The Wandering Mind


7: Dispensation of the Righteous Reign of Jesus Christ

Posted in Dispensationalism,Mormonism by wandren on 4 October 2007

Primary source for this discussion: Ankerberg Theological Research Institute
Author: Dr. Renald Flowers

“The seventh dispensation will begin after the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and will end immediately before the release of Satan from the abyss and his final revolt. ” Revelation 20:1-6.

“It appears that the seventh dispensation will have three ruling factors which God will use to govern the world: the human conscience, human government, plus the righteous, theocratic rule of Christ. Since the seventh dispensation will be the final one for this present earth, it will be characterized by the final fulfillment of the promises which God made to Abraham and his descendants. Once promises are fulfilled, they cease to be promises. Thus, promise will no longer be a ruling factor in the last dispensation. In addition, although salvation from the penalty of sin will continue to be by grace throughout the seventh dispensation, grace will not function as a ruling factor. The evidence for this is the fact that, during the theocratic rule of Christ, those individuals who rebel against that righteous rule will be executed (Isaiah 11:3-4; 29:20-21), and those nations which refuse to go up to Jerusalem to worship the King and celebrate the Feast of Booths will be punished (Zechariah 14:16-19).

The most significant ruling factor during the seventh dispensation will be the righteous rule of Christ over the entire earth (Isaiah 11:1-5; Zechariah 14:9-10). * The world will have a theocratic government in which the rule of God will be administered worldwide through His representative, Jesus Christ.”

“Mankind will fail the test of the last dispensation. Some unsaved individuals will rebel outwardly against Christ’s rule during His reign (Isaiah 11:3-4; 29:20-21; Jeremiah 31:29-30). Others will not rebel outwardly, but they will chafe inwardly. They will despise the absolute, righteous rule of Christ but will know better than to rebel outwardly. When the seventh dispensation will end, and Satan will be released from the abyss, these people will follow Satan in his last revolt against God’s rule (Revelation 20:7-10).

This failure of great multitudes of people in spite of the perfect government and exceptional conditions of the seventh dispensation will demonstrate that the ultimate cause of mankind’s failure and rebellion throughout history is not his external environment and circumstances. Instead, the cause is mankind’s own inward, sinful nature which rejects the rule of God and asserts self-rule.”

* Note: This statement makes sense only with the LDS interpretation that God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the Son are three separate entities, not three faces of one entity, as was decided by men in the Nicene Creed.

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