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THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH, THE BODY OF CHRIST

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The Rapture is an event taught by the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-18, and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, pertaining to the flesh and blood not inheriting the Kingdom of God, and we who are alive will not prevent those who are asleep when the trump blows.    

The Apostle John wrote of two of the three parts of the “First Resurrection”, (Rev. 20:5-6) in the book of Revelation using the term, “come up hither”, (Rev. 4:1-2, 11:12).    The third time this phrase is used can be found in Proverbs 25:7, noting there are three parts to the “First Resurrection”.   The passage in Proverbs is a notable proverb with its own application.  The fact the phase “come up thither” is used Three Times is the point.

 The Apostle Matthew records the very first part of the “First Resurrection” in (Matt. 27: 52-53), “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”  When added to Rev. 4:1 and Rev. 11:12 the “First Resurrection” of Rev. 20:5-6 is complete.  Although the last two have to be completed.

 

There are three parts to the “First Resurrection”;

1. OT Saints, those in Abraham’s Bosom, (Luke 16:21-25, Matt. 27:52-53),

2. The Church, The Bride of Christ, (1 These. 4:11-18),

3. The Tribulation Saints (Rev. 7:12-14), “Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.   And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

 

And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  (Rev. 11:12),  “And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.”    

To summarize these three events the Resurrection of the OT Saints, the Catching Away of the Bride of Christ, and the Resurrection of Tribulation Saints, once concluded make the First Resurrection of Rev. 20 complete.  Those involved in these three Resurrections are all Saints. You can see from 1 Cor. 15:20-24 the three events “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;(OT Saints); afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. (the rapture of the Church)  Then cometh the end, (The Tribulation Saints), when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God,” (Emphasis Mine)

There is a question concerning the OT Saints raised, when Jesus was raised from the dead, The text says they went into the city.   (Matt. 27:52-53). “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”  The question is did these saints “Die Twice” or stick around 40 days when Christ ascended into heaven?  Acts 1:9. “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.”

I know the Lord is accustom of doing things according to plans he has laid out and for the student of his word, it is possible to have his plan made known to them (2 Tim. 2:15).  In this case the mystery of the “Catching Away of the Church” is knowable!  Perhaps not the day nor the hour, ( Matt . 25:13), but certainly the times and seasons  (1 Thess. 5:1), are.  These two references are speaking of two different times and two different groups of people.  The first one is speaking to Jews in the Tribulation and the other speaking to the Church before the tribulation!

Another way we can be sure of when the “Rapture” takes place is to rely on what God gave Israel to follow every year which, were her “Feast Days”, (Lev. 23).  Christ fulfilled the first four feasts to the day and the hour and will fulfill the last three the same way.  (See the Feasts of Israel, parts 1 & 2 in this blog).   Now these “Feasts Days”, belong to Israel only and not to the Church.   However, like I said earlier, “the Lord is accustom of doing things according to plans”.  In case of the “Rapture” the plan the Lord is following is taken from the Feast Days of “Firstfruits and Pentecost”.   Firstfruits is according to Christ being the firstfruits from the dead, (Passover), and Pentecost, (50 days after Passover), being the birth of the Church, when three thousand souls were saved, and the day when the major part of harvest is done, representing the “Rapture” of the Church.

The Three Parts of the Harvest,  Firstfruits, Harvest, Gleanings.   All of this coincide with the Feasts of Israel (Lev.23).   First-fruits AD 30, Pentecost AD 2020?, and the Feast of Trumpets AD 2022?, The lines in yellow are the years when the rapture is most likely to happen.          By Gavin Finley MD – endtimepilgrim.or

The lines in yellow show the dates when “The Feast of Trumpets” would sound that the Rapture would happen.   While some scholars think the rapture would happen  according to this timing.  We see in the chart the first two dates in yellow are past, leaving the years 2020,  2022, and 2025 left.   However, while these lines in yellow, denote the year.  These dates, May 31, 2020, June 5-6, 2022,  June 8, 2025,  are possible dates  for the Feast of Pentecost and that the Rapture would happen for the Church.   The lines in yellow are the dates in which the feast of trumpets would sound for Israel and the two witnesses of Rev. 11:12.  The two witnesses (Moses and Elijah), were told to “come up hither”, representing the rapture of Tribulation Saints, as does the Apostle John in Rev. 4:1-2, was told to “come up hither” representing the rapture of the Church.  

It was Moses and Elijah who were the two witnesses known by the description said of them in Rev. 11:6. “These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.”   Others have suggested Enoch was one of the witnesses since he never died.  However, Enoch serves as a type of the christian who does not die, a raptured saint who changed in the twinkle of an eye! 

These two events, the Rapture of the Church, and the Resurrection of Tribulation Saints, are separated by at least 3.5 years.  As the old saying goes “timing is everything” as in the case of when the rapture happens and Daniel’s 70th week starts. (Dan. 9:27).   “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

Before this event happens,“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:”, the Church would have heard the “Last Trump: (1Thess. 4:13-18)).  We are living in those times now when it is possible for a peace agreement can be made with Israel.  Therefore, When Satan, through the Antichrist, makes the covenant with Israel, the temple goes up, Israel begins her sacrifices until the Antichrist puts a stop to them in the midst of that seven year period, 3.5 years.  The two witnesses will be prophesying during this same time, Rev. 11:3 “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.”   Israel’s calendar is based on a 30 day lunar cycle, therefore, divide 1260 days/30 days =  42 months/12 months = 3.5 years.

The starting of The Seven Year Tribulation Period, Daniel’s 70th Week, will commence on the day the Covenant is signed with Israel!     An undetermined amount of time The Rapture of the Church will take place before that day!   The resurrection of Tribulation Saints will happen 3.5 years after that day!

A POSSIBLE SCENARIO

  1. May 31, 2020,  The Rapture of the Church on the Feast of Pentecost.
  2. An undetermined amount of time  The 7 Year Tribulation Starts.  The Covenant is signed
  3. Sept. 24, 2025,  The Feast of Trumpets,  The Tribulation Saints Resurrected 

Working backwards from the Resurrection of the Tribulation Saints 3.5 years, you have the signing of the Covenant with Israel and Antichrist.  Then according to Gavin Finley MD – endtimepilgrim.org the Feast of Pentecost happens on May 31 in the year of 2020, in which, the Rapture of the Church will take place!   This is derived from three assumptions.  

1. The Rapture will occur on the Feast of Pentecost, The Celebration of the Harvest, not the Feast of Trumpets as Gavin Finley suggests  

2.  The Song of Solomon/Songs 2:8-13 shows the time of the rapture, being in the spring.    

3.  Deuteronomy 16:16, sets the time each of the Feasts of the resurrections of the saints will happen.    

Deut. 16:16 “Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles:”.   Matt. 27:52, O.T. Saints,  1 Thess. 4:13-18 The Church Age Saints,  Rev. 11:12 The Tribulation Saints.

Song of Solomon 2:8-13.    “The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.   My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.   My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.   For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

The Bridegroom calling for his Bride, Song of Solomon 2:8-13. rapture2  According to Song of Solomon 2:8-13.  The rapture occurs in the spring not the fall.   Therefore, the Feast of Pentecost is the perfect time for the rapture of the church, not the Feast of Trumpets, which is reserved for tribulation saints.

COMFORT ONE ANOTHER WITH THESE WORDS! I THESS. 4:18

The Greek word for comfort is Stron’s # g2293. θαρσέω tharseō; from 2294; to have courage: — be of good cheer (comfort). Compare 2292.
AV (8) – be of good cheer 5, be of good comfort 3;
to be of good courage, be of good cheer. However, in our passage of IThess. 4:18, we find “comfort” here has a bit more force behind it. Strong’s # g3870. παρακαλέω parakaleō; from 3844 and 2564; to call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation): — beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort(-ation), intreat, pray. AV (109) – beseech 43, comfort 23, exhort 21, desire 8, pray 6, intreat 3, misc 4, vr besought 1; to call to one’s side, call for, summon to address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction, etc.to admonish, exhort to beg, entreat, beseech to strive to appease by entreaty to console, to encourage and strengthen by consolation, to comfort to receive consolation, be comforted to encourage, strengthen exhorting and comforting and encouraging to instruct, teach. More of a command setting!

Why should there be a call to be comforted by believers? If we really sat for a moment and thought of the condition our world is in from the condition countries are in financially, the condition of the world’s population, the world’s animal population, the world’s weather condition. These would include war, famine, pestilence, beasts, the persecution of believers, and natural disasters.

Animal Extinction is of vital concern! Everything from deforestation to agricultural clearance, logging, habitat fragmentation, urbanisation, hunting, poaching, industrialisation, human-generated climate change and the black-market pet trade all play their part in wiping out species around the world, little by little, day In day out, rapidly increasing extinction rates to unprecedented levels.

World population is also becoming a vital concern! The world population was estimated to have reached 7,500,000,000 at 16:21(UTC) on April 24, 2017. The United Nations estimates it will further increase to 11.2 billion in the year 2100. UN projections show a continued increase in population in the near future with a steady decline in population growth rate; global population is expected to reach between 8.3 and 10.9 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100.World population is also becoming a vital concern!

The Globalist Agenda is also should be thrown in the mix The Globalist Agenda represents a plan to bring all of Earth’s inhabitants under the control of a single, global state. There is a small, but powerful group of individuals who are the architects and instigators behind the formation and implementation of this “New World Order”. Using their influence through international organizations such as…

I am pointing these things out because each one and other things are factors in why we believers should comfort another with the details of the “Rapture”. We “Born Again Believers have a Blessed hope!!! That whether we live or die we will live with our Lord Jesus Christ forever!!! The coming of the Lord will occur in two phases, once before the church is caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and the other at when he physically returns to reign on the earth for a thousand years. The Churches Rapture is “Pretribulational and the rapture of tribulation saints is “Premillennial”.

Enoch and the other Antediluvians

 ANTEDILUVIAN PATRIARCH (noun)
  The noun ANTEDILUVIAN PATRIARCH has 1 sense: 1. any of the early patriarchs who lived prior to the Noachian deluge, otherwise The Flood!

Who were They? Genesis 5 will give you the list

This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters: And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos: And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died.
And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan: And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years: and he died.
And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel: And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Cainan were nine hundred and ten years: and he died.
And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared: And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred ninety and five years: and he died.
And Jared lived an hundred sixty and two years, and he begat Enoch: And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Jared were nine hundred sixty and two years: and he died.
And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech: And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed. And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died. And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

The Flood in Noah’s Day ended the Antediluvian Age killing EVERYONE but 9 Souls, Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, their Wives, and of course, Enoch!

This is an interesting statement for everything is gone in the flood or is it? What could have been left from this time period? What do we have now that was in the world before the flood? Before looking at what the scientific world shows us lets see what the scriptures say about the most unique thing that happened in that age and why there was need for the flood.

GENESIS 6:1-4.

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that.

So who were these mighty men which were of old, men of renown? These giants are listed in the scriptures from Genesis to Joshua, Gen. 6:4, Numbers 13:33, Deut. 2:11,20, 3:11,13, Joshua 12:4, 13:12, 15:8, 17:15, 18:16. According to Gen. 6:4 they were the children of the sons of God, who took themselves wives of the daughters of men. If those references are checked it will tell us who these giants were and where they lived. It is amazing what rabbit trails can be run when you compared scripture with scripture. one of those trails would be “sons of God” through Job 1-2 and all the way to John 1:11-12.

“sons of God” in John 1:11-12 are those who believe on the name of Jesus for their salvationI. 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: This means that all who have done this will have the same type body as the Lord Jesus. 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

1 Corinthians 15 states the whole process but check these verses 50-55,

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”

The passage above along with 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 reveals the Rapture of the church and demonstrates what type body we shall have. Scripture with scripture when comparing with Job 1:6, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.This is repeated in Job 2:1. Leaving one to think that “sons of God” are angelic like creatures without wings, who were at the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth Job 38:7, “When the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
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Now think about it! If these sons of God were at the beginning creation do you think it possible we as sons of God will be at the creation of the new heaven and new earth? How remarkable is that?

The Sons of God of Genesis 6

Genesis 6:4, “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”

These sons of God had kids! Who were the giants which in my mind brings up all kinds of questions! i. e. What kind of DNA did the sons of God have? Did sons of God have souls? Where these items passed on to their kids, the giants? Did the giants pass on their DNA to their kids? Were there races of giants, Nephilim? to name a few. see definition below

The Hebrew word for Giant according to Strong’s concordance is “giants, the Nephilim”. h5303. נְפִיל nep̱îyl; or נְפִל nphil; from 5307; properly, a feller, i.e. a bully or tyrant: — giant. h7497. רָפָא râp̱â’; or רָפָה raphah; from 7495 in the sense of invigorating; a giant: — giant, Rapha, Rephaim(-s). See also 1051.

Whatever kind of DNA these sons of God had, it was compatible with the daughters of men to produce an offspring of men, men of renown. Having given the definition we find a new word “Rephaim”

Strong’s Concordance use AV (25) – giant 17, Rephaim 8;
giants, Rephaim, old tribe of giants

Easton’s Bible Dictionary

Rephaim
lofty men; giants, (Gen 14:5 2 Sam 21:16, 18, marg. A.V., Rapha, marg. R.V., Raphah; Deut 3:13, R.V.; A.V., “giants”). The aborigines of Palestine, afterwards conquered and dispossessed by the Canaanite tribes, are classed under this general title. They were known to the Moabites as Emim, i.e., “fearful”, (Deut 2:11), and to the Ammonites as Zamzummim. Some of them found refuge among the Philistines, and were still existing in the days of David. We know nothing of their origin. They were not necessarily connected with the “giants” (R.V., “Nephilim”) of Gen 6:4 See Giants)

Of course, the statement that says there were giants in those days and after that disagree with Easton’s comment, We know nothing of their origin. Isn’t it amazing how commentators can make a statement like that when the evidence is staring right at them. He may not know their origin, but those who rightly divide the word can make the connection to the sons of God because they may indeed be very connected to Nephilim of Genesis 6:4.

Does this mean their is DNA still floating around these days that caused God to be upset with those of the flood? God did put those spirits who left their first estate in chains of darkness to await judgement, Jude 1:6, “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”

Back to Enoch

It is said by some scholars that Enoch would have been born and translated on what would become the date of Pentecost. However, I cannot find any proof of that at this time, but it would seem to fit the narrative if it were to be true! I will keep my ear to the ground for a conformation of this idea. Somewhere in the writing of Jewish tradition it could be found, perhaps and properly is.

Anyway, Enoch is to be a type of the believer who is to be raptured at the time the church is raptured and never dies .

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THE RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS: REV. 20:4-6

I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

This is the first resurrection. Actually it is the conclusion of the first resurrection of the Saints. As pointed out in the blog on the rapture of the church, in thelastapostle.blog, there are a total of three resurrections of three types of saints, Old Testament Saints Matt. 27:52-54, Church Age Saints 1 Thess. 4:13-18, and Tribulation Saints Rev. 11:12. The student of the word of God, who rightly divides the Word, would recognize the three different dispensations and would know through the scriptures that qualification for salvation is a bit different for each dispensation. Now this goes without saying, Salvation is always by FAITH, the book of Hebrews, Chapter 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him:”.

Old Testament Saints salvation was a Conditional Covenant based on the keeping of the Law of Moses. The evidence for this is found in the book of Ezekiel, Chapter 18, were it Shows that if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and dies in his wickedness, his righteousness will not be remembered and therefore his salvation is lost. For the Church Age Saint Ephesians 2:8-10 defines salvation for them being based on GRACE through FAITH, not of WORKS. Never being able to lose his life, for he is passed from death unto life and has the righteousness of Jesus Christ! The Tribulation Saint’s salvation is based on their keeping the commands of God and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, Rev. 12:17, 14:12. and never taking the mark, name, or number of the beast, which is a certain death for those that do when Jesus return as KING OF KINGS!

None of God’s saints have seen the full inheritance of their salvation except perhaps Antediluvian Saints, which Enoch, who walked with God right into heaven, was one. He didn’t die for God took him! Enoch is another story for another blog. Antediluvian Saints are those who lived before the Flood and are also another story for another blog,

The Millennial Kingdom is the inheritance for the Israelites and Proselytes from the Old Testament and Saints from the Tribulation Period. The Rapture ends the Church Age and the Judgement Seat of Christ determines their reward in the Kingdom of God. Therefore, actually no 0ne has seen the full extent of their salvation. Christians, who are physically dead in Christ and those who are physically alive in Christ await the Rapture 1 Thess. 4:13-18. Old Testament Saints and Tribulation await the 2nd Coming of Christ and his Millennial Reign on the earth to experience the full extent of what God has promised them. If you really think about it we are all in wait for a New Heaven and New Earth where God the almighty dwells with us. The New Earth for the Israelites and the New Jerusalem for the Church!

THE HOLY BIBLE, GENESIS TO REVELATION, COVER TO COVER, Pt, 2

Psalms 119: 18

Open thou mine eyes,
that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

One of the “Wondrous Things” of the first blog was the comparison of this heaven an earth and the new one God will create when eternity starts and God will dwell with us. Another one of the “Wondrous Things” was finding who was there when God created this heaven and earth, particularity the Sons of God of Job 38:7. When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? A third Wondrous Thing is what was God beginning to do with this literal, visible, and physical, creation of heaven and earth, is doing in six literal 24 hour days. Creating all our five senses that we can enjoy , including man as well. Giving that man, Adam, dominion over everything making him a King, over what Matthew calls “The Kingdom of Heaven”.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD

The KOG is a Spiritual kingdom unseen by the naked eye or through the Hubble Telescope, which is above the current universe, known in the Bible as the firmament, Gen. 1:6-8. The KOG, the dwelling place of God, is home too many other types of creatures. Whose attributes are very unique compared to our own! Their make up is a bit more superior to ours, in the fact that they can change their appearance from their own to that of us. The men that appeared with the pre-incarnate Christ to Abraham when Sodom and Gomorrah were in for destruction.

GENESIS 18:1-4. And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:

GEN. 18:16, 22. And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord.

Notice in the above passages that these are called men who came with the Lord. Later in the story we shall learn that these men were much more than men. They were angels who changed themselves to appear as men, just as the Lord had done.

GEN. 19:1, 5, And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

The men of Sodom saw them as men, but Lot knew that they were more than just men and knew what the men of Sodom wanted to do with them, to the point that Lot offered his daughters unto them.

GEN. 19:7-8, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

These Angels were righteous, appearing as men doing the will of God. There are, of course Fallen Angels, who do things not of the will of the Lord. Both types of Angels, are referred to as “Sons of God” in Job 1:6, 2:1, and 38:7.

GENESIS 6:1-4, And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants (the Nephilim) in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

These sons of God were not doing the will of God when taking the daughters of men for their wives and having children that became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. The apostle Jude in his book says Jude 1:6, And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Notice that Moses calls them “sons of God” while Jude refers to them as “Angels”.

Question? Were these “Sons of God”, in Jude, the same as the ones that shouted for joy when at the creation of the heaven and earth, Job 38:7? Or, the ones that came to present themselves before the Lord, Job 1:6, 2:1? I guess it depends on the time line of events, which came first, Job 1:6, 38:7, or Genesis 6:1-4! Obviously the Job passages came first! The passages in Job were speaking of the group called “sons of God” who were present at the creation of the heaven and earth, job 38:7. The other Job passages, Job 1:6, 2:1, came after the heaven and earth were already created.

The Apostle John

The Apostle John in the gospel he wrote introduces another group as the “sons of God”, 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: This means that the person, who receives Jesus, believes on his name, according to apostle Paul is made a new creature, 2 Cor. 5:17, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. AS John would put it John 1:13, Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John would crouch it with a new term of being “Born Again”, John 3:3, quoting Jesus, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jesus further explains to Nicodemus John 3:5-7, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a sh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. Therefore, there it is from the Almighty Lord Jesus himself,

“Ye must be born again.”

When anyone makes the decision to be “Born Again” things change for sure! Once a citizen of The Kingdom of Heaven, a citizen of earth, your citizenship is no longer here on earth. You live here now! However, Paul writes to the Philippians and says, Phil. 3:20-21. For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Like the theme song from The Jeffersons, “Well we’re movin on up,  To the east side.  To a deluxe apartment in the sky.” 

Those who are “Born Again”, although. living here in the “Kingdom of Heaven”, are actually a citizen of the “Kingdom of God”! One day this will be a realized fact when we are caught up to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord, 1 Th. 4:17. What a very “Wondrous Thing”, the catching away of the saints, the Body of Christ, the Church, the Bride of Christ, and yes, the Sons of God!!!

That’s right, “Sons of God”. Those who are Born Again by the Spirit of God become “Sons of God”, John 1:12. Now think about it, the Scripture says, When Satan fell and was cast to the earth that His angels fell with him, REV. 12:9, And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Angels we have learned are in fact “Sons of God”, and it makes you wonder, if the creation of saints made by believing the Gospel now days, in the Age of Grace, in fact are to replace “sons of God” who fell with Satan, when he fell??? Just a thought. While your thinking, read the blog about the Rapture of the Church. This event may happen on the day of Pentecost next year, May 31, 2020!

Creatures of the Kingdom of God

The Creatures that God created that dwell in his kingdom, the Kingdom of God, are these, Cherubim, Seraphim, and Angels. The greatest of the Cherubim is Lucifer, known as son of the Morning, Isa. 14:12, the anointed Cherub the covereth the Throne, Ezek. 28:14-15, “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”


The Holy Bible, Genesis to Revelation, Cover to Cover,

Psalms 119:18.

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

INTRODUCTION

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning”, beginning of What? It certainly isn’t the beginning of God, God has no beginning nor ending, he is Eternal, Unchangeable, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Ps. 90:2, Mal.3:6, Jere. 32:27, Ps. 139:7-10, 2 Chronicles 16:9, Respectively.

Revelation 1:8

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” These are the Holy Attributes of the Almighty God! Therefore, what is this the Beginning of?

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD!!!

Now we get to behold a few of those “Wondrous Things” as we start to look into the creation of God.

Genensis 1:1-2

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters

Before we get started with God’s creation let us consider what was present before God started his creation process. We have already established God was already present when talking about his attributes.

There are many beginnings of things in the scriptures, 17 verses of different beginnings of things to be exact. (Gen. 1:1, Judges 7:19, Ruth 1:22, 2 Sam.21:9. Ezra 4:6, Prov. 8:22, Jere. 26:1, 27:1, 28:1, 49:34, Lam. 2:19, Ezek. 40:1, Amos 7:1, John 1:1,2, Phil. 4:15, Heb. 1:10.) What is needed to make things clear is to clarify which beginning is being discussed. In our case the beginning is the beginning of the creation of Heaven and Earth, Gen. 1:1, not the throne room of God, nor the Seraphim, Cherubs, and Angels, they were all there when the God created the heaven and earth.

John 1:1-3,

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

Job 38:4-10

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?
declare, if thou hast understanding.
Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest?
or who hath stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened?
or who laid the corner stone thereof;
When the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Or who shut up the sea with doors,
when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
When I made the cloud the garment thereof,
and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,
And brake up for it my decreed place,
and set bars and doors,

God was speaking to Job asking questions about the creation of the earth, but notice who was also there, When the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
The Word does not say who or what the Morning Stars are, the scriptures do not say 0r even hint to who they are, but it is interesting who the Sons of God are. (Gen. 6:2, 4, Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7, John 1:12, Romans 8:14, 19, Phil. 2:15, 1 John 3:1, 2). All of the underlined verses in bold show that the Sons of God are spirit beings and the other verses reveal who become the spirit beings after being born of God.

John 1:11-13

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: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

That’s right, We become “Sons of God” and we will watch God, after watching him destroy the univserse including the earth, make a new heaven and earth, where there will be no more sea over the universe as there is now and God will dwell with us in the new Jerusalem,

Rev. 21:1-2

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. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Interesting start about the Creation. This Beginning of heaven and earth is preceded by the Throne Room with a crystal sea, Morning Stars, Sons of God, and other types of creatures in what the apostle Paul called a third heaven 2 Cor. 12:2 existing before God said, “Let there be light” Gen. 1:3. To reveal the merits of this thought is to compare statements from both passages Gen. 1;1-2 and Rev. 21: 1-2. upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters and there was no more sea. We will get back “And the earth was without form, and void”, later. The Sea in Rev 21:1-2 is the same Crystal Sea of Rev. 4:6 and 15:2

Revelation 4:6

And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

The Face of the Deep, the Face of the Waters in Gen. 1:1-2 is the same as the Crystal Sea in Revelation by comparing scripture with scripture. Therefore, Job 38:30 will give the light we need to understand is wondrous thing.

Job 38:30

The waters are hid as with a stone,
and the face of the deep is frozen.

The Scripture compared with Scripture makes it easy to understand how these three passages about the “Deep” and “Crystal Sea” are speaking of the same thing. This is important when we continue about the creation of the heaven and earth and the destruction of this heaven and earth and having no more sea. Another verse in Genesis will show what the sea is,

Gen. 1:6-8

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven.

We have already established that God’s Throne Room was in existence with the different creatures, Morning Stars, and Sons of God. Gen.1:1-2 mentions the waters, the frozen deep, where the firmament, our universe was immersed into. An inverted fish bowl would best describe what this would look like. The Firmament/universe would be the fish bowl where the waters, instead of being on the inside were on the outside, surrounding the universe, thus having the sea, the deep, below the throne room and above the Firmament/Universe.. Therefore, when God destroys the heaven/universe, and earth, and there is no more sea, then what is left is the Throne Room of God, with all who was there before including all those born-again of the Church Age, those saints of the Old Testament, and Tribulation! There is one of those wondrous sights to behold close to the end of

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KINGDOM OF GOD VS KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

The Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven are they one in the same thing or two different kingdoms. Biblical Author, Matthew, is the only apostle to use the phrase KOH.  Why is that?  Why is it that all apostles use KOG, including Matthew?  What makes these two phrases unique? 

This phrase “Kingdom of Heaven”, further known as “KOH” is used by Matthew only 32 times.  I’m not going to exegete all 32 verses but I will show were they are alike with the “Kingdom of God” known further as “KOG”.

Will an examination of Synoptic parallels will demonstrate that the two phrases refer to the same idea?

  • “the kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17) || “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15)
  • “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 5:3) || “Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” (Luke 6:20)
  • “Among those born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist, notwithstanding he who is least in the kingdom of Heaven is greater than him.” (Matt. 11:11) || “Among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist, but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than him.” (Luke 7:28)
  • “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 13:11) || “the mysteries of the kingdom of God” (Mark 4:11 cp. Luke 8:10)
  • “the kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed” (Matt 13:31) || “the kingdom of God…is like a grain of mustard seed” (Mark 4:30-31 cp. Luke 13:18-19)
  • “The kingdom of Heaven is like leaven” (Matt. 13:33) || “the kingdom of God…is like leaven” (Luke 13:20)
  • “Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 18:3-4) || “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein” (Mark 10:15)
  • “Allow little children, and do not forbid them to come to me, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matt. 19:14) || “Allow the little children to come to me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14 cp. Luke 18:16)
  • “a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 19:23) || “How hardly shall they who have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” (Luke 18:24).                                                                                                               2018 Bible.org

 There are two verses in Matthew I would like to discuss Matthew 19:23, 24.  

23, Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24,  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Moody dissertation on KOG vs KOH.    Question: “What is the difference between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven?”

Answer: While some believe that the Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven are referring to different things, it is clear that both phrases are referring to the same thing.   (IT is not clear clear that both phrases are referring to the same thing, although, Moody says they are and even though, the following phrases contain facts.) (EMPHASIS MINE)        The phrase “kingdom of God” occurs 68 times in 10 different New Testament books, while “kingdom of heaven” occurs only 32 times, and only in the Gospel of Matthew. Based on Matthew’s exclusive use of the phrase and the Jewish nature of his Gospel, some interpreters have concluded that Matthew was writing concerning the millennial kingdom while the other New Testament authors were referring to the universal kingdom. However, a closer study of the use of the phrase reveals that this interpretation is in error.  (2 Tim 2:15,   A Rightly dividing of the word of truth, over these verses will reveal that the KOG and KOH are very different.)(EMPHASIS MINE).

For example, speaking to the rich young ruler, Christ uses “kingdom of heaven” and “kingdom of God” interchangeably. (Matthew 19:23) Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven’” . In the very next verse, (Matthew 19:24) proclaims, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”.    Jesus makes no distinction between the two terms but seems to consider them synonymous.    (2 Tim 2:15,   A Rightly dividing of the word of truth, over these verses will reveal that the KOG and KOH are very different.)(EMPHASIS MINE)

Mark and Luke used “kingdom of God” where Matthew used “kingdom of heaven” frequently in parallel accounts of the same parable Compare Matthew 11:11-12 with Luke 7:28; Matthew 13:11with Mark 4:11 and Luke 8:10; Matthew 13:24 with Mark 4:26; Matthew 13:31 with Mark 4:30 and Luke 13:18; Matthew 13:33 with Luke 13:20; Matthew 18:3 with Mark 10:14 and Luke 18:16; and Matthew 22:2 with Luke 13:29. In each instance, Matthew used the phrase “kingdom of heaven” while Mark and/or Luke used “kingdom of God.” Clearly, the two phrases refer to the same thing.   (IT is not clearly that both phrases are referring to the same thing, although, Moody says they are.) (EMPHASIS MINE)

It is easy to say that because one biblical writer said similar things in a few comparative verses only, or clearly, means they are the same.  However, just the opposite is the truth, they are similar in those few places, but very different and speak of 2 very different Kingdoms.  They are different for these reasons:

1A,  Definition of the word “Kingdom”

Here is where some light will shine forth with the definition “Kingdom”.   Kingdom, basileia, and βασιλεία, (Greek Word), means reign of a realm, a kingdom reign .  Jesus would be the king that rules both kingdoms.  While both kingdoms are similar at times it is because each kingdom is ruled by Jesus.  Thus, answering the phrase “the Kingdom of God/Heaven is at hand “.   Each biblical author could say that when they wrote was because Jesus was there when they wrote about the situation.  

1B,  The word “heaven” has a variety of uses as well and is defined as;

noun. 1 a place regarded in various religions as the abode of God (or the gods) and the angels, and of the good after death, often traditionally depicted as being above the sky. • God (or the gods): Constantine was persuaded that disunity in the Church was displeasing to heaven. • Theology a state of being eternally in the presence of God after death. • used in various exclamations as a substitute for “God”: heaven knows! | good heavens! 2 (often heavens) literary the sky, especially perceived as a vault in which the sun, moon, stars, and planets are situated: Galileo used a telescope to observe the heavens. 3 informal a place, state, or experience of supreme bliss: lying by the pool with a good book is my idea of heaven.

According to any good real-estate agent the best place to live is determined by 3  things, Location, Location, and Location, therefore, in which location do you find the KOG and the KOH?   Each has a different location for they were both Created at different times!

1C,  The Kingdom of God existed before the Kingdom of Heaven, Job 38:3-7,

 God questioning Job,   “Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.    Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest?  or who hath stretched the line upon it?  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened?   or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together,  and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

These sons of God noted in the passage are spiritual beings, (JOB 1:6, 2:1) angels, watching the Lord create the Heavens and the Earth.  Emphasis being that God already had a kingdom that he was in control of called (Kingdom of God), while in the process of creating another Realm (The Kingdom of Heaven), that is entirely Physical in nature, contingent on space, time, and dimensional aspects. Although, no matter how similar they are or may appear, they are in no way, shape, or form, the same.  For the KOG is Spiritual and the KOH is Physical! (Emphasis Mine).  The subjects of each kingdom are different!  Subjects of the KOH cannot enter the KOG upon their own volition!   They are physical, I Cor. 15:50, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption”,  The subjects of the KOG upon its creation were all direct creations of God, all Spiritual.  The same was true for the KOH, for Adam was a direct creation of God, however, physical, Genesis 1:26-27, in that he was called “son of God”, Luke 3:38.  Satan was member of this KOG as the anointed Cherub that covereth the throne,       Ezekiel 28:14, Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.”  God created hosts and hosts and thousands of thousands of angels, for there was no procreation among angels, Matthew 26:53,  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?  

Adam and Eve were Direct creations of God and yet were both made of the dust of the ground, (Physical).  Every one else were born physical, of flesh and blood and cannot inherit the KOG, but must be born again John 3:5-7, ” Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

Therefore the KOG is a spiritual kingdom and the KOH is a physical kingdom made at two specific different times and are as different as night and day.  They are different in where, when, and who, they were made, and who they were made for.   Who the subjects that lived in each are very different in substance, form, and purpose!

These parallel verses while looking like the phrases are used interchangeable, they are showing they  both have problems with the rich      Matthew 19:23,  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.     Matthew 19:24, again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

The problem with the rich is that they have no need for God.  They are increased with goods and have need of nothing.  That attitude with the church of Laodicean, Rev 3:17, “ Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”, shows the problem with someone who has no need of God in any realm or kingdom they dwell in.  These verses are only interchangeable in relation to the rich who think they do not need God, but does not mean the two kingdoms are the same.

The facts that each kingdom were, 1. constructed at different times, (KOG existed before KOH), 2.  in different ways, (KOG Spiritual Realm, KOH Physical Realm and 3.  having different types of beings to live in each of them, (KOG Angels, KOH Humans), shows that they are not the same on so many different levels, it is foolish to think they are the same, no matter how many verses show their similarities or who say they are the same.

DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH

          Dispensational Truth, What is it?, where did it come from?, why is it important, if it is at all?, where is it going in the pursuit of bible knowledge?   From the things written on the subject these are some of the questions that have risen from the curious.   The word “Dispensation” is a “Biblical Term”, found in 1 Cor. 9:17, Eph. 1:10, 3:2, Col. 1:25.  The Greek word from which it is translated from is “οἰκονομία, oikonomia”, which is also translated “Stewardship” in Luke 16: 2-4.

Strong’s Concordance defines “οἰκονομία, oikonomia”: the management of a household or of household affairs specifically, the management, oversight, administration, of other’s property the office of a manager or overseer, stewardship administration, dispensation.

Since the word “dispensation” is a “Biblical Term” it is important and the topic is deserving of being rightly divided! The study of “Dispensations” falls into the area “Progressive Revelation”, (a Theological term) and thus directly related 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” The definition of “Progressive revelation” (Christianity), the concept that the sections of the Bible that were written later contain a fuller revelation of God compared to the earlier sections. However, the study on the Revelation from God will need to wait for another blog.

Each writer of the 66 books of the word of God were given an oikonomia whether stated so or not according to Strong’s definition. For the apostle Paul he says it was placed upon him, 1 Cor. 9:16-17, “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.” God gave Paul the responsibility to reveal things that were hidden since the world began, Eph. 3:1-5, “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; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;”  Paul states some things were not revealed right away, Rom. 16:25 “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,”

Paul was given knowledge which no one knew about but was later revealed the other apostles by the Holy Spirit as stated in the verses above! Remember when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with those who were teaching in order to be saved they needed to be circumcised, Acts 15. It was Paul who the Holy Spirit used to reveal the mystery hidden noted by the phrase “my gospel,” in the verse above. Paul took ownership of his stewardship calling it “my gospel”. Up until Paul came along the gospel of the Kingdom was still being preached to Israel. The nation of Israel have not received the promises that were made unto them even to this day, they have not due to their rejection of the Godhead. They rejected the Father in the Old Testament, rejected Jesus when he walked among them, and rejected the Holy Spirit at the stoning of Stephen in Acts 7. Yet, Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, (past, present, and future), was buried, and was raised from the dead the third day according to the scriptures, on the Day of Pentecost. Jesus went on to the building of his church, just like he said he would, moving the “οἰκονομία, oikonomia, dispensation” from salvation through the Law of Moses (works) to salvation by Grace through Faith alone revealed and preached by the apostle Paul, hidden from all since the world began. Jesus is doling out salvation Freely, (not conditioned on works,) in this dispensation to all who put their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. (based on Faith alone).

This dispensation, of Grace through Faith, will end with a spectacular climax named in Latin as the “Rapture”, translated in English, found in the Pauline writings of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-54. The Rapture is the catching away of the Church in the twinkling of an eye. THERE IS NO DATE SET FOR THIS EVENT! However, a person could state an assumption that it could happen on the Day of Pentecost like on the day the Church was empowered by the Holy Spirit, (Acts 2). Others have thought it may happen on the Feast of Trumpets, Tishri, the first month of the Jewish New Year, because of the phrase “the last trump”, (1 Cor. 15:52). Other hints are found by the phrase “come up hither” found in Revelation 4:1, 11:12. Both these passages are the raptures of the church (4:1) and tribulation saints (11:12), respectively. Yes, Two Resurrections, however, there’s a third, Matthew 27:50-53. “Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.” These three resurrections make what is called in Revelation 20:5-6 the First Resurrection, on such the second death has no power.

Another hint about the Rapture of the Church has to do with her as the Bride of Christ being called by her husband to be. King Solomon wrote in The Song go Solomon in Chapter 2:10-13 “My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs,
and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
The time of year Solomon was writing about was spring, late May-early June, about the time of the Day of Pentecost would fall on! (note Jewish Wedding Ceremony)

How many dispensations are there one may ask? The answer depends on who you ask! Different Dispensationalist, trying to rightly divide the Word of God, have given many many different answers to that question. The most notable person is Clarence Larkin with his books of charts. The best of his works is “The Greatest Book on Dispensational Truth in the World”! Dispensational Truth, Daniel, Revelation, Spirit World.  Hardcover Binding · Printed in the USA · Original Publishers. www.larkinbooks.com (864) 618-4796

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Another well know dispensationalist ie C. I. Scofield, known for his study bible and work on 7 dispensation C I Scofield

See his book “Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth”. These are the topics covered. All of these topics are important for anyone to know to rightly divide the word of God.

Chapter 1 The Jew, The Gentile, and the Church.

Chapter 2. The Seven Dispensations.

Chapter 3. The Two Advents.

Chapter 4. The Two Resurrections.

Chapter 5. The Five Judgements.

Chapter 6. Law and Grace.

Chapter 7. The Believer’s Two Natures.

Chapter 8. The Believer’s Standing and State.

Chapter 9. Salvation and Rewards.

Chapter 10. Believer’s and Professors.

These two men greatly influenced the study of eschatology through the introduction of “Dispensational Truth!”

Evidences from Scripture, The Doctrinal Differences of Paul and James

EPH. 2: 8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

James 2:18. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Thus the discussion begins between, James and Paul over Abraham, Salvation by Law and works and Salvation by Grace through Faith, and perhaps the various dispensations they represent! Thus the answer to this dilemma lies in which dispensation you’re talking about and where do these verses apply, in the dispensation of the law or the dispensation Grace.

Let it be said at the very beginning of this subject of Abraham that he is father of both dispensations of Grace and Law. Did Abraham receive Righteousness while under the Law or under Grace? Paul, answers that in Rom. 4:3. ” For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.  cf. Gen. 15:5-6, “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”   Since, Abraham lived before the giving of the Law of Moses, he received his righteousness by believing what the Lord had said and promised, about his descendants numbering as the stars in heaven, thus by Grace through Faith. In the Dispensation of the “Age of Grace” or “Church Age” righteousness is received by believing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Cor. 5:21. “For he hath made him (Christ Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

When the apostle James speaks about Abraham and how he relates to a man showing his faith in God states James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?”  cf Gen. 22:15-18, “And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Both Paul and James’s account of Abraham’s life is true according to the dispensation in which James and Paul lived in! Abraham is the perfect example of Paul’s doctrine revealed to him after Christ Jesus appeared to him on the Damascus road, Acts 9:3-7, that salvation was by Grace through Faith, not of works, Eph. 2:8-9.   I might add this was a mystery revealed only to Paul, Rom. 16:25.     Abraham is also the perfect example of what James’ doctrine speaks of when he says “I’ll show you my faith by my works”, James 2:18, in the offering of Issac, Gen. 22:15-18.   Abraham is the perfect example of both dispensations because he first believed what God had said then in years later he obeyed what God said had asked him to do. Gen. 15:5-6, 22:15-18, respectively!

The dispensation of the Old Testament ended when Christ died. The New Testament began with Christ Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, Hebrews 9: 16 – 17. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.”  

Exodus 19 and 20 is where Moses records where God the Almighty, started the dispensation of the law entering a covenant, (Testament), relationship with God. Exodus 19:8 “And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord.”  

Although, Salvation is always by the Grace of God. However, promises made to Israel were under the conditions of the law, which have yet to be fulfilled. Israel rejected God, (through unbelief of Jesus being their messiah and the breaking of their covenant made with God), Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, on three separate occasions, the last being the stoning of Steven, Acts chapter 7. The nation of Israel has displayed an unprecedented lack of faith and the scripture tells us without faith it is impossible to please God! Hebrews 11:6. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

I would like you, the reader, to see this amazing thing in the salvation process in both dispensations of Faith and Works, they are the two sides of the same coin. Eph. 2:8-10, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”    Salvation is obtained without works. However, works is very involved in the evidence that a person is in fact a son of God, John 1:12.   James says, James 2:14 “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”  Paul answers above, it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”   James continues, James 2:17 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”  How amazingly this is true, note Eph. 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”   When compared to Paul’s teaching on “the Judgement Seat of Christ, 2 Cor. 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” cf  Romans 14:10 “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”    Like I said, “they are the two sides of the same coin.” Under Paul’s Doctrine we are not saved by what we do or don’t do, we are saved by Grace (unmerited favor, the getting of something we do not deserve, the Gift of God, everlasting life which we can never lose). Under James’ Doctrine the condition under which they are redeemed was through the keeping of the law, which they often couldn’t or wouldn’t do resulting in the loss of the promises given to them, which they have yet to receive! Their salvation can be lost according to the whole chapter of Ezekiel 18, a quote from this chapter, Ezekiel 18:26-28  “When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die”.    According to this passage, 18 of Ezekiel a man is declared righteous by what he does or doesn’t do. His works are of extreme importance to his soul living or dying. However, under Paul’s doctrine a man’s works are important to his reward. 1 Cor. 3:11-15, ” For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

A third dispensation in our conversation, to start in very near future is the 70th week of Daniel’s 70 week prophecy in Dan. 9:24-27, Dan. 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.   Known has the “Tribulation Period”, this 7 year period of time is when God pours out his wrath upon the earth and its occupants. This dispensation of the “Tribulation Period” is preceded by the “Rapture of the Church”, known as the “Pre-Tribulational Rapture”, in that discussion . The Rapture of the Church is the only event preceding the the tribulation from starting. When that happens people on earth will see in greater detail the orchestra begin to warm up with events happening in the Nation of Israel, something like we saw when Present Trump put our American Embassy in Jerusalem.

Salvation during the “Tribulation Period” is no longer according to the Pauline gospel, by Grace through Faith, a free gift of God not of works. On the contrary, Works are very important as also is Faith. We read in the book of Revelation how martyrs died, Rev. 12:17, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”    This verse showing the elements of their salvation works, keep the commandments of God and Faith, have the testimony of Jesus Christ.    Works and Faith, like the Jews under the Law. Who were also able to lose their salvation. The taking the “Mark of Beast” was a sure way to doom yourself, worship his Image is likewise not a good thing. Rev. 16:2, ” And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

Should make note at this time that there is a “Mid-Tribulational Rapture of the two witnesses, (Moses and Elijah), according to Rev. 11: 1-13, “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.”

In this passage you are dealing with the Nation of Israel when the church, Body of Christ, has been removed from the earth and the Anti-Christ has made himself known. A new temple will be erected in Jerusalem and the two witness will be preaching. After 42 months the two witness will be put to death, in 3 days they will have their heads reconnected to their bodies for all to see and then raptured. How long of time between the Rapture of the Church and the Rapture of these Two Witnesses is not given. We are sure of this: it is at least 3.5 years between the two. AS stated earlier above concerning the book of Revelation, Both these passages are the raptures of the church (4:1) and tribulation saints (11:12), respectively.

At this point I’d like to vert your attention for a moment to how your New Testament lays out for you these 3 Dispensations Doctrinally. 1. The Four Gospels. Jesus was born under the Law, Gal. 4:4-5 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”     Thus the Law was in enforce up until the death of Christ, thus the Dispensation of the Law. 2. The Book of Acts is a transitional book to take you from Salvation by Works into Salvation by Grace through Faith, the Mystery Gospel, revealed by the Apostle Paul in 13 letters, Romans-Philemon, thus the Dispensation of the “Church Age”. 3. Hebrews is another transitional book to change the “οἰκονομία, oikonomia” dispensation to salvation by Faith and Works. James, in his book, staters it off writing to the twelve tribes, James 1:1 “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.”   James was not writing to the Church, or Chrstian Jews. Thus the Books of the General Epistles, or Hebrew Epistles, as some have called them. James-Jude, are Tribulation books Doctrinally, while The Book of Revelation is the capstone, revealing the Tribulation in four accounts like the four Gospels reveal who Christ is. Matthew, Christ the King, Mark, Christ the Servant, Luke, Christ the Son of Man, and John, Christ the Son of God.

What is meant by the phrase, “James-Jude, are Tribulation books Doctrinally”, is that these books aptly apply to the “Tribulation Period” readers. The Gospels aptly apply to jews under the Law and by application the Pauline writings aptly apply to the Church, the Body of Christ, doctrinally! All showing the 3 Dispensations of Law, Grace, and Tribulation, a Dispensational point of view to the scriptures. Under each, “οἰκονομία, oikonomia” dispensation, there are certain things for the Stewards to understand, what to do, or not do, for them to be faithful stewards and certain books are written to certain saints for that purpose. Some bible scholars have taken this to “Hyper” level, called “Hyper-Dispensationalism”, this is where various scripture verses come into play. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”   This verse shows there are many uses for the scriptures and scholars have said there are 3 Applications to the scriptures, Historical, Devotional, and Doctrinal. AS those of Berea we should do no less than they, Acts 17:11, These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”    and so we aught to practice  learning the scriptures as in, 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”    Examples of “Hyper-Dispensationalist” give statements like, “Jesus wasn’t talking to you.” or “James wasn’t talking to you!” A Dispensationalist sounds more like “All scripture is written for you, but All scripture is NOT written for you to Do”. This line of thinking is much more consistent with 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Timothy 2:15.      

The Scripture of Matthew chapters 5-7, “The Sermon on the Mount” is not written for believers of the Pauline Doctrine of Salvation by Grace through Faith for us to prepare for. Christ hadn’t died yet! However, it is written for believers of the Pauline Doctrine for them to know and understand but not for them do! Unto this point what we know from the O.T. all that God has for the Nation of Israel is ready to take place. God promised them a literal kingdom, with a king on the throne of David, the literal King is present, and begins to deliver the constitution of this literal earthly Messianic Jewish kingdom.