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April 9, 2022

This world belongs to God as stated by David in Psalms 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” God is not only the creator and owner of the earth, but He is also the king. As a king, He has requirements for the residents of His kingdom to follow. Unfortunately, not all people who live in God’s kingdom adhere to His rules because they fail to acknowledge him as the king. Hence, this scripture written thousands of years ago and found in Judges17:6b, “But every man did that which was right in his own eyes,” holds true today.

From the beginning of time, humans had difficulty following God’s requirements which can be noted in a study of the dispensations. Altogether, seven dispensations cover the period from creation to the end of the millennial reign of Jesus, but thus far, only six dispensations have taken place. So, let me share some information on dispensations to further illuminate man’s continued failure.

  1. In the first dispensation of innocence, Adam and Eve were told not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but they did (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:6).
  2. In the second dispensation, which was called the dispensation of conscience, the man was told to do well; however, as revealed in scripture, the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was continually evil (Genesis 6:5).
  3. In the third dispensation of human government, man was told to be fruitful and replenish the earth; however, men decided to congregate and build a city and a tower, whose top reached into heaven (Genesis 11:4).
  4. In the fourth dispensation of promise, God chose to bless Abram and his descendant and give them the land of Canaan, but they left their inheritance and went down into Egypt, where they ended up in bondage (Exodus 1).
  5. In the fifth dispensation of law, God gave Israel commandments, statutes, and laws to follow after being delivered from their bondage, but they persisted in violating them. Once again, they ended up in captivity (2 Kings 17, 25).
  6. We are now in the sixth dispensation of grace, where Jesus came and died to provide salvation to all who will acknowledge they are a sinner, repent and give their life to God. Some have done so, and many have not (Mathew 7:14, John 6:47, Acts 2:38, 2 Thessalonians 2: 7-12).  
  7. The seventh dispensation, which is the Millennial reign of Jesus on earth, is yet to occur; however, from the scriptures, we know that Satan will rally many to rebel against Jesus, which ends in the battle of Gog and Magog (Revelation 20:7-8).

In creating man, God allowed him to have free will, and sadly many have been deceived and have chosen to reject God and His requirements. For some reason, men feel they know more than God and don’t need divine intervention and guidance in their lives. Thus, we have the turmoil in the earth, which started in the Garden of Eden and continues on, all because men neglect to obey God’s requirements.

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