God Eternal Purpose in the New Covenant - Part 5
Dr. Allen M. Barber

Galatians 4:24-26 NIV

24 These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.

In figurative language, Paul was telling the Jewish Judaizers trying to hang-on to the Old Covenant that it represents Hagar, Abraham's mistress from whom he sired Ishmael, and Mount Sinai (the giving of the Law). It is also the old city of Jerusalem, the center of Judaism and temple worship, which represents slavery or bondage to an old obsolete system. But the Jerusalem from above, the New Jerusalem, is the free woman our mother. Christians are not to have anything to do with modern day Judaism, the orthodox Jewish religion, and Zionism, the political pursuit of the old Davidic and Solomonic kingdoms. The kingdom we look for is the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom He will establish when He returns.

As we saw in Part 4, the New Covenant is a continuation of the Abrahamic Covenant and not the Old Mosaic Covenant of the Law. Why? Because the both the Abrahamic and the New Covenant are based upon the promises of God. The Old Covenant was added to prove that sin is sin and that man is a sinner by birth and choice and cannot keep the Law. Therefore, all men are lawbreakers.

If the Old Covenant (the one the Judaizers are attempting to follow) was still effective today then why does the Bible say it was replaced because it had faults (See Heb. 8:7). The Law itself is holy, spiritual and good (Rom. 7:12, 14; I Tim. 1:8), yet God says it is faulty. In what way is it faulty? The law is not of faith and those who would live by it must keep it in all points or else they are guilty of breaking the whole law (Gal. 3:12). The Law demands doing good yet it lacks the power to do that good. Why is that? Because of sinful flesh (Rom. 8:3) The sinful flesh of fallen man has no power to obey the Law of God that is why Romans 3:20 says no flesh (no human being no matter how great in this life) shall ever be justified in God's sight. Hebrews 7:19 says the Law made nothing perfect. Therefore, the Old Covenant is weak and faulty in that it cannot give new life in the Spirit.

This is the very reason we are to give witness to all men and especially the Jews of the better and New Covenant. It is foolish and a great disappointment to God for the Church to be enamored with the nation of Israel and its old forms of worship and plans to build a third temple on the temple mount. It literally amazes me to see so many evangelicals including pastors all caught-up in the frenzy over the prospect of a new temple, a new priesthood, the reinstitution of the Sanhedrin, the red heifer, etc. None of this has anything to do with the New Covenant. The former things are destined for judgment and destruction during the tribulation including the Antichrist temple and the old city of Jerusalem. The Jews immigrating to Israel today will be subject to the Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast. There will be some who survive, but according to Isaiah 17 there will be few left in Israel after the desolation has ended. Read your Bibles folks and quit following these evangelical pastors who do not understand how the Abrahamic Covenant is fulfilled in the New Covenant. Read what the book of Hebrews says Abraham was looking for:

Hebrews 11:8-10 NKJV

8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

What city is that?

Hebrews 12:22-24 NKJV

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem , to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

Does that sound like Abraham, the father of faith, was looking for the old Jerusalem, which we saw that it is Hagar and Mount Sinai whose children are in slavery. He was not looking for a temple made out of mortar and stone, but a spiritual temple whose builder and maker is God. The old physical temples were temporary until the coming of the better and newer Covenant fulfilled in Christ Jesus. If there is a temple erected on Mount Sinai, it will be the temple of the Masonic Antichrist, which God will surely destroy. The Lord Jesus will never dwell in a physical temple for He dwells in spiritual temples - His Church. He is not going to bound by a physical edifice and why should He as He is able to transcend time and eternity.

In the next article, we shall look at why the New Covenant is a better covenant.

Dr. Allen Barber, a Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church