Sunday, August 12, 2018

Weekly Bible Study – August 13, 2018; Study: Doctrine of Dispensations. Tower of Babel.


Doctrine of Dispensations. Tower of Babel.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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Doctrine of Dispensations. Tower of Babel.


The next dispensation is called the Dispensation of Promise with the Abrahamic Covenant as the major doctrinal principle behind the dispensation.

Dispensation = Promise Opening Event = God calls Abraham and gives him promises – Gen 12:1-7; 13:41-17; 15:5; Repeats these promises to Isaac and Jacob — Gen 26:1-5; 28:10-15. Man’s Responsibility = Believe and obey – Rom 15:6; Rom 4:3. Man’s failure = Promised blessings pursued by fleshly means; Abram Gen 16:2–Jacob; Gen 27:19; Moses Acts 7:22-29. Man’s Tendency = Away from God – God’s promises disregarded by Lot — Gen 13:10-13; Esau —Gen 25:31-34; Sons of Israel – Gen 37:18-20. Closing Event = Judgment – Bondage in Egypt — Exo 1:7-14; 2:23-25. Personal Salvation = By Grace through Faith – Rom 4:3-5; Gen 11:8-22; Gen 22:8; 15-18. Gen 49:8-12,18.

Nine generations after Shem, Abraham was born. Abraham was about 75 years old and living in Ur of the Chaldees when God one day spoke to him. Gen 11:27-32, Now these are the records of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran; and Haran became the father of Lot. And Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah. And Sarai was barren; she had no child. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran, and settled there. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.

God, through His amazing grace, wanted to make another covenant with man and chose Abraham as His partner. The covenant He made with Abraham was again unconditional and contained many promises. Gen 12:1-3, Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” The only hint of a condition appears to be that Abraham had to forsake his home and family and go to a land God would show him.

When Abraham obeyed and entered the land the promises became fixed. God promised to do the following: Make Abraham a great nation (Gal 12:2), this promise has been fulfilled both physically and spiritually. Physically through Isaac and Ishmael, spiritually through all those who have Abraham’s faith (Gal. 3:7). To bless him (Gal 12:2), and He did this also both physically (Gal 13:14-18) and spiritually (Gal 15:6).

Gen 13:14-17, And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.” Then
Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.


To make his name great (Gen 12:2), still today the name of Abraham is known and respected by millions. Make him a blessing to others (Gen 12:2). Abraham blessed people in his own time and blessed humanity by his seed Jesus Christ. To bless those who bless him (Gen 12:3). And curse those who curse him (Gen 12:3). God has not only blessed those who blessed Abraham, but He also blessed those who blessed the nation that sprang from his loins, Israel. On the other hand, those who cursed Israel (Babylon, Assyria, Rome, Germany, etc.) must suffer. Some have suffered already, but these promises will not be completely fulfilled until the future. Bless all the families of the earth in him (Gen 12:3). The fulfillment of this is Christ himself, who blesses all those who believe on Him with salvation and who will also physically bless all who are in the Millennium. Though this covenant is unconditional it does not apply universally to everyone. Doctrinally, it only applies to the Hebrew race through Isaac and Jacob (Israel). Gentiles can only get in on it by receiving Abraham’s promised Seed—Jesus Christ. Those who refuse to receive Him, Jew or Gentile, will be judged by Him.

Like the Noahic Covenant this covenant also has a sign, and it is circumcision Gen 17:9-14, God said further to Abraham, “Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you. And every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised throughout your generations, a servant who is born in the house or who is bought with money from any foreigner, who is not of your descendants. A servant who is born in your house or who is bought with your money shall surely be circumcised; thus shall My covenant be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. But an uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”

Circumcision was the only obligation Abraham and his people, the Jews, had under this covenant. If they performed it by faith, they had full access to all the promises. God again reconfirmed this covenant in Genesis chapter 15 after Abraham “believed in the Lord…” and asked for more details. God also revealed the boundaries of the land given to Abraham. Moreover, God promised all of this to Abraham while Abraham was asleep! This proves the covenant is unconditional. God reconfirmed the covenant again after Abraham passed his severe but revealing test of offering Isaac.

Gen 22:15-18, Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, “By Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

The dispensation that began with this covenant is called the Dispensation of Promise for obvious reasons. For the first time God has made promises to one group of people at the exclusion of all others. From the time of Abraham on in the Old Testament, the only way someone other than an Israelite could partake of the promises was to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ himself. The promises He made to Abraham He reconfirmed to his son Isaac, his grand-son Jacob, and then to Jacob’s sons, the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel. The manner of behavior God expected in this dispensation is much like the previous except that He told Abraham to go to a certain land and stay there (Canaan).

We begin with a profile of Abraham so that you will know something about him as an Arab and how he became a Jew. Abraham was called Abram in the Bible before God changed his name. Abraham was a Gentile who became a Jew when God started the Jewish race through him at age 99. He was the ninth generation descended from Noah’s son, Shem. He was born in the city of Ur about 2161 BC and this passage picks up Abraham around 2086 BC (where he had just entered Canaan or was about to.

The accounts about Abraham are found in Gen 11:25-26 with the focus on four important aspects of his life.

First, his migration or his moving from one place to another. Abraham’s story begins with his migration with the rest of his family from UR of the Chaldeans in ancient southern Babylonia.

Gen 11:26-32, And Terah lived seventy years, and became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. Now these are the records of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran; and Haran became the father of Lot. And Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. And Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah. And Sarai was barren; she had no child. And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran, and settled there. And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.

He and his family moved north along the trade routes of the ancient world and settled in the flourishing trade center of Haran, several hundred miles to the northwest. While living in Haran, at the age of 75, Abraham received a call from God to go to a strange, unknown land that God would show him. Remember at this time in human history, there was no Bible so God spoke personally to those whom He chose. He did do so, sometimes personally, sometimes in a dream or a vision, sometimes through the stars.

The Lord promised Abraham that He would make him and his descendants a great nation, according to Gen 12:1-3. However, like many promises from God to His people, because they are so fantastic, they seem unbelievable. And the promise must have seemed unbelievable to Abraham because his wife Sarah (called Sarai in the early part of her life) was childless and he had no children, Gen 11:30-31, 17:15.

Gen 11:26, And Terah lived seventy years, and became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.

Terah was an Akkadian unbeliever and according to Jos 24:2, he was an idolater (Jos 24:2). His name means delayed and he’s well named for he delayed Abraham from getting to the place where the Lord wanted him. Be careful of those in your life who are sent by the kingdom of darkness to delay you. God had a plan for Abraham, but as long as Abraham stuck with his father he was delayed in fulfilling the will of God.

Now, the king of Ur was a very well known worshipper of the moon God called Ur and Ur was the great center of moon-god worship and other forms of idolatry. The Muslim bible called the Qur’an or Koran never explains tenets of their faith: it assumes familiarity with them and that the name Allah is assumed to be well known to the reader. It should not come as a surprise that the word “Allah” was not something invented by Muhammad or revealed for the first time in the Koran. The reason that Muhammad never had to explain who Allah was in the Koran is that his readers had already heard about Allah long before Muhammad was ever born. The word “Allah” comes from the compound Arabic word, al-ilah. Al is the definite article “the” and ilah is an Arabic word for “god.” It is pure Arabic.

According to Middle East scholar E.M. Wherry, whose translation of the Koran is still used today, in pre-Islamic times Allah-worship, as well as the worship of Ba-al, were both astral religions in that they involved the worship of the sun, the moon, and the stars. The symbol of the worship of the moon god in Arabian cultures and elsewhere throughout the Middle East was the crescent moon. Archaeologists have dug up numerous statues and ancient inscriptions in which a crescent moon was seated on top of the head of the deity to symbolize the worship of the moon god.

While the moon was generally worshiped as a female deity in the Ancient Near East, the Arabs viewed it as a male deity. In Arabia, the sun god was viewed as a female goddess and the moon as the male god. The moon god was called by various names, one of which was Allah. The name Allah was one of the names used as the personal name of the moon god, in addition to other titles that could be given to him. The use of the crescent moon as the symbol for Islam which is placed on the flags of many Islamic nations and on the top of mosques and minarets (tower on a mosque) is a throwback to the days when Allah was worshiped as the moon god in Mecca.

Now, the Quraysh tribe into which Muhammad was born was particularly devoted to Allah, the moon god, and especially to Allah’s three daughters who were viewed as intercessors between the people and Allah. The literal Arabic name of Muhammad’s father was Abd-Allah. His uncle’s name was Obied-Allah. I give you all of this to show you that these names reveal the personal devotion that Muhammad’s family had to the worship of Allah, the moon god.

Many of you are also familiar with the phrase praying toward Mecca. This is done because an Allah idol was set up at the Kaaba, a Muslim shrine in Mecca along with all the other idols. The pagans prayed toward Mecca and the Kaaba because that is where their gods were stationed. It only made sense to them to face in the direction of their god and then pray. Since the idol of their moon god, Allah, was at Mecca, they prayed toward Mecca.


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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Internet Church Service – August 11, 2018; Sermon: Dispensation of the Mosaic Law. The Fifth Commandment. Respect for Authority.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word or participating in a Communion Service, so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins];” NKJV (New King James Version); we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:



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Sermon: Dispensation of the Mosaic Law.
The Fifth Commandment. Authority is Important.


We have now begun a study on the Fifth Commandment — Honor Your Father and Mother or Respect for Authority = applies to the four divine institutions: (1) Volition; (2) Marriage; (3) Family; (4) Nationalism; produces patriotism.

The Hebrew verb in Exo 20:12 is kabad which refers to honor and respect.

Here, the word kabad refers to respect for the AUTHORITY of your father and your mother with the promise of blessings for those who respond to the command.

This is not a commandment to love your parents or even to respect them as a person but, it is a
commandment TO RESPECT and honor THEIR AUTHORITY.

Now, I said on Sunday that marriage and the family for the Christian is the most difficult, the most challenging and the place of more failures in the Christian life than anything else.

2Ti 3:12 And indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

Ecc 9:9 says Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your life which woman God has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life, and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.

And so when the Lord created the woman for the man, He desired that marriage should be the beginning of virtue-love and respect in your relationship, not the end of love.

There has to be an understanding of the principles of Bible doctrine and respect for the authority within the marriage and the family.

Now, when Eph 5:32 talks about the mystery, it is referring to the mystery that goes back to the Garden of Eden and the principle of what the first Adam lost in the Garden at the fall and what the last Adam, TLJC, restored and how it relates to the angelic conflict.

All it takes is one person in a marriage to become degenerate or involved with apostasy and that marriage has an excellent chance of self-destruction.

The woman must respect the man. The man must respect the woman, while the family is taught legitimate principles of authority.

A genuine marriage starts with some sort of love and as time goes on and the two involved become less attractive physically, the relationship even becomes greater because it becomes spiritual.

Any relationship in life, to be successful, must be founded upon principle.

But there is usually “no time off” from marriage.

And sometimes it may start out as a good marriage but it isn’t going to make it because it just takes one in the marriage who fails in the spiritual life.

Now, two people who are mismatched in marriage, without the principle of Bible doctrine or without the establishment principles for the unbeliever, will not make in marriage.

Now more mistakes are made today in Christian marriages than anywhere else because marriage is also a very sensitive spot with regard to your spiritual life.

Privacy should continue after marriage but in many cases, it doesn’t.

And you surrender a certain amount of privacy in marriage and as you do so it is inevitable that you get to know the one that you’re married to.

In reality the ultimate in happiness is fulfilling the PPOG [Predesigned Plan of God].

Once people get their eyes on people it is very difficult to remain in objectivity in the PPOG.

Subjectivity = Occupation with yourself Objectivity = Occupation with others.

And when you’re stuck with someone and the facade of their beauty or their attractiveness or whatever it was disappears….. then it is very difficult to remain in a situation like that.

If you are a woman with money never marry a man who doesn’t have money unless you have seen your lawyer and he has written up for you a contract where your money always stays with you.

The tragedy in marriage is not the problems between the husband and wife but the fact that born-again believers cannot handle their own problems – because of a lack of understanding Bible doctrine!

1. Marital problems are symptoms but the disease is the OSN = Human failure in life.

This is why 2Co 5:16-17, says Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

2. Marriages fail because people are failures as human beings NOT BECAUSE OF MARRIAGE. It’s not the failure of marriage but the failure of people in marriage.

3. Marriage is not designed for happiness but for virtue. Virtue = conforming to certain standards or rights. Virtue = Christian Doctrine applied to every facet of life.

4. Virtue is the source of happiness not marriage.

Marriage is not a solution to anything but it’s for those who have found their solutions.

5. Most people try to solve marital problems by changing their partners.

6. The problem with marriage therefore is people – not marriage.

7. The Man must never use his authority to try and change his wife.

8. Marital counseling is a waste of time – all counciling does is give people personal attention rather than – Bible doctrine.

9. Most people approach marital problems from the standpoint of subjectivity – self being justified in their own actions.

However, in marriage there are TWO souls involved AND sets of volition – one should never dis-regard the input of the other.

He has no virtue, honor, or integrity when he doesn’t realize the woman has a soul – ie. (Free-will).

10. Men-you can’t destroy your wife’s free-will and then expect them to love you, etc.

11. Solutions to marital problems are never permanent because people are failures.

12. Marital problems should never be made public property but solved in privacy.

13. Solutions for believers only in marriage is spiritual growth.

14. Real decision therefore to solve your marital problems is your daily attitude toward doctrine – and how high in your scale of values doctrine is.

15. Problems in marriage is not incompatibility with believers but failure to apply two doctrines: 1) Humility 2) Virtue

16. Most marriages are failures for the following reasons (I have seven): a. Bad decisions in the selection of a mate. This is why losers shouldn’t make a decision for marriage until doctrine matures them!

17. Inability to handle personal problems before, during, and after marriage.

18. Failure to learn doctrine

19. Unstable in church attendance = instability in marriage.

20. Taking bad advice – (friends, ministers, mommy, daddy, etc).

21. Dis-loyalty and unfaithfulness on the part of one or both mates – Prov 6:32.

22. (7) No personal sense of responsibility on one or both mates.

23. You can’t solve a bad marriage by having children, you just make a bad marriage worse.

24. A pastor must learn the humility of not answering marital problems because he doesn’t have all the facts even though he may have answers.

25. Marriage is not designed for perfect people but for people with OSN. So, don’t think there’s a perfect person for you.

26. Therefore, the only wrong with marriage is not principal of marriage – but people.

27. No woman can be successful in marriage unless she has learned to entertain herself.

28. Ladies again – you did not marry an entertainer but a provider.

29. No man can be a successful lover of a woman and at the same time be a successful lover of himself.

This is why Paul says in Eph 5:28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;

24. No man can exercise his authority properly as a husband without honor, integrity, and virtue.

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The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life:
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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Weekly Bible Study – August 6, 2018; Study: Doctrine of Dispensations. The Tower of Babel.


Doctrine of Dispensations. The Tower of Babel.

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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to simply exercise faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life; when you do, you will instantly receive Eternal Life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for worship and learning God's Word. If there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:


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Doctrine of Dispensations. The Tower of Babel.


The third dispensation is known as the Dispensation of Government.

The opening event = Noah worships God and receives a covenant and responsibility – Gen 8:20-22. Man’s Responsibility = Believe and obey – Gen 9:1-6. Man’s failure = Personal disorder, Gen 9:20-23 and Social disorder; Gen 11:1-4. Man’s Tendency = Away from God. Closing Event = Judgment – confusion of tongues at the tower of Babel; Gen 11:5-9. Personal Salvation = By Grace through Faith – Gen 9:26; 11:10-32

The dispensation of Human Government introduced capital punishment ordained by God for the first time.

Gen 9:1-6, And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. “And the fear of you and the terror of you shall be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And surely, I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.”

The third dispensation extended from the Noahic Flood to the call of Abram. The Scripture portion which covers this dispensation is Gen 8:20-11:32. Inasmuch as man had failed to obey God on the basis of his conscience and the restraint by the Holy Spirit during the second dispensation, once the flood ended God started a new dispensation by instituting a new ruling factor. He brought in human government which would now serve as a guideline for man to follow and obey or else lose his freedom and pay the consequences for his sin and rebellion.

Human government, with its ultimate authority to administer capital punishment, was now the new ruling factor by which God instituted for the third dispensation. God said in effect, innocence in a perfect environment that didn’t work in Gen 3. A dispensation when I allowed man to make his own decisions didn’t work. Now, I will try mankind living together under the rules and laws of a human government—let’s see how this one turns out! And so now we have the second and third ruling factors continuing: which is human conscience and restraint by the Holy Spirit.

So, after noting the definition of the dispensation of Government, the opening Event, man’s responsibility and his personal failure, we are now ready for the great judgment of the Tower of Babel. Let’s read the passage first.

Gen 11:1-9, Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. And it came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

Here we have here the only true record of the origin of nations and the origin of languages, and nations which came into existence by a single act of God. This means that nations and languages were established by God by one divine act of God. Sociologists and anthropologists imagine a slow, long evolutionary process socializing man and somehow evolving into different nations and languages…but that was not so. They believe that man took a while to begin to scatter and after a long period time, man developed new languages. And nothing is further from the truth.

In the last 150 years, through the advance of technology, archeologists have discovered more truth than ever before when it comes to the ancient world. Whether it is the environment of the garden of Eden, or Noah’s ark, and especially the Tower of Babel. The point is that nations and languages came into existence as one act of God, namely known as the Tower of Babel.

Now these first nine verses of Gen 11 are crucial because they give us the event that launched the dispersion and the scattering separation. When they came out of the ark they were a group of eight and they began to reproduce and reproduce. But they were still together as a family and the question is what scattered them everywhere? What catalyst brought that about?

In Gen 11:1-9, the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of whole earth and they stopped building the city and therefore its name was called Babel because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth. This is a very simple and straightforward explanation of how nations developed all over the world and how languages developed; God did it in one single act. It is in a way a profound tragedy as humanity is separated and splintered and scattered from each other already having rebelled from God.

Now the inevitable result is that a negative relationship with God results in a negative relationship toward mankind. It’s likely that the Tower of Babel happened no more than 100 years after the flood. And so they are in need of judgment again and that judgment this time is dispersion and separation.

As many of you know, there comes a time when separation is the only answer to the problem. In the flood, it was judgment by destruction. At Babel it is judgment by dispersion. And frankly the world at the time of Babel was not any different than the world at the time of the flood and God would have had every reason to drown this entire civilization with the exception of whatever few were true to him, but He didn’t do that.

God promised that He would not destroy sinners in that fashion again, this was to be an age of grace and patience and forbearance and so rather than judgment by destruction as with the flood, this is judgment by dispersion. He scatters them over the whole earth and changes their language. Mankind was no better than in Noah’s day, a common grace prevailed and God was patient with man as far as world destruction was concerned. But they had already turned their backs on God. Now when they were scattered, the sons of Japheth went into a certain area and splintered into various people groups. Then the sons of Ham went into other areas and splintered into people groups. And then the sons of Shem did the same.

Now, the structure of the text if very simple; it’s a structure of reversal. Verses one to four, man is building up what he wants. Gen 11:1-4, Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. And it came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

In other words, instead of them spreading out horizontally, they wanted to go vertically and work their way up to heaven. Today, mankind is doing the same thing they did back then: Work their way up to Heaven. In verse five, God steps in and verses six through eight God tears down what man has built up.

Gen 11:5-8, And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. “Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So, the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city.

Verses one to four the action of man, verses five to eight the action of God. Verse nine is a summary by Moses, the writer of the book of Genesis.

Gen 11:9, Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

It’s interesting to notice that the action of man is indicated in verse three verse with this statement: “They said to one another ‘Come let us.’” That was sort of the statement indicating that they were going to launch their great ambitious act of rebellion. However, notice the action of God is described in verse seven, same words only this time God says, “Come let us.”

So, you have then the action of man in verses one to four, the action of God in verses five to eight. The contrast in this brief text is between what man desires to achieve directed at self-glory, self-fulfillment, and what God does is to show man’s impotence and emptiness before Him. And this is a battle that goes on till this day. Man showing God who he thinks he is and then God showing man what he really is.

Rom 12:3, For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment,

1Co 3:18, Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish that he may become wise.

1Co 10:12, Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

Gal 6:3, For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

These verses all describe the attitude of those who lived during this dispensation. It is man at his best and his noblest trying to achieve his greatest anti-God act and God steps in and undoes the whole thing. Frankly the attitude of the people at Babel is essentially as the same as the attitude of Adam and Eve in the garden. It is an attitude of rebellion. It is an attitude of wanting to live apart from God driven by personal ambition and personal pride, and interestingly enough the locations are the same. It’s also interesting that in Gen 11:2, when it says And it came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.

Shinar, the plain in which they built Babel, was very near to the location of the Garden of Eden. Both of them were in the Mesopotamian valley, the lower Euphrates valley between the Tigris and the Euphrates River. So man is twice thrown out of what was one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Once it was just Adam and Eve thrown out of Eden, now it’s the whole of the population of the world thrown out of the plain of Shinar.

Now God has instructed the leader of the family, Noah, in chapter nine verse one, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” Fill the earth. It was a reiteration of exactly what he had said to Adam. “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” The command of God was to take people and search the planet, find all of the wonderful things that God had prepared for man and populate the planet. But that was not what man wanted to do so there was a defiant, rebellious disobedience at this point.

Gen 11:1, Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words.

That’s not redundant because those two are not synonymous. The same language means language. The same words mean vocabulary. They not only had the same language, but they spoke with the same vocabulary. I know the English language, that’s obviously my language.

I can say things in England and South Africa and Australia and other places where English is spoken. Sometimes they do not clearly understand because, although we have a common language we have variations in the vocabulary. And I have said things in some places which have horrified audiences and I will not even tell you the things that I said lest I embarrass myself.

But in this case, you had the same language and the same vocabulary. They all spoke the same, obviously because they spoke the language that was spoken by Noah and his family.

Now there were then no barriers to communication, none at all and therefore no barriers to unity. The Hebrew here says they had one lip and one set of words. We will see in the last half of chapter 11 the event regarding Babel occurred about 100 years after the flood, the flood is 1656 after creation [restoration] – this is about 1,756 years after creation [restoration] . So, they were still speaking the same language. Languages hadn’t developed; they were just one people, all descendants of Noah, united around one form of language and one vocabulary. This is very beneficial. Very beneficial.

They all had the same history. They all had the same freedom of communication, nothing at all like the world in which we live where everybody’s got a different history and every nations got a different tale to tell and people speak so many different languages. But there was a seriously deadly and dark side to this unity because they were sinful and rebellious against God. And because they were proud and wicked, that unity allowed for a concentration of evil that was unacceptable to God. Power corrupts, and ultimate power corrupts ultimately. One nation, all speaking the same language, all under the power of the same influence, essentially led by the same man, as we will see relatives of Cain especially. They lacked the checks and balances against evil that help preserved man in sinful world but this really became a problem when the language barrier came into effect. Once they couldn’t understand each other immediately they started doubting what the other one was saying, and being evil, they thought the worse. Remember what David said in Psa 19:13, “Keep Your servant from the great transgression, presumptuous sins, let them not have dominion over me.”

How many times have we presumed things, only to find out our presumption was wrong? Can you imagine what it was like not to be able to understand what someone was saying, especially when mankind was corrupt? You had to think it was evil! You did not believe the best. You believed the worse because even when you could understand what others were saying you didn’t trust them. Now what? You believe the worse. As Prov 28:1 says, “The wicked flee when no man pursues him.”

So now, at the Tower of Babel, man had become truly confused! In verse six, you will see that God recognizes this when it says Gen 11:6, And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.” In other words, this is what they began to do and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them because nobody’s going to stop them.

That is what Satan wants – he wants one person to be in the ultimate authority and in control of the human race and that is, of course himself!


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