Kenneth Copeland - The 400-Year Timeline in Covenant With God
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— Hello everybody, I'm Kenneth Copeland, and this is the Believer's Voice of Victory broadcast. Now we're not going to have a word of prayer, we're going to have a word of praise, glory to God. What a week man.
— What a week.
— Hallelujah. Lord, thank You.
— Thank You, Father.
— Oh you've opened our eyes in so many places and ways where we're seeing depth now and words that are coming more deeply into our hearts and minds about where this nation is right now. And regardless of how deeply we get into trouble, no human being can destroy this nation. This nation belongs to You, God, and there's no one person, no one political party, it cannot be done until You are through with it. It will never destroy this country. The devil doesn't have the authority nor the ability to do it. And we're so grateful to You for it. Because we are one nation. In Your eyes, we're one nation under God, and we're still indivisible. The devil can try to divide us and he can divide up political parties, but he can't divide us as a nation. Can't do it. And we thank You. In Jesus' name. We're so grateful to You for it.
— Amen. Glory to God.
— Amen, amen, amen.
— And for all of those of you that don't know Professor Greg Stephens by now, I don't know where you've been, but welcome brand new people. Greg Stephens is... Well, you just tell them your assignment at Kenneth Copeland Bible College.
— I teach Old and New Testament, but the truth. I teach survey and truth getting into the covenants, and angels and demons and the things that are in the scripture concerning what God said to us, His promises.
— And your love and study for the Hebrew language.
— Yes. I've been doing it for a long time and I'm still a student.
— I'm still taking classes.
— And I'm glad. Amen. But it's his insight into the eyes and language of rabbis, because he has a very, very good friend... I'm going to tell them when you were in San Diego I'm going to tell it my way because...
— That's okay.
— So anyway, a good friend, local rabbi in San Diego, right?
— Yes, sir.
— And so Greg, Pastor Greg in that day, said, "Teach me your book". Isn't that right?
— Yes, sir.
— And he said, "All right. I will if you'll teach me your book".
— That's right.
— Now wouldn't you like to have been a fly on the wall?
— I didn't say much, just listened.
— I don't know if I could have even opened my mouth. I am so...
— I was allowed to be part of an online rabbis forum where they would talk to each other about questions in the Word. And I never answered. I just read, I just listened.
— Oh my, my, my, my.
— But I wanted to learn the Word of God the way the disciples would have learned it, and so that's why I began to study Hebrew.
— Yeah. Praise God.
— So, think about the privilege that our students have to learn like this, and that's reason he's a professor and not just an instructor because of his knowledge of the Hebrew language. Oh anyway, I don't want to get into any more than that, but that's what makes this so eye opening to know the different Hebrew words concerning sin. It's not all the same thing. Well, it's not in English either, but people don't stop long enough. Thou shalt not kill is a huge example of this, and all of you know it, but I'm going to speak to the audience. Thou shalt not kill in Hebrew is thou shalt not murder.
— Yes sir.
— Well, I don't see any difference. Yes, you do. Yes, you do. It's that way in English.
— There's accidental death, there is self defense, and then there's premeditated homicide.
— That's correct.
— But killing is involved in all of and has different connotation in a court of law.
— And the reason came from a different place in you, whether it was premeditated, it came from a different place which goes to iniquity, transgression, and sin. You see that.
— Go ahead.
— Here we go. Genesis 15, we're back in this covenant with Abraham. This all started when you were given the instruction here in verse 16, when the fourth generation, they shall come hither again for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. What does that mean? Why did God throw that in here? Let's continue to unpack this a little bit. I mentioned yesterday that the doves were not divided when God had them all divided because the sages, the rabbis teach that that represents Israel. It represents not just Israel but the covenant people, and if you read it in the Song of Solomon where they get that from, Chapter 2, there were two doves, one was placed in the cleft of the rock. Do you remember when Moses was placed in the cleft of the rock? Guys, all of the little parts connect together, so that he could see the glory of God. It represents the two covenant peoples.
— Praise God.
— The two testimonies.
— Let's go to that ninth verse. Take me a heifer of three years old, that's a big animal. A she goat of three years old, a ram of three years old. Those are large animals. And a turtledove and a young pigeon. He took unto him all these and he divided them in the midst and laid each piece one against another, but the birds divided he not. Now I talked about that yesterday where the larger animals, you divided them down the spine and let them fall where they would creating a path of blood. But I didn't know why you didn't divide the birds.
— Israel is not to be divided. This is happening in the land.
— Now just that little bit right there. Man...
— And so they never will, they never do in the...
— That is magnificent.
— Look at verse 11. And then the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abraham, or Abram, not Abraham yet, Abram drove them away. Satan comes to steal immediately.
— He knew what was happening here. He's seeing this thing happening and the birds, Jesus will teach this very thing, that the birds will come immediately to steal. And so that is his natural thing of what he's doing in Abram, but when it comes time to walk through the blood, Abram can't do it. He's of a sin nature of Adam. And so God's going to pin him to the ground, slay him in the spirit, he's fully aware of everything that's happening. But Jesus, the glory, will walk through it.
— Let's say it again. We are talking about God and blood covenants.
— That's what's happening.
— Blood. And this was the first one. Well, for a practical person, this was the first. And then in the 17th chapter, it went from the blood of these animals to the blood of a man through circumcision. One step at a time, all representing the blood of God and all of this had to be absolutely perfect in every way. It took hundreds and even thousands of years, which seems like a long time to us to get Jesus in here.
— Just days to Him, minutes and days.
— Before all that happened, He said, "Out of your spirit, out of your inner man will come that seed". This is a substitute. So now when you get on here and you look at this, get down here to verse 13, He said to Abram, "Know of a surety that thy seed," He begins to tell him what's happening, "Shall be a stranger in the land that is not theirs and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them 400 years". Pay attention to that, 400 years. "And also that nation whom they shall serve will I judge, and afterward shall they come out with great substance".
— And again, that's God. He doesn't want you without substance.
— No. No.
— They worked all those years for nothing.
— Right. Well, they're going to get paid in the end.
— Yes sir.
— And here's the thing, you're going to get paid in the end with this thing with the Amorites. This thing is not over. Where'd I leave off? Then He tells him about him personally. "And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace". Now what a blessing that is. That means Noah, I believe that means his own earthly father became a believer and was righteous. "Thou shall go to the fathers in peace. Thou shall be buried in a good old age". Now verse 16. Here's where a shout hit me because I didn't understand it for a second. In the fourth generation, they shall come hither again for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. All right. The rabbis teach this, that when you don't... when you see something that contradicts itself in the Word of God, you step back and you do a dance because God's about to reveal something to you. So I did it right here on these verses. "Abraham, you're going to be spared the sight of this. You're going to be buried, you will not see what's going to happen to your descendants in Egypt, but know this, I've got them. I'm going to bring them out of here with substance. They're going to come back to the place where we're walking in the blood. I'm going to spare you having to see all of that. You saw Sodom and Gomorrah, but you're not going to see this. I'm going to take care of them. I'm going to bring them right back to this place where we cut this covenant". But He says in the fourth generation, they shall come hither again for the iniquity of the Amorites is not full. And I noticed something, when I went back up here and I saw this word, it said 400 years, and then it said fourth generation. In the fourth generation they'll come back. But wait, you said 400 years. Isaac... It took 430 years for them to enter in with Joshua so something's wrong. I got 400 years, I got four generations, I've got another 30 years. Isaac wasn't born yet. Isaac's 30 years old. There's your 430. The clock doesn't start until that promised seed is here.
— That's right.
— So that's when that 400... Praise God I saw it. I saw it. And I realized something, the rabbis talk about there being four kingdoms, Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome. And all of these, if you study the Amorites, they came out of Syria and Persia and they moved in to what was Israel. In that 400 years, Lucifer is going to send as many different groups of people into that land to corrupt the land that he can. He said, "But I'm going to bring them back and they're going to push them out of here and they're going to drive them out". And then I realized something, wait a second. He said 400 years, and then he said four generations. In Abraham, Brother Copeland, and see if my math is right, a generation is 100 years, in Abraham. But wait a minute. Jacob was outside of the land for 20 years with Laban, so I can make it 100 to 120. Wait, I thought a generation was 40 years or 70 years. In Abraham, right here, it's 100 years. Because he said in the fourth generation, that's when it'll be time to attack the Amorite and drive them out of Canaan when the fourth generation, I'm going to bring them back. So I saw a modern application to this. Let me show you Galatians Chapter 3. Oh man. I hope you have shouting shoes on and a place...
— I wore them this morning.
— A place to move, church that are watching. Everything, so here's the thing, if I'm in Abraham, everything that's promised to Abraham is promised to me in that covenant of Genesis 15. Galatians 3:6, even as Abraham believed God, we just read where he believed Him. "Even as Abraham believed God and it was accounted for him for righteousness," that's in Genesis 15. "Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham". I'm part of those stars. "And the scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith preached before the Gospel unto Abraham saying in thee shall all the nations be blessed," that's Genesis 12, "so then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham". You wrote a whole book on it, The Blessing. The Blessing Book. In Genesis 15 covenant was to his seed and included the land because He says I'm bringing you back to this land. And the iniquity of the governments that are in this land are going to be driven out. They're in the way. The iniquity of the governments that were in that land, the Amorites and all the others, are in the way of the blessing. The government can get in the way of the blessing and when the government gets in the way of the blessing, that's when He acts. Genesis 15 covenant was his seed and it included the land and that included the blessing. So now I can't go to Israel and say, "I'm a believer and because I'm a believer, I'm the seed of Abraham. I want five acres in the Galilee". They won't honor that. But what about my land? I'm not natural seed, but I'm spiritual seed so I can have a covenant of the land and I can have possessions. We just saw it. They're going to come out blessed. So I started thinking about this and I started, "Lord show me," and that's my prayer every morning. People say, "How do you see the stuff you see"? I say, "Reveal Yourself to me". I do it every morning. "Lord, reveal Yourself to me today in a way I maybe didn't see You before". And He's faithful. It happens all the time. You mentioned it earlier this week, George Washington made a covenant. But wait, before that, the puritans made a covenant.
— I started... you want to understand the election and the iniquity.
— And before that. When they set up that cross on what is now Virginia Beach.
— And dedicated this land to the preaching of the Gospel of Christ. Set a cross out there knowing that none of them would ever leave this land and go back to England. One of them, a pastor. I believe his name was Hunt. And several of them died on that voyage, gave their lives because they believed in it, and they got here and they sunk that cross and dedicated this land. That would be... That's well over 400 years ago.
— Well check this out. When they came, when the puritans came, when the pilgrims came, the Mayflower Compact, the first governmental body that we had in America. Let me tell you when it happened. The puritans were persecuted, religious persecution, and they leave. It was November, and I believe it was November the 11th of 1620. Four hundred years, four generations. Let's talk about each one of those being a hundred years. So they come and they make a land covenant on this land in 1620, November of 1620, 1720, 1820, 1920, 2020 November. What happened in 2020 November in the governments of this land? I'm telling you. Until the iniquity of the Amorites is full. Okay. So I started doing a little research. You guys get chills on you? I get chills on me. A revival broke out amongst Native Americans with the puritans in 1620. 1720, let's go 100 years, here's the thing, if each generation... God called Abraham because he would teach his children. If each generation teaches 80% of the Godliness and the things that we know, and then they do 80% and then they do 80%, within four or five generations away we know less than we knew because they didn't get the full knowledge. And that's what we've done. We've allowed teaching to do that. We've allowed it to change. 1720, our rights from England begin to be infringed upon and we have the beginnings of the Great Awakening in 1720. That'll cause America to be free. That's in full swing by 1730, so that's the first hundred years. In 1820, what happened in 1820? Well we're a country now, and there's a man named John Quincy Adams and John Quincy Adams tries to end slavery, and every time he tries it in Congress, they shut him down. He even survives an assassination attempt, but John Quincy Adams has a young disciple that will carry the mantle for him when Quincy's gone and his name's Abraham Lincoln, and that's 1820. In 1820, Darwin sets sail on The Beagle. So now we have iniquity. At the same time that this is happening, we have that happening. Darwinism and evolution, as Rick Renner says, is the last of the last days when that starts to happen. And see, we started the last days on the day of Pentecost.
— That's right.
— This is that which was spoken of by the prophet John and Joel in the last days. That's when we started the last days. 1920, go forward, progressive socialism hits America. It begins in America. We have a Scopes Monkey Trial that happens talking about evolution and public schools then begin to teach that you came from monkeys. They begin to teach evolution based on Darwin. But now if you look at this, you had the Second Great Awakening happening in those 1800s between that and the 1900s. So while sin and iniquity abounds, grace is abounding as well in this nation. So what do we have around 1920? Well, right around that time you have the Azusa Street Revival. You have Wichita, Kansas where the Holy Spirit is being poured out with Parham. So while all of this negativity is happening in America and Satan is instituting his system into this country to bring her down in the 400 year mark that God prophesied, he knows what the dates are. And so while all of this is happening, we have Great Revivals springing up in America, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. And so as I began to look at that, Pentecostal churches all began popping up. And then we get to 2020, and in 2020, I fully believe, and this is me, I'm not speaking for this ministry or this network, that the election was stolen. I fully believe it.
— Well there's no question.
— And I fully believe that there were other things that happened in this country. The prophets weren't wrong. What's happening is the cup of iniquity is fully coming. Now I got to thinking about this. The Lord asks you something, if you would live to 120.
— Yes He did.
— So I started thinking about 2020. See, it was 430 years. If I add another 30 years on, you're about there to the 120 mark from your age right now in 2020, and I realize I now know why God asked you to do what He asked you to do. Because when I return, will I find faith?
— Praise God. And actually, the Word of Faith.
— The Word of Faith.
— Because that's what He said to me. I have a lot of people that live a long time, but not for the specific purpose of preaching and teaching the Word of Faith.
— So I took the dates and I laid them over each other...
— Let me back up. Let's get over on the other side of this. World War One, that's in the 1920 era.
— Yes, sir, just prior.
— Allenby opened up Jerusalem and the Jews wouldn't go home.
— The Balfour Declaration, 1917. All of that timeline. All of the timelines in the natural line up with this timeline in Genesis 15.
— Now then in World War Two. In World War Two, the only nation that came out of World War Two was the nation of Israel. Yeah.
— God-created nation.
— Not a UN-created nation.
— Yes. It was 1948. And the United States was the deciding vote.
— That's right.
— The deciding vote was the United States that caused...
— President Harry Truman, a Democrat, signed it immediately.
— Yes he did.
— And if you look, all of this stuff right here, in Genesis 15 you get to the end of this, the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abraham. There it is. "Into thy seed I've given the land," and He gives him the borders of the land of Israel and He talks about all the different people that live there that are going to be moved out of there. And that's America. Guys, that's the timeline. All I did was take 400 year timeline of America. Do we have a covenant? And I went to sea and I went, "My goodness it was November of 1620". And we had an election of 2020. And we, what I'm trying to show you is not to put you into fear, but you are in the end of the age of iniquity of the Amorite.
— Praise God. Oh Lord Jesus. Oh Lord. Thank You, Jesus. Thank You Father. Thank You Lord, Jesus. Praise You, Lord Jesus. Oh, thank You Lord. We're out of time. Isn't this a blessed time?