Many Various Renewals and Perspectives
The Everlasting Covent
prepared by Don R. Hender
Every time the Everlasting Covenant of
God is renewed with man, particularly with each Dispensation, the Covenant is
to a degree taylor fitted to that time and those circumstances and conditions.
Though the Covenant would have given central themes and covenant renewals such
as that of the Promised Redeemer and Atonement Center Messiah perspective,
one ought to recognize that the Everlasting Covenant delivered by Moses unto
the Children of Israel consisting of the Lesser Priesthood would have some
conditional differences than that which was delivered unto Joseph Smith in the
Dispensation of the Fullness of Times when the Greater Priesthood and those
relative ordinances, conditions and situtaions were presents and quite relatively
different that the circumstance and conditions of Israel when the Covenant of
Animal Sacrifice was practiced rather than the consecration sacrifice of a
broken heart, contrite spirit, and of one's time and property unto the Lord as
the Lord does require, which is currently tithes, offerings and church service.
It is not possible to name every single time and perspective wherein the New and
Everlasting Covenant has been invoked in relationship to a group or particular
circumstance of the people of the Lord. A general short list would be the
Dispensations of Adam to Noah, Noah to Abraham, of the Jaredites, of the Children
of Israel from Moses to Christ's coming, of the Nephite, of Enoch and of
Melchizedek, and of Joseph Smith and the Fullness of Times. But certainly each
and every group of people and dispensation of time would have their own specific
and relative instance of establishing the New and Everlasting Covenant with them,
that is between them and God, and with various likely differing specific matters
involved per each of their times and situation.
All sizes and types of shoes do not suit and fit all people and their uses. But
they are still shoes, the shoes of the Everlasting Covant of God made with man
that include the reliance upon our Ministering God of the Creation, Old Teatament,
New Testament and the Atonement, the Restoration, the Millennial Reign and the
Final Judgment. God gave the lands of Israel about Jerusalem with the set
boundries to Abraham and his worthy discendants. There are certainly other places
and location round the world that God could will have covenanted to others as
well. And we do not know all of God's dealings to his various folds of sheep.
To the seed of Joseph and his Companions, God gave the worthy members the land
of promise of the Americas as long as they do worship the God of the land who
is Jesus Christ.
Again, I will mention and repeat but a few of these here and speak to some of
them specifically as many will certainly have their own separate uniqueness, as
well as many of the standard matters at hand as well. I'll start by suggesting
again such as a brief laundry list. There would be that of the people and
dispensation of Enoch and his people and their very special specifics which
would further relate to them of obtaining heaven without tasting death. This
bring us to consider the level a group of people is prepared to receive. Such
a following of he Lord's people are themselves different and some are more well
prelpared than others to receive od the blessing of the Covenants of the Lord.
Enoch's group came to be highly prepared and worthy to the point they were taken
up into Heaven to live in a higher righteous state.
Then there would be such as the individuals of Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Joseph and
so forth as each new generation of the 'fathers' would be so included and with
some quite unique possiblities with each of them. Not that singularly there would
be those who were highly worth of God's blessings of the Covenant, but that the
general group levels of the whole of them stood as separate relative differences
as to the joint level of the whole group taken togetehr. Lehi and Nephi were
great worthly prophets but they would grouped with the others of their family
groups of Laman and Lenuel, the brothers of Ishmeal. And the level of a given
individual may differ from the average or standard 'norm' of the group as a whole.
Then there would be such as Moses and the Children of Israel
and their very unique time, places, and circumstances including the performances of the
tabernacle and temple(s). And lets not forget the people of Jethro, Moses' father-in-law.
Certainly they were a special group who had obtained their general and specific blessing
in relationship to the Everlasting Covenant as even Moses did obtain his priesthood from
Jethro. And then there is the Book of Mormon peoples, beginning with the people and
dispensation of Mahonri Moriancumr and there people down to Ether. And there would be such
as Lehi and Nephi in their day and their particular coming under the Everlasting Covenant
which included the various uniqueness of their blessing in relationship with the lands of
the Americas which they and the generations after them who also received such in relation to
each of them.
Presently, is truly is not possible to list all such peoples and groups as certainly the
Lord and his dealings with the peoples of the earth are many and varied. And we do not have
all the records of all the such people and groups with whom the New and Everlasting
Covenant was each time 're-Newed' and envolked time and again with both the general blessings
of the priesthood, the ordinances of salvation, and whatever may have been specific at each
time with each people/group involved. And lets not forget yet another during the same time
as Abraham, which would be the Great High Priest Melchizedek and his people and the unique
envolvement and circumstances of his people. Truly the Lord God Jehovah is the God of all
the earth and of peoples all across the earth including those other groups of 'sheep' upon
the 'Islands of the Sea' which we but have vage mentions of and such included inferances
in relationship to.
One could even take it so far as to include each time that the restored Church of the
Latter-day Saints incurred a new leadership head or prophet and what each such renewal of
the Covenant may have also included each time the Lord did come to embody and deal with
as new prophet head of the church. One such time and event included with President David
O. Mckay who received a time extention specific to his time an circumstance. There is even
the time of the rebuiding of the temple of Jerusalem in the day and time of Zechariah, and
in conjunction with the priesthood and temple ordinances which that renewal did include many
revelation/dreams, including the one of the encounter of Lucifer and Jehoshua/Jesus before
the LORD and when Lucifer would have been next cast out of heaven and Jesus was clothed and
ordained with the positional robes of the temple.
All Those of the Covenant
— the Various Flocks of the Lord
Various groups come of the Lord's people, his flocks. The City of
Enoch will return. Many will come with the Lord who are worthy. Others will
work in the spirit world to teach and minister to those there. As one
explained as seen it in a dream, they will come as waves of the sea. Not all
at once, but wave upon wave orderly as called forth. As converted in the
spirit world and their work completed here on earth, they will receive
those blessings they are worthy to receive. Coming group by group until all is
completed for the sons and daughters of God. Records will be kept and checked
and checked again with communication through the veil to enable getting it
right. A thousand years to bring it to completion.
It will be in the Millennial Reign where all the 'flocks' of the Lord's people,
who have prevailed with and in the Lord, well come together and work
together to the completion of the Lord's. It is said that the Lord's Temples
will be operating around the clock, likely in shifts, in order to bring to pass
the great work of the Lord-to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of
man. With all the ordinances necessary to be completed so that all might able
to receive the blessing of heaven to there highest deserved degree—while
they live in the spirit world waiting their turn to the live and be blessed
accoring as men of the flesh, many centuries after they may have
dwelt upon the earth in the mortal flesh.