In total an anointed Christian enters 4 covenants. 3 of them with Jehovah God, and the 1 kingdom covenant with Jesus Christ.
The Abrahamic covenant, the new covenant, the covenant to become priests, and the kingdom covenant to become kings.
If you recall the covenant made with the nation of Israel was that they would become a nation of priests if they obeyed Jehovah. But they did not. And
the majority of the Jews rejected the Messiah and they were cast off.
Jesus preached mainly to the Jews while he was on earth, and after his ascension only Jews and Jewish proselytes were allowed to become Christians for
3 1/2 years. But in the year 36 C. E. God's holy spirit lead the apostle Peter to the uncircumcised gentile Cornelius, a Roman Centurion who was
God-fearing. And God poured out holy spirit anointing this gentile along with his entire house and brought them into the new covenant. The first of
Since the majority of all the Jews rejected Jesus they did not enter into the new covenant. And God turned his attention to the nations. In fact
Jehovah had already foretold that his own people the Israelites would reject the Messiah and that he would eventually have to call people out of all
the nations to fill the number of the 144,000:
"They have incited me to fury with what is not a god;
They have offended me with their worthless idols.
So I will incite them to jealousy with what is not a people;
I will offend them with a foolish nation." -Deuteronomy 32:21.
Later Paul tells us that God united both Jews with the gentiles, or people of the nations as the spiritual Israel of God:
"Therefore, remember that at one time you, people of the nations by fleshly descent, were the ones called “uncircumcision” by those called
“circumcision,” which is made in the flesh by human hands. At that time you were without Christ, alienated from the state of Israel, strangers
to the covenants of the promise; you had no hope and were without God in the world. But now in union with Christ Jesus, you who were once far off have
come to be near by the blood of the Christ. For he is our peace, the one who made the two groups one and destroyed the wall in between that fenced
them off. By means of his flesh he abolished the enmity, the Law of commandments consisting in decrees, in order to make the two groups in union
with himself into one new man and to make peace, and to reconcile fully both peoples in one body to God through the torture stake, because he had
killed off the enmity by means of himself. And he came and declared the good news of peace to you who were far off, and peace to those near, because
through him we, both peoples, have free access to the Father by one spirit."-Ephesians 2:11-18.
To further show the real hope of the anointed Christian congregation, and that the 144,000 are NOT all literal Jews we need hear Jesus' own words.
Speaking to descendants of Abraham, the Pharisees, the religious leaders of his time, he told them they were NOT Abraham's offspring. In fact, they
were offspring of Satan the Devil:
"They replied to him: “We are Abraham’s offspring and never have been slaves to anyone..." - John 8:39.
Jesus told them:
"“If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works of Abraham. But now you are seeking to kill me, a man who has told you the truth
that I heard from God. Abraham did not do this...You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father." John 8:39, 44.
Later we are told that those who are Abraham's offspring are not those of fleshly decent, but those who by faith have had their hearts circumcised:
"For not all who descend from Israel are really “Israel.” Neither are they all children because they are Abraham’s offspring."-Romans 9:6, 7.
Remember that promise God made to the fleshly nation of Israel at the beginning of this thread, that if the Israelites kept his covenant he made with
them at Mount Sinai, they would become a kingdom of priests? The Christian Scriptures show us that that promise was given to the Christian
"But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood
, a holy nation, a people for special possession, that you should declare abroad the
excellencies” of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 For you were once not a people, but now you are God’s
people; once you had not been shown mercy, but now you have received mercy." - 1 Peter 2:9, 10.
Here Peter, the apostle that was lead to the uncircumcised gentile Cornelius, later wrote to many other gentile Christians that they were the "royal
priesthood, the holy nation. They were once not a people, but now were God's chosen people. The kingdom of priests
People in Christendom today still are looking for some fulfillment in the literal nation of Israel from Bible prophecy. But the Israel of God is his
anointed Christian congregation.
The 144,000 out of the 12 tribes of Israel are the spiritual Israel, anointed Christians who have been called and sealed to become kings and priests
The royal priesthood is the covenant given to them by Jehovah God. The kingdom covenant, that they are to rule as kings with him over the earth is the
covenant made by Jesus himself with the 144,000 he calls out of all the nations. If they endure faithful until the end:
"Prove yourself faithful even to death, and I will give you the crown of life. Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the
congregations: The one who conquers will by no means be harmed by the second death.’"-Revelation 2:10, 11.
"Happy is the man who keeps on enduring trial, because on becoming approved he will receive the crown of life, which Jehovah promised to those who
continue loving Him."-James 1:12.
"And I saw thrones, and those who sat on them were given authority to judge. Yes, I saw the souls of those executed for the witness they gave about
Jesus and for speaking about God, and those who had not worshiped the wild beast or its image and had not received the mark on their forehead and on
their hand. And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for 1,000 years."-Revelation 20:4.
"And he made us to be a kingdom, priests to his God and Father—yes, to him be the glory and the might forever. Amen."-Revelation 1:6.
"If we go on enduring, we will also rule together as kings; if we deny, he will also deny us."-2 Timothy 2:12.
"Then I saw, and look! the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who have his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads.
I heard a sound coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; and the sound that I heard was like singers who
accompany themselves by playing on their harps. And they are singing what seems to be a new song before the throne and before the four living
creatures and the elders, and no one was able to master that song except the 144,000, who have been bought from the earth. 4 These are the ones who
did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins. These are the ones who keep following the Lamb no matter where he goes. These were
bought from among mankind as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb, and no deceit was found in their mouths; they are without blemish." -Revelation
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