THE AGE OF GRACE
This was the dispensation of the day of man, known also as the age of grace. This is the New Testament order centered on the death and resurrection of the savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the Redeemer spoken of back and forth in the entire Old testament. This is the high mark of the redemption plan of God for fallen man who came short of the glory of God since Adam and Eve.
Jesus Christ is the scripture allotted for the age of grace. He was the Word; the same was in the beginning with God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14). He was the Lamb of God that took away the sin of the world. The secret of salvation was revealed to Him, himself being a prophet (The son of man). Jesus Himself declared, lo, I come to do thy will, O God. Hetaketh away the first (the Aaronic order of the numerous sacrifices of ram and goat), that he may establish the second (the Melchesedec order). By the which will, we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all. (Heb. 10:9-10).
If Jesus had come with the message of Moses, it would not have worked. It was for the same reason Moses could not take Noah’s allotted scripture of “Enter the Ark” for “Get out of Egypt”.
In this age of grace, the allotted word is to “Enter into Christ” and not into any organized system. “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new. (2 Cor. 5:17). Many are rushing into denomination, taking up their membership “ I am Baptist, I am Anglican, I am Pentecostal without ever experiencing the Holy Spirit. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the mark of genuine conversion.
Whoever rejects the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in his/her life has rejected Christ and comes to condemnation.
He that believeth on Him is not condemned. The actual sin is not believing in the only begotten son of God. No other intermediary but Christ will suffice.
THE CHURCH AGES OF THE GENTLE DISPENSATION.
This is the period after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, when the Lord turned to the Gentiles through the preaching of the gospel to separate unto Himself a group of elected believers who accepts the allotted scripture for their spiritual birth. What was the scripture?
The sample gospel Acts chapter2, was preached from the promises of God made in Joel 2:25. It entails three definite steps,a must to be accomplished to earn conversion from a sinner to a saint.
“Now when they heard this, they were picked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? What do we do to be saved? What do we do to have our sins remitted? What do we do to receive the promised gift of the Holy Ghost? Do we just join church? Do we take membership card in an organized denomination? Peter answered in clarity. “Repent and be baptized everyone of you (no exemption, all men are born sinners). In the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (not baptism practiced by different church creeds in the titles of Father, Son and Holy Ghost) but in the name of the one that died and resurrected, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:37-42). This is a sure promise allotted to the gentile age. (Acts 2:39). This is God’s prescription, no denominational prescription will give the exact result commanded in Acts 2:38. Three thousand souls accepted it and immediately the same day were all gladly baptized. The apostles who were also prophets preached the gospel and evangelized the then old civilization. There is no short cut to the Kingdom of God except through the prescribed order.
Man has tried by his own form of religion, by education, by organization, by ethics, and everything else to substitute the truth butfailed producing nothing but still birth.
THE WORD AGE
It is the time just prior to the RAPTURE, when the Lord Jesus Christ, the bridegroom comes for the wise virgins, (Matt. 25:1-13). The Laodecean age is the last of the seven church ages of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadephia which make up the 2000 years of the gentile dispensation.
The scripture allotted to this age is the promise of Elijah, a prophet assigned to give the shout (Matt 25:6) “Behold the Bridegroom cometh” that is the message sent to prepare the Bride for full restoration to the unadultratedWord of God and tothe pattern of the apostles. These messages include the actual correct bible water baptism by immersion in the NAME of Jesus Christ instead of the TITLES of Father, Son and Holy Ghost practiced by the denominations. The knowledge of who God is, the Jehovah of the Old testament identified as the Lord Jesus Christ. That women are not called into the priesthood by the Aaronic order. These and other messages were unveiled by the ministry of the humble servant of God, William Branham who was commissioned as the Angel messager to the Laodecean church age(Rev.3:18). Like John the Baptist who foreran the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, he also foreruns by the message of the hour, the second coming of Chirst in what is generally termed the RAPTURE. Thus, the allotted Word to the word age is go back to the WORD OF GOD .