Dispensational goal for the Book:
The goal of this book is to draw dispensational teachers together in order to send a clear message as to the dispensational teaching of Scripture. Hopefully drawing together teachers and their teachings, giving the correct understanding of scripture for laymen and laywomen, and providing a clear understanding of God’s truth, so one can make correct decisions of faith and sanctification from a dispensational approach. Biblical understanding will give needed accuracy, opening the eyes, giving answers why covenant theologians with their replacement Theological teachings have errors.
The end results will bring the symmetry and unity of the Bible together, bringing many individuals to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus in this time of history. The intellectual is observing Bible teachers, and looking for a clear exposition of Scripture, challenging believers to be consistent and accurate in their teaching. There will be some who will come to the understanding of the symmetry of God’s word from a dispensational view and accept it, and even after reading, others will reject God's truths and the dispensational teaching because of the darkness of their heart. Hopefully, even those who reject the truth will have a correct knowledge of God’s Word in their rejection.
The believers on the other hand will see the symmetry of God’s Word, revealing His working down through history and giving a clear, consistent, and accurate understanding of the progressive truths of Scripture. With the understanding of the dispensations of Scripture, it will be like coming from behind a dark curtain into the room and seeing the whole picture in the light of faith, which they have been living, and their need to adjust personal living so they can live to the glory of God.
The secondary goal that comes from understanding the dispensations will be an understanding of prophecies, relating to the church called His Body, the future of Israel as a Nation, and the need for individual Jewish people to accept their need of salvation today, the acceptance of Jesus, the Messiah, the Lord God our Savior. Clarifying to the Jewish man or woman today their future hope, either to be raptured or to experience the events after the Rapture of the Body of Christ.
Hopefully there will be an understanding of the seven dispensations, and their seven Keys or Principles that is common to each dispensation, and their relationship to the covenants. I hope to be able to show how covenants and dispensations work together in the progression of God’s working, bringing them to salvation through the Redemptive Covenant, and the workings of a dispensation that runs from eternity passed to eternity future.
The salvation of man comes from God's mercy and grace, working through trust and faith. God's gift and working of salvation was accomplished through the Lord Jesus Christ that was fully provided by Him alone, and given as a gift to humanity for deliverance from personal depravity and sin, Romans 5; 6:23; Titus 3:5, and Ephesians 2:8-9.
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The Seven Dispensations in God's Plan, revealed in the Bible.
Dispensational truths give understanding to the Bible. It relates to all humanity since creation, and will continue to the end of the world. The dispensations show the symmetry of God’s working and preservation. He has accomplished this through His Word, which is awesome and liberating to learn.
Sometimes the word dispensation has been a puzzling term to the Bible student. The word is not complicated, and once the word is understood, it becomes clear. Some of our modern translations of the Scripture have used the word administration to translate the original Greek word dispensation. Both words relate to an economy with rules for a society that governs it for a time. Dispensation and administration terms have a stewardship responsibility in carry out the rules of the Leader.
The stewards make up the stewardship of an institution. The organized institution has a chain of command, creating the order in the operation. A dispensation is not controlled by time, but the success of the economy. However, if the economy does not fail, there would not be a need for a new one. The steward’s responsibility was, and is to execute the dispensation according to God’s design.
The spiritual stewardship makes up the spiritual believers, responsible to the eternal God, and His eternal Kingdom. There are always two kingdoms operating at the same time, the physical and the spiritual. The physical is temporal and the spiritual is eternal. In eternity past, God designed the Redemptive Covenant to provide eternal life working in dispensations. Man’s response to the redemptive work of God, determines where a person will spend his eternal existence. The eternal existence for believer is Heaven, the Kingdom of God, and the lost will be with Satan in the Lake of Fire, experiencing their eternal spiritual punishment, damnation.
Dispensations or administrations recorded in the Bible are the spiritual governments that God has used since creation to administer His Redemptive Covenant, and save whosoever will receive its provisions.
There are seven dispensations and seven guiding principles in each dispensation. Six of the dispensations on this earth ended, or will end in failure, but with each failure God continues to shows His long-suffering towards humanity with His love, mercy and grace to all, who by faith and through faith in Him have been spiritually transformed. This is in accord with the Biblical revelation He has given in each dispensation.
See the seven dispensations on the enclosed chart and their order of governing.
The Dispensation of Innocence, starts in Genesis 1:1, running through chapter three and lasts for about 100 years.
The Dispensation of Conscience, starts at the fall revealed in Genesis three, and runs through chapter eight. This period of time is about 1200 years since creation.
The Dispensation of Human Government, starts with the events around the building of the Ark of Noah, Genesis 6:9, and running through 11:11-26. Very little detail is given of the time from creation to the end of this dispensation. The number of years are somewhere between 1900 to 2000 years.
The Dispensation of Promise, starts with the choosing of Abraham, Genesis 11:26. This dispensation spans somewhere around 2000 years, and many details have been given for believers of all the dispensations to live responsibly, as the elect of God in holiness, righteousness, and justice.
The Dispensation of Grace, starts at the end of Acts 7:54, and goes to the Rapture for believers, I Thessalonians 4:13-18. All the nonbelievers will go through the tribulation judgment, and be killed before or will die in the Battle of Armageddon. Thirteen of the New Testament books are directly written for this dispensation by the Apostle Paul. His Epistles gave the specific rules of this administration, (Romans through Titus). Today’s dispensation has been in existence for over 2000 years.
The Dispensation of the Kingdom, starts at the Rapture, and will transition through the preparation time of the Nation of Israel, getting ready for the Messiah’s return. Culminating at the Battle of Armageddon where Jesus Christ takes the throne of David, and ruling the earth for 1000 years, Revelation chapter one through twenty.
The Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, starts at the end of the Battle of Gog and Magog. Ephesians 1:10, and Revelation 20:7-20, through 22, which reveals the transition into eternity, from the ‘Great White Throne Judgment’, and the New Heaven and Earth.
The seven dispensations guiding principles in each dispensation are:
1. The universal truths that never change,
2. The rules that are modified for the new dispensation,
3. The rules that are new, and not given before in the preceding dispensation or dispensations,
4. The institution ordained for the stewardship of the dispensation,
5. The failure of the dispensation,
6. The transition runs from the failure within a dispensation to the full operation of the new dispensation. The old dispensation is decreasing, and the new one is increasing until it takes full control.
7. The punitive judgment on the dispensation that failed, the Punitive Judgments are not reversible, and we see the change in the institution of the steward.
(The illustration from the extra-large greater than sign, Eternity Past> and goes to the ending extra-large greater than sign, >Eternity Future) represents this world’s existence and the working of all the dispensations. The Bible from the book of Genesis through Revelation reveals the teaching and works of God.
The red line represents the Redemptive Covenant and its fulfillment. The solid red line begins back in eternity past, and starts breaking at the point of sin entering this world. This broken line represents the time when the offering of animal sacrifices was for the covering a person's sin, until the finished work of Jesus Christ, which forgives sin and the sinner.
The rectangular diagram between the extra-large greater than signs, > > shows the seven dispensations and their order of occurrence. The dispensations on the chart have numbers from one to seven, with their corresponding names below the rectangle. Below each name are some of the details within that dispensation. The chart at its far right, show where people will spend their eternity. This will be either heaven for those who have received God’s provision for salvation, or the Lake of Fire for those who have rejected His provision, Romans 10:9-13, John 1:12, I John 5:9-14, I Peter 1:3-5, John 3:18-21, and Romans 3:23, 6:23.
Today’s Dispensation Hidden - The mystery dispensation was hidden in God from the other dispensations. It was not prophesied until fully revealed through the Pauline Epistles, Ephesians 3:1- 9, Romans 16:25, and Colossians 1:25, 26.
The Names given to a Dispensation:
The dispensations have been given names by dispensationalists, to show a major aspect in which identifies God's plan for the dispensation. The words used in the title describe a particular truth about that dispensation. From the beginning of that dispensation you can see this particular truth operating in the dispensation as a major theme.
In the Dispensation of Innocence, man was innocent before sin and death began after sin, Genesis 1:2, 2:15-17, 25, and Romans 5:12-21.
The name the Dispensation of Conscience, was given to this dispensation because right after Adam and Eve sinned, they demonstrated that their consciences began to work, and continues to operate in every person from that time forward. Conscience now became the major way man became responsible directly to God in their actions and response. They felt evil and good, for their conscience became alive convicting them of good and evil, Genesis 3:6-11, 4:4-7, 24-34, 6:5.
The Dispensation of Human Government: Noah was given the dispensational rules, for the new dispensation where humanity was commissioned and given the right, and responsibility to govern their affairs in holiness, righteousness and with justice, Genesis 4:9-16; 6:9-11.
The Dispensation of Promise started with Abram. He and his descendants were given promises, and were to set up a kingdom nation that the Savior who was one of his offspring, would come to earth, the Savior, God incarnate was one of the promises given, Genesis 12:1-3, 13:14-17, 15:1-21, 17:1-27, and Galatians 3:15-18.
The Dispensation of Grace – This name was given because the Apostle Paul used this term in, Ephesians 3:2. It describes the grace of equality offered to all people, forming the Body of Christ, or the new entity (organism), Ephesians 1:11-14, 2:15, and Acts 7-13 cf. Ephesians 3:1-9. The equality dispensation was a mystery not before prophesied or revealed. When the Nation of Israel rejected its stewardship of the New Covenant, God revealed this new dispensation, Acts 13:46-48, 18:4-6, 28:23-31, Romans 16:25-27, Ephesians 3:1- 13, and Colossians 1:25-27.
The Dispensation of the Kingdom - Jesus Christ will rule sitting on the throne of David ruling the earth, I Samuel 12:12, II Samuel 7:11-16, 22-26, II Chronicles 7:14-18, Psalm 2:1-12, 110:1-7, Isaiah 9:6, 7, and Revelation 19:6.
The Dispensation of the Fullness of Time – Wording is taken from Ephesians 1:10, and from the original Greek text. Everything will be completed in God’s eternal Kingdom, redemption experienced, having no end, and it is eternal, with a new heaven and a new earth, Psalm 103:19-22, Revelation 21:1-8, 22:1-21, and I Corinthians 15:24-28.
PDF Chart 01- The Seven Dispensations
The Understanding of Dispensational Theology and its importance.
Today there is an unstable approach in studying scripture, in Christendom that leads to error, and many times causes confusion. I hope and pray that those who personally study doctrine, prophecy, and theology discovers the stabilizing truth found from an accurate scriptural, methodology, and an integral unity in a dispensational approach that it found in scripture.
The correct expounding of the truth with accuracy in teaching and writing are a great need in today’s world. The whole of Scripture is for humanity to live life correctly. Scripture is for our learning, there are numerous examples, and eternal principles given for us throughout the Bible. Living correctly includes a correct Dispensational approach when studying Scripture, II Timothy 3:16, Romans 15:4, II Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 3:2-4, Romans 16:24-26, and Colossians 1:24-26.
As you study this subject, the charts enclosed will help you comprehend the symmetry of God's Word, and prayerfully God will open your eyes, and you can experience an excitement of God's Word you have never known! Finally, the answers you have looked for, and how to make sense out of Scripture, will become clear. The study is written for laymen as well as professional Theologians and Pastors, in providing spiritual growth and understanding, Ephesians 4:11-25, II Timothy 2:2, II Timothy 3:14-16, and II Timothy 2:14-16. There is scriptural validation of a dispensational understanding, when seeking what the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit has spoken through humans, as recorded in Scripture, for it did not come from human invention, but God, II Peter 1:19-21.
Humanity’s Personal Relationship to God:
In the study on the dispensations, it is clearly seen, God has always provided the means for humanity’s salvation in each dispensation, revealing His working, and expressing the need for humanity in the appropriation of God's provision by receiving it by faith and obedience.
An example from the first and second dispensations:
Adam and Eve could eat of the Tree of Life freely that God provided, but they chose to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. We read that after they sinned, they covered their own nakedness with leaves, which was their religious works. Their religion was not of blood therefore, non-sufficient to change their sinful circumstances, and afterwards God covered them by a blood sacrifice that He alone provided, it was the substitutional sacrifice for sin. Adam and Eve put aside their own covering of leaves that they had made, accepting God’s covering of animal skins, producing faith and repentance in the shedding of blood. God provided what was needed for the covering of sin, and they accepted His provision that was sufficient, meeting the justice required for a sin offering, resulting in transformation, Genesis 3, Hebrews 9:22, and Ephesians 1:5-7.
Adam and Eve did not deserve His forgiveness, but God in His love has always provided the only means. This way of forgiveness was provided by God, and completed in the finished work He provided through the Lord Jesus Christ, I John 5:9 -14, Romans 10:9-13, Acts 4:10-12, and I Corinthians 15:1-4. Those who accept responsibility on a personal base, for an inheritance of defilement, having a sinful nature, and appropriates confession by receiving Jesus Christ by faith that is brought about by repentance, becomes a child of His redemption, Romans 10:9-13, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:5-9, and Hebrews 11:6. Today without Jesus one cannot provide the means for forgiveness or receive forgiveness for themselves. Men and women perish due to their own refusal, and by efforts, created by their own choosing, "man-made religious works", instead of God's way, John 3:16-21.
Salvation is found in each dispensation, and together the dispensations show the truth, of how salvation has been at work throughout the history of humanity. Remember, God planned putting redemption into place before the foundation of the earth, and this plan goes throughout the history of humanity, Ephesians 1:1-6, and I Peter 1:20. Today if this has happened in your life, and you have been transformed - you can live the abundant life. God desires you to find the security through the study of His Word, discovering Him in His Word, and the truth in His creation, II Corinthians 5:17-21.
God's perfect love should drive the lost, and redeemed to a ‘want to’ know all there is about eternal salvation, and His ways and works, II Corinthians 5:14. In God’s foreknowledge, He has predestined (predetermined) by calling us, and justifying us by the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, elevating us in our position now, and forever in our response to Him, Romans 8:12, 29-30, John 17, and I John 4. As the redeemed, we have a responsibility to live as one set apart from the world's ungodliness, yet not isolating ourselves from the world, but giving testimony in actions, with words of godliness, sharing the truths of God, living sanctified, and as His ambassadors, II Timothy 2:15, Hebrews 11:6, James 4:8, Romans 12:1,2, I Corinthians 5:9-11, and II Corinthians 5:13-22. God blesses those who know Him, and when one seeks to know Him personally, they discover the distinctiveness of the relationship, and the need to study the source of His revelation that is found in His words, the Bible.
Commissioned as a child of God we should know how to discover the truths found in the Scriptures, and the history that goes beyond salvation, giving clarity in our deportment, in our studying, teaching, and the preaching of God's works on His behalf, Hebrews 5:11- 6:1-2, II Timothy 3:16-17, and Romans 15:4. This is why Dispensational Theology is important, along with Practical Theology and the other studies of Systematic Theology. The word Theology is not a complex word, it means the study or teachings of God.
Today’s Confusions in Understanding Scriptures:
The understanding of the dispensations for today’s believer is not an optional undertaking, but dispensational learning gives clarity to the understanding of the systematic framework of God, since the beginning of time. Accuracy is very important in Biblical studies, not only for word studies, but also for understanding the paramount view of the workings of God, throughout history as recorded in the Bible, from the beginning of creation to the eternal end of all things. Every individual dispensation must be viewed along with the rest of the dispensations, in discovering the whole splendor of God’s complete plan. The result of a balanced, and accurate dispensational approach to truth gives harmony, and beauty to Biblical symmetry as it is revealed!
Stagnation, retardation, complacency, contentment without answers, rebelliousness should never be the end of ones owns knowledge of God!
Contentment should never be a choice when it comes to knowing the word of God, and discovering the truth found in the Scriptures. We need to examine God’s word when someone points us to a truth that we may have missed or have been misinformed to believe.
It is a lack of good judgment for one to disagree with another’s view of Scripture, or dismiss it without having a full understanding of the view. Remember that the Bible is God’s infallible word, inspired by the Holy Spirit. God in his transcendent nature, and holiness has revealed the truth of His workings to humanity, II Peter 1:19-21. The study of dispensations teach the revelation of God, and His entering into the world ordaining, and providing an orderly economy with leadership in bringing about His glory, Ephesians 3. God is outside the material universe, He is not limited, but in love He enters the world's affairs, holding all things together, and keeping record of the righteousness, justice, and holiness of humanity, Romans 5:5-9, John 3:16, I John 5:9-14, John 1:1,14, and Philippians 1:5-11. How awesome and beautiful is God's loving works for humanity.
Therefore, in this study of dispensations, seeking an accurate, and fair understanding of the truth is important when approaching the scriptures. Clearly endeavoring to acquire an understanding of a brother or sisters’ position in the Lord, will show respect enabling you to comprehend their scriptural position, before considering them in error.
Many today have not discovered the beauty and harmony that dispensational truths give to Biblical understanding. This is because of a ‘milk toast’ approach, or a ‘pick and choose’ interpretation of Scripture that produces confusion, due to preconceived ideas. However, knowing the key principles of dispensations will help keep a solid foundation when studying the Word of God. Just as there are seven dispensations. There are seven guiding principles within each dispensation. Studying these guiding principles for each dispensation gives understanding of God's plan and workings.
The 'milk toast' approach to scripture will never get one beyond salvation, it has caused many people to do only a superficial study in the Word of God, missing the foundation of Biblical truth. The milk toast approach caters to feelings over facts, and spiritualization that can be faulty. Practical Christian living and feelings are important, but they should never take the place exclusively to knowing God's word better. Believers are subjected to Satan, and the cults if they are not rooted in their knowledge, and maturity in the Scripture, II Corinthians 4:3-5, I John 4:1, and II Corinthians 11:13-15. The 'milk toast' approach leaves one vulnerable and open for wrong teachings of men and their traditions, Hebrews 5:11-16, 6:1-3, and Ephesians 4:14.
Many believers have not followed good exegesis in their discovery of God’s dispensational (administrations) truths throughout history, causing confusion, and errors as a result. The Covenant Theological points of view, seeks to unify the Bible on covenants only, or the Covenant of Redemption. Other focus on the Scripture as having only one dispensation, instead of seeing the seven unique dispensations revealed in God's total program. Others mix a dispensational view with a covenant approach to God's working out His plan, where others have mixed their dispensational view with the Covenant Theology instead of keeping dispensations and the covenants as two distinct entities. Some who espouse dispensations have no consistent guiding principles or guidelines. The correct dispensational approach with guiding principles in the study of dispensations, will show how to understand the distinctions, clearing-up the mistakes of interpretation.
A dispensation is not a covenant, and a covenant is not a dispensation; but both have a place in understanding the total of God's working. There are guiding principles making a dispensation just as there are principles making a covenant.
Other reasons for opposition are the threat to 'what they have always believed' (a flesh problem), and a sinful nature. At times it will be a direct attack by the enemy Satan, trying to keep one in confusion. Let us hope and pray as Paul did for the people of Ephesus that their eyes would be opened, Ephesians 1:15-16. The challenge is to study the scripture to see, if these facts are present as the Berea Jewish believers did in, Acts 17:10-12. One who studies God’s Word will find new strength and understanding to their personal life with a greater ability to apply Scripture.
A symmetrical, dispensational approach gives the understanding of events of the past, present and future of God's total plan. However, knowing about dispensations does not save anyone from their sin or give eternal life, but it does gives a clear understanding of God's desire that “whosoever will, could be saved.” Dispensations show how God brought redemption to earth for each period or economy in the history of the dispensation. And, how humanity was to express faith and obedience to the rules He ordained. Dispensations will show how humanity fails in the economy, and God’s long-suffering as He works in the failure into the next dispensation. A failed dispensation will have universal corporate sins, a transition and a punitive judgment brought about by humanity's failure.
The definition, of dispensation, and the way it is Translated in different Translations and Theology:
The definition of the term dispensation is important. It is a Biblical term used a number of times in Scripture, explaining God's total plan since creation, and this discipline should be included in Systematic Theology:
The Biblical definition of dispensation is the dispensing of the household rules of God, it is the economy operating. A dispensation's continuation is controlled by the success or failure of the economy. It is not governed by time, but God's long-suffering and the success of the economy.
Dispensation Strong’s Concordance:
1. NT: 3622 oikonomia (oy-kon-om-ee'-ah); from NT: 3623; administration (of a household or estate); specifically, a (religious) "economy" KJV - dispensation, stewardship. Luke 16:2, 3, 4; I Corinthians 9:17; Ephesians 1:10; 3:2, 9; Colossians 1:25, and I Timothy1:4. The Greek word found nine times in Scripture.
2. NT: 3623 oikonomos (oy-kon-om'-os); from NT: 3624 and the base of NT: 3551; a house-distributor (i.e. manager), or overseer, i.e. an employee in that capacity; by extension, a fiscal agent (treasurer); figuratively, a preacher (of the Gospel): KJV - chamberlain, governor, steward. Luke 12:42; ;16:1,3,8; Romans 16:23; I Corinthians 4:1,2; Galatians 4:2; Titus 1:7, and I Peter 4:10, Used 10 times in the original Greek.
3. NT: 3624 oikos (oy'-kos); of uncertain affinity; a dwelling (more or less extensive, literal or figurative); by implication a family (more or less related, literal or figuratively): KJV - home, house (-hold), temple. There are 114 occurrences in the original Greek.
4. NT: 3551 nomos (nom'-os); from a primary nemo (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), genitive case (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle): KJV - law. There are 196 Occurrences in the original Greek.
(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994 Biblesoft and International Bible Translators Inc.)
Dispensation is a scriptural term used a number of times in scripture and translated: The Greek - oikonomian - oikonomia – oikonomias. The following translations, the word is translated.
Abbreviations: KJV - King James, NIV - New International Version.
KJV translated dispensation in, Colossians 1:25, and in the NIV, it is translated commission.
KJV translated dispensation in, Ephesians 1:10, and in the NIV, it is left out of the translation.
KJV translated dispensation in, Ephesians 3:2, and in the NIV, it is translated administration.
KJV translated dispensation in, I Corinthians 9:17, and in the NIV, it is left out of the Translation.
KJV translated fellowship in, Ephesians 3:9, and in the NIV, it is translated administration.
KJV translated stewardship in, Luke 16:2-4, and in the NIV, it is translated manage or manager.
It is not translated correctly, it leaves the meaning incomplete in both the KJV and NIV, I Timothy 1:4. It is translated dispensation in the ASV, American Standard Version.
It is disturbing when the wrong word choice is omitted of a good Biblical word. Dispensation should always been used for the proper Biblical meaning of the text. When a substitution by a translator was inserted, it violates the full meaning of the translation from the original language, (Examples: fellowship [KJV] or dispensation left out of text). This produces an incorrect or incomplete translation of the original language. We can see that 'dispensation' is a Biblical word that should have been translated by one of the following words: dispensation, administration, stewardship, manager of a household, or economy that would have an equivalent meaning of the Greek definition, translated into our English-language.
Dispensational Study is not a Movement:
Studying dispensations is not a movement, but truths for putting God's progressive working in the correct order through history.
Dispensations clarify God’s dealings with humanity, from the time He designed the plan to its implementation of how man was to execute it, and the word administration is a good word giving similarities of meaning of a dispensation.
However, if history repeats itself there will be those who oppose a study of this type. They will misrepresent it with terms such as ‘Dispensationalism,’ or Ultra Dispensationalism' attempting to make it a human movement, and something that is to be rejected.
Why? It is hard to know the intent of every Christian, but most often it comes about because of the ignorance or a refusal to change from what one was taught in school or seminary. The understanding and approach takes spiritual growth, and with a correct evaluation of dispensational truth, one will see it does hold-up to scriptural inspection, and therefore, it’s scriptural.
'In no way is the studying of dispensations (administrations) to be a movement!' it is an element of the total truths of scripture and history'.
The Assembling of the Bible:
It would be helpful to understanding that the Bible today is not assembled by reflecting the dispensations, but by themes: Historical, Poetry, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, Gospels, Acts [historical], Paul's Epistles, General Epistles, and Revelation.
If they were arranged by dispensations they would reveal the order of God's working through history.
Also, some individual books like Acts for example, contain the teaching of two dispensations in transition, the Dispensation of Promise and the Dispensation of Grace, it records the transition ending of one dispensation, and reveals the developing new dispensation in transition. Another example is the book of Genesis, it covers the life, the development and transitions of four dispensations, Dispensation of Innocence, Dispensation of Conscience, Dispensation of Human Government, and the beginning of the transition into the Dispensation of Promise.
The majority of the Bible is written about the Dispensation of Promise, and the Nation of Israel. However, the majority of the books, of the New Testament were written by the Apostle Paul, 13 and possibly 14, revealing the Dispensation of Grace, called the church, the body of Christ for today's dispensation.
The book of revelation is written about the prophetic future, covering the punitive judgment on the non-believers from the Dispensation of Grace, and records the prophetic finishing punitive event of the Dispensation of Promises, relating to Israel and God's wrath on the world. The book of Revelation covers the transition to the dispensation of the Kingdom on earth, and ends with the Eternal Kingdom, or the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, with the New Heaven, and the New Earth in place.
Literature type of the Books of the Bible in their order.
Therefore, our Bible, after the divisions of old and new testaments, they are further divided by the type of literature, contained in them, the chronological literature order recognized today is as follows. The word Bible means a collection of books, and these books are compiled in categories by their following descriptions:
1. Pentateuch, first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy,
2. Historical books: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles, II Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah,
3. Wisdom books or Poetry: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, the Song of Solomon, and Lamentations,
4. Major Prophets - Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel, they are called major because of their size,
5. Minor Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. The reason they are called the Minor Prophets is the size of the book. Minor can leave a false impression; they are as important as the Major Prophets!
1. Synoptic Gospel books: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John,
2. Book of History: Acts,
3. Pauline Epistles: Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and possibly Hebrews. The Apostle Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles, the one entrusted with the full revelation of the Mystery dispensation, and he wrote the majority books of the New Testament.
4. General Epistles: Hebrews, James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, and Jude
5. Apocalypse: Revelation.
It would be helpful to consider, the scriptures corresponding to the order of each dispensation when studying.
The relationship to Systematic theology is important. In the study of Systematic Theology there should be a category included called Dispensational Theology, (Systematic Theology are the studies of God works and actions). A dispensational study of scripture should be a sub-category under the disciplines of systematic studies (Dispensation is the study of God's administrations, and the stewards throughout Scripture). The following categories are in Systematic Theology, which dispensation should be included.
1. Teaching of God (Theology),
2. Teaching of the Bible (Bibliology),
3. Teaching of Christ (Christology),
4. Teaching of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology),
5. Teaching of Humanity (Anthropology),
6. Teaching of Sin (Hamartiology),
7. Teaching of Angels (Angelology),
8. Teaching of Salvation (Soteriology),
9. Teaching of Dispensational Theology (Administology? or Dispensology?), (A new word to describe the teaching, and study of God's administrations in the history of the world),
10. Teaching of the Church (Ecclesiology),
11. Teaching of End Times (Eschatology).
It is hopeful that God will bless the study of the dispensations! Hopefully giving understanding to dispensational teaching one desires, and renders enlightenment that will give security, and hope for eternity!
Reasons to know dispensational truths:
Today's Evangelists, Pastors and teachers need to have a clear understanding of dispensational truth in leading their flocks into maturity. The following is some of the reasons to know dispensational truths that are found in God's Word:
1. Knowing where a dispensational truth is found, will help brothers and sisters in handling their problems by applying the scriptures taught correctly.
2. Correct information is important in our witness to the non-believers. Dispensational teaching gives believers stability and guidance.
3. It gives order and understanding to tough questions.
4. It protects believers from falling into the same errors that others have fallen into.
5. It keeps one from being deceived by false teaching or preaching spoken in error.
6. Knowing dispensational truths give freedom to worship, with other believers without falling into their same errors that they have embraced, due to their lack of a dispensational approach to scripture.
7. When understanding a dispensational truth, you will be able to identify the errors, keeping you from confusion, and preventing you from being tossed 'to and fro’ in your faith.
8. Knowing dispensational truths of God’s Word will give clarity, and understanding as to why other religions that claim to be Christian are wrong with their religious practices that accompany their man-made beliefs or Theology, Ephesians 4:14, 16.
9. Dispensational truths show how God has worked in history since the world began, providing redemption to all who will receive His Word.
10. Dispensations give systematical, and symmetry in understanding to the whole Bible, clearing up the confusion that has plagued the church since the first century. It puts in order the historical and progressive revelation of God’s dealings with humanity, since the world began, and it will show how future events all tie together in symmetry.
11. Dispensations show the differences between historical events, and changes occurring and why.
12. Dispensations give the understanding of whom, and why the passage was written, the purpose it was written, and how it all ties together in the workings of God throughout history.
13. In conclusion, Christians do not have to ‘spiritualize' God’s word or tell 'spiritual lies’ that harm the working of Christ in the world. All Scripture comes alive in an orderly, progressive, and an understandable way, in helping us understand God's creation through real life examples, II Timothy 3:15, 16, II Peter 1:19-21, and Romans 15:4.
Major Covenants of the Bible and the Dispensations:
(The Numbers with the headings correspond to the chart below.)
1. The Redemptive Covenant: Hebrews 13:20, Genesis 9:8-17; Ephesians 1:4; II Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2, and Hebrews 4:3.
The Redemptive Covenant has two stages, the Old Covenant with animal sacrifices, and the New Covenant with one sacrifice provided by the Lord Jesus Christ. The Redemptive Covenant existed from eternity past, operating throughout the time of history, which all the covenants and the dispensations focus. This is the most important covenant where an individual can receive the gift of eternal life in heaven, as a gift, free. The only provision accomplished, and given by God, where an individual, when they once receive the LORD Jesus Christ, have their sins forgiven, their past, present and future sins, Romans 5:6-11; Romans 6:23; John 1:12; Romans 10:9-13; I John 5:9-14; Philippians 3:20, I Peter 1:3-4, and Psalms 103.
From this time of receiving Christ, the individual is given an eternal relationship with God, they become a child transformed, a child of God, who at that moment is eternally adopted into the eternal son-ship of God; bought with the price, the blood of Christ Jesus the Son of God, the one and only incarnate God, who completed the redemptive sacrifice that humanity could not give or provide, Romans 8: 12-17, 9:25-26; 12:1-2, Ephesians 1:5-7, II Corinthians 3:18.
The Lord Jesus Christ’s incarnation, John 1:1, 14, Matthew 1:21, and His one sacrifice made was the just requirement that God required for forgiveness, and a new relationship; He reconciled individual humans with God, and God became reconciled to the individual upon the receiving of Jesus as Lord, the one and only savior. Humanity as a whole are children of God’s creation, but they are not a transformed child just because they were born into the human race, or because of some human work they personally might have accomplish through their life.
Faith is not ignorance, but trusting in the facts that God has preserved for humanity in His Word, the Bible, and by receiving the truths in repentance. Faith is not just a head knowledge, but receiving and resting in the facts of what Jesus Christ has done for you personally, Titus 3:4-7, II Corinthians 7:10, Romans 2:4, He accepts you on a personal bases just between Him and you, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 11:1-3, 6; II Peter 1:2-21, II Timothy 3:16-17, Ephesians 2:8-9 Romans 4:6-8; 21-26, I John 5:9-14.
Upon receiving the facts or truth, God seals you as His from that moment you received Him. From that moment, all the way through physical death, and into eternity. He has His seal on you, and He secures your physical redemption unto the resurrection of the body. The transformation of your spiritual existence is secured for eternity, and at death your spirit go to be with Him forever, and at the resurrection, He reunites your body and spirit, Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30, Psalms 103:17, I Peter 1:3-4 I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
The gospel is the greatest truth for anyone, it’s available for everyone, but only those accepting His provision does it become theirs, and the gospel ensures the guarantees for salvation, and personal, I John 5:12-13. Those who refuse and reject these facts and truths are truly ‘the walking dead’, reaping eternal punitive judgment in the eternal Lake of Fire by a personal rejection of God’s just provision that He provided in the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate second person of the triune Godhead, Revelation 20:7-10, 11-15.
See the chart on the Redemptive Covenant in the next chapter on the redemptive covenant. Also, see the basic chart, charter one, on all the administrations (dispensations) that God planned since creation, and follow the red line through the dispensations.
2. Edenic Covenant: Genesis 1, and 2.
The Bible does not specifically state a covenant called the Edenic Covenant, it is not in God’s Word. Possibly a covenant had been inferred in Hosea 6:7, when God created Adam. However, it is not clear the Hebrew word for man is Adam.
The Word of God, the Bible does not use the word covenant earlier than Noah. Conceivably a case could be made that there had been a covenant other than the Redemptive Covenant in effect, but none are mentioned until God established His covenant with Noah.
The first occurrence of the word covenant in Scripture is with Noah, being a covenant for the earth. In passing, there was another covenant mentioned at this time, called the Everlasting Covenant. The identification of the Everlasting Covenant, also called the Redemptive covenant is found in numerous of places in the Bible. Hebrews 13:20, and Genesis 9:8-17.
The New Testament brings the prophetic promise of, Genesis 3:15 to fulfillment with the Lord Jesus Christ, connecting His promise, and the supremacy of the Redemptive Covenant. The joining the old truths, before Jesus, and after His birth being the second stage of the redemptive Covenant called the New Covenant. This covenant with the two stages was established by the Godhead in eternity past, Hebrews 4:3. Paul verifies the eternal Redemptive Covenant was planned by the Godhead in eternity past, Ephesians 1:4, II Timothy 1:9, and Titus 1:2.
Genesis contains many inclusive truths of universal value revealed in it, including the creation of time (a 24 hour day), the seven days, and creation with the absolute decree governing nature. All the governing laws of nature (science) not mentioned in Genesis are universal truths working, in a dispensation. The universal truths of God are to be categorized under the element or principle of a dispensation. Every dispensation has seven guiding elements or principles that contain many laws. Those parts are the guiding truths relating to the functioning of the economy within a dispensation.
The beginning of a dispensation is operating here, even though the word dispensation is not used for the economy in this passage. A dispensational definition will explain and describe the events better, then forcing a covenant definition that is not present in the passage. The seven elements or principles, show the presents of a dispensation, and how it is to be governed, and will be repeated in the future dispensations with the modified and new rules for operating.
The first dispensation did have the potential of existing eternally, if failure had not occurred. When the failure or sin occurred, we see the first transition after creation caused by the first failure caused by the stewards and the first punitive judgment. These three elements or principles are part of the whole of the seven principles causing change from one dispensation to the next. (See the charts which relate to each of these topics.) Believers today are the steward of this dispensation, and it is very important for a Christian to know these truths, I Corinthians 5:17-21.
3. Adamic Covenant: Genesis 3.
The Bible does not specifically state a covenant called the Adamic Covenant, it is not in God’s Word. The label is like the Edenic covenant, being a Theological presupposition marker. If dispensations had been understood earlier there would be better consistency today. There are more points reflecting a dispensation rather than a covenant in what has been called the Adamic Covenant. Genesis presents more defined proof of the governing principles within the economy of a dispensation over a covenant appearance. Genesis 3:15 is the covenant of redemption that does appear here, and verified as a covenant from multiple other scripture references, Ephesians 1:4, II Timothy 1:9, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 4:3; 13:20, and Genesis 9:16,17.
The events of Adam’s sin or fall should be looked upon as part of the makeup of the dispensation, relating to humanity's failure and God's long-suffering. The events from the disobedience that occurred gives the additional three parts, or elements relating to a failed dispensation, the sin, the transition, and the punitive judgment that led into the next dispensation’s economy. Remember the seven principle of a dispensation are: the Universal parts, the New Laws, Modified Laws, the Stewards, the Failure, the Transition, and the Punitive Judgment.
The Redemptive Covenant already existed before the creation in the plan God prearranged. God's omniscience in His foreknowledge, love, mercy and grace was in place when sin occurred, and is clearly recorded in His Word. The first prophesied promise of deliverance is in Genesis 3:15. Given during the transition period between the Dispensation of Innocence and Conscience. It is worthy of taking note that God provided a just covering for their sin, and they received it from God by faith. Humanity's religions have never given salvation, the insufficient covering of leaves was represented by the provision Adam and Eve made for themselves that was not sufficient since it was not a blood sacrifice, Hebrews 9:22.
The Old Testament or Covenant, stage one of the Redemptive Covenant became operational with God providing the first animal sacrifice to cover Adam and Eve's sin, being applied in the first transition after the first dispensational failure. It was a blood sacrifice providing a covering over sin, and providing a possible relationship with God that operated until the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the implementation of the New Covenant at Acts 2.
The first dispensation’s transition starts with the sin or the failure of the stewards, and ended with their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. All transitions from one dispensation to the next, shows that the old dispensation is decreasing while the new one is taking over. It is amazing how the change occurs, and does not conflict nor is it contradictory to the truths of God. The understanding of the transitions between them will be able to help the student of Scripture to understand the events occurring between dispensations.
4. Noahic Covenant: Genesis 9:11-17.
The Noahic covenant is the first mention of a covenant. The word covenant appears here in the Biblical text, when God reveals to Noah the covenant that He would never again destroy the whole earth at once with a worldwide flood, cutting off all flesh. God gave the rainbow as a sign of the covenant that included the Redemptive Covenant, referred to as the Everlasting Covenant. Whenever the rainbow appeared it reminds Him of the Redemptive Covenant, and it was to give humanity security as they remembered the promises, whenever they see the rainbow, John 3:16; II Peter 3:9; Romans 2:4; 5:8, and 8:38,39.
Genesis 9:11-17, “Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant, which I make between ‘Me’ and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set ‘My’ rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between ‘Me’ and the earth. It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember ‘My’ covenant, which is between ‘Me’ and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant, which I have established between ‘Me,’ and all flesh that is on the earth.” NKJV (Read Romans eight for additional excitement of this truth!).
However, the first part of Genesis 9, verses 1-7 is dispensational, and not part of the redemptive covenant or a covenant. It is setting out the dispensational rules, with the modifications from the former rules of the previous dispensation, and stating some of the universal rules and laws. There was occurring a change, a transition between the former dispensation, starting at the failure recorded in Genesis 8, where the stewardship for the next dispensation was given to Noah and his descendants, for the Dispensation of Human Government.
Universal rules: humanity is created in the image of God, capable of reproduction, animals are still animals, all still need food for sustenance, and blood still flows within the life of humanity and animals.
Rules carried over: The universal rules for reproduction, and commanded to fill the earth’s population, and the eating of green herbs.
Rules Modified: Humanity now can eat meat along with herbs, animals would have an instinctive fear of humanity, and humanity would have the rule over the livelihood of animals.
New Rules not before given: The dispensational rules established, humanity governing as an institution of government. When eating meat humanity was to consume it without the blood in it. The murder of any living animal or human, now would be judged by humanity. Instituted was Capital punishment as the penalty for murder, and was to be carried out by a human institution.
5. Abrahamic Covenant: Genesis 15, and 17, and Genesis12:1-3.
The Abrahamic Covenant had incorporated additional covenants that were given along with the Redemptive Covenant passing forward to future generations. When studying the covenants the question needs asking which covenant is the Word of God speaking. When studying the Bible, ask, is this passage referring to a singular covenant or plural covenants. Examples: (Plural covenants) - Romans 9:4, Galatians 3:17, Galatians 4:24, Ephesians 2:12, (Singular covenant) - Romans 11:27, I Corinthians 11:25, and II Corinthians 3:6, etc.
For more detailed information on the Abrahamic Covenant and the additional covenants, see the next chapter on the Redemptive Covenant.
The additional covenants, and their relationship to the descendants of the Nation of Israel and the non-Jewish world or Gentiles:
A. One of six, the Covenant of Circumcision: The Seal of the "Special Eternal Relationship" was the circumcision of the Jewish male child, Genesis 17:9-15, Acts 7:8, and Romans 4:11, and any gentile accepting the God of Abraham was required to be circumcised, obeying the Covenant Seal as given in the Dispensation of Promise, Exodus 20-31, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy 17.
B. Two, the Covenant given to Abraham, his seed and kingdom: There would be a great number of descendants, Spiritual seed and natural seed, Genesis 13:16, 17:1-8, 26:1-4, 28:12, given through Abraham and Sarah, Genesis 17:19, then Isaac, Genesis 26:2-4, and Jacob, Genesis 28:12.
C. The third, the Covenant of the 'Promise Seed' passed down through Abraham, Galatians 3:15, 16, Deuteronomy 17:14-16, and I Samuel 8. Including, the Earthly Kingdom through David, Christ will rule on this earth, I Chronicles 17:4-15.
D. Forth, the Palestinian Covenant: Land deeded eternally to Abraham’s descendants, Genesis 13:14 - 17. The covenant had both a conditional relationship to the land, Deuteronomy 30:1-10, and an unconditional relationship to the land, Leviticus 26:44, 45, and Psalms 89:30-37. The covenant’s perimeters could be modified too have an uninterrupted or interruption of possession in the land.
E. Fifth, the covenant contained a "unique eternal relationship" for the world. Carrying out the covenant commanded, both the gentiles and the Jewish Nation had a resposability that was a dispensational responsibility for both. The dispensational law was based on their blessing witness and treatment towards the gentiles, and in return the gentiles were to be a blessing to the descendants of the Abraham. Genesis 12:3, “And so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." The world was to be spiritually blessed by God through Israel's example.
F. The sixth, the covenant of a Special Eternal Relationship for the descendants of the Nation of Israel, Genesis 15; 17, and 12:1-3.
6. Mosaic Covenant: Exodus 34:8-10, and 27-28.
The Mosaic Covenant was given to Moses who God used to write the first five books of the Bible, also referred to as the Torah. Moses was from the Jewish Nation, and God used Moses to preserve the history for humanity through this recording by shrinking the recorded history of the prior dispensations. He outlined the events of the first three dispensations, Innocence, Conscience, Human Government, and the beginning of the Dispensation of Promise that occurred before his birth. God not elaborating on the first three dispensations, but instead revealed enough for humanity so they would have a record of the prior events. He detailed the event with Israel, and the giving of the Law called the Law of Moses. God worked with him through his life elaborating on many new events for Israel in detail for the Dispensation of Promise. God gave Israel a special privilege in preserving history. However, Moses recorded God's disappointment with the Israelites for their lack of obedience and knowledge of His working, Romans 3:1- 2. When studying the covenants and dispensations, Christians can and should connect with the disappointment God has with us when we willfully commit the same sins the Nation of Israel committed, and repent, drawing on the power of indwelling Holy Spirit for victory over sin, Proverbs 20:27; Ephesians 1:13; Romans 8:12-17; John 14:15-18, and 25-30.
The Mosaic covenant is not one of the previous covenants that had already been established with Abraham and already operational with his descendants, Deuteronomy 5:1-5; Exodus 6:2-4, Galatians 3:17-18, and Galatians 4:21-26. The Mosaic Covenant given relates to the Israelites rebellion after coming out of Egypt. The Mosaic Covenant, Exodus 34:8-10, and 27-28, was given at Mount Sinai at the time when God was ready to destroy Israel for their Idolatrous worship. God offered to work His future plan through Moses in place of the Israelites who came out of Egypt, but Moses interceded for them, Exodus 32:9-11, and Exodus 34:8-9. Moses knew God was greater than Israel's sin, and appealed to God and His mighty works. Christians can go to God knowing He is greater than the problems in their lives even today, Hebrew 4:11- 13, and I John 5:13-14.
The writing of the Mosaic Covenant was given with the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. Descending from the mountain after Moses met with God, and seeing and experiencing the rebellious Israelites, God was ready to destroy all of them. Moses interceded for them, Exodus 32:11-13, by communicating with God, challenging His desire to destroy the rebellious Israelites for His namesake, by connecting Israel’s deliverance from Egypt as God’s glory, and destroying them could possibly cause the non-believing nations around to mock Him. The Mosaic covenant was God’s commitment to Moses to continue His work through the Jewish people who had come out of Egypt. Today the Holy Spirit intercedes for Christians convicting, and speaking to the Godhead when they are confused, and uniquely He works at times for believer when they do not know what to ask, or how to express themselves, Romans 8:1-17.
The Mosaic Covenant was God’s choosing to continue working through the descendants who came out of Egypt instead of God destroying them and starting over with Moses, Leviticus 26:40-46. Alongside of this covenant there was a sign covenant given called "the Perpetual Sabbath Covenant" and it was given as a reminder covenant of whom Jehovah was, (The ‘I Am’ to the Israelites), Exodus 31:16-17.
The Israelites were worthy of destruction, but God using that occasion brought the laws to the world, Romans 3:1-2. The purpose of the Ten Commandments contained in the Law of Moses was to reveal the sinfulness of man’s heart. The total law was custodial until Jesus Christ, Galatians 3:19-21. Even the Law was not for Israel's salvation without faith, for faith was a prerequisite, Romans 9:30-33. (Note however, the adults who came out of Egypt, excluding Caleb and Joshua all died for their continuous unbelief in the wilderness, and the promise was given to their children, who entered the Promised Land, Hebrews 3:16-19, and Numbers 26:65).
The Mosaic Covenant is identified with the giving of the Laws that was given to Moses, and at times can be confusing, Hebrews 9:1-5. The laws were not the covenant, but gives the dispensation’s governmental rules for Israel's economy in carrying out the covenant. Both the Mosaic Covenant and Law of Moses were added to the Dispensation of Promise for Israel, and the world to obey at this specific time, Galatians 3:17.
Contained with the Mosaic Law were principles that either where carry over laws from earlier dispensations, or modified laws from the former dispensations. It had new laws and new universal laws, not given before, but now given for the new dispensation, the Dispensation of Promise coming into its fullness.
The Law of Moses given to the world was only a temporal guardian that brought Israel and the world to the events that eventually came about, with the New Covenant becoming operational, Galatians 3:19-25. The laws in the Law of Moses were the rules for carrying out the Mosaic Covenant in the economy of the Dispensation of Promise. Contained in this temporal guardian, specific moral universal laws were spelled out for humanity’s obedience, (the Ten Commandments).
God reaffirmed the Abraham covenant perpetuation through the Mosaic covenant that He made to Abraham earlier, in which his descendants would be as many as the stars in the sky, and it would be with those who came out of Egypt. The Mosaic Covenant was a new covenant to them, and it was given to those who came out of Egypt, the 12 tribes of Israel at Mount Sinai.
Whenever the book of Hebrews refers to an old covenant in the New Testament, it is contrasting the Mosaic Covenant with the prophesied New Covenant as it relating to the Nation Israel, Hebrews 10:16-18, Jeremiah 31:31–34, and now fulfilled and available to them through the Redemptive Covenant in the second stage. The Mosaic Covenant and Laws give illustrations of types of the finished work of redemption through the Lord Jesus Christ, (better than Angels, better than Moses, better priesthood, better covenant, better sacrifice, and better than all the witness around us), Hebrews 8; Hebrews 1;1- 4; 3:1-6; 4:14-16; 5: 1-11; 7:14-19; 9: 1-5; 9: 9; 9:16-23; 10:1; 11:23-29; 11:1-2, and 18-24.
The Nation of Israel was given a multiple number of covenants manifested in the Dispensation of Promise. The list of covenants are:
1. A Covenant people chosen of God with a purpose to the world,
2. The Covenant of Palestine, a specific area on this earth,
3. The Covenant of Circumcision,
4. The Covenant of blessing,
5. Covenant of the Savior, the Promise Seed passing through them,
6. The Mosaic Covenant,
7. The Sabbath Covenant,
8. A new Covenant of Israel’s stewardship,
9. The Davidic Covenant, and
10. The New Covenant to the world, Romans 9:4-5.
7. The Sabbath Covenant: Exodus 31:12-17.
The Perpetual Covenant of the Sabbath, made at Mount Sinai was a sign for the Nation of Israel to remember that the LORD is the ‘I AM,’ who sanctified them, Exodus 31:12-17. This covenant is a sign for Israel forever, calling them to remember their deliverance from Egypt by Jehovah. This covenant to Israel was incorporated into the universal law of rest. It was originally given at creation, and now it relates to the name, ‘I AM,’ who delivered Israel from Egypt.
A universal principle about a day of rest is repeated to the world that God gave to humanity to observe. The Day of Rest is connected with a time one can worship God. In the Dispensation of Grace we see the practice modified for this dispensation; the day of rest does not necessarily fall on the same day in a seven-day increment. It does not make one more holy when one observes it on a certain day of the week, the Apostle Paul states, do not judge a person spiritually for observing or not observing it as a Jewish mandate on a particular day. The universal Day of Rest is any day after six days of work that should be observed in a seven-day period, Colossians 2:16, and Genesis 2:3. It still remains as a Jewish eternal covenant mandate relating to the ‘I AM,’ and to all others, Jehovah God is the ‘I Am,’ ‘the all existing One’!
(Note: the day of rest of Genesis is given after six days of work, and not necessary a day of the week.).
A day of rest is a universal truth given at creation, and though the dispensations, Christians, are not under a Sabbath performance of this covenant. Christians are commanded to worship and encourage fellow believers in their pursuit of sanctification every seventh day, Hebrews 10:25; Colossians 2:16, and Genesis 1:31-2:1-3. When studying the modified rules of a dispensation, change is seen for the seventh day of rest; today it is a willful act of observance for believers and not given as a covenant. It’s a universal principle of a day of rest from work that is taken from creation, not a calendar day. The commandment of rest, given in the Ten Commandments, call it a Sabbath day or seventh day from work, (The origin of the word Sabbath is derived from the verb ‘Sebat,’ meaning to stop, to cease, or to keep).
This Sabbath covenant of Exodus 31:12-17, was given to the Nation of Israel as stated in the Dispensation of Promise as a perpetual rule, and Israel's covenant was for them to remember the great ‘I AM,’ on a specific calendar day, the day they were delivered from captivity and slavery in Egypt. The specific day of the calendar is a specific dispensational rule for the Dispensation of Promise, Israel had more than one Sabbath, having several according to the calendar that were not covenants, but a dispensational observance, Leviticus 16:29-34; 23:23-44; 25:1-8, and II Chronicles 2:4.
The Perpetual Sabbath Covenant relates only to the Nation of Israel, and not the rest of the world. Should the Nation of Israel observe this covenant in this dispensation? Read: Acts 15, and Exodus 31:12-17. If observed by the Nation of Israel they need to commemorate it in the simplest form as given to Moses. Why commemorate? It is for the Jewish Nation, God’s Word says it is an added reminder of their deliverance from Egypt forever. The Nation of Israel has a future dispensation, where many of the Jewish Laws will be reestablished under Jesus' Messianic Reign, when the Dispensation of the Kingdom is established on earth, these laws and covenants will be a memorial of the finished work of Christ.
8. Davidic Covenant: 2 Samuel 7; 23:1, 5.
The Davidic Covenant was given to David who was an Israelite King, during the Dispensation of Promise. The covenant states that the Nation of Israel would have a King from David’s descendants, and He will rule the Nation of Israel and the world. The literal fulfillment of this Covenant with the Nation of Israel will be in the Messiah presence, here on earth, the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), Hebrews 1:8, and 8:7-12. Historically, His incarnation in the Dispensation of Promise was the fulfillment of the Godhead's plan for empowering the redemptive payment, Galatians 4:4, not just the authorized Messiah, but with the one sacrifice that could meet the just payment needed for the redemption of humanity, Hebrews 9:11-15.
Empowering for eternity, the Redemptive Covenant gave the Davidic Covenant fulfillment of the prophesied descendant, with its authorized King or Messiah, Hebrews 9:12. The Davidic Covenant will find fulfillment or completion in the Dispensation of the Kingdom. The fulfillment of His earthly rule on this old earth, begins His eternal rule in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, establishing the new heaven and earth, Revelation 20:6; Revelation 11:15, and Ephesians 1:10.
Today, He is King, Messiah of humanity, we're under His heavenly authority, though He is not physically present here on earth, Ephesians 1:20-23. Believers today are responsible to carry out the economy according to the Mystery dispensation of Equality, Ephesians 3, and II Corinthians 5: 17-23. The Holy Spirit is residing within believers’ physical bodies, operating to fulfill the promises of the New Covenant to those who are His, making them ambassadors to the world. God purchased believers by the crucifixion and resurrection, and makes His presence in each believer's body, calling it His Temple, I Corinthians 6:19-20. (The transformed believers’ responsibility: Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 3:18; Romans 10:9-13, and I John 5:9-14). The Church, meaning, the called out believers of today are called His Body, Ephesians 1:22-23.
We need to mention one more thing that needs to be said, and hopefully it will encourage others to do His will, and seek the truths found within a dispensational understanding of God's plan and work. David was a man after God's own heart, and God recorded this fact about him in, Acts 13:20-24. Today God wants to locate and educate faithful teachers and laymen in our world! Will He find men and women after His own heart today, II Timothy 2:2?
9. The New Covenant as it relates to the Nation Israel: Hebrews 10:16-18, and Jeremiah 31:31–34.
The ‘old covenant’ referred to in the book of Hebrews, relates to the Nation of Israel, and the Mosaic Covenant, Exodus 34:8-10, 27-28. The ‘new’ refers to the New Covenant in contrasted to the Mosaic Covenant, and the change of the first stage to the second stage of the redemption Covenant. The changes related to the Nation of Israel's promises, and the redemption fulfilling the promises to Israel that also had implementation related to the world. God promised He would make a new covenant unique to the Nation, Jeremiah 31:31. The New Covenant for Israel is in addition to the other covenants promised, and already given that will be fulfilled in the last dispensation. The book of Hebrews gives hope of the continuation of the original promises under the New Covenant, and validates or authenticates all the other covenants promised to Israel.
In Hebrews 8:7-12, a new covenant was given to the Nation of Israel, the Mosaic Covenant that was temporal until Christ, the Messiah, and promises to Israel are now incorporated into the second stage of the Redemptive Covenant, Hebrews 9:15.
The second stage of the Redemptive Covenant is the New Covenant that many get confused with the Mosaic Covenant. The passages in the book of Hebrews, with its terminology are referring to the Mosaic Covenant many times, and how it relates to aspect of the New Covenant to them. The Mosaic Covenant is not the first stage of the redemptive covenant that was implemented back in Genesis, and planned in eternity past. Redemption is the other important aspect that relates to the fulfillment of redemption for the Nation of Israel, Hebrews 10:16-18, and Jeremiah 31:31–34. Israel as a Nation will find the completion of their redemption promises in the Millennium, and finally completing in eternity Romans 11. The world’s redemption of believers go back to Genesis and eternity past, and believers who are redeemed can and do learn by Israel’s relationship to God by Israel’s history when studying their relationship, I Corinthians 10:11.
The covenant spoken of in the book of Hebrews was passing away in reference to the Mosaic Covenant, not the Redemptive Covenant’s existence. It is showing how Stage one of the Redemptive Covenant is complete, along with the passing away of the Mosaic Covenant. The Hebrew writer does refer to the fulfilled prophecies to Israel as a Nation, and the Mosaic Covenant being incorporated into the New Covenant of Redemption. All the promises to the Nation of Israel that existed, and was found in the Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants come to a final fulfillment in the last two future dispensations, II Corinthians 3:7-18. However, when the Nation of Israel who were supposedly to take up the responsibility, refused to take up the offer given to be the stewards, as seen in the passages of Acts 1-7, and the stewardship being given to another, under a new dispensation, Acts 28:28. This new dispensation was hidden in prior dispensations, and not prophesied, the Word of God calls it "a mystery not before revealed," Ephesians 3; Romans 16:25-27, and Colossians 1:24-29.
(Some translations, translate “not before revealed”, as for many “ages”. The use of the word ages infer or leaves the expression it was in the Old Testament, but not understood. This is a translator’s use of words either not wanting a dispensational understanding or a direct attack on the uniqueness of a dispensational understanding of scripture. However, if you ask yourself what ages was it not known, one would have to conclude it’s been since the creation of the world. It would help making sure to understand that the mystery is the equality relationship, the new organism. It is not that gentiles would not or could not be saved. God has always wanted the gentiles to be saved, and during the time of the Dispensation of Promise, they could, and in the future tribulation period gentiles will be saved, and in the Dispensation of the earthly Kingdom, gentiles will be saved, but subordinate to the Nation of Israel. Israel will be the institution of stewards in the tribulation period and the future dispensation, the Dispensation of the Kingdom.)
The covenant spoken of in the book of Hebrews to Moses was being replaced with a better Covenant, the New Covenant:
Christ Jesus is better than Moses, the receiver of the ‘old Covenant,’ given through Moses to the 12 tribes of Israel who came out of Egypt. The book of Hebrews is comparing Moses’s life and redemption given to Israel by Jesus Christ as a better choice. A new covenant to Israel flourishes in the New Covenant of redemption the second stage of the redemptive covenant, also called the everlasting covenant.
Today, relationship to the better covenant given specifically to the Nation of Israel, for them to be right with God, and they need to accept or receive Jesus, as the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). The Hebrew writer is comparing a rest for Israel, better than that given by Joshua in the Promised Land. Israel had to conquer the land, and it did not give eternal life when done. The rest of the Lord Jesus Christ gives is received not from personal labor, but from what Christ Jesus gives freely, and gives eternal life, I John 5:9-14. Even believers today under the Dispensation of Grace, knows that our rest only comes as a gift that was freely given, apart from anything we can do for ourselves, God transforms believers through the works Jesus Christ accomplished, no personal works can make us righteous before God. However, as a transformed believer our rest is experienced, as we live by the truths in conformity with God’s word, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 12:1-2, and I John 2:1-3.
Hebrews chapter seven, the word covenant is used for the first time, Hebrews 7:22, “By so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.”
The covenant that the book of Hebrews is addressing is a guaranteed covenant of better things than the Mosaic Covenant, with its priestly heritage. It is not comparing the Redemptive Covenant of the Dispensations before, but a specific aspect, containing the Levitical priesthood. It may be worth taking note that the prophetic passage, and this particular passage is referring to a priesthood before Abraham and the Mosaic Covenant, Genesis 14:18-20, and Psalms 110:4. We see Melchizedek in the transition period from the Dispensation of Human Government and the Dispensation of Promise. His identity was not revealed in Scriptures from previous dispensations, and used here as an illustration of a priesthood, without beginning or end, and used to illustrate the deity of Christ Jesus, the only priest forever, bringing the better covenant.
Hebrews 8:6 -13,
"But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah - not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put ‘My’ laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be ‘My’ people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know ‘Me’, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away."
This passage says, “not according to --- made with their fathers --- in the day to lead them out of Egypt,” the scripture directly connect this passage when God took them out of Egypt, and not the Abraham covenants, or Eden’s prophecy of the incarnation of the Lord God, Genesis 3:15. This passage also prophesies to a future when Israel will know the Lord, referring to the future dispensation of the earthly Kingdom, when the Lord Jesus Christ will be present here on earth, Romans 11:25-27. Also, it is explaining that this relationship will be after the New Covenant is in operation, and the old Mosaic covenant has ended, in fact, it is because of Christ Jesus, for He is the completion, the mediator, the reason and power of the New Covenant. Therefore the old covenant was passing away, I Timothy 2:5.
Therefore the old covenant was passing away, I Timothy 2:5.
Hebrews 9:1, “Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service, and the earthly sanctuary.”
The writer of Hebrews is not saying the Redemptive Covenant planned in eternity past had earthly services, and an earthly sanctuary, but it is referring to the Mosaic Covenant that did. The Aaronic priesthood, the tables of the Mosaic Covenant, the Ark and the manna all relate to the covenant given to Moses, not the Redemptive Covenant that was implemented back in Genesis one, during the dispensation of Innocence. Also, contrast it to the previous chapter 8:13, where it says the covenant spoken as old is passing away, and is vanishing; the Redemptive Covenant God’s plan does not pass away or vanish, having an eternal fulfillment from eternity past to eternity future.
Hebrews 9:4, This passage, “which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.”
Again showing the passage is speaking of the Mosaic covenant after he received the covenant from God, and implemented after Mount Sinai.
Hebrews 9:15, "And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance."
The LORD Jesus Christ (Israel’s Messiah, who is King of the world) is the mediator of this Eternal or Redemptive Covenant, and how his mediation forgives all, those who were under the Mosaic Covenant, so the promises of Israel’s inheritance could be given to them.
This passage is speaking the truth of Christ Jesus being mediator directly to the Nation of Israel, and He is also shown by the Apostle Paul to be the Mediator for the Dispensation of Grace. Christ's mediation office is for all who are sons of God, in His redemptive plan, ever since Adam and Eve, for there is, no other equal, I Timothy 2:5, Romans 5.
Hebrews 9:18, "Therefore, not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood."
Romans 3:25-31; 5:6-11, and Ephesians 1:7; 2, shows the importance of the blood of Christ in relationship to redemption, and the empowering of the New Covenant for all dispensations and covenants. Hebrews 9:16-28, show the connection with the Mosaic Covenant, also called the old covenant received at Mount Sinai. Chapter 10 is full of exhortation of encouragement to all Jewish people given promises to their Nation, for those who accept the Lord Jesus Christ as the one who will fulfill the promises made to them. Chapter 11-13 exhorts that the Lord Jesus Christ is the power, and plan God has promised before Moses, promised for all the saints’ the hope found in Jesus. The examples go back all the way to the first dispensation of Scripture, for those looking for the redemption of humanity that is in Christ, those who will receive salvation and the eternal kingdom.
Hebrews 13:20, “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.”
The Nation of Israel will be stewards of the earthly kingdom, Revelation 5:10, and Exodus 19:6, and reign here on earth as priests with the Lord Jesus Christ, I Peter 2:4 -11, and Revelation 1:6; 5:10; 20:6. In Acts the Nation had rejected their commission. However, in the future dispensation of the earthly Kingdom, they will once again be the primary stewards of God’s rule, (kings and priest). Their leadership will begin again in the prophesied transition of the seven years tribulation, and find fulfillment in the millennial reign of Christ. Through the Book of Revelation that expounds the transition into the Dispensation of the Kingdom, the Nation of Israel is implored to have their conduct honorable, living before other nations in preparation of setting up His Kingdom, on the present earth, Revelation 1:5-6, 10, 20; 2:2, 9, 14, 20, 24-28; 3:4, and 7- 9, 21.
Revelation 20:4-6, the saints who will be martyred in the tribulation will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with him for a thousand years; Revelation 2:7, 8-11, 17, 25-29; 3:4-6, 7-13, and 20-22. Revelation 21:24, and the nations of those who are saved will walk in its light, and the kings of the earth will bring glory and honor, appearing before the Lord in the New Jerusalem.
Today's dispensation believers are equally special to God, Titus 2:14, but the Nation of Israel does hold a relationship that is unique to them because of the promises to Abraham, Romans 9:22-33, and 11:1-27. Today our relationship to Israel’s promises and covenant are spiritually experienced through faith, in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the Dispensation of Grace that was a mystery of full equality. The fulfillment of the promises and covenant to us will be after the Rapture, but now believers have been promised part of the oneness, and a responsibility in the future Millennial reign here on earth in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2:11-13; I Thessalonians 5:6; II Thessalonians 2:6, and I Corinthians 6:2-4. The universal principles of; Faith towards God" and "blessings of obedience" never change, and all humanity is accountable no matter what dispensation they live or had lived.
Individual Jews living today are responsible to live according to the Dispensational economy of equality, and when the Rapture occurs the believing Jews will be raptured also, ending the Dispensation of Grace as the world goes into the punitive judgment of the tribulation period. After the Rapture, our Lord will save anyone with the exception of those who rejected the message prior to the Rapture, who receives Him as Lord and Savior, both Jew and Gentile, and the believing Jews who at this tribulation period time, will be the stewards of God’s program going through the tribulation transition, and into the Kingdom on earth, the Dispensation of the Kingdom.
10. New Covenant’s Relationship with the One New Organism of Equality: Ephesians 2:12-13, 14-17, and Ephesians 3:2.
The connection to the New Covenant is scriptural, and reveal the connections with the promises of the former economy that became applicable to the New Organism, called the Body of Christ, the church today, in the Dispensation of Grace. The New Covenant, being the Redemptive Covenant also called, the Everlasting Covenant brought this relationship about, Ephesians 2:12-13, and 14-17.
Sixteen truths for the New Organism of Equality connected with the New Covenant:
First: This covenant shows that God planned before Abraham, Noah, Eve and Adam that salvation would be offered equally to the world, Romans 1:16; 3:21-26; Colossians 3:10-12, and Galatians 3:28.
Second: The covenant made in eternity past would save those who believed, readily accepting the provision of the New Covenant or Redemptive Covenant, I John 5:9-14; Romans 10:9-13; John 3:16; 1:11-12, and Ephesians 1:13-14; 2:8-9.
Third: Ever since the Covenant of Redemption, all who would receive the opportunity, have eternal life, II Peter 3:9-16.
Fourth: Today's covenant was not non-existent, but contained in the covenant made in eternity passed, but now revealed in the Dispensation of Grace, Ephesians 1:4; II Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2, and Hebrews 4:3. The truths given to the Apostle Paul stating it was a mystery hid in God, now becomes clear to all on an equal bases. It is to be comprehended, and the connection of carrying out God's covenant to humanity, Romans 16:25; Ephesians 3:9, and Colossians 1:24-29, II Timothy 2:2.
Fifth: This covenant gives part of the existing covenants with Israel, Ephesians 2:12-13. The Redemptive Covenant is the most important relationship followed by the spiritual connection to the commonwealth of Israel, and the relationship to the promises.
Sixth: This covenant brings together all thing in heaven and earth, made by God for this purpose, Ephesians 1:6, and 10-11.
Seventh: It was not given because anyone deserved it, but because of His Love, Ephesians 2:1-5.
Eighth: An inheritance was obtained, Ephesians 1:11. Today a believer is part of the Kingdom of God, and no longer a stranger, but is made alive, who formally had no part, Ephesians 2:1-5.
Ninth: All believers are partakers of His promises through this same Body (The name ‘body’ given to all the saints since the beginning of time.), and heirs together with all the saints, Ephesians 2:16-22, and Ephesians 3:6, (Ephesians 2:19, “you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”).
Tenth: No longer strangers or foreigners, but fellow citizens of the Kingdom of God, Ephesians 3:1-9.
Eleventh: The Body, the church today joined, and knit together of believers, Ephesians 4:16.
Twelfth: There is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, male or female, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all believers, Colossians 3: 10-11, and Galatians 3:28.
Thirteenth: The Gospel is not to bring shame because it is the power of God, it brings salvation to everyone who believes: the Jews where first, and now the Gentile, Romans 1:16.
Fourteenth: All sinners are equally guilty, Romans 3:9.
Fifteenth: This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, Romans 3:22.
Sixteenth: Both Jews and Gentiles are equal in Christ, Romans 3:29, Romans 9:24, Romans 10:12, and I Corinthians 1:24.
11. Eternal Covenant: Hebrews 9:15, and Genesis 9:16.
The Eternal Covenant runs from Eternity passed, through the existence of humanity on earth, and into Eternity of the New Heaven and Earth, also known as the Redemptive Covenant. It empowers salvation by the Holy Spirit’s working on humanity, and upon personal acceptance by faith, received by one’s cognitive response of faith according to the recorded Word of God, Romans 1:17; 10:17, and I John 5:9-14, Romans 8:26-30; 10:9-13, and Ephesians 1:13.
A.) The Word of God reveals the Eternal Covenant existed and planned by the Godhead in eternity past. The Eternal Covenant started redemption for believers with God's foreknowledge plan, and before it was needed, prior to the creation of the heavens and earth, Hebrews 13:20; Genesis 9:8-17; Ephesians 1:4; II Timothy 1:9; Titus 1:2, and Hebrews 4:3.
B.) The Eternal Covenant was at work in the first three dispensations Romans 1:20, and Romans 2:12-16:
a. The Dispensation of Innocence Genesis 3:15, and 21.
b. The Dispensation of Conscience, Genesis 4:4, Luke 11:49-51, Hebrews 11:4, 12:23-24, Genesis 6:9, and Hebrews 11:7.
c. The Dispensation of Human Government, Genesis 14:18, Exodus 3:1, Genesis 11:27-32, II Peter 2:5-7, and Genesis 9:12-17.
d. The Eternal Covenant came through Seth's descendants, Shem's descendants and then Abraham, at least 2000 plus years, after Shem, Luke 3:23-38.
C.) The covenants and promises connection with the Eternal Covenant guarantees to Abraham fulfillment. His earthly descendant the savior came through the Nation of Israel, the promised Deliverer for humanity, Genesis 3:15. The Savior came through Abraham’s line, Judah that would be a blessing to the whole earth, and from the effects of sin, bringing reconciliation by God as prophesied, Genesis 49:10, I Samuel 17:12, II Samuel 7:12, II Kings 8:19, Matthew 2:6, Hebrews 7:14, Hebrews 8:8, Revelation 7:5, and Revelation 22:12-16.
1. Genesis 17:7, 19, Guarantees extended to the Covenant promises God made with Abraham as everlasting.
2. Genesis 12:1-3, Blessings would affect the entire earth because of the One eternal covenant, the Seed that contained and empowered the promises of the covenant, Galatians 3:5-16, 5-9, 22, 26-29, and John 3:10-14.
3. Genesis 17:11, 13, Circumcision was given as an everlasting sign in the flesh, for Israel within the covenant to Abraham.
4. Genesis 17:8, Land deeded, promised by God through the Abrahamic Covenant to the Nation of Israel, for an everlasting possession, ‘and was,’ and it is, guaranteed by the Eternal Covenant's completion.
D.) The Eternal Covenant, and the connection guarantees to the Dispensation of Grace, eternal salvation: Ephesians 2:12-13, and Ephesians 1:6, 10-11.
12. The New Earth – Bride and Groom and the Eternal Covenant: Revelation 21-22.
The Eternal Covenant, the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem, God’s Holy city, is fulfilled in the Bride of the Lamb’s marriage. The Bride is not an exclusive to the Dispensation of Grace. The Church called His Body, is part of the universal family of God. Very clearly the Word of God says the holy city Jerusalem, from above is the mother of all the redeemed, Galatians 4:26, the city of God, Psalms 46:4; 48:1, 8; Hebrews 12:22, and Revelation 3:12; 21:2, 10, 23, and 22:19. All the inhabitants will be the redeemed, transformed by the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The marriage feast of the Lamb is when heaven and earth become one under the Godhead. When all believers who were redeemed unite together with the Lamb, celebrating the eternal state, Revelations 22:16-17, Matthew 25:10, and Matthew 22:1-14.
The description of the city, the New Jerusalem, filled with the saints of all dispensations, defined as being adorned as the Bride of Christ, Revelation 21:2, and 9-10. The Bride of Christ is the Holy City coming down from heaven, and uniting with humanity on the New Earth, Revelation 21:10-11. God joins with humanity in the marriage of the New Jerusalem, and the New Earth.
The New Jerusalem is the Tabernacle of God’s abode, Revelation 21:3; Isaiah 33:20; Amos 9:11; Acts 15:16; Hebrews 8:2; Revelation 15:5; Psalm 15:1; Psalm 43:3; Psalm 46:4; Psalm 61:4; Isaiah 4:6, and Isaiah 16:5. When this marriage is consummated, there will be no more death, sorrow or crying or pain, God wipes away all negative tears, Revelation 21:4-5. At that time God sits on His throne in the New Jerusalem, and He makes all things new.
1. Satan, fallen Angels, sin, evil, and the nonbelievers are in the Lake of Fire, this is right after the Great White Throne Judgment, Revelation 21:6-8 cf. Relation 20.
2. The New Jerusalem and the Bride is described in, Revelation 21:9-21. The city is about fourteen hundred miles square. It is described in Scripture as the city of God, Psalm 46:4, Psalm 48:1, Hebrews 12:22, and Revelation 3:12.
3. This great city, is holy, and contains pure gold, like clear glass, Revelation 21:18, 21.
4. God is her light, and it contains the most precious stones, jasper stone, as clear crystal, Revelation 21:11, and 22:1.
5. A great and high wall with twelve gates (twelve angels at the gates), (three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west) - names written on them of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel, Revelation 21:12, 21.
6. The streets of the city are composed of pure gold, like transparent glass.
7. The twelve gates have twelve pearls - each individual gate was one pearl, Revelation 21:21.
The wall of the city has twelve foundations (on the foundations these are the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb), measure the city (laid out as a square) - its length, breadth, and height are equal, (twelve thousand furlongs, [approximately 1380 miles]) the wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, (approximately 216 feet), (construction of its wall was of jasper). The foundations of the wall were adorned with all kinds of precious stones, and on the foundation was the name of the 12 Apostles, Revelation 21:14.
1. The first foundation is jasper, Revelation 4:3; 21: 11, 18-19,
2. The second is sapphire, Revelation 21:19,
3. The third is chalcedony, Revelation 21:19,
4. The fourth is emerald, Revelation 4:3, 19,
5. The fifth is sardonyx, Revelation 21:20,
6. The sixth is sardius, Revelation 4:3, 21:20,
7. The seventh is chrysolite, Revelatio1:20,
8. The eighth is beryl, Revelation 21:20,
9. The ninth is topaz, Revelation 21:20,
10. The tenth is chrysoprase, Revelation 21:20,
11. The eleventh is jacinth, Revelation 9:17; 21:19-20,
12. The twelfth is amethyst, Revelation 21:20.
Chart 03 - Time of Covenants -2015
The Redemptive Covenant Historical Flow, and the relationship to Dispensations.
The Redemptive Covenant is also called the “Eternal Covenant,” and the “Everlasting Covenant”, with two major stages: Stage One, the Old Covenant and Stage Two, the New Covenant. Before going through the historical movement of the Redemptive Covenant, the wording ‘the old covenant’ needs to be clarified so it is not confused with the writer of the book of Hebrews, the term, the old covenant that refers to the Mosaic Covenant.
The Redemptive covenant is the power of the Mosaic Covenant, which contains the Redemptive Covenant operating, in stage one, and relating to the stewardship of the Nation of Israel. The blood covering required for sin is orderly implemented through the priesthood under the Mosaic Covenant. With the sacrifices and an orderly worship system that is implemented for fellowship with Jehovah God. The Mosaic Covenant provides the means for both, the Nation of Israel and Gentile Nations to participate in the relationship with God eternal. There is also symbolism given in the Mosaic covenant, called the old covenant, given to Moses that expresses the heavenly sanctuary of God.
Whenever we read the words old covenant, it needs to be asked is the passage of scripture describing the event of the old covenant from eternity past, or from the time of the giving of the Mosaic Covenant, which is also called old covenant in the New Testament starting with the giving of the Mosaic Covenant. The Redemptive Covenant from eternity past has two stages in the implementation within the history of humanity. The Redemptive Covenant was planned and designed by the Godhead in eternity past, and stage one of the old covenant of the Redemptive Covenant was implementation, or commenced when Adam and Eve sinned, and runs until stage two, by way of the completion of the finished work of God’s incarnate with His death, burial, resurrection, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the believer when transformed, John 1:1, 14 and Acts 2.
The following will explain the Redemptive Covenant, stage one that covers the historical time from eternity past, through the Nation of Israel, and the application to the rest of the world who are non-Jewish people, into the New Testament with Scriptural references. Stage one covers the time from the Dispensation of Conscience through the Dispensation of Promise that contains the time before Christ Jesus, up to the implementation of the New Covenant after Christ resurrection, and the giving of the indwelling Holy Spirit at Acts 2.
1. The Redemptive Covenant was planned in Eternity Past before God created, made by the Godhead. Ephesians 1:4, II Timothy 1:9, and Titus 1:2.
2. Stage one of the Redemptive Covenant was implemented in the Garden of Eden. The Redemptive Covenant, is also called, the “Old Covenant,” Genesis 3:6-11, 21. The Promised Seed was revealed prophetically for the first time in the Dispensation of Innocence, Genesis 3:15.
3. The Redemptive Covenant was mentioned along with the Noahic Covenant, at the full operation of the Dispensation of Human Government. "Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant, (Redemptive Covenant) between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” Genesis 9:16, and Romans 8:18-25.
4. Abraham and the Redemptive Covenant:
A. The Redemptive Covenant, given to Abraham, and additional covenants given to him.
The Redemptive Covenant was mentioned indirectly within the Abrahamic Covenant. The Everlasting Covenant or Redemptive Covenant was passed down through Abraham and his descendants, Galatians 3:16, "The promises were spoken to Abraham and his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed meaning one person, who is Christ." Genesis 12:3 Speaking to Abraham, “And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Starting and passing through: Adam, Noah, Shem, Abraham, Judah and to Mary who gave birth to the Lord Jesus, Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23-38, and Galatians 4:4,5.
Abraham received additional covenants along with the Redemptive Covenant that was promised to be everlasting for him and his descendants, and none of these covenants changed the others; they only gave additional benefits to the recipients. Abrahamic Covenant included the Covenant of seeds, the Covenant of Circumcision, the Kingdom Covenant, the land called the Palestinian Covenant, and the Covenant to the World.
1. The special Eternal Relationship, Genesis 15, 17, and Genesis 12:1-3
“And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
2. The Seal of the Special Eternal Relationship was the Circumcision of the male child, Genesis 17:9-15, Acts 7:8, and Romans 4:11, and during the time of the dispensation, any Gentile accepting the God of Abraham was required to be circumcise, and obey this Covenant Seal as given in the Dispensation of Promise, Exodus 20-3, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy 17.
3. A great number of descendants came from his, spiritual seeds, natural seeds, and other nations, Genesis 13:16, 17:1-8, 26:1-4, and 28:12. Abraham and Sarah, Genesis 17:19 - Isaac, Genesis 26:2-4, Jacob, Genesis 28:12 and his concubines Genesis 16; 25:1-6. Abraham in the progressive historical period of faith that occurred Abraham was between the age of seventy-five and ninety-nine years of age when he received the promises, Genesis 12:1-7; 14:14-16; 15:4-7; 17:1-27; Romans 4:11-16, and the Jesus Christ, Galatians 3:16.
4. The Promised Seed and the Kingdom to Abraham, Galatians 3:15, 16, Deuteronomy 17:14-16, and I Samuel 8. The Earthly Kingdom through David, Christ would rule on earth, I Chronicles 17:4-15.
5. Land deeded eternally to Abraham’s descendants, and within the covenant there were conditions made for perpetual inhabitation, Genesis 13:14, 15, and 17. The conditional relationship to the land, Deuteronomy 30:1-10, and the unconditional relationship to the land, Leviticus 26:44, 45, and Psalm 89:30-37.
6. The world would have a unique relationship based on its treatment according to the Abrahamic Covenant, Genesis 12:3, “And so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
B. The Redemptive Covenant’s application to the non-Jewish people, and as it relates to the Abrahamic Covenant:
First, Gentiles were to be blessed by the Redemptive Covenant’s extension to them through the Abrahamic Covenant, Genesis 12:3. The atoning power’s requirement under the Redemptive Covenant did not change for humanity, they needed a blood sacrifice, trust, and faith that was based on the mercy and grace of God. The requirements remained integral to the Redemptive Covenant; nothing was added or removed from the original plan of the Godhead during Stage One of the Redemptive Covenant, Hebrews 9:22, Ephesians 1:12, 13, Hebrews 11:6, Romans 4:11-16 and Ephesians 2:8, 9.
Stage ‘One,’ also refers to the “Old Covenant,” and it has to be studied to see if the terminology is relating to the Mosaic Covenant, as in the Book of Hebrews when referring to the Mosaic Covenant, or the Old Covenant relating to stage one of the Redemption Covenant. In the Dispensation of Promise, with the giving of the Abrahamic Covenant, God changed the stewardship from the former dispensation to Abraham and his descendants, Galatians 3:23-29. The change in stewardship is one of the seven guiding principles of a dispensation when it changes to a new dispensation. The stewardship of the dispensation was to be carried out by Israel with the message, and offer of the Redemptive Covenant to the world.
Both the Nation of Israel and the non-Jewish people, (Gentiles) were required to obey the revealed governing rules of the Dispensation of Promise given by God. The non-Jewish world was also required to observe the Redemptive Covenant, and other covenants in accordance with the specific rules given in the Dispensation of Promise. The covenants were given for Israel’s well-being in its stewardship, and for the Gentile’s blessings as they related to the God of Israel, “And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing.”
The changing or transition in the dispensation from Human Government to the Dispensation of Promise, started with the sin at the Tower of Babel and the call of Abram. Continuing through Israel’s 40 years in the wilderness and ending with the events recorded in the Scripture of the last carryover person Balaam, a corrupt Gentile prophet of God from the former dispensation, Numbers 22. After Balaam, the Bible became silent on any of those spiritual leaders of the former Dispensation of Human Government.
Second, the Redemptive Covenant allowing Gentiles to join the Jewish Community. Individual Gentiles from the other nations who became believers joined the Jewish Nation in spiritual belief, and some became integrated into the Jewish Nation community; examples were Rahab and Ruth. The rest of the nations were to live alongside the Nation of Israel in peace, blessing the Jewish Nation.
Third, Gentile men who believed in Jehovah God of Israel were to be circumcised, to demonstrate they had subordinated their allegiance to the Nation of Israel’s faith and covenants. As the Nation of Israel developed, all believing Gentiles could enter the Court of the Gentiles in the Temple to worship and learn. Believing Gentiles were to live in harmony and peace with the Nation of Israel.
The Gentile proselytes were required to appear in Jerusalem three times a year because of their conversion to Israel’s faith and covenants; and on the day of Pentecost many Gentile proselytes were present for this celebration, Acts 2:5-12, and Exodus 23:14-17. The Ethiopian eunuch was already saved before the Dispensation of Grace became fully operational; he was saved under the Old Covenant, stage one of the Redemptive Covenant, and he was in proper relationship to the Nation of Israel as shown by his appearance in the Court of the Gentiles at Jerusalem, one of the three times a year according to the Dispensation of Promise rules. When Philip explained the passage of Isaiah that the Ethiopian eunuch was reading, he believed the Gospel message about Jesus Christ, and identified himself with Christ Jesus in his water baptism, Acts 8:27- 40, Isaiah 53, Genesis 17:12,13, Exodus 12:48,49, Isaiah 55:5, and Isaiah 56.
Forth, the Redemptive Covenant, Israel had a stewardship responsibility to non-Jewish people. Each person in the Nation of Israel, participated in the stewardship institution to the world, and was to be a steward of the Redemptive Covenant (or the Old Covenant Stage one), Exodus 22:21, and 23:9.
Israel’s failure to fulfill its responsibility, according to the Dispensation of Promise as described in the Biblical accounts from Abraham through Moses, brought the Nation chastisements and judgments that will eventually end with punitive judgment on the Nation. The punitive judgment will be fulfilled in the 70th week’ of Daniel, also called “Jacob’s trouble” or “seven year Tribulation Period.” In this Tribulation the Nation of Israel will be purged, resulting in the repentance and salvation of a remnant, who turn to the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, Isaiah 1:9, Jeremiah 31:7, and Joel 2:23. This remnant from the Jewish Nation will proclaim the truth of redemption to the world, Isaiah 10:20-23, Jeremiah 23:3-6, Romans 9:26-29, and Revelation 7, 14.
After the Rapture God will fulfill His prophetic program, as foretold through this remnant, the true Nation of Israel Zephaniah 3:8-13, and Romans 9:26-29. The non-believing Jews, along with all other nonbelievers of the world, will be punitively judged by the end of the Tribulation in the Battle of Armageddon with death. This Battle will end the Tribulation period and the transition into the Dispensation of the Kingdom. (Note: the Battle of Armageddon will occur at the end of the seven-year Tribulation, and the Battle of Gog and Magog will happen at the end of the 1000 years, Revelation 16:15-20 cf. 20:7-10.)
The Scripture will be fulfilled with the millennial reign of Christ, the Dispensation of the Kingdom. Jesus the Lord says in the Gospels to the Nation of Israel, “many, I tell you, will try to enter the Kingdom, and will not be able to”, Matthew 7:13, 14. At the time the Dispensation of the Kingdom, the Gentile nations must be obedient as prescribed in the Abrahamic Covenant, accepting the leadership of Christ Jesus, through the true Nation of Israel formed by the believing remnant, Isaiah 60.
5. Back to the Redemptive Covenant, moving to stage two, from stage one, or the Old Covenant toward the New Covenant. Stage one continues, during the Dispensation of Promise through Israel’s earthly Kingdom in the Dispensation of Promise.
1st. In the Dispensation of Promise, the Redemptive Covenant, God chose to have a unique relationship with the people of Israel, Psalm 135:4, “For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His special treasure.” Deuteronomy 4:37, 7:6, 10:15, 14:2, and Psalm 105:6.
2nd. Time of the lives of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were during stage one of the Redemptive Covenant, Genesis 17:19 - 35:10, and 49:33.
3rd. Egypt and the sojourn of the Israelites, and their subsequent deliverance, also occurred during the Dispensation of Promise in stage one of the Redemptive Covenant, Genesis 42:1 – Exodus 14:30.
4th. Mosaic Law was added to give the Nation of Israel, a blueprint for governing and obedience, for the Dispensation of Promise, Galatians 3:15-21.
The Mosaic Law given to Moses, contained the rules establishing the Kingdom, laws for a worship system, civil obedience, and moral living that the people could not keep because of the sinfulness of their heart, Exodus 19:1 – Leviticus 1 - 27, and Numbers 1 - 36.
The Mosaic Law included some laws that were modified from the previous dispensation, new laws that were modified in later dispensations, and universal laws that had not been previously revealed; all of these laws are consistent with the first three guiding principles of a dispensation. Included in the fourth guiding principle was for the stewards who govern the dispensation; they were to obey these laws in establishing a Godly Nation moving the Redemptive Covenant forward, stage one towards Jesus Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection, and implementation of stage two at Pentecost.
5th. The chastisement of the Israelites in the wilderness happened during the Dispensation of Promise, Numbers 13 - 27 – Deuteronomy 1- 34.
6th. Conquest of the land promised to the Jewish Nation was one of the events establishing the covenants given to Abraham under the Dispensation of Promise, Joshua 1-24.
7th. The period of the Judges continued the establishment of Israel’s position in an earthly Kingdom that led to the rule by an earthly king, Judges 1- 21, Ruth 1-4, Esther 1-10, and I Samuel 1- 8.
8th. The time of the earthly Kingdom established by Israel, saw Israel’s first earthly king (Saul), and then David and the Davidic Covenant, this is also operating during stage one during the Dispensation of Promise of the Redemptive Covenant, I Samuel 8 – II Samuel 24, Psalm 1-150, Proverbs 1 – 31, I Chronicles 1- II Chronicles 10, and I Kings 1-12.
9th. When the Nation of Israel’s Kingdom was divided into two Kingdoms, it still was during the Dispensation of Promise, II Chronicles 10 - 36, and I Kings 12 – II Kings 25.
10th. The Dispensation of Promise operated before, during, and after the 12 tribes of the Northern and the Southern Kingdom’s captivity, Daniel 1 - 12, Ezra 1 - 10, and Nehemiah 1 - 13. (To this date none of the 12 tribes of Israel have fully returned from captivity as one Nation, but will unite when the Dispensation of the Kingdom begins, the sixth dispensation of God’s total plan).
11th. The Dispensation of Promise continued when the Northern Kingdom tribes were taken into captivity, also at this time started the Times of the Gentiles. The Times of the Gentiles will continue through the seven-year tribulation, II Kings 1 – 17, Luke 21:24.
12th. The Southern Kingdom tribes were taken into captivity in continuation of the Time of the Gentiles, during the Dispensation of Promise, II Chronicles 36, and II Kings 25.
13th. The Times of the Gentiles started with the captivity of the Northern Kingdom tribes, and runs through two dispensations: the Dispensation of Promise and the Dispensation of Grace, which ends with the seven-year Tribulation period:
a) The first coming, of our Lord Jesus Christ in human form occurred through the Times of the Gentiles, during the Dispensation of Promise, John 1:1, 14.
b) The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, records the historical events in the lives of the Israelites during our LORD’s first coming to earth. The Gospel’s historical events occurred during the Times of the Gentiles under the Old Covenant, or Stage One of the Redemptive Covenant with the continuation of the Dispensation of Promise.
c) The birth, life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, completed the requirements of Stage One, empowering the Redemptive Covenant, Matthew chapter one through Acts two.
d) The completing of the atonement occurred during the Times of the Gentiles, completing stage one, and the Dispensation of Promise where stage two takes control.
14th. The Redemptive Covenant, Stage Two, or the New Covenant, was implemented at Pentecost with the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit in believers, this period is still in the Times of the Gentiles, and the decreasing of the Dispensation of Promise, Galatians 4:4, and Acts 1-7.
The Dispensation of Grace is part of the Times of the Gentiles that is the spiritual continuation of the chastisement on the Nation of Israel. Because of the Nation of Israel rejecting its leadership position, God instituted a mystery dispensation, the Dispensation of Grace, Acts 1-7, 28:28, and Ephesians 3:1-3.
Today’s dispensation overlays God’s finishing the punitive judgment on the Nation of Israel that was prophetically, and supposed to have happened at the end of the Dispensation of Promise, Isaiah 2:12; 13:6-9; Joel 1:15; 2:1-31; 3:14, Deuteronomy 4:30; Zephaniah 1:1, Daniel 12:1; 9:24-27, Zephaniah 1:15, Jeremiah 30:7, Matthew 24:21; 25:31-46, and I Thessalonians 5:2. This unfinished overlay punitive judgment on the Dispensation of Promise will happen right after the mystery Rapture that also will be the punitive judgment on the nonbeliever left behind from the Dispensation of Grace, Romans 16:25, I Corinthians 2:7, Ephesians 3:3, Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:26, and I Thessalonians 4: 13 - 5:11.
After the overlaid dispensation ends, with the Rapture of the church of today, and the conclusion of the seven-year punitive judgment on the world, the era called the “Times of the Gentiles” will come to an end. The Times of the Gentiles will end with the completion of the Battle of Armageddon. Bible teachers have taken the phrase ‘the Times of the Gentiles from Luke 21:24; this period covers all the time Israel is divided, and under the oppression of the Gentiles, and ending when Christ Jesus comes the second time to earth, which will be at the beginning of the full operation of the Dispensation of the Kingdom in the Millennial reign, Revelation 20. The Redemptive Covenant works through all events, for it is an eternal covenant that is why it is called an everlasting covenant, Genesis 9:16, Hebrews 13:20, Ephesians 1:4, II Timothy 1:9, Titus 1:2, Romans 8:18-25.
The Lord Jesus Christ will descend from heaven in His second literal appearance on earth that concludes the Gentile’s rule over the Nation of Israel, and He will reign in the Millennial Kingdom, Luke 21:23-25. Our Lord Jesus’ appearing will usher in the Dispensation of the earthly Kingdom, with Him sitting on the throne of David. The Gospel, the Redemptive Covenant, or New Covenant, will still be in effect for those born during the Dispensation of the Kingdom.
15th. Stage one ended at Pentecost, but the Dispensation of Promise continued into stage two until the end of the transition into the full operation of the Dispensation of Grace. Stage One: also called the old covenant historically because it was not completed yet, in fulfilling the Redemptive Covenant, also called the Everlasting Covenant, the completion started with the birth, (incarnation) of the Lord Jesus, Galatians 4:4-6, and His earthly work ending with His ascension, bringing Stage Two of the Redemptive Covenant to completion and operational, Acts one. The actual implementation of Stage Two was at Acts two when the Holy Spirit came to indwell within the believers, upon accepting the Gospel message at Pentecost. The stewardship was first offered to the Nation of Israel in the first seven chapters of Acts, provided they would repent and receive Jesus Christ as Messiah and Savior.
16th. The Holy Spirit had to be given before He could be rejected. The Nation of Israel had not yet been overlaid from Acts one to chapter seven, they sinned by their actions in Acts seven, rejecting the Holy Spirit as shown by their leaders in the stoning of Steven. The enactment of the New Covenant in Acts two, and the offer to the Nation of Israel did not constitute a new dispensation, from Acts one through seven, Acts 3:11-26, 2:14-40.
If the final sin of the rejection of the Holy Spirit, and His working through the stewardship of the Nation of Israel, it would have caused the transition of the seven-year Tribulation to begin, ending with the occurring of the punitive judgment of the Battle of Armageddon; however, instead of this transition, God started a mystery dispensation, and the mystery transition into a dispensation of grace, and equality with all humanity, starting at Israel’s sin of the rejection of the Holy Spirit, Acts seven.
However, with the Nation of Israel rejecting its offer of the Holy Spirit under the Redemption covenant, stage two, of the New Covenant by Acts seven, a mystery dispensation began to overlay Israel’s position, and the completion of its inheritance that was offered to the Nation was postponed, and Israel continued being oppressed by the gentiles, (Luke 21:24; “and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled:” Thus when the Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 the period of the second exile for their failure began. The Jewish people were scattered throughout the earth. The Jews would have no authority in the land God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob again until 1948). Beginning at the end of Acts seven God inserted a mystery dispensation, the Dispensation of Grace; this mystery dispensation will be completed when the Rapture occurrence, and Israel back in the land promised them, I Thessalonians 4: 13 - 5:11. When the Dispensation of Grace ends, God will return to complete the prophesied transition to the Kingdom Dispensation, with the punitive judgment of the seven-year Tribulation, ending with the Battle of Armageddon and the end of the Times of the Gentiles; however, all these events are still under Stage two, of the Redemptive Covenant, Joel 2, and Acts 2:17-21
17th. The The completion of the Redemptive Covenant that occurred under the Dispensation of Promise, was offered to the Nation of Israel as a whole; but only certain individuals in the Nation, who were in correct relationship to the Dispensation of Promise responded, and repented, identifying with Christ Jesus in baptism.
18th. Redemptive Covenant, with the propagating in the Mystery Dispensation, and working together in the teaching of God’s plan for the salvation of all humanity through the gospel of the Redemptive Covenant that is functioning during the overlain of the Nation of Israel, Romans 10:14-21, II Corinthians 5:17-21.
19th. As stated before, if God had not revealed His mystery dispensation when He did, the world would have gone into the prophetic worldwide punitive judgment as prophesied to Israel in the Old Testament causing a dispensational change, Acts 2:17-22. God stopped His prophetic economic timetable at this point with the Nation of Israel. The Times of the Gentiles continued with the Nation of Israel’s oppression being overlaid with the Body of Christ, working redemption today for the world through a New Stewardship, a New Organism. Ephesians 2:14 and read all of chapters 1-4 of Ephesians.
Instead of going into the Tribulation, with Israel’s rejection of its stewardship, God applies the Redemptive Covenant to the world through a stewardship of a mystery dispensation, Romans 16:25, I Corinthians 2:7, Ephesians 3:3, Ephesians 3:9, and Colossians 1:26. This dispensation is a ‘new organism,’ Ephesians 2:14-18, Galatians 3:15, Colossians 3:10, 11, Romans 9:22-33, I Corinthians 12:12-14, Galatians 3:28, and Hebrews 2:11.
This new organism comprises all believers based on each individual’s personal relationship to the New Covenant that was accomplished in Christ Jesus through the Gospel, Ephesians 3:6. During the former dispensation, the Nation of Israel, having the stewardship, lost its unique position until today’s dispensation becomes complete, Romans 11. The evangelistic outreach for the world's salvation continues, but not with the Dispensation of Promise, but rather with the Dispensation of Grace as the dispensing institution of stewards.
The Dispensation of Grace is a mystery not prophesied; salvation was prophesied, but not on an equal governmental basis, Colossians 1:27, and Colossians 2:2. The governments of the world are to be subordinate to the spiritual stewardship of God in harmony with the new organism, the church, called “the Body of Christ”, Romans 13, Ephesians 6:5-20, I Timothy2:1-7, and I Peter 2:13-17. All governments today are held accountable for dispensing good, and promoting the Redemptive Covenant on the basis of Biblical truths and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The “mystery of the Gospel” that Paul spoke about referred to the equal approach to God, and a relationship with Him under the Dispensation of Grace, Ephesians 6:19, Ephesians 3:6, Romans 16:25 cf. Romans 10:9-13, Ephesians 2:1-13, John 1:11,12, and I John 5:9-14.
The Gospel does not fail; only the stewards fail - even in this dispensation. The failure today will bring an end to the present dispensation and punitive judgment on those under the Dispensation of Grace as prophesied in I Timothy 4:1-4, and II Timothy 3:1-7. The coming end will result in God’s completing the program with the Nation of Israel that He prophesied, and suspended when He instituted today’s dispensation, Romans 11:25, Acts 7, 28:24-28, and Romans 11. The Redemptive Covenant and the Gospel will still be operating when God completes His program with the Nation of Israel.
The universal laws of God and the Redemptive Covenant did not change when the Dispensation of Grace was revealed; redemption is open for all who will trust in Jesus Christ. One cannot change a covenant or the universal laws of God; only the rules for governing its provisions can change. The change is according to the operating guidelines, and laws modified from the former dispensation or the new rules given by God to govern the new dispensation; these are two of the seven guiding principles of a dispensation, Galatians 3:15.
There is one Gospel whereby the Redemptive Covenant becomes applicable. The Gospel is a universal truth applying to all dispensations. The Good News, the Gospel of the Redeemer was prophetically promised to all future humanity back in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:15, Romans 5, and the people of all generations prior to the cross looked forward to the Redeemer, and today humanity looks back to Jesus Christ’s completed work of redemption, (Incarnation – birth, life, death, resurrection and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, I Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:13, 14, Ezekiel 36:27).
20th. The Redemptive Covenant will operate through the seven-year Tribulation Period. The Tribulation is the next divine event after the Rapture, ending today’s dispensation, the Dispensation of Grace. The Rapture will snatch up all believers into heaven, and will leave all of today’s nonbelievers on earth to face the Tribulation that will follow. This seven-year Tribulation will be the beginning of the transition to the Kingdom Dispensation, and end with the punitive judgment from God on two dispensations, the Dispensation of Promise and the Dispensation of Grace. This period of time will encompass all who are left on earth who have not heard the Gospel, and those who have rejected the Gospel during the Dispensation of Grace. The Holy Spirit will still permanently indwell those who become believers by receiving Jesus Christ as savior during the Tribulation period.
The Redemptive Covenant will never cease operating during the Tribulation, Revelation 14:13; 19:10; 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:29; 3:6; 3:13, and 3:22. God will still be convicting men of sin, working through the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is integral to the Redemptive Covenant for those individuals, who put their trust in the substitutional sacrificial work of Christ Jesus, for the forgiveness of sin and the sin nature, I John 2:1-3.
During the seven-year Tribulation period, the new believers will have to endure trials in order to enter into the earthly Kingdom in their physical bodies, Revelation 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:26; 3:5; 3:12; 3:21; 15:2, and 21:7. Believers who do not escape at this time will be martyred, by their opposition to the evil forces of Satan, because they refuse to accept the mark of the Beast.
Those who refused the Gospel message, rejecting the Redemptive Covenant, in the former dispensation that are alive, will go into the Tribulation period, they will not be saved because they hardened their hearts before the Rapture, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, cf. II Thessalonians 1:5-10, and II Thessalonians 2. Those who reject the Gospel in the Tribulation without repenting will be eternally lost and perish, with those nonbelievers of the former dispensation, II Thessalonians 2:9-12, Revelation 14:8-11, and chapters 1-3.
The Nation of Israel will have the authorized stewardship once again during this time, when a remnant of the Nation will take responsibility by preaching the Gospel to the world as prophesied Matthew 28:26-20, Revelation 7, Matthew 10:16-23, Micah 5, and Zephaniah 3. The seven churches of Revelation will find their fulfillment during this period, Revelation 1-3. This transition will end with the Battle of Armageddon, and the Lord Jesus will return literally in His second coming to earth, Revelation 16:13-16, 19:11-21, and Zechariah 14:1-5. He will ascend the Throne of David to rule the earth from the New Jerusalem, Revelation 20:4-6. This event will be the beginning of the full operation of the Dispensation of the Kingdom with the fulfillment of Israel’s promises, and Christ Jesus reigning for 1000 years.
21st. The Redemptive Covenant will operate in the earthly Kingdom, the Dispensation of the Kingdom. The Redemptive Covenant will continue through the Dispensation of the Kingdom, with the unique presence of our Lord Jesus Christ sitting on the Throne of David. Jesus Christ the Messiah will fulfill all the prophecy spoken since the world began, relating to the earthly Kingdom, and God will fulfill the covenants He made with Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob and the Nation of Israel as His chosen Nation.
This specific period of time is called in Scripture the “Kingdom of Christ”, “Millennial Reign of Christ” (Messiah), “1000 year Millennium”, or the “Dispensation of the Kingdom”. This will be a time of perfect governmental rule and peace until the end of the 1000 years, when God will have victory over the forces of Satan, Revelation 20:9, “And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.”
All Old Testament saints, along with those saved during the Dispensation of Grace, and those martyred during the Tribulation, will reign along with, and under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, ‘Messiah – King,’ in their glorified bodies throughout this 1000 year period, Revelation 20:4-6, and I Corinthians 6:1-4. During this time Satan will be bound up by our Lord for the 1000 years, and then be released at the end, Revelation 20:1-10.
The children born during the Millennium will still be in their natural bodies, and will need to be saved in order to escape eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. At the end of the 1000 years, an unknown numbers that have not been saved will follow Satan to attack Christ; in response God will destroy all the followers of Satan in the Battle called “Gog and Magog,” Revelation 20:7-10. The unsaved from a perfect government of Christ still shows the heart of humanity is evil, and fails without being transformed by the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior!
Our Lord Jesus Christ will sentence all unbelievers to eternal punishment at the Great White Throne Judgment, ending the dispensation of the Millennial Kingdom, and the starting the Eternal Kingdom of God, also called the “Dispensation of the Fullness of Time”, Ephesians1:10, Psalm 45:6, Daniel 2:44, 6:26, Matthew 12:28, 19:24, 21:43, Acts 19:8, 28:23, and I Corinthians 6:9.
The earthly Kingdom or the Kingdom of Messiah, will be fulfilled, and will then be incorporated prophetically, and identified, “the Kingdom of God” or the “Eternal Kingdom,” or “ the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, operating for eternity, Revelation 12:10.
22nd. The Redemptive Covenant, in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time will be complete throughout eternity, II Peter 1:11, Daniel 4:3; 4:34, Psalm 45:5-7, 145:13, and Daniel 7:26-28. The Redemptive Covenant, Stage One was implemented at Adam’s fall in Genesis, and operated during the first four dispensations: the Dispensation of Innocence, the Dispensation of Conscience, the Dispensation of Human Government and the Dispensation of Promise, until it completion by God changing to stage two being implemented, (the New Covenant) at Acts two.
23rd. The Dispensation of the Fullness of Time completes the fullness of redemption, Ephesians 1:10. The Holy Spirit will still be working in this dispensation bringing joy, Romans 14:17. The spiritual benefits of the Redemptive Covenant that was brought about by our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, will have been given to individual believers in the Eternal Kingdom dispensation, Ephesians 1:14, and Romans 14:17.
The beginning of this dispensation and transition into this dispensation started with Satan being cast into the Lake of Fire, and the completion at the end of the Great White Throne Judgment, and the creation of the New Heaven and a New Earth. When this transition is completed, the Son of God will hand it over to God the Father, the Kingdom, signaling that the Redemptive Plan of the Godhead has come to completion, Revelation 21, and I Corinthians 15:24.
The Dispensation of the Fullness of Time never end because it will never fail; the recipients or beneficiaries are the redeemed since creation. Also, the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time never fails because Satan - identified as an evil liar, a deceiver, and a serpent - with his devices - and all who followed him, will be in the Lake of Fire for all eternity, created specifically for them and their disobedience, Matthew 25:41, and Revelation 14:10. God’s new creation of a New Heaven and a New Earth is eternal, Isaiah 65:17, Isaiah 66:22, Revelation 21:1, 20:14, and Isaiah 24:18-21.
The timing of the final transformation for the believers will occur at different stages depending upon the dispensation in which they were saved, I Corinthians 15; 12-58, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Daniel 12:2, and Isaiah 2:19. The physical to the spiritual transformation of the believers’ bodies will occur for some at the Rapture, for some at the beginning of the Millennium and for others at the end of the 1000 years. The nonbelievers will experience their final eternal punitive transformation to condemnation at the Great White Throne Judgment, Revelation 20:4-6, and Psalm 1. (The Bible does not say that the nonbelievers’ bodies will be reunited for the eternal judgment; but if they are, this reunion will probably occur at the Great White Throne, which is their final eternal punitive judgment.).
Chart 04 - The Redemptive Covenant's Historical
Review: there are Seven Key Principles in understanding the Governing of each Biblical Dispensation of Scripture
Four of the principles would not come into operation if failure had not occurred, but because of failure, the last three functions bring about the change, and a new dispensation with a new institution of stewardship. However, if the last four do not occur, then the dispensation would be eternal, and the only one that will meet that level of victory will be the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, also called the Kingdom of God.
The seven principles or keys:
1. Universal Rules and Truths that continue throughout each dispensation.
2. New Rules that govern the new dispensation that were not given in previous dispensations dispensations.
3. Rules that changed, or are modified in the new dispensation.
4. The new stewardship institution is responsible to carry out the new dispensation's rules. This position of the stewards are responsible to organize, manage, and execute the prescribed orders of the plan of God. The institution of stewards are ordained by God, and any change or are modified from one dispensation to the next.
5. Failure of humanity’s obedience, caused by failure of the stewards, and the depravity of the heart of humanity, God’s long-suffering comes to an end.
6. Transition into the new or next dispensation starts at a particular event in the dispensation, resulting from the failure and permeation of sins and disobedience. The transition ends after the punitive judgment with the new dispensation taking full authority. Some of the residue is seen or mentioned in Scripture from the previous dispensation; however, it does not carry the authority it once did, and eventually it is no longer seen in the new dispensation.
7. Irreversible Punitive Judgment, comes from God that will be performed by different decisive ways in His plan, they are not reversible judgments, and they are performed completely.
The Definition of the Greek word, in the Word of God is translated dispensation or administration. The household rules that govern a house are within the definition of a dispensation. It is the management of the house. Dispensations are not controlled by time, but the failure of the economy caused by the permeation of the depravity of humanity.
There are those who do not want to use the word dispensation, so they substitute the word plan. Yes, a dispensation is a plan, it is the plan of God during a period of an economy that has stewards that carry out the plan of God. The Master-plan is the redemption given by God almighty for fallen humanity, offered as a gift, given to humanity, who could not redeem himself by anything they could do, but God in the incarnation completed the just requirement needed to be paid, God the Son is the just and the justifier for humanity. Since the world began there are seven sub-plans (dispensations) that are within the master plan of redemption. If an individual what to substitute plan for dispensation, which is found in the Word of God, it still has the seven key principles for each. The teaching of God’s total working is His plan, and the dispensation is a subordinate word, in describing God’s workings in the history of humanity that is revealed in Scripture. The word ‘plan’ is not the best word to use because it is not an exclusively a household equivalent, and does not fulfill fully the following three criteria applied to an economy, where the Biblical word dispensation does. Also, the word plan is not equivalently translated from the words found in God’s word where the word dispensation or derivative is used. There is a Greek word that is defined as plan; however, the Holy Spirit did not use it where the word dispensation is found.
Todaythe word that describes dispensation best is administration, if a substitute needs to be used. The meaning includes one who carries out the prescribed functioning given by an entity of authority. The length of a dispensation is not controlled by time, but the success and fulfillment within the economy’s existence. Also, for the existence of a dispensation, three aspects has to exist that meets the definition of the Biblical word.
1. The household.
2. Existing rules that govern the economy, and
3. The responsible stewards who are for leadership in carrying out the rules.
God owns the world of humanity, (household). He gives holy, just, and righteous rules for the operation of His creation. God ordains a stewardship institution to carry out His plan for creation. There is a chain of command, ordained by God for bringing about His Plan.
(Do not mix up the seven key principles of operation with the above three relating to dispensation’s definition. No matter what word one uses to teach the truths of Scripture, you still finds the seven key principles existing in each dispensation that governs the failure or success.).
Example: to help understand the word dispensation is the working of an administration:
1st there is an authority that establishes the existence of an administration.
2nd are the rules that govern an administration.
3rd are leaders or stewards that are responsible for the leadership in fulfilling the accomplishment of the operation. The layperson or worker is responsible for obedience as they live and work under the administration.
4th If the administration fails, a new administration is instituted.
1st comes the failure.
2nd the failure brings about a transition from the old administration to the new one.
3rd are the old stewards or leaders are replaced with a new leadership, and the workers who disobeyed were fired.
5th the new administration has rules that are universal, there are some rules that stay the same, others may be modified, or rules carried over from the previous administration, and there will be new rules unique to the new administration that were not before given.
The next chapters we will look at each of the seven key principles of a dispensation, and dissect them for understanding the working in each dispensation.
The First Key principle is the Universal Truth:
The first Key principle in each of the seven dispensations is the Universal principle where Universal Truths are found:
Understanding the seven keys or guiding principles (elements) are the basis for the understanding of dispensations. The Biblical continuity and clarity of a dispensation reveals the symmetry in God's working throughout the Bible. The understanding of the symmetry reveals how the Biblical events are tied together, opening one's own heart and mind to God's awesome workings to redeeming humanity.
The universal principles are a major key element in dispensational understanding. This element reveals absolute truths, revealing the progressive history of humanity, leading to the discovery what humanity has been given, and learning the make-up of the earth and universe that God had planned for them, Genesis 1:26-28.
The universal truths play and have a very important place in dispensational understanding, and revealing progression in the history of humanity. Universal truths give assurance of a solid foundation providing comfort, knowing things are not going to change that are eternal, holy, righteous and just; they give assurance our world and universe will not fall apart, no matter what dispensation governs its existence without God being in full control. The quest of life is discovered in the search of universal truths that are found in creation, the universal truths are in keeping with the laws created by God, whether already revealed or still hidden in God to be revealed in a latter dispensation, Mark 13:31; II Timothy 2:15; Titus 1:3; Psalms 119:89,103,130,160, and Psalms 12:6; 18:30; 33:4; 68:11; 105:7-9.
A dispensation is the historical economy that humanity's obedience is required, and humaniy's interaction with God and creation. The operation of the dispensations economy may change, but not the universal principles, they will always remain the same.
a. God is eternal, demonstrating grace, mercy, love, and His infinite character and involvement throughout the dispensations, Romans 5:1-11; I John 3:1; 4:7-12, and Galatians 5:22-23.
b. A human will always be a human, either male or female, Genesis 1:26-28, and Matthew 19:4. Humanity is eternal, created in God's image. It is humanity's responsibility to trust God, Ecclesiastes 3:11.
c. The creation of animals will always be after its own kind, a dog will always be a dog, cow a cow, etc., Genesis 1:24-25; 2:9.
d. Gravitational force will always have its pull unless acted upon by a higher universal law, etc. The earth is held together by God, and He has created the divine formulas, Psalms 19; 3:5; Job 32-42; Isaiah 55:6, and Genesis 1; 2.
Universal principles are not to be overlooked in the scriptures, connecting truths, and studying and searching where they are found in every dispensation is important. Studying and understanding how the universal truth is applied, in the different historical periods and events need to be taken into account, and by doing so, the learner will not become confused when applying and obeying the scriptural trues correctly that are in accordance to the dispensation they live, Ephesians 4:14.
The Universal Truths never change, and just because they have not been all revealed until God chose, does not make them invalid, they have always been universally eternal. When revealed they are included along with humanity's understanding, and included with those that came forward from eternity and previous dispensations. The new universal rule, truths or laws can be revealed at the beginning of a dispensation or as it is unfolding, and even though they are revealed latter, does not make them less important.
Many of universal truths have a unique relationship to each dispensation that is in force, giving clarity to Biblical truth. Also, universal principles do not change God's covenants, but direct how it is to be carried out at the time of the dispensation. Universal Truths complement the other six principle elements, making a dispensation recognizable, such as the stewardship of a dispensation, (Institution of Steward is a key principle within a dispensation.).
When a universal truth is discovered (God allowing it to be revealed) that truth is to be applied in life, and accepted as a fact, however, one needs to be sure they are being obedient as it is progressing. The universal rules are to be operated according to the way God planned the dispensation without changing, or attempting to change the rules.
In the following examples, the universal truth, animals never change, they are after their own kind. Some animals were created as scavengers to clean up the earth while others were used for food and sacrifices, Genesis 1:24, 25.
God created animals in the first dispensation, and in the second dispensation, God did not distinguish between humanity eating scavenger animals from eating other animals, in fact animals were not in man's diet, Genesis 1:24, 25. He reveals in the Dispensation of Conscience, the differences between clean and unclean animals, this was prior to the Law of Moses, Genesis 7:2. Later in the Dispensation of Human Government, He indicated for the first time man could eat meat. However, it was not to be eaten with blood, the blood was to be drained out at the time of butchering, (Again before the Law of Moses.) Genesis 9:3, 4.
Following that the Dispensation of Promise, God gave the Mosaic Law, the Nation of Israel was only to eat certain animals, as the new Mosaic Law prescribed that was in accordance with the type, clean or unclean. Note, all scavenger animals were unclean, Leviticus 11, and 20:25, then when the Dispensation of Grace began, He says one can eat all animals, giving thanks to God for the food, and not having to make a distinction between clean and unclean, Colossians 2:16, Romans 14:1-23, Acts 10:9-16, and I Timothy 4:3-6.
There has been and will continue to be unveiled universal truths throughout the dispensations. When God created humanity, He proclaimed that humanity was to subdue the earth, discovering it, taking care of the animals, the environment, and universe as they lived. Humanity was to be the stewards, caretakers of the earth. Humanity was given the innate conviction of discovery, and this leads to the sciences, biology and all the other disciplines that could be used for the task God ordained humanity to accomplish, Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15.
All seven of the Keys of the guiding principles will be in play for a dispensation. A dispensation does not change just because a universal principle was revealed as the dispensation progressed. For a dispensation to change, the last three principle would have to occur, the failure with humanities sins, the transition, and the punitive judgment, together they bring an end to a dispensation, and next dispensation moves into full operation.
The Universal Truth of God:
There is an inherent universal truth of importance that is above all others, 'there is one and only one God', Isaiah 43:10-12, and I Timothy 2:5, who is the one who has established the eternal government, and the administration that goes with it, Isaiah 42:5, 8, and 44:24. We have seen seven administrations, (dispensations) that are the seven administrations of God’s one eternal government, from eternity past to eternity future that is revealed in the Bible.
God is working in the affairs of humanity to complete the eternal Kingdom of God. In His management, He is directing the eternal government by a series of dispensations in history, which has an institution of stewards who are to provide the supervision for carrying out the historic dispensation in the world; these stewards are ordained as His representatives. There are laws, rules, regulations, commands, and controls for the guardianship of the world, and they are to provide protection and guidance of God's Word within the dispensation or administration. The end results is the redemption of believers, and the offer of redemption for the ones who rejects His atoning provision. The redemptive Covenant is a universal Covenant that covers all of God’s dealings, with humanity throughout all the administrations. These things are universal truths coming from God's working plan, Acts 17:24-28.
(God has one eternal plan that contains seven dispensations, (administrations) with stewards of His choosing, and humanity needs to make sure we do not deceive others in believing or thinking we are talking about a human government, a church, denomination or religious group, but accept God's institution that He has ordained and established for carrying out the economy. This truth is universal, and recorded in the Scripture, (the Bible).
The universal truths are in keeping with God's character as He is, and how He relates to us as one. The one God is moral in holiness, righteousness and just, as He acts in love, mercy, grace, with joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, temperance, and can be trusted as humanity place their faith in Him, Galatians 5:22, 23.
The Universal truth principle relates to His creation (example – humanity will always be either a man or a woman, and possessing the character of a man or woman, each possessing an eternal person-hood given at creation by God, and accountable to trust and obey Him and His laws. All humanity fear death, and know in their inner being 'Heart' they possess an eternal destiny of life either in heaven or the Lake of Fire, regardless of what they try to convince themselves to believe, Ecclesiastes 3:11, and Hebrews 2:14-15.).
All of God's universal laws are holy, righteous and just, even though humanity cannot be holy apart from Him, and have not been able to save themselves because it is due to humanities depravity. Personal holiness can be only found in faith in Jesus Christ as revealed in the universal truth found historically in God's incarnation, Romans 7:12; 12:1, I Peter 1:15-16, Ephesians 1:4, Galatians 3, and Philippians 2:1-11. God offers salvation to anyone who will receive His plan as a special gift from Him, and regardless of anything a human can do or give Him, Romans 6:23, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 2:8-9, and I John 5:9-14. Believers are responsible for witnessing, teaching, training, warning the lost that is an universal responsibility, given to the personal instruments for witnessing according to the particular dispensation that the believer lived, Psalms 27:1, 34:11, Ezekiel 3:17-21, II Peter 2:5, Deuteronomy 6:1-17, Titus 1:1-10, II Timothy 2:2, Proverbs 11:3, Matthew 28:19-29, and II Corinthians 5:17-21.
Universal Truths of God have always been true in God's nature. We can confidently count on the fact that, 'God does not lie and cannot sin', Hebrews 6:18. In His Holiness, and His nature, He will never mislead us into error, Titus 1:1-3, I Samuel 15:29, and Hebrews 13:8. Error occurs when we are drawn away because of our own lust and desires; we do not seek and study the truth of God revealed in His Word, James 1:14.
Knowing universal facts about practical living, keeps and directs us away from sin and failures; therefore, we find hope and security for the future. Practical living in the dispensations have been where the pastors, evangelists, and teaches have spent the majority of their practical teaching disciplines, in directing humanity to the eternal universal truths, of the one God.
Universal principle of having God first in everything, and being thankful is a very important spiritual truth that gives God satisfaction, and blessings in a fallen world. It immediately opens the doors for His working in a person's own life, and gives stability to a society. The number one commandment of God is to Love the Lord our God with our whole heart, soul and mind, Matthew 22:36-38, and Deuteronomy 6:5!
Progressive Nature of the Universal Principles:
God in His infinite wisdom has chosen to reveal universal truths to humanity in a progressive, historical setting. We see them revealed according to His dispensations, as they unfold in scripture, and the covenants given within the dispensations. Along with that, will be truths He will reveal and make clear in the future as He has predestined for humanity to know.
One can see this progressive nature of a universal truth relating to the Redemptive Covenant. The incarnation of His Son, Galatians 4:4-6, “at just the right time God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem,” and then in Acts two, He has sent forth the Holy Spirit to indwell believers, Ephesians 1:13. We can see progression in the dispensations, revealing these universal truths about the Son of God, and God the Holy Spirit recorded in Scripture through history.
Also, in salvation, a person is predetermined for living, Acts 17:26-27, followed by the call from God, justified and glorified, Romans 8:29-30. Those who have been saved He gives the Holy Spirit to indwell their body, Ephesians 1:13; 4:30, and I Corinthians 6:19, and after a believer dies He will redeem that body they possessed here on earth in the resurrection, Ephesians 1:14, I Thessalonians 4:16-18; II Corinthians 5, and God glorifies it like His own, patterned after Jesus body for eternity, Philippians 3:21. These truths are universal, John 3:16. Also, when resurrected the relationship between male and female, will be like the angels who do not marry and they will never die, Luke 20:27-36.
Universal truths of faith, hope and love are forever characteristics in the workings of God and His divine nature. They are the fruits of the Spirit of God, and are inclusive in faith, hope and love, Galatians 5:22-26, and I Corinthians 13:1-13. We see them through every dispensation, and find their relationship to salvation when the correct relationship to God, and trusting faith is exercised, Hebrews 11:6.
We find grace and mercy a universal truth in the character of God, Deuteronomy 4:31, Nehemiah 9:31, Isaiah 26:10, Jonah 2:7-9, and John 1:16-17, and one needs to show grace and mercy in our dealings, Romans 5:6-11. We are responsible to exercise a community within our personal family, our church family, and the family of humanity, II Corinthians 5:23.
The Dispensation of Promise with the Universal Moral Laws in the Mosaic Law:
The Mosaic Law, containing the universal moral laws within, and revealed with other laws that were for worship, the kingship and their Kingdom, which were added to the Dispensation of Promise for obedience. The moral laws written in the Mosaic Law had been revealed 2000+ years after creation. They were given around 500 years after the Dispensation of Promise began with Abraham, Galatians 3:19, Romans 2:12, 14; 3:19-30, and 4:13, 14, 20. The universal moral laws were hidden in God's plan, and revealed to Moses, giving to the people the laws for establishing the Kingdom Nation in written form, and for the world’s understanding of the sinfulness of humanity, (The ten commandments), Romans 5:13-14, 20-21.
The Bible reveals universal principles that never change, and are to be learned and studied from the Bible, II Timothy 3:16, and Romans 15:4. The learning of the universal truths of God is a continuous responsibility to humanity, leading to salvation, individual sanctification and the husbandry of the earth, John 12:48, Genesis 1:26-28. Universal truths are to be witnessed to the world for moral behavior, and a peaceable existence.
The moral universal laws are a check against evil, and a weapon against the evil one, Satan, and our sin nature, Ephesians 6:10-20. Many of the positive universal truths in the Bible counter the wrongs choices, and evil, revealing holiness, righteousness, and justice giving humanity a barometer for personal living, and unified living with others. Believers have the universal mandate to share and stand for the truths of God, Romans 10:9-13, and II Corinthians 5:18-23.
The Book of Proverbs is a good example of many truths that are universal:
Marriage of a male and female, Genesis 1:27; Matthew 19:4; Ephesians 5:20-33, and I Corinthians 7. The universal truths of marriage and the family, unified by the chain of command with the leadership of a man, and a supportive role of a woman is a must for a healthy existence. God created the order, and the help of a man and a woman fulfilling their roles to each other will bring the ability, to experience God's working, and future blessings on a society. Violations of the leadership order cause confusion, and leads to all kinds of sin, since it violates the universal interaction of God's creation with each other.
Instead of teaching our women to usurp the leadership role of men, a society need to teach women the power of their role found in the supportive role. Men need to learn a woman is equal to them in God’s creation, and are not to be used for selfish gratification, but both are to be able to experience gratification by equal unification in love. Men need to be taught to accept their role of leadership, and how to lead in love. Blessed relationship will be seen when this universal principle is exercised, and children will grow up as responsible citizens, and having the advantage and ability to accept God in their personal lives. Children who have faith in their parents understand a heavenly Father better. Obedient parents are to love their children so they can consider God in their personal life, and their behavior will be carried into the society they live.
Government and other Authority Ordained by God:
The hope that individuals have towards authorities who are responsible to exercise good, and never evil towards that, which they are universally responsible. A steward of any institution whatever, position they hold are responsible to manifest Godly universal principles, Romans 13.
All that we own or use, our homes, car, and other material things belong to God, and they are given to us by God to exercise these principles as we live our lives. Our work, play, and other leisure times are to be exercised through Biblical universal truths. Humanity is created to reflect God, since humans are created in His image. Therefore, our responsibilities in life are to reflect Him. We will never be God, but a universal creation of His love, and subordinate, as sons and daughters, trusting and obedient to Him.
And at last, true science will not contradict God's universal truths for humanity. Ignoring God's eternal truths or changing them is spiritually wrong. Humanity's behavior is being recorded, and they will be personally accountable for their morality, and will be judged for sin, and the misuse of God's holy universal standards. This judgment will not be based on humanities science, but God's Word. The Word of God is the definitive guide that is to be used when true scientific adventures are undertaken, 'the end does not justify the means'. Therefore, evolution, abortion, homosexuality, and atheism along with their false religious teachings will be righteously judged by God's Word, Revelation 20:11-15; Psalms 1; Psalms 119:9-11, 130, 160, and 170.
All contradictions espoused by science that is contrary to the Word of God, shows that science has compromised the truths, and givens humanity an excuse for the denial of God. God's moral principles, which science concocted, changing His truths, we will be accountable in the end, when God's Word judges humanity, and every knee will bow down to Him, John 12:48, Revelation 20:11-15, Isaiah 45:18, 22, 23, and Romans 14:11.
Whenever humanity discovers God's creation, true scientific discoveries will be in keeping with His nature, and dispensational timing. His truths are not contradictory to morals, but give universal guidelines for their discovery, showing symmetry and order. There are eternal truths yet to be given to believers in one’s eternal state, in heaven believers will be always learning new facts forever, and subduing God's appointments. Today we are to know and handle correctly His Word, as we live, and as we are discovering and learning universal truths through scientific disciplines, being careful not to violate holiness in our scientific endeavors.
Dispensational studies should be a part of other Systematic Theology, with the universal principles of God's Word. Dispensations are the guide in discovering truths, and there would not be violations, or alleged contradictions in understanding when discovering our universe. When a dispensational study is our guide, it will bring glory and honor to our God, Romans 1:18-23, Hebrews 1:2; 11:3, and II Corinthians 1:12; 7:1.
The second Key, of the seven guiding elements of the Key Principles, are the rules of God from the former dispensation that are modified rules making them new, in the new dispensation.
The laws or rules of a dispensation comes from God. God gives the absolute for any modification that would be applied to the rules, and laws for the purpose of change.
Humanity does not have the right to fabricate any modification to the principles that God has given. Therefore, whenever a law of God is changed or modified for a dispensation, humanity needs to consult the revealed Word of God the Bible that has to be the guiding principle, for implementation for the dispensation in one's life. Just because humanity passes a law does not qualify it to be valid for humanity.
Example: marriage is ordained by God before sexual fulfillment, and any physical relationship, outside marriage between a man and a woman is inherently evil and wrong. Humanity cannot change the universal truths of God, making it acceptable without damage to the existence of the holy universal truth of God. There are modifications from God allowing the penalty of disobedience to the contractual law of marriage, but the universal truth does not change.
Humanity is to extend judgment on events and actions. However, they are to honor and keep in place the holy universal truth of God, untouched. Furthermore, humanity will be held accountable now and for eternity in the ways they are carrying out God's universal truths, as they are conveying God's plan for the dispensation.
Modified rules that God makes, become a part of the new rules within the working operation of the dispensation, along with the rules that were not previously revealed. In rule two, which is one of the seven keys or guiding principles of dispensations, are rules that changed. These changes may affect the scientific discoveries, the living environment, the dietary rule, the governing rules, or the leading stewardship, in the dispensation operating at the time, and future dispensations, unless changed by Him.
Once changes are revealed, and are implemented for the new dispensation, they begin to govern the dispensation. When the changes relate to an absolute truth or absolute moral truth, they will not change the absolute truth, but the implementation can change in how it will be carried out.
Example: Murder has always been an absolute truth and wrong, but the application of the just judgment as to the way the judgment was handled and applied there are changes over the different dispensations. First, the Dispensation of Conscience, a mark from God was placed on an individual, Genesis 4:15-16. Followed by the Dispensation of Human Government, a life for a life, or the instituting of capital punishment, Genesis 9:5-6. Later more detail in the governing of the judgment for murder was given and written in the Mosaic Law, for the Dispensation of Promise, Exodus 20:13. Then, in the Dispensation of Grace, combined with the just judgment of a court of law, the government will execute the judgment and punishment according to the law, Romans 13:4. Finally, during the Dispensation of the Kingdom, execution of the offender will have a particular period of time to repent, Isaiah 65:20. However, murder has always been an absolute violation of the moral law of God - His justice, righteousness and holiness.
Within the handling of the dispensation, the rules of the implementation of the changes will never violate absolute truth. Within it there are covenants, and when it comes to additional covenants, covenants can be given in a new dispensation. It's important to remember, a dispensation is not a covenant, but covenants are within dispensations. Covenants may find their fulfillment in the active dispensation or continue through it, and into the next. A modified rule within a dispensation does not nullify or modify a covenant or inverse the covenant. Remember a dispensation will end and another will start when all seven key elements are met, creating the reason for change. A covenant is fulfilled according to the original promise made within it, and given to an individual or a certain group of people, Psalms 105:5; 111:9, Galatians 5:15-17.
Dispensations contain the information of operation, or the governing rules (new or modified), and within them are the responsibilities of obedience for humanity to follow. These are the rules that God has established for the economy for the particular dispensation.
Modified rules of a dispensation are applicable to the entire world, and requires humanity to follow these administration's rules. The entire world is affected by the operating dispensation equally, and each person is responsible to find their individual responsibility, even though God has revealed a certain stewardship of leadership for the dispensation as His primary leaders, it does not exclude anyone from their accountability, but all humanity has the responsibility in living and seeking God according to rules set forth in the economy. A dispensation would never end if humanity did not fail, and since humans fail, and will in the future fail, the redemptive working of God continues in each dispensation until His long-suffering comes to an end. Those whom receive God's redemptive gift while alive receive the promise of its completion at death, and the reuniting of the body with the spirit at the resurrection that gives eternal completion, Ephesians 1:13, 14, and I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
The following deals with the modified rules, and the universal rules with their modifications, but never changing their universality by the modification. Also, there are other rules that were revealed in a dispensation, which became or will become modified in the next dispensation or dispensations.
Some of the modified changes found in the Dispensation of Innocence:
The following points are compared to eternity past, prior to the creation of all things by God. When it comes to creation the word modified is used for CHANGE, because God created everything out of nothing, so modified here means changed from nothing.
Because this is the very first dispensation and everything came into existence out of nothing, many of the following universal truths will follow forward to all dispensations, some laws will be modified in future dispensations.
Examples: the earth was created good, but with sin it became corrupted, resulting in decay, yet the earth still remained the earth, Romans 8:18-25. Another example: fellowship changed as to the way God fellowships with humanity. The universal truth is that God wants us to have fellowship with Him, but it is different from the way humanity experienced in the Garden of Eden.
Change from eternity is unique because God created time and it began, Genesis 1:14-19, and Isaiah 40:28.
1. God entered into time not looking on, but entering into it - the infinite with the finite, Genesis1:1, 2, Acts 17:26-28, Psalms 94:9-13, 18, 19, and Psalms 139. The infinite with the finite can be considered a modified change from eternity prior to God's creation, for the infinite walked and conversed with the finite.
2. He created the heavens and earth and all its symmetry, the design of nature and life are modified from nothing to eternal existence, Genesis 1-2, John 1:1-4,14, Philippians 2:5-10, and Revelation 21:1.
3. God displays His glory, modified through showing Himself through creation, Psalms 19.
4. God created a dispensation in His core plan design with laws and rules for the maintaining of His world modified from nothing existing before, Isaiah 44:24, and 45:18.
5. God created out of nothing, the laws of nature, Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 11:3, and Isaiah 40:28-31.
6. God created the heavens and all its hosts, Angels - Cherubim, Genesis 1:1; 3:22-24, Hebrews 9:5, Ezekiel 10:4, and Seraphim, Isaiah 6:1-3, Living creatures, Revelation 4:6-9, Archangels, I Thessalonians 4:16, and Jude 9.
7. God created humanity in His image, Genesis 3:8-9, modifying His existence with humanities presence.
8. God did have and desired to have continued fellowship with His creation showing a modification from eternity past, II Corinthians 13:14, and John 17.
9. God created humanity to bring Him glory, modification change from the pre-existence to existence with humanity, Ephesians 1:3-6.
10. God created the ability for humanity to be cognitive and cognizant of expression, feeling and have creativity as they lived, Genesis 2:7, and 1:26-31.
11. He gave them the ability to choose, and obligatory responsibilities, Genesis 2:15-17, and 1:28.
12. God made a sequence of plans, (plans within a Master's Plan), called dispensations before the creation for humanity in their failures, Ephesians 1:4, and II Timothy 1:9, Romans 8:26-29. The dispensations were modified as they developed throughout history.
13. He created - His creation to be eternal as He is eternal, Genesis 3:22, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Hebrews 2:14-15, Matthew 25:41, 46, and Mark 9: 44, 46, 48, modifying eternity to include humanity.
14. God made humans the stewards of His created world, this included responsibility, and having a chain of command of unity and order, Genesis 2:15, 19-20.
Some of the Modifications found in the Dispensation of Conscience, and contrasted to the former dispensation, and the future dispensations:
The Modifications from here out will relate to things, which existed from, and before creation.
Starting in the Dispensation of Conscience with sin, humanities relationship with God changed, God no longer walked with them in innocence inside the Garden of Eden, but now walks with them through an atonement, a redemptive sacrifice in a fallen world, Romans 5:17-20. The laws in relationship to humanities walk, will change in accordance with the atonement sacrifice, and with the introduction of prophets, priests, kings, and the redemption for humanity that Jesus Christ fulfilled.
The Dispensation of Conscience, occurred after creation's beginning with Adam and Eve sinning, God expelled them from the Garden of Eden, which was a perfect environment that changed the location of the relationship, bringing into history the event that caused completion and ending of the old dispensation, and full-operation of the new dispensation, Genesis 3:22-24. A perfect environment again will not be seen or modified until the final dispensation called the Dispensation of the Fullness of time, Ephesians 1:10, Revelation 21:1-4, 22-27, and Revelation 22.
After the fall and sin, God’s dealing with humanity is in direct use of the Holy Spirit on man's conscience, Genesis 3:8-11; 6:3. Laws are added for humanities awareness of sin that result in our conscience responding to either a positive or negative reaction in our behavior or feeling, Romans 3:20; Galatians 3:24, and Romans 7:5, 7, 13.
Starting with the Dispensation of Conscience, conviction is given from God according to the dispensation in operation at the time, and will be working in conjunction and accordance to the stewardship of the family heads, judges, prophets, priests, kings, and ordained governments working along with conscience. The future Dispensation of the Kingdom, conscience will be convicting humans, working in accordance to Christ's rule from David's throne as King on earth, and the Holy Spirit. The conscience will be working until the final dispensation where the Theocracy is completely restored for all eternity, and all the redeemed will be in their glorified body.
After the failure of the Dispensation of Innocence and humanity's sin in Adam, humanity could no longer possess the right to the Tree of Life or any other vegetation in the perfect environment, Genesis 3:22. These changes will go through all dispensations until the Eternal Kingdom called the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, Revelation 22:1-6, and Ephesians 1:10.
Humanity's diet was modified from the Dispensation of Conscience, in the Garden of Eden, which consisted only of fruit plants, it was modified to include meat. Humans originally were not meat eaters, Genesis 2:8, 9, 15-17. However, in the modification the meat was to be eaten without the blood. The modification allowed humanity the privileged to eat all kinds of animals, Genesis 9:1-4, and later in the Dispensation of Promise, the modification of eating only clean animals; the unclean animals were not to be eaten, Leviticus 20:25-26. Animals have a universal classification as clean and unclean. Later in the Dispensation of Grace, humanity can again eat all kinds of animals, Romans 14, Colossians 2:15-23, and Acts 10:9-15. The diet of Eden will not be back, or modified until the Millennial reign of Christ in the Dispensation of the Kingdom, Isaiah 11:1-9.
Animals in the Dispensation of Conscience were not feared or were killers of each other, there were those animals who by creation were scavengers (unclean animals), to clean up the earth, but animals did not attack each other until after the flood, Genesis 9:1-2 cf. Isaiah 11:1-6. However, this changed after the flood, and will continue through other dispensations until the Eternal Kingdom. The use of animals were used for a sin sacrifice during the Dispensation of Conscience, before the flood, man did offer blood sacrifices; God instituted an atonement for sin, for it was required, but there is no record of humanity eating the animals, Genesis 3:21-24, 4:1-15.
After sin, the environment started to break down, and the physical bodies started to decay, leading to death; also, humanity's livelihood would be effected by the sweat of one's efforts, noxious weeds, and their relationships to each other would find difficulties, even the animal kingdom relationship to them changed, Genesis 3:14-20, Romans 5:17-20, and Romans 8:18-23.
Humanity died spiritually in their relationship to God with the sin of Adam and Eve, also, their relationship with their own body, soul and spirit changed, Ephesians 2:1-3, I Corinthians 2:14, and Hebrews 4-12. Human's flesh became the primary control over directing the actions of his choices instead of the spirit that God created within each human. The human spirit died to spiritual behavior, Ephesians 2:1-3.
Humanity started to die physically after the sin of Adam and Eve; having longevity of life, but they still died during the Dispensation of Conscience, ending in the next dispensation to a shorter lifespan, Genesis 4:8, Genesis 5, and Romans 5:12-14. (The change to a shorter lifespan took place, in the Dispensation of Human Government, and will change again to longevity in the 'Millennial reign of Christ,' the Dispensation of the Kingdom, Isaiah 65:20. Of course the eternal dispensation, humanity will live in one of two places, Heaven or in the Lake of Fire forever, I Peter 1:3-5, I John 5:13, and Revelation 20:10-15, 21:6-9).
Physical death does not mean soul sleep, annihilation or ceasing to exist because humanity was created to be eternal, in the image of God, Ecclesiastes 3:9-14; 12, and I Corinthians 5:1-8. Physical death is the separation of the spirit and soul from the body until the resurrection of the body. At death the spirit and soul of each human will spend its eternalness in one of two places, a place called hell, without the presence of God in torment, and the redeemed in heaven, in the presence of God, Matthews 25:46, and Titus 1:2.
After, the resurrection of the body and the spirit of the non-believer, they will be united with their body, at the Great White Throne Judgment, and will spend the rest of eternity in the Lake of Fire, Jude 1:7; Revelation 20:11-15, and according to God's plan as revealed and described in the Bible in, I Peter 1:4.
Heaven is where God will have fellowship with those redeemed spiritually after their death on earth, with the redeemed resurrected body, they will be united for eternity in the new heaven and earth within the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, II Corinthians 5:8.
After Humanity became sinners, he had to offer an animal sacrifice for an atonement for their sin. God provided the first animal sacrifice of atonement for both Adam and Eve individually, an animal clothing provided a covering for their spiritual and physical nakedness, Genesis 3:21, and Hebrews 9:2.
A blood sacrifice of an animal was needed for the just payment of sin until Jesus Christ's finished work, who would provide the one just payment, and only His blood sacrifice was sufficient to meet the just requirement of God for sin eternally. (The process of offering the blood sacrifice changed through the dispensations, yet a blood sacrifice is required today, but it is the blood of Jesus Christ's sacrifice that He shed for us today, I Corinthians 6:20, 7:23, Ephesians 1:7, 2:13, Colossians 1:14,20, and Hebrews 9:12.).
With the need of a sacrifice, humans became killers of animals for a sin sacrifice, until Christ's finished work on the cross, Hebrews 9. Humanity now had to pass along the communication of an animal blood sacrifice that was required for sin. Humans were responsible passing this knowledge of the blood sacrifice to the next generation, telling them how the sacrifice was to be done, having the attitude of faith. The person who offered the sacrifice had to have faith when giving the sacrifice in order to be accepted, and given from a personal conviction from the individual or individuals. The family heads was primarily responsible to be the priest of his family, (example seen in the book of Job, caring out the sacrifices for his family and friends, Job 1:1-5), Hebrews 11:4, Hebrews 9:22, and Deuteronomy 6:6-9.
The ordained institution of the priesthood that followed conscience changed with additional laws over the next dispensations, and when Jesus Christ came for the remission of sin, He changed the priesthood for eternity, Hebrews 10:10, Hebrews 9:12, Hebrews 7:27, and Romans 6:10.).
In the Dispensation of Conscience, God alone judged each person individually for murder, the Biblical account relating to Cain and Able show they had a direct governing Theocracy rule from God, Genesis 4:9-16. (God's direct rule changes in the next dispensations, where government was established by God and organized by man. This government by man was to be subordinate to His supreme rule through them, until He sets up His Earthly Kingdom where He will rule from the throne of David, in Jerusalem, ruling the earth directly as the head of all governments along with His glorified saints.).
Some of the changes found in the Dispensation of Human Government are:
The earth atmosphere changed the living environment from a canopy of vapor over the earth to none. The oceans and mountains appear, certain animals die off, and God set his rainbow in the sky for a promise sign, and now the rain falls from the sky, watering the earth instead only the dew, which modifies the husbandry, Genesis 2:5-6, 7:11, 9:12-17.
(See: Genesis Flood. The Genesis Flood the Biblical Record, and its Scientific Implications, John C. Whitcomb: Book.).
1. People and animals started to eat animals for food, and it will continue until the 'Millennial' reign of Christ, Genesis 9:1-8 cf. Isaiah 11:1-6.
2. The diet of humanity now included meat, they can eat any animal, along with the fruits of plants and trees, Genesis 9:3.
3. Man could execute capital punishment on a murderer, showing God instituted human government, Genesis 9:5-6. We see by this time man had established a city community that influenced Noah and his children, along with the knowledge of a farming community, Genesis 9:20, and Genesis 10:4, 8-12, 13-15.
4. Humanity governed themselves, being accountable to God the Farther and God the Holy Spirit as He contends with man through his conscience, Genesis 6:3. The Holy Spirit's contending with humanity continues today, and will continue in the future, but at death His contending will end, death for the non-saved is the eternal judgment, Genesis 6:3, Acts 7:51, Ephesians 4:30-31, and I Thessalonians 5:19.
5. Humanity no longer had longevity of life, the lifespan became shorter, Genesis 11.
6. God states He would not curse the ground, or smite everything again because of the imaginations of man's heart as He did in the flood of the former dispensation, (the punitive judgment), Genesis 6:5 cf. Genesis 8:21.
Therefore, the punitive judgments of future dispensations would be different for humanity's failure. Remember in the former dispensation, He was talking about a universal flood judgment that had just occurred on earth, and from then on a new covenant was given with the rainbow, and its appearance on the earth for humanity was added, and punitive judgments would be modified in future dispensations, Genesis 9:9-17.
Note: Genesis 8:22, He states "as long as this world lasts," opening the door for understanding, a change will come in the future of the earth, the old earth would pass away, and a New one will come that will be at the end of the Dispensation of the Kingdom, as revealed in Scripture, Revelation 21:1.
7. In Genesis 10:25, the meaning that the earth was divided, is a reference to God's judgment on the dispensation of Human Government. We see the judgment in Genesis 10, references to different languages, and the scattering into other areas on earth, 10:5, 10:18, and 10:20. In Genesis 11 the language and the earth's scattering was a result of the final sin at the Tower of Babel, starting the transition period, and the beginning of the Dispensation of Promise, where we see God choosing a people-group, coming through Abraham for His messengers to bare His message to the world, Genesis 12:1-3.
8. Humanity was scattered across the world, experiencing a modification in their languages, changing them according to God's determinate plan. Here, was the possibly event, which brought the different color of the skin and features, seen in the different people-groups of today. They formed nations and communities, and fell into scriptural silence from this point of revelation, except when they made contact with God's chosen people, Abraham descendants as His stewards.
Some of the modified changes found in the Dispensation of Promise are:
God chose an individual Abram, and renamed him Abraham, Nehemiah 9:7-8, and the choosing of his descendants, through the union of Sarah to work out His dispensation, called the Dispensation of Promise, Genesis 17:15-22, blessing the world through them, Genesis 12:1-7, 21:11-12, and Galatians 3:7-9. Abraham was personally promised the fulfillment through his personal descendant's Israel that Jesus (the Savior) Christ would come, and fulfill the provision for redemption to the world. Also, making Abraham the father of faith because of his examples he set in his life, Romans 4, cf. Genesis 22:15-19, Galatians 3:16 and James 2:18-26.
Abraham was first called a Hebrew in God's word in Genesis 14:13. ‘One from the other side of the river', Euphrates. The language of the modern state of Israel is called Hebrew, in which the Old Testament was written. Abraham crossed-over from pagan beliefs of his world becoming a special father of a special nation, Joshua 24:1-3. Abraham and his descendants were chosen by God to represent Him as His steward Nation to the world, bringing the blessings of His incarnation, and God's Kingdom.
Abram would be the father of many nations. The Lord Jesus Christ would come to earth for the redemption of individuals who would trust in Christ, and having God impute righteousness without works, based on faith alone, the same kind of faith, as Abraham demonstrated in his lifetime, Romans 4, cf. Genesis 22:15-19, Galatians 3: 25-29, Titus 3:5, and Ephesians 2:8,9. God changed Abram's name as part of the promise given to him personally, Genesis 17:1-8, and along with it, his descendants would be given possession of the land of the Canaanites indefinitely, Romans 4, and Genesis 18:17-19, 24:7, 28:10-22.
The world was to be blessed through Abraham and his descendants, Genesis 12:1-7, 21:11-12, Galatians 3:7-9 and in doing that the Hebrew nation would receive blessings from God. The world desperately needed to accept the only true God of his chosen people, Isaiah 55; 56:1-8.
The birth line of the incarnation, the 'promised-one' for the redemption of humanity had been coming through a unidentified national line of individuals, but now the birth line would be contained in the Nation of Israel, Genesis 3:15, and Luke 3:34-38. This promise would be through Abraham's seed in which Christ, the Savior, the eternal God, Himself would take on flesh to provide the means of deliverance from sin and its penalty. This forgiveness for the human race is offered free, making an individual a child of God's redemptive plan to anyone who would receive Him through His incarnation and sacrifice, Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; Hebrews 2:14; John 1:1, 14, and Philippians 2:5-11. This plan is freely given to anyone who exercised the faith that Abraham showed in his life, putting their faith in Jesus, which gives eternal life at the moment of receiving Him as Lord, Romans 10:9,13, and a future ending that includes being a recipient of the new heaven and earth for eternity, John 1:12; I John 5:9-14; Ephesians 2:8-10; I Peter 1:3,4, and Revelation 21:1; 22:12-19.
The world can be blessed today through the messages of the chosen instrument, the steward's message of God, which is a universal principle. This instrument of stewardship has been modified through the dispensations as God had planned, ordaining the stewardship in each dispensation to bless the world. Before, Israel there were individuals who were the stewards of blessing to the world, there was no specified race name given from Seth through Shem to Abraham, followed by the stewardship Nation, the Nation of Israel, (Jews), and today by the stewardship of the Body of Christ, (Jew and Gentiles equal in all Nations). The future stewardship of the earthly kingdom will be under the Lord Jesus Christ, who will sit on the throne of David with all the redeemed, in the Dispensation of the Earthly Kingdom, and then finally in the stewardship in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, the Eternal Kingdom.
During the Dispensation of Promise, God chose a land, and Nation for His chosen people to live, (Israel), Genesis 12:5-7, 13:14-17, 15:6-8,17-20, and 17:8, and individuals in the world would be blessed according to their treatment of this Nation, Isaiah 56:1-8.
Abraham's descendants were to spend a specified time, 430 years in Egypt until the sins of the inhabitants of that promised land reached its fullness of sin, Genesis 15:16; then God's judgment would come upon the inhabitants of the land, God using Abraham's descendants as His legal instruments of judgment, Genesis 15:12-16.
The land was given to the Nation of Israel in the Dispensation of Promise by God, and never given to the descendants of Ishmael, and as we read of the account we find that Ishmael descendants were going to be a problem as they lived among the Israelite people, but ownership of the land would belong to the Nation of the Jewish people, Jacob's descendants, Genesis 15:17-21.
Today, this struggle is still going on, and governments need to use this truth, taking this into account when trying to settle the Middle East problems, Genesis 16:1-12, Genesis 21:1-21, and Genesis 25:12-18, 26:1-6.
Abraham had other children from two other women besides Sarah his wife; Hagar, Sarah's servant, (Ishmael's mother), and Keturah, wife after Sarah's death. Keturah's children, there does not exist any Biblical record of the gifts or blessing Abraham gave to them, only that he sent them away to the east. . Abraham gave all his possessions to the promised people, through Isaac and Jacob the descendants of Sarah and himself, Genesis 25:1-6, and I Chronicles 1:32-33.
Today, when trying to settle the conflicts in the Middle East, one needs to take into account the relationship with the children of Esau. They were not part of the 12 tribes of the Nation of Israel, Isaac's son Esau, who was Jacob's fraternal twin brother, and Esau's 12 sons cause conflict today in the Middle East. Esau was to be subordinate to Jacob and his children. Even though Esau was a Hebrew, he was not incorporated into the Nation of Israel. He was born the same time of Jacob, but the 12 tribes of the Nation came after his birth with the descendants of Jacob. Jacob's name was changed to Israel, Genesis 32:28, and the establishment of the twelve tribes of Israel were taken from Jacob's 12 children, through two different wives, and two separate handmaidens.
The descendants of Jacob make up the 12 tribes of the Nation Israel that developed through Abraham and Sarah union, and were called Hebrews, Genesis 14:13. Abraham and Sarah’s son Isaac and wife Rebecca, then their son Jacob, whose name changed to Israel, and his union with four women, two wives and two handmaids. Rachel and Leah were Jacob’s wives, and his wives’ handmaid's Bilhah and Zilpah, birthing the twelve sons, Genesis 25:21- 23, 27:29-30, and 25:23-26, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin. Our Lord Jesus, God incarnate came through the line of Judah, Jacob’s wife Leah, Genesis 29:35.
God chose this nation, Israel in the Dispensation of Promise to bring the Old Covenant, stage one to the New Covenant stage two into fulfillment, completing the work of redemption with the Savior of the world, Galatians 4:4, and John 1:11-12. God gave them the seal of circumcision as a seal of the promise to the Nation of Israel, which is an everlasting seal of the promise given in the Dispensation of Promise, Genesis 17:8-27, and Genesis 21:1-5. Abraham being the first prophet for Israel emerged for their future. God calls Abraham a prophet, declaring him a prophet of the new dispensation, Genesis 20:7.
After Abraham, and the time the Hebrews spent in Egypt, the Law of Moses was given along with the Mosaic covenant. Moses a prophet of God delivered the law to the nation, and alongside of the law a covenant was made, at Mount Sinai to the children of Israel, Deuteronomy 34:10. The Law of Moses modified and added many new laws for Israel's obedience. From this point in the Dispensation of Promise Israel's economy, their behavior, stewardship, and worship was to be followed according to these two documents.
The priesthood from the former dispensation is last seen operating with positive remarks recorded in scripture with Melchizedek and Moses' farther-in-law, Exodus 3:1, and Exodus 18. These were the last recorded priests mentioned outside the Nation of Israel coming from the old dispensation, recorded in scripture, during the transitional period, Genesis 14:18-20, and Hebrews 7:1. The last prophet mentioned who was not from the Nation of Israel was the disobedient prophet Balaam, who was from the former dispensation, Numbers, Chapters 22-24, 31. A principle truth of a dispensation is the transitional period where it is seen remnants of the old economy disappearing and the new dispensation taking full control, and this is seen with the recording of these two former offices of leadership from the old dispensation.
The Law of Moses revised, and modified the former laws being added to the Dispensation of Promise, Galatians 3:16-20. The Law of Moses was added for the revealing of humanities sinfulness. Also, the priesthood changed or was modified by the Levites, taking the place of the family heads as priests. New revelation is given from God for humanities obedience through the judges, prophets, priests and kings within Israel's government.
The Theocracy was rejected by Israel in favor for a government ruled by King Saul who sinned and was rejected, and David was chosen to be king to rule instead of the Theocracy or Saul that had previous been ordained by God, I Samuel 8:6-10, and 10:24. Israel's ruler David, was to rule from then on until the King of Kings would come, being born in the Dispensation of Promise, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, II Chronicles 9:7-8, I Samuel 28:17, II Samuel 2:4, 5:12, II Samuel 7, Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1:33, Isaiah 6:1, and Revelation 17:14, 19:16. The Messiah's leadership was to lead the promised Nation's Kingdom, He would sit on David's throne forever, Genesis 35:10-11, Deuteronomy 17:14-18, Judges 17:6, and I Samuel 2:10.
The walk of faith for humanity changes through the dispensation from, living under the Theocracy government, before Moses, to the kingship government with the Levitical priesthood, and finally to the priesthood of Christ Jesus. The atonement sacrifice, and faith were offered through human priest, until the finished work of the eternal priesthood of Jesus Christ.
The government's rules and atoning sacrificial system rules, which was given under the Dispensation of Promise, were to be exercised for the people through the Levitical priesthood, from Moses on, and the superintendence was through prophets and by governmental support, ruled by kings.
The Levitical priesthood came to an end, redirected by God as recorded, and historically introduced into operation in the gospels, (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), the redemption for humanity, and faith was redirected by God through the mediator Jesus Christ, who brought the fulfillment of the atonement offering, and priesthood of the Levites to an end, and made redemption complete, once for all times through a new priesthood, the priesthood of Christ Jesus that is eternal, I Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 8:6, Hebrews 9:15, Hebrews 12:24. This redemptive offering, and sacrifice was given by God Himself, for the payment that was the just requirement for the sins of humans, John 1:1, 14, Hebrews 8, 9, Hebrews 5, and 6:13-20. The redemption that Christ Jesus' priesthood instituted can be received by anyone because it is offered freely, and those who receive it personally by faith for their lost estate, Ephesians 2:1-2.
As you progress through each dispensation you discover there are modifications that have changed laws or rules of operation. However, the basic rule or law stayed constant especially when it's a universal law or rule. All through a dispensation the stewardship remains the same until the other principles or keys of operation is seen, the final failure or sin, the transition, and the punitive judgment all occurring, which signals the taking away, and changing of the stewardship of the dispensation, and God giving the stewardship to a new institution of stewards in the new dispensation.
Some of the changes found in the Dispensation of Grace are:
The Mystery dispensation, today's dispensation, is overlaying the Dispensation of Promise, holding off the completion of the transition into the Dispensation of the Kingdom, II Thessalonians 2:5,6, Romans 11:25, 26, Ephesians 3:1-12, Romans 16:24-27, and Colossians 1:25-28. However, when the Mystery Dispensation is over at the Rapture, the transition into the Dispensation of the Kingdom will start until completed.
With the Dispensation of Promise coming to an end, and the Dispensation of Grace taking control, the Nation of Israel's relationship to God and the world changed. Israel as a Nation no longer has the active unique position they once held, and they are no longer the only dispensers with the responsibility before God to carry out this stewardship for this dispensation, and the New Covenant for humanities redemption resulting in salvation and sanctification, II Corinthians 5:18-21, and Isaiah 46:9,10; 43:10-11. Today all believers of all races, nationalities, and both sexes have become equal in the stewardship before the world.
However, scripture teaches that God is not finished with the Nation of Israel; still nations today are still receiving blessings or curses that is based on their treatment of Israel, which is a continuous principle. Today's relationship for any nation to be blessed is based on recognizing, and protecting the Nation of Israel because of the promises, and their eternal endearment. He is not finished with the plan He promised them is a fact. God is using today's dispensation as a judgment on Israel before the final judgment of the Tribulation period, hoping that many Jewish people will accept Messiah Jesus as savior and Lord. God will pick-up where he left off in His plan for Israel's stewardship after the Rapture. Matthew 1:21, Acts 15:13-19, Acts 7:51-56, 13:45,46, 18:6, 28:25-28, Romans 10-11, and Isaiah 46:13, .
After the failure of today's dispensation, God will go back, and finish dealing with His chosen Nation, fulfilling His promises that were promised them by covenant, Romans 11:25-29 cross-reference with I Timothy 4:1-5, II Timothy 3:1-8, and Romans 11:1-24. He will resume His relationship where He left off in the first century, in calling Israel as a Nation to repent, imploring them to turn towards Jesus as their Messiah, and their only savior from their fallen nature and sin. At this future time God will restore to the Nation of Israel the major stewardship for the world, so the world can respond, and experience the Redemptive Covenant personally on the bases of faith, Isaiah 2:1-4, Isaiah 11, 12, Isaiah 46:13 and Revelation 7.
The historical record ending the Dispensation of Promise was recorded in the book of Acts chapters one through twenty-eight, chapter one through six cover the period of Israel's call to repentance. The stoning of Stephan is their final rejection, coming in chapter seven, by the rejecting of his message given to the leaders to repent, and this is where the next dispensation starts, the Dispensation of Grace, the mystery dispensation that began the transition into today's dispensation, and progressively taking control, coming to full operation in the historical events after Acts 28, with the destruction of Israel's Temple in 70AD.
This mystery dispensation, referred to as the Dispensation of Grace is a continuation of the period called 'The Time of the Gentiles', it's bringing judgment on the Nation of Israel for their disobedience that began in the Old Testament. Instead of Israel and the world going into the period called the Tribulation that includes the Great Tribulation, God revealed His mystery dispensation, Colossians 1:25-26, Romans 16:25-29, and Ephesians 3:9.
The time of the Gentiles began with the Northern 10 tribes going into captivity by the Assyrians, and later the Southern two tribes going into captivity by their enemy Babylon, Luke 21:20-24, Romans 11, II Kings 18:1, 9-12, 33-34, Ezekiel 23, and Revelation 6:12-17. The time of the Gentiles will come to an end with the return to earth of Christ Jesus, which is at the end of the transition that covers the Tribulation period including the Great Tribulation, Luke 21:24, Daniel 12:1-4, Matthew 24:15, 21, Mark 13:14, Revelation 2:22; 7:9, 14, and II Thessalonians 2:1-6.
The Dispensation of Grace is a mystery that had been hid in God prophetically, and implemented by God resulting from Israel's failure as a Nation, this judgment on the Nation of Israel resulted in their losing the stewardship exclusively, Romans 11:11,12, 25; 25-27, Colossians 1:26, 27, and Ephesians 3:9. Changing is part of the uniqueness, and one of the elements of the judgment on the Nation of Israel. God is using the Gentile nations as his instrument of judgment on his chosen people. Today's dispensation is not the final Gentile judgment, but one of the judgments, and the final one is coming during the tribulation period that is after the Rapture. The stewardship today is given to all humanity through the Church, called His Body in the mystery dispensation.
Today's dispensation gives all believers' part of the spiritual blessings, which were exclusively Israel's before, Romans 15:27, Ephesians 1:3, Galatians 4:26, and Ephesians 2. Today's believers, the children of God who have a personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, are promised these blessings, Ephesians 1:13, Philippians 2:12-16, Romans 8:16, and John 1:12.
Believers today wait for the glorification of the physical body with the Rapture, at the last trump ending this dispensation, and uniting the spirit and body together with their eternal characteristics, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, I Corinthians 15:51-52, I Corinthians 15:35,38, 42-55, Philippians 3:21, Matthew 22:30, and Luke 20:34-36, (The trump is not the ending of the world, or the ending of the tribulation period, but the last trump for the mystery dispensation.).
When Christ returns to rule on earth, reigning in His Kingdom, believers will experience by participation, receiving the promises given them for faithfulness in today's dispensation, Colossians 3:4, I Thessalonians 4:14, II Timothy 4:8, I Corinthians 6:2-3, and II Corinthians 5:10.
Believers today are receiving their part of the covenant and promises along with Israel, Ephesians 2:6-13, and will experience the full fulfillment going into the Millennial reign of Christ, all believers in today's dispensation will be representing Him as His Body giving judgment to the Nations and Angels in their glorified state, I Corinthians 6:2-3, (Note: this passage speaks of a future time were believers today will be judging Angels as well as humanity on earth, and the only time in the future that this need will be present is through the Millennial reign, under Christ Jesus' Kingship here on earth, during the Dispensation of the Kingdom. Believers of this dispensation today will be in their glorified bodies by this time since the Rapture had already occurred.).
Furthermore, there will be no need for judgment of men and Angels in the Eternal Kingdom, since the last punitive judgment will have occurred with the Great White Throne judgment, Revelation 20:10-15, and the fulfillment of chapters 21 and 22 of the new heaven and new earth is complete. The Great White throne ends Satan's domain, and will mark the completion of redemption.
At the Rapture, all believers since the beginning of the world will be resurrected, and receive their rewards as promised them during the time of their life here on earth, in accordance with the dispensation they lived, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, and II Corinthians 5:10.
I Corinthians 15, verses 21-23, prophesies of different resurrections at different times. There are different resurrections, but all believers since the beginning of the world to the Rapture will be with Christ at the end of the Dispensation of Grace, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, still there will be resurrections at the end of the Tribulation period, going into the Dispensation of the Kingdom, and finally those from the Dispensation of the Kingdom's end, going into the eternal dispensation; this is the last resurrection of saints, and it is at the end of the Millennial reign of Christ, going into the New Heaven and Earth, the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, Revelation 20: 4-5, and Daniel 12:1-4.
Believer's resurrection is not the mystery, but the time of the resurrections was a mystery since it was not specifically foretold in prophecy in other dispensations, or when it would occur; the Rapture ends the Dispensation of Grace of today's dispensation for the believers, when they are taken off this earth, for this truth is part of the mystery revelation, given to the Apostle Paul, II Thessalonians 2:5-7, and Ephesians 3:2-3.
Believers of the mystery Dispensation of Grace, ends with the Rapture. Those left behind, the nonbeliever, will die during the transition, or at the end of the tribulation at the Battle of Armageddon, Revelation 16:13-16. The rapture event is the meeting of Jesus Christ's return in the sky, where He does not set physically here on earth, at this time He will call all believers from all dispensations, present and prior ones, and reuniting them with their physical bodies, this calling will be for all believers, dead and alive, meeting with Him in the air. After the Rapture the transition begins, the seven-year Tribulation will occur, ending with the Lord Jesus Christ’s second return physically at this time, setting residency on earth, Zechariah 14:3, and ruling, claiming and sitting literally on the throne of David in the kingdom in Israel, signaling the Dispensation of the Kingdom taking full control of the economy on earth, Zechariah 14.
All humanity in the Dispensation of Grace are individually responsible to God for faithfulness, and the propagation of the gospel of the New Covenant, I Timothy 2:19, Titus 3:8, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 1:16, 10:9-13, I Corinthians 1:2, 18, John 17, and II Corinthians 5:18-22.
Equality makes this dispensation unique between the Nation of Israel, and other nations, which are part of the mystery not revealed in prophecy, Ephesians 2:14-22 making 'one new' entity, the Body of Christ:
V 15-18 "His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross". All can, and need to approach God the same way through Christ Jesus, and to establish a local church according to scriptures relating to the dispensation's rules, Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, I Timothy 3, Titus 1, and Hebrews 10:25.
The called out believers or church today are the called out people of God representing Him as His Body in this world. Rules of a personal nature are involved, believers are responsible before this world today, to live as our Lord would have lived, Colossians 2:6, 7, and Colossians 1:10.
Believers today have a very high calling, they are representing Him in bodily form. Today, believers are not a subject under a king, but representatives of His Body, the Body is not setting up the kingdom here on earth, instead given an eternal message of reconciliation responsibility with God for eternity, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 5:8, Colossians 1:18, I Corinthians 12:27, and II Corinthians 5:18-22.
However, being representatives of His Body does not negate believers today to ignore the characteristics of the Kingdom that will come on earth and followed by the heavenly Kingdom, we are to live the universal principles of holiness, justice, righteousness with care. When today believers die they become part of God's eternal Kingdom. We are to teach the Kingdom, coming in accordance to the correct dispensational understanding as He opens our eyes, to the truths found in the scriptures.
Therefore, all of humanity today are part of the mystery hid in God that was not in prophecy within the Old Testament. Believers are part of today’s mysteries with the blessings given to the Church called His Body. Believers are part of the future scope of God's plan given to believers of equality, and according to the gifts promised to the Body, and believers find today a uniqueness found in the Pauline epistles.
Paul wrote the majority of the books of the New Testament revealing the Dispensation of Grace for today. The Apostle Paul was directed by God the Holy Spirit to write at least twelve of the New Testament books, and possibly thirteen. These truths show how the plan of God was planned with the modification, and from His plan through the Nation of Israel in the Dispensation of Promise.
Some of the modified changes, which will be found in the Dispensation of the Kingdom, the 1000 year reign of Christ (Millennium):
The Rapture of the Church will pass and then the transition into the Dispensation of the Kingdom here on earth takes place. All non-believers are in the historical events written in the Book of Revelation going through the Tribulation period, and ending in their destruction by death in the battle judgment of Armageddon. The full operation of the literal reign of Christ on earth begins with His second coming and appearing, and going through the Millennial reign, ending with the Great White throne Judgment, Revelation 16:13-16, and Revelations 19:11-21, (The second-coming is not part of the Rapture that happens years before, which ended the previous dispensation.).
Modifications such as, God the Son lived and rules as King eternal, He comes to earth the second time, and has an earthly presence where He rules the whole earth from the New Jerusalem. Believers of the Dispensation of Grace are now in their glorified bodies. The non-believers who heard the gospel message and rejected it, living at the time of the Rapture will not be saved during the tribulation period, but come to their death at this time.
The Transition from the former dispensation of Grace into the Kingdom Dispensation, is from the Rapture to our Lord's second coming to earth.
The period of time call the tribulation with the great tribulation can be identified in prophecy by the phrases "the day of the Lord, that day, in that day, or latter days". The "day of the Lord" is a conclusion phrase ending with Christ Jesus literal return, and the other phrases refers to the whole or parts of the judgment period in the transition. Sometimes when reading prophecy the two phrases has to be evaluated closely in context with other scripture references to determine if the prophecy is the total period of time or the concluding event with Christ coming to earth, Isaiah 2:2,11-12, 20; 3:7, 18; 4:1-2; 5:30.
It would be proper to warn that when a writer is writing about future events or dispensations one can miss the full understanding of what the Holy Spirit was referring to, or in expressing the fullness. However, this should not prevent them from trying to understand future events. One must be mindful to take into account when reading and studying prophecy, it can bundle the events together, where it looks like the same period of time of the event, but in reality there is more than one time-period for the events. One may ask, why? When the prophet wrote the scriptural prophecy, he saw all the events bundled together because he was looking down through history. As he looked he would see the next event of God's plan looking as one, and not able to distinguish between the timing of the events, this makes absolutes hard to discern at times.
With that said, let's study the scriptures of the following dispensations, and seek to be accurate and see the symmetry of God's total plan that will help to clarify future events and timing of each.
The full operation of the Kingdom Dispensation begins at our Lord's second coming to earth when He establishes it in its fullness.
However, it's important to remember the Dispensation of the Kingdom started with the transition. The nonbelievers left from the Rapture come to their demise, and punitive judgment by completion of the transition at the end of the Great Tribulation, also call God's Wrath Judgment that was prophesied, the punitive judgment of refining. God will separate the sheep from the goats, or the tares from the wheat at this Judgment, Matthew 25:32; 13:30.
Jesus Christ receives His Kingdom, sitting on the throne of David, ruling over the Nation of Israel and the world, Matthew 25:31-32. The Lord Jesus will be exulted alone in that day, being the KING of Kings and the LORD of Lords, Isaiah 2:17, I Timothy 6:15, and Revelation 1:8; 17:14; 19:16; 22:7,12-13,16.
Satan is confined to the Abyss or Bottomless Pit for 1000 years, ending the transition and tribulation period, Revelation 20:1-3. Satan remains in prison until the end of the Millennial reign of Christ, when he is released for a short time, and the battle of Gog and Magog is fought, and finally, for eternity he is cast into the Lake of Fire, Revelation 20:7-10.
Those who had been martyred in the tribulation period will be resurrected at this time, and participate with Christ Jesus in His Messianic Rule, for the 1000 years, Revelation 20:4-6.
All the saints from previous dispensations come along with Christ Jesus, and participate in the Dispensation of the Kingdom, Revelation 17:14; 19:11-16, and I Corinthians 6:2-3.
Finally in the earthly Kingdom, the Nation of Israel receives their prophesied promises, and are back in proper relationship with God, being restored to leadership in the dispensation. The world will be blessed, and ruled through this kingdom that Christ's reign, Romans 9:27, 28. Isaiah 1:26, 2:2-5, 9:1-7, Isaiah 11, 12, and Isaiah 60:1-18.
Under Christ's authority those in the Nation of Israel, who are still in their natural physical bodies at the end of the tribulation and the Battle of Armageddon, along with the believers of the Body of Christ, who were saved in today’s dispensation, and along with all the saint of previous dispensations that will be in their glorified bodies, are set up to rule and judge over the nations of men and Angels, which fulfills the Body of Christ's promises, receiving their promises of being a part of the promises and covenant promised to Israel, Ephesians 2, I Corinthians 6:2-3, and Hebrews 9:14, 15.
The Raptured saints of the former dispensations, will probably be scattered throughout the nations, and responsible for the delivering of the domestic products to the Nation of Israel. The Body of Christ will be under the rule of Christ in their glorified bodies, (Also, Old Testament believers since Adam, with the believers who were killed in the seven-year tribulation are included in the reign of Christ in their glorified bodies, will be ruling and reigning, Revelation 20:4,5.).
The world's Government will be headquartered from the land of Israel in the middle east, Isaiah 2:2; Zechariah 14:4, and Revelation 21:10-11. It will be established and nations will go there to be taught how to walk in the ways of the eternal God through Christ's ruler-ship, and the nations of the world will want to go there giving respect to the Government of God, Isaiah 2:3. The nations of the world will be judged and rebuked when needed, and the nations will no longer learn war or move against one another in battle, Isaiah 2:4, and Micah 4:1-8.
Note: the makeup of this dispensation prophesied in Isaiah 2:1-5:
1.The Temple in Jerusalem will be established, Verses 1-2.
2. This Capital will be exalted above all others in the world Verse 2
3. All nations will be subordinate, and accountable to the leadership there, Verses 2-3.
4. There will be agreement of the nations, reporting to the world's capital, to the God of Jacob, Verse 3, and Zechariah 14:16-21.
5, God will teach the nations the way to live in justice, righteousness and holiness, Verse 3.
6. Humanity will walk in the ways of God's leadership, for the laws of the LORD will come from Jerusalem, Verse 3.
7. Justice for the nations will come from Jerusalem, the capital of the world, Verse 4.
8. Nations will be rebuked for disobedience, Verse 9.
9. The world will not build war implements, Verse 9.
10. The former leftover war equipment will be converted into useful life's equipment, Verse 9. 11. Nations will not fight with other nations or learn war, Verse 9.
Long longevity of life will be restored. Those born in this dispensation that reject Christ, and his authority will be judged by the age of 100, believers could live in their natural body for the full 1000 years, Isaiah 65:19-21.
In Isaiah 11, the animals of the earth will be at peace with each other, and the diet will go back to the one of the Garden of Eden, also this passage complement’s Isaiah 2:1-5 with further details.
Changes found in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, the Eternal Kingdom are:
God rules forever, His Kingdom never ends, Exodus 15:18.
Satan will be released that starts the last transition into the final dispensation, the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, also called the Kingdom of God and the Eternal Kingdom, for a short period in the transition, Satan gathers all the Christ haters, who were born during the 1000 years, and rejected Christ Jesus. They will march against Christ in battle, the last battle called, 'The Battle of Gog and Magog', and Jesus Christ will destroy this rebellion by fire coming down from heaven and devouring them, Revelation 20:7-10, bringing a final end to rebellion and Satan. The end results of the last punitive judgment, will be Satan being cast into the Lake of Fire, followed by all non-believers from the beginning of the world, who will be judged at the Great White Throne by the Lord, Revelation 20:11-15. The Great White Throne Judgment is the last punitive judgment on humanity, Psalms 1.
The Great White Throne judgment, Hell gave up the dead that were in it, and all those who rejected God's provision, and are not written in the Book of Life, they were judged by Christ Jesus, and found guilty from the books written, from the Word of God, the Bible, and the Book of Life, and other nameless books that are not mentioned, Revelation 21:27, and John 12:48, 5:39.
The nonbelievers from the beginning of the creation are cast into the Lake of Fire forever. Hell, which is inside the core of this earth, (compare Ephesians 4:9, 10, I Peter 3:18-20, and Revelation 21:1) has been thrown into the Lake of Fire, the eternal judgment that never ends, this is where Satan, his angels, and Satan's representatives were cast. The Lake of Fire was created for Satan, his angels and representatives, Revelation 20:10-15, Mark 9:48, Isaiah 66:24, Luke 16:24, 25, Jude 1:5-7, 14-16, Matthew 24:51, and Matthew 25:41, 46, 30.
The end of the Dispensation of the earthly Kingdom is where God creates the New Heaven and Earth, and the eternal Kingdom takes full control, and the wedding feast of the Lamb taking place, ending the transition. Heaven and earth now comes together for all eternity.
All the saints from the former dispensations will be at the wedding feast of the Lamb, and the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time taking full control, also call the Kingdom of God. This dispensation or Kingdom never ends. Many new rules will be instituted by Christ on the earth, and some will be carried over from the former dispensations that are eternal rules, and they will come into their eternal fullness of operation, taking full effect in perfection.
The Eternal Dispensation is a perfect Kingdom, the conditions and environment that had not been since the Garden of Eden, will never fail like in the first dispensation, Ephesians 1:10, I Peter 1:4, Revelation 21:1-4, 22-27, and Revelation 22.
The eternal dispensation, those who had been saved from all dispensations will live in the new heaven and new earth, for the former one has passed away. In the new heaven and new earth there will be no sea, there is no sun, moon or stars because Christ Jesus lights this new world, and the New Jerusalem will be there with the Tree of Life, Revelation 22:2,14, and Isaiah 65:17-28, 66:22-24.
There will be no more death, sorrow, sin or failures, only the redeemed believers will be there, the animal kingdom will be delivered from experiencing decay and destruction, Revelation 21:1-4, and Romans 8:18-23.
There will be no nonbelievers, no evil, unrighteousness or nothing unclean in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time (also called the eternal Kingdom of God or heaven, Revelation 21:8, 27.
The Lord Jesus Christ delivers everything to the Father after God's plan is completed, and the Lord Jesus Christ becomes submissive with His authorized responsibility, placing himself under God the Father in keeping with the chain of command revealed in scripture. God shows order in command, and in his dispensational schematic over the history of man. God is one and within this one God there is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and each transcending in their unique responsibilities, which the Godhead determined in His eternal counsel, and within Himself, (A plural noun, found for the one God in the Hebrew in Genesis is 'Elohim' showing the trinity in one personage.), Genesis 1:1, Psalm 8:6, and I Corinthians 15:27-28.
Remember, the modified rules mentioned in the preceding chapter became operating rules for the new dispensation. Many of the following truths are a continuation revelation of the modified rules that were mentioned in chapter seven, creating them new rules or principles. The new can be applied to the physical, spiritual, the temporal and eternal.
Remember all seven Keys or guiding principles are common to all dispensations, and without all seven principles functioning in a dispensation, it does not change. Three of the principles would not come into operation if failure did not occur, but because of failure, the last three functions bring about the change with a new dispensation, and a new stewardship Institution. However, if the last three have not occurred, then the dispensation would be eternal, and the only one that qualifies of that level of victory will be the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, the Kingdom of God.
There are within a new Dispensation operating rules, or laws that are unique to the new dispensation that was not found in the preceding dispensation. These new rules provide the guiding scope of the new dispensation in relationship to God's eternal plan, intended for the following success of His plan. Including universal truths of the former dispensation's rules and laws will be carried over into the new dispensation.
Conjoined, in a new dispensation the ordained stewardship will be responsible to carry out the changes. The former leadership stewards may remain, but their responsibilities change according to God's plan for the new dispensation. The institution of stewards or messengers of a dispensation will be responsible to propagate the redemptive message, and according to the differences that are unique to the administrative rules of operation, regarding the new dispensation.
Some of the changes found in the Dispensation of Innocence:
Since this was the first dispensation that everything came into existence as we know life, many of the following principles will carry forward to all dispensations. Likewise, some laws will be modified, and explained as they are given, and carried out in future dispensations. (Example: the earth was created very-good, but with sin it became corrupted and decays, Genesis 1:31. Fellowship with God changed, but the universal truth that He wants us to have fellowship with Him still remains.).
1. The first new change from eternity past is unique, God created time, and it began, and now there are rules governing the existence. There is past, present, and future, but all three are characteristic to the one time, and without all tree characters time would not exist. Time has principles relating to the earth and universe, Genesis one taking note to, 1:14-19, Isaiah 40:28 and Psalms 19.
2. God entered into time not looking on, He orders birth, the exact places everything occurs - the infinite with the finite, He establishes the rule for giving birth, relationships with Him, others, and nature, Genesis 1:1, 2, Acts 17:26-28, Psalms 94:9-13,18,19, and Psalms 139.
3. He created the heavens and earth in all its new symmetry with nature's design and life, Genesis 1-2, John 1:1-4,14, and Philippians 2:5-10. God displays His glory through His new creation, Genesis 1:1, 2, Psalms 19.
4. God created dispensations with laws, and rules for maintaining His new world, and they will bring about His success and victory when humanity and angels fail, as He establishes His eternal dispensation, for He is the beginning and ending of all thing, the “I Am,” Isaiah 44:24, 45:18, Ephesians 1:10, Revelation 21,22, Exodus 3:14 and Revelation 1:7-8, 11, 17, 18.
5. God created out of nothing laws relating to the operation of nature that never before existed, or are visible, and laws that benefit humanity, (Look up the verses and enjoy the benefits our God gave!), Genesis 2, 1, Hebrews 11:3, Isaiah 40:28-31, I Peter 1:3-4, I John 5:13,14, John 3:16, and Jeremiah 31:3.
6. He created humanity in His image, laws of likeness and eternal, Genesis 3:8, 9.
7. God had and wanted continued fellowship with His creation, making rule of engagement, a fellowship in holiness and righteous, Genesis 3:8, “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,” II Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 1:4, John 17, Romans 3:22-25; 6:13; 10:4,10; I Corinthians 1:30, II Corinthians 5:21, and Philippians 3:9.
8. God created humanity to bring Him glory, Isaiah 43:7; 45:18, Ephesians 1:3-6 and Romans 9:20, 21.
9. God created the ability of His 'image creation', humanity to be cognizant of expression, feeling and to be creative, giving them a brain, and spirit, Genesis 2:7, 1:26-31, and Job 32:8, 18.
10. He gave humanity the ability to choose right and wrong, and have responsibilities to trust and obey, Genesis 2:15-17, and 1:28.
11. God made plans prior to humanities failure, Ephesians 1:4, and II Timothy 1:9.
12. He created His creation to be eternal as He is eternal, laws of His eternalness, Genesis 3:22, Ecclesiastes 3:11, and Hebrews 2:14-15.
13. God made humans the stewards of His created world, husbandry of the earth, Genesis 2:15, 19-20.
Some of the changes found in the Dispensation of Conscience are:
Following sin humanity's relationship with God changed, God no longer walked with them in innocence, in the Garden of Eden, but now walked with them through an atonement or redemptive sacrifice in a fallen world, Romans 5:17-20. (Note: The walk changes through the different dispensations with the atonement sacrifice, and the introduction of the priesthood, prophets, kings, and fulfillment with Jesus Christ.).
Shortly after creation, Adam and Eve sinned, God expelled them from the Garden of Eden, which was a perfect environment, Genesis 3:22-24. (Note: A perfect environment will not be seen again until the final dispensation, 'The Dispensation of the Fullness of Time', Ephesians 1:10, Revelation 21:1-4, 22-27, and Revelation 22.).
After sin, God deals with humanity by the Holy Spirit, convicting the individual's consciences, Genesis 3:8-11 cf. 6:3. The Holy Spirit works with the human's conscience, and will continue working in accordance to the following dispensation operating. In the future dispensation called the Dispensation of Promise, the Holy Spirit will work in conjunction with the Mosaic laws that will be added in convicting individuals of their responsibility to holiness.
Prior to today's dispensation, the saint did not have the permanent indwelling of the Spirit, but He would come on an individual and then could leave. However, that changed in the Dispensation of Grace, and the dispensations following where the Holy Spirit indwells believers unto the day of full redemption, Ephesians 1:13-14, John 14-16, Romans 8, and Hebrews 9:14.
Regarding sin, humanity could no longer have the right to the Tree of Life in the perfect environment, Genesis 3:22. (The change will go through all the dispensations until the Eternal Kingdom called the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, Revelation 22:1-6, and Ephesians 1:10.).
Their diet consisted exclusively of the fruit of plants after leaving the Garden of Eden, which would last through the Dispensation of Conscience. It began at the end of the Flood of Noah, when God instituted the rules for eating meat, meat was added to the diet in the rules given to Noah in the Dispensation of Human Government. Humanity originally was not a meat eater, Genesis 2:8,9,15-17.
Eating meat will change through the dispensations, from eating all kinds of animals without the blood, Genesis 9:1-4 to eating only clean animals, and then today back to eating all kinds of animals, Leviticus 20:25-26. Animals that are classified as clean and unclean, were not to be eaten in the Dispensation of Promise. During the Dispensation of Grace humanity can again eat all kinds of animals, Romans 14, Colossians 2:15-23, and Acts 10:9-15. The diet of Eden will not be back until the Millennial reign of Christ, and continuing into the eternal dispensation, Isaiah 11:1-9.
Animals and humans were not feared, or killers of each other, there were animals who by creation were scavengers (unclean animals), whose purpose was to clean up the earth, but animals did not attack and eat each other until after the flood, Genesis 9;1-2 cf. Isaiah 11:1-6.
Humans were to use animals for a blood sacrifice, but neither feared each other. The change will continue through other dispensations until the Kingdom dispensation. Correspondingly, there is no record before the flood that animals, and humanity had a fear of each other, however, humans did offer blood sacrifices as God instituted as a requirement for a sin offering, Genesis 3:21-24, and 4:1-15.
From the point of sin, the transition into the Dispensation of Conscience began. The environment started to break down, and the physical bodies started to decay this would lead to death; besides that, human's livelihood would be by the sweat of one's efforts, struggling with weeds, thorns, thistles, and a man and woman's personal relationships to each other was effected, including the animals in their kingdom relationship to humans, Genesis 3:14-20, Romans 5:17-20, and Romans 8:18-23.
The environment, the animal kingdom and the human's physical body will be changed again in the final dispensations. Humanity died spiritually in his relationship to God, and their personal relationship with their own body, soul, and spirit, Ephesians 2:1-3, I Corinthians 2:14, and Hebrews 4-12. After sin, human's flesh nature and their new environment leads their soul, instead of their spirit communicating in fellowship in accordance to God's leadership and will.
Humanity began to die physically, even though previously he had enjoyed longevity of life for a short time, humanity now dies, Genesis 4:8, and Genesis 5. (The change, in the next dispensation would be a shorter lifespan, and will not change again to longevity until the Millennial reign of Christ, Isaiah 65:20, and in the eternal dispensation a human will live forever either in the Lake of Fire or in Heaven, I Peter 1:3-5, I John 5:13, and Revelation 20:10-15, 21:6-9).
Humanity at this time had to offer an animal sacrifice. God provided the first animal sacrifice for humanity when He sacrificed an animal for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, providing a blood sacrifice, and a covering of clothing for their nakedness, Genesis 3:21, and Hebrews 9:22.
A blood sacrifice of an animal was needed for the payment of sin until Jesus Christ could provide the one and only blood sacrifice sufficient to meet the just requirement for sin, Hebrews 9, Ephesians 1:7, and Colossians 1:14,20. The process of offering the blood sacrifice changed through the dispensations, yet a blood sacrifice was always required.
With the need of a sacrifice, starting in the Dispensation of Conscience, humans became killers of animals for the purpose of a sin sacrifice that continued until Christ's finished work on the cross, Hebrews 9.
Humanity had to communicate, passing along the requirements of an animal blood sacrifice as the just payment for their sin. Humans were responsible to pass the knowledge of the blood sacrifice to the next generation, informing them how the sacrifice was to be done.
The attitude of the person giving the offering was in giving it as a sacrifice by faith, out of one's personal conviction for it to be accepted At this time, the family head was primarily responsible to be the priest of his family, (an example is seen in the book of Job, and his conviction of caring out the sacrifices for his family, Job 1:1-5), Hebrews 11:4, Hebrews 9:22, and Deuteronomy 6:6-9.
The ordained institution changes with additional laws relating to offering the sacrifice for sin; it changes through the dispensations from family head to the priesthood, and finally to priesthood of Christ Jesus, and His finished work of redemption for the remission of sin, Hebrews 10:10, Hebrews 9:12, Hebrews 7:27, and Romans 6:10.
This dispensation God directly and alone judged humanity for murder, showing the direct governing Theocracy, ruled from God, the example of Cain and Able show this in Genesis 4:9-16, and the just punishment on Cain. God's direct rule changes in the next dispensations where government was established by God and organized by humans. This government by humans was ordained and commissioned to carry out God's rules. Humanity was to be subordinate to the supreme rules of His word, being subordinate until He sets up His Earthly Kingdom, where He personally rules directly on earth as the supreme head of the world's government with His glorified saints, Isaiah 9:7. All nations of the world will be taught and under the Messiah's rule as governor, Isaiah 2:2-4, Daniel 7:14, and Matthew 25:31-46.
Some of the changes found in the Dispensation of Human Government are:
1. The earth atmosphere and living environment changes from a canopy of vapor over the earth to no canopy of vapor. The oceans, and mountains appeared, certain animals died off, the rain falling and watering the earth with the dew, and the rainbow occurred as a promise from God not to flood the whole earth by a flood, Genesis 2:5-6, 7:11, and 9:12-17. (See: Genesis Flood . The Genesis Flood the Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications , John C. Whitcomb: Book).
2. Some animals started to kill and eat other animals for food, and this will continue until the ‘Millennial’ reign of Christ, Genesis 9:1-8 cf. Isaiah 11:1-6.
3. The diet of humanity now included meat from any animal along with the fruit of plants and trees, Genesis 9:3.
4. A human could be executed by capital punishment by other humans, showing God instituted human government, Genesis 9:5-6. We see this time humans had established a city community, and Noah and his children had been influenced by it, along with the knowledge of a farming community Genesis 9:20, and Genesis 10:4, 8-12, 13-15.
5. Human's governed themselves, being accountable to God, and God the Holy Spirit as He contends with the individual through his conscience, Genesis 6:3. The Holy Spirit's contending with humanity continues today, and well into the future, Genesis 6:3, Acts 7:51, Ephesians 4:30-31, and I Thessalonians 5:19.
6. Within the Dispensation of Human Government a priesthood office is given, but little is said as to how it operated inside the Theocracy. In the transition period of the next dispensation, scripture reveals the priesthood existence, Genesis 14:18-20, and Exodus 3:1.
7. Humanity no longer had longevity of life, for his lifespan became shorter than the previous dispensation, Genesis 11.
8. God promised and gave a covenant to Noah, called the Noahic covenant relating to the earth and humanity, Genesis 9:9-17. The covenant related to the earth that humanity would be a recipient by covenant, and with the rainbow a sign of the change given. This promise is made in the covenant, he promised to Noah that includes other promises until the end of the earth. Note: Genesis 8:18-22, He states as long as this world lasts, opening the door for the understanding, a change in the future would come on the earth, the old earth would pass away for a New one will come at the end of the Dispensation of the Kingdom as revealed in Scripture, Revelation 21:1.
9. Rules that God made for the Dispensation of Human Government, He would not curse the ground or smite everything again with a worldwide flood as a punitive judgment, Genesis 6:5 cf. Genesis 8:21. Therefore, the punitive judgments of future dispensations would be different for humanity's failure.
10. Punitive Judgment for this dispensation, humanity was scattered across the world experiencing change in their languages, in locations that God determined, and possibly the change in skin color, and features we see today in different people-groups. They formed nations and communities, and then fell into scriptural silence from this point of scriptural revelation, with the exception when they came in contact with God's chosen people through Abraham in the next dispensation, the Dispensation of Promise.
Some of the changes found in the Dispensation of Promise are:
1. Within Genesis 10:25 the meaning that the earth was divided is a reference to God's judgment of the former people in the dispensation of Human Government. We see in Genesis 10, references to different languages, and the scattering into other areas 10:5, 10:18, and 10:20. In Genesis 11 the languages and the earth's scattering was a result of the final sin of the Tower of Babel, it started the transition period, beginning the Dispensation of Promise where God is choosing a people-group for His messengers to speak His message to the world, Genesis 12:1-3.
2. God chooses an individual Abram before his name changed, and Abraham's descendants through the union of Sarah, and chose him to work out His dispensation for the world, Genesis 21:11-12, and 12:1-7. To Abram himself he would be the father of many nations that related to the future of the Lord Jesus Christ coming to earth for the redemption of humanity for all those who would trust Christ by faith as Abraham did in his lifetime. Abram name change was part of this promise given to him personally, Genesis 17:1-8, and his descendants possessing the land of the Canaanites forever, Romans 4, and Genesis 18:17-19, 24:7, 28:10-22. Abraham's personnel promise was to be fulfilled through Abraham's personal descendants, Israel is where Christ Jesus came from, and fulfilled the provision to the world for redemption - making Abraham the Father of faith for many nations Romans 4, cf. Genesis 22:15-19.
This world was to bless Abraham and his descendants, (Isaac, Jacob whose name was changed to Israel, the twelve sons of Israel and Christ Jesus as Lord and King), and by doing this, they would receive the blessings of God. For the world to be 'saved' they needed desperately to accept the God of his chosen people, Isaiah 56:1-8 (example the book of Ruth a Moabite, Ruth 1:16). The prophetic promise of Genesis 3:15 the Christ child Jesus was passed down to Abraham, and his descendants through the great-great-grandson Judah, Genesis 49:9-12 (The promise 'One' would come through Judah.). A universal principle - the world can be blessed today through the chosen instrument God has ordained, furthermore the chosen instruments are to bless the world by their living as God has directed. The instruments within the institutions have changed through the dispensations from the family head, to the Nation of Israel, to the Body of Christ, and then to our Lord Jesus Christ sitting on the throne of David in the Dispensation of the Earthly Kingdom.
3. God chose a land for His chosen people (Israel) to live their lives starting with this dispensation, the Dispensation of Promise, Genesis 12:5-7, 13:14-17, 15:6-8, 17-20, and 17:8, and all individuals in the world would be blessed in their treatment of this Nation. The acceptance of the promised people of God, would bring salvation, (the nation of Israel is in the Mediterranean area or Middle East) Isaiah 56:1-8. This land received from God became the chosen people's land, making it His Nation. They were to spend an ordained time (430 years) in Egypt until the sin of the inhabitants of that land reached its fullness of sin; then God's judgment would come upon the inhabitants of the land using Abraham's descendants as His instruments of judgment, Genesis 15:12-16.
4. Land was given to the Nation of Israel in the dispensation of Promise by God before the descendants of Ishmael were born, and as we read the account, we find that Ishmael's descendants were going to be a problem as they lived among the Israelites, however ownership of the land would belong strictly to the Nation of the Jewish people,
a. (Today we still see this struggle occurring, and governments need to consider this truth when attempting to settle the Middle East problems, Genesis 16:1-12, Genesis 21:1-21, and Genesis 25:12-18.
b. Abraham had other children from women other that Sarah and Hagar, but there is no record of the gifts or blessings Abraham gave them, only that he sent them away to the east, and he gave all his possessions to his son Isaac, which God confirmed, Genesis 25:1-6, and 26:1-6.
c. Today when trying to settle the conflicts in the Middle east, one needs to take into account the relationship of the children of Esau, who were to be subordinate to the children of Jacob, showing once again that the land of Israel was for the descendants through Abraham and wife Sarah, Isaac and wife Rebecca, Jacob and wives Rachel and Leah, and their handmaidens Bilhah, and Zilpah that birthed the twelve sons, Genesis 25:21- 23, 27:29-30, and 25:23-26, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulum, Joseph, and Benjamin.).
5. God chose this nation Israel in the Dispensation of Promise, in order to bring the New Covenant into fulfillment, completing the work of redemption with the Savior of the world, Galatians 4:4, and John 1:11-12. God gave them the seal of circumcision as a promised seal to the Nation of Israel, which was an everlasting seal of the promise given in the Dispensation of Promise for Israel, Genesis 17:8-27, and Genesis 21:1-5. Circumcision was a requirement for this dispensation, and it will cease to be a physical requirement in the next dispensation, the Dispensation of Grace, today's economic program, I Corinthians 7:19, Galatians 5:6; 6:13,15, and Colossians 2:11.
6. One of the main reasons the Law of Moses was added to the Dispensation of Promise, Galatians 3:16-20 was for self-awareness, revealing to the individual their sinfulness.
7. The priesthood of the Levites took the place of the family heads as priest, including any priests from the former dispensation, (Melchizedek and father-in-law of Moses, Exodus 3:1, and Exodus 18 were the last recorded priests before Israel's priesthood was mentioned in scripture, Genesis 14:18-20, and Hebrews 7:1). (The dispensation’s operation changes, however human's conscience remains from the previous dispensation, and its laws are added and written down. New revelation is given from God for humanities obedience through judges, prophets, priests, and kings within the government.).
8. New prophets emerged from the Nation of Israel, not other nations (Balaam was the last prophet mentioned lived before the Nation of Israel, into the transition of dispensations, He was a disobedient prophet from the former dispensation, Numbers, Chapters 22-24, 31. Abraham - God calls a prophet marking the new dispensation as having prophets Genesis 20:7.
9. Leadership through kings was developed to lead Israel, the promised Nation, until the King of Kings, Christ Jesus our Lord who would sit on David's throne forever, Genesis 35:10-11, Deuteronomy 17:14-18, Judges 17:6, and I Samuel 2:10. The Theocracy under God's direct leadership was rejected by Israel in favor of a government ruled by a King, I Samuel 8:6-10, and 10:24. David was the chosen king by God, and his descendants after him, II Chronicles 9:7-8, and David’s descendants within the Dispensation of Promise, should rule until Messiah, who would take His appointed possession, I Samuel 28:17, II Samuel 2:4, 5:12, II Samuel 7, Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1:33, Isaiah 6:1, and Revelation 17:14, 19:16.
10. The walk of faith changes through the dispensations from the direct Theocracy government to the kingship government, and the Levitical priest office. In the Dispensation of Promise the Levitical Priesthood is spelled out in the Mosaic Law given at Mt. Sinai. The atonement sacrifice, and faith was offered through the Levitical priesthood's office until the finished work of the high priest Jesus Christ fulfilled it, and replaced the leadership, qualifying for ownership of this office.
11. The government rules, and atoning sacrifice rules given under the Dispensation of Promise were to be exercised for the people by the Levitical priesthood, superintendent through prophets and governed by kings. Even though in the gospel period of time, Israel did not have a king because of the Roman ruling judgment on the nation, the priesthood still operated, (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). During this period, the redemption for humanity and faith was redirected to God by the mediator Jesus Christ, I Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 8:6, Hebrews 9:15, and Hebrews 12:24. The Lord Jesus brought the fulfillment of the atonement offering, and the end of the Levites priesthood, making redemption through a new priesthood, the priesthood of Christ Jesus that was a final completion, a once and it was for an eternal offering and sacrifice given by God Himself, John1:1,14, Hebrews 8,9, and Hebrews 5,6:13-20, for the payment. It is the just requirement for sins of humans, whenever an individual receives it personally by faith.
Some of the changes found in the Dispensation of Grace are:
1. The Mystery dispensation is overlaying the Dispensation of Promise, Ephesians 3:1-12; Romans 16:24-27, and Colossians 1:25-28 (See chapter on the Dispensation of Grace).
2. The Nation of Israel's relationship to God and the world changed. Israel as a Nation was no longer the only dispenser of the New Covenant of God. Israel no longer has this unique position they once held. All races, nationalities and sex have become responsible to God in carrying out this administration with the New Covenant for salvation and sanctification, II Corinthians 5:18-21.
3. However, scripture teaches that God is not finished with the Nation of Israel; nations today are still blessed or cursed based on their treatment of Israel that is a continuous principle. In fact, God is using today's dispensation as a judgment on Israel before the final judgment of the Tribulation period, hoping that many Jewish people will accept Jesus Christ as savior and Lord, Acts 15:13-19, Acts 7:51-56, 13:45,46, 18:6, 28:25-28, and Romans 10-11.
After completion of this dispensation today, God will finish His dealings promised to the Nation of Israel by covenant, Romans 11:25-27. This mystery dispensation is a continuation of the time of the Gentiles, which is bringing judgment on the Nation of Israel for their disobedience revealed in the Old Testament, which begun with the Nation of Israel splitting, and starting with the Northern 10 tribes being conquered by the Assyrians and going into captivity, and shortly afterwards, the Southern tribes went into captivity by Babylon Romans 11, II Kings 18:1, 9-12, 33-34, and Ezekiel 23.
4. The time of the Gentiles will come to an end with the second coming of Christ Jesus returning to earth at the end of the tribulation period, and the end of the transition, and the full operation of the earthly Kingdom dispensation.
5. The judgment on the Nation of Israel resulted in their losing the Nation of Israel’s stewardship exclusively, which is part of the mystery against Israel and not previously revealed. The stewardship was given to all humanity through the Church called His Body today.
6. Today's dispensation is making all believers part of receiving the spiritual blessings that were Israel's alone previously, Romans 15:27, Ephesians 1:3, and Galatians 4:26. Today's believer have a personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 1:13, Philippians 2:12-16, Romans 8:16, and John 1:12 (children of God).
7. Believers today wait for the glorification of our bodies in the rapture the last trump, ending this dispensation, Note: it's not the ending of the world or the ending of the tribulation period, but the last trump for the mystery dispensation, uniting the spirit and body together with their eternal characteristics, I Thessalonians 4:13-18, I Corinthians 15:51-52, I Corinthians 15:35, 38, 42-55, Philippians 3:21, Matthew 22:30, and Luke 20:34-36. When Christ returns to rule on earth and reign in His Kingdom, believers will experience their portion of the promise given them.
8. Believers are receiving today, Philippians 3:20, their spiritual portion of the covenant, and God's promises along with Israel, Ephesians 2:6-13, and in the Millennial reign of Christ, all believers in today's dispensation will be Christ's representatives to the Nations including Angels in their glorified state, I Corinthians 6:2,3. Believers today, of this dispensation will be in their glorified bodies after being raptured that occurred before the Dispensation of the Kingdom.
Note: I Corinthians 6:2, 3, speaks of a future time, and the judgment will be needed at this time in the future, where then need is present. At this time, all believers will be in the Millennial Reign that is ruled by Christ Jesus' Kingship here on earth. Remember there will be no need for judgment of humans and Angels in the Eternal Kingdom because the punitive judgment of the Great White Throne judgment will have already occurred, Revelation 20:10 -15 and chapters 21, and 22. Therefore, this period must be referring to a time later, but before the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time.
1. All believers since the beginning of the world will be resurrected at the Rapture receiving their rewards as promised them at the time of their life here on earth, which is in accordance to the dispensation they lived. The believer's resurrection is not the mystery, but the time of the resurrection was a mystery, since it is not foretold in the other dispensations when it would occur; the Rapture ends the Dispensation of Grace, today's dispensation that is part of the mystery revelation given to the Apostle Paul, Ephesians 3:2-3.
2. All humanity in the Dispensation of Grace are individually responsible to God for faith, and propagation of the gospel of the New Covenant, I Timothy 2:19, Titus 3:8, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 1:16, 10:9-13, I Corinthians 1:2, 18, John 17, and II Corinthians 5:18-22.
3. Equality makes this dispensation unique between the Nation of Israel, and other Nations that are part of the mystery not revealed in prophecy, Ephesians 2:14-22, making 'one new' entity the Body of Christ, V 15-18, "His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross".
4. All of us can and need to approach God the same way through Christ Jesus, and establish a local church according to scriptures that relate to the dispensation's rules, Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, Hebrews 10:25, I Timothy 3, and Titus 1.
5. The call out believers or church today are the called out people of God, who represent Him as His Body in this world. The rules of a personal nature are involved, believers are responsible before the world today to live as our Lord would have them, Colossians 2:6, 7, and Colossians 1:10. Believers are not a subject under a king, as Israel was, but representatives of His Body, the Body is not responsible for setting up the earthly kingdom, but as representatives of Christ Jesus, being his mouthpiece as He speaks to the world through His Word , Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 5:8, Colossians 1:18, I Corinthians 12:27, and II Corinthians 5:18-23. However, being representatives of His Body does not negate believers today to ignore the characteristics of the spiritual Kingdom that will come on earth in the future, and then the heavenly Kingdom, but we are to live the universal principles of holiness, justice, righteousness and care. Believers today are part of God's eternal Kingdom. We are to teach the Kingdom coming from the correct dispensational understanding as He opens our eyes, revealing the truths found in the scriptures.
6. Therefore, all humanity today are part of the mystery hid in God that was not in prophecy in the Old Testament. The believer of the Old Testament are part of the mysteries given at the same time; the blessings are given to the Church called His Body, and both Old Testament believers are part of the future scope of God’s rewards, given at the Rapture, II Corinthians 5:9-10.
7. When discussing the Dispensation of Grace you find a uniqueness, revealed in the Pauline epistles for them. Paul who wrote the majority of the books of the New Testament, thirteen for sure and possibly 14 of the 26 books of the New Testament, that reveals this uniqueness in the Dispensation of Grace for today, Romans 11:25, 16:25, I Corinthians 2:7, 15:51, Ephesians 1:9, 3:1-14, 5:32, 6:19, Colossians 1:26-27, 2:2, 4:3, and I Timothy 3:9.
Some of the changes found in the Dispensation of the Kingdom, the 1000 year reign of Christ (Millennium):
1. The seven-year tribulation judgment, the wrath of God is poured out on the earth and humanity. All non-believers are destroyed in the judgment before going into the earthly kingdom of Christ, Revelations 19:11-21.
2. Satan is confined to the Abyss or Bottomless Pit for 1000 years, Revelation 20:1-3.
3. The Nation of Israel is back in its proper relationship with God and restored to leadership in the dispensation.
4. Jesus Christ receives His Kingdom sitting on the throne of David ruling over the Nation of Israel and the world.
5. The Nation of Israel receives their promised earthly Kingdom. These earthly promises are fulfilled to Old Testament believers in their glorified bodies, and those who lived during the 1000 are participating in the promises give to the chosen people, who are still awaiting to receive their glorified bodies.
6. The world is under Christ's authority when He sits on the throne of David here on earth. The Nation Israel with the glorified Body of Christ believers are set up as rulers and judges over the nations of men and Angels, fulfilling the Body of Christ's promises with Israel, Ephesians 2, and I Corinthians 6:2-3. The redeemed Body will probably be scattered throughout the nations, ruling, and responsible for the delivering of the domestic products to the Nation of Israel under Christ ruler-ship, who are still in their natural bodies, (also old testament believers since Adam, and believers killed in the seven-year tribulation are included in the reign of Christ in their glorified bodies ruling and reigning, Revelation 20:4, 5).
7. The Mountain of the Lord Isaiah 2:2-5, (Underlining is for easy reference) "In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.
“The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD, Isaiah 60:1-18."
Isaiah 11, "The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD - and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. 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. Ephraim's jealousy will vanish, and Judah's enemies will be cut off; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim. They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia to the west; together they will plunder the people to the east. They will lay hands on Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites will be subject to them. The LORD will dry up the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into seven streams so that men can cross over in sandals. There will be a highway for the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria, as there was for Israel when they came up from Egypt," Romans 9:27, 28.
Isaiah 1:26, 2:2-5, 9:1-7, and Isaiah 60:1-18, Israel is restored to full leadership, and the world is being blessed and ruled through Christ's reign.
Longevity of life is restored. Those born in the dispensation that rejected Christ and his authority will be judged by the age of 100, Isaiah 65:19-21, There will be no death in the next dispensation so this prophecy is referring to the Dispensation of the earthly Kingdom.
Changes found in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, the Eternal Kingdom are:
With the transition into the Eternal Kingdom, Satan will be released for a short period at the end of the former dispensation, where he gathers all those who were born in the 1000 years, who rejected Christ Jesus and His authority in the Battle of Gog and Magog, Revelation 20:7-10. They will march against Christ, his Kingdom, and Jesus Christ will quench and destroy this rebellion by the word of His mouth, bringing to an end the rebellion and Satan, followed directly by the eternal punitive judgment of the Great White Throne Judgment, Revelation 20:11-15. This will end the transition bringing into operation the full operation of the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time that is eternal.
”They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
1. A perfect environment that had not been since the Garden of Eden in the first dispensation is established, Ephesians 1:10, Revelation 21:1-4, 22-27, and Revelation 22.
2. There is a new heaven and new earth, for the former one has passed away. In the new heaven and new earth, there will be no sea, there is no sun, moon or stars because Christ Jesus lights this new world, the New Jerusalem will be there and the Tree of Life appears, Revelation 22:2, 14. Isaiah 65:17-28, and 66:22-24.
3. There will be no more death, sorrow, sin or failure only the redeemed believers will be there, the animal kingdom will be delivered from experiencing decay and destruction, Revelation 21:1-4, and Romans 8:18-23.
4. Hell will give up all the dead who is in it, which rejected God's plan, they were not written in the Book of Life, and they will be judged at the judgment seat of Christ Jesus, at the event of the Great White Throne. They will be found guilty from the books written, the Word of God, the Book of Life, and other books that were not named, Revelation 21:27, John 12:48, and 5:39.
The nonbelievers from the beginning of the creation are cast into the Lake of Fire forever. Hell that is inside the core of this earth, (compare Ephesians 4:9,10, I Peter 3:18-20, and Revelation 21:1) is thrown into the Lake of Fire that is an eternal judgment that never ends, where Satan and his angels are thrown into at the end of the Battle of Gog and Magog. The Lake of Fire was created for Satan and his representatives, Revelation 20:10-15, Mark 9:48, Isaiah 66:24, Luke 16:24, 25, Jude 1:5-7,14-16, Matthew 24:51, and Matthew 25:41, 46, 30.
5. There will be no nonbelievers, no evil, unrighteousness or anything unclean in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, called the eternal Kingdom or the heaven, Revelation 21:8, 27.
6. The Lord Jesus Christ delivers everything unto the Father as finished, and He becomes submissive with His authorized responsibility, and puts himself under the Father in keeping with the chain of command revealed in scripture. God shows order in command and in his dispensational schematic over the history of humanity. God is one, and within this one God, there is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each transcending in their unique responsibilities that God determined in His eternal counsel and within Himself, (a plural noun found for the one God in the Hebrew in Genesis is 'Elohim' showing the trinity in one personage), Psalm 8:6, and I Corinthians 15:27,28.
Key, Number four of the Seven Keys: The Ordained Stewardship Institution, trusted to administer the Dispensation, I Corinthians 4:1-3.
All Seven Keys or guiding principles are common to all dispensations, and without all of the seven principles being in a dispensation, it does not change. Breaking down each key or principle will help understand the dispensations, seeing the symmetry of God's plan to save the world, and why a dispensation changed, II Timothy 2:15; 2:2.
Identifying the Ordained Institutions of Stewardship, and the stewards which make-up the institution, will help clarify the dispensation. Identifying each Stewardship will distinguish the dispensation and its changes. Along with the changing of a dispensation, we learn that there is a change in the Stewardship.
Whenever the stewards fails in their Stewardship responsibilities, the people become corrupt, and there will be a lack in the witness to the world. Those who were saved become like the lost, and the lost worsened in their evil. This progressive failure of the stewardship within the dispensation, brings the end to a dispensation, and God’s long-suffering and patience come to an end. Ultimately resulting in the irreversible punitive judgment coming forth from God, caused by these two major aspects of the failure, and a lack in the world to have a witness, bringing the permeation of sin within humanity. When God’s long-suffering comes to an end, it brings a dispensation to an end, and proceeding with it a period of transition, where the new dispensation begins, and the judgment coming to completion, and the new dispensation taking full control, I Corinthians 4:2, Ezekiel 33:7-16, Matthew 21:33-44, Acts 7:42-60, I Timothy 4:1-2, II Timothy 3:1-7, and Revelation 16:16;20:8.
Stewardship is one of the seven guiding principles of a dispensation:
The term stewardship is inherent in the Greek word for dispensation. The Stewardship institution of stewards are to be faithful in their responsibilities to carry out, and manage the ordained operation of God's dispensational plans historically (administration), Romans 13:1. The Stewardship is designed by the Sovereign designer, and He designed and established the parameters and responsibilities, Daniel 5:21. There are seven ordained institutions one for each dispensation found in Scripture.
There are similarities, differences and commonalities of stewardship throughout the historical dispensations (administrations) with humanity.
The following are the ordained Stewardship Institutions with the stewards in each of their related Dispensations, I Peter 4:-11, and I Corinthians 4:1-3:
1. Dispensation of Innocence, Genesis 1:26-28; 2:25, the Institutional Stewardship was made up of Angels and humanity. Lucifer, the guardian cherubim, Adam and Eve are named in Scriptures as stewards of the Dispensation of Innocence, Ezekiel 28:12-15; Isaiah 14:12-15, and Genesis 2 - 3. If they had not failed this dispensation, would not have ended, and eternity and life would have continued, Genesis 2:9, 15-18; Genesis 3; Romans 5; Job 31:33; I Corinthians 15:22, and I Timothy 2:14. Humanity on an individual relationship would have had access to God directly, walking and having daily fellowship with Him.
The Tree of life was there for their taking, but they had refused to eat of it and instead ate of the forbidden tree, called the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Defying God, they chose to become gods unto themselves, rather than trust and obey the only true God of creation and eternity. Today whenever a human rejects the God of creation, they are choosing to become a god unto themselves, which leaves them in their condemned sinful nature.
2. In the Dispensation of Conscience, Genesis 3:1-13, and Romans 2:12, 15; 5:12, the Institutional Stewardship, the family Heads were the stewards. God was dealing with all humanity through the family heads, they were ordained as priests, and they offered the animals and other sacrifices. The main family leaders or heads mentioned, which established this truth seen in Genesis 4-6, where God recorded, only males and their genealogies. There is no priest, king or prophet institution mentioned apart from the male being the head of the family, who were supposed to carry out these functions as ruler of the family. God dealt directly with the males of the families, showing responsibility in the leadership role as rulers, the priestly functions, Genesis 4:1-10, 20-24, and the prophet functions for one's own individual family, Jude 14.
If you dated the book of Job to this dispensation offering, a sacrifice for his family it would be correct, Job 1:4-5, but Job may have offered a priestly sacrifice for others outside his direct family, but we do not see this type of relationship until the next dispensation, Job 42:7-9. The record says Job was to pray for them, and his friends did the sacrifice, then these events show family heads carrying out their own responsibility.
Besides the family heads as stewards, angels had a stewardship role that can be seen in their part of the failure connected with the evil behavior between angels and women. Hebrews 1:14, speaks that angels have a stewardship role in the dispensations, having the responsibility to be stewards, and ministering to the children of God. Angel's evil behavior up to the worldwide flood, and in conjunction with women's behavior of reproduction, permeated the society adding to the evil, Genesis 6: 1-6; Jude 6; II Peter 2:4-5, and I Peter 3:18-20.
3. In the Dispensation of Human Government, Genesis 9:4-7, the Institutional Stewardship of stewards was made up of prophets, priests and kings having governmental authority. This is revealed in the rules given to Noah when God spelled out the governing rules for humanity, Genesis 9:1-7, just before He gave the covenant of the rainbow. Humanity now became responsible to judge the offenders and pronounce judgment, Genesis 9:5-6.
The stewardship is further revealed as the dispensation matures with the King of Salem, who was not only a king, but also, had the qualification as a priest, Genesis 14:18-21. Ruling kings are mentioned many times from chapter 10 through to the end of the book of Genesis. The priest offered animal sacrifices, and received tithes in their duties. This priesthood was before the Levitical priesthood in the Dispensation of Promise. Abraham's father-in-law during the transition, was a priest of the old system, of the Dispensation of Human Government, Exodus 2:14-17; 3:1; 18:1.
If the book of Job would qualify for this dispensation, then he must have been a priest. Maybe Job offers sacrifices for both his family and his friends, performing priestly functions, Job 1:4-5, and Job 42:7-9. It is not revealed in scripture if Job was a king or priest by title, it does not appear, this is why it is hard to place the events exactly in which dispensation. Possible author is Job, (himself), Elihu, Moses or Solomon wrote the book of Job during the Dispensation of Promise. The event could have taken place in the transition from one dispensation to the next, but not enough information is given. Therefore, no matter, which dispensation the book of Job belongs, the reason God inspired it for humanity was to show universal principles of faithfulness when things go poorly at times, whether the conflicts come through spiritual principalities, family members, or friends, Job 1:12-22, 2:1-8, Job 2:9-10, Job 42:7.
In the transition from the old to the new dispensation, a disobedient prophet Balaam is mentioned, Numbers 22:1-14; II Peter 2:15, and Jude 1:1. A good prophet was mentioned, Jethro that was the father-in-law of Moses gave counsel to him as a prophet and priest, in whose counsel was wisely incorporated by Moses, Exodus 18:17-23.
4. The Dispensation of Promise, the Nation of Israel, God's chosen people as stewards for the dispensation, proclaiming the creator, the one and only God of eternity, and the Promised seed would come through the Nation. The Institutional Stewardship for the world was the Nation of Israel, the physical descendants of Abraham. Abraham's posteriors through Sarah were the ordained stewards, who would bless the rest of the world, in exchange, and in conjunction with Israel's stewardship, the world was to bless God's ordained instrument, Genesis 18:18, chapter 17.
It is through the history of this stewardship, the world would receive the birth of the promise seed, Genesis 3:15, Galatians 3:16, Galatians 4:4, and Romans 5:1-11. Furthermore, the stewardship was to be the example of godliness, revealing the one true God, and this stewardship would reveal many of the moral eternal truths that God wanted humanity to know and obey. Israel's greatness and example was to be a pattern for all believers, to pattern their faith and trust in the one and only God. Through this stewardship, God would record the previous dispensational history and bring the Lord of Lords, the Beginning and End to the eternal dispensation, Deuteronomy 10:17, Psalms 136:3, I Timothy 6:13-16, Revelation 17:14, and Revelation 1:11, 17; 2:18-19; 22:13.
Noteworthy, except Luke a Jewish Doctor, the prophets, apostles and the writers of the Old and New Testament were written by Jewish men, and living in the Dispensation of Promise, II Peter 1:21, and II Peter 3:2. Until the time when the Apostle Paul, who was saved in one dispensation, and became the apostle of the next dispensation, chosen by God to be the Apostle of the full revelation of the mystery dispensation of today, Acts 9:15-18; 22:14, Colossians 1:21-29, Ephesians 3:1-9, and Galatians 1:11-12.
Prophets, priest and king, were to lead the Nation of Israel in holiness, righteousness and justice after being given the Law of Moses. Animal sacrifices were to be practiced by faith coupled with the imputation of God's righteousness (grace) were practiced for the covering of sin, until Christ Jesus' finished his work and the Holy Spirit, came permanently to indwell believers on the day of Pentecost, which put into effect the beginning of the New Covenant, Romans 4:1-8, Ephesians 1:7, and chapter 2. Jesus Christ was to be dispensed through the Nation of Israel's stewardship, Matthew 28:16-20.
However, because of the failures of the Nation, the dispensation was overlaid until God finished his plan of a mystery dispensation, reaching the world with the gospel in conjunction with His judgment on the chosen Nation of Israel, Romans nine and chapter eleven. When God raptures the mystery believers for His namesake, He will then finish his plan for Israel to be the Nation of his Kingship, Jeremiah 30:24; 32:42, and Ezekiel 36:22-37.
This world will be responsible to know and follow the chain of command, respecting and obeying God's intention for the Nation of Israel, and His Kingship and Lordship, Ezekiel 39:7, 25. Following the rapture of believers, God picks up where He left off with Israel as a Nation, performing the purging punitive judgment in the Tribulation period, and fulfilling His promises to the remnant left after the purging tribulation. The Nation of Israel will find God fulfilling his promises to them through the Dispensation of the Kingdom, culminating in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time that will be eternal. Isaiah 60:21, and Jeremiah 30:24; 31.
5. Dispensation of Grace is an organism of equality Ephesians 3:1-7. The stewards are all believers with equal responsibility, Galatians 3:28. The Stewardship Institution passed from the Nation of Israel to this new organism of equality from every nation, Acts 7-9; 26, and Acts 13:45-47; 28:27-31. This organism is called the Body of Christ where all believers have the responsibility to the ministry of reconciliation, II Corinthians 5:17-21.
Privileges and duties of stewardship for the saved is to walk as children of the light, and giving Testimony of the truth of God and His Word, the Bible daily, Luke 16:10; I Corinthians 4:2; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 5:8, and I Thessalonians 5:5.
This particular dispensation was fully revealed through the writing of the Apostle Paul, who wrote the majority of the New Testament books, Romans through Titus, (all of them are not the longest books, but he is the instrument used by God the Holy Spirit to write most of the books), Galatians 1:11-12, and Ephesians 3:1-7. He was given by God, the title of the Apostle to the Gentiles that included all nationalities. He wrote at least 12 of the books and perhaps wrote the book of Hebrews, making the total thirteen. He was commissioned by God to be the Apostle to the Gentiles, and his commission was to all humanity according to the revelation of the new dispensation, he received from God alone, not on someone else's teachings, he was directly taught by Christ Jesus in conjunction with his knowledge of the other prophetic writing given in the former dispensations, Galatians 1:11, 12.
6. The Dispensation of the Kingdom is the Kingship of Christ, here on Earth with all believers saved from all dispensations, participating in the worldwide Kingdom rule, Revelation 17:14; 19:11-21; 20:1-4. The Nation of Israel will once again be the Stewardship Institution, and the nations are to be subordinate to Israel, Matthew 19:26-30, Luke 22:25-30, Luke 1:27-33, Acts 1:3, and Romans 11:25-27.
The stewardship will be made up with the Jewish believers from the tribulation period, the Jewish remnant prophesied in the old testament, Zephaniah 3:13-20, and the gentile believers from the tribulation period from all nations who accepted Jesus Christ, which refused the mark of the beast, and endured through the seven-year Tribulation period, some will still be alive who endured by the end of the tribulation, and all those who were martyred will rule with Christ, Matthew 10:22, Revelation 20:4, and Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26-29.
Along with the tribulation saints, the saints from all the other dispensations, I Thessalonians 4:14-18, who then had been glorified at the Rapture, both old and new testaments believers, will rule with Christ, I Corinthians 6:2-3, and II Timothy 2:11-13.
Fulfillment to the Nation of Israel will find its completion along with the fulfillment of God's covenant made to David's descendant, Christ (Messiah) in the Millennial reign, who will sit here on earth literally, starting with this dispensation of the kingdom and going into eternity, Isaiah 9:6-7, II Samuel 7:1-13, and Luke 1:31-32. Christ Jesus' coming to earth is called his second coming, this is literal, Acts 1:1-11, I John 2:28, Luke 17:27, Mark 14:62, Matthew 24, I Thessalonians 3:13, I Corinthians 15:23, and Malachi 3:2.
Transition into this dispensation starts with the seven-year tribulation period ending in the victorious battle called Armageddon, (Revelation 16:16) and after the Rapture of the proceeding dispensation and before the full operation of the Dispensation of the Kingdom. The Mystery Rapture that was not prophesied, and the exact beginning of the seven-years period is not completely know, but the Scriptures make it clear that the tribulation period is after the Rapture with the judgment of the nonbelievers from the Dispensation of Grace going into the tribulation judgment, I Corinthians 2:7; 15:51, I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:4-11, II Thessalonians 2:1-17, Romans 11:15; 16:25, and Ephesians 5:32.
The Dispensation of the Kingdom will be here on this present earth, the New Heaven and Earth will not occur until the end of the 1000 years of this dispensation of the Kingdom, Revelation 20:1-21:1-5. This can be confusing because the word Kingdom can be applied to the eternal Kingdom of God, the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, Galatians 5:20-21.
The reason for this dispensation to be called the Dispensation of the Kingdom is because Christ Jesus' ruler-ship, and the Stewards are here on earth literally with humanity in the natural bodies, fulfilling the prophetic rule of the promise to David. The ruler-ship of Christ will continue through this dispensation, humanity will still be present here on earth, and still in need of redemption, and a just government controlling behavior, Isaiah 65:18-25. Death will continue through this dispensation until the 1000 years ends, and the Great White-Throne Judgment is completed, Revelation 20:1-21:2.
In this stewardship Satan will not be an active factor, Revelation 20:1-3. Satan will be locked up by God unable to lead his fallen angels (called devils and demons), and tempt and cause outside rebellion in hearts of humanity. However, the birth of children within this dispensation, those humans born of women will still need to accept and receive Jesus Christ as Lord of their life, Isaiah 65:20-21, and Revelation 20:7-10. The hearts will not be influenced by Satan, non-believing humanity will be condemned and cannot say 'that Satan made them do sin,' instead they will be condemned because they rejected God's finished work at the cross on their behalf, Romans 5:7-8, and I John 5:9-14. The stewardship within families will break down because by the end of this dispensation there is a great number of those born, who will follow Satan in the battle call Gog and Magog against Christ Jesus, Revelation 20:8-9, and Ezekiel 38:2,16, 18-23.
7. Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, Ephesians 1:10, an eternal Kingdom ruled by God along with the redeemed, II Kings 19:15, Psalm 45:6, Daniel 2:44, Matthew 6:33, Acts 28:23, and Revelation 12:10.
Some of the characteristics from the previous dispensation are carried into the eternal:
The stewards are all the redeemed saints of all dispensations under the authority of the eternal Steward. The King of Kings is still Lord of Lords, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and ending, Jesus Christ's throne is eternal, believers reigning with Christ will still be under the chain of command as previously establish, but their orders will be different. The Godhead holds the Institutional Stewardship that will never fail, and no new dispensation will ever be needed. This is the last dispensation where sin is no more, and all saints alive forever. All fallen Angels along with Satan, and all those who consciously rejected God and who rejected His revealed truths are in the Lake of Fire.
The New Jerusalem has Christ's throne in it, and the Tree of Life still exists and will come down to the ‘New’ earth, Revelation 21:5-6. Within Heaven and Earth there will be no division, Revelation 22:1-5. The New Jerusalem is called the Bride of Christ coming down from Heaven, and uniting with the ‘New’ earth is called the marriage feast of the Lamb, Revelation 21:1-4. Then, Jesus Christ hands everything over to the first person of the trinity, the Godhead, the Elohim of eternity has completely fulfilled His plan, which was planned in eternity past, I Corinthians 15:28.
It may be asked where are the saints who were in their natural bodies when the previous dispensation ended? There is not a clear answer. Perhaps they will receive their redemptive body at the time of the New Heavens and Earth creation, the Word of God does not say specifically. Whatever, we do know, there will not be any sin, so logically somewhere along the line going into this eternal dispensation, they would have received their final redemption. Some may speculate and say it is at the time of the Great White-Throne Judgment, but if it is, it will not be with the condemned because the declaration of Psalms, chapter one reveals it will not happen along with the condemned.
Each Dispensation ends with humanities failure, except the Eternal Dispensation, it has no non-redeemed person there. God provides a new dispensation based on His covenant of redemption that is complete. The Dispensation of the Fullness of Time will not end, God has completed His offer of redemption to man. Satan and the non-redeemed along with all evil are eternally gone to the Lake of Fire, Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8, and Matthew 13:36-42.
The Chart that follows, shows God's Dealing with humanity, and the Ordained Institution of stewards.
The chart shows the instrument of whom God ordained as steward for the historical fulfillment of the dispensation. Under the different dispensations, on the chart the title ‘God’s dealings showing how the people of this world were to be reached, and are being reached or will continuously be reached.
God ordained each individual institution of the dispensation to reach humanity with the message of His desires, bringing sanctification, and giving a message to the lost that they could be saved if they respond according to God’s provisions that He had ordained.
Guiding Principles examined: Rule number five, of the seven rules. Humanities failure and sin of disobedience that brings about the punitive Judgment in the first six dispensations.
All seven or guiding principles appear in the first six dispensations. All seven keys occur along the life of the first six dispensations. When the 5th rule becomes evident the dispensation starts coming to its end, and the new dispensation period begins in its infancy, this period is denoting the transition. The eternal dispensation, the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, the seventh dispensation, will never end because its structure will never fail, Ephesians 1:10, Revelation 22:1-7, 14, Revelation 21, and Romans 14:17, the fifth rule, a failure never occurs. Therefore, no transition or a punitive judgment.
A dispensation is not controlled by time, but events (the economy) within the dispensation. The seven keys, governs the administration of the economy, working in conjunction with God's long-suffering contained in His plan.
Dispensations come to an end primarily when believers fail to carry out their responsibility of making a difference in the world they live. Resulting in the institution of stewardship becoming permeated with evil by compromising the truth, failing to give testimony or witness to the truth of God. The stewards, after knowing the truth become evil in disobedience and rebellion not being just in practice, and living in unrighteousness. They reject the truth of God, they live recklessly, just like the rest of unbelieving humanity, Genesis 2:15 cf. 3:1-8, Genesis 6:1-8, Geneses 11:1-9, II Chronicles 10; 12:13-14; 13; I Kings 12:20,32; 14:16; 15:30; II Kings 13:6; Amos 7:11, Isaiah 9:8-21;10:1-12, Acts 3:13-14; 28:23-29, Romans 11, I Timothy 4:1-5, II Timothy 3:1-5, Roman 11:11-25, and Revelation 20: 7-15. This particular failure is the major catalyst setting the stage for the change in a dispensation, causing a new dispensation to begin, (See chapters on God's punitive judgments).
Satan, the flesh, and the world deceives a person with blindness, II Corinthians 4:3-5, Romans 8:4-8, II Peter 1:4, and I John 2:17, and they convince the saved stewards to procrastinate, and compromise a holy lifestyle, forsaking their leadership responsibility, Ephesians 6:12, I Timothy 4:1-2, and James 4:17. These failures are energized by Satan's leadership of deception over the leadership of God's holy eternal principles, and God's rules that have been set since eternity past. A dispensation ends when God's long-suffering come to an end. God does not delight in his punitive-condemnation judgment, but judges because it is right, just, and best for humanity, for He has given each person who is condemned an opportunity to accept or reject Him, Acts 17:24-28, II Peter 3:9, Romans 2:4-6, John 3:16-21, and II Peter 3:9.
With humanity's failure as stewards in the economy, change occurred in time, time is not the controlling factor, but the events of humanities' failure, with God's long-suffering coupled with His foreknowledge, purpose, patience, and the love He has, the dispensation comes to an end. Human failure in every dispensation occurs with the exception of the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time. God's eternal dispensation never ends, for it is completely under the redemption brought about by God through Christ Jesus that is eternal, Ephesians 1:10.
Witnessing, teaching, training, and warning the lost is a universal responsibility. Witnessing was and is the personal responsibility of believers in accordance to their particular dispensation. Conversion is at the heart of God for He is not willing that any should perish, II Peter 3:9, but men perish because they reject the message of God word and proclaimed by His stewards, which He has given for humanity's salvation, John 3:16-21, Psalms 27:1; 34:11, Ezekiel 3:17-21, II Peter 2:5, Deuteronomy 6:1-17, Titus 1:1-10, II Timothy 2:2, Proverbs 11:3, Matthew 28:19, II Corinthians 5:17-21, Psalms 40:9-10, Psalms 116:13-14, and Romans 10:14-17.
God preserves all who come to Him Isaiah 56, I John 5:13, John 10, and Romans 8, the Old Testament saints both saved Jews and Gentiles who receive the inheritance prescribed by God, along with the New Testament saints, they both are the called out believers of the eternity.
God showing mercy and demonstrating grace has extended His long-suffering, giving humanity the opportunity to realize that apart from God, humanity would never be able to be holy and righteous. Mercy and grace was shown through the different dispensations, and how God gave many opportunities, which ended with humanities failure. God is still showing His mercy and grace to the world today, and not wanting humans to perish, II Peter 3:9.
The Failure that brought or will bring about the Punitive Judgment, and the end of the First Six Dispensations.
Dispensation of Innocence – Adam and Eve along with Angels were the stewards that brought about the failure of the first dispensation. Adam and Eve were the first created humans from that all humans are descendants, they lacked trusting and disobedience to God's revealed command, wanting to be god like - sin came into the world, followed by death (Humans were created without sin, but chose to sin). They failed by eating of a forbidden tree, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, which they were clearly commanded not to eat from. Humanities innocence disappeared becoming defiled, and the offspring would never be innocent because the defilement came inherent to all descendants, Genesis 3:1-8, and Romans 5. The only way humanity could ever have a correct relationship to God in holiness again, was for God to provide a just payment, and for the payment, which He did accomplished in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The angels are spirit beings created by God, Genesis 1:1. They were created holy, and with the free ability to choose to remain in that state of their creation, or follow Satan's fall during the Dispensation of Innocence, Genesis 3, and Ezekiel 28:13. Demons are fallen angels that fell with Satan losing their stewardship. Fallen angels are actively at work in the world today, working against God and Christians, Ephesians 6:10-13, and II Corinthians 11:13-15. The angels who remained faithful to God are confirmed in their holiness, and they function as God's messengers being involved with believers, I Timothy 5:21. The angels learn from believers and have a ministry with those who will be heirs of salvation, Hebrews 1:13-14, and Matthew 18:10. Someday believers will take part in judging the angels, I Corinthians 6:3.
Humans who have received transformation by the work God has accomplished in the Lord Jesus Christ, are taking the place that the Angels had, ever since the fall believers are being adopted as children of God, and making the believer's position, in the chain of command directly under the Lord Jesus Christ, John 1:12, I Corinthians 6:3, Ephesians 5:1, Philippians 2:15, and Romans 8:16-21.
Dispensation of Conscience: the worldwide flood came on humanity because of wickedness, and failure to keep from the sins of their imagination that they created in their own making, doing what they wanted in their own eyes, which became their norm, Genesis 6:5, 12, II Peter 2:1-5, and Titus 1:15-16. Because of the hardening of the conscience, the stewards became ineffective to lead humans into correctness, Genesis 6:5, 12, I Peter 3:20, and II Peter 2:5.
The Lord Jesus states when he comes back to earth it will be similar to this time, the time of Noah, there will be a 'laissez-faire' attitude towards the things of God, Matthew 24:36-49. The whole human race had become disobedient and only Noah and his family were spared, I Peter 3:18-20. The people of this dispensation got to the point to express, they did not need God, (Eliphaz accused Job wrongly, Eliphaz referred to a time, possibly the time just before the flood), humanity expressed they were empty in their need for God, and wanted, "God to get away from them," Job 22:12-18).
The sins of their imagination took on a corruption of the union between a man and a woman along with a universal moral corruption. Angles who had fallen with Satan took women and impregnated them corrupting the human race, Genesis 6:1-5, Job 1:6; 2:1, Deuteronomy 3:11, 13, Numbers 13:1-2, 33; 21, II Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6, II Samuel 21:15–22, I Samuel 17:4, 23, Genesis 10:15–16, Genesis 14:13, Amos 2:9–10, Numbers 13:29, 32, Genesis 14:5, Deuteronomy 2:20–21, Genesis 14:5, II Samuel 21:16, 18, 20, Joshua 15:13; 21:11, Joshua 11:21–22, I Chronicles 11:23, Deuteronomy 9:2, and I Chronicles 20:6.
Some Christian holds to an interpretation that the "sons of God" were the formerly righteous descendants of Seth who rebelled, while the "daughters of men" were the unrighteous descendants of Cain, and the Nephilim the offspring of their union. However, all early sources refer to the "sons of heaven" as angels.
The dispensation of conscience became corrupted by the imagination of humanities thinking. The whole human race had become disobedient, and only Noah and his family were spared, I Peter 3:18-20. Today humanity is still corrupting the human relationships of reproduction. The understanding of the former teaching of the angels can be understood better when coupled with the original stewardship angels had; since creation, they were supposed to have a ministering role from God in conjunction with humans.
Dispensation of Human Government: humans have failed by false worship, self-centered, pride, and by uniting all humanity to join in the false efforts of religion. They united against God by establishing a false religion, creating a city and the tower at Shinar, called the tower of Babel to reach the heavens, Genesis 9-11. Humanity invented and established their own way instead of God’s revealed way, "a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves," humanity sinned by playing God, Genesis 11:4.
Human religious institutions or government cannot keep or cause individuals to follow God, Genesis 11:1-6. Even today, humanity without God and those who believe government will be the answer to wickedness, shows they have evil in the heart, and only show humanities inability. Supposing government can correct the evil, which it cannot, only establishes the fact, and making more laws prove government's inability. Also, the 'Tower of Babel' shows humanities failures, by establishing a religion their way, apart from God's revealed plan, only leads to failure since religion and government cannot lead, or bestow upon an individual holiness and righteousness.
Dispensation of Promise, through a chosen family - Romans 9:4,5, the select family Israel, failed in mercy by rejecting obedience, they found out the Laws, which were added are unbearable, Galatians 3:16-19, and Acts 15:5-10. The law only made them slaves, incapable of having any change in their hearts, apart from God making that change possible, Romans 8:3 - they rejected the Father's Theocracy in the Dispensation of Promise under the Old Covenant (Testament), Isaiah 1:2-4, chapter 5 note verse 13, and Malachi 1:6 then they rejected the Son and crucified Him by the hands of the Gentiles, John 19, and Acts 13:26;30, 38-41, and finally they rejected the Holy Spirit's offer of forgiveness and stewardship, Acts 7;1- 50, and Acts 7:51-60, 13:46, 18-4-6, 28:23-29.
Their rejection has postponed the promises and leadership as a Nation. Israel was laid aside, and the 70th week of Daniel postponed until His completion of the Body of Christ the church age, Romans 11. God inserted this mystery dispensation stopping or postponing the final 70th week judgment for the Nation of Israel and the world, Revelation chapter 1 through 20:6.
Dispensation of Grace/Equality: individuals will fail under the dispensation of equality because they are lovers of self, and will be left behind from the event of the Rapture, they will go through the Tribulation wrath judgment ending in death. All humans in this dispensation are on equal basis, and given the opportunity to be set free by grace, but this grace is rejected by humanity. The 70th week of Daniel is the judgment of two dispensations, the Dispensation of Promise and the Dispensation of Grace. I Timothy 4:1-4, II Timothy 3:1-7, II Thessalonians1 and 2, and Revelation chapter 1 through 20:6.
Dispensation of Christ’s Earthly Kingdom: humans failed in a perfect Government, and when Satan is released from the bottomless pit, an unknown number will follow Satan, and rebel against the Lord Jesus Christ and His perfect Millennial Kingdom in the Battle called Gog and Magog. Many of the children born did not turn to God in a perfect rule, and they will follow Satan, Psalm 66:1-10, Revelations 20:7-10, and Isaiah 65:11-12, 20.
All that spend eternity in the Lake of fire are without excuse and hope!
Guiding Principle, rule six examined, Transitions between each Dispensation.
A Transition is the sixth of the seven rules, as the dispensation moves from the old to the new dispensation. There are six transitions that are connected to the seven dispensations of Scripture.
All seven rules are common to a dispensation, and can operate as it moves forward, towards failure or eternal success.
A dispensation would never end if the last three principles, the failure, the transition, and the irreversible punitive judgment would not come into operation. The failure is the catalyst of the three principles, which causes the changes going into the transition, and the bringing about the beginning of the new dispensation. However, if the last three principles do not occur, then the dispensation operating would be eternal, and the only dispensation meeting that level of victory is the eternal dispensation, the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, also called the Kingdom of God.
A transitional relationship between dispensations, operating at the same time from the old dispensation to the new. This failure function is seen in six dispensations moving from the old dispensation that is disappearing, to the new one taking control. With the exception of two of the seven dispensations there is no transition, the first dispensation that started at creation where God made all things out of nothing, starting with no previous failure, and the future eternal dispensation of the Fullness of Time, which will never come to an end since it never fails.
Time does not control the starting and ending of a transition. God's long-suffering determines the economic events, which starts and completes a transition of the old, and the full operation of a new dispensation. Behind the new dispensation's operation one can see the residue of the old dispensation, until the transition comes to completion. Remember, in a transition the two dispensations are going on at the same time, the former one is decreasing while the new one is becoming stronger, and the people of this world becoming responsible for obedience to the rules of the new dispensation.
First transition came at the end of the Dispensation of Innocence:
Starting the transition at the end of the first dispensation, with Adam and Eves’ sin, Genesis 3, their sin began the decreasing event in the Dispensation of Innocence, and the starting of the Dispensation of Conscience with its increasing events.
The end of the first transition into the next dispensation, was the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and the Dispensation of Conscience replacing the former dispensation completely, Genesis 3:24.
Second transition came at the end of the Dispensation of Conscience:
The starting of the transition at the end of the second dispensation, was the complete permeation of humanity's sinfulness encompassing the world during Noah's life time. God's long-suffering came to an end. This started the decreasing event of the Dispensation of Conscience, and begins the increasing events of Human Government, when God chose Noah and his family, Genesis 6:13, 17, 7:11, 17-23, II Peter 2:4,5, Matthew 24:37 - 42, Luke 17:27 - 36, and Genesis 6.
The end of the second transition into the next dispensation, was with God shutting the doors to the ark, and the death of the world's population, except for Noah and his family ending the Dispensation of Conscience. The Dispensation of Human Government was taking full control as Noah emerged from the Ark, ending the second transition, Genesis 8 - 9.
Third transition that came at the end of the Dispensation of Human Government:
The starting of the transition at the end of the third dispensation, begins with the Lord examining the building of the Tower of Babel, beginning the ending and decreasing of the Dispensation of Human Government. Once again God's long-suffering came to an end. This account of the genealogy of Abram is given in the same chapter of the judgment, which started increasing the new dispensation, the Dispensation of Promise, Genesis 11.
The ending of the third transition into the full operation of the next dispensation, was after seeing the residue that completed the events of an apostate prophet named Balaam, Numbers 22, II Peter 2:15, and Jude 1:11, and the entering into the promise land by the Israelites, Genesis 11:29 - Joshua 1, Genesis 12:1, Deuteronomy 32:8-9, and Acts 17:26. The Dispensation of Promise is in full operation by this time.
The fourth transition was a mystery transition:
The fourth transition was a mystery transition, coming at the end of the Dispensation of Promise, where it incorporates the events of the Nation of Israel's failures, causing the beginning of the mystery transition into the Dispensation of Grace.
The starting of the transition at the end of the fourth dispensation, the Dispensation of Promise, had three major events in the history of Israel's failure, which caused the Nation of Israel's temporarily postponement, until the mystery dispensation comes too completion.
One, the divided kingdom and captivity, they experienced when they rejected God the Father's theocracy, Isaiah 3:8-26, chapters 5-10, and Malachi 1-4,
Two, the rejection and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, Acts 2:23, 36; 3:19; 4:10-12; 5:31, and 10:39,
Three, the rejection of the stewardship, empowered by the Holy Spirit, Acts 7; 13:44-46; 18:5-7, and 28:25-28. This third event brought about the beginning of the mystery transition, leading into the mystery dispensation, and the overlaying of the completion of the Nation of Israel receiving their leadership kingdom to the world.
The third of the three events of Israel's failure is the rejection of their stewardship to the world, given to them by the Holy Spirit's empowerment, recorded from, Acts 1 to Acts 7. The event that started the mystery transition is their stoning of Steven, who was boldly empowered, (filled) with the Holy Spirit. His preaching to the stewards, the leaders who were to lead the stewardship to the Nation of Israel, whom needed to repent, receiving the Lord Jesus Christ, as their God, as the Savior, and Messiah, Acts 7:54-60.
Israel as a Nation, rejecting the third person of the trinity by the refusal of carrying out their stewardship, and deliberately not accepting the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, and during the first recorded accounts in Acts one through seven, of the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, they began to be overlaid. With their refusal a mystery transition began at the Acts 7 account, a transition that brought in an equality dispensation for all humanity, based on an individual's response to the gospel according to the revelation given to the Apostle Paul, with the new institution of stewardship equality, Romans 1:16, and not exclusively the Nation of Israel, Ephesians 3:1-7.
If the Nation of Israel had repented, and turned back to God, the Dispensation of Promise would have continued occurring with the propagation of the gospel, going through their Nation's leadership role, until their rejection of their stewardship at a later date that would have caused the completion of the prophecy, the tribulation transition, Leviticus 26, and Acts 3:17-21.
(If this had been God's plan and been received by the Nation of Israel, Gentiles would have received the Gospel as they will in the tribulation period. Interestingly, there would not have been a mystery fourth transition and dispensation. The fourth transition would have existed in their failure, leading into the Dispensation of the Kingdom, where Gentiles will be saved, and the Nation of Israel has the leadership in the chain of command, under the Messiah).
Their rejection brought about a great program, hidden in God that had not previously been revealed, Romans 11:11-15, Ephesians 3:1-7, Colossians 1:24-27, and Romans 16:25-27.
(Approximate years of the mystery transition, started somewhere between 34-36AD, and continued to 70AD, where the mystery dispensation is in full operation, and ending the fourth transition, the mystery transition. The fifth transition into the Kingdom dispensation, is where God fulfills the transition with the Nation of Israel, going into the Kingdom dispensation, and it will continue where it left off at Acts 7, picking up after the Rapture, 2 Thessalonians 2:5-8. Remember the Old Testament and the four Gospels, (Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John) prophesied the transition with Israel being part of the earthly kingdom, and it is now being postponed or overlaid by today's mystery dispensation.).
The seven year tribulation was to be the final phase into the transition of the Kingdom dispensation, which at that time did not yet come about, however, a mystery transition did, leading into a mystery dispensation that is today's dispensation, and will continue until the mystery Rapture of the believing church.
An illustration: The mystery transition and dispensation is like a bottle inside a bottle. Inside God's prophesied plan with the Nation of Israel, was a mystery plan of equality that was not revealed, nor was it fore-told.
Instead of the prophesied transition being fulfilled, and coming to an end, God started the mystery transition going into the mystery program of today, the Dispensation of Grace.
The third major event, also includes refusal of the Nation of Israel to repent, rejecting the New Covenant, and further rejecting their leadership in the world by their stoning of Steven, who represented the working of the Holy Spirit through their Nation, Acts 3:13-26, cf. Acts 7, and Acts 28:28.
The Dispensation of Grace is part of this time period, where the Nation of Israel is under 'The Time of the Gentiles', Luke 21:24, the Nation lost not just the physical leadership role, but more importantly the spiritual leadership as a Nation.
The Dispensation of Grace or Equality, started with the major third event of Israel's final rejection of the Holy Spirit in Acts 7, and God's choosing of the Apostle Paul with the mystery of equality. Paul, (called Saul before his name was changed, Acts 13:9) was taught by Jesus Christ Himself, and God the Father to be the Apostle with the gospel message of equality for Gentiles, Galatians 1:1,11-12, and Acts 9;13:1-3, and here is where the mystery transition and dispensation began, Acts 7-9, and Ephesians 2-3.
Starting at Acts eight after the stoning of Steven, the Dispensation of Grace's transition is increasing. Jews and Gentiles are the subjects preached to by the believers, imploring both to receive the New Covenant through the Gospel on an equal basis, Romans 1-3.
Paul wrote the book of Romans around Acts 20:1-3. The book of Roman’s message from God includes all people equally under sin, having equal responsibility in their personal need, being under the bondage of sin and death, and in need of Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior, Romans 10:9 -13.
This mystery overlay, started a new transition into a new dispensation, which comes to it fullness by the end of Acts 28, and historically at 70 AD. Through the Mystery dispensation an abrupt change took place, the working of the old dispensation decreased, whereas the new dispensation increased. There is no change in the Gospel of Redemption, the New Covenant, except the dispensation principle relating to the stewardship changed, from the Nation of Israel to a New Organism, comprising of a Church of equality, (Ephesians 2, note verse 15).
The redemptive covenant was given first and received by a few in the Nation of Israel, before the Dispensation of Promise completely ended, they were incorporated in the new organism, Acts 2, Roman 1:16, Ephesians 1:12-13, and by the end of Acts, which became the ruling authority for all believers, and individually saved Jews became incorporated into the Body of Christ, a new organism, and having equal responsibility as believers, Ephesians 2:15, Romans 9:27-28, and Romans 11.
The Dispensation of Grace, overlaid the Nation of Israel's leadership that is the continuous judgment on the Nation, before the final punitive judgment comes into reality after the Rapture. When the Rapture occurs the prophesied transition from the Old Testament, including the four gospels accounts with the going into the Kingdom dispensation, will continue where it left off at Acts seven with the Nation of Israel.
Vitally important is remembering an earlier statement, a dispensation is not a covenant, and a covenant is not a dispensation. A dispensation administers the covenant, according to the rules given by God. Whereas a covenant cannot be changed once it is given, only the way it is dispensed, changing from one dispensation to the next, Galatians 3:15. Another important point to remember is that a dispensation is not controlled by time, but the long-suffering of God, in accordance to His eternal plan. Remembering the universal principles, the first key to a dispensation. Universal truths or principles are revealed throughout all dispensations, they are God's absolute, to which all humanity are to adhere, and are always important for trusting God, and are to be obeyed by all humanity, and who are created in His image, these universal truths need to be grasped in accordance to God's holiness, righteousness, and justice. Biblical history has been preserved, and revealed in Scripture to those living, so they possess an understanding of their fallen nature of depravity, God's mercy, and the grace towards them in redemption, and the hope in the future He has provided for the human race, Romans 15:4, and I Corinthians 10:12-13. Believers are to learn how to live before God with others in obedience to holiness, righteousness, and justice.
Working backwards from the third event to the second major event, was the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ, which was part of the prophesied transition into the kingdom, before the Kingdom was postponed, John 1:11, Matthew 1:21-23, and Matthew 15:21-28. This second major event, within the failing of the Dispensation of Promise, was the Nation of Israel rejecting Christ, and the crucifying their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ with no repentance, Acts 2:22-24.
During the time of the birth and life of our Lord Jesus Christ, there was a continuation of the time of the Gentiles that was in operation. Starting back with the partial judgment on the Nation of Israel going into captivity, it was the first major event leading to the transition into the kingdom, and its postponement, Luke 21:24, and Isaiah 9:14-17, 8:19-22, 7:17.
The first major event of failure for the Nation of Israel was their stubborn refusal to repent, under the kingdom in the Old Testament, where 'The Time of the Gentiles' began. Starting with this rejection to repent, the Nation of Israel rejected God the Father, and since they refused to repent, division between the tribes, captivity, and oppression came upon the Nation, Malachi 1-3, and Isaiah 9:14-17; 8:19-22, 7:17.
Ending of the prophesied transition, the fifth transition, comes to an end with the punitive judgment called the Battle of Armageddon. When this end occurs the Lord Jesus Christ comes triumphantly back to this Earth literally, setting on his earthly throne, this second time as King, Isaiah 9:6-7. His reign completes the fifth transition going into the next dispensation, the Dispensation of the Kingdom. Thereby, the end of the tribulation, the prophesied transition, and the period the Word of God calls the 'Time of the Gentiles' comes to finality, Luke 21:20-28.
The Fifth transition will come at the end of the Dispensation of Grace:
The starting of the fifth transition is a prophesied transition, revealed within the Pauline epistles for those living in the Dispensation today. This transition ends with the physical believer being raptured by Christ, and with great expectations being transformed into their eternal existence, and taken to heaven to be with God forever. The non-believers, at the Rapture will be left behind, condemned, and will enter into the tribulation period, one of the events leading to the end, along with the punitive Judgment, the Battle of Armageddon.
There will be three major event within the transition, ending the Dispensation of Grace, at the start will be the failure, then the Rapture of living believers, and third the rejecters of the gospel, who lived up to the time of the Rapture and beyond, who will live out their life being condemned during the tribulation period.
Failure, the first event was prophesied within the Pauline epistles describing the sinful conditions leading up to the end of the Dispensation of Grace:
I Timothy 4:1-5, "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer."
II Timothy 3:1-9, "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was."
The above two passage refers to the latter times, and the next passage the last days, both are reference to the ending of the Dispensation of Grace. The apostle of this dispensation is relating it to the church, and exhorting believers to take note as to the events happening around them, and not participate in the failure. Note, the Spirit expresses these eternal truths, which come from the inspiration of the apostle Paul, II Timothy 3:16.
When you look at the Universal truth of the failures of Israel in Isaiah 8:19-22, and 9:15-16, we see it happening in today's dispensation. Leaders, (elders, the honorable and preachers) departing from the faith similar to Israel's time, causing others not to look to God of eternity, but instead to human governments, counselors, drugs, false religion, wizards, and teachers of falsehood, inventing new problems by methods that fail in the end. They no longer seek or ask God for truth or help, but turn inward to human reasoning alone. Departing from the faith, or apostatizing after knowing the truth, they lead humanity to demonic permeation, being hypocrites, they say one thing but do evil instead, their consciences not even able to convict of right since humanities heart has been hardened that has no return, morally evil to the point of forbidding righteousness, living honorably in marriage, and making the environment, or mother earth their gods, and even the foods they eat are regulated by unbiblical and false rules.
In the next Pauline prophetic passage, "that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in," here are two important truths revealed. The first is in relationship to the Nation of Israel's program that was overlaid by today's dispensation, and the other truths makes it reasonably plain that the end comes when the last person is saved under the dispensation of equality. At this time God finishes His plan he prophesied to the Nation of Israel, the transition continues with the tribulation, and this will turn the true believing Israel to Him.
Romans 11:17-28, "And if some of the branches were broken off, (Nation of Israel) and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:" "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is ‘My’ covenant with them, when I take away their sins." Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers."
However, when the Rapture occurs, the second major event of the transition has come to completion, be assured that you're in the punitive prophesied transition, of God's wrath that leads to the end, the Battle of Armageddon.
I Thessalonians 4:14-18, "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words."
This next reference also, is addressing the Rapture in the sky, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is very important you note that the Lord does not set foot on the earth, and does not return to abide on this earth literally at this time, but only comes in the sky completing the mystery event. It makes the rapture quite plain that our Lord will be gathering believers unto Himself in the sky, which ends the dispensation for believers with His coming. It is a time God demonstrates grace to the believers, and judgment on non-believers who will be left behind on earth, from the second to the third event of the fifth transition, because after the Rapture, God's wrath comes on non-believers left behind, facing the tribulation period, and the irreversible punitive judgment.
The Lord exhorts believers not to fear, or be caught up with His return before the Rapture because they will not be here, see this in verse one, and the apostasy and the one that the Word of God calls the man of sin, and the revealing of him, the son of perdition who is being restrained by the Church, His Body that is the temple of the Holy Spirit will be raptured. However, it will be helpful to note, God does not give a specific time of either events occurrence only that this happens near the end, or the time lapse between the falling away, and the revealing of the ‘son of perdition, but his revealing will be after the Rapture, the meeting in the sky, then the man of sin is to be revealed after the restrainer the church is taken out of the way, verse five through eight of second Thessalonians two. After Paul writes about the restraining force being taken away, then the subject turns to our Lord’s second coming to earth, and the final judgment of the ‘man of sin’ and wicked, verse eight. If you refuse the truth of the gospel then confusion and punitive judgment awaits you from our Lord God, verses 10-12, cf. Isaiah 11:4, and Revelation 19:11-16. But, God wants believers to be ready always for His meeting in the sky, and live as if the rapture is going to be the next moment in the believer’s life, and to realize that this event is future. If you are a transformed, a redeemed believer in the Dispensation of Grace, you can rest assured the rapture has not occurred, because you’re still here, and you are responsible not to apostatize and you are to exercise the ministry of reconciliation, verses 13-17, and II Corinthians 5:18-23!
II Thessalonians 2:1-17, (Verse 1), "Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (Verses 5-8), Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, (Verse 8), whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. (Verses 10-12), The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (Verses 13-17), But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work."
The third event will be when God's long-suffering, and the failure within the Dispensation of Grace reaches its full apostasy and wickedness. These rejecters who heard the gospel before the Rapture will die sealing their destiny, never being able to go back to the opportunity that they had purposely passed up for salvation, II Thessalonians 2:8-12. This event ends the Dispensation of Grace for those left behind, they will enter the prophesied tribulation, and experience death by the final battle called the Battle of Armageddon.
This Rapture event is a glorious mystery, a time of hope and security of grace promised to believers of this dispensation! Note: I Thessalonians 4:18, "Therefore comfort one another with these words," this is not a gathering for the battle of Armageddon.
The Rapture is where all saints from the preceding dispensations will be reunited with their transformed bodies, and with believers who are still alive on earth will be transformed at His coming, into their glorified bodies. The Lord descends with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with a trumpet sounds ending the dispensation, and there can be no going back to the Dispensation of Grace, for this opportunity now has past, I Thessalonians 4:14-18.
The stewardship institution, the 'restraining' power of the Body of Christ or church today, is the force holding back the final events, revealed in this passage of scripture. Jesus Christ is masculine, 'He', refers to His Body, not just the Holy Spirit, II Thessalonians 2:1-17. Some theologian's believe the 'restrainer' is the Holy Spirit by himself, however the believers are His temple, I Corinthians 3:16-17, and 6:19-20, and He lives in them today, and when the Rapture occurs both leave as the restraining force in this world. Along with this the Holy Spirit is God, God does not leave this world, or cease to live in the tribulation, where there will be those who will turn to Jesus Christ through the gospel, preached by the stewards from the Nation of Israel, who then are Spirit filled, receiving the Spirit according to the New Covenant promises, Ephesians 1:13-14.
After the Rapture there will be a vacuum until the institution of stewards, the Nation of Israel accomplishes God's plan for them, during the transition to the Dispensation of the Kingdom, which will take full control by the end of the tribulation period.
As stated before, after the church of today, only then will the 'man of sin' be revealed. The exact time is not included in this passage, so we cannot be dogmatic as to the exact revealing, we just know it is sometime after the events of the apostatizing, and after the Rapture when the redeemed, the Body of Christ the restrainer, will be taken away. This passage also teaches that those who heard the gospel in today's church, in the present Dispensation of Grace, will not be saved in the events that follow, along with the lawless one, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth, and destroy with the brightness of His coming, referring to Christ Jesus' second coming to earth not the Rapture, will die during the transition by the end of the tribulation period, II Thessalonians 2:8-12.
Verse 1-3 of II Thessalonians 2, the "gathering together", and "that day," refer to the Rapture because it says before the revealing "of the man of sin," whereas, verse eight, reveals after the ‘man of sin’ is revealed, "He will be destroy, (the ‘man of sin’) with the breath of His mouth," that is referring to His second coming, during the literal second coming to earth in the Battle of Armageddon, Revelation 16:12-21, and 19:11-21.
Remember when the Rapture occurs, only the redeemed will meet our Lord in the air, and the rest will remain here to go through the punitive Judgment of the tribulation period, as described in the book of Revelation. This is why those who want to reject the gospel message today, during the Dispensation of Grace, need to be warned that their judgment is sealed when the Rapture occurs. Part of their judgment from God specifically for them will be 'strong delusions’, and they will believe the lies inherent in their souls, the pleasures of unrighteousness, and all the events that they will be experiencing as described in the book of Revelation. They are condemned because they did not believe the truth when given during the Dispensation of Grace, today's program of equality. After the Rapture, the Tribulation period includes the prophesied events with the Nation of Israel and their stewardship.
The Dispensation of Grace comes to an end, when the last Gentile becomes a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, on equal basis in today's dispensation of Grace. At this time all believers are Raptured both Jew and Gentiles, as sin permeates the world, I Timothy 4:1-5, II Timothy 3:1-9, Romans 11:17-28, I Thessalonians 4:13-18 cf. 5:1-9, and II Thessalonians 2.
The end of the transition for believers is the mystery Rapture, and at this event all believers from earlier dispensations, the Lord Jesus will bring back their spirits with Him. He first resurrects the bodies of all believers from all previous dispensations, whose spirits He brought back with Him; transforming their earthly bodies into their spiritual glorified ones. Secondly the Lord Jesus Christ transforms those who are alive at the time of the Rapture, and will unite their spirits with their bodies, transforming them into their spiritual glorified bodies.
God’s Rapture event, transformations will be in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump of this dispensation, as our Lord calls all believers up to heaven, I Thessalonians 4:14-18. The last trump of God for this dispensation will sound ending the Dispensation of Grace, I Corinthians 15:52, and I Thessalonians 4:16.
Note: The believers in the Old Testament, God informed them of their bodily resurrection, which is not a mystery, only the time of its occurrence was not made clear, Job 14:14, and 33:28, and Hebrews 11:13-16. The time of the resurrection was a mystery that God revealed through the Apostle Paul, I Corinthians 15:38-58. The details of the Old Testament's saint's resurrection, God revealed in the mystery dispensation that had been hid in Himself, and now it was revealed in the writings to the mystery church called the Body of Christ, Ephesians 3:9-14, Romans 16:25, and Colossians 1:24-26.
When the Rapture event occurs, ending the overlay of today's dispensation on Israel's unique relationship with God, and the continuation of the transition with the Nation of Israel as prophesied within the tribulation period, then the overlay has ended. This eventful tribulation during the transition time, God will complete His work of chastening the Nation of Israel. However, the tribulation there will be the saving of a Jewish remnant from the Nation of Israel, and they will enter the Dispensation of the Kingdom, and the believers who were saved in this period, and lived through the tribulation, they will repopulate the world again. God will separate the wheat from the tares, (chaff) at this time, Mathew 13:1-43.
Another mystery and uniqueness of the Dispensation of Grace, besides the Rapture of believers is that God will spare mercifully the believers from the wrath of the tribulation period. Only the unbelievers will be left on earth to experience the worldwide judgment of the tribulation period. However, the redeemed in the Dispensation of Grace, will not go through the judgment on the world, and the refining of Israel during the tribulation period. This gift, being spared from His wrath, goes along with the mercy of God towards believers in today's dispensation, that accompanies the name given to this dispensation, the Dispensation of Grace, I Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9, and Romans 5:9!
At the end of the seven years of the tribulation, our Lord Jesus Christ will victoriously come back to earth for the second time setting up His rule, sitting on the throne of David as prophesied. The coming of the Lord ends the transition, and the Kingdom of our Lord will be in full control, much to the joy of all believers.
The literal, second coming of our Lord will become reality when He takes residency on earth. His second coming is different from the Rapture, He is coming in the final punitive judgment, before the Dispensation of the Kingdom takes full control, during the battle of Armageddon, and He will sit literally in Jerusalem on the throne of David, His rightful throne!
This remnant saved in the tribulation is the true Israelite Nation, taking the place of those who referred to themselves as the Nation of Israel, but still refused to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Messiah. The tribulation period picks-up where God's working with the Nation of Israel left off formally, back in Acts seven. In the fifth transition, the prophecy transition, with the Nation of Israel will pick-up right after the Rapture, the prophetic events commences where it left off, back in the first century when the mystery transition began.
The Tribulation period is part of the punitive judgment for both the ending of the Dispensation of Promise, and the Dispensation of Grace for all non-believers, of both dispensations. During this transition time God is finishing his work sifting out the Nation of Israel, the true Israelite Nation, who will have the stewardship to perform through the transition. God will be working through the true Israelites or the refined remnant of saved Jews, who had accepted the Gospel after the Rapture. They are refined in the tribulation transition time, and the true Israel will go into the millennial rule with Christ Jesus, (Messiah Savior) in their natural earthly bodies being Christ's stewards for the new dispensation. Including, those gentile believers who endured, and refused the mark of the beast, will also go into the Millennial Kingdom, subject to Christ's rule, and both will repopulate the earth.
The Dispensation of the Kingdom, the Day of the Lord takes full operational control by the end of the battle of Armageddon, and ends with His literal return to reign on earth, Revelation 16:14-21, and Revelation 19-20:1-6. The book of Revelations says, the seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said, "The kingdoms of the world has become the kingdoms of our Lord and of the his Christ, and he will reign forever," "the Lord God almighty, the one who is, and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign." Revelation 11:15-19.
The Battle of Armageddon, results with the reaping of the nonbelievers from the earth, this will be with their demise, and they will be sent to hell, and the Beast and false prophets who headed the religious system are totally destroyed, being cast into the Lake of Fire. Revelation says the seven Angels with the seven plagues, and the seven bowls of God's wrath, brings judgment, Revelation 15-16, where the harvest of the earth of the condemned are destroyed in the Battle of Armageddon, Revelation 14:6 through chapter 16 and 19:17-21. The fifth transition, also ends with, "the dragon that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan," being thrown and locked into the Bottomless pit, until the ending of the thousand years reign of Jesus Christ within the Dispensation of the Kingdom, Revelation 20:1-3.
At the dispensation’s beginning, will be the resurrection of those who were martyred in the tribulation period for their obedient faithfulness, and their refusal to take the mark of the beast, and they will join in the rule during the millennial reign with all the saints of previous dispensation. Their responsibility will be to rule under Christ following the chain of command, established by Him, giving judgment to those living on earth, who entered the millennial reign in their natural body, and their children born during this time, Revelation 20:4, and I Corinthians 6:1-3.
There will be the sounding of seven thunders at the end of the transition, John was forbidden to reveal the voice of the seventh thunder, Revelation 10:1-7, it says "the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets." The ending of this transition is over after these event are completed, and the full operation of the Dispensation of the Kingdom takes full control for the next thousand years.
The Sixth transition is the last one:
It will come at the end of the earthly dispensation, the thousand year Dispensation of the Kingdom, ending with the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, also called the Kingdom of God:
The beginning events of the transition is at the end of the sixth dispensation. Satan will be release from the Bottomless Pit, near the end of the thousand year dispensation, the Dispensation of the Kingdom. With Satan's release comes the battle of Gog and Magog; The Lord Jesus Christ defeats Satan and his followers. One of the last transitional events are the completion of the Great White Throne Judgment, and execution of those raised from hell, Revelation 20:7 - 21. These events also start the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time that take full operating control with the New Heaven and Earth.
The events of the transition in the thousand years is the dovetailing of two events, one is our Lord's long-suffering coming to an end, and the other is with many born during the thousand year reign of Christ not being saved. In Isaiah 65:20, it reveals that there will be those who are evil, and will not turn from their wicked ways. The chapter says that at a hundred years old if they do not turn from their evil, they would be cut off indicating that some may turn, and others will not turn, because many were not truly saved, and they will follow Satan in the final battle against Christ and His people.
Second with the release of Satan from his prison in the bottomless pit, Revelation 20:7-8. Upon release he goes out, and deceives the non-believers in the populous throughout the world, and convincing those who did not receive Christ, to follow him in battle to defeat the reign of Christ, strategically attacking Jerusalem.
Third, transitional event, will be the actual battle with Satan, and his followers against the Lord Jesus Christ called the Battle of Gog and Magog. This battle seems to be over very quickly. Revelation 20:9-10 says, "And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet remain, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever." This ends the working of Satan forever, never to cause his devilish behavior and deeds. His existence will be forever in the Lake of fire.
The fourth event is the transitional judgment from God, according to Revelation, will be with all the nonbelievers from all dispensations, uniting their grave body, with their spiritual body with the eternal judgment at what is referred to the Great White Throne, Revelation 20: 11-15. (Understand that their spirits are already in hell, and these verses informs us that there is a resurrection because of the place where they will be gathering from. It says, verse 13, "The sea gave up the dead (yes their bodies) who were in it, and Death, (grave bodies), and Hades, (hell were the unsaved spirits wait this judgment) delivered up the dead who were in them,"). The Books from God will be opened, and all the nonbelievers will be judged according to what is written in them, but the one special book call the Book of Life, if their name does not appear in it, their eternal doom is pronounced. Their eternal doom is the Lake of Fire along with Satan, and the evil leaders of his workings, this is called the second death, Revelation 20:14.
Fifth event, will be a creation of the New Heaven and New Earth, and this old earth will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, Revelation 21-22. The Lake of Fire is somewhere in the universe, the scripture does not say. The core of this earth is hell, and were the nonbelievers are now waiting for the Great White Throne Judgment, and waiting for their casting into the eternal abode, Numbers 16:33-34; Luke 16:19-31; Ephesians 4:7-10; Proverbs 5:5; Ezekiel 31:14-17; 32:21,27-31, and II Peter 2:4.
The sixth event, will be the anticipated marriage feast of the lamb. This is the uniting of all believers at the marriage feast of the Lamb, the bridegroom, our Lord Jesus Christ, Revelation 21, and Revelation 19:1-10.
The seventh and last of the sixth transitions both end, with the seventh transition events, will be Christ Jesus the Son uniting with God the Father. The Godhead shows completion of all things, and the order of deity and leadership. This is the end of the sixth transition, with the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, also call the Kingdom of God, taking eternal operational authority. This seventh dispensation, the Dispensation of the Fullness of time, does not have an ending transition since it does not fail. The success of the redemptive plan of God is completed, and this dispensation goes on for eternity, just as the first dispensation would have been eternal if humanity had passed the test in the garden of Eden, and had refused listening to Satan, trusting and completely obeying God, (Romans 5, Adam, was the federal head of humanity in that he represented all of humanity in the fall.), I Corinthians 15:23-27.
Looking at the whole of Scripture from God's working in redemption, could be seen as His total plan, and the incorporating all the events since the beginning of time, one could correctly state, God has had a transition moving from creation to the eternal plan of completion, that was His eternal redemption plan.
The key or guiding principle, number seven of a dispensation is the Irreversible Punitive Judgment climax from God.
The finality of these judgments are from God, some direct, and the others by using humanity or nature. These judgments are more than disciplinary actions, they are final, permanent, and punitive actions from God, bringing about the final change, and advancing revelation to a new dispensation in God's eternal plan.
Remember all seven Keys or guiding principles have their unique purpose in all dispensations that bring about the changing, and without all seven principles operating in a dispensation, it will not change. These principles within a dispensation discussed through this book, the universal rules of God, the modified rules, the new rules for the dispensation, His choice for the stewardship, and then comes when God's long-suffering comes to it end, the final three principle occur, the failure, the transition, and ending with the irreversible punitive judgment, and when all seven fulfill their purpose a new dispensation takes full control.
Key seven is the last key ending a dispensation. The events of the punitive judgment, brings the dispensation to a close, and the new one takes full operation, leaving behind a residue of the old dispensation that will disappear. The Irreversible Punitive Judgment from God occurs after God has exercised His long-suffering for a time, directed towards his chosen steward vessels, and patently waiting for humanities repentance, Romans 2:4-6, and II Peter 3:9-10.
However, when they do not repent, the transition begins, ending with the punitive judgment. The New dispensation that started at the beginning of the transition remains throughout the transition into its infancy, until the completion of the irreversible punitive judgment that ends the old dispensation, at that moment in time the new dispensation takes full operating force.
Irreversible: permanent, irreparable, irretrievable, unalterable, Irrevocable, irremediable, and irreversible.
Judgment: ruling, decision, finding, verdict, sentence, conclusion, result, and decree.
Long-suffering: forgiving, resigned, tolerant, accommodating, patient, and selfless.
Punitive: disciplinary, castigatory, penal, corrective, retaliatory, retributive, retributory, and punishing.
Wrath: anger, rage, fury, ire, madness, displeasure, vexation, wroth, displeased, sad, indignation, and grieved.
The consequence of His wrath are reckoning, punishment, and death. The word that best describes God's wrath needs to be chosen according to the context of the Scripture and God's love, and furthermore all the irreversible punitive judgment can be described as God's wrath in response to what type of punitive judgment, duration, and changes.
The following six dispensations end with an irreversible punitive judgment, with their corresponding Scripture Verses Scripture Verses documenting the ending of each dispensation. Notice, the seventh dispensation does not fail, it goes on for eternity, (The Dispensation of the Fullness of Time).
1. In the Dispensation of Innocence, humanity's failure of disobedience brought judgment that ends the dispensation, and the final judgment event was the expulsion from the Garden of Eden,the final judgment event was the expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:22-24. Along with the defilement of creation and humanity, Adam and Eve, who were the representatives of the human race, brought the punitive judgment on the whole human race and creation, from innocence to defilement, Romans five and eight. The expulsion climax of this judgment comes from God directly without using the instrument of humanity, in bringing about the irreversible punitive judgment.
God expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden, and commanded the entrance to be guarded by an angel called a Cherubim, thereby, there was no ability for humanity to enter on their own volition, Genesis 3:24. Their individual personnel walk with God changed, and the potential of eating from the tree of Life was gone without death first, and the potential of the eternal state of redemption.
The sin of disobedience was the trigger that brought about the destructive action. Before the trigger, leading up to the failure, there was the ability of Adam and Eve to move in one direction or the other. God created, and instituted the ability for humanity to be able to make a cognitive choose. Prior to the eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil humanity was given the choice to eat from two trees in the Garden of Eden, sadly the one they chose was forbidden to eat, and the other one they could have freely eaten was the Tree of Life. All the way to this present day humanity has had the ability to choose, called free-will.
Other actions Adam and Eve demonstrated was, a lack of trust, they truly did not trust God, and have confidence in His judgment. Instead, they exercised a lack of trust by choosing to act upon the lie of Satan, and by their behavior accusing God that He could not be trusted, and He was deliberately withholding something good from them. Therefore, He was a liar regarding the results of eating of the forbidden tree, and by not trusting in God when He said, “humanity would die if they ate from the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.” The result of their action sent a lying message to humanity, the message, humanity knows what is better for them than their creator.
The result was a refusal of submission to the chain of command, God's authority. Instead of obedience to God they followed and believed the lie of an angel cherubim, Satan, and in doing so, they showed their own self-desire to be in command, taking on a sinful nature that passed inherently to the human race. Their noncompliance brought about rebellion and disobedience to God's plan.
Lacking trust, resulted with not making a correct choice, causing disobedience, showing a lack of love to their creator, God, and the one who sustains their life, who created them in His image. God's love has been offended, He created humanity to have purpose, to work, sustaining family life, and community of relationships with each other, and Him. God lovingly gave humanity the innate command to subdue the earth, bringing it under control by an exertion of his will, in accordance to His righteousness and holiness.
Their discontentment shows ingratitude to the God of creation, the One who sustains all living, and is to be glorified. God's desire is to have His creation in harmony with Him and others.
Humanity was given a perfect Garden, the earth was without fault, then sin occurred, and the punitive judgment, caused creation to long for its redemption, without it decaying, and death that continues up to this present day, Romans 8:18-23.
God's wrath can be defined as a disciplinary event, in that the action did not annihilate humanity. In His long-suffering he accommodated humanities sin by the provision of a sin covering of atonement, and clothing them in his love, I John 4:19, Genesis 3:21, and Romans 5:6-11. He demonstrated patience that only an all-powerful God could perform. God shows selflessness since he could have annihilated all his creation and start again, but he sought to redeem humanity back to Himself.
Humanity is the recipient of God's mercy and grace, giving humanity the option to be clothed in his righteousness through the work He performed, by the giving fully of himself for the justice required for the sin of humanity, providing the redemption sacrifice needed, for every human, Romans 5:6-12, and he offers it for each individual, who makes it a choice to be received from God, forgiving each man and woman of sin, and giving them a personal kinship with Him.
He concludes with a new dispensation taking full control, showing His excellent mercy and grace, one that he had already planned in eternity past for humanity; His ruling was with irrevocable events in the environment to prevent eternal destruction, protecting humanity, for if they had stayed in the Garden of Eden and ate of the Tree of Life, they would have remained in their fallen state for all eternity, not being redeemable, and spending eternity in the Lake of Fire with Satan.
Before moving unto the next dispensation, we need to briefly discuss and look at the angels of God. God created the Angels to minister to humanity, who would willingly inherit salvation, Hebrews 1:7, 14. Angels knew their responsibility from creation, but Lucifer in his pride gave a false and deceitful directive and recommendation to Eve, in the Garden of Eden, lying to Eve about the truth of God's command, Satan's sin is recorded in Ezekiel 28:14-15, Isaiah 14:12-15, and Genesis 3:1-7, 14,15. Lucifer, also called Satan, was in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, and they did not demonstrate any improper expression to his appearance, Ezekiel 28:11-15. A third of the Angel fell and were corrupted by Satan, Revelation 12:3-4, 9, Revelation 1:20, and Jude 1:6, fallen Angels are called demons, stars, or spirits. We are still opposed by spiritual beings, or fallen angels, Ephesians 6:10-13, and II Corinthians 11:14. Fallen Angels and Satan often referred to as the devil are eternally dammed, Mathew 25:41, Hell and the Lake of fire were created for him, and his fallen Angels that followed after him, Revelation 20:10.
2. The Dispensation of Conscience - the universal worldwide flood with its castastrophic event bringing God's long-suffering to an end, and resulted in the irreversible punitive judgment, ending the Dispensation of Conscience. The climax of this penal judgment, the worldwide flood is from God directly, which brought about the irreversible punitive judgment, Genesis 6:13, 17, 7:11, 17-23, II Peter 2:4, 5, Matthew 24:37- 42, and Luke 17:27- 36.
This punitive judgment was against humanity for their deep wicked corruption. The sons of God, (fallen angels, or giants) intermarried with the daughters of humanity resulting in complete wickedness of the human race. Some try to identify the sons of God as the descendants of Cain, if that had been the case, then they would have been completely destroyed with the worldwide flood, but they appeared after the flood, Nephilim - Genesis 6:2-4, and Numbers 13:33. Whenever you see them in scripture, they are inherently evil, against God's people causing wickedness.
The Word of God makes it quite clear believers are not to marry nonbelievers, II Corinthians 6:14, or have improper relationship with animals or seek foreign unions in fulfillment with self or of the same sex, Leviticus 18:1-23; Exodus 20:14, and Romans 1. God created the marriage bed holy, and for the fulfillment in procreation, marriage enjoyment, companionship and intimacies of oneness, Hebrews 13:4. When a man and woman marry they become one, there is now a spiritual union of the two, not just a physical, I Corinthians 6:18-20; Romans 1:18-32; Acts 15:29; I Corinthians 5:1-5; 5:9-11; 6:1-9; 10:8; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 4:19; 5:3; I Thessalonians 4:3-7; I Peter 4:1-3, and Revelations 2:14-23.
During the transition, from the time God observed the wickedness of humanity, to the event of God closing the door of the ark, humans had the time to repent, but there is no indication that anyone did, and the wrath of God came upon them all, causing them all to perish in their sins, with the exception of one family.
The Worldwide flood, brought death to all except Noah's family, for He had found grace in the long-suffering love of God, for the propagation of the human race, Genesis 6:8, Hebrews 11:7, I Peter 3:20, and II Peter 2:5. God could have taken Noah and his family directly to heaven, but He did not, but continued His plan with humanity through Noah. The Worldwide flood occurred about 1,656 years from creation, Genesis 5; 7:6-11.
(Note: Matthew 24:37- 42, and II Thessalonians 2:8-12, prophesied, saying in the future the end of the punitive judgment on the Dispensation of Promise, and for the non-believer from the Dispensation of Grace, will be an irreversible punitive judgment for the dispensations, similar to this account as far as to conditions of the hearts of humanity, and who will be taken in Judgment, "so also will the coming of the Son of Man. --- as in the days before the flood, --- took them all away, so also it will be at His coming.")
3. The Dispensation of Human Government – Man’s failure brings God's irreversible punitive judgment, resulting with the changing of the languages, and the scattering of humanity, this judgment confounded their efforts in creating a universal false world religious system. These changes caused the language difference and made humanity to disperse from their efforts, creating a check and balance on each other. The climax of this judgment is from God directly without using the instruments of humanity, which brought about the irreversible punitive judgment. At this junction God planned and chose one of the families, Abram's to bring about redemption, Genesis 11.
This dispensation has a short activated time before the failure and judgment, lasting somewhere about 390 years before the choosing of Abraham. Remember a dispensation is not controlled by time, but controlled by God's long-suffering over humanities sin, showing His mercy and grace in His plan to redeem humans, Genesis 10:10 -11:26.
Chapter ten, where we previous explained humanities failure relating to false worship, self-centered pride, and attempting to unite all humanity to join in the efforts of a false religion. Humanity united against God by establishing a false religion, creating a city and tower at Shinar, called the Tower of Babel, for the purpose of reaching the heavens, recorded in Genesis chapter nine through eleven.
The whole earth had been reestablished from the time of Noah and his three sons. It is recorded that Noah was still alive during this dispensation and its failure, Genesis 9:28 "And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years".
Peleg who was a fourth great grandson of Shem, and after the birth of Peleg's son Reu, Peleg lived another 209 years. The difference from the 390 years mentioned above is 181 years, therefore, if the reference that, "the earth was divided," refer to the time of God's irreversible punitive judgment occurring, Peleg lived through the judgment, and into the years of Abram's early years before he died, Genesis 10:25, 11:19.
Our Lord God expresses His displeasure over humanities efforts in their self-directive, seeking to becoming independent of Him, and refusing His leading for worship. However, He showed mercy again in His wrath by not punitively judging with fury, but giving grace in His actions.
God still with open arms allow humanity to correctly respond to Him as their creator, and the one who sustains life, to know Him is to know the love that only He could give. Further, it will be seen that in the next dispensation, God will reveal a system for worship. This system, the Mosaic Law, will fulfill the requirements needed for proper worship, and to have a proper relationship with the God of eternity until Jesus Christ. This plan would fulfill a person's needs, for the atoning regeneration system of redemption that was needed to meet the holy requirements for salvation before Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ then would finish His plan later for redemption and worship by the gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled the plan for eternal forgiveness of every human, who would respond to God's incarnation provision, and from then on humanity was too worshiped through the LORD, I Timothy 2:5.
God's accommodating willingness to provide life sustaining leadership for humanities livelihood, humanity failed in appropriate worship and obedience. The descendants of Noah failed to keep the God of their existence in proper endearment in their action. God's disciplinary punishment, and unalterable punitive ruling regarding His decision, scattered the world population by changing their languages, and choosing one line of humanity, Abram’s, to develop a Nation through him, and to bring unto humanity the savior of the world for anyone, who would appropriate His sacrifice for themselves.
This dispensation changed by the introduction of the person Abram, and Scripture begins revealing this new administration, the Dispensation of Promise, (The guiding principles in the previous chapter, chapter 11, describes this transition period that all dispensations have in common, showing the conclusion of a dispensation, and the full control of the new dispensation).
4. The Dispensation of Promise - God uses one Nation that He chose, made from Jacob's twelve children in the forming of this Nation that came through the lineage of Abram, whose name was changed to Abraham. The Bible dedicates the largest Biblical record to this dispensation, with the chosen Nation Israel, and it is a pivotal dispensation in completing God's eternal plan of redemption. The Bible dedicates the largest Biblical record to this dispensation, with the chosen Nation Israel, and it is a pivotal dispensation in completing God's eternal plan of redemption. After many disciplinary incidents in Israel's history, there are three failures and sins that qualify, leading into the irresistible punitive judgment on the Nation of Israel. These three events was Israel's rejection of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, all three occurred before the irreversible judgment was complete, and the new dispensation began that was not prophesied during the Dispensation of Promise.
Israel had the opportunity to repent, all the way up to the time of the stoning of Stephan, Acts 7, at that time they lost their prominence as the exclusive chosen stewards, and their position in the presentation of the Gospel to the world. Yes, the Bible is written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit and they were Jewish, but the Nation as a whole lost their position in the chain of spiritual leadership, the Nation’s loss was irreversible. They will not regain their unique position until the Rapture that ends the Mystery Dispensation of Equality, (Also call the Dispensation of Grace). The final punitive aspect, the Tribulation period of the irreversible judgment on the Dispensation of Promise has been postponed, and overlaid with a mystery dispensation, and will not regain their leadership until the Mystery Dispensation is complete. The final irreversible punitive judgment, which ended the Nation of Israel's unique position, and the position they could have had, was with the stoning of Stephan.
With the stoning, the Nation lost their stewardship, and because of the stoning of Stephan the gentiles continued their oppression. Stephan's relationship to this final judgment was his spiritual relationship to God as recorded, and as a steward filled with the Holy Spirit, Acts 6:10. God’s long-suffering came to an end with their refusal to repent as a Nation. The Nation of Israel was given the opportunity to dispense the Redemptive Covenant, after the completed work of Christ Jesus and the implementation of the New Covenant, and it was where after being given the permanent indwelling or seal of the Holy Spirit they refused, and in so doing were laid aside, Acts 1-7.
The rejection of the Holy Spirit convicting Israel as a Nation, committed the unpardonable sin, directed to the existing chosen Nation of Israel at this time; they temporarily forfeited the potential they could have had, and never in their lifetime would they be able to restore this relationship, it was their irreversible punitive Judgment. If the Nation of Israel had listened, and repented they could have been God's stewards of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ as a Nation to the world, as it will be after the Mystery Dispensation’s completion, Matthew 12:32, and Acts 7:51, 55; 28:23-29.
The three events of Israel's rejection of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, led to the irreversible Punitive Judgment on the Nation of Israel that caused the laying aside of the Nation, as the primary dispensers or stewards in preaching the Gospel to the world. After the Rapture and at the end of the seven-year tribulation period, only a remnant of Israel will be chosen that had been saved during the tribulation period. This remnant will repopulate the new Nation of Israel, going into the Dispensation of the Kingdom, Isaiah 10:20-23; 11:10-11; 28:5, and Zephaniah 3:8-20. Israel the Nation at this time will be inserted back into God's plan, and God will fulfill His promises to the Nation of Israel, made from this remnant in the Dispensation of the Kingdom.
The Dispensation of Grace is a continuation of the period called "The Time of the Gentiles." The ending of the "Time of the Gentiles" will end with the seven years of tribulation prophesied in the Book of Revelation, ending with the Battle of Armageddon. It is notable this period of the gentiles is plural, showing that this period of the gentiles was punitive on them as a Nation, who has rejected their responsibility, which has had a multiple gentile oppressive events through their history, the Bible accounts this history of the Nation of Israel, beginning with Israel’s captivity.
Israel's downfall began with Israel's rejection of God the Father, Isaiah 63:16 cf. v. 10. Their Captivity, reveals the anger of God for the Nation Israel's ungodly behavior, Israel's rejection of God the Father, was demonstrated in the exile of Israel, Deuteronomy 32:6,18, II Samuel 7:12-14, I Kings 15:24, I Chronicles 17:11-14; 22:10, 28:6; 29:10, Psalms 89:26, Isaiah 9:6; 63:16; 64:8, Jeremiah 3:4; 31:9, Malachi 1:6; 2:10; Matthew 5:16, and Isaiah 60:10-11.
The second downfall was their rejection of the Son, Jesus Christ as Lord, John 1:11. The wrath of God that the New Testament speaks of is to be expressively of judgments on the wicked, and the rebellious covenant people, their leadership, and upon all those who refuse to believe in, and receive Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of the world, Matthew 21:23-46, John 3:36.
With the crucifixion of our LORD, humanity showed the depth of evil that is within our hearts by the viciousness of the murder on an innocent person, Jesus. It demonstrated what wickedness one could do being self-centered when there is disagreement. The Nation of Israel along with the instrument of the gentiles performed this evil, and was deserving of irreversible punitive judgment, but our Lord said, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing." God showed mercy and grace by not exercising His Holy Righteous and just privilege of judgment on the Nation of Israel, and humanity, if His Love for His creation was not great, John 3:16, and Romans 5:7-10. God definitely demonstrated His love by restraining His wrath, and offering repentance to the steward Nation, and the wanting to extend forgiveness to the gentiles by using the Nation of Israel upon repentance. Israel was offered forgiveness and a continuation of their stewardship, but they refused, Matthew 2, Acts 2:14-44, and Acts 3:12-15, Acts 7.
(When our LORD Jesus Christ was rejected and crucified, the only hope for humanity was rejected because of an arrogant heart with Self-righteous justification, which gives excuses to commit evil, and it demonstrated an ungodly nation, and the depth of depravity on others that extends so deep in its degrees of godlessness and unrighteousness, it is endless, writing laws of hardship and negativity, it prescribes evil, robbing others, taking what does not belong to them, not giving justice, and then the unthinkable, the killing, Isaiah 10:1-3.)
The third event was the out-right rejection of God the Holy Spirit, first came the warning, announcing the penalty of such a rejection, Matthew 12:32, and then the actual occurrence of this historic event, rejection of the Holy Spirit, Acts 7:51,55; 13:46; 28:23-29, and Romans 11, after the rejection the seven-year tribulation period would have occurred, the 70th week of Daniel if God had not begun and revealed the Dispensation of Grace, Daniel 9:24-27, Matthew 24, Daniel 12, Isaiah 13:13; 14:6, Revelation 19:11-21, Deuteronomy 29, and Revelation 1-19. The irreversible consequence of the Nation of Israel, and by their rejecting the Holy Spirit's calling to repentance, it opened the door for God's Mystery Dispensation to be revealed, and the continuation of the gentile’s oppression on the Jews. God judged the Nation Israel for their refusal to repent, and accept the Messiah under the Holy Spirit's call for repentance, which brought about the irresistible punitive judgment upon the stoning of Stephan, Act 7.
The climax of this judgment is from God directly, and by using the instruments of humanity, He accomplishes His irreversible punitive judgment.
5. The Dispensation of Grace - also called the Dispensation of Equality or the Mystery Dispensation - Ends with the Rapture, where the unregenerate are left behind, who go into the terrible seven-year Tribulation, and the transformed believers are taken to be with the Lord Jesus Christ in the rapture. With the irreversible judgment the believers will be taken out of the world with the Holy Spirit who indwelt them from the time of their personal salvation, Ephesians 1:13, 14. This leaves a void for all the wickedness to be loosened by Satan on the world’s population, which includes all the events of the book of Revelation, and to be carried out in their order that ends with the battle of Armageddon. When the Rapture is over and there is this great vacuum, God working through the Holy Spirit will reveal the truth of Christ Jesus too many who did not reject the Gospel before the Rapture, and those who responded will reject the mark of the beast because of their personal commitment to the Gospel, Revelation chapters 1-7.
However, God's wrath comes on all the non-believers left behind to face the irreversible punitive judgment. The non-believers from the Dispensation of Grace all die during this time-frame, not able to repent and receive the mercy and grace our Lord Jesus offered them as a gift, freely given without any human works before the Rapture, Romans 11:17-28, I Thessalonians 5:1-9, and II Thessalonians 2, cf. I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
Those who rejected Christ Jesus after hearing the gospel, before the Rapture will die, sealing their eternal destiny, never being able to go back to the opportunity that they had passed for salvation, II Thessalonians 2:8-12. The Rapture event ends the dispensation for believers, and with those left behind, they will entering the prophesied tribulation. Those who rejected the message of the gospel will die naturally or by the events during the tribulation period, or live to die by the final battle called the Battle of Armageddon.
The climax of this judgment is from God directly without using the instruments of humanity man, He brings the irreversable punitive judgment.
The Rapture ends the Dispensation of Grace, and causes the transition into the next dispensation, running together with the irreversible punitive judgment that was postponed from the Dispensation of Promise being completely fulfilled, this was prophesied for the Nation of Israel. After the Rapture, prophecy picks up precisely where it was overlaid by the Mystery Dispensation of Equality. Remember that the Dispensation of Grace was not foretold before, and was in fact revealed fully to the Apostle Paul for the new dispensation, Galatians 1:11; 1: 12- 24; 2:1-10; Colossians 1:24-26, Romans 16:25, Ephesians 3:1, 9, and Acts 9:15; 26:12-23. (Note that the other apostles were not told of the new working of God in it fullness, but they were only given that God was saving the gentiles along with them, Acts 10; Acts 15, and Ephesians 3:5).
The unregenerate, after the Rapture, and transition comes to an end is located in Matthew 24:37- 42, saying the end of the punitive judgment for the Dispensation of Promise, and for the nonbeliever from the Dispensation of Grace will be an irreversible punitive judgment, relating to both dispensations, culminating in the Battle of Armageddon, Revelation 16:16, where our Lord Jesus Christ physically returns to earth and rules, Revelation 19:11-23. All the nonbelievers will be sent directly to hell since nonbeliever do not enter the Dispensation of the Kingdom. The ones who were taken in the punitive judgment in Noah's days were the unrighteous and only righteous Noah and his family were saved. After the Battle of Armageddon, only the believers of God, who are still alive and transformed during the tribulation will enter the Dispensation of the Kingdom, to repopulate the earth.
Earlier in this chapter, Angels were discussed in the Dispensation of Conscience with humanities as being complicit in the fall; the Lord uses this as an example, the flood was the irreversible judgment where the wicked were taken in judgment not the righteous in Matthew 24, and at His second coming to earth the wicked will be sent to hell. The question is, are the fallen Angels acting the same way in the destruction of the human race?
A study of angels will show that they influence humans on their decisions they make during their lives, Ephesians 6:10-13, II Corinthians 11: 13-15, and I Corinthians 7:5. Whenever you see fallen angels in scripture, they are evil, against God's people causing wickedness. The Word of God makes it quite clear believers are not to marry nonbelievers, II Corinthians 6:14-16, or have improper relationship with animals or seek foreign unions in fulfillment with self, or of the same sex, if one does this it is like having a relationship with Satan, with darkness resulting in consequences that accompanying such relationships.
The Bible in the book of Jude mention the workings of fallen angels in the lives of humanity in previous dispensation, and the workings of fallen angels in Jude's dispensation, also in the book of Revelation there is a constant interaction with these dark forces.
The reason for Satan abhorring the human race is his hatred of those redeemed; it is because they become children of the eternal God through adoption, taking the place above angels in the chain of command do to Jesus Christ’s work. The adoption that Jesus Christ provided makes us a child of God, to as many as receive Him, receiving Him as Lord and savior is vitally important without delay, it is a gift giving forgiveness and eternal life, Matthew 1:21, John 1:12, and Romans 8:16-21!
Therefore, at the Rapture, believers are taken to be with our Lord Jesus Christ, and the unregenerate are left on earth to go through the judgment of Revelation, ending with Matthew 24 being fulfilled, and being sent to hell in the Battle of Armageddon.
6. The Dispensation of the Kingdom on Earth - is the thousand-year reign of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus. The end of this dispensation, Christ casts those who were born during the Millennium, in the Kingdom dispensation, who rejected Christ that are unregenerate, and cast them and those already in hell into the Lake of Fire, Revelation 20:7-15. This judgment is punitive and irreversible called, "the Great White Throne Judgment." Humanity’s failure brings God's judgment that will end the dispensation.
Just before the court, the Great White Throne Judgment account there is a battle called the battle of Gog and Magog, Revelation 20:7-9, and Ezekiel 38:2, 18-23. The ending of this battle, Satan who deceived the world is cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone where the beast and the false prophets are, who have been already there, the beast and false prophets were thrown earlier into the Lake of Fire at the ending of the Battle of Armageddon, this will begin the fullness of the thousand-year dispensation, Revelation 20:10, and 19:19-20.
The climax of this judgment is from God, and will be without using the instruments of man, He will bring the irreversible punitive judgment.
7. The Dispensation of the Fullness of Time also called the Kingdom of God, has no punitive judgment. All evil will for eternity be done away with, and the redeemed will live forever, living in the holiness, righteousness and justified. There will be a new heaven and earth, all the redeemed, believing humanity will live as God created them to live, in His image, and are now redeemed by the blood Jesus Christ provided, Revelation 21-22. All things will be subjected under the Godhead, and will submit in the order of leadership, I Corinthians 15:25-28.
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