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The Theocentric dispensations: The current lesson of the first Theocentric dispensation concerning our fourth of July, Independence day.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Cain really did not learn, or did learn but rejected, the doctrine of the essence of God as it was revealed in that dispensation, such as the omnipresence of God, the omniscience of God, or the omnipotence of God.

Not my brother’s punishment which I administered to him when I cut his throat and murdered him....but MY punishment.

Satan was not only the instigator of the first murder, but he was the author of Cain’s religion.

Cain built a city and among the descendants of Cain were Jubal, the inventor of musical instruments such as the harp and the organ in GEN 4:21, and Tubal-Cain, and instructors of workers in brass and iron,
GEN 4:22.

He wanted us to know that at that time, in those days, they used their knowledge and their genius to improve and upbuild a godless civilization.

Their accumulation of knowledge, experience, and skill advanced the arts and sciences and resulted in the invention and manufacture of all the appliances of a luxurious civilization.

The building of such a ship as that constructed by Noah is an illustration, or the tower of Babel, the Great Pyramids, etc, which involved in their construction a tremendous knowledge of mathematics and astronomy.
In the midst of this Godless civilization a startling event occurred; Beni-ha-Elohim came on the scene, GEN 6:2.

The earth was changed thus wiping out the Garden of Eden, and it brought an end to the antediluvian age.

In this dispensation mankind was treated as a whole; there were no nations, no Mosaic Law... conscience was the standard of human conduct.

God was very near to mankind in those days and His voice was heard in rebuke, as to Cain in GEN 4:14; in communion with Enoch, GEN 5:22-24; in counsel as with Noah, GEN 6:3.

We must distinguish this Theocentric dispensation as one being without law, and then the next Theocentric dispensation, as the one under law.

No matter what God does for mankind, mankind is still not satisfied.

While there was no written law in the dispensation before the flood, there was an unwritten law, written in the hearts of men.

1. An advance in fullness and clearness of divine revelation.
2. Then a gradual spiritual decline.
3. Followed by a conformity to the evil of the world system appealing to the selfishness of mankind.

4. Then a perverted mixture of a half angel-half human civilization.
5. This was followed by an apostasy and finally a catastrophe.

As Hegel said, “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”

ECC 1:4 A generation goes and a generation comes, But the earth remains forever.

Thomas Jefferson -
“The Declaration of Independence is the declaratory charter of our rights, and the rights of man.”

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