Part 9 of 15
I’ve taken the title “The Dynaspheres” for this series from a message by that name from Richard Jordan, President of Grace School of the Bible. The word “dynasphere” is a relatively modern term for a “power sphere” or a “realm of power.” The word “power” in Greek is “dunamis,” from which we get the word dynamite, leading to dyna sphere. There are two great dynaspheres in God’s eternal plan and purpose – they are “the heavens and the earth.”
Let’s once again consider the two God-created dynaspheres called “the heavens” and “the earth.”
1) The members of “the body of Christ” are destined to dwell eternally in their home in heavenly dynasphere.
“… the hope which is laid up for you IN HEAVEN” (Col. 1:5).
“… our conversation [or citizenship] is IN HEAVEN” (Phil. 3:20)
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, ETERNAL IN THE HEAVENS” (2 Cor. 5:1).
Paul, in his epistles to the members of “the body of Christ,” essentially says; “If you believe, God will take you UP to HEAVEN to ever be with Him.” Christ will descend to the clouds to “catch away” or “rapture” the members of “the body of Christ” who meet Him in “the air,” ever to be with Him in heaven. The “rapture” of “the body of Christ” is part of Paul’s “mystery” gospel and found in the writings of no other Bible writer. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then WE WHICH ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN SHALL BE “CAUGHT UP” (Latin, rapteur) TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS, to MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR: and so shall we EVER BE WITH THE LORD.
2) By contrast, the believing members of the nation
, as Abraham’s earthly seed, are promised the Messianic “kingdom of (from) heaven” to come DOWN from heaven to be on earth. Israel
Acts 3:19-20 (Peter said) Repent ye (
) therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the (visible) presence of the Lord; 20 And HE SHALL SEND JESUS CHRIST (DOWN TO THE EARTH), which before was preached unto you: Israel
Peter here above addresses “Ye men of
” (not the Gentiles) at Pentecost, essentially saying “repent, and God will send Jesus DOWN here on earth.” Israel
Being currently in royal exile, at His second coming, Christ the “King of kings and Lord of lords” will one day come to abide and reign in His kingdom on earth. Jesus’ second coming will fulfill Jehovah’s promises to the father’s of
concerning the coming “kingdom of heaven” on earth as the “the restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21). In Act 1:3 Jesus spoke to His disciples only those things “pertaining to the kingdom.” Peter here below goes on to says the covenant promises God made with Israel was the subject of “all the prophets.” Israel
Acts 3:24 Yea, and all the prophets (of
) from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. 25 Ye (men of Israel ) are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And IN THY SEED (see Gal 3:16) SHALL ALL THE KINDREDS OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED. Israel
In the “fullness of times” God will recover and rule over both “the heavens” and “the earth” through His two people groups who are to be His co-regents in heaven and on earth. They shall administer His rule by His righteous indwelling life with justice achieved through the cross of Christ (Rom 3:26).
Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of THE FULNESS OF TIMES he (God) might (will) GATHER TOGETHER IN ONE ALL THINGS IN CHRIST, both which are IN HEAVEN, and which are ON EARTH; even in him:
In the “fullness of times” (above), which is the consummation of the ages, we will see that the earth will be in accord with God’s original intention for Adam. Recall that God authorized Adam to “subdue” and “have dominion” over “every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Gen 1:28 “… Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and OVER every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
As we’ve seen, the earth was originally created excellent. Then, after Lucifer’s coup d’état and fall, it was usurped by Lucifer and his fallen angels. God then judged the earth with a pre-Adamic flood, referred in Gen 1:2 as “the deep” that “covered the face of the earth.” After this pre-Adamic flood (before Adam was created) the Lord restored the earth to be re-habitable, as seen in the Gen 1:3-2:25. Adam was created and given his mandate to subdue and have dominion over the earth. In previous installments we saw that “dominion” is a rank of delegated authority over the earth.
Of course we know that soon after Adam was on the recreated earth he soon fell, with Eve being “deceived” (1Tim 2:14) by the Serpent. Today Satan remains as the “prince of the power of the air.” The term “air” speaks of the lower heavens and what we call the sky with its atmosphere that surrounds the earth. Note that the Devil obviously had authority over the earth when he offered Jesus of Nazareth “all the kingdoms of the world,” including the earth.
“the devil taketh him (Jesus) up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world (Gk., kosmos, universe), and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9)
The Devil could not have offered “all the kingdoms of the world” to Jesus unless they were then in subjection to the Devil. Jesus did not dispute the Devil’s authority over the kingdoms of the world.
Through Adam’s fall all mankind has become “infected” with the Sin nature (Rom 5:12). Thus, mankind consistently rebels against God. God’s plan continued when he chose to intervene in the life of one man, Abram. God unconditionally covenanted with Abram, then to be called Abraham, that he would have a “seed” which would become a “great nation” and “possess the land” as an “everlasting possession” (Gen 17:8 below). The Lord told Abraham his seed would ultimately “bless to all the families of the earth.” Thus, God’s blessing to the world was to come only through
Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said unto ABRAM, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 AND I WILL MAKE OF THEE A GREAT NATION, and I WILL BLESS THEE, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and IN THEE SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED.
Genesis 17:7-8 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, ALL THE LAND OF CANAAN, for an EVERLASTING POSSESSION; and I will be their God.
landof Canaanspans the area from the River Nile in Egypt, north to Syria, south to a portion of Ethiopia, and east to the River Euphrates (south of Bagdad ). Iraq
Genesis 28:14 And THY SEED SHALL BE AS THE DUST OF THE EARTH, AND THOU SHALT SPREAD ABROAD TO THE WEST (Egypt’s River Nile), AND TO THE EAST (Iraq’s River Euphrates), AND TO THE NORTH (Syria’s Golan heights), AND TO THE SOUTH: and in thee and IN THY SEED SHALL ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED. (See also Exodus 23:31, Numbers 34:1-15, Ezekiel 47:13-20. Deuteronomy 19:8 indicates a certain fluidity of the borders of the promised-land when it refers to the possibility that God would “enlarge your borders.”)
Here in Revelation we read of
Israelas “They ( ) shall be priests of God and of Christ (the Messiah).” 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 (a millennium). Israel
“They” here are the believers of
who will have a part in “the first resurrection” at the close of the Tribulation and beginning the Millennium (Rev 20:5-6). These believing ones of Israel include those of historic Israel who died in what Paul calls “time past,” that is before “the dispensation of the grace of God” Eph 3:1-2). “They” also includes “the twelve” and the “little flock” (Luke 12:32) of Jesus of Nazareth’s followers and as well as those believers who will yet die in the Tribulation as “martyrs of Jesus” (Rev 17:6). Israel
These who are of “the first resurrection” will be vested with rank and authority in the government of Christ’s kingdom “on earth,” with “the twelve” (Matt 19:27-28); not only in the Millennium but they shall also reign as co-regents with Christ in the eternal kingdom on the new earth “for ever and ever.”
Revelation 22:5 … and THEY SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER.
Thus, there is eternal hope for humankind in the earthly dynasphere. About two thirds of mankind will die in the Great Tribulation; while about one third of mankind will survive the Tribulation to enter the Millennium. There will be children born in the Millennium who will need to be saved. Jesus said; “SALVATION IS OF THE JEWS.” (John 4:22). The blessing of the message of salvation in Christ is for “all the families on earth.” This will come through the ministry of Abraham’s earthly believing seed. One day “all the families of the earth will be blessed” through “the children of
” on the earth. Israel
New rule and authority is soon also coming to the heavenly dynasphere. This will be several years before the Millennium when the earth is recovered and
reigns “on earth” under Christ. Paul writes that this will come through Abraham because Abraham is “the father of many nations” (see Rom 4:17-18). The “many nations” here are not countries per se. Here “nations” in the KJV is the Greek “ethnos,” meaning “Gentiles.” Paul is “THE Apostle to the Gentiles” (Rom 11:13). He received His “mystery” (secret) gospel of “the grace of God” (Act 20:24) from the ascended Lord. Paul calls his grace gospel “the mystery” because it “had been kept secret since the world began” (Rom 16:25). Paul says he received “from Jesus Christ” (Gal 1:12) “for ye Gentiles” (Eph 3:1-2). These grace believing Gentiles form “the church, which is the body of Christ” (Eph 1:22b-23a). These then are Abraham’s “Gentile spiritual seed,” of many non-Jewish ethnicities. Yet, they are born of Abraham’s “one seed, which is Christ” (Gal 3:16). They will “reign with Him (Christ)” (2Tim 2:12) as His co-regents in the heavens. Israel
“… we shall also reign (Gk., symbasileuō, as co-regents) with him…” (2 Timothy 2:12a)
“Know ye not that we (the body of Christ) shall judge angels…” (1Corinthians 6:3a)