THE DIFFERENT AGES

AND DISPENSATIONS OF GOD’S DEALINGS WITH MEN

Edited by J E Bradburn

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Image result for the different ages of man images KJVMatthew 28:20 (KJV) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/teachingofjesus.htm God has spoken at “sundry times” as well as “in diverse manners”.

 

Hebrews1:1 (KJV) God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.

 

The time when He spoke to “the fathers” is distinguished from the time in which He has “spoken to us”. The time in which He spake “He spake by the prophets” and stands in contrast with the time He spake by (His) “Son”. And the “time past” is obviously distinguished from “these last days”.

 

Hebrews 1:2 (KJV) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed Heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds.

 

Hath spoken = spake

In…days = at the end of these days. I.e. at the period closed by the ministry of John.

Son: No article, but its absence only more emphatically and definitely expresses the exclusive character of His Sonship.” Hebrew Elohim ("In the beginning, God (Elohim) created the heavens). To “rightly divide the word of truth”

 

2Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

IT IS ESSENTIAL TO REGARD THE TIMES IN WHICH THE WORDS WERE SPOKEN, AS WELL AS THE TIMES TO WHICH THEY REFER.

 

Three Greek words in the New Testament call for careful consideration. These are:

 

Chromos = time, duration unlimited unless defined; occurring. Fifty-three times and is translated “time” in thirty-two;

kairos, a certain limited and definite portion of  chromos, the right time or season; occurs eighty-seven times, and is rendered “time” in sixty-five passages, “season in fifteen”;

Oikonomia, meaning literally, administration of a household (English., economy, including the idea of stewardship); occurs eight times, translated “dispensation” four, “stewardship” three, “edifying” once (1Timothy 1:4), which the R.V. rightly corrects to “dispensation”, making five occurrences. in all of that English term.

 

1 Timothy 1:4 (KJV) Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

 

A dispensation, administration, or arrangement, during a portion of chromos may, or may not, be equal to kairos, according as the context determines. In other words…Nothing but confusion can arise from reading into one dispensation that which relates to another. To connect what God said and did in one dispensation with another, in which His administration was on an altogether different principle, is to ensure error. And finally, to take doctrine of late revelation and read it into the time when it was “hidden” leads to disaster.

 

The nations, Israel the Chosen Nation, and the church (App 186) are each dealt with in distinct “times” and on distinct principles, and the doctrines relating to each must be kept distinct.. When our Lord speaks…

 

Luke 21:24 (KJV) And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

 

Edge = mouth. Genesis 34:26 (KJV) And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.

 

Led away captive: Josephus speaks of 1,100,000 slain and 97,000 taken away to Egyptian mines and elsewhere (Bell. IUD VI 9).

Trodden Down: Not the future tense of the verb (pateō), but the future of the verb “to be”, with the Pass. Part. of pateō = shall be and remain trodden down, in a way that it had never been before. The reference is to the Mohammedan possession since A.D 636 in succession to the “fourth” or Roman possession

 

Note on Dan 2:40 (KJV) The fourth: i.e. Rome (Luke 2&3). Observe that it does not say there were “four, and no more”, as alleged; but “the fourth”. An ordinal number, not cardinal (Form Spelling of Ordinal Numbers. Just add th to the cardinal number: four - fourth; eleven – eleventh). The Chaldee is rᵄbī`ayā’ (text), or rᵄbī`ayah’ (margin) = fourth, as in Dan 3:25; 7:7. Not `arba`, which = four. The fifth is revealed in verses 41-43.

 

Daniel 2:40 (KJV) And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

 

Daniel 3:25 (KJV) He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

 

Daniel 7:7 (KJV) After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had

 

The power which was to succeed Rome in the possession of Jerusalem was to be one of Mohammedan power, which was still, future when our Lord referred to it in Luke 21:14; but the Lord does not name it, because the condition of Acts 3: 18-26 could not be anticipated, assumed, or forestalled.

 

Luke 21:14 (KJV) Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

 

Acts 3:18—26 (KJV)

18 But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, He hath so fulfilled. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thesufferingsandglory.htm

19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/meaningoflife.htm

20 And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: http://www.godsplan.org.uk/nativityofjesus.htm

21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm

22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, “A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto Me; Him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you”. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/lifeofjesus.htm

23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/defence.htm

24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/meaningoflife.htm

25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, “And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm

26 Unto you first God, having raised up His Son Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/follow.htm

 

 

Gentiles = nations, as in preceding clause. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/nationshalrise.htm

Until, &c So that a day is coming when the nations will cease to tread it down, and it will be possessed by its rightful owner--Israel.

The times: i.e. the time of the Gentile possession of Jerusalem. Of “the times (kairos), of the Gentiles”, the implication is that there are times of the Jews (under Messiah); whatever be the contrasted elements.

 

Isaiah 33:6 (KJV) And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is His treasure.

 

So that what is recorded as connected with the times of the Jews is not necessarily applicable to the times of the Gentiles. The present administration of God is in grace, not in law, judgement or glory, and belongs to the “dispensation” (oikonomia) of the Mystery (App193), that secret “which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints”. https://levendwater.org/companion/append193.html

 

Colossians 1:26 (KJV) Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints.

 

That secret “which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men”.

 

Ephesians 5:9 (KJV) (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

 

It was kept secret since the world began. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/themystery.htm

 

Romans 16:25 (KJV) 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.

 

There is no authority for taking enactments Divinely fitted for the times of the Jews and transferring them to the present dispensation of God in grace. Similarly, the endeavour to read the precepts of the “Sermon on the Mount”,

 

Matthew 5:7 (KJV) Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

 

Which are the laws of the kingdom of heaven (App114), https://levendwater.org/companion/append114.html into such church epistles as Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and only obscures the truth, but antagonises one part of Scripture with another.

 

 

2. THE SEVEN TIMES OR DISPENSATIONS.

 

In the Bible seven distinct administrations are set before us. each has its own beginning and ending; each is characterised by certain distinctive principles of God’s dealings; each ends in a crisis or judgement peculiar to itself, save Number 7, which is without end. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/dispensationalplan.htm

These may be tabulated thus.

 

The Edenic state of innocence. End—The expulsion from Eden. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm

The period “without law” (the time of ignorance. Acts 17:30 (KJV) And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:

The era under law. End—The rejection by Israel. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/benefitofchrist.htm

The period of grace. End—The “day of the Lord”. http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm

The epoch of judgement End—The destruction of Antichrist. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/bibleprophecytheend.htm

The millennial age.  End—The destruction of Satan, and the judgement of the great white throne. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/deathswallowedup.htm

The eternal state of glory. No End. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm

 

All seven dispensations exhibit differing characteristics which call for the close attention of the Bible student.

 

3. THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES.

 

While the seven dispensations above specified are the main divisions of the long period of the Divine dealings, there is still another dispensation referred to as “the times of the Gentiles”.

 

Luke 21:24 (KJV) And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

 

A dispensation which overlaps two of the above divisions. These times began when Jerusalem passed under the power of Babylon… (477B.C. See App 50 page 60 and App 180), https://levendwater.org/companion/append50.html

http://www.godsplan.org.uk/charts&tables.htm  https://levendwater.org/companion/append180.html  Systematic tabulation being the only satisfactory method, to eye and understand alike, of presenting Biblical, or any other numbers, this course has been adopted in the following charts. To ensure accuracy, "Section" paper has been used throughout. The importance of this is, that, for the first time, (it is believed) Bible readers will have placed in their hands a series of Chronological Tables of the main dated events in the Old Testament, which they can test and check for themselves, and continue while Jerusalem is “trodden down of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24) These “times” are referred to in…

 

Luke 21:24 (KJV) And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

 

Romans 11:25 (KJV) For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.”

 

which has no reference to the completion of “the church,” as is so generally believed, but relates to the fullness, or filling up, of the times of the Gentiles (nations) , the word “Gentiles” being put for the times which they fill up.

 

THE PARENTHESIS OF THE PRESENT DISPENSATION.

 

4. In the Nazareth Synagogue…

 

Luke 4:16-20 (KJV)

16. And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

17 And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias, And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written.

18The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”

19To preach the acceptable year of the LORD.”

20 And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.

 

Our Lord stood up and read from the book of the prophet Isaiah. After reading the first verse and part of the second (of Chapter 61), He closed the book. Why stop there?

Because the next sentence belonged, and still belongs, to a future dispensation. The “acceptable year of the Lord” had come, but “the day of vengeance of our God” has not even yet appeared. http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm

Thus did the Lord divide two dispensations? There is no mark in the Hebrew text of Isa 61:2 (KJV). 

 

So then answer this question: IF HE WAS NOT THE SON OF GOD HOW DID HE KNOW?

 

Isaiah 61:2 (KJV) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.

 

The acceptable year = the year of acceptance, or jubilee year http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jubilees.htm

 

Leviticus 25:9-10 (KJV)

09/Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the Jubile [Jubilee] to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.

10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a Jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

 

We may render: - a year of good-pleasure for Jehovah, (But) a day of vengeance for our God. And the day of vengeance:

 

Isaiah 59:17 (KJV) For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon His head; and He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

 

Isaiah 63:4 (KJV) For the day of vengeance is in Mine heart, and the year of My redeemed is come.

 

This is a notable example of how to rightly divide “the Word of Truth”, when we observe that the Messiah, in quoting the prophecy concerning Himself in (Luke 4:18-19) “closed the book”, and did not go on to quote further in verse 29, because the former part of the prophecy referred to the then present time, and not to the future Dispensation of judgement. The Hebrew accent separates these two clauses, indicated by “(but)” above. Note that the vengeance is assigned to a “day”, in contrast with “year”.

 

Luke 4:18-19 (KJV)

18. “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.

19. To preach the acceptable year of the LORD.”

 

to indicate any break, yet an interval of nearly 2000 years separates the two clauses quoted. In this interval comes the whole of the present church dispensation, following on the years after Israel’s final rejection of Jesus.

 

Acts 28:25-28 (KJV)

25. And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, “Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,

26. Saying, `”Go unto the people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:”

27. For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”

28. “Be it known therefore unto you [Jews], that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles and that they will hear it.”

 

See App 180, 181. https://levendwater.org/companion/append180.html https://levendwater.org/companion/append181.html

 

Acts 27 above says it all; as far as the then generation goes, but I will add; as far as this generation of today goes as well. The generation of all the English speaking nations: UK (Ephraim), USA (Manasseh) Canada, Australia, New Zealand. &c. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm

 

There is enough proof here on this one page, and on the site http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Index.htm. Time is fast running out for you and your family to make a decision, before the day of the Lord comes upon you. The fullness of the Gentiles has just about come in and the Lord God will once again turn His mercy to unbelieving Israel and save them. But in order to do that, a great time of testing and punishment is still ahead for His chosen people. He will bring them to repentance at Jerusalem, which is 'Ground Zero' for the Great Tribulation. Our Bible tells us that the resurgence of the Persian Empire is only the beginning of the end. The Ram will soon begin pushing its influence northward, southward and westward; there will be more wars and conflict in the Middle East region before the end. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/bibleprophecytheend.htm