The Divine Outline of History

posted Jan 31, 2017, 11:01 AM by Basic Bible Doctrine   [ updated May 22, 2019, 6:06 PM ]

The diagram below shows the panorama of history from the divine viewpoint from eternity past to eternity future.

We are currently living in the Dispensation of the Church, specifically the Age of the Local Church.

The Dispensation of the Church began on the Day of Pentecost roughly two thousand years ago and is now in its final phase, the Age of the Local Church, where stewardship of the earth and the Word of God has been handed to all born-again believers of this present age.

During the Dispensation of Israel, Jewish believers had stewardship of the earth and the Word of God (Romans 3:2). During the first phase of the Dispensation of the Church [the Age of the Apostles], the Apostles had stewardship of the earth and the Word of God (1 Corinthians 4:1). During the Age of the Local Church, all born-again believers, who in this dispensation are members of the Church also known as the Body of Christ, have stewardship of the earth and the Word of God (1 Peter 4:10).

The Dispensation of the Church is an intercalation period set between the initial and final periods of the Dispensation of Israel—after the Age of the Incarnation but before the Age of Tribulation. When Jesus returns for His Church at the Rapture event to remove them from the earth (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17), the Dispensation of the Church will end, to be followed by a return to the Dispensation of Israel, specifically the Age of Tribulation, where God's wrath will be poured out on all unbelievers and where He will complete His plan of reconciliation for the nation of Israel before ushering in the Age of Millennial Reign (Daniel 9:27).

In the Age of Millennial Reign, Jesus Christ will establish His Millennial Kingdom on the earth lasting one thousand years (Revelation 20:4) and will rule over it as Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5). The Age of Millennial Reign will be followed by the destruction of the current heavens and earth (2 Peter 3:10) and creation of the new heavens and earth (2 Peter 3:13). The believing remnant who are still alive at the end of the Age of Millennial Reign will be transported over to the new earth to begin the Dispensation of Christ also known as the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. These believers will make up the first generation of one thousand generations of believers whose volition is perfectly positive toward Jesus Christ (Psalms 105:8). The volition of these believers will be locked into the positive polarity for the duration of the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times and even into eternity future. Starting with the first generation, these believers entering into the new earth will never again [in any moment of time thereafter] exercise negative volition toward Jesus Christ. These believers will still possess their mortal [flesh and blood] bodies but will live forever due to their eating from the Tree of Life (Genesis 3:22), which is present on the new earth (Revelation 2:7; 22:2, 14). These believers will populate each new generation by natural, biological procreation. Every offspring of these believers will also be believers in Jesus Christ, each being perfectly positive toward Him. Like their parents, the volition of each offspring will also be locked into the positive polarity for the remainder of the thousand generations and even into eternity future.

These thousand-generation believers in their mortal [flesh and blood] bodies will be living alongside other believers in their immortal [resurrected] bodies, which, by that time, include we who are members of the Church [the Body of Christ] and all born-again believers of other Dispensations.

The Dispensation of the Fullness of Times will end when the thousandth generation offspring is born, a point of time marked off by the Omega Moment, after which begins eternity future. At that point, Christ, Who is given stewardship over the perfect, thousand-generation New-Earth Kingdom, hands it over to God the Father, whereupon the thousand-generation New-Earth Kingdom will merge with and be absorbed into the eternal [timeless], universal Kingdom of God and the Trinity [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] becomes all in all. (Revelation 22:13; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28)

The Dispensation of the Fullness of Times is a period of time when perfect positive volition and everlasting life are realized, represented by one thousand generations of true, consistent worship of Jesus Christ by mortal believers who never die. Each mortal person of the thousand generation will forever [for all duration of time forward] be perfectly positive toward Jesus Christ.