Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
God brings in a new policy for mankind to operate in and again man fails.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The dispensation of the Gentiles:
1. The Period of Positive Volition.
2. The Period of Negative Volition.
3. The Period of the Patriarchs.
When fully prepared pastors are not using their spiritual gift in some way, this category of men stand in condemnation of the apostate generation.
If the male believer, who after discovering his spiritual gift, prepares himself and is not used fully to his capacity, he will eventually enter into some form of Christian service compatible with his gift.
If you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with true wealth?
1. Always be prepared -
JAM 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will promote you.”
2. Always be faithful to another man’s ministry or God will not give you that which is your own.
2CO 10:12 when they measure themselves with themselves and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding and behave unwisely.
1CO 12:25 there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.
1CO 1:10 Now I exhort you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another, and that there be no fragmentations [schisms] among you, but that you may be properly equipped in the same mind and in the same thinking.
It is known as the Period of the Patriarchs, which is when God formed and established the Jewish race.
In the next Theocentric dispensation, the Age of Israel, God forms and establishes the Jewish nation Israel.
The Abrahamic covenant or agreement is an unconditional covenant between God as party of the first part in favor of Abraham and his descendants as the party of the second part.
The temporal and the eternal aspects of this covenant guarantee the Jews and the nation Israel a permanent national existence and a perpetual title to the land of promise and material and spiritual blessings through Christ.
This covenant also guaranteed Gentile nations a share in these blessings, GEN 12:3.
It all began when Abraham became a Jew at age 99, with circumcision being the means and the sign that God started a brand new race called Jews, GEN 12:1-3; 13:15-16; 15:18; 22:15-18; 26:3-4; EXO 6:2-8.
For God to break His covenant with Abraham in any way and not to fulfill His promises to the Jews is for God to be a liar.
If you believe like covenant theology teaches, God replaced the Jews with the Church or the Gentiles, then you are contributing to Satan’s accusation against God, that His word cannot be trusted.
In a covenant, one party makes a favorable disposition toward another party.
In this covenant, God promised unconditionally to “make from the loins of Abraham a great nation.”
This particular period of the first Theocentric dispensation focuses in on the new racial species, the Jew.
Abraham was born from the genealogical line of Shem, one of Noah’s sons, and therefore he was a Gentile of the Arab race.
Then with the act of circumcision, Abraham became the first Jew and the father of the Jewish race, GEN 17:1-21.
1. Israel was added as the new racial species.
2. The Church is the new spiritual species.
In this period or era of the Theocentric dispensation of the Gentiles, circumcision was the ritual and acknowledgment that the divine covenant required of Abraham and his descendants.
God brought in a new policy for mankind to operate in - this time it was circumcision.
The Jews were to be a unique demonstration of God’s glory among all the nations of the earth.
The Jewish race is spiritual in origin, descending from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, each of whom were believers in Adonai Elohenu Adonai Echad, who is their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, GEN 15:6.
From this period or era of the Theocentric dispensation of the Gentiles, came the twelve sons of Jacob, the founders of the tribes of Israel.
The twelve tribes of Israel started by God came through circumcision, the cutting off the male foreskin, and through one man and four women.
Abraham is the father of the Jewish race; Moses, the father of the Jewish nation.
As the population of the earth grew and nations increased, God had begun to deal with man in a new way through the covenants that heralded the founding of the nation of Israel.
Israel would be God’s client nation, His protected representative on earth to whom He would entrust the human authorship and custodianship of written divine revelation.
ROM 9:17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”
God tried every way that He could to give mankind a just and fair hearing and the ability to respond to His plan.
GEN 12:2-3 I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
The promise to Abraham said that whosever blessed him should be blessed and whosever cursed him should be cursed, GEN 12:3.
A definite correlation exists between the rise and fall of nations and their attitude toward and their treatment of the Jew.
Spain rose, then fell because of its persecution of the Jew during the Inquisition. The same thing happened with England, France, Assyria, Persia, and Rome. Germany under Hitler’s anti-Semitism is a classic example.
Alexander the Great, Cyrus the Great, Caesar, England under Cromwell, Germany prior to and during World War I, and the United States under Franklin D. Roosevelt had a kind attitude toward the Jews, and the results are evident.
The principle of anti-Semitism is stated outside the Bible, documented in the Encyclopedia Britannica, 14th edition, Volume 13, page 51; “It is a noteworthy fact of history that great conquerors like Alexander, Caesar, and Napoleon have always treated the Jew well.”
“On the other hand, lesser men, endowed with biased outlooks, have failed to recognize the Jew, and have sought to destroy him. But such methods are contrary to nature.”
“And tyranny, whether toward the Jew or any other, has never secured permanent results. The same policy of religious unification, anti-Semitism, has characterized subsequent dynasties from the Assyrian to the Romanov.”
“And the same fate has overtaken them. The Jews have survived their disappearance.”
Anti-Semitism will reach its peak when Satan is thrown out of heaven and he tries to destroy all Jews in the middle of the Tribulation, Rev 12.
1JO 1:5 And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
When TLJC comes back, the light shines in the darkness, JOH 1:5.
JOH 1:9 He was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
JOH 8:12 “He is the light of the world.”
JOH 1:11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
All forms of anti-Semitism are Satanic.