Spiritual Gifts part 331. How God views human history.

2Th 2:1-4; Dan 7:23-27; Eph 3:1-10; Col 1:24-27; Gal 3:6-9;Rev 17:1-16.

ROMANS-449-121107 - length: 59:50 - taught on Nov, 7 2012

Class Outline:

John Farley
November 7, 2012

Spiritual Gifts Part 331:

Dispensations: how God views human history

The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts

Point 4.
Developing the capacity you need to function effectively in your spiritual gift.

When you have doctrine in your soul that has been tested, you can discern evil trends in Christianity.

Apostasy means teachings and practices that are contrary to the Word of God yet seduce and deceive both professing Christians and true believers.

The Bible tells us that an apostasy or a major falling away will occur in the time period immediately preceding the Rapture and the Tribulation period.

The day of the Lord is that extended period of time beginning the tribulation period and extending through the second advent and the millennial age. [Pentecost, Things to Come, pp. 230-231]

The complete apostasy metastasizes after the Rapture of the church. However, the apostasy will begin its development in the last days of the church age.

The worldwide kingdom on earth that is coming next will not be ruled by the Lord Jesus Christ but will be ruled by the Beast of Daniel and Revelation.


A dispensation is an administration established by God by progressive revelation to provide for the manner of living for believers.

In eternity past, God determined to reveal His glory (self-revelation) in His Son. That revelation has been carried out in a series of stages. This is progressive revelation.

The present church age dispensation is definitely related to new revelation which God gave to the apostles and New Testament prophets, EPH 3:1-10.

While technically not the time periods themselves, we can see dispensations in terms of periods of human history explained in terms of divine revelation.

Each dispensation reflects the unfolding of God’s plan for mankind and constitutes divine viewpoint of history.

Understanding dispensations is the vehicle by which believers living at a specific time can orient to God’s will, plan, and purpose for their post-salvation lives.

The major distinction that is presented in the Bible is between Israel and the Church.

JOH 1:17
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.