Many of the sermons on this page are still in outline format as they were preached. I am reworking them over time to be more of a readable study or lesson. For some they can be and idea or perspective in which to look at a subject or passage.
Welcome to the basic teaching through the Dispensations.
The teaching of dispensations is not anything new, in fact it has been a fundamental truth of study since the days the bible was pinned down. The study of dispensations is simply: the study of how God dispensed truth through the ages. For bible believers it is simply how to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15)
When the bible says “rightly dividing” we can identify 2 main truths.
- There are divisions in the bible.
The divisions in the bible can be observed by time periods, events, Judges, Kings, testaments, covenants, ages, nationalities and more. Learning where these divisions are and why, can help us discern truth and have a better understanding of the word.
- It can be wrongly divided.
When the word of God is wrongfully divided you end up with the many different religions and misunderstandings that we see so prevalent today. When people do not put scripture in the proper context, allowing the Bible to identify it’s position, you will end up with biblical heresy. When you hold to it to a point of understanding, and you begin to teach it; you now have false doctrine.
“For a lie to be believed, it must contain an element of truth” ~ Pastor James Coffman
There are many different bibles that are in circulation today, in fact, too many to list. This is the challenge I had when I first received Christ. I figured if there was one God and one gospel then there must be just one bible. The church I received Christ in (Little River Baptist Church in Spring Lake, North Carolina) said that the King James Bible was the word of God however, I was not content with just accepting what the preacher said… I needed to prove it.
My studies brought me to this conclusion: there are not hundreds of bible versions… there are only 2; the King James Bible and all the others. Careful comparisons and research into the origins and authors of these “modern versions” should greatly concern someone who truly desires to know that they have the, and are learning from, the truth. (see articles on bible comparisons and videos)
It is because of my personal convictions that all scripture references in my material are without excuse from the King James Bible. If you are wanting to properly and “rightly” divide the word of truth… you should start with the word of truth.
This is a basic teaching of dispensations and not an exhaustive examination of the scriptures. It is meant to provide a basic structure for the bible student, as a foundation, to learn and study upon. My chart examines 18 divisions identified by the chart below.
Divisions of Study
- Sin and the Fall of Man
- Tower of Babel
- Moses and the Law
- Life of Christ
- Acts and the Transition
- The Church
- Judgement Seat
- Marriage Supper
- The Great Tribulation
- 2nd Coming
- The Millennial Kingdom
- Battle of Gog and Magog
- Great White Throne Judgement
See also the Overview of Revelation study
#1 – Creation and the Fall
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the…
#2 – Noah
As we see the further effects of sin we need to start to view the chart and our textual evidence in the light of God beginning to use events with…
#3 – Tower of Babel
Genesis 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even…
#4 – Abraham
To understand the importance of Abraham to our chart and doctrine we need to look at 2 key words: “unto himself” Old Testament Deuteronomy 29:13 That he may establish thee…
#5 & #6 Moses and the Law
Leviticus 26:9 For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. 10 And ye shall eat old store, and…
#6 – Types of Laws
The Old Testament Law is there to establish that all have sinned and come short… Even more than that they (the law) gives order to chaos. Remember that when Israel…
#7 – Life of Christ – Part 1 – Understanding Prophecy
When making a study of the life of Christ it would be remiss to not identify the prophecies foretold about a Saviour and how Christ fulfilled them. Many scholars identify…
#7 – Life of Christ – Part 2
Life of Christ The Life of Christ is, for our chart study and for all humanity, the pivotal connecting event in God’s process to restore fellowship. During the life and…
#8 – Acts and the Transition
The ascension and transition into the Church age. As we previously mentioned, it was the responsibility of the Jews to establish the new testament church and to get the gospel…
#9 – The Church
Very little commentary is needed to explain the purpose and function of the Church. Paul in nearly every letter pinned down the purpose and practice to those who would belong…
#10 – The Rapture
At this point in your studies you might be asking yourself “Why are there so many different beliefs, teachings and understanding about the rapture, the tribulation and the 2nd coming…
#11 The Judgement Seat of Christ
Throughout history, rulers would identify the different roles of leadership in a variety of ways. Rulers would wear a certain garment to identify a position or time such as dinner,…
#12 – Marriage Supper of the Lamb
Following the Judgement Seat of Christ is a marriage where the “bride of Christ” is joined with Christ. In this study we have worked diligently to rightly divide the Word…
#13 – The Great Tribulation
Revelation chapters 6:1 to 19:21 The tribulation known by a few different terms: The tribulation The Great Tribulation Daniel’s 70th week Jacobs trouble This period on our timeline is perhaps,…
#14 – 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ
As we come to this point in this chart study we are deep within learning about future events, this is an important distinction. When we read about past, historical events…
#15 – The Millennial Kingdom
Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the…
#16 – Battle of Gog and Magog
Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the…
#17 – Great White Throne Judgement
Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no…
Intro/Overview – The Book of Revelation
As a Chaplain and Pastor of 16 years I, at times, was ask questions about the Book of Revelation. At first, I was eager to share the many things that…
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