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Oregon Conference 2005. Part 1. The Doctrine of Invisible Heroes. Friday AM, November 11, 2005.

Oregon Conference 2005. Part 1.

The Book of Revelation is the textbook of world history from the time of John A.D. 96 to the end of time.

Rev 1 = The principle of who and what Jesus Christ is and the Doctrine of Historical Trends and how Jesus Christ controls history.

Rev 2-3 = The dispensation of the Church-age. The Church-age is located between the two greatest prophecies in history –
the First and Second Advents of Christ.

Once our Lord was seated at the right hand of the Father, He was given His third category of royalty, His third royal pattern. King of Kings and Lord of Lords is His title, but He had no Royal Family.

The Church-age is the dispensation of the Royal Family of God.
There is no prophecy to be fulfilled in the Church-age until the end where we have the Rapture, or the resurrection of the Church.

It is a unique dispensation, because our Lord Jesus Christ at the time of His virgin birth was entered into the PPOG.

Once TLJC was seated at the right hand of the Father, He gave to the Church something that no believers ever had before, and no believers will ever have after the Rapture of the Church – the PPOG.

Some teach that the seven churches portray seven historical stages the church would go through.

Others teach that it refers to the seven different types of churches or individual believers that live in every generation.

The other view is that the seven churches portray seven different types of churches or individual believers that live in every generation.

REV 2:2-3 – as a church or individual believers those at Ephesus had good deeds, produced divine good works and persevered and had not grown weary.

The church of Smyrna, REV 2:9, went through tremendous tribulation and poverty.

The church or individual believers in Pergamum,
REV 2:14, were warned about the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel and committed acts of immorality.

REV 2:18-20 – as a church or individual believers, Thyatira tolerated false doctrine and false teaching, even though in REV 2:19, they had deeds, and love and faith and service and perseverance.

The church or individual believers at Sardis are told, REV 3:1-2, to wake up and strengthen the things that remain. REV 3:8 – the church or individual believers at Philadelphia are described as having divine good deeds and a little power, and they have kept with doctrine and have not denied the Lord’s name.

REV 3:14 – we have the Lukewarm believers of Laodicea as a church or individual believers.

The Ephesus type believer who has some divine good production but has left their first love.
The Smyrna type believer who is willing to accept suffering for blessing.
The Pergamum believer warned about compromising and becoming a stumbling block to others.

The Thyatira types who tolerate false doctrine and false teaching even though they have love and faith and service and perseverance.
The Sardis types who need to wake up, and strengthen the things that remain.
The Philadelphia type believer who has stayed faithful to the word of God.
The lukewarm Laodicean believer.

The Doctrine of Invisible Heroes.
Point 1. Visible Heroes of the Theocentric Dispensations.

a. The dispensation of the Gentiles began with the creation of mankind and continued to the Exodus.

Era of positive volition was from the creation of man until the fall: the Garden of Eden era.
Era of negative volition was from the fall of man to Abraham.

Era of the patriarchs was from Abraham to Moses. The Gentiles began with the three sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

b. The dispensation of the Jews, or Israel, which runs from the Exodus to the birth of Christ, B.C. 1441 until 4 B.C.

a. Abraham was a visible hero.
ROM 4:20-21 “Yet he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully persuaded that what God had promised He was able also to perform.”

b. Moses was a great visible hero. It was not his genius that made him great, but the fact that he told the people when leading them out of Egypt –
“Fear not. Stand still and watch the deliverance of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today.”

c. Joshua succeeded Moses and became a great visible hero once he understood that TLJC was in command. At the end of his days he saw the trends toward apostasy –
Joshua 24:15 “Choose you for yourselves today whom you will serve. … But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

d. David stood before Goliath saying –
“The battle is the Lord’s.”

e. Elijah said before the people –
“How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, then follow Him.”

f. Daniel in Dan 2
“That the name of God be blessed forever and ever. For wisdom and power belong to Him. Furthermore, it is He who changes the times and the dispensations. He removes the kings; He establishes kings. He gives wisdom to the wise men and knowledge to the knowers of doctrine.”

Point 2. The Invisible Hero of the Hypostatic Union.

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