The Seven Covenants of God

Learn about God’s Covenants throughout time.

 

Many people in this world are searching for a personal relationship with God. But what could that mean?
Abraham was honored with the special title ‘The Friend of God’.” Then, there is Jesus, who lovingly refers to God as his ‘Father in Heaven’. But in the scriptures there is a broader foundation God bases his relationship on – with all those who seek Him sincerely. It is known as a covenant.

Throughout history God entered into such a contract with men six times – each had its own adapted laws. And all these contracts with men have been leading up to this very moment in history. The age of the ultimate covenant which has the power to unite the righteous people, from all walks of life, and all different faiths. The prophesied seventh covenant.

THE COVENANTS OUTLINE THE TRUE HISTORY OF MANKIND

It is easy to follow the sequence from Adam, to Noah, to Abraham, to Moses, to Jesus, to Mohammed… the founders of the Abrahamic faith. But Ahmed Al-Hassan (pbuh) has revealed that many others like Buddha, Zoroaster, Lao Tse, Alexander the Great, and Socrates have been prophets of God to their people, too. So how do they fit into the bigger picture?

Aba Sadiq (pbuh), the second Mahdi, has explained that these prophets and their people were included under the Noahic covenant – because Noah’s covenant included all mankind – just like Adam’s. On the contrary Abraham’s covenant was directed at him and his offspring. And Moses covenant was a deal with a chosen nation only – the ‘Children of Israel’ – meaning the offspring of Prophet Jacob. But Jesus’ and Mohammed’s covenants again were open to everyone who recognized, and accepted their prophethood.

It is also interesting to realize that Krishna, Buddha, and the fathers of Western philosophy like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and the great philosophers of the East like Lao Tse and Confucius, brought very few rules to their people. This is because these prophets were still under the Noahic covenant, and this seems to have suited the nature of their nations best.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE COVENANTS WITH GOD?

Adam’s Covenant

Interestingly the first Adamite covenant prescribed hardly any laws. It was broken by prophet Adam himself, as it is clearly mentioned in the Holy Books.

In the Quran it says:

 

{And indeed We made a covenant with Adam before, but he forgot, and We found on his part no firm will-power.}

– Holy Quran 20:115

But after the expulsion from Garden of Eden, God forgave Adam, and restored the covenant.

It is important to know that when Cain killed Abel he was only banished, but this did not break the covenant yet. All people after Adam were subject to the Adamite covenant.

 
Noah’s Covenant

Noah’s core message probably was: “O my people worship God for He is the only One Who deserves to be worshipped.”

And it is reflected in Noah’s building of the arc – whilst almost everybody was ridiculing him. The Quran calls him ‘The Grateful Servant’. But in the very end Noah (pbuh) lost hope in the people, and asked God to no longer delay the punishment.

When the Adamite covenant was broken – everyone was extinguished except Noah and some from his family.
After this God made a new 2nd covenant with Noah placing some laws e.g. banning murdering, and permitting the eating of meat.

But not much later on Noah’s people transgressed. God delayed their punishment until in the time of Abraham. Upon Nimrod’s encroachment against God himself, The All-Mighty confused the language of the people, destroyed the tower of Babel, and scattered them.

 
Abraham’s Covenant

Abraham was born. When Abraham was 99 years old God gave the 3rd covenant to him and his descendants saying,

“Walk with me and be trustworthy. I will make a covenant between us and I will give you many, many descendants.”  Abram fell on his face, and God said to him, “But me, my covenant is with you; you will be the ancestor of many nations.  And because I have made you the ancestor of many nations, your name will no longer be Abram but Abraham.  I will make you very fertile. I will produce nations from you, and kings will come from you.  I will set up my covenant with you and your descendants after you in every generation as an enduring covenant. I will be your God and your descendants’ God after you.  I will give you and your descendants the land in which you are immigrants, the whole land of Canaan, as an enduring possession. And I will be their God.” 

– Holy Bible, Genesis 17:1-7

Abrahams core teaching could be described as: Trust in God who is merciful. And this is reflected in Abraham intense pleading with God to save the righteous people in Sodom, even if they were only 10.

In Jewish tradition, Abraham is called ‘our father Abraham’, signifying that he is both the biological progenitor of the Jews, and the father of Judaism.

The Abrahamic covenant lasted until some wicked ones from his offspring committed too many crimes against God’s messengers. One of them – right before the Jews were punished with 400 years of slavery – was that the brothers of Prophet Yusef sold him into slavery out of jealousy.

 
Moses’ Covenant

As before God also forgave the Children of Israel, meaning the children of Prophet Jacob son on Abraham, and made a 4th covenant with Moses.
But when Moses went to meet God for 40 days on Mount Sinai to receive the 10 commandments, his people started worshipping a self-made idol (golden calf). Once again God forgave them, and restored the covenant containing 10 clear laws.

Moses core teaching could be described as: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. 

After Moses, the last Hebrew Prophet the Jews accepted was Zachariah, the father of John the Baptist. Soon after with the appearance of Jesus when the Jews seemingly crucified him the Mosaic covenant was broken.

 
Jesus’ Covenant

In the Bible it is written about the Children of Israel:

“You stiff-necked people with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit, just as your fathers did.  Which of the prophets did your fathers fail to persecute? They even killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One. ”

– Holy Bible, Acts 7:51

Despite the killing of his prophets God sent prophet Jesus to the Jews and all mankind, and offered a 5th covenant through him.
And Jesus clearly announces that the contract with God is not what needs to be changed, in order for the people to prosper.
He said:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”

– Holy Bible, Matthew 5:17-18

And he told he said: Little children, I am with you only a little while longer. You will look for Me, and as I said to the Jews, so now I say to you: ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also must love one another.”

– Holy Bibe, John 13:33-35

His core teaching could be described as: Love one another.  And it is reflected in Jesus blood being the symbol for his covenant with God – a symbol of selfless love, and self-sacrifice.
He announced the new covenant during the Last Supper.

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

– Holy Bible, Matthew 26:26-29

After this event Jesus was immediately arrested, and then the crucifixion happened.

But in fact it was not Jesus whom they crucified, but an angel who’s spirit got sent down into Jesus body. At the very same moment Jesus spirit took another bodily form, and left the country together with his wife Mary Magdalene, who bore him a son called Mani. Mani too was a prophet, and continued the call of Jesus among the Arabs. From there on God sent more and more prophets to the Arabs – ending with Mohammed.

But the Arabs followed the footsteps of the Christians and the Jews, and broke the Jesuit covenant.
Their punishment came along with Abraha, the Christian Governor of the Abyssinian King, who marched upon Mecca with a huge army of elephants, in the birth year of Muhammed. But God sent a flock of birds dropping fiery stones wiping out everyone present there.

Mohammed’s Covenant

When God forgave the Arabs He offered mankind a 6th covenant through Muhammed – changing the laws once again.

{You shall fulfill your covenant with God when you make such a covenant. You shall not violate the oaths after swearing (by God) to carry them out, for you have made God a guarantor for you. God knows everything you do.}

– Holy Quran, 16:91

Mohammed was given new laws e.g. he forbade certain marriage types: prostitution marriage, adultery marriage, group sex marriage etc. which are still mentioned in the Old and New Testament. He banned alcohol, and changed the direction of prayer.
And as usual, some parts of the previous law were kept e.g. circumcision, or temporary marriage (a Jewish tradition) – according to what the people could handle at the time.

The Holy Quran states: “(Muhammad), We have sent you for no other reason but to be a mercy for mankind.”

– Holy Quran, 21:107

Mohammed’s core teaching could be described as: Is religion anything but love? And it is reflected in the unmatched gentleness and humanity towards followers and enemies alike.

But the hypocrites from the Arabs broke the covenant by killing Muhammed, and killing his Holy Household and every single Imam from his lineage, until they failed to kill Imam Mahdi (peace be upon them all) because God sent him into occultation.
And the Arabs continued transgressing for the past 1200 years until that covenant also broke.

And the occultation of a divinely appointed ruler means darkness on earth, and is a punishment for the people.
But the Family of Mohammed left multiple narrations which state that the Mahdi will re-appear raising a black banner. One of them stated

“Verily we, Ahlul Bayt have a banner, whoever goes ahead of it have renegaded, and whoever is late to it have perished, and whoever follows it has followed [us], it is written in it: ‘Allegiance is to God.’”

– 250 Signs, Pg. 15

This is the banner, which Imam Ahmed al-Hassan (pbuh) has raised. It’s message is, Allegiance is to God. It means that God alone deserves our obedience – and the light He animated us with from within, and not the dark false self – the ego, and not those who are not appointed by Him.

And it’s no coincidence that a banner is also a signal for the appearance of the savior, recorded in the Hebrew Bible. It is written in the book of Isaiah:

“He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.”

– Holy Bible, Isaiah 11:12.

The saviour will raise a banner for all the nations, calling upon all people from the four corners of the earth. And only one man, in all of history, has come forth with such a flag. But a flag is not the only thing he carries. He is the carrier of the seventh covenant. Imam Ahmed al-Hassan (pbuh).

AHMED AL-HASSAN BROUGHT THE SEVENTH COVENANT

While its dark colour may seem alarming to some, it wasn’t always black. In fact, when Ahmed al-Hassan first announced his call, the banner was white. But, much like the stone of the Kaaba, the banner was stained by the sins of the people who broke the covenant. It is promised that the banner will return to its original white colour. Because this banner is the symbol of the seventh covenant.

His core teaching could be described as: Mercy before Religion. Love others more than yourself. Leave no one behind, and never break this oath.

The 7th covenant began as a partnership with the souls, in Eden, to a worldwide covenant with Adam and Noah. God, then made a deal with a chosen nation. But in the time of Prophet Muhammad, the 6th covenant opened the doors for the entire world. And now, the 7th covenant brings it full circle. Because like the covenant of paradise, it is a partnership purely with the souls.

That is why the prophecies speak about a “banner for all nations,” and an “…eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth – to every nation, tribe, language and people.” – Revelation 14:6.

It is the covenant, which unites all of mankind, people from every nation, every language, and every creed. But how exactly will they be gathered?
Well, according to the scriptures, all of these events of the End Times – the tribulations and the emergence of the saviour – coincide with another prophecy. The ‘Raja’ or ‘The Return’.

Throughout time, prophets and messengers left curious clues about a strange event to come. A time when the dead would rise from their graves and return to life.

In the book of Ezekiel, God says:

“My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them…”

– Holy Bible, Ezekiel 37:12

“I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms…I will make a
covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.”

– Holy Bible, Ezekiel 37:21-22, 26

Nobody has ever been able to explain the true meaning of these verses, which talk about the saints emerging from their graves, or the return of the prophets and messengers with the Mahdi, except for Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (pbuh).

THE RISER FROM THE FAMILY OF MOHAMMED WILL EXPLAIN THE GREAT RETURN

It says in the Holy Quran that the soul is a matter about which we have been given very little knowledge. But the Riser from the Family of Muhammad will change that.

Imam Al-Sadiq said: “Verily, 2000 years before Allah swt created the bodies, He made brothers between the
souls in the Shadows. So when our – Ahlul Bayt – Qa’im rises, the brother inherits his brother in the Shadows, and he does not inherit his brother from the physical birth.”

– Mustadrak AlWasa’il by Al-Mirza AlNouri Vol.17 Pg. 186.

Meaning, the riser from the family of Muhammad comes forth, and reveals knowledge of about the soul world. His covenant is a covenant of the souls. And it is a brand new covenant. As we witnessed with every other covenant, the laws and commands always change. And according to Islamic narrations, the Riser is the keeper of a new law.

From Abd Al-Aala he said: I said to Aba Abdillah pbuh: The one who claims this matter, what is his proof? He said: he is asked about the permissible and the impermissible (the halal and the haram)…”

– Al-Kafi Vol. 1, Pg. 284.

THE SEVENTH COVENANT IS FOR ALL MANKIND

Seven is the number of the covenant, which has the power to unite the world.

Time after time, broken covenants resulted in a broken world. Nations were scattered, faiths were splintered and mankind was separated. Unable to communicate with each other. Following the commands of different covenants. Divided by the illusion of different faiths. But the secret, which has been hiding all along, is that the religion of God is one. And now is the time for us to unite under the banner of one God, one truth, and one covenant.

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