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A. “A dispensation is a period of time during which man is tested in respect of obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God.”
II. The Seven Dispensations
A. In the Scofield Bible seven dispensations are addressed: (1) The Dispensation of Innocency: before the Fall; (2) The Dispensation of Conscience: before the Flood; (3) The Dispensation of Human Government; (4) The Dispensation of Promise: from the calling of Abraham until Mt. Sinai; (5) The Dispensation of the Law: from Mt. Sinai to the cross of Christ; (6) The Dispensation of Grace: from the cross of Christ to the Second Advent; (7) The Dispensation of the Kingdom: the Millennium.
III. The Dispensation of the Kingdom: the Millennium (7).
A. Revelation 20:4. Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
B. The seventh and final dispensation brings about the culmination of life on Earth and the closest thing yet to how God really wanted to live with us on this planet. As its name suggests, the Millennial Kingdom of Christ will last for 1,000 years. The Millennial Kingdom is the seventh dispensation (Revelation 20:1-10). https://www.gotquestions.org/dispensation-of-Millennial-Kingdom.html
C. The Kingdom Age (The thousand year Millennium) begins at the end of the Tribulation, when the surviving Jews who were left behind from the rapture of the church, call on Christ in faith to save them from total annihilation from the forces of the world which are attacking Jerusalem (Zech 12:8-11; Matt 24:29-31). Accompanying Christ, as He descends from Heaven to save Israel, will be angels and the resurrected and raptured believers in Christ (Zech 14:1-5, 9; Rev 19:11-21).
D. The Gospel of the Kingdom (Matt 24:14) is not the same as, or identical to, the Gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (1 Cor 15:1-8). The Gospel of the Kingdom, relates to life in the Kingdom and, will be preached unto the whole world during the Tribulation, and then Christ will return for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 16:13-16). Just as John the Baptist told the Jews in Matt 3:2, ““Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” Christ began to teach about the Kingdom, as was written in Matt 4:17, “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” In the Tribulation, Jews that accept Christ as Messiah, will do as Christ instructed His disciples in Matt 10:7, “And as you go, preach, saying,‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” It is reasonable to think that Tribulation born again Gentiles will also tell others about the Gospel of the Kingdom, which will include a teaching about Christ as being Messiah. Such teaching may come from articles such as this one, from teachings on video tapes, and from Bibles and Christian books that may survive the persecution of the forces of the antichrist, and the judgments of the Tribulation. A prophecy to Jews from the Prophet Joel in 800 B.C. will also enter the arena of thought. The work of the Holy Spirit in 30 A.D. reaffirmed Joel’s prophecy to Jews who were in Jerusalem for the annual Feast of Pentecost. Both of those passages tell of the work of the Holy Spirit that will take place in the Tribulation.
1. Joel 2:28-32.
The Promise of the Spirit
28 “It will come about after this
That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
29 “Even on the male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
The Day of the Lord
30 “I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth,
Blood, fire and columns of smoke.
31 “The sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood
Before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.
32 “And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Will be delivered;
For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
There will be those who escape,
As the Lord has said,
Even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.
2. Acts 2:16-21
16 but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:
17 ‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says,
‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
And your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams;
18 Even on My bondslaves, both men and women,
I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit
And they shall prophesy.
19 ‘And I will grant wonders in the sky above
And signs on the earth below,
Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.
20 ‘The sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come.
21 ‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
3. Note. Joel 2:28-32. See Introduction: Interpretive Challenges; see notes on Acts 2:16–21. (MacArthur Study Bible note.)
Some have viewed the phenomena of Acts 2 and the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 as the fulfillment of the Joel passage, while others have reserved its fulfillment to the final Day of the LORD only—but clearly Joel is referring to the final terrible Day of the LORD. The pouring out of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was not a fulfillment, but a preview and sample of the Spirit’s power and work to be released fully and finally in the Messiah’s kingdom after the Day of the LORD. See note on Acts 2:16–21. (MacArthur Study Bible note.)
4. Note. Acts 2:16–21 See Introduction to Joel: Interpretive Challenges; see notes on Joel 2:28–32. Joel’s prophecy will not be completely fulfilled until the millennial kingdom. But Peter, by using it, shows that Pentecost was a pre-fulfillment, a taste of what will happen in the millennial kingdom when the Spirit is poured out on all flesh (cf. 10:45). (MacArthur Study Bible note.)
5. Note. “Day of the Lord.” The future “Day of the Lord,” which unleashes God’s wrath, falls into two parts: 1) the end of the 7-year tribulation period (cf. Rev. 19:11–21), and 2) the end of the Millennium. These two are actually 1,000 years apart, and Peter refers to the end of the 1,000-year period in connection with the final “Day of the Lord” (cf. 2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 20:7–15). Here, Paul refers to that aspect of the “Day of the Lord,” which concludes the tribulation period. “a thief in the night.” This phrase is never used to refer to the rapture of the church. It is used of Christ’s coming in judgment on the day of the Lord at the end of the 7 year tribulation which is distinct from the rapture of the church (see note on 4:15) and it is used of the judgment that concludes the Millennium (2 Pet. 3:10). (MacArthur Study Bible note)
E. “Of that day and hour, no one knows” (Matt 24:36), is a verse that relates to the second coming of Christ at the end of the Tribulation. The context of Matt 24:36 does not allow it to refer to the rapture of the church (1 Cor 15:50-54) but, it is true that no one knows the day or hour that Christ will return in the air to catch up His born again believers (1 Thes 4:16-17), and take them to Heaven with Him (John 14:2,3,6).
F. Key to a proper understanding of the Kingdom Age is that, “not until Christ takes His rightful position on His rightful throne in Jerusalem,” will the Kingdom Age be established (Rev 19:16; Zech 14:9). “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven” (Matt 6:9-10) refers to the Kingdom Age.
G. The Kingdom is a promise from God to Jews, as it is written in the (1) Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12:1-3, 13:15, 15:18-21, 17:5); in the (2) Davidic Covenant (2 Sam 7:8-16; 1 Chron 17:11-14; 2 Chron 6:16); and in the words of the (3) Jewish prophets (Isa 9:7; Jer 33:14; Ezek 37:24; Dan 2:44, 4:3, 4:34, 6:26, 7:14, 7:18; Oba 1:21; Mic 4:8). The Gospels, which are also Old Testament books, continue with teachings on the Kingdom; i.e.; Matt 3:2, “the Kingdom of God is at hand;” 4:23, “Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom;” 10:7, “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand;” 13:11, “Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.” (Christ allowed His disciples to know things that other Jews were not able to discern.)
H. The “mysteries of the Kingdom,” as stated in Matt 13:11, is key to an understanding of the Kingdom Age; many facts were written by the Old Testament writers. But, Christ taught things about the Kingdom that were not taught until He came into the world as, “Immanuel, God with us;” (Matt 1:23). A key example of a “mystery” is found in 1 Cor 2:7, “but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory.” Consider the Ryrie Study Bible note. “mystery.” The gospel Paul proclaimed, which is understood only by divine revelation.”
I. Consider a major reason that we are not in the Kingdom now. The Jewish prophet Isaiah stated why we are not in the Kingdom, now?
1. Consider Isaiah 2:3-4. Can we read those verses and conclude that we are in the Kingdom, now?
3 And many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
That He may teach us concerning His ways
And that we may walk in His paths.”
For the law will go forth from Zion
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 And He will judge between the nations,
And will render decisions for many peoples;
And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
And never again will they learn war.
2. Consider Isaiah 11:6-7. Can we read those verses and conclude that we are in the Kingdom, now?
6 And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.
7 Also the cow and the bear will graze,
Their young will lie down together,
And the lion will eat straw like the ox.
J. Christ explained to His disciples in His Mount of Olivet discourse in Matt 24-25, of the time that He will sit on His earthly throne. Matt 25:31. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory” (Consider also: Zech 14:1-5, 9; Matt 19:28; Acts 2:30; Rev 19:14, 20:4).
K. We are not in the Kingdom. The church will not usher in the Kingdom. Only the return of Christ, at the end of the Tribulation, will bring about the Kingdom (Matt 24:29-31).
L. At the end of the Kingdom, Christ will turn over the Kingdom to “God the Father.”
a. 1 Cor 15:24, “then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.”
b. Consider the comment of the MacArthur Study note: “He delivers the kingdom to God.” In the culmination of the world’s history, after Christ has taken over the restored world for His Father and reigned for 1,000 years, all things will be returned to the way they were designed by God to be in the sinless glory of the new heavens and new earth (see Rev. 21, 22).
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A. The direction of Biblical study in my articles leads to the seventh dispensation, the Kingdom dispensation, Revelation 20:4.
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