As I have been affirming in my writing, the complete fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant is one of the grand purposes of the coming millennial kingdom. But thus far it has only been partially fulfilled. We will begin in this post by presenting the partial fulfillment in six points. Then, in following posts, we will present the future, complete fulfillment as we see in prophecy.
1. Abraham was blessed with temporal things. God had blessed him with many servants, sheep and cattle, silver and gold, camels and donkey (Gen. 24:35-36).
2. Abraham was blessed spiritually. God appeared to him on several occasions (Gen. 12:7); he had a regular and consistent prayer life (Gen. 15:2; 18:23-32); he demonstrated power in his prayers (Gen. 20:17); and he was called a friend of God (2 Chron. 20:7; Is. 41:8; Ja. 2:23).
3. Abraham had a great name. He was not only regarded as great because of his wealth (Gen. 24:35), but because of his power in prayer (Gen. 20:17) and by his military power (Gen. 14). Most importantly, his name has remained great by his great descendants (e.g. King David and Solomon; and Jesus Christ).
4. Abraham became a great nation. Though it is small, great kings and priests have come from Israel.
5. Abraham and his descendants have become a blessing to many people. The promised blessing for the world, upon all who will receive it, has come to us through Abraham’s descendants (the Jews). Most importantly, our savior, Jesus Christ, who was a descendant of David and Abraham, has brought us the gospel and has made all believers His body, the church. This work of building the church was carried out first by His twelve Jewish apostles. Among three of these—Peter, John, and Matthew—with the addition of many other Jews, the Bible was written. Yes, all the writers of the Bible were Jews, for Romans 3:2 says, “They [the Jews] were entrusted with the oracles of God.”
But the Jewish blessing upon the world doesn’t end there. In many different ways they have brought prosperity to all of humanity. The Jews make up .2% of the world’s population, yet among all the Nobel Prize winners in the areas of chemistry, economics, literature, peace, physics, and medicine, 23% of them have been Jewish. The Jews seem to excel in every area of major importance in our world. In anthropology, science, chemistry, economics, linguistics, literature, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, psychology, and in sociology, the Jews excel above all other people. If it wasn’t for the brilliant Jews, our world wouldn’t be nearly as blessed as it is today.
6. God will bless those who bless Israel (the Jews), and curse those who curse Israel (Gen. 12:3). This has held true in biblical history as well as in these modern times. Here are a few references for examples in biblical history: Genesis 20:2-18; 21:22-34(Abimelech); Genesis 23:1-20 (Heth); Deuteronomy 30:7; Isaiah 14:1-2; Joel 3:1-8; Matthew 25:40-45. There are also numerous modern examples that we could site. Most people are probably unaware of or in denial of this promise, however, the truth of it remains. The following excerpt from an article I found, entitled, The law of blessing and curse, certainly testifies to this.
Let’s just look at England and the United States. In the second half of the 13th century, the Jews in England suffered severe persecution and were even banned from England in 1290. It was not until 1657 that the Protestant leader of England, Oliver Cromwell, allowed the Jews to return. England immediately prospered as a nation. The pro-Jewish politics were set forth by the Dutch stadtholder William III, who then became king of England. England then grew to one of the most powerful kingdoms the world has even known. At the height of its power, in 1917, England gave the Jews the right to return to the Promised Land, which at that time was called Palestine. That right was later officially recognized by the League of Nations and the United Nations.
However, a few years later, England betrayed the Jews by choosing sides with the hostile Arabs. As a result, England went downhill fast and in 1956 the British prime minister signed “over to you” to the president of the United States. Since then the United States has become the most powerful country in the world. To a certain extent they have defended tiny Israel from the rage of the surrounding Arab countries. But the U.S. has received many warnings from above. A researcher discovered more than twenty cases in which a disaster in the United States coincided with American pressure on Israel to give land to the Arabs. “I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you” is a historical pattern that continues today. (Jan van Barneveld, “The law of blessing and curse,” at http://www.whyisrael.org/2010/07/26/the-law-of-blessing-and-curse/)