In order to answer that question, we need to go back, to the beginning, and see exactly what those
God made a promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3, he said, “...I
will make of thee a great nation...I will bless them that bless thee and curse them that curse thee...in thee, all the families
of the earth will be blessed.”
The first promise given to Abraham contained a prophecy of Jesus and also
a millennial promise. This passage begins with a generalized prophecy concerning all of the physical descendants of
Abraham and a future time of national greatness for those descendants. The promise speaks of a blessing and cursing
to those who bless or curse Abraham and/or his descendants. It ends with a specific prophecy concerning the fact that all
families of the earth will be blessed through the physical descendants of Abraham. The future (millennial) greatness
of Abraham’s descendants will come about as a direct result of their acceptance of Christ as Messiah (Matthew 25: 31-46, Acts 3:25-26, Romans 11:12, Galatians 3:8).
God goes on to promise
Abraham in Genesis 13:15, “...For all the
land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.”
Abraham and his physical descendants
physical possession of a physical geographical
God says in Genesis 15:18, “...Unto thy seed have I given this land, from
the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.”
Again we see a promise made to the physical
descendants of Abraham concerning a specific
Genesis 17:7-8 ...and I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in
their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee...and I will give
unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an
everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
In promising to be their God, we see a spiritual dimension
added to the physical promises.
In addition to an everlasting covenant made
between Abraham and his physical descendants
the geographic possession of all the
land of Canaan--there is also a promise made that his physical descendants will be
the special people of God. They will ultimately allow their God to reign as King over them.
Genesis 17:19 says, “...Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son…and thou shall call his
name Isaac...I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed...forever.”
covenant promises to the descendants of Abraham are now narrowed to flow through the specific genealogy of his son, Isaac.
**Although Christians are referred to as the spiritual seed of Abraham, we are never referred to as
the spiritual seed of Isaac. The physical descendants of Isaac are the Jewish people. They will inherit, literally, every
promise made to Abraham concerning his posterity.
Abraham had many sons (Genesis 25:1-6), but only one through his
wife Sarah, and it is through this son, Isaac, that all of the promises of God to Abraham were to be fulfilled.
In Genesis 22:17-18, God promises, “...I
will multiply thy seed as the sand of the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall
all the families of the earth be blessed…”
Again, Abraham is promised many physical descendants, and
both messianic and millennial promises are given. Abraham’s descendants are promised victory over their enemies. This
also corresponds with Romans 11:12.
Genesis 26:3-4 says (to Isaac), “...Unto
thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries...and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth
The reference to the nations identifies this as a millennial blessing that will be bestowed on the nations.
And again, the promise to Abraham is passed on to his son, Isaac. Isaac is told that his physical descendants will possess
all the land of Canaan...He is promised that all nations of the earth (those not of Jewish descent) will be blessed
by his physical descendants—one physical descendent in particular—Jesus (Acts 3:25-26, Romans 11:12, Galatians 3:8).
Genesis 27:28-29 records Isaac passing the promise to Jacob, “...let people serve thee, and nations bow down
to thee: Be lord over thy brethren, and let
thy mother’s son’s bow down to thee: cursed be everyone that curses thee, and blessed be he that blesses thee.”
land and [millennial] leadership Covenant is passed from Isaac to Jacob (many times, we see the physical descendants of Abraham,
the Jewish people, referred to as “Jacob” in scripture. The spiritual seed of Abraham—the Israel of God—the
Church—Is never referred to as Jacob).
Genesis 28:13-14 says, “...The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
...and in thee and in thy seed, shall all the families of the earth be blessed...”
God confirms the land covenant and the messianic and millennial blessing with Jacob. Jacob’s physical
descendants will inherit the geographical location of Canaan, and in Jacob’s seed all families of the earth will be
blessed (Acts 3:25-26, Romans 11:12, Galatians 3:8).
Genesis 35:10-12 says, “...thy name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name...and
the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed after thee...”
changes Jacob’s name to Israel and reaffirms that his physical descendants will inherit a physical geographic location.
covenant with Abraham was not only a messianic promise, but also a millennial promise. Abraham’s physical descendants
will inherit a physical geographic location, they will prevail over all their enemies, they will rule, and they will
be a blessing to all—that means every one of—the families of the earth.
We know that all
of these promises are rooted in the greatest blessing we have received thus far from the descendants of Abraham—the
son of David, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who died for the sins of the whole world.
But there is yet another
blessing in store for all the “nations” and “families” of the earth. Through Jesus Christ,
God will use the physical descendants of Abraham to be a blessing to every family of the millennial earth (Isaiah 65:8, Zechariah 8:13, Romans 11:11-12,15).
Every one of the above mentioned promises to Abraham will be fulfilled through his natural seed (those
descended from Isaac and Jacob)—The promises will be fulfilled in those who survive the time of Jacob’s Trouble,
the Judgment of the Nations, and enter the Kingdom of Christ in their physical, mortal, condition.