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February 10, 2012

As we begin to share events that will occur during the tribulation, I think a quick review of the seven dispensations is needed to help identify where we are in biblical time. A dispensation is a period of time during which God interacts with a man concerning sin and man’s responsibility.

The Seven Dispensations are:

  1. Innocence which began with the creation of man and ended with his expulsion from the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 1:16 – 3:24)
  2. Conscience which began after the expulsion of man from the Garden of Eden and ended with Noah and the flood. (Genesis 4:1- 8:24)
  3. Human Government which began after the flood and ended with the construction of the tower of Babel and the confusion of man’s language. (Genesis 8:15 – 11:9)
  4. Promise which began with the call of Abram and ended with the children of Israel exodus out of Egypt. (Genesis 12:1- Exodus 14:31)
  5. Law which began with the given of the law to Moses ended with the Birth of Jesus Christ. (Exodus 15:22 – Matthew 1:18)
  6. Grace which began with the birth of Jesus, and will end at the end of the tribulation. (Matthew 1:18 – Revelation 19:21)
  7. Millennium Kingdom which begins with Jesus setting up His kingdom reign on earth and ends with the new heaven and earth. (Revelation 20:1 – 15)

Israel was the nation of people that God choose under the leadership of Abraham for Himself in the dispensation of Promise. As from the beginning with Adam, men fail to meet the requirements of their dispensation. Finally in the Dispensation of Grace, Jesus was born and with his birth came salvation for mankind.

For years after Jesus’ resurrection, His disciples preached to the Jews alone. Approximately ten years after the resurrection in Acts 10, Peter ministered to Cornelius and his family who were Gentiles. After that, Paul was the chosen vessel selected to minister to the Gentile nations (Acts 18:5 – 6; 9:15; Galatians 1:15 – 16). These men up to our present day ministers, through the preaching of the gospel, helped fulfilled John 1:11 – 12, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” So, it is in this present, Grace dispensation that we have been permitted the opportunity to be saved. Hallelujah!

During the tribulation, as revealed in the book of Revelation, most of the ministry emphasis is on the Jews. Many Jews will accept Jesus as their Savior and King. There will also be Gentiles that come to accept Jesus; however, the main focus will be on the salvation of the Jews. Remember, the Jews are God chosen nation of people, and the many prophetic promises given to them has yet to be fulfilled. As we listen to the news and see opposition escalating toward Israel by Arab nations and their alliances the stage is being set for the tribulation in the near future. Despite the hardships, they will experience the grace of God will sustain and help them.

Finally, for those of you who want more information on the seven dispensations, a search on the internet will provide you with helpful insight on this topic.

One Comment
  1. Perry Gillespie permalink

    I think that this is great, Cathy just told me where to find it. All that I read I agree with (smile) If that makes a diffence. It look like mabe you have been reading some of Bishop’s notes or books.
    Thank God for you, keep up the good work.

    Love you guys

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