Kenneth Copeland - God's Blood Covenant With You
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Matthew 24, please. When did your life begin? Actually, it began today when you woke up. But yesterday it's dead and gone. And what you and I both have today is what we said yesterday. my heart for the whole 56 years. And I found out about it. It began... well, didn't actually. became so heavy on met I don't remember now, our airplane was in the shop or something and this is back in the day when you could just go to the airport and buy a ticket, and they had shuttles. There was no DFW. Not yet. They had shuttles that went from... Well let's see maybe it was, but anyway, they had shuttles that went from Love Dallas to Houston and I was on Braniff I think that day and I was headed back home and someone put a little red book in my hand and I stuck it in my pocket. And I got up right there in front of the bulkhead in this airplane, had carpet on it. Well I don't want to mess with the people anyway.
So I just got up there and got the little book out, E.W. Kenyon's Blood Covenant book. I found out that day that Jesus is my blood brother. I was sitting there with that book in my hand. This is in the New Covenant book anyway. But far too many Christians all over the world are not aware of blood covenants, the most serious agreement known to the human race. "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places".
Now, there's been a few earthquakes out here. "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel... this good news of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come". Genesis 3:1. "Now the serpent was more subtitle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, or yes... hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it..." She added to it.
He didn't say anything about touching I "Lest ye die. And the serpent woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know..." You better underline that. "God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil". The good came first, knowing good and evil. That same Hebrew word. And Adam knew his wife. They had intimate relation now with good and evil. It's obvious that it was over the tithe... the offerings. Praise God. So we come on over here to the 4th chapter, the 8th verse. There it is. "Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock".
Now, I've heard people say, "Well, he should have had a lamb". No, that wasn't what he did. He was a farmer, God should not demand that of him. "But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin..." That's the first mention of sin right there in this book. "Sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. Ummm. And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper"?
Well there he lied. He did not know that it was an abomination to God. This is in book one, the beginning book. "I know not". And he said, "Was that done? The voice of thy brother's blood..." Actually, it's bloods. "...crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me".
God didn't say that, he said that. Adding to and taking away from what God says, this is still a huge problem. How did Cain get away with murder? There was no law against it. So this became a law book. out that God hates untruthd that Satan is the father of lies. And he lied to those people. You will be as gods. They already were as gods. They fell below the light line. Praise God. So the ground is cursed, along with sorrow and pain. Genesis 3:15. "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel". Right there. Make a mark of that scripture. Underline and do whatever you do... Right then the devil is looking for it.
So he began to kill the prophets. He didn't know, he's in serious trouble, but he had no idea until a young man just turned 30 years old, And John saw in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit land on him like a dove and a voice from heaven said, "Behold my beloved son here ye him". Now the war is on. Now he knows and he went after him with everything. My beloved son, listen to him. It happened again at the mountain of transfiguration. Peter, James and beloved son, listen to him. So the ground is cursed with sorrow and pain. Praise God.
"And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of th of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; the herb of the fieldt In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them".
The first shedding of blood... Here was a man, you see picture. It wasn't an apple. It was a fig. No mention of apples in the Garden of Eden. But they clothed themselves with fig leaves and it was the fig tree. Jesus saw a fig tree afar off, his favorite. "No man eat fruit of you again hereafter forever", it was over, turned his back on it and walked away. He said it by faith. That fig tree could be standing there today but full of leaves and not one fig on it. But he used it as a demonstration. Faith killed it, at the roots. that first animal. It doesn't say what.
Here is the first example... This actually was the firs. He tried to meet his own needs without God out of fear. He was afraid. Fear came, he was created a man of faith, in the image of God. But when he broke covenant with God, fear moved in and took him over. That's when the devil stole his authority. He literally committed high treason. He didn't know anything about that. I'm way ahead of myself. Chapter 6. "And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years".
You hear people say... Christian people say, "Well, I'm only human". No, you're not. You're a new creation. You're not only human. I'm a new creature. And that's my number of years right there. "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God..." and so forth, "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart". Because of verse 5. "And the Lord said"... And when you see "Lord", that's Jehovah.
Now, in the beginning, God, that's Elohim, plural. "And the Lord said, 'I will destroy man whom I have created earth; both man, and beaste and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.'" That's the first mention of grace in the Bible. Amen. "These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man and perfect or upright in his generations. And Noah walked with God. By faith, Noah warned of God of things not seen as yet moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house, by which he condemned the world and became error of the righteousness which is by faith". He did it by faith. Hallelujah. Praise God.
Now there were only eight people. So now we know what the Bible calls a few: eight. So every time you see a few, it's eight. That's the first time it came up. "These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man" and so forth... "He begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty..."
That's 450 by 75 by 45 feet. "A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof;" You put the door on the side of it. "...with lower, second, shalt thou make its I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, you, and your sons, and your wife, and your sons' wives with thee. without form, and voids and darkness was upon the face of the deep".
It had been flooded. God said, "Light be..." There's a lot of time between verse one and verse two. The fossil record does not lie, and you can find all of that in the book of Isaiah. We won't take time to go in there n Because everything is in this Book, particularly if you know where to find it, you spend enough time in it. There was a pre-Adamic civilization and it's in the book of Isaiah. So it had to be flooded out before. And the Spirit of God was movin. But nothing happened until God said, "Light be", light was. Then we find in the Book of Hebrews again that he created the worlds by faith. So he believed it and said it. So he's the Father of faith.