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.”

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6: The Dispensation of Grace

Posted in Dispensationalism,Mormonism by wandren on 4 October 2007

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

“The sixth dispensation of God’s rule extends from the death of Jesus Christ to His Second Coming. This is the majority view concerning when the present dispensation will end. Some Dispensationalists believe that the Tribulation period will involve a separate dispensation, but the majority have held that the sixth dispensation will not terminate until Christ’s Second Coming; it should be noted that the restraint of lawlessness by the Holy Spirit will be removed as a ruling factor when it is time for the Antichrist to be revealed near the end of this dispensation (2 Thessalonians 2:7-8).” Matthew 27:57; Mark 15:42; Luke 23:50, and John 19:31 through Revelation 19:21.

“The fifth dispensation demonstrated that mankind would not obey God on the fivefold basis of the human conscience, the restraint of lawlessness by the Holy Spirit, human government, promise, and the Mosaic Law. As a result, God began a sixth dispensation by instituting His grace as a new ruling factor.

As a ruling factor for the believer, grace consists of two things: a confirmed favorable disposition toward God (the law of God in the heart, Romans 7:22; 2 Corinthians 3:3-11; Hebrews 8:8-12) and the indwelling Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).”

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5: The Dispensation of Law

Posted in Dispensationalism by wandren on 4 October 2007

Primary source for this discussion: Bible Study 102
Author: Virginia Marin

“The fifth dispensation covers the period of time from Moses receiving the Law at Mount Sinai to the cross of Calvary. At the death of Christ, the Law was ended.” Exodus 19:1 through Matthew 27:56, Mark 15:41, Luke 23:49, and John 19:30.

“The five tests are trials of conscience, restraint by the Holy Spirit, human government, promise, and the Mosaic Law. As usual man will fail these tests, too. All five of them.”

“The Law was never given to the Jews, or anyone else for that matter, as a means of salvation. It is impossible for anyone to keep the Law. Moses could not keep it. Aaron could not keep it. We today cannot keep it. The only one who has ever been able to keep the Law is the Messiah Jesus Christ. Well, why did God give the Law to begin with if no one could keep it? The answer is found in Galatians 3:19 -‘The Law was given to reveal that we are sinners.’ Paul continues the thought in verse 24, ‘. . .the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.'”

4: The Dispensation of Promise

Posted in Dispensationalism by wandren on 4 October 2007

Primary source for this discussion: Bible Study 102
Author: Virginia Marin

The fourth dispensation begins after God confounded the language, while Abraham was still in Canaan, the Land of Promise, and continues until Moses receives the Law on Mount Sinai.  Genesis 12 through Exodus 18.

“Conscience failed. Promise will now be tried. The idea behind promise is that if God makes a promise, it will become a guiding force or ruling factor in the lives of those to whom the promise was made.”  WIIFM: What’s In It For Me?  We all listen to that radio station…  We are all willing to give or obey or do something we don’t want to do if something we like is reciprocated.

“There were four charges, tests, or responsibilities given to Abraham and his descendants in this dispensation. These tests were restraint by the Holy Spirit, conscience, government, and promise from God. What were the promises?

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3: The Dispensation of Human Government

Posted in Dispensationalism by wandren on 4 October 2007

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

The third dispensation extended from the Noahic Flood to the call of Abraham. Genesis 8:20-11:32.

“Shortly after Noah and his family left the ark, God ordained capital punishment for murderers (Genesis 9:5-6).

Capital punishment requires a human government agency to investigate the murder, and then apprehend and try the murderer, and administer the sentence of execution. God commanded that the murderer’s blood be shed by mankind. Thus, when God ordained capital punishment, He thereby instituted human government as a further restraint against the lawless rebellion of mankind. In Romans 13:1-7 the Apostle Paul indicated that human governmental authority derives its existence from God, that it was ordained for the purpose of restraining evil, and that it functions as the minister of God when it administers capital punishment.

Romans 2:14-15 and 2 Thessalonians 2:7, together with other passages, indicate that they continue as ruling factors even into today’s dispensation. Thus, the third dispensation had three ruling factors which God used to administer His rule over mankind: human conscience, restraint of lawlessness by the Holy Spirit, plus human government.”

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2: The Dispensation of Conscience

Posted in Dispensationalism,Mormonism by wandren on 4 October 2007

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

The second dispensation of God’s rule extended from the fall of man through the Noahic Flood. Genesis 4:1-8:19. There were two new ruling factors for the second dispensation: the human conscience and restraint of lawlessness by the Holy Spirit.

“In Genesis 4:3-7 God accepted Abel’s blood sacrifice but rejected Cain’s bloodless sacrifice. This implies that the special revelation which God gave to mankind for the second dispensation was that mankind was to approach God only by means of a blood sacrifice (cf. Hebrews 11:4). Sinful mankind, no matter how sincere, could not come to God in their own way. They could come only in the one way that God had ordained.”

In dispensational logic, we see in the future that God sacrifices his first-born son in blood, no longer requiring blood sacrifices from us; we are to understand through Jesus’ ministry that the true work we must do in bettering ourselves is within our minds and hearts. Here, as mankind, we learn to differentiate between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law; we move from being toddlers, who understand only corporal consequences (such as: hot stoves can burn, falls from bed can bruise, obedience because mom/dad says so), to adolescents, who understand the natural/spiritual consequences behind God’s (mom’s/dad’s) rules.

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Temple

Posted in Dictionary,Dispensationalism,Etymology,Religious History,Temples by wandren on 3 October 2007

As a temple is typically regarded as a building, I doubted that the word Worship could have been a vessel (work-ship), because it doesn’t make any sense that a ship would be placed inside a building, but after looking-up the word temple in my 1975 edition of Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary, I see that it originally meant “a part cut off and set apart for religious purposes.”

…So, a temple could be a bare piece of land, and a carrier vessel (as in aircraft, space craft, or inter-dimensional craft) could be built on that land.

I find it very interesting that the word temple is also used to describe the soft spots on either side of the head, just behind the eyes. My 1975 dictionary states that the word temple, in this sense, originates from the Latin word tempora, meaning “the right place, the fatal spot.”

“Know ye not that YE ARE the temple of God, and that THE SPIRIT OF GOD dwelleth in you?” (1 Corintihians 3:16)

Please visit Tony Badillo‘s site for a very interesting discussion about King Solomon’s Temple being a symbolic representation of man, in which the Holy of Holies is inside the head of man.

Part of Jesus’ mission was to help us move from an infant’s understanding of basic physical laws (warm and cold, dark and light, soft and hard) to a higher/deeper understanding of God’s laws within our hearts and minds; dispensationalism often describes each “dispensation” as a phase, building or expanding on the principles given in prior dispensations.

Old Truths in a New Light

Posted in Dispensationalism,Mormonism by wandren on 10 September 2007

Old Truths in a New Light, Or, An Earnest Endeavour to Reconcile Material Science with Spiritual Science, and with Scripture  By Marie Sinclair Caithness

“Everything that exists must partake of the nature of the Creator; God is the Body, Soul and Spirit of the Universe; Spirit and Matter are Inseparable…”

1: The Dispensation of Innocence

Posted in Dispensationalism by wandren on 4 September 2007

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

The first dispensation has traditionally been called the Dispensation of Innocency by Dispensational theologians.

The first dispensation began with the creation of mankind and ended with the fall of mankind from God. The Scripture portion which covers the first dispensation is Genesis 1:26-3:24.

The ruling factor which God used to govern man during the first dispensation was an ‘unconfirmed favorable disposition.’ Before mankind fell it was favorably disposed toward God: Adam and Eve fellowshipped with God; they obeyed God by cultivating the Garden of Eden in accordance with His will; they did not run and hide from Him when He approached them.

These things indicate that mankind originally had a disposition that was favorably disposed toward God. But that favorable disposition toward God was unconfirmed because mankind had not chosen it for itself. It had been given to mankind by God at the time that God created the first two human beings. When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them this kind of disposition in accordance with His own sovereign choice. God did not give Adam and Eve the option of choosing what kind of disposition they wanted toward God.

The only way that mankind’s favorable disposition could become confirmed was for Adam and Eve to choose to remain favorably disposed toward God when confronted with an alternative to that disposition. Thus, mankind had to”fall,” or eat the forbidden fruit in order to choose God’s favor.

The Great Apostasy

Posted in Dictionary,Dispensationalism,Mormonism,New Testament by wandren on 4 September 2007

The Great Apostasy is a term “used by some religious groups to allege a general fallen state of traditional Christianity, or especially of Catholicism, magisterial Protestantism and Eastern Orthodoxy, that it is not representative of the faith founded by Jesus and promulgated through his twelve Apostles: in short, that these churches have fallen into apostasy.”

Matthew 24:10-14
At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

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