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As the church replaced the heavenly system of the law, what will replace the church?

Is there yet another dispensation after the Law, then the Church? What is it?

God made a Covenant with Israel at Sinai. This is termed the Old Covenant; hence the ‘Old Testament’. The Old Covenant contained moral, dietary, and ceremonial laws along with judicial penalties for the governance of a nation. Israel failed to keep the Old Covenant and God promised a New Covenant.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Hebrews 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant in that he did no sin. The New Covenant replaces the Old Covenant; hence the New Testament.

Hebrews 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

The Temple, which was essential to keeping the Old Covenant was destroyed in AD70.

Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant.

Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

The New Covenant contains no dietary restrictions (except for blood), no ceremonial laws and no judicial penalties.

It contains only moral laws (the commandments of Christ).

John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

It cannot be used to govern a nation, it is for the governance of an individual of any nation. The New Covenant will remain in force until Jesus Christ returns to establish the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God will be the restored kingdom of David.

Luke 1:32-33 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Jesus will return to save Israel from the invasion described in Ezekiel 38 and 39 and Zechariah 12 to 14. He will rule from Jerusalem over the mortal population of the earth for 1000 years. When he returns he also raise and judge the dead.

John 5:28-29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (condemnation).

The unfaithful will be condemned to die again (the second death), for the wages of sin is death.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death…

Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die…

The faithful will be given eternal life and will rule with him for 1000 years.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Isaiah describes this time:

Isaiah 2:1-4 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

During this time, ceremonial and judicial laws will be re-introduced for the governance of the nations.

Zechariah 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

A new sanctuary will be built in Israel as described in Ezekiel 40 onwards. Following the millennial reign, there will be a second resurrection and a final judgment. Sin and death will be eradicated and all who live on will possess the divine nature.

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

God will live in and with his people forever.

Paul describes what is going to happen:

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign (the millennial reign), till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

This will be the fulfilment of the purpose of God.

Numbers 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

Revelation describes this time:

Revelation 21:3-7 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

From the above we see that contrary to popular false teaching, the kingdom of God will be upon earth, not in heaven.

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

We do not possess an immortal soul which goes to heaven.

Jesus went to heaven after his resurrection not at the time of his death.

John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

Neither are the wicked to be eternally tormented in a place called ‘hell’. Immortality is the reward for the faithful.

The wicked do not possess it and so cannot suffer eternal torment. The hope of the gospel is that of resurrection from the dead to eternal life in the kingdom of God on earth.

I hope you find this helpful.

God bless,
Glenn

 
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