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  UNDERSTANDING THE AGES   IV

( Dispensationalism)

The are  two prerequisites for fully understanding the Word of God, namely,   dispensationalism and the literal interpretation of the Scripture. “Every Scripture has one and only one interpretation. There may be many applications to them, but only one interpretation” . This is  the basic rule of biblical interpretation.  Without the application of this rule, the Bible otherwise means nothing!

And a Dispensation is, a period of time in which God deals with man according to certain information He has given him.  In other words, it is a period of time in which God deals with man in a certain way according to a certain knowledge.  Ephesians 3:1-5, reads, ” For this cause I Paul the prisoner of Jesus Christ  for you Gentiles, if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery …………….. where by when ye read, ye may understand  my knowledge in the mystery of Christ.  Which in other ages (dispensations) was not made known unto the sons of men ………….. by the Spirit.”

A mystery in the Bible is something that was  secret until God revealed it, and it is not something mysterious.    The Church was a mystery, and there was no Church  in the Old Testament. God never told Isaiah, or Jeremiah or any of the Old Testament prophets about the Church. They did not know about, and God did not want them to know about it!!  Now  the reason that the Bible is  mysterious  for some people is  because they don’t rightly divide it.

In 2nd Timothy 2:15 we read,  ” Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”  Now there are people who divide it, but they divide it wrongly. And one big argument we come across from time to time is this;  ‘ if you are dispensationalist   you throw out the Old Testament, you throw out this and that!’  No! we throw out nothing! But we understand!what do we mean by that? it means that what God wrote to Israel is not to be interpreted for the Church! Yes it can be applied to the Church but not to be interpreted to the Church.  Now all Covenant people, Calvinists, Amillennials, interpret Bible prophecy Allegorically, and the first thing they do is they make out the Church to be spiritual Israel.  As we stated in the previous article, they see that prophecy needs to be fulfilled and because they see no future for Israel , they assume that all those prophecies  will be fulfilled in the Church.

One Covenant theologian stated, ” there is no future place for Israel in God’s program , they happen to be just like the Egyptians. They (the Egyptians) were here long time ago, and so are the Jews.” Well we wonder how they can read Romans 9, 10 and 11, believe that  and come up with such statement? They simply ignore so much of the Bible. If one wants to understand the Bible clearly and get into God’s program with purpose then, he must keep first and foremost  Israel, the Church and the Kingdom separately.  otherwise he will go from one confusion into other ending up in frustration.  Israel is not the Church and the Church is not Israel, spiritual or otherwise.  Also the Church is not the Kingdom! Even when you get to Matthew 13 of the parables given you will notice that there are different aspects of the kingdom. There is the kingdom age coming! Christ is going to rule and reign, literally and physically from the Throne of David in Jerusalem as His Capital City, He is going to rule and reign the World .

to be continued…………………………………….

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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