Interpretations: Dispensation of the Kingdom
|1||The Dispensation of the Kingdom|
The dispensation of the kingdom was prophesied since the beginning of the prophets since the world began, and its promise is to the children of Israel, even as many as the Lord shall call, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 3:17-21.
- The little flock will receive the Lord’s kingdom, Luke 12:31-32
- The 12 apostles will sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel, Matthew 19:27-30
The dispensational test will be:
- Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, Israel’s Messiah. Jesus asked His disciples “who do men say that I the Son of Man AM?” Matthew 16:13-18
- During the last half of the tribulation, when the image of the Antichrist is erected in the holy place, Jesus warned the Jews to flee into the wilderness, Matthew 24:15-16
- The Lord will meet those in the wilderness and judge them under the rod, Ezekiel 20:35-41
- Paul wrote that all Israel shall be saved, Romans 11:26
- In the kingdom dispensation all the nations will come to the light of Christ in His temple, Isaiah 60:1-5
The dispensational failure will be:
- At the end of the first 1,000 years of the Lord’s eternal reign, and Satan is loosed from the bottomless pit, there will be those who would rebel against the authority and rulership of the Lord, Revelation 20
The dispensational judgment will be:
- The Lord and His church will rule with a rod of Iron, Psalm 2:6-12, Revelation 2:27, Revelation 12:5, Revelation 19:15
- Nations who do not appear before the Lord at the feast of tabernacles, will be judged for a year, Zechariah 14:16-19
- Upon those who rebel against the authority and rulership of the Lord, Psalms 66:1-7
- Those whose name is not written in the book of life, or is blotted out, will appear before the great white throne judgment and then thrown into the lake of fire for all eternity, Revelation 20:10-15
The following graphic shows the resumption of the little flock’s position on earth during the Lord’s millennial reign, the resumption of Israel and their prophetic plan, and the continuation of the Bride-of-Christ in heavenly places.
As John continued to have revealed to him the revelation of Jesus Christ, he saw many elements of what God has prepared for those who love Him, 1Corinthians 2:9, as eternity future begins, as described in Revelation 21-22. This is the joy that was set before the Lord as He endured the cross, Hebrews 12:2. The following are the events that lead to the end of the presence of fleshly man on earth and transition to the glorification of all who were faithful and believed in Christ Jesus:
- Following the release of Satan from the bottomless pit, Revelation 20:7
- After Satan’s final rebellion, Revelation 20:8-9
- When Satan is finally thrown into the lake of fire, Revelation 20:10
- After the great white throne judgement, Revelation 20:11-15
Paul described how Christ will deliver up the kingdom of God after putting down all rule, authority and power, and the last to be destroyed is death, 1Corinthians 15:24-28.
- Christ must reign until He has put all enemies under His feet
- After everything is under Him, then the Son also will subject Himself and put all things under God the Father, so that God may be all in all
In eternity, there are still two domains, heaven and earth, Ephesians 1:10, Isaiah 65:17, Revelation 21:1.
- Israel is the steward for the earthly realm, Genesis 22:17, Genesis 32:12, 1Chronicles 16:15-17
- The Body-of-Christ is the steward for the heavenly realm, Philippians 3:20
- God the Father and God the Son reside in the new Jerusalem, which is suspended above the earth, providing light surrounding the planet 24/7, Revelation 21:2-3
- The Tree of Life is located in the New Jerusalem, Revelation 22:2
The following illustrates the three main groups of people enjoying the presence of the Lord through eternity. From top to bottom, is the Bride of Christ whom will be residing with the Lord in the new Jerusalem. This includes both the little flock and the Body-of-Christ. The second group are those of Israel who are on earth and will enjoy the everlasting covenants God made with them. The third group are the believing Gentiles, before the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and those who believed in Christ Jesus after the Lord snatched away His church into the clouds to be with Him for evermore, John 14:1-4, 1Thessalonians 4:13-18.