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The Blessing of Abraham with an Examination of the Heresies of the Pro$perity Go$pel and Zioni$m

There is one passage of the scriptures misinterpreted in several ways. It concerns a promise that God made to Abraham.

Genesis 12:1-3

[1] Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
[2] And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
[3] And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Proponents of the prosperity gospel interpret this passage to mean that the promise, “I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curesth thee”, to apply to those of the faith.

Zionists (i.e. Dispensationalists) say that the promise is made to the “State of Israel”.

Both the prosperity gospel camp and the Zionists are wrong. This passage is easily understood by simply noting the use of the singular pronoun “thee”. The promise was made to Abraham and to Abraham only. Corrupt bible versions drop the use of the clarifying pronouns (such as thou, thee, and thy) leaving the passage open to private interpretation.

The latter half of Genesis 12:3, “in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed.”, preaches the gospel.

Galatians 3:1-18

[1] O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
[2] This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
[3] Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
[4] Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
[5] He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
[6] Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
[7] Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
[8] And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
[9] So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
[10] For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
[11] But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
[12] And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
[13] Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
[14] That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
[15] Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
[16] Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
[17] And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
[18] For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Note that “the blessing of Abraham” comes only “through Jesus Christ.” So only those who are of the faith are heirs of the promise.