Part XII
The Plan and Covenant of God in Review
(The Plan of Happiness and the Everlasting Covenant)

compiled and annotated by Don R. Hender

     The Plan of Happiness is known by a number of names and titles. Some of these are: The Plan of Eternal Progression, The Plan of Salvaton, The Plan of Exaltation, The Gospel Plan, God's Plan, and so forth. And as in such a plan there are promises given and commitments of performance made which in turn the promised blessing are contingent and based upon. As it is stated:

"There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated." (D&C 130:20-21)

"For all who will have a blessing at my hands shall abide the law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditiions thereof, as were institued from before the foundation of the world. And as pertaining to the new and everlasting covenant (eternal marriage between a man and a woman perspective), it was institued for the fulness of my glory; and he that receiveth a fulness thereof must and shall abide the law, or he shall be damned, saith the Lord God." (D&C 132:5-6)

Before the Foundation of the World - The Preexistence - Pre-mortal Life

In the very beginning of the ages of time cut out of eternity there was God the Father of Spirits and his children. Now God the Father had a plan to employ for the benefit and progression of his children which related to the very 'work and glory' of God, and that purpose of that plan was to 'bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, his children to the end that they might become like unto God the Father and united as one with the Celestial Heaven. In that plan God would promise blessing relatvie to His children's accomplishments based in an Eternal Covenant to that end between God and man.
The Grand Council in Heaven

In the Grand Council in Heaven before the foundation of the world, God the Father set out his plan for his children. And when it came time to select he who would be the 'promised deliverer' from among God's children the dialog where basically something like this:

And God the Father, Elohim, said: "Whom shall I send?" And Jehovah, the firstborn whose right it was' said: "Here am I, send me."

And another, Lucifer answered: "Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it, wherefore give me thine honor."

Then the Beloved Son, Chosen from the beginning said unto the Father: "Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever."

And Elohim the Father knowing that Lucifer, for his own gain, sought to destroy the agency of man, which He God had given, and that what Lucifer wanted was God's own power and the power of Jehovah, said: "I will send the first."

"And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him." (Abrham 3:27-28 & Moses 4:1-3)

Much that was done in the Pre-Mortal heaven, particularly relative to the Grand Council is not told. In attendance were many of the great and noble spirits who were chosen to fulfill various particular assignments here on earth, such as the prophets and messengers of God. In particular, one assured event goes with little or no mention. We understand that Jehovah was the 'anointed one'. But no detail of the ocassion of his anointing is given. I would consider that a formalized priesthood ordination occured with God the Father laying his hands upon the head of Jehovah, consecrating and dedicating him to the work, empowering him with all the fulness of the power of God to act in the Father's name at all times and in His stead upon all occasions. Many blessing and instructions likely passed in that ordinantion. And even the giving of a 'new relavent name' such as 'Jehoshua' would be appropriate as Jehovah became 'Jehovah the Deliverer' particularly named JEHOSHUA or JESUS to the end that Gabriel dictated exactly what his name should be to Mary and Joseph (Matthew 1:21 & 25; Luke 1:31). Certainly as Bishop Eusebius presents in his Church history, the son of Nun was given his new name after that new name of Jehovah, Joshua. And one might wonder at just how often a learned Jewish priest would consecrate a son in Israel at the temple who the parents would name Joshua, and take a thought to consider, is this the promised one? That would have been a first test Simeon could have considered. (Luke 2:25-30)
War in Heaven

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" Isa. 5:20

'Relativism' DOES NOT work in defining God and determining moral absolutes. 'Self' definition of right and wrong in opposition to God's ultimate 'right' is always wrong. 
Today there are those attempting to do the same.

The war in heaven was just about this simple. It was a distortion of the facts of right and wrong. Today men think that right and wrong are relative and that man can define God rather than accepting that God defines God. Lucifer's war was just that, he put right for wrong, and wrong for right. He determined that 'he' would redefine God's Plan into what would benefit 'himself' the most and his line was, under 'his plan' 'none would be lost' but 'rubber stamped to the same level of glory'. Forget that it wasn't the 'ultimate degree' possible.
The Council of Determination

'Jehovah the Deliverer', the high priest, stood before God the Father, Elohim, with Lucifer 'the accuser' standing at his (Jehovah's) right hand to resist him (Jehovah the Deliver and high priest).' Zech. 3:1

Lucifer resisted God's plan and opposed Jehovah's right and selection. He influenced a third part of the children of God to follow him. God the Father of Spirits, Elohim, maintained His Plan, supported Jehovah and dispose of Lucifer and his followers.

The fourth vision of Zechariah reported in Zechariah chapter 3 was that of the 'Determination Council' held in Premortality where Jehovah and Lucifer stood before God the Father to hear the Father's final determination upon the matter of Lucifer's opposition to God's Eternal Plan.

[Note: Often God is pictured as an older man with a heavy long baird. Here consideration is that the Celestial Perfected Body is the picture of youth and health, not old and ancient.]

Casting Out Lucifer and His Angels

The Promises of God and the Ancient Fathers

Adam and Eve in the Garden

"Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:" Gen. 1:26

"Behold, this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my spirit; and man have I created after the body of my spirit; and even as I appear unto thee to be in the spirit will I appear unto my people in the flesh." Ether 3:16

God the Father, Elohim, directed creation and Jehovah/Jesus the Son performed the creative processes as our anointed God, for only those who pertain unto this state minister unto it (D&C 130:5).

From the physical elements of this earth was the body of Adam created by the hand of Jehovah-Jesus, Our Old Testament God of Spirit. The Lord created Adam's temporal body to house Adam's spirit. The spirit and its spirit body is in the same form, head, shoulders, knees and toes; eyes, ears, mouth and nose: as is the shape and form of the physical body created to house the spirit in mortality. That 'dust' or element of the earth returns to the earth until the resurrection when it will be again called forth to form an immortal body, a tabernacle of glorified flesh and bone to house the spirit for ever more.
The Fall and the Covenant

"Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy. And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the falll they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given. Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life [that is joy], through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself." 2 Nephi 2:25-27

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." 1 Cor. 15:22

And when Adam left the garden he did build an altar and offer sacrifice unto God and Adam did strive to live the commandments of God (Moses 5:5-9). And Adam was taught concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the requirements of repentance and baptism. And Adam was baptized (Moses 6:50-67). And thus Adam was reconciled unto God to be joined by ordinances as a son of God. And because of this the original 'guilt' of Adam's transgression cannot be answered upon the heads of the children, and children are 'whole from the foundation of the world'. (Moses 6:54)
The Fly in the Ointment - Cain
The Covenant with Enoch
Wickedness Covers the Earth & Flood
The Rainbow Covenant of Noah

Era of the Post Flood Patriarchs

Days of Peleg
Rebellion of Babel
Scattering in the Earth

People of Ether to America

A Time of Melchizedek

(The Everlasting Covenant as the Covenant of Abraham)

1 Abraham was born in Ur, in the land of the Chaldeans. His father worshipped false gods. Abraham 1:1, 5–7, 27
2 Abraham was baptized; he received the priesthood from Melchizedek. Doctrine and Covenants 84:14; Abraham 1:2–4
3 Jehovah (Jesus Christ) appeared to Abraham, saving him from death as a sacrifice to false gods. Abraham 1:8–16
4 Jehovah commanded Abraham to leave Ur, promising that through Abraham’s ministry His name would be known in the earth forever. Abraham 1:16–19
5 Abraham, Sarah (his wife), and other family members settled in the land of Haran. Abraham 2:1–5
6 Jehovah established His covenant with Abraham; Abraham’s descendants would be a blessing to all the families of the earth. Abraham 2:6–11
7 Abraham and his family settled in the land of Canaan. Jehovah promised the land to his descendants when they are righteous. They then traveled to Egypt. Abraham 2:6, 12–25
8 Through the Urim and Thummim, Abraham saw the throne of God, the premortal world, and the creation of the earth. Abraham 3–5
9 In Egypt, Abraham became a great preacher of the gospel and prospered. A Facsimile from the Book of Abraham, No. 3
10 Abraham and his family returned to Canaan. Jehovah confirmed His everlasting covenant with Abraham. Genesis 13:1–4, 12–18
11 Jehovah spoke with Abraham in a vision, and Abraham expressed a desire to have children. The Lord reaffirmed His covenant. Genesis 15:1–21
12 Prophecy Some of Abraham’s posterity would be a “stranger” in Egypt. Genesis 15:13–14
13 Commanded of God, Sarah gave her handmaid, Hagar, to Abraham in marriage. Genesis 16:1–4; Doctrine and Covenants 132:28–35
14 An angel of God appeared to Hagar. Her posterity would also be greatly blessed as descendants of Abraham. Ishmael was born. Genesis 16:7–16
15 Jehovah appeared to Abraham, again confirming His promises. Abraham circumcised all the males in his household as a covenantal sign. Genesis 17:1–27
16 Prophecy Sarah would have a son named Isaac and in him the Abrahamic covenant would be established. Genesis 17:15–21
17 Isaac was born. Jehovah told Abraham that He would bless both Ishmael and Isaac. (See prophecy 16.) Genesis 21:1–5, 12–13
18 Prophecy Hagar’s son Ishmael would be the father of “a great nation.” His descendants became 12 nations or tribes. Genesis 21:17–20; 25:12–16
19 Jehovah confirmed His covenant with Abraham after he showed his willingness to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Genesis 22:1–19; Jacob 4:5
20 Commanded of God, Abraham married Keturah. Their six sons would also be greatly blessed. Genesis 25:1–4; Doctrine and Covenants 132:28–35
21 Abraham blessed and gave gifts to all His sons, then died at age 175. Genesis 25:5–10
22 Jehovah appeared to Isaac, affirming the Abrahamic covenant with him, his wife, Rebekah, and their posterity. Genesis 26:2–5, 24–25; Doctrine and Covenants 132:37
23 Jehovah appeared to Jacob, affirming the Abrahamic covenant with him and his posterity. Genesis 28:10–22
24 Commanded of God, Jacob married Leah, then Rachel, then Bilhah, and then Zilpah. Twelve sons and one daughter were born. Genesis 29–30; Doctrine and Covenants 132:37
25 Jehovah commanded Jacob to return to the promised land of Canaan. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel. Genesis 31–32
26 Jehovah appeared to Jacob (Israel) at Bethel, renewing the Abrahamic covenant. Genesis 35:1–13
27 Jehovah appeared to Israel and commanded him to take his family into Egypt. Genesis 46:1–7
28 Israel blessed his sons and grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh and their families. He promised them that God would help them return someday to the land of Canaan. Genesis 48:21
29 Prophecy As part of his patriarchal blessing, Joseph was promised that he would have a fruitful posterity. Genesis 48:19; 49:22–26

"Joseph is a fruitful bough . . . from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel: . . . " Gen. 49:22-26

Just how the law, promises, blessings and covenants of the Everlasting Covenant came to Joseph and his son Ephraim, and also to King David is explored in a presentation entitled: Messiah Ben David ~ Messiah Ben Joseph. That both are recepients of the 'everlasting covenant' can not be argued against as the ancestor of the Messiah was of the linage of King David and the fulfillment of the Covenant of Abraham, that perspective of the everlasting covenant, is held in Ephraim through Joseph as bestowed upon him by Jacob. And thus it is being fulfilled in that restored gospel through the seed of Ephraim today as the 'Gospel Plan' is being taken to every nation, kindred, tongue and people who ever have, do and will live upon the earth in the flesh.

" his [Jacob's] birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph [particularly Ephraim] . . . the birthright was [is] Joseph's:" ~ I Chronicles 5:1-2

30 In Egypt the descendants of Israel multiplied and became known as the children of Israel (also called house of Israel). (See prophecy 12.) Genesis 50
30 In Egypt the descendants of Israel multiplied and became known as the children of Israel (also called house of Israel). (See prophecy 12.) Genesis 50
31 Prophecy God would “raise up” a prophet (Moses) to deliver Israel from bondage in Egypt. Joseph Smith Translation (JST), Genesis 50:24, 34–36 (in Bible appendix); 2 Nephi 3:10, 17
32 Prophecy The family of Israel would be scattered, with a “branch” living in the Americas. JST, Genesis 50:25 (in Bible appendix); 2 Nephi 3:3–5, 16
33 Prophecy A “choice seer” (Joseph Smith) would restore knowledge of God’s covenant with Abraham. JST, Genesis 50:25–33 (in Bible appendix); 2 Nephi 3:6–15
34 Jehovah appeared to Moses, who had received the priesthood from Jethro. The children of Israel left Egypt. (See prophecy 31.) Exodus 3:1–10; 13:17–22; Doctrine and Covenants 84:6
35 At Mount Sinai the children of Israel promised they would keep the Abrahamic covenant. Exodus 19:3–9; 24:3
36 Because the children of Israel broke their promise, they received a lesser law of carnal commandments. Exodus 32–34; Galatians 3:19–24; Doctrine and Covenants 84:19–26
37 Jehovah appeared to Joshua, renewing His covenant and commanding the children of Israel to enter the land of Canaan as an inheritance. Joshua 1:1–9
38 After many years in Canaan, the children of Israel stopped keeping the covenant. They were persecuted by their enemies. Judges 2–3
39 Through the prophet Nathan, Jehovah made an everlasting covenant with King David and his posterity. 2 Samuel 7:1–17; Doctrine and Covenants 132:38
Prophecy: Allegory of Zenos (about 1800–400 B.C.) The house of Israel is like a tame olive tree that began to decay, so the master of the vineyard cared for it until new natural branches began to sprout. He removed these branches and grafted them onto other trees throughout his vineyard. He pruned the bad main branches from the tame tree and burned them, then grafted in wild olive tree branches onto the tree. Jacob 5:3–14 (to be continued)
40 Prophecy The people of the Northern Kingdom (referred to as Israel) and Southern Kingdom (Judah) would be scattered among all nations. Amos 9:5–10; Micah 3:9–12
41 Prophecy The Messiah (Jesus Christ) would suffer and atone for the sins of the world. Isaiah 53
42 Prophecy The Lord would recover a remnant of His people and set up an ensign for all nations. Isaiah 11:11–12; Amos 9:9
43 Prophecy The Lord would comfort His people, redeem Jerusalem, and show His power to all nations. Isaiah 40:1–2, 11; 41:10; 52:9–10
44 Prophecy During a great millennial era the earth would be renewed, and all sickness and sorrow would end. Isaiah 25:6–9; 33:20–24; 35; 61:2–5
45 The people of the Northern Kingdom were scattered by the Assyrians because of wickedness. (See prophecy 40.) 2 Kings 17:5–18
46 Prophecy Some Jews (a remnant) would be gathered back to Jerusalem to serve the Lord. Jeremiah 24:4–7
47 Jehovah established the Abrahamic covenant with Lehi and his family. They left Jerusalem and became a nation in the Americas. (See prophecies 29, 32.) 1 Nephi 1–2; 18
48 The people of the Southern Kingdom rejected the Abrahamic covenant and were scattered by the Babylonians. (See prophecy 40.) 2 Kings 25:1–10
49 Some of the children of Israel called “Jews” returned to Jerusalem, rebuilding the temple. Ezra exhorted the people to keep their covenant with God. (See prophecy 46.) Nehemiah 8–10
50 The Hasmoneans (Maccabees) established an independent Jewish state, called Judea, in the land of Canaan.
The Forerunner
The Annunciation
The Birth of the Covenant Messiah
Unto the Will of the Father
The Ministry
The Week of Passover
The Last Supper
Suffering of Atonement in Gethsemane
Fulfillment of Atonement on the Cross
Destruction in America
The Resurrection
Post Resurrection Ministry in Judea
Visitation and Ministration in America
Other Sheep Not of These Folds
The Time of the Apostles
The Ministry of the Apostles
Deaths of the Apostles
Wolves Enter in and Apostasy
Nicean Council - Church is Lost
The Dark Ages - Christian Corruptions
Age of Enlightenment
Renewing of God's Covenant Land
The Gathering
Gospel to the Whole Earth
Dispensation of Fulness of Times
Time of Gross Wickedness
Many Ripening in Sin
Great Destructions & Wars
Second Coming
Cleansing of the Earth
Burning of the Wicked
The Millennial Reign
The Covenant Work Fulfilled
Final Judgements
The Kingdoms of Glory
Outer Darkness