American Covenant: Glenn interviews author Timothy Ballard

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Glenn invited The Covenant author Timothy Ballard onto radio this morning to discuss National Day of Prayer and the role of faith in the founding of the country. You can purchase the book here!

Transcript of the interview is below:

GLENN: I want to tell you that today is the 17th of May. Today plays a very important role in American history. Today is the day that George Washington in 1776 said we have got to beg for forgiveness, humiliation fast and pray and beg the Lord to be on our side or we’re never going to beat the British. This is the first time that he really did this. It’s a very important day. We’ll explain what happened because ‑‑ what I believe because of that in a few minutes and I also want to introduce you to somebody who has written a new book that ‑‑ and I just started to tell him this story. Tim Ballard is with us and I want to tell you the story of how this book ‑‑ why this book is important to me and why it should be important to you. About two years ago ‑‑ correct me if I’m wrong, Pat. Wasn’t it about two years ago? It was before we went ‑‑ it was before we went to Israel.

PAT: Yeah, I think so.

GLENN: Maybe a year and a half ago. I went to some of the biggest scholars on American history, and Peter Lillback, who is a George Washington ‑‑ he probably knows more and has more record of what George Washington said and wrote about when it concerns God than anybody else. He’s probably the biggest name in George Washington religious information. And I called a few of these professors and researchers up and I said, listen, I have a theory. I have a theory that we made a covenant starting really with Columbus, really then again, it really took shape with the pilgrims. They honored that covenant. That gave us the generation of the founders. And with Whitfield coming over, he laid the groundwork to really cement it and George Washington and the founders made a covenant with God and it is the reason why we were founded, why we were protected and why Israel was established and we won’t make it because now we’ve accomplished that one task. The question is now, are we over because I believe all the founders saw it, they were laying the foundation, are we over or do we renew the covenant. Every single one of them said, you won’t be able to prove that, except for Peter Lillback. Peter Lillback said, Glenn, I can’t think of anything that says that that’s true. And I said, Peter, would you be willing to look into it? Just look into it. He called me three months later and he said, “Glenn, I can’t believe it. There’s a ton of evidence just from George Washington that that’s true, that that’s what he believed.” He actually published a little teeny book on the founders and Israel based on that theory. So now fast forward, Pat, when was it, fall of last year, some place? Yeah, because we were still in New York City.

PAT: Mmm‑hmmm.

GLENN: I hear about somebody who’s working on the covenant, the Founding Fathers. I hear about this separately. We get a phone call, Pat gets a phone call from somebody who knows you and says, Pat, you guys have got to get together with Tim Ballard because you won’t believe what he’s found. It’s exactly the same thing. You’ve done all the homework. You’ve done all of the research. This is not your field of expertise. This isn’t really even what you were setting out to do when you were going to write a book, right?

BALLARD: That’s right.

GLENN: What were you ‑‑ bring the microphone in to you. What exactly was your ‑‑ what is your goal of when you started to write this book or when you started to do the research? What were you doing?

BALLARD: Well, my background is kind of in the foreign policy apparatus. I work for the United States government. I do a lot of work overseas. And I was fascinated by the power for good that the United States is. I work in child exploitation and we ‑‑ I get to witness the greatness of this nation and liberating the oppressed overseas and abroad and I thought I’m going to ‑‑ you know, it kind of informed my research into the foreign policy side of things and so I wanted to look into that. I thought, hey, I’m going to write a couple of chapters on the founding to kind of set this up. Well, those couple of chapters turned into a whole book because I was absolutely shocked at what I found. The question I had is what is the power for good. I mean, 200 years ‑‑ I mean, this country’s an infant, 200 years old or so. Why are we so powerful? What I found was that word: The covenant. The founders knew of this covenant. It’s a covenant attached to the covenants of ancient Israel. They knew that power, they tapped into that power, and it worked.

GLENN: We were talking yesterday off air about the prayer at Valley Forge where George Washington gets down on his knees and he always prayed looking up, he always was praying up to God and he was very, very humble. And here he is in Valley Forge. He goes off into the woods by himself and he kneels down in the snow. He always knelt when he prayed and he spoke his ‑‑ he spoke his prayer. Unbeknownst to him, he thought he was alone, there was someone who was on the side of the British watching him.

BALLARD: Isaac Potts. That’s right. And he sees this. He feels this power. He feels the power of this covenant that Washington is making, this connection with heaven. He runs home to his wife and says we’re on the side of George Washington. I’m changing, I’m changing sides because we’re going to win this.

GLENN: He’s like, it’s over. For Great Britain, it’s over.

BALLARD: That’s right.

GLENN: You should have heard this man pray. And if this guy is praying and this is what ‑‑ he’s using the power of God ‑‑ it’s over. It’s an amazing story. Okay. So explain what the covenant is exactly.

BALLARD: The covenant ‑‑ well, really look at the Old Testament. The Old Testament establishes a covenant. God says to Israel, I will be your God and you will be my people. And he promises them liberty and protection, prosperity, if they adhere to him. If they turn their hearts to him. And there’s this story that develops in the Old Testament, a fascinating story. This story continues in the promised land of America.

GLENN: Do you have any doubt in your mind that Columbus, when he first went to Spain, he was so arrogant, he didn’t understand the covenant. But the second time when he went after living with the monks for a while, he was humble enough to understand the covenant and got it when he first came over.

BALLARD: He got it. And all you have to do is look in his book of prophecies, his diary. He named it this. He understood ‑‑ I mean, he understood things so profound, he understood that the connection to Israel. He believed that his discovery of this new world that he thought was the Indies, he believed that this was going to create something, start a chain of events that would actually ‑‑

GLENN: Reestablish Israel?

BALLARD: Exactly, exactly.

GLENN: Right. And that’s exactly the same thing that the pilgrims felt.

BALLARD: Exactly. The pilgrims get here, they call themselves the new Israel. John Winthrop gives the speech of American literature, the City on the Hill speech. That’s an invocation of the covenant. And he says in his writings, it’s a capital C, he puts the Covenant, the Covenant, we’re making a Covenant. We’re taking out a commission, he says. And he repeats the same pattern. It’s like reading the Old Testament all over again, reading American history. They name their towns after Israelite towns. Salem, for example, a derivative from Jerusalem, they name their children Hebrew names, they invoke the covenant and the miracles happen. The miracles immediately fall upon them.

GLENN: One of my favorite stories is George Washington makes this covenant, tells the American people, make the covenant on this day. I’ve asked people and I don’t know if you remember but I asked on this day, fast and pray, make the covenant with God, I’m fasting, praying, I’d love for you to join. Pray for the country, make the covenant with God because that’s what changed everything. Now, he did it twice. He did it here and then he did it again in July, right?

BALLARD: That’s right.

GLENN: Was it July?

BALLARD: That’s right.

GLENN: Made it in July. Tell me about, I find this, this is the first evidence that it is starting, it has an effect. If you read history and you read the journals on either side, the Battle of Long Island is the first sign of the miracles of God.

BALLARD: And it is an unbelievable miracle. I mean, look at this. George Washington, he’s a farmer. He’s got citizen soldiers with, you know, they barely know how to shoot a gun and they are going up against the world superpower. It was the largest naval fleet ever sent from one nation to another nation in that time in history. What’s he thinking? How in the world is he going to do this thing? He crosses the East River onto Long Island and they have their first major battle. Well, the Americans get routed and the British think, this is over. We’re going to win this thing. They’re laughing, as the colonists were running back towards Manhattan for safety. A miracle happens.

GLENN: One of the reasons why they’re laughing is because this he know they have British warships in the river, behind the U.S. troops. So as Washington is coming in, the British warships are coming down the river and they are going to meet Washington from behind. So they’ll slaughter because they have them surrounded, they will slaughter them from both sides.

BALLARD: It’s the ultimate trap.

GLENN: Right.

BALLARD: It’s over, this revolution’s over. Washington tells the commanders, we’re going to cross the river. They say, how are we going to do this thing? Just trust me, we’re going to do it. When night falls, we’re going to do this thing. Night falls, and with that night comes an enormous windstorm that pushes these British ships out of the way and Washington makes the ‑‑ starts making the crossing. And then the wind shifts westerly to help facilitate this exodus, if you will. And then what’s happening? The sun’s going to come up, it’s going to expose this scheme and the British land ships will see it. It will be over. What happens? David McCullough explains it better than anyone I’ve found. As night ‑‑ as the sun comes up, a pea soup fog drops down right over where Washington’s crossing. Not so much on the Long Island side or the New York, Manhattan side, but right where Washington’s crossing.

GLENN: They are all ‑‑ they all say on their journals, nowhere else on the island, nowhere else in the area. Just over Washington’s troops.

BALLARD: And they make the escape. 20 minutes after they get to the other side, the fog dissipates and the British are standing there ‑‑

GLENN: Where did they go?

BALLARD: ‑‑ putting their hands on the air, “What on Earth just happened.”

Now, I want to say something else about May 17th. I just found this. May 17th John Witherspoon, an underrated founding father, one of the signers of the declaration, on May 17th he gave a speech to his congregation and he said, “We will win this war because the grand artist will utilize the elements.” And I kid you not, I’m not making this up. He said he will send. God almighty will send an unforeseen fog to halt the operations of the enemy. May 17th, the very day Washington’s fasting and praying for that very miracle, the fog comes. Absolutely stunning. And this is just one of I don’t know how many experiences that follow this pattern.

GLENN: Okay. So we’re going to take a quick break and then we’ll come back. You contend that we ‑‑ I contend that we broke the covenant.


GLENN: And that it can be made again, you contend. It’s really not that hard. Right?

BALLARD: We can reactivate the covenant, absolutely.

GLENN: Okay. Back in just a second with Timothy Ballard. The name of the book is The Covenant: One Nation Under God.

PAT: The American Covenant.

GLENN: Okay. All right.

BALLARD: Well, actually now it’s The Covenant.

PAT: It is The Covenant now? Okay.

GLENN: The Covenant: One Nation Under God. I think you were reading an earlier version of it.

PAT: I think so.

GLENN: The Covenant: One Nation Under God. Is it available everywhere?

BALLARD: It’s at Amazon right now.

GLENN: Okay.


GLENN: Okay. And I believe we have links also at Grab this book. You’ll learn so much about history and it all makes sense. When you read it, you’re like, “Oh, my gosh.” It’s what I’ve been saying for about a year and a half now. It’s not that hard. It’s really not that hard. There’s no way to win. Exactly what George Washington and the founders knew: There’s no way to win here, gang. You’re outnumbered, there’s no way to win. Yes, there is. Exactly the way Washington won. Exactly the same way. Using the same firepower. It is the only way to win. The Covenant: One Nation Under God. Today is the 17th, the day that Washington begged the American people, “Make the covenant. Make the covenant.” At least start the journey and learn what the covenant is historically speaking. It’s an amazing, amazing ride. We’ll give that to you here a little bit more here with Timothy Ballard in just a second.

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(OUT 11:22)

GLENN: Timothy Ballard is the author of the new book The Covenant: One Nation Under God, America’s Sacred Connection to Ancient Israel, and it is, it is stunning when you tie history together and you really look at what not somebody’s opinion but you look at their own words and the pattern of American history. It is always the same. We connect with God, we renew this covenant and there’s this moment of brilliance that moves us forward and then we get fat and lazy and it goes away and then there’s a flash of brilliance, and it happens every single time. It happened in the American Revolution. I contend we started to break the covenant about 1830, maybe a little bit before that, and the covenant wasn’t really, it wasn’t strong enough because of ‑‑ we still had the blood of slavery on our hands, and it started to fall apart. But it was the Christian movement, the covenant again that brought us forward with Abraham Lincoln. It’s what saved us.

BALLARD: That’s absolutely right. That’s absolutely right, yeah.

GLENN: Before we ‑‑ before we move forward, I want to go to the past. First let’s go to the ancient past.

PAT: Yeah, Tim, you say that almost every prophet of old, like Old Testament prophets prophesied, foresaw America. I don’t think a lot of people believe that.

BALLARD: Yeah, that’s right. That’s not a super popular idea.

PAT: No.

BALLARD: I hear a lot, I hear a lot that ‑‑

GLENN: America doesn’t exist, nowhere in the Bible.

PAT: Yeah.

BALLARD: Doesn’t exist in the Bible, therefore it’s going to disappear off the face. You know what? I have a very different idea, a very different theory. I believe that these ancient prophets knew of the promised land of America. I believe that ‑‑ well, there’s all sorts of prophecies about who the lost tribes would be and where they would go. And really you need to read the book to get the whole context. I won’t be able to do it in a quick interview. But I believe, and I believe the evidence is strong, that there ‑‑ that God led migrations out of Israel and that they ‑‑ he led them to the promised land of America. This was another exodus of sorts.

GLENN: The pilgrims believed it, Columbus believed it.


GLENN: All of them believed they were completing the journey that Moses started. All of them.


GLENN: All of them.

BALLARD: Absolutely. And they called George ‑‑ I mean, when George Washington came to town, they called him their Moses.

GLENN: Yeah.

BALLARD: Their Joshua. This was a theme that, yeah, this isn’t so much my idea ‑‑

GLENN: This goes ‑‑

BALLARD: ‑‑ as it was the pilgrims’ idea.

GLENN: This goes to Bruce Feiler’s book. Do you remember Bruce Feiler’s?

BALLARD: American Prophet.


BALLARD: Awesome book.

GLENN: Yeah, awesome book.


GLENN: Here’s a guy who’s Jewish that says look at the role of Moses every single time in American history. It’s Moses. It is the completion ‑‑ the Statue of Liberty is Moses.


GLENN: It is ‑‑ she’s holding the two tablets of the law. It’s Moses breaking the chains of slavery. That’s what that is.

BALLARD: And Bruce’s book is also complemented by another book. I don’t know if you heard of a book called The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn.

GLENN: I have heard of that. I don’t think I’ve read it.

BALLARD: Best selling book. Him and I have been talking this week. He says the same thing. He’s also, he’s a Messianic Jew, runs the Jerusalem Center, he has a ministry. Unbelievable book. Says the exact same thing that I’m saying. The covenant has been extended from Israel, from ancient Israel to America.

GLENN: If you look at the ark of history, there had to be a plan to restore Israel and it’s my contention that we were that piece. We were that plan. We’ve done it. Now the question is, we’ve done our job. Are we done as a nation? More in a second.

(OUT 11:31)

GLENN: We have Timothy Ballard on. He is the author of a book called The Covenant. He will be on with me tonight on GBTV and we’ll get into a lot more specifics. And this is really important. And look, we have ‑‑ we have lost stations, we have lost, you know ‑‑ we’ve lost friends, you name it because I really truly believe that God is the answer. I don’t care what religion you are; God’s the answer. It’s the only way out. George Washington knew it. We can play the little PC game all you want, but it’s not going to change the answer. And because I truly believe it, I’ll say it. And if it means that, you know, that’s the last thing you ever hear from me, okay, that’s the last thing you ever hear from me. It’s the truth. It’s the truth. April 30th is a very important day. Today is a very important day in history, May 17th. This is the day that George Washington said make a covenant with God. America, please get on your knees and make a covenant for divine protection for this American experiment because we’re never going to win. And he said, fast and pray. I’ve asked you in the past if the you would join us on this day, May 17th and fast and pray for the one specific reason. Please, we’ll be your people. We’ll turn our hearts to you if you’ll just protect us. We’ll do what you say if you please protect us. That’s the covenant that George Washington was talking about.

Now Timothy Ballard has the book out The Covenant and it is a theory that you’re not going to get any place else and it’s really, I mean, you weren’t even looking for this, were you?

BALLARD: I was not, no.

GLENN: It’s not really even a theory. It’s theory that we can restore it, I guess. I believe we can. But it’s not theory. It’s historic fact on this, what this means.

BALLARD: It’s their words and their actions, I’m speaking of the founders, absolutely.

GLENN: Got it. So tell me about April 30th. Why is April 30th an important day?

BALLARD: April 30th should be a national holiday. April 30th was a day of covenant‑making in this land like nothing else perhaps we’ve ever seen as far as covenant‑making goes. This is the day George Washington took his oath of office. It’s the picture that we’re utilizing for the cover of the book. What happened on that day in that moment will blow your mind. It blows my mind. First of all, a proclamation goes out a week before: Come to Federal Hall in New York City. That’s where the capital was at the time. Come and see your president take his oath and come ready to pray. This was the press sending this out. At 9:00 a.m. the bells will ring in the city. Go to your house of worship and pray that God will accept this land as his.

GLENN: You’re probably one of the very few besides David Barton and me that get teary‑eyed talking about this stuff.

BALLARD: I do. I get emotional. And then what happens? It’s not over yet. George Washington comes out and takes his oath, raises his arm in the fashion of a covenant‑maker and places his hand on the Bible. But not just on the Bible but in the Bible. Where in the Bible? Historians muse at where he placed his hand because they think for a deliberate man like Washington, who knew posterity was watching, why in the world did he just flip that book open and put his hand anywhere? He didn’t just put it just anywhere. Pat talked to me about, asked me about the ancient prophecies of Israel. I can’t ‑‑ I don’t have time to explain it. You’ve got to read it. It’s better to discover it through reading the whole context of everything. Where he placed his hand told the world and the nation that he understood the covenants of Israel and he understood this covenant had been imported by the founders into the United States of America.

GLENN: If I’m not mistaken, one other president has opened the book, opened the book in exactly the same page and did exactly the same thing. Do you know this?

BALLARD: I don’t. I don’t know this one.

GLENN: Ronald Reagan.


GLENN: First term.

BALLARD: This is a man, Ronald Reagan, who understood the covenant.

GLENN: Yes. It’s a guy who then got out there and said it’s an evil empire.


GLENN: And it needs to be destroyed.

BALLARD: Yes. A little hint. I’ve found that those presidents who back, who back Israel ‑‑ I’m talking about the nation state of Israel today ‑‑ always are the ones who understand the covenant. Those who don’t back Israel do not understand the covenant.

GLENN: Harry Truman did.

BALLARD: Harry Truman understood the covenant. He’s in my book because he understood it so well.

GLENN: Yeah.

BALLARD: But the day continues on April 30th. It’s not over yet. Washington after he does this thing, invokes the covenant, the people go are there praying. He goes in ‑‑

GLENN: Hang on. He also added to the oath ‑‑


GLENN: ‑‑ “so help me God.”

BALLARD: So help me God.

GLENN: That was an ad lib from him.

BALLARD: Absolutely. He did this thing and then he walks in and he gives what I call the Smiles of Heaven speech which is what? An invocation to the covenant. He said the smiles of heaven can never be expected upon a nation that disregards the rules of order and right, which heaven itself has ordained. That’s a quote from this speech. He says other things invoking the covenant, clear invocation. Then it’s not over yet. He calls the government, the senators, their representatives, newly elected, takes them down to the street and they walk. They march. It’s a procession, a religious procession. And where do they go? Where does Washington lead them? To St. Paul’s chapel. The first joint session of congress is now upon them.

GLENN: Okay. Hang on just a second. It’s important to know on that walk there were all faiths.

BALLARD: Absolutely.

GLENN: There was everyone arm in arm. All faiths walking arm in arm intentionally. They’re all walking together in ‑‑ to worship God. All of them.

BALLARD: Absolutely.

GLENN: I bring this up because right now there are so many people that are like, “Oh, I can’t ‑‑ well, no, not with you, not because of that. No, well, they’re not of my faith.” That’s crazy talk. Stop it. Stop it.

BALLARD: And this was a huge theme, what you’re talking about with George Washington. He talked about it all the time, that every religious sect in this nation needs to be upheld, needs to be given their due freedom, and that was ‑‑ that was key to him and to his understanding of the fruit of this covenant, that all religions. And so he leads them in to St. Paul’s chapel and they bow and they pray and they dedicate the land to God. I mean, this day is completely a religious day. It’s a religious service, and we do ourselves a disservice by pretending that it was just some token acknowledgment of God, that you might quote Washington here or there. No. The whole entire day of his Inauguration Day was the day that the covenant was further established, was recognized by the nation. And why on Earth I had to dig so deep, I had to find primary sources to find all this stuff, because our historians aren’t doing the job.

GLENN: Oh, no. They are doing worse than that. They are erasing all of it. They are erasing all of it.

BALLARD: There are scholars, I get so frustrated. I start yelling and my wife has to calm me down. I read their books and I see ellipses in the quote and I went, what did he pull out? I go look at the original source, it’s all the focus of the statement. And it was all about God. What are we doing?

GLENN: Well, you have that with the president. That all men are endowed with certain unalienable rights. Wait, there’s a dot‑dot‑dot there. I mean, there’s more dots than there are words.

BALLARD: We cannot take God, we cannot take God out of this nation. It’s a slap in His face. And we’ll lose the blessings.

GLENN: Okay. So tonight I’m going to have you on and we’re going to talk about how ‑‑ what the covenant is specifically and how to make it again and what we need to demand of ourselves. And also, if you will, spend some time on what page he opened the Bible to. I just ‑‑ I just showed Timothy something, just got this yesterday. David Barton hand‑delivered this yesterday to me. This is ‑‑ what I’m holding in my hand is a Bible, and everybody says, “Government, it’s ‑‑ we’re not Christian nation.” This is a Bible printed by the congress of the United States of America in 1772. This is the Bible that was printed for the American Revolution. So we don’t know the providence on this particular one. This might have been in the hands of Knox, it might have been in the hands of Washington. We don’t know who the hands that had this Bible, but this was the one that was given to the revolutionaries. This was for congress. There’s eight of these in existence. Anybody who doesn’t think that they cared or that they were Christian or that they didn’t ‑‑ that they weren’t paying attention to God, we’ve now made this into magic tricks. We’ve made this into folklore and magic tricks. It’s not. It’s not. It’s very clear. It’s a simple formula: Two plus to equals four. You plus a covenant equals security. Prosperity. Peace. That’s the way it is. It’s just that simple. Join me tonight on for more with Timothy Ballard. The name of the book again is The Covenant available everywhere. It’s available on You can find links to it at Also we’ll have more on coming up today and GBTV tonight. The Covenant. A book you must get by Timothy Ballard.

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    All too true we have forgotten and decried the covenant we made with God at the founding of our nation. Each of us are guaranteed in the Constitution the freedom of worship, or not to worship as we so choose true; yet it is that by the guidance of Providence itself we have been spared so much chaos and evil that plagues the world daily for such a long time.

    Now though, the time is at hand when the choice has to be made, return to God or into the night of slavery and serfdom from which we may not arise again? Which will it be?

    For me and my house we will serve the Lord and I will never willingly bow to any man at any time.

  • Corran Horn

    I want to read this book.  

  • jolly lama

    According to Jonathan Cahn in his book the Harbinger (or the Warning), the supposed exact location of the covenant between Washington/America and God was at the corner of ground zero in that little church that was spared. Like the ancient nation of Israel before us we have already started to lose God’s blessings because of our defiance against God. Our so called leaders actually publicly quoted Isaiah 9:10 as a verse of comfort, while in actuality that verse is a verse of Judgement.. pretty crazy, you tube it.. check it out.

  • gabriel

    Amazing Interview! I can’t wait to read this book! Thanks Glenn and thank you Mr. Ballard!

  • Alamaba Casieda

    I agree with Glenn that the founders were committed to God and committed the nation to God, but there’s a couple of important considerations regarding the idea that there is a Covenant with God:

    1.  A covenant (as generally understood in the middle-east and Israel) can only be made by the greater party with a lesser party.  Since humans are automatically the lesser party to God, we cannot make a Covenant with God.

    2.  A lot of the ideas talked about in this interview are straight out of Mormon beliefs.  In fact, Timothy Ballard is a Mormon.  I totally support Mormon’s in their right to believe whatever it is they want to believe, but I myself do not agree with these beliefs as they appear to be too focussed on process, history, philosopy and not enough on Faith.  However, this is only my opinion and I do not, will not, and cannot (nor do I want to) pass judgement on their point of view.  But I think it’s important for people to understand where these ideas originate and understand the theology underlying these ideas.

    3.  Instead of trying to form an impossible covenant with God, it would be more humbling and faithful for us to focus on praying to God and ask God to guide ourselves as individuals and to guide our nation.  Renew your relationship with God and accept that God runs the show.  Have faith that God will move events, ideas, and people to rightousness as He determines is necessary and appropriate.  Focus your energy on living your life as a person of faith in God and Jesus Christ (or at least live like Jesus lived – since no matter what your beliefs, he did live his life as a righteous person).  Have faith that regardless of what happens to America, it will be as God decides and in the end the righteous will be with God, forever.

    • jim

      nice, insightful response. what is the lesser party’s equivalent to a covenant. beings how that is what we generalize in seeking with God?

      • Alamaba Casieda

        I think you may be thinking of an Oath, perhaps?  Jesus advised against making Oaths.  The reason is that an Oath (or a Covenant) implies that you have control and authority.  A Relationship with God involves the recognition that only God has true Control and Authority.  When you make an Oath, God may challenge you for the purpose of illustrating and teaching you His Authority (and who can stand up to a challenge from God?).   

        The best way to seek God is through prayer and Faith.

        One thing I observe is that Mormons (LDS), through their commitment to living righteously, appear to be very Blessed by God because of this.  Even though their theology seems questionable as to the truth of it’s specifics, dogma, processes, etc…. God appears to be doing this as a demostration of His authority.  This being – He can take anyone and make them Righteous.  In doing this, He’s trying to teach us that it isn’t theological details and religious customs, dogma, and processes that matter to Him as much as it is the commitment to and love of God.

        Such a commitment will inevitably lead you to the Salvation of Jesus Christ (in whatever way God so chooses).

    • Anonymous

      Did you know there are 168 references to “covenant” in the Old Testament and 36 references in the New Testament? That is a total of 204 references in the Bible.  An example from Genesis 9:

      9 And I, behold, I [God] establish my covenant with you [Noah], and with your seed after you;10 And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

      This sounds like God making covenants with mere mortal men to me. Could there be two meanings to the word covenant? A Godly meaning and a man-made meaning?

      • Alamaba Casieda

        Actually, you’re illustrating my point.  God made the covenant with Noah.  Noah did not make the covenant with God.  If you look at all those references, I believe you’ll find that they refer to God making covenants with man, not the other way around.

        • Jordon McKee

           Alamaba, you’re only looking at part of what a Covenant is.  The Covenant was made with Abraham but has been “re-activated” over and over for the past few thousand years from Abraham to us.  God doesn’t need to make a Covenant with us because it was already made.  It is us that has to activate the Covenant by accepting it and its terms.  Mr. Ballard and Mr. Beck clearly explain this when they’re talking about this book and it’s factually true.
          A good study of covenants in the scriptures will easily inform you of what I just explained.

        • Lexi Cain

          A covenant is a two-way promise made forever and always by God to bless his children on earth and in heaven.  It’s effects are as follows: We remain faithful and obedient to his laws and he promises us blessings of prosperity, protection, freedoms, joy, happiness and peace and ultimately, eternal life.  This promise, or covenant follows God’s pattern of order.  Just as in Physics there is a natural order of the elements, Gods pattern follows a spiritual order; hence, our disobedience to his commandments and forgetfulness of him draws his spirit away from us and leaves us alone in our efforts to accomplish our lives journey and mission on earth, but our obedience to his laws bring us closer to him and allow him to actualize his part of the covenant.
          This is the most basic of covenants.  There are many levels of covenants.  The covenant mentioned above was given to the children of Israel of old and continues through their blood to we their children today.  It is true that this covenant was made by God to his children, however, there are many other religious sacred covenants where the children make a covenant with God.  
          If the blessings of prosperity, protection and freedoms were given to all of God’s children, why then are there so many oppressed people in the world? Why is it that many of God’s children are denied the free agency of religious choice?  It’s plain to see that somewhere along the road, some of God’s children didn’t keep their part of the covenant God made with their fathers and so their blessings of freedom, prosperity and protection were taken away.  
          One of Satan’s greatest tools is the beguile men of power and authority to lead men away from their unalienable right to God’s covenant for all mankind.  This causes the very freedoms, protections and prosperity God intends to bless his children with to be withdrawn, thus causing wars, decline in economic stability and loss of rights, and protection for ourselves and others.
          We must return to faith, remember God and keep his commandments if we are to receive the great blessing this nation was founded upon.  If we do not believe this to be true then we must study history and ask ourselves questions instead of questioning God.  He has never really left us through this covenant…..we have left him.   Let’s RETURN, he’s waiting to bless us.  

    • Anonymous

      Is baptism not a covenant one makes with God? I believe that we mere mortals can most certainly make a covenant with God!  There have been conditional and unconditional covenants. Conditional covenants require two parties. Some of God’s covenants require obedience and repentance. 

      • Alamaba Casieda

        By being Baptised, you are entering into the Covenant made by Jesus Christ.  Hence, the Covenant was established by God.  You are becoming part of that Covenant by your baptism. 

        • Alamaba Casieda

          Also, I appologize if I appear to be arguing the trivial.  What I’m trying to explain is that it is God which makes us righteous, we cannot make ourselves righteous.  Be sure that whenever you enter into any agreement with God it is with the understanding that you are asking God to uphold your love for Him, not you upholding your righteousness through your own will.  Then, with that understanding, you pursue righteousness with the humility of embracing God’s authority over you.  In this way, you can have Faith that God will Uphold your love for Him and make you as righteous as He needs you to be.

          • Samuel Peck

            From what I see, Beck and Ballard would both agree with your main point: that God is the one who truly establishes the covenant.  we need to remember that all we are able to do i by his grace.  Bragging about what God allowed us to accomplish, or rather, what God accomplished through us, is a little like if a little child brags about finishing his whole dinner if his mom made it and his dad earned the money to buy the ingredients.
            Am I getting at your point?  I think that you had a very valid point, and not a trivial one, though I admit, I didn’t see what you were getting at until I read the comment I’m replying to.

  • Anonymous

    Beck proves again and again that, if were up to him, he would make America a fundamentalist country. You know, like Iran.

    • greywolfrs

      You are stupid.

      • Anonymous


    • Daniel Skaza

      Its because of people like you this nation is falling from grace

      • Anonymous

        Save me your self-righteousness.

      • Anonymous

        I am a Christian, but I do not for one second think my atheist friends are making God punish America. The notion is absolutely ridiculous.

    • Anonymous

       Good idea Mahmoud..Only hope for America is to  make it a Christian fundamentalist nation again .You know like it used to be before all the liberal fudgepacken child killers took over the school system and the government.

      • Anonymous

        How’s life being a racist prejudicial bigot?

        • Anonymous

          Not approving of evil liberal thought and lifestyle is a blessing.Hopefully someday you will be able to understand this.

          • Anonymous

            Bet you love the artwork of Jon McNaughton.

    • Tyndale Israel

      there is another way to look at it–but i am not a fan o mormonism:

      Alexis de Tocqueville, (1805-1859) the French social philosopher visited America to discover the reasons for our incredible success. “Democracy in America” (1838)

      “Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things.

      In France, I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country.

      Religion in America…must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country; for if it does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of it. Indeed, it is in this same point of view that the inhabitants of the United States themselves look upon religious belief.

      I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion — for who can search the human heart? But I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions. This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or a party, but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society.

      In the United States, the sovereign authority is religious…there is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.

      In the United States, the influence of religion is not confined to the manners, but it extends to the intelligence of the people…

      Christianity, therefore, reigns without obstacle, by universal consent…

      I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors…; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.

      Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.

      America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

      The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom.

      The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other

      Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts — the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.”

      “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

      –John Adams

      • FiineTapestry

        You are just full of empty statement, you know, the kind you have to believe only because someone said them with confidence and (faux) authority. You are probably one of those people who think that if you do not believe in a religion, and more to the point, Christianity, one would be led to believe anything… and by the same token, believe good is bad and bad is good. Well, good luck with those simplistic and reductionistic dogmas, I bet they are pretty popular with the youth, who actually believe in the logical way to goodness, and not on the repetition of worn-out empty statements. (need an example? just listen to yourself: “America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Tautological nonsensical dogma, if you ask me… and it seems you did.)

        • Tyndale Israel

          um, you need to do some research… I used to hold your ignorant point of view…

          “The gift of mental power comes from God, Divine Being, and if we concentrate our minds on that truth, we become in tune with this great power. My mother taught me to seek all truth in the Bible.”

          –Nikola Tesla

          “(modern science) was born out of a Christian worldview.”

          –J. Robert Oppenheimer “On Science an Culture”, Encounter, Oct. 1962

          “My worldly faculties are slipping away day by day. Happy it is for all of us that the true good does not lie in them.

          As they ebb, may they leave us as little children, trusting in the Father of Mercies and accepting His unspeakable gift.

          I bow before Him who is Lord of all.”

          –Michael Faraday, on his death bed, one of the greatest experimental philosophers, Doctorate from Oxford University, holding 97 unsought for distinctions who discovered Electricity

          “Education is useless without the Bible.”

          –Noah Webster, Webster’s Dictionary

          “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being.”

          –Sir Isaac Newton, Principia, Book 3

          “I think in the first place that it is very pious to say and prudent to affirm that the Holy Bible can never speak untruth—whenever its true meaning is understood.”

          –Galileo (Letter to Grand Duchess of Tuscany)

          “The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order which has been imposed on it by God, and which he revealed to us in the language of mathematics.”


          YT: Lee Strobel – The Case for the Resurrection

          YT: The Bible Is True! ~ The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict

          YT: Walter Veith (13) Battle of the Bibles /Total Onslaught

          youtube: The Resurrection Argument That Changed a Generation of Scholars – Gary Habermas at UCSB

          yt: Chuck Missler – How We Got Our Bible

  • Anonymous

    This is all just pure superstitious baloney.

    • Anonymous

      Can you refute any of the facts that Mr.Ballard presented?

      • Anonymous

        Facts are accurate. The claim that if we do not agree with his religious mentality the US falls from grace is the most ridiculous and bigoted thing I’ve ever heard. No matter where the idea came from. It is pure religious bigotry. I am a Christian, but I do not for one second think my atheist friends are making God punish America.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think God punishes us because because we have a few athiests, either. I also don’t think that Timothy Ballard or Glenn Beck believe that.

          But how can you as a christian think that God isn’t a little upset when we ignore what he has done for us? When we banish him from the public square and ignore the moral standards that are the fundamental roots of our laws?

          • Anonymous

            How? Because I don’t believe He does things for countries when they worship Him. Our relation with God is individual. How can God makes us pay for the sins of others. That is insane. One could easily make the argument he is trying our resolve in face of uncertainty, diversity, chaos, crisis and the rest of adjectives that characterize our times. Our resolve is not tested by how much we impose on other our beliefs, but on how they guide us through the wilderness (metaphorically speaking) You say “But how can you as a christian think that God isn’t a little upset when we ignore what he has done for us? When we banish him from the public square and ignore the moral standards that are the fundamental roots of our laws?” You make God sound like a petty vindictive child.

          • Anonymous

            Believe me, I understand individual salvation. But just because some of us are faithful to God doesn’t mean he won’t wash his hands of our country. In the Old Testament you can clearly see examples of God letting Israels enemies overtake and oppress them because they turned from him. Being faithful to God doesn’t garuntee earthly happiness.

          • Tyndale Israel

            Benjamin Franklin stood and addressed the Continental Congress with these words: “In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor….Have we now forgotten this powerful friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?

            I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”

        • America Or Obama

          Bigotry requires intolerance.

          Nothing said by Beck or Ballard implied the slightest intolerance of anyone holding different beliefs. There is nothing bigoted about believing facts, religious tenets or even superstition.You are free to believe that it was not God’s blessing in response to America honoring God’s covenant with man that made America the greatest power for good the world has ever known.  Not believing it does not make you a bigot anymore than believing it.But labeling someone a bigot that hold beliefs different from yours, when you don’t understand them or the meaning of bigot, does make you an idiot. 

  • Anonymous

    Go to Toms USA and GB in the old Testament fan page for information and promises

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I want this book.

  • Thomas Eric Melendy

    I would urge every GBTV viewer to read a couple of books that would really open your eyes to the very subject that the book “The Covenant” is touching on. Although I have not read it yet, from what I saw on the program, it is making the connection between ancient Israel and America. There are many books on the subject. At the time of our founding it was a widely excepted theory that not only was there a connection between ancient Israel, but WE ARE direct descendants of the Lost Northern Tribes of ancient Israel, who were taken into captivity in 721 B.C. by the Assyrians! Please read “Our Lost National Identity” by John Pinkston, and “Israel’s Tribes Today” by Steven M. Collins, or you can go to this link and read a short booklet on the subject. …. There is proven historical fact to back all of this up! Read how the people called Isaac’s Sons were later called Saxons! Learn how these people, over the course of 1000 years, migrated from the middle east, through the Caucasus mountains,(thus coining the term Caucasian), to populate Western Europe and to become the people who migrated to America,Canada, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.

    I have several books on the subject. They are out there, just not a mainstream idea. I even have one book on the subject written in 1907! “The Lost Tribes of Israel” by Reader Harris K.C.

    In closing, consider even the Archbishop of Canterbury and the British Royal family are reminded of their Israelite heritage in the coronation of every British monarch.
    The Coronation Prayer:

    O Lord,
    Who by anointing with oil
    Didst of old make and consecrate kings, priests
    and prophets
    To teach and govern the people of Israel,
    Bless and sanctify thy chosen Servant,
    Who by office and ministry is now to be
    Anointed with this oil and Consecrated King
    (or Queen) of this realm.

    Our ancestors realized this, and that is why George Washington placed his hand on Genesis 49:13 as he took the presidential oath of office in 1789.
    “Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea;
    He shall become a haven for ships, And his border shall adjoin Sidon.”

    Zebulun was one of the Lost Northern Tribes of ancient Israel!

  • Anonymous

    Not for nothing, but OBAMA IS THE ONLY LEADER EVER OVER ISRAEL BY THE SEED OF JOSEPH, NOT JUDAH(Gen.48:16) to be considered the “FORBIDDEN FOREIGNER”(Deuteronomy 17:15) over Israel by the seed of Joseph in 6,000 years! Did I also mention that Obama is a self-professed “ANTI-CHRIST”(MARXIST by definition) over U.S. too? I don’t even want to get into the fact that the  English have been marxist in their philosophy during all of the 1900’s and probably the reason our CIA sponsored the British music invastion in the 60’s too. Food for thought. Just saying…

  • Chuck Staff

    “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty” – Thomas Jefferson

  • Anonymous

    The idea that somehow making a “covenant” with God places America in a special category is specious.  There are many, good and evil, who have entered into a “covenant” with God.  This is an argument you have to give a rest.  As for Alamaba’s argument that a covenant is from God while this may be true it doesn’t mean diddly squat unless someone accepts it.  A covenant is not a one way street.  To properly understand God’s intent, history and man’s role it can be a useful context to consider Plato’s proposition that time is the moving image of eternity.  I don’t mean to be obtuse but these are ideas that need a full tome to explore.

  • Jo Ann Herd

    Years ago I read The American Covenant THE UNTOLD STORY  by Marshall Foster and Mary=Elaine Swanson copyright 1981 by the Foundation for Christian Sef-Government.

  • Stephen Mccomb

    Beck’s a Mormon and, though he makes no mention of it in his
    bio, so is the author of this book. Of course if you know anything about
    The Book of Mormon and the claims of its author, Joseph Smith, it will
    come as no surprise that America *IS* Zion.

    Then again these are the same folks who believe the Garden of Eden was located somewhere around Jackson County, Missouri, so go figure.

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