O how we have been led astray about just what the ‘new covenant’ is ! !
Our Messiah, Yahusha, did not initiate a ‘new covenant’ and then leave us to continue to deal with a wicked and sinful world. He announced that the Re-Newed Covenant would come when He returns. The symbolism of His not drinking of the wine until He drinks it anew with His faithful followers is proof. That is not to say that He was not inviting us to enter His Covenant at that time, as He was assuredly. However, as we will see, from the Prophet Yirmayahu’s description of ‘the re-newed covenant’, it is not yet been accomplished. The covenant of blood that we enter with Yahusha Messiah is still the same Covenant, but for now, we are responsible for staying in Him as He stated.
Let’s go back to the Prophets and establish what the ‘Re-Newed Covenant’ is. It was not a new idea in the ‘NT’, it will be a fulfillment of prophecy at His return. The term ‘new’ is often miss-translated in Scripture, such as in the false observance of the lunar calendar, the so-called ‘new’ moon. We do not get a ‘new’ moon every month! It is the same moon every month, year after year.
The same is true of the idea of a ‘new covenant’ it is the same Covenant but established in a new way. Instead of being written in stone or on sheepskin or parchment, it will be written in our hearts and on our minds. Just as we are told in the prophets;
Jer 31:31 “See, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “when I shall make a new covenant with the house of Yisra’ĕl and with the house of Yehudah
Jer 31:32 not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Mitsrayim, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares יהוה.
Jer 31:33 “For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’ĕl after those days, declares יהוה: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
Notice verse 33 states; “…after those days…” this is in reference to the ‘great day of Yahweh’ after the
tribulation and that is when the Messiah returns.
Jer 31:34 “And no longer shall they teach, each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know יהוה,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares יהוה. “For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember their sin no more.”
Jer 31:35 Thus said יהוה, who gives the sun for a light by day, and the laws of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who stirs up the sea, and its waves roar – יהוה of hosts is His Name:
Jer 31:36 “If these laws vanish from before Me,” declares יהוה, “then the seed of Yisra’ĕl shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.”
Jer 31:37 Thus said יהוה, “If the heavens above could be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I would also cast off all the seed of Yisra’ĕl for all that they have done,” declares יהוה.
Jer 31:38 “See, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “that the city shall be built for יהוה from the Tower of Hanan’ĕl to the Corner Gate.
Jer 31:39 “And the measuring line shall again extend straight ahead to the hill Garĕb, then it shall turn toward Goʽah.
Jer 31:40 “And all the valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the wadi Qidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, is to be set-apart to יהוה. It shall not be plucked up or thrown down any more forever.”
Isa 49:8 Thus said יהוה, “In a favourable time I shall answer You, and in the day of deliverance I shall help You – and I guard You and give You for a covenant of the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the ruined inheritances,
Isa 49:9 to say to the prisoners, ‘Go out,’ to those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’ “Let them feed on the ways, and let their pasture be on all bare hills.
Isa 49:10 “They shall not hunger nor thirst, neither heat or sun strike them, for He who has compassion on them shall lead them, even by fountains of water guide them.
Isa 49:11 “And I shall make all My mountains a way, and My highways raised up.
Isa 49:12 “See, these come from far away, and see, those from the north and the west, and these from the land of Sinim.”
Isa 49:13 Sing, O heavens, rejoice, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For יהוה shall comfort His people and have compassion on His afflicted ones.
Isa 59:20 “And the Redeemer shall come to Tsiyon, and to those turning from transgression in Yaʽaqob,” declares יהוה.
Isa 59:21 “As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” said יהוה: “My Spirit that is upon you, and My Words that I have put in your mouth, shall not be withdrawn from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” said יהוה, “from this time and forever.”
Eze 36:21 “But I had compassion on My set-apart Name, which the house of Yisra’ĕl had profaned among the gentiles wherever they went.
Eze 36:22 “Therefore say to the house of Yisra’ĕl, ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Yisra’ĕl, but for My set-apart Name’s sake, which you have profaned among the gentiles wherever you went.
Eze 36:23 “And I shall set apart My great Name, which has been profaned among the gentiles, which you have profaned in their midst. And the gentiles shall know that I am יהוה,” declares the Master יהוה, “when I am set-apart in you before their eyes.
Eze 36:24 “And I shall take you from among the gentiles, and I shall gather you out of all lands, and I shall bring you into your own land.
Eze 36:25 “And I shall sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean – from all your filthiness and from all your idols I cleanse you.
Eze 36:26 “And I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. And I shall take the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I shall give you a heart of flesh,
Eze 36:27 and put My Spirit within you. And I shall cause you to walk in My laws and guard My right-rulings and shall do them.
Eze 36:28 “And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers. And you shall be My people, and I shall be your Elohim.
Eze 36:29 “And I shall save you from all your uncleannesses. And I shall call for the grain and increase it, and I shall bring no scarcity of food upon you.
Eze 36:30 “And I shall increase the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of scarcity of food among the gentiles.
Eze 36:31 “And you shall remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good. And you shall loathe yourselves in your own eyes, for your crookednesses and your abominations.
Eze 36:32 “Not for your sake am I acting,” declares the Master יהוה, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and blush for your ways, O house of Yisra’ĕl!”
Eze 36:33 ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “On the day that I cleanse you from all your crookednesses, I shall cause the cities to be inhabited, and the ruined places shall be rebuilt,
Eze 36:34 and the land that was laid waste tilled instead of being a ruin before the eyes of all who pass by.
Eze 36:35 “And they shall say, ‘This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Ěden. And the wasted, the deserted, and the destroyed cities are now walled and inhabited.’
Eze 36:36 “Then the gentiles which are left all around you shall know that I, יהוה, have rebuilt the destroyed places and planted what was laid waste. I, יהוה, have spoken it, and I shall do it.”
Eze 36:37 ‘Thus said the Master יהוה, “Once again I shall let the house of Yisra’ĕl inquire of Me to do for them: I shall increase their men like a flock.
Eze 36:38 “As a set-apart flock, as the flock at Yerushalayim at her appointed times, so shall the wasted cities be filled with flocks of men. And they shall know that I am יהוה.” ’ ”
Joe 2:23 And you children of Tsiyon, be glad and rejoice in יהוה your Elohim, for He shall give you the Teacher of Righteousness, and cause the rain to come down for you, the former rain and the latter rain, as before.
Joe 2:24 And the threshing-floors shall be filled with grain, and the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.
Joe 2:25 “Then I shall repay you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, and the consuming locust, and the gnawing locust, My great army which I sent among you.
Joe 2:26 “Then you shall eat – eat and be satisfied – and shall praise the Name of יהוה your Elohim, who has done with you so wondrously. And My people shall never be put to shame.
Joe 2:27 “And you shall know that I am in the midst of Yisra’ĕl, and that I am יהוה your Elohim and there is no one else. And My people shall never be put to shame.
Joe 2:28 “And after this it shall be that I pour out My Spirit on all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men dream dreams, your young men see visions.
Joe 2:29 “And also on the male servants and on the female servants I shall pour out My Spirit in those days.
Joe 2:30 “And I shall give signs in the heavens and upon the earth: blood and fire and columns of smoke,
Joe 2:31 the sun is turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of יהוה.
Joe 2:32 “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה shall be delivered. For on Mount Tsiyon and in Yerushalayim there shall be an escape as יהוה has said, and among the survivors whom יהוה calls.
While Yahusha has given those who accept His invitation His Spirit that dwells in them, He has not poured out His Spirit on all flesh, we are not yet to that point of not having to teach each other or to not have to search the Scriptures as we are commanded. When this “New Covenant” is established and put into effect by our Messiah Yahusha we will KNOW Him and we are just simply not there yet. As our Messiah stated that many will seek to enter but will not find that narrow gate. Very few in this age have come to know Yahusha and truly follow Him to and through the narrow gate. Most are following the teachings of men and are not diligently searching the Scriptures and are not listening to the Spirit for guidance and they are being deceived.
Heb 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent service, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was constituted on better promises.
Heb 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.
Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, He says, “See, the days are coming,” says יהוה, “when I shall conclude with the house of Yisra’ĕl and with the house of Yehudah a renewed covenant,
Heb 8:9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Mitsrayim, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them,” says יהוה.
Heb 8:10 “Because this is the covenant that I shall make with the house of Yisra’ĕl after those days, says יהוה, giving My laws in their mind, and I shall write them on their hearts, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
Heb 8:11 “And they shall by no means teach each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know יהוה,’ because they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
Heb 8:12 “Because I shall forgive their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawlessnesses I shall no longer remember.”
Heb 8:13 By saying, ‘renewed,’ He has made the first old. Now what becomes old and growing aged is near disappearing.
Heb 10:16 “This is the covenant that I shall make with them after those days, says יהוה, giving My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I shall write them,”
Heb 10:17 and, “Their sins and their lawlessnesses I shall remember no more.”
Heb 10:18 Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer a slaughter offering for sin.
Heb 10:19 So, brothers, having boldness to enter into the Set-apart Place by the blood of יהושע,
Heb 10:20 by a new and living way which He instituted for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
Heb 10:21 and having a High Priest over the House of Elohim,
Heb 10:22 let us draw near with a true heart in completeness of belief, having our hearts sprinkled from a wicked conscience and our bodies washed with clean water.
Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our expectation without yielding, for He who promised is trustworthy.
It is not until Yahweh re-gathers His people and the two houses are re-united into one, ‘The House of Yisra’el’, that the Re-Newed Covenant is put into effect and when He does it is the same Torah as the Torah He gave Mosheh, but instead of being written on stone or paper, we will know it and insofar as we will Know YAHWEH. But not until Yahusha partakes of the wine does He initiate this Covenant.
In the meantime, we are to enter the Covenant of Yahweh in the same way that has always been available to anyone from any nation when they hear and understand the Word of Yahweh and desire to enter His family. Although different in one new way:
If we do answer the invitation of Yahusha our Messiah, He will give us a Spirit to help us and guide us on the narrow path.