Chapter 11b - Guiding
Principle, rule six examined:
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 if 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 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 creating a transition. With the exception of two of the seven dispensations,
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 increasing in strength, and 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, was Adam and Eves' sin,
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,
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,
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, 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, 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 to completion.
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, and receive the Lord Jesus Christ, as their God, the Savior, and Messiah, Act 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 equality stewardship, 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, Act 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, 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 that was a mystery plan of equality, His plan was not revealed, or 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, 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, Acts 9;13:1-3, and this is where the mystery transition and dispensation began, Act 7-9, 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, 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, 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 being postponed, John 1:11, Matthew 1:21-23, 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, 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; 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 prophesized 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; 9:15-16, we see it happening in today's dispensation. Leaders, (elders, 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 phrophetic 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 event to the third 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, "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, 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 that 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; 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 seal 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 stewarship.
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, 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. Second 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, 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; 33:28, 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, 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 mercifully spare 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 of 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, Romans 5:9!
At the end of the seven years of the tribulation, our Lord Jesus Christ will vivtoriouly 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 wil 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, 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, andthey 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 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 faithfulness, and their obedient 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 of those living on earth, who in their natural body, and their children born during this time, Revelation 20:4, 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 begining 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 other will not turn, because they 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; 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, Revelation 19:1-10.
The seventh and sixth of the 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, it could be seen as His total plan, and the incorporating of 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.
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