we know that we are approaching the end of the age, and that the stage is being set for God to judge the human race for breaking the Everlasting Covenant is the increasing willingness on the part of our generation to violate this covenant. A generation ago you would never have thought that the leadership of our nation would speak so boldly about the dissemination of birth control information around the world. That was something that married couples spoke about in secret, but now it has become a brazen piece of propaganda for this earth.

You would never have dreamed a generation ago that anyone would suggest the abolishment of capital punishment. Now you are looked upon as almost heathenish if you declare that you believe in capital punishment.

If we could take the time to read chapter 4 of Paul's first letter to Timothy, you would see that the forbidding of eating of meats by some religious groups is part of the Devil's plan to take over the human race before the end of the Age.

The Lord Jesus Christ said, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).

This may be new to some of you, and if it is, it may be startling. You may need time to think about it. I say to you that before you reject it, think carefully, because it is the Word of God.


Home Contact Us Bible Studies Books King James
Abilene Bible Church Living Bible Studies
Dr. Daiqing Yuan Tim Temple Dr. Joe Temple
Some icons on this site used courtesy FatCow Web Hosting

www.livingbiblestudies.org