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Hebrews through The Revelation

Hebrews through The Revelation

Following the conclusion of this dispensation God will resume and fulfill His program with Israel. The Fifth Installment to the Fifth Course of Punishment will then take place. The Lord will fulfill the remaining mandates of the Davidic covenant and Israel will be given their covenanted kingdom. They will function on this earth as God’s “kingdom of priests and an holy nation.” The promised “new heavens and new earth” will be established “wherein dwelleth righteousness.” Hebrews through The Revelation is the portion of the Bible dealing especially with the ominous Fifth Installment of the Fifth Course of Punishment, along with the fulfillment of Gods purpose with Israel on the earth. In accordance with this time that is still yet “to come,” God has placed these books in the Bible following Paul’s epistles about this present dispensation. They are placed in the very position that indicates the time to which they pertain. The Hebrew people, (Israel), and God’s program with them are once again the special focus of attention. These books to them, and from their apostles, have the prophesied Lord’s day of wrath in view. The book of the Revelation sets forth the details concerning the resumption of Daniel’s time schedule. It describes in detail the Lord’s day of wrath; the activities of Satan’s final policy of evil against Israel; the avenging of God’s cause with Israel upon the nations; the Lord’s coming with “power and great glory” at the end of the “great tribulation”; and the establishment of the kingdom of heaven in fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant. Israel’s “fulness,” which is in abeyance in this dispensation, is the issue in these books.

Romans – Philemon

Romans – Philemon

The Apostle Paul is “the apostle of the Gentiles.” He is the one to whom God gave “the dispensation of the grace of God” for us Gentiles, revealing to him “the mystery of Christ.” We, today, live in the dispensation of God’s grace. Paul is our apostle and it is in his epistles – Romans through Philemon – that God sets forth what He is doing with us today. Israel’s program is suspended during this dispensation. It will not be resumed or fulfilled until after this dispensation is concluded. Believers in this dispensation are members of God’s “new creation,” the “one new man,” the church the body of Christ. As Paul teaches, God will use His “new creation” to reconcile the heavenly places unto Himself. God formerly kept the “mystery of Christ” a mystery in order to take Satan in his own craftiness. Now, having made it known, God has revealed His plan for repossessing not only the earth, but the heavenly places also, from Satan’s usurped domination. God’s design for our edification today is set forth in a doctrinal progression from Romans to Philemon. Romans sets forth the primary doctrines of who God has made us to be “in Christ,” being justified, sanctified, living in this new dispensation, and being dealt with as “sons.” These foundational doctrines are expounded further in I Corinthians through Galatians, as Paul deals directly with the effectual working of these truths in our lives. Ephesians builds upon this foundation with further knowledge about God’s plan and purpose for us, especially in the heavenly places. Philippians and Colossians advance on, as Paul deals directly with the impact of this further knowledge upon our lives. The attitude and conduct we should have as mature saints is manifested and dealt with in the Thessalonian epistles. The four pastoral epistles that follow deal with the proper functioning of a local church, which God has designed to function as the “pillar and ground of the truth” for “godly edifying” in this dispensation. This dispensation will end with the Lord rapturing the church to be with Himself in the heavenly places.

The Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles

The opening 8 chapters of Acts record the “stumbling” and “fall” of Israel during the extension of mercy and forbearance God gave to them following their rejection of Christ. God gave “repentance to Israel” during this time, before Christ would actually begin to have His day and make His enemies His footstool. This “stumbling” and “fall” was prophesied about, taking place even in view of the increased signs that began on the day of Pentecost, which confirmed the arrival of Israel’s “last days.” Three honest, open opportunities were given to Israel’s rulers to repent, but they spurned each one. Upon their rejection of the third opportunity, Stephen was given to see that the extension of mercy was over and the Lord was ready to begin His day of wrath. The Fifth and final Installment to the Fifth Course of Punishment was ready to begin. However, instead of beginning His day of wrath, the Lord did something completely unexpected and not prophesised about. The Lord Jesus Christ came back from heaven, as related in Acts 9, and raised up Paul to be a brand new apostle. He commissioned him to go out and preach the astounding message that God was holding back the day of wrath, suspending His program with Israel, and was bringing in a new and different dispensation. In view of this, the Lord’s day of wrath has yet to occur and the kingdom of heaven has yet to be established on this earth. Following the raising up of Paul, the book of Acts records what God did to inform His 12 apostles of the change in programs He had made. It also goes on to describe the “diminishing” of Israel, as God made sure that even those of Israel outside the land knew about the rejection of Christ. In so doing He left them without excuse, but also provoked them to jealousy by His new program with the Gentiles. Acts, therefore, records the “stumbling,” “fall,” and “diminishing” of Israel.

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

The Gospel accounts record the arrival of the Fourth Installment in the Fifth Course of Punishment. With John the Baptist God broke the silence of the Third Installment, and the climactic final stages in the Fifth Course began. The “gospel of the kingdom” began to be preached to Israel by John and he began to administer the prescription for Israel’s cleansing to those who responded. He also manifested Christ to Israel and prepared them for His ministry. Those that believed the “gospel of the kingdom” became part of the Lord’s generation and were no longer identified with apostate Israel. The time schedule for the Fifth Course was nearing its end with the ominous Fifth Installment fast approaching. Therefore, Israel was warned to “flee from the wrath to come,” while the Lord prepared and equipped the believing remnant to make it through the tribulation of those days. He taught them much corrective doctrine by which they could be set apart from Israel’s apostate system. To confirm the reality of the kingdom of heaven being “at hand,” the Lord manifested the signs of the kingdom spoken about in the prophets. The power to do so was also given to the 12 apostles, whom the Lord had chosen and commissioned to function with him at this time. The 12 apostles were also prepared by the Lord to function in His absence following His rejection. They would also form the government of Israel once the kingdom was established and would be “sitting on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” When Israel rejected Christ, the Fourth Installment to the Fifth Course was scheduled to conclude. However, God graciously provided an extension of mercy and forbearance to Israel in accordance with Christ’s prayer for them on the cross. Following His resurrection from the dead, and after preparing His disciples for the Fifth Installment that was soon to begin, Christ returned to the Father and sat down at His right hand “until his enemies be made his footstool.”

Isaiah – Malachi

Isaiah – Malachi

The books of the prophets form a major section in Israel’s Scriptures. Though some of them actually began functioning during the Fourth Course of Punishment, they are all Fifth Course of Punishment prophets. Through their ministries God describes the Fifth Course, with its five installments, in detail. Since there is no sixth course of punishment, everything in God’s program with Israel comes to a head in the Fifth Course. Accordingly, much of Isaiah through Malachi focuses on the final two installments of the Fifth Course – the days of the Messiah – the climactic stages in the program. The great amount of information contained in the prophets falls into the following 7 major doctrinal categories. 1. Details about the five installment breakdown to the Fifth Course. 2. The doctrine of the Messiah. 3. Details about the new covenant of grace God would make. 4. Details about the Lord’s day of purging and avenging wrath. 5. Details about the prescription for cleansing God would administer to Israel. 6. Details about the time schedule for the Fifth Course of Punishment. 7. Details about Israel’s glory to come when the covenanted kingdom of heaven is finally established with them. Of these 7 issues, the time schedule of the Fifth Course is extremely important to understand. The initial time schedule for the First Installment was given to Jeremiah, setting forth the 70 years necessary for the land to enjoy her sabbaths. The balance of the time schedule for the remaining four installments was given to Daniel. From Daniel’s time schedule Israel could track the progress of the remaining installments. Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi were the final prophets to function in Israel before God went silent for the Third Installment. Through their ministries Israel was told to give heed to the overall ministry of the Fifth Course of Punishment prophets, while they awaited the day when God would begin the climactic stages of His program with them.

Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

During the Third Installment of the Fifth Course of Punishment, though God was silent, Israel was fully capable of realizing the situation they were in. The Scriptures gave them their history up until this time, with the books of the prophets describing the installments of the Fifth Course of Punishment that was in effect. In particular, a very special section of the Scriptures was designed to be used at this time – Job through Song of Solomon. Through these five books, God educated Israel in the reality of the predicament they were in. As well, He provided them with a detailed description of their hope of deliverance that was coming through the Christ, along with instruction on how to live in the midst of Israel’s apostate system. These five books provide essential edification for the remnant of Israel, and will especially do so in the Fifth and final Installment of the Fifth Course. In Job, Israel’s predicament of being in Satanic captivity is set forth. The Lord allowed Job to become Satan’s captive for the purpose of educating Israel in the nature of this predicament. Psalms extols the virtues of the Davidic covenant – Israel’s only hope of deliverance from their predicaments. Psalms is divided into five sections, each one focusing upon one of the five mandates of the Davidic covenant. Proverbs provides the believing remnant with instruction on how to live in the midst of Israel’s apostate system. Ecclesiastes provides reproof regarding the vanity of the wisdom of the world and its ungodliness. The Song of Solomon doctrinally instructs the faithful remnant to remain faithful, despite the time involved in waiting for their deliverance. The full function of each one of these books awaits the Fifth and final Installment in the Fifth Course of Punishment.

Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

The Second Installment of the Fifth Course of Punishment was described to Daniel as the time when the city of Jerusalem would be restored, but that “the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.” This would be done under the reign of the Medo-Persian empire, the second Gentile dominion that would hold sway over Israel during the Fifth Course of Punishment. The books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther record Israel’s history during the Second Installment. In Ezra emphasis is laid upon the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. Ezra was a priest who responded to the command to return to the land. Nehemiah especially records the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther emphasize the “troublous times” Israel experienced during this Second Installment, as Satan opposed Israel’s re-admittance to their land. They were still his “lawful captive” and faced his opposition both outside the land and within. At the conclusion of the Second Installment Israel began to experience a very unique form of chastisement belonging to the Fifth Course of Punishment. During the Third Installment God went silent to Israel. For a period of about 400 years God said nothing to them. They had no prophets functioning and God gave no evidence that they were His people. They experienced a “famine of hearing of the words of the LORD.” Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi functioned during the Second Installment and were the last prophets to Israel before God went silent. The blank page in the Bible between Malachi and Matthew ought to be thought of as representing the Third Installment. Because of the nature of the Third Installment, there is no confusion or doubt regarding what to do with the books called the Apocrypha written during this time. Since God was silent, they are not the word of God. Therefore, they are not to be included in the Bible.

II Kings 17:1 – 25:30

II Kings 17:1 – 25:30

Under the Fifth Course of Punishment Israel would experience God walking contrary to them “in fury.” The abomination of their apostasy and their persistent hardness of heart would cause God’s soul to “abhor them.” In view of their negative response to the Fourth Course, in the days of King Hoshea the Fifth Course came upon the Northern kingdom (Israel/Samaria). It came upon the Southern kingdom (Judah) following the days of King Josiah. II Kings 17:1-25:30 records its arrival. The judgments of the Fifth Course are described in Leviticus 26:27ff. The “fury” of the Lord’s wrath would involve Israel’s removal from the land and the endurance of a state of captivity. Israel would be ransacked, wasted, and destroyed from off their land. Their “sanctuaries,” both idolatrous and the temple of the Lord, would be destroyed. They would be “cast from the Lord’s presence,” become Satan’s “lawful captive,” and their enemy would possess their land. The description of the Fifth Course in Leviticus 26 indicates that it would be an extensive course. God described just how extensive it would be through the prophets He raised up at the time it was ready to arrive. The Fifth Course would have five installments to it. (These are represented above by the small numbers 1-5 underneath the time line.) Each of these five installments would have a special feature and a special trouble all its own. With Israel being delivered into the hands of their enemies, the Fifth Course of Punishment is spoken of as “the times of the Gentiles.” A successive number of Gentile dominions would hold sway over Israel and the people would suffer many things at their hands. The First Installment was the Assyrian/Babylonian captivity. The Fifth Course will end with the fifth installment, in which the LORD will have His day of wrath. In this “time of Jacob’s trouble” the Lord will thoroughly purge Israel of all its apostate element and will completely avenge His cause with Israel against the Gentiles of Satan’s plan of evil.

II Kings 10:32 – 16:20

II Kings 10:32 – 16:20

The Fourth Course of Punishment greatly intensified the effects that Israel’s enemies had upon them. As specified in Leviticus 26:23-26, God would now begin to “walk contrary” unto Israel. He would send a “sword” among them to “avenge the quarrel of His covenant.” The direct invasion of the land would occur, with sieges being laid against their walled cities and their open lands being abandoned. The punishments of the Fourth Course are just shy of a complete deliverance of the people and the land into the hands of their enemies. When God began to “cut Israel short,” as described beginning in II Kings 10:32, He began the Fourth Course of Punishment. In cutting Israel short God permitted their enemies to actually begin taking possession of portions of the land. He began to reduce Israel in size, both geographically and numerically. He “delivered them into the hands of their enemies” repeatedly, as He “walked contrary unto them.” On a few occasions Israel’s kings responded positively to the chastisement and sought the Lord. The Lord, according to His mercy, then provided deliverance. However, these reprieves were only short-lived. The overall course of the nation was one of continued rebelliousness and persistent hardness of heart. In II Kings 13:22-23 God’s graciousness is cited while Israel suffered under Syria’s oppression. God was gracious because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Hence, He would not cast “them from His presence as yet.” The potential was there at this time for Israel to have been cast from God’s presence. However, the time for that was “not yet.” It would be under the Fifth Course of Punishment that this would take place. The Northern kingdom (Israel/Samaria) preceded the Southern kingdom (Judah) in meriting courses 3, 4, and 5. Most of II Kings 10:32-16:20 pertains to the Northern kingdom under the Fourth Course. However, in II Kings 15:36-37, the declaration is made about the start of the Fourth Course in the Southern kingdom.

II Kings 1 – 10:31

II Kings 1 – 10:31

Instead of responding to the increased chastisements of the Second Course of Punishment, Israel continued to walk contrary to God. The crippling apostasy that prevailed during the reign of King Ahab continued on under his son Ahaziah. God vehemently rebuked Ahaziah for denying the very meaning of Elijah’s name, but it fell on deaf ears. This in particular provoked God to anger all the more and is what ushered in the Third Course of Punishment. II Kings 1-10:31 describes Israel’s history under the Third Course. God signified the severe nature of how He would deal with them under this course by having Elijah depart from the land in reverse order to the way that God originally entered it in the days of Joshua. God then re-entered the land with Elisha, but did so ready to walk contrary to Israel and chasten them seven times more for their sins. Elisha, with his double portion of Elijah’s spirit, was used by God to manifest the worsening judgments of the Third Course of Punishment. One of the first wonders performed by Elisha when he entered back into the land was to pronounce a curse from the Lord in Beth-el. This curse involved a plague of the Third Course as described in Leviticus 26:21-22. Beth-el was still the major center for Israel’s idolatry, as it had been since Jeroboam’s day. When Elisha was mocked and scorned by the children of Beth-el, he “looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD.” This was the curse of the Third Course. And so it was that “there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.” This is just what the Third Course called for, saying, “I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children.” The further plagues of the Third Course also came upon Israel during this time. Their highways became desolate, as II Kings 6 records, and they began to be impoverished. In the midst of all this the Lord manifested His mercy and grace, but rebelliousness persisted. The Fourth Course was set to arrive.