Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place. Revelation 1:19.
The Apostle of the church of Pentecost, Dr. Ben Ali was still in his theological exposition phase as he continued to clearly expand things to the church of God on Day 2 of the eschatology conference. The speaker asserted that, the book of Revelations is a prophetic book and many a time when people talk about prophecy, they talk of the past. This is an error however. He explained that the spirit of prophecy (Revelations 19:10) doesn’t mean someone has the gift, but a settling of this spirit brings about the gift of prophecy. But to be a prophet however, one has to have the two revelational gifts in addition.
The topic for consideration for the night was, “God’s programme for the world and the church”. The man of God enlightened the people of God with the issue of dispensationalism. According to the minister, a dispensation is a period in world history where God expects man to obey him in a certain way to gain salvation. He broke down the various dispensations and the characteristics of each. The dispensations are as follows:
- The Dispensation of Innocence.
These times characterized the innocence of Adam and Eve. They had no knowledge of good and evil. God explicitly commanded the first man and his wife not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Under this dispensation, God expected obedience from man but man failed. When you fail to follow the rules of the dispensation, you lose out with God, the speaker asserted. Adam and Eve died spiritually and they lost the glory of God.
- The Dispensation of Conscience. (Genesis 3:6, 8;14)
It is beyond all argument that our conscience tells us what is good and what is bad. In this dispensation, God required that man obeys his conscience. Man in his humanness became wicked and it was imperative for God to judge man. This brought about Noah’s flood.
- The Dispensation of Human Governance. (Genesis 8:15, 11:32 Genesis 10:8-10)
In this time, Nimrod was the leader of the people. There was a defying of the order to replenish and multiply. This brought about the crumbling of the tower of Babel by destroying the unity of the people.
- The Dispensation of Promise. (Genesis 12, Exodus 19:26)
In this dispensation, you believe God’s promise, walk in it and you gain favour with the lord. This dispensation was however without its problems. Lot was with Abraham, he who was promised; he however never learnt anything from him. He had an incestuous relationship with his daughters.
- The Dispensation of the Law. Exodus 20, Matthew 28:8
God gives the people the 10 commandments and it was required that man obeys the commandment to the letter. You can however not do this in flesh, the speaker asserted. Moses didn’t see the Promised Land because he uttered certain words to the people in his anger. (Psalm 106:32-33). According to the speaker, Jesus himself lived under the law. The reason was to fulfill it by the power of the Holy spirit.
- The Dispensation of Grace. John 1;17
As believers, we are not controlled by the flesh but by the spirit. If you have accepted Christ, you are in the spirit. Your human will is however not taken away from you when you become a believer. The speaker mentioned the two categories of believers we have. The spiritual Christians and the carnal Christians. (1 Corinthians 3:1-4, 1 Corinthians 2:15 and 16). The speaker admonished the church to walk in the spirit, so that the desires of the flesh will not be fulfilled. The number one qualification for rapture is walking in love, he added.
[WRITTEN BY THE EXCERPT CREW OF THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE]