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DISP 10: Dispensations of the Spirit World and Kingdoms

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

The day of the Lord refers to the burning of Heaven and earth which is long after the tribulation, after the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come

Matthew 24: 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

These verses show that there is a post-tribulation rapture, which counters the people who are non-denominational or typical fundamental baptists that believe in a pre-tribulation rapture only. Dispensationalism teaches us that there will be both pre and post-tribulation.

Old Covenant

Jeremiah 22:28 Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?

We can clearly see that Satan has been trying to attack God’s seed. In the beginning, God promised Eve that a seed would come out of her and reign. God put that seed through David through his Kingdom, but it’s blocked by Satan.

Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

Israel lost its physical kingdom during the Babylonian captivity, all the way until 1948. God’s physical dealings with them were finished and that the disciples were looking for it. The disciples were referring to the physical kingdom that was already lost and asked of Christ Jesus for it to be restored. It is the Messiah that will restore the Kingdom.

The Genealogies at Matthew 1: 1-17 cf Luke 3: 23-31

Jesus came from Mary, not Joseph. Mary was the daughter of David’s son Nathan. Through this genealogy, we can see God’s master plan, when He blocked Jechonias’s seed, and He said he would never prosper. David on the other hand was promised with an everlasting covenant, that he would have a messiah that would reign in his Kingdom.

According to dispensationalism, we see God’s grand scheme to block the Jews temporarily, but at the same time maintaining his everlasting covenant till the Day of The Lord without contradicting Himself.

New Covenant

The Jews and The Gentiles

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God

When Jesus came into the New Testament, He introduced a lot of spiritual doctrines. Most importantly, the Holy Ghost was involved with the birth of Jesus Christ, therefore Jesus had the authority to give the Holy Spirit, spiritual dealings and to revive the dead spirit.

John 3:3-4,6 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

This clearly showed the Jews who have been so familiar with the physical dealings of God could not comprehend Jesus’s spiritual doctrines.

John 4 also indicated that when Jesus was preaching the parables, there were a lot of spiritual doctrines connected with them. So the worship from the people should also be in Spirit.

Jesus had fulfilled the law for us physically, hence we do not have to follow most of the commandments in the Mosaic Covenant anymore in order for us to be saved. We receive the fullness of God’s grace through Jesus Christ as He was the intercessor.

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

This refers to the Physical Kingdom on earth that the Jews have to fight for, it is not the Kingdom of God up there that we Christians strive to enter.

We need to know how to differentiate the two different physical and spiritual kingdoms. The physical kingdom is called the Kingdom of Heaven, and the spiritual kingdom is called the kingdom of God. This dispenses the two kingdoms – one for the Jews and another for us Gentiles.

Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

Jesus also warned the Jews to start focusing on the spiritual things of the kingdom of God, not just physical anymore, as it would soon be taken away from them and given away to others. This was also mentioned in Matthew 21:43.

John 7:38-39 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given ; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Old Testament salvation required faith and works by the law because Jesus did not come yet. When the Messiah came, he introduced different kinds of salvation, which include the Millennium, Tribulation, and the Christian Church.

Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

This debunks the anti dispensationalism doctrines, who argue that we are saved by both faith and works. In the Old Testament, work was heavily required, the saints needed to follow the commandments of the law given by God. We also know that Lot, Samson, and David were the exceptions, as they failed to follow the law, but these exceptions only proved the existence and validity of the law.

Salvation by grace through faith was already introduced by Jesus Christ even before he was crucified on the cross. This also debunks a lot of hyper dispensationalism wrong doctrines that salvation through faith was only introduced during the apostleship of Paul, which is untrue.