The Seven Dispensations

The story of Man's Failure - and God's Grace - as demonstrated in all ages

                                                                       ^  v                   Christ returns     Christ         The Great
Beginning Call of Ascension | in the air. returns White Throne
of civilization Abram The Law of Christ | ^ to earth Judgment
| | given to ^ Descent of the Rapture of | Rev 20:11
Creation | Landing | Moses The | Holy Spirit the church | | A new
of man | of the ark | Ex 20:1-17 Cross | v | | Christ's | eternal
| | | | | __|__ ^ | | | Millenial | Heaven
| INNOCENCE | CONSCIENCE | GOVERNMENT | PROMISE | LAW | | | GRACE | TRIBULATION | KINGDOM | & Earth
|___________|____________|____________|____________|_______________| | v________________________|_______________v_______________| --> -->
Gen 2:25 | Gen 3:22 | Gen 9:5 | Gen 12:1-3 | Gal 3:19 | | Eph 3:2 Rom 6:14 | Mat 24:21 | Dan 2:44 | Rev 21
| | | | | | | | Final
Expulsion The Confusion Slaves Israel Fall of Confusion Armageddon rebellion
from Eden Flood of tongues in Egypt Dispersed Jerusalem of Religions crushed
DispensationOpening EventMan's ResponsibilityMan's FailureMan's TendencyClosing EventPersonal Salvation
INNOCENCE
(1)

Summary/Principle:
Rom 5:12
God creates man
Gen 1:26,27
   2:7,25
Believe & Obey
Gen 2:15-17
Innocence Lost
Gen 3:6,7
Away from God
Gen 3:9,10
Judgment-
Expelled from Eden
Gen 3:17-19
   3:22-24
By Grace through Faith-
Substitutionary sacrifice:
- The blood of the Lamb,
   Gen 3:21
- The promise of the Seed,
   Gen 3:15; 4:25
CONSCIENCE
(2)

Rom 2:15
Abel offers a lamb.
Cain murders Abel.
Gen 4:2-15
Believe & Obey
Gen 4:4-7
Heb 11:4
Conscience defiled
Gen 6:5-7
Away from God
Gen 6:11-13
Judgment- The Flood
Gen 7:11-12,23
By Grace through Faith-
Gen 6:8
Heb 11:4-7
1Pet 3:18-22
 GOVERNMENT 
(3)

Rom 13:1-7
Noah -worships God
-receives a covenant
and responsibility
Gen 8:20-22
Believe & Obey
Gen 9:1-6
Personal disorder
   Gen 9:20-23
Societal disorder
   Gen 11:1-4
Away from God-
'Man's Failure'
references apply.
Judgment-
Confusion
of tongues
Gen 11:5-9
By Grace through Faith-
The line of the Seed:
Gen 9:26; 11:10-32
PROMISE
(4)

Num 23:19
Mic 7:20
Rom 11:29
God -calls Abram
-gives him promises
   Gen 12:1-7;
   13:14-17; 15:5
Promises repeated
to Isaac & Jacob
   Gen 26:1-5
   28:10-15
Believe & Obey
Gen 15:6
Rom 4:3
Promised blessings
pursued by
fleshly means:
-Abram, Gen 16:2
-Jacob, Gen 27:19
-Moses, Acts 7:22-29
Away from God-
God's promises disregarded:
-Lot, Gen 13:10-13
-Esau, Gen 25:31-34
   26:34,35
-The sons of Israel
   Gen 37:18-20
-Israel's longing for Egypt
   Ex 16:2,3
Summary: Psa 106:1-15
Judgment-
-Bondage in Egypt
Ex 1:7-14; 2:23-25
By Grace through Faith-
Rom 4:3-5
Heb 11:8-22
Gen 22:8,15-18
Gen 49:8-12,18
LAW
(5)

Rom 3:19,20
Israel promises
to keep the Law
Ex 19:1-8
Believe & Obey
Deu 7:11-15, blessings
Deu 8:11-20, cursings
Law broken
repeatedly-
Ex 32:1-8
Judg 21:25
Psa 106:16-48
Away from God
Dan 9:4-16
Judgment-
-Israel captive in Assyria
   2Kin 17:1-18
-Judah captive in Babylon
   2Kin 25:1-11
-Jerusalem destroyed
   Mat 23:37-39
By Grace through Faith-
the blood of the Lamb
   Ex 12:3
   Lev 17:11
   Heb 9:19-22
   Gal 4:4,5
Examples of believers:
-Moses, Heb 11:23-40
-David, Rom 4:5-8
Summary- Gal 3:10-19
GRACE
(6)

John 1:17
Titus 2:11-14
1Pet 1:10-12
Christ -ascends
-sends the Spirit
   Acts 1:1-9
   Acts 2:1-4
-establishes His church
   1Cor 12:12,13
   Eph 3:1-10
Believe & Obey
-for eternal life
   Acts 2:36-47
   John 6:28,29,47; 5:24
   Rom 5:1,2; 10:4
   Eph 2:8,9
-for earthly living
   Rom 8:2-4
   Gal 2:20; 3:2,3
Apostasy-
2Tim 4:3-4
Heb 6:4-8
Away from God
2Tim 3:13
2Pet 2:1-3,17-22
The Bride of Christ
caught up to meet Him.
   1The 4:16-17
   Rev 3:10
Judgment- The apostate
church enters the
Tribulation.
   Rev 2:21-23
   Rev 3:15-16
By Grace through Faith-
1Pet 1:18-21
Isaiah 53
Rom 3:20-26
Rom 6:23
also see references under
'Man's Responsibility'
TRIBULATION
(a special
7 yr period)

John 5:43
The man of sin
is revealed
1The 5:1-3
2The 2:1-12
Mat 24:21-22
In the Tribulation, man's failure comes to awful fruition:
Innocence- Men live the lie & call evil good (cp. Gen 3:5).
Conscience- Corrupt minds ignore God's Word (Mat 24:37-39).
Government- The world unites with antichrist against God.
Promise- Israel is in the promised land, but in unbelief.
Law- The rebuilt Temple is given over to false worship.
Grace- The apostate church is aligned with the antichrist.
Judgment- Christ casts out
Satan & his false leaders.
Rev 19:11-21
Rev 20:1-3
Even in this terrible time,
many find salvation
by Grace through Faith
in the blood of the Lamb.
Rev 7:14; 12:10,11
KINGDOM
(7)

Isa 9:6,7
Jesus Christ
returns to earth
as King of kings
Mat 25:31-34
Rev 20:4-6
Believe & Obey
Isa 2:1-4
Isa 11:1-16
Isa 12:1-6
Isa 55:1-3
Zech 14:16-18
Even in the age of Righteousness,
man turns away from Christ to follow
Satan when given the opportunity.
Rev 20:7-10
Judgment-
-the final rebellion is crushed.
-eternal destinies are decreed
Rev 20:10-15
By Grace through Faith-
Rev 21:22-27
During the Kingdom age, the disorder of previous ages is corrected:
Innocence- God's truth is known by all men (Jer 31:34).
Conscience- God's people have holy hearts to serve Him (Jer 31:33).
Government- Christ rules from Jerusalem. Righteousness covers the earth.
Promise- Israel is in her land. Abrahamic & Davidic covenants are fulfilled.
Law- True temple worship declares that Christ has fulfilled the Law.
Grace- The true church is with Christ in His glory.

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