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Old Covenant Israel was carnal-minded, with minds hostile
against God, and not subject to the laws and ways of God!
Now the New Testament
Remember Old Covenant Israel lived in the days of the first
Adam. Satan, the "prince of the power of the air," by subtile in–
jection through the "human" spirit of bis hostile attitude, ruled
supreme in the world. And with the exception of those in God's
Church, he does still today!
Remember, too, that all nations and peoples, except the na–
tion Israel, had been completely CUT OFF from God and knowl–
edge of God. They had continued forming their own ideas of
government, swayed, though unrealized, by Satan. They had
formed their own religions - created in their own imaginations
their own gods. They had produced their own store of human
materialistic knowledge - though more than half of all living
were - and remain today - illiterate, living in abject poverty,
filth and squalor. They were suffering the evil consequences
of Satan's way!
was, and today still is, except for the Church of God and
the Message of HOPE it disseminates,
But Jesus Christ, the second Adam, was to come at God's
proper time, bringing a hope that is real - and transcendently
wonderful beyond human capacity to comprehend!
Notice two prophecies, recorded by Old Testament prophets
under inspiration ofGod:
"For unto us [the Israelitish people) a child is born, unto usa
son is given: and the GOVERNMENT shall be upon bis shoulder;
and bis name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty
God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase
of bis GOVERNMENT and peace there shall be no end, upon the
throne of David, and upon bis kingdom, to order it, and to estab–
lish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for
ever. The zeal ofthe [EternalJ ofhosts will perform this" (Isa. 9:6-7).
This prophecy foretells Christ's appearing as a KING - a
RULER - to reestablish the GOVERNMENT OF ÜOD on earth.
Then, foretelling His coming as the Savior of mankind,
"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin