Chapter 1c The Seven Dispensations in Scripture

The Seven Dispensations of Scripture see Chart:

1.      The Dispensation of Innocence started at creation, Genesis 1 through 3

2.      The Dispensation of Conscience starting at the fall, Genesis 4 through 8

3.      The Dispensation of Human Government starting at the building of the Ark, Genesis 9 through 11:11-26

4.      The Dispensation of Promise transition started with the call of Abraham after the sin which triggered the ending of the previous dispensation, Genesis 11:26. The Punitive Judgment transition of the dispensation, Revelation 1-19:3, with the overlaying of the mystery dispensation, running until the completion of the mystery where it is Raptured, then both dispensations experience the same punitive judgment, of the Tribulation or the period call by God, His wrath where he pours out, it is His punitive Judgment on the earth, Revelation 1 through 19:3, Isaiah 13, 24; II Thessalonians 2.

5.      The Dispensation of Grace or Equality, (Not prophesied in the Bible, Romans 16:24-27, Ephesians 3:1-10, Colossians 1:25-29 (KJV) started with the events recorded in Acts 8-10, when God opened the door of salvation to the Gentiles on equal bases with the Jews. The calling of the Apostle Paul, who wrote the majority of the books of the New Testament, (Romans thought Titus, 12 of the 27). Acts 8 through Hebrews covers the mystery, and the General Epistles of which contain universal practical relating to the New covenant for all dispensations and mixed with a Jewish overtone of prophecy, James - Jude. The dispensation ends with the Rapture of the Body of Christ, then the Punitive Judgment on the non believers of the dispensation, the worldwide Tribulation period or Daniel's 70th week which was prophesied, Revelation 1 through 19:3. The Apostle Paul was given the full revelation for this dispensation.

6.      The Dispensation of the Kingdom (earthly), Starts at the beginning of the seven-year tribulation period. The transition ends with the Battle of Armageddon, Revelation 16:16 and the Lord Jesus second coming to earth. Matthew through John which speak directly to the Dispensation of Promise and to the earthly Kingdom, intermingled with the events of the transition moving into the full operation of the dispensation. Jesus Christ is directly working through Israel with salvation, who were to be the dispensers of salvation to the Gentiles, Israel at this time was superior in their leadership role as stewards. James, I & II Peter, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John, and Jude gives practical and universal principles for living, having a Jewish overtone.

The Book of Revelation is expounding on Old Testament prophecies revealing an earthly kingdom and ends with a new earth and heaven in an eternal Kingdom. The book of Revelation is a direct revelation of environmental events of the wrath of God, and the gathering of the true Israel a remnant where believers had endured the seven-year tribulation. The Battle of Armageddon is the battle at the ending of the seven-year tribulation period, Revelation 16:16. The Battle of Gog and Magog ends the earthly Millennial Kingdom, Revelation 20:8.

7.    The Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, Ephesians 1:10 starts at the release of Satan, Revelation 20:3. These events are prophecies throughout the Bible which relates to the Eternal Kingdom of God, and they are foretold with the expectations of life for eternity. The transition began with Satan release from the Bottomless Pit, the Battle of Gog and Magog and ending with the Great White Throne Judgment bringing the end of the earthly Kingdom, transitioning fully into the New Earth and Heaven, the eternal Kingdom of God, Revelation 20-22.

The Names given to a Dispensation

The dispensations have been given names by dispensationalists to identify the major way in which God administered each dispensation. The words used in the title describing a particular aspect in a dispensation, and is not exclusive in its description because the truth of that word or words may have already operating before and will be found in future dispensations. The words used however, does describe a unique aspect relating to that particular dispensation.

a. For example: The characteristic of grace is seen throughout all dispensations and the use of the word in the title, the Dispensation of Grace is describing the grace of equality offered to all humanity, forming the Body of Christ or the new organism, Ephesians 1:11-14, 2:15 Acts 7-13 cf. Ephesians 3:1-9. It is unique to the fifth dispensation's operation.

Grace is one aspect in the Redemptive Covenant with humanity which does not change because it is given as a covenant from the Godhead in offering redemption. Therefore, grace that is given in the Redemptive Covenant is in all of the dispensational rules of operation as they unfold for individual.

The Old Testament saints were saved by God's grace and given a religious system to express their faith. Romans  4:1-25,
Psalm 4:5; Psalm 50:23; Psalm 51:16-18; Proverbs 21:3; Proverbs 21:27; Ecclesiastes 5:1; Isaiah 1:1-13; Hosea 8:13; Matthew 9:13; Matthew 12:7; Mark 12:33; Hebrews 10:5; Hebrews 11:4.

Also, grace was shown by the postponement of the tribulation period or the wrath of God on the world and the Nation of Israel. Even though the Nation of Israel failed God still showed grace, offering salvation to individual Jews, Romans 11. If God had not started a new dispensation He would have poured out on the world His wrath as prophesied, Joel 2:28-32 cf. Acts 2:16-23, Acts 7.

b. Another example: The institution of human government is also carried out in other dispensations. The name  Dispensation of Human Government was first applied or introduced for the dispensation with Noah right after the worldwide flood, giving humans the right and responsibility to govern the affairs of man by men that had prior belonged to God exclusively, (God, Genesis 4:10-16) cf. (Humanity, Genesis 9).

c. A third example: The name the Dispensation of Conscience was given to this dispensation because every individual was responsible directly to God, being led by the individual's conscience. Adam and Eve's conscience was seen when they hide from God showing they had a conscience and it condemned them of their sin. Conscience is still operating in the lives of individuals today. Conscience works in conjunction with the Holy Spirit's convicting of sin and righteousness using the laws revealed in God's Word. The conscience is showing humanity his sinfulness and helplessness of righteousness and forgiveness. The Holy Spirit also reassures us through our conscience we are a child of God and reassures us when responding correctly to God's Word and others, Psalm 23:3; Psalm 65:5; Isaiah 42:21; John 3:34; John 16:8; Romans 5:5; I Corinthians 2:10; I Corinthians 2:12; II Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 3:5; Hebrews 10:29; Revelation 2:7; Revelation 2:11; Revelation 2:17; Revelation 2:29; Revelation 3:6; Revelation 3:13. The Mosaic Law for example was given to show humanity his sinfulness, Genesis 3-4, Romans 4:20. God the Holy Spirit has always used humanity's conscience with His word to convict man of right and wrong, Genesis 6:3, Hebrews 9:14, Ephesians 5:26, Hebrews 4:12.

d. Examples of the other dispensational names:

The Dispensation of Innocence was before humanity sinned, Genesis 1:2; 2:15-17, 25; Romans 5:12-21, sin and death began at the point of disobedience.

The Dispensation of Promise, the promises given to Abraham and his descendants to establish a kingdom nation and our Savior would come through his seed (or descendents), Genesis 12:1-3; 13:14-17; 15:1-21; 17:1-27; Galatians 3:15-18.

The Dispensation of the Kingdom, Jesus Christ will rule and Christ will sit on the throne of David ruling His Kingdom on 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, Revelation 19:6.

The Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, God's eternal Kingdom everything is completed, redemption experienced, there is no end, it is eternal, a new heaven and a new earth, Psalm 103:19-22, Revelation 21:1-8, 22:1-21, I Corinthians 15:24-28.

The names mark a specific uniqueness of the dispensation.

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