The 8th Covenant: The Covenant of Peace
There are 8 covenants in the Bible prophecy timeline.
This graphic below shows the status of the covenants and includes the future 8th covenant to be activated in the Christ arrival (in the meaning of the Daniel 12:12 period), which is the final covenant for the Adamic era.
It is the covenant the earth sheep of Matthew 25:31-40 will come under as the “Marriage of the Lamb” manifests with the completed “Bride of Christ” as the “Eternal father”, Christ, produces perfect human “children”.
This is why “God’s Kingdom” and its actual immortal power systems contained in the “New Jerusalem” and “holy city” symbols “comes down” to planet Earth.
(Matthew 6:9-10) “‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. 10 Let your kingdom come (to Earth). Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.
(Revelation 21:2) I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven (to Earth) from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
(Revelation 21:10-11) So he carried me away in [the power of the] spirit to a great and lofty mountain, and he showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven (to Earth) from God 11 and having the glory of God. Its radiance was like a most precious stone, as a jasper stone shining crystal-clear.
The unique 8th Bible covenant is mentioned at Ezekiel 34:25 and Ezekiel 37:36:
(Ezekiel 34:25-31) 25 And I will conclude with them a covenant of peace, and I shall certainly cause the injurious wild beast to cease out of the land, and they will actually dwell in the wilderness in security and sleep in the forests. 26 And I will make them and the surroundings of my hill a blessing, and I will cause the pouring rain to descend in its time. Pouring rains of blessing there will prove to be. 27 And the tree of the field must give its fruitage, and the land itself will give its yield, and they will actually prove to be on their soil in security. And they will have to know that I am Jehovah when I break the bars of their yoke and I have delivered them out of the hand of those who had been using them as slaves. 28 And they will no longer become something to plunder for the nations; and as regards the wild beast of the earth, it will not devour them, and they will actually dwell in security, with no one to make [them] tremble. 29 “‘“And I will raise up for them a planting for a name, and they will no more become those taken away by famine in the land, and they will no longer bear the humiliation by the nations. 30 ‘And they will have to know that I, Jehovah their God, am with them and that they are my people, the house of Israel,’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.”’ 31 “‘And as regards you my sheep, the sheep of my pasturing, you are earthling men. I am your God,’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.”
(Ezekiel 37:26-28) And I will conclude with them a covenant of peace; an indefinitely lasting covenant is what there will come to be with them. And I will place them and multiply them and place my sanctuary in the midst of them to time indefinite. 27 And my tabernacle will actually prove to be over them, and I shall certainly become their God, and they themselves will become my people. 28 And the nations will have to know that I, Jehovah, am sanctifying Israel when my sanctuary comes to be in the midst of them to time indefinite.
This “Covenant of Peace” for planet Earth to affect all its inhabitants would be activated upon completion of the “marriage of the lamb”, in the post-Christ arrival post-conquest final period as the prelude to the beginning of the One Thousand Year Reign of Jesus Christ:
(Revelation 19:6-9) 6 And I heard what was as a voice of a great crowd and as a sound of many waters and as a sound of heavy thunders. They said: “Praise Jah, you people, because Jehovah our God, the Almighty, has begun to rule as king. 7 Let us rejoice and be overjoyed, and let us give him the glory, because the marriage of the Lamb has arrived and his wife has prepared herself. 8 Yes, it has been granted to her to be arrayed in bright, clean, fine linen, for the fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the holy ones.” 9 And he tells me: “Write: Happy are those invited to the evening meal of the Lamb’s marriage.” Also, he tells me: “These are the true sayings of God.”
Human beings present as those actually “invited to the EVENING MEAL of the Lamb’s marriage”, are those who enter the “8th Covenant” from inception. The “bride and groom” are not “invitees” of this “evening meal” they are the ones who do the inviting as one with the Event Host, who is God Almighty. That marriage empowers a covenant as in the marriage symbol, but as “man and wife” the Kingdom of Christ must also “bear” many human children in the human perfection of Christ the “Last Adam”, for that very purpose.
The Eternal Father and the Eternal Mother
(Isaiah 9:6-7) For there has been a child born to us, there has been a son given to us; and the princely rule will come to be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 7 To the abundance of the princely rule and to peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom in order to establish it firmly and to sustain it by means of justice and by means of righteousness, from now on and to time indefinite. The very zeal of Jehovah of armies will do this.
The significance of this “Covenant of Peace” is that is has an earthly objective under the rule of the “Prince of Peace” who “will be” the Eternal Father of restored humanity.
Ezekiel 34:25 shows its earthly intent by its descriptive wording as applied to human beings “you are earthling men” and planet Earth “sleep in the forests”. Just as the “tent of God” is WITH MANKIND when the Kingdom of God “comes” to earth and “New Jerusalem” descends upon this planet:
(Revelation 21:1-5) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea is no more. 2 I saw also the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God and prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also, he says: “Write, because these words are faithful and true.
So the “great crowd” of Revelation 7:9-18 and the “harvest OF THE EARTH” of Revelation 14:14-16 as well as the sheep of Matthew 24:31-40 are human sheep who will be able to become the children of the “eternal father” Jesus Christ upon progress in the obedience to God, which is what leads to affirmed human perfection empowering everlasting life and beyond.
For present imperfect human beings to be transferred from the cursed state of the “Adamic flesh” and “the last enemy death”, it will require human beings taking the form of the “Last Adam” in the fleshly sacrifice of Jesus Christ as a whole perfect human being; not just the blood, but also the perfection “body”, the “bread of heaven”:
(Hebrews 10:10) By the said “will” we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all time.
The blood of Christ which atones for Adamic human sins allows the necessary transformation time for the “great crowd” to actually be guided “to fountains of waters of life” and achieve perfection in the human form.
This is how we know the “great crowd” are imperfect at their deliverance and the “robes” they wash in the blood of the lamb is their present life atoned for by that sacrifice. More progress towards the “waters of life” is required which state of imperfection is not present in heaven:
(Revelation 7:14-17) “These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 That is why they are before the throne of God; and they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple; and the One seated on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16 They will hunger no more nor thirst anymore, neither will the sun beat down upon them nor any scorching heat, 17 because the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd them, and will guide them to fountains of waters of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes.”
That guidance to the “waters of life” takes place in the millennial reign of Christ as King of kings of the Messianic Kingdom. Unlike the heavenly new “white robes” of Revelation 6:9-11, the “great crowd” are human beings who never have to die a physical death and thus need no “new robes”, they cleansed their existing “robes”. These “robes” of a perfect life in Revelation 6:9-11 are new ones, new lives after death:
(Revelation 6:9-11) And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those slaughtered because of the word of God and because of the witness work that they used to have. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying: “Until when, Sovereign Lord holy and true, are you refraining from judging and avenging our blood upon those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And a white robe was given to each of them; and they were told to rest a little while longer, until the number was filled also of their fellow slaves and their brothers who were about to be killed as they also had been.
The “sheep” of the “harvest of the Earth” “great crowd” can cleanse their existing life by means of the atonement unto possible human perfection, even the human immortality Adam and Eve were barred from in the “tree of life” as shown in Revelation 22 at the end of the 1000 years to be shown at the end of this article.
The human beings who progress to perfection must also be “reborn” in that process into the perfection of the human “Last Adam” now the “life-giving spirit” Jesus Christ the “Mighty God”.
These humans eventually assume the perfect human form of “Last Adam” Christ their new “Eternal Father” by means of their implied new “Eternal Mother” the “Bride of Christ” who is to bear billions of these people in progressive perfection by a deathless transformation process also applied for those born into the “covenant of peace” by earthly resurrection:
(Isaiah 54:1-3) “Cry out joyfully, you barren woman that did not give birth! Become cheerful with a joyful outcry and cry shrilly, you that had no childbirth pains, for the sons of the desolated one are more numerous than the sons of the woman with a husbandly owner,” Jehovah has said. 2 “Make the place of your tent more spacious. And let them stretch out the tent cloths of your grand tabernacle. Do not hold back. Lengthen out your tent cords, and make those tent pins of yours strong. 3 For to the right and to the left you will break forth, and your own offspring will take possession even of nations, and they will inhabit even the desolated cities.
Those earth-inheriting “offspring” are in this “covenant of peace” empowered by the completion and progressive process after the “marriage of the lamb”.
As we see the Bride of Christ must logically “bear” billions of people from the “resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous”.
The “place of your tent” is that same place of the “tent of God” which “place” is planet Earth in Revelation 21. Now that “place of your tent” here on Earth actually has no size limitations as imagined by ideas of limited human physics, it can be “made more spacious” even.
And since at that time of the complete “Messianic Kingdom” under the heavenly Christ “King of kings” and the “Bride of Christ” that immortal heavenly power acting directly into planet Earth is what defines the “holy city” as fully “descended” to this planet Earth, and it applies the perfection to the whole planet Earth over the Millennial Reign of Christ and on into forever and ever:
(Revelation 22:1-3) And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of [the Holy City’s] broad way. And on this side of the river and on that side [there were] trees of life producing twelve crops of fruit, yielding their fruits each month. And the leaves of the trees [were] for the curing of the nations. 3 And no more will there be any curse.
As shown the blessing of the Abrahamic covenant is applied as the “curse” of Adam is lifted as human beings come into the human perfection of the “last Adam” new creation in its physical dimension. Therefore, by the time this “holy city” is present it is being made available to HUMAN BEINGS, not the heavenly power which already defined its completion and brought it into planet earth in full power for this purpose:
(Revelation 22:12-14) “‘Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to render to each one as his work is. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. 14 Happy are those who wash their robes, that the authority [to go] to the trees of life may be theirs and that they may gain entrance into the city by its gates.
As we see those “who wash their” robes can attain access to the city and by overcoming the final test of the then released-from-abyss Satan. Human conquerors of Satan can actually achieve the “tree of life” which Adam and Eve were barred from due to failure. That “tree of life” is the symbol of human immortality, beyond just the “everlasting life” Adam and the woman already were in possession of.
(Genesis 3:22-23) And Jehovah God went on to say: “Here the man has become like one of us in knowing good and bad, and now in order that he may not put his hand out and actually take [fruit] also from the tree of life and eat and live to time indefinite,—” 23 With that Jehovah God put him out of the garden of Eden to cultivate the ground from which he had been taken.
This is how and why the animals can be eternal beings as well (as those in Eden where), and that there will be a restoration of the whole creation in the 1000 year reign. (Ps133; Ecc3:18-21)
(Luke 12:6) Five sparrows sell for two coins of small value, do they not? Yet not one of them goes forgotten before God.
(Matthew 10:29-31) Do not two sparrows sell for a coin of small value? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s [knowledge]. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Therefore have no fear: you are worth more than many sparrows.
There are no “accidents” in the Bible. That “seven sparrows” in the combined illustrations, signifies perfect and complete restoration of even the “unforgotten” sparrows of earth as guaranteed.
(Isaiah 34:14-17) And haunters of waterless regions must meet up with howling animals, and even the goat-shaped demon will call to its companion. Yes, there the nightjar will certainly take its ease and find for itself a resting-place. 15 There the arrow snake has made its nest and lays [eggs], and it must hatch [them] and gather [them] together under its shadow. Yes, there the gledes must collect themselves together, each one with her mate.
16 Search for yourselves in the book of Jehovah and read out loud: not one has been missing of them; they actually do not fail to have each one her mate, for it is the mouth of Jehovah that has given the command, and it is his spirit that has collected them together. 17 And it is He that has cast for them the lot, and his own hand has apportioned the place to them by the measuring line. To time indefinite they will take possession of it; for generation after generation they will reside in it.
And that, with no earthly limitations as humans are today bound with by assumptions of incomplete and limited understandings of human physics. God is not half-vast. When they say “RE CREATION” in Matthew 19:28, it has to be complete, “ALL things made new”.
(Romans 8:18-22) 18 Consequently I reckon that the sufferings of the present season do not amount to anything in comparison with the glory that is going to be revealed in us. 19 For the eager expectation of the creation is waiting for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will but through him that subjected it, on the basis of hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 For we know that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now.
(Note: This explanation extends some of the progress the International Bible Students and Jehovah’s witnesses (and others over time) made in relation to the earthly purpose of God’s Kingdom “coming” to planet earth, which climaxed in the JW “theology” in 1969.
But there are elements in this extension which go beyond what Jehovah’s witnesses try to teach today because they have been misled and stalled by their “Judas class” “man of lawlessness” and “son of destruction” Governing Body of Apostasy, who as foretold, forsook the “holy covenant” (Dan11:30b-32a) for various fleshly reasons to “lift themselves [alone] over everyone”. (2Thess2:1-4)
That being the case, no more actual “light” or true prophecy progress understanding is to be given to Jehovah’s witnesses in the apostate condition they are now in. (Dan8:13-14 comes on JWs next) But the explanation here does extend from a valid point of progress in prophecy Jehovah’s witnesses attained by 1969 as the plateau of their enlightenment as a group, prior to their downward spiral under the 1976 founded Governing Body experiment in ministerial management override.)
In another article, the way these covenants apply to the above, in more detail, will be developed.