“So, how many fools can you put into an ark?” I ask you. “Ummm, I don’t know,” you answer. “How many?”
Dispensations, Divisions, and The Kingdom of God II!
“Now we talked about the first dispensation of time, and the divisions in it. It was all about Lucifer, and his mighty fall from heaven, and how he became Satan, the Adversary, Beelzebub, The Prince of Darkness. If you haven’t read it, go here Who’s on the Lord’s side…come on… now and begin at the beginning, and then come back!”
“Hey, are you ready now to talk about the second dispensation of time, and it’s division? Good, I think you’ll love this one!”
“Okay,” you say. “Let’s hear your theory!”
“Well,” I began again, “it was over a thousand years after…you know…the Garden of Eden, and the forbidden fruit thing. You could probably say that the garden era was a short dispensation of time that ended seemingly bad for the beginning of the human race. But that’s not the one I’m going to next. The Garden of Eden has its own unique story.
“This one involves, let’s say, how many fools can be squeezed into an ark?”
“Really?” you ask, a little doubtful, because you know there was only 8 people that got into that ark.
“Well…in this dispensation of time, Satan, the Devil formerly known as Lucifer, and his iniquitous self, let loose his anger, hostilities, hatred, and cruel lust for power on the earth where he had been thrown down. If he couldn’t become God over The Kingdom of God, he planned to become god over these puny, sin infested humans. After all, he did snatch them from God’s hand and from the Garden of Eden. As he laughs diabolically, he feels pride once again in causing the downfall of God’s newest creations, as he did part of the angels. Wha ha ha!
“He led the children of Adam and Eve so far into his iniquities, sin, and rebellion against God and his ways, and the order of The Kingdom of God, that God repented of creating man.”
“Why?” you ask, “couldn’t God just deliver them from Satan’s evil grasp of power?”
“Well, let’s hear it from God.”
Genesis 6:5-6 (KJV)
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that EVERY IMAGINATION of the THOUGHTS of HIS HEART was only EVIL CONTINUALLY.
6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
“So…spiritual evil had so darkened the thoughts of mankind’s hearts, just as Lucifer before had darkened his own heart with pride, lust for power, and lies. It would seem that mankind’s ears could only discern Satan and his wicked lies as he created chaos on the earth by causing men, women, and angels to leave their place in God, and the righteous order of God in The Kingdom of God.
“Disobedience, rebellion, and wickedness had been thrown out of the Kingdom of Heaven, and was now living on earth through Satan. Satan lied to himself once again. He thought he could still somehow overthrow God by destroying God’s new creation, in God’s likeness and image–man!”
You ask, “Why doesn’t God just save mankind. He seems terribly outnumbered, overwhelmed even.”
“Well…let’s continue and see!” I say. Then! “Wait!”, I say. “I feel something moving in the spirit!”
“What is it?” you ask, clearly curious.
“But then,” I answer, “in the middle of all the iniquity and chaos, a beam of light came down to earth from heaven. Listen to what the Lord thought.”
Genesis 6:8-9 (KJV)
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
“The light of God’s thoughts shown down on Noah and saw his perfect generations: from God to Adam, to Seth, to Enoch, and to Noah (I did skip a few people here.); a lineage of faith and righteousness, untainted by Satan’s diabolical rule and rampage over the earth. So God graced Noah with divine revelation of what He, God was about to do.
“Now we know this story well. Noah had a wife and he began to build the ark. In that first year she had him 3 sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. These 3 boys grew up, all their lives, helping their daddy, Noah build that ark. Now for a hundred years, Noah followed God’s instructions, blueprint, and built that ark.
“But it wasn’t the only thing he did. In a way, some say he became the first evangelist. He told all the evil people on the earth that the flood was coming and the ark had to be ready.
2 Peter 2:5 (KJV)
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
He began to tell the people, because of their iniquities, and following Satan and his murderous lies, God was going to send a flood upon the earth and wipe everyone out.
Hebrews 11:7 (KJV)
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
You break in here and say, “I see the dispensation, but I don’t see the divide. Man was already banished from the garden because of sin.”
“I get’ya,” I answer. “But, consider this. Noah built that ark, he and his sons. It took them about 100 years. So for a hundred years, Noah preached the coming of the flood. Now I don’t believe God would kick anyone out of the boat if any one of those Godless fools had turned from their wicked ways and turned back to God. And that boat/ark could have held a lot of people. It was a HUGE boat.”
You say, “But he had to fill it with animals.”
“Yeah, but God would have saved people first. He could have raised all the animals up from the ground, as He did before. You see, the people did still have the blood sacrifice for their sins. It was one of the first things Noah did when he came out of the ark and set foot on dry ground after almost a year of floating on the deep blue sea; a blood sacrifice. But none did. They were all now following their new god, Satan, doing whatever evil he filled their hearts with; walking in his darkness.
“So…for 100 years Noah kept preaching, ‘The flood is coming! God is going to destroy all humanity. I’m building and ark to save my family. Won’t you help me, join me.’
“For 100 years Noah was essentially saying, ‘Who’s on the Lord’s side, come on over!’
“So how many fools can you put into an ark?
“Let’s first see who qualifies as a fool, according to the WORD.”
Psalms 14:1 (KJV)
1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
“So, apparently, the answer to how many fools–people who don’t believe in their hearts in God anymore–can you squeeze into an ark is a BIG, FAT ZERO-0. Do I believe that God would have filled that ark with other people if they had turned to Noah, believed, and entered into the ark at any time. YES! It was a big boat. But sadly, God knew their hearts as: corrupt, evil, only imagining and doing the evil things Satan, their new god, put into their hearts and minds. They had all completely turned away from their creator, God; WALKED AWAY FROM HIS LIGHT.
“So God did save humanity, by saving Noah and his family, all 8 of them. Then the flood came, and they–the fools–were all washed away. And…it will happen again, sadly. Ahhh, not the flood…another BIG event, as big, if not bigger than the flood.
Matthew 24:38-39 (KJV)
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
“So that ended that great dispensation of time, and a great division caused by unbelief that lead to the death of most of the human race. They did not heed the call of God and ‘come on over to God’s side, his light.’
With sadness I tell you, “Once again, Satan, caused a great divide between God and his creations. But all is not lost. The Kingdom of God, with God still sitting on His throne, is not finished. With righteous Noah and his family, God begins a new dispensation of time where people will once again get to choose which side it wants to be on: The light of God, or the darkness of Satan, the liar.
“You see, Satan started the first great divide when he puffed himself up with evil pride which began to divide his thoughts inside himself. He was divided, but didn’t conquer the darkness, but allowed it to overtake him. His evil thoughts, thoughts of disobedience to God’s will and purpose for him, was the wrong choice. He let the temptation of it in, then he chose to let it feed him from the table of corruption, darkness that it was. From this temptation of evil, he persuaded the angels, and God divided them out of the Kingdom of Heaven. Then, with evil intent Satan persuaded the first family of humanity to disobey God, their father. God then divided Adam and Eve from the garden and the Tree of Life.
“The dispensations of time and divisions had begun to roll through the ages now. There was, and is no stopping it now.”
“I’m beginning to understand these dispensations of time, their divisions, and who is behind them,” you tell me.
“Yes,” I answer. “And Satan is still on a roll, as he enters into the next dispensations and literally thinks, ‘Anything God can do, I can do better!’ You see, Satan is not in competition with us humans, he’s in competition with God…still…as he was from the beginning, lying to himself still, that he can somehow beat God. He is the author of competition; winners and losers. You see, in The Kingdom of Heaven, there is no such thing as ‘winners and losers.’ In The Kingdom of God, everyone is in their place going about doing exactly what God created them to do. No one is in competition with anyone else, because everyone is unique, and uniquely, and willingly, doing their work for God.
“But, Satan will be Satan, and in his dark, evil heart thinks, ‘In this dispensation, I will once again beat God. I will make his puny humans worship me, instead of him. I will steal them from him, destroy their faith in him, and make them kill each other.’
“You see, Satan doesn’t understand still, in all these dispensations of time, that he is the biggest loser of all!
Our take-away thought for this dispensation: “IT IS DETRIMENTALLY IMPORTANT TO YOUR LIFE WHO YOU CHOOSE TO FOLLOW IN THIS, OUR MODERN DAY DISPENSATION OF LIFE!”
John 8:12 (KJV)
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
“I’m beginning to understand, see the light,” you tell me.
“Great! Satan led us out of God’s light into his, Satan’s darkness, and God, through Jesus, is giving us a chance to come back to God and His light, and into His Kingdom of Heaven.
“Can you say HALLELUJAH?!!! Then say it TWICE for life!”
“Now…if you aren’t walking in the light of God… What did you say? You’re not sure God IS the only ‘light?’ Okay, let us see what the WORD says:
1 John 1:5-7 (KJV)
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
“God is the light, the life now, and through all dispensations of time and into eternity.”
“Thanks for listening! I hope you enjoyed this dispensation of time and the cause of its division, and that you gleaned a lot of information about who God is and who our enemy is.
COMING SOON: Dispensations, Divisions, and The Kingdom of God III. Satan thinks, wrongly of course: ‘Anything God can do, I can do better!'”
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