We have certainly seen a partial fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant down through the years, and we will continue to see it until His coming. But then, at the time of Christ’s kingdom on earth, for a period of one thousand years, all nations on the earth and all the glorified ones and the angels will witness a completed fulfillment of the covenant. The following five points is a picture of this fulfillment:
1. Israel (the Jews) will possess all the land that was promised to them. According to the covenant in Genesis 15:18-21, God said to Abraham,
On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying,
“To your descendants I have given this land,
From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:
19 the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite 20 and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim 21 and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.”
2. Israel’s possession of the land will be a permanent possession. In both Genesis 13:15 and in Genesis 17:8, Abraham’s descendants were promised the land as an everlasting possession. This means that any part of the land will never again be taken away from them and given to another. As we have witnessed for many years, a group called the Palestinians have insisted that the land is theirs. And Israel, by the insistence of the United Nations, as well as the United States, has allowed them to take part of the land. But all during the millennium Israel will possess all the land, and if any nation tries to take it away, God will immediately prevent it and punish them.
Now after the millennium, since the land is Israel’s eternal possession, I would think that it would in some sense remain their possession. However, everything will be different then. There will be a new heaven and a new earth. And Jesus will make this wonderful statement: “I will make all things new” (Rev. 21:5). And He says to all believers (glorified ones) at that time, from Revelation 21:6-7,
“It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
Therefore, I gather from this that at that time, we will all share in all things. God will give all of us rich blessings—all to share and enjoy forever. Yes, Israel will still possess their land—and I think it will be called theirs forever—but I also think that they will invite all people to enjoy it, as we will enjoy all things, not only on the new earth but in the heavens!
3. Abraham’s descendants will forever be blessed with physical and spiritual blessings (Gen. 12:2; 22:17). There are numerous passages that describe these blessings.
4. Israel will be a blessing to all nations. As a result of God blessing the Jews with His wisdom and knowledge, all the world will be more prosperous and will live well. The promise to Abraham, “And so you shall be a blessing” (Gen. 12:2), and “in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 22:18), will come true to the ultimate. And I think it will not be so much that they will be so smart, but rather that they will know the Lord. He will direct their steps and show them His ways. As Zechariah prophesied in Zechariah 8:13,
‘And it will come about that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.’
The ultimate blessing through Abraham of course is the blessing of Christ and His salvation to all who will receive Him (Gal. 3:14). (References: Gen. 12:2-3; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; Isa. 19:24; Ezek. 34:26; Zech. 8:13; Gal. 3:14.)
5. All nations will bless Israel. In the millennial kingdom, as never before, when God blesses Israel, and as Israel blesses others, they will in turn bless Israel (Gen. 12:3; 27:29).
But this (that all nations will bless Israel) will be something new. We have not seen this for many years, not since the days of David and Solomon. Since those days it seems that most people have hated and despised the Jews as less than human.
But in the millennium all that will change. No one, whether they are a common person or a king, will treat them badly. In fact, scripture says that kings will be their servants and bow down to them.
Thus says the Lord God,
“Behold, I will lift up My hand to the nations,
And set up My standard to the peoples;
And they will bring your sons in their bosom,
And your daughters will be carried on their shoulders.
23 “And kings will be your guardians,
And their princesses your nurses.
They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth,
And lick the dust of your feet;
And you will know that I am the Lord;
Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame.