Below is a link to an article by Dr. Stephen Jones of God’s Kingdom Ministries. Stephen Jones has many interesting interpretations of scripture which he has gained from study of the Law of God. Anyone who respects the Bible honestly should take his ideas seriously and study for themselves. The article below takes some chewing. You may decide to spit out part of it, but reading it will likely open new ideas that deserve an audience.
I believe Christians should learn from one another. Nit-picking and pigeon-holing are only tactics to self-excuse one who will not take the time to study for himself. We need not fear ideas. Let’s listen and study with a true heart, and learn what is true from Him who is True. -EW
In the progression of the Kingdom since the creation, we ought to know about the changes that God has made over the years, particularly at specific points in history.
Men have tried to explain these changes in various ways. The popular theory today was developed in the 1800’s by those who divided history into “dispensations.” Personally, I divide time according to the pattern of Israel’s feast days:
Pre-feast times: Adam to Moses
Passover Age: Moses to Christ
Pentecost Age: Christ to full Body
Tabernacles Age: Full Body to Great White Throne
Judgment Age: Great White Throne to Creation Jubilee
Each of these ages mark a distinct progression in the developmental history of the Kingdom. Before Moses the Kingdom was ruled by the patriarchs until Nimrod usurped their right to rule. He then organized his own kingdom by force of arms and ruled all that he could conquer. The rule of Noah and Shem depended upon the respect of the people and their faith in God who had given the dominion mandate to their lineage.
Shem then left Mesopotamia and built Jerusalem. His city then competed with Nimrod’s city of Babylon. The two cities later became types of a greater conflict between the New Jerusalem and Mystery Babylon.
The Passover Age began with the first Passover in Egypt, marked by Israel’s release from the house of bondage. The nation had opportunity, at least in theory to fulfill all of the feasts and to enter the Promised Land on the feast of Tabernacles, but it was too soon in the overall divine plan.
Nonetheless, Israel’s experiences in the wilderness established particular days that were later commemorated as feast days. Their refusal to hear the voice of God directly at Mount Horeb marked their failure to fulfill the feast of Pentecost (Exodus 20:18-21). Hence, each year when they observed Pentecost, they could only observe it under the limitations of a fleshly type and shadow. The intent of God for that feast was not fulfilled until the Spirit was poured out in Acts 2, beginning the Age of Pentecost.
When Moses built the two silver trumpets in Num. 10:1-10, that day came to be commemorated as the feast of Trumpets on the first day of the seventh month. From then on they were instructed to blow trumpets on the first day of every month, but the seventh month was special. It marked the day of resurrection in the future, when the dead would rise at the sound of God’s trumpet (1 Cor. 15:52).
In Num. 13, 14 we see the twelve spies giving their report after spying out the land of Canaan. Because the people did not have the faith to enter the land—having rejected the voice of God at Mount Horeb—they were unable to keep that day as a Jubilee. It happened to be the 50th Jubilee from Adam, but their lack of faith turned it into a Day of Atonement, a day of mourning and fasting for refusing to enter the Kingdom.
Even so, this day marks a future Jubilee celebration of the overcomers on the tenth day after the dead overcomers are raised (on the feast of Trumpets). The non-overcomers will then repent and mourn, having missed the opportunity to come into immortality at that time. They will have to await the second resurrection at the end of the thousand years.
Israel might have entered Canaan from Kadesh-barnea on the first day of Tabernacles, if they had had the faith to believe the good report of Caleb and Joshua. They could have entered the Kingdom without crossing the Jordan, for they would have entered from the South.
However, their bad decisions prevented the fulfillment of that feast in their time. So from then on they were required to observe the feast in physical booths, rather than in the glorified body, or “tabernacle.” Paul says that the booths or tents represented their physical bodies… [Read more]