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The Order Of Events

The eye-gate is one of the most magnificent senses we have, especially when it comes to learning Dispensational Truths. By looking at the chart, we can place where we are today. We can view what happened in an orderly fashion in previous dispensations. By knowing where we stand, today, we can easily see how future events will unfold in God’s Plan of the Ages.

Look at the chart and locate the time-frame between numbers 3 and 4. This represents the “day and age” in which we live─THE DISPENSATION OF GRACE. Look, closely, along the line marked as 4, and you will observe “THE LAST DAYS.” We, personally, believe this is the time in which we are living.

“THE PRESENT PERIOD” is an unprophesied period. It is a parenthetical age—a secret, a mystery not made known until after Acts 28.

This chart is intended as a study guide to the Right Division of the New Testament. If the letters 3 and 4 were folded together, the “Dispensation of the Mystery” would be hid from view, thus, illustrating the fact that it was a secret, “hid in God,” until it was revealed by the Apostle Paul (Acts 28:28, Eph. 3:1-5).


  1. CHRIST’S FIRST ADVENT. At His birth (Luke 2:11), Yahweh of the Old Testament becomes Jesus Christ of the New Testament (John 1:14, Phil. 2:5-8, Heb.1:1-2).

The Kingdom of God, or of the Heavens (God’s Government) proclaimed as being “at hand” (Matt. 3:2).

The people of Israel are called upon to repent, to wit, repent (Matt. 4:17).

Christ’s miraculous healing, raising the dead, and etc. attested to His credentials as Israel’s long-awaited Savior (John 4:25-26).

Christ’s sacrificial death and triumphant resurrection make possible the salvation of the world and mankind (John 1:29, John 3:16, I Cor. 15:3-4, 22).


This marks the actual foretaste of the coming Kingdom of God (Heb. 6:4-5).

God pours out of His Spirit on 120 at Feast of Pentecost, endowing them with the manifest powers in relation to His Government purposes, to which they are “called” (ekklesia) (Mark 16:15-18, 20, Acts 2:4, 43, I Thess. 2:12, Acts 5:14-16, Acts 19:11).

The Apostles were chosen to proclaim the message of the Kingdom, by word of mouth, to the Jews only (Rom. 1:16.Acts 11:19.Acts 13:26). Later, Paul was commissioned to go to the Gentiles. Gentiles, who believed, were “grafted” into the “Israel of God” to provoke the Jews to emulation (Rom. 11:13-25). Through Paul and the other Apostles, God’s work (Rom. 9:27-28) of bringing the message of the Kingdom to every responsible Israelite on earth (Rom. 10:18), is accomplished in 33 years, covered by the Book of Acts ( Rom. 15:20-21).

  1. THE FORETASTE OF THE KINGDOM SUSPENDED: Paul proclaims God’s change in Dispensations (Acts 28:28). A dispensation of PURE GRACE begins. God’s purpose is to write into the history of mankind, a record of His gracious character (Eph. 3:2).

The out-flowing power of God to the Church of the Book of Acts is reduced to conform to His purposes in grace (Phil. 1:6). Also, compare Acts 19:11-12 with Phil. 2:25-30, I Tim. 5:23.

None of the Old Testament Prophets saw this unforetold dispensation. It was a SECRET (Eph. 3:1-5), it was HID FROM AGES AND GENERATIONS (Col. 1:26). It was said to have been HID IN GOD (Eph. 3:9).

A new calling emerges—the ONE NEW MAN (Eph. 2:15), and it supersedes the Church of God, i.e. the Acts period Church.

Jesus Christ is said to be HEAD of this new Church which is His Body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all (Eph. 3:22-23).

Signs, wonders, and miracles ceased being in operation at Acts 28:28.

Today is a dispensation of the SILENCE OF GOD. He speaks through His written Word, today. Justice is not divinely administered, nor is justice divinely meted out. Only GRACE is administered.

The Appearing (Epiphaneia) brings an end to the Dispensation Grace (Titus 2:13, II Timothy 4:1). The Church which is His Body is changed, or raised out from among the dead before any other of God’s callings.

  1. THE KINGDOM COMES and is manifested universally, initiating the DAY OF CHRIST. God’s Spirit is poured out upon all of mankind. Christ begins adjudicating the living and the dead to determine who shall be allowed to continue to live, and who shall be resurrected to enjoy the life under the Kingdom of God. Christ rules from His Throne in the heavens (Psalm 103:19) between 600 to 700 hundred years before He RETURNS TO EARTH at His Parousia.

The Temple is rebuilt. The Kingdom of Israel, over time, becomes the most superior nation on earth. Justice, equity, and righteousness prevail..

The Holy Spirit, as the Pervader, permeates the earth, thus, restraining evil, and guiding, and directing mankind (John 16:7-11). Evil is punished immediately.

The Adamic Curse is lifted. Men no longer are subject to death because of Adam’s sin, but men will die as a result of their own sin (Jer. 31:30). Hunger and starvation disappear (Isa. 35:1-2,6, 27, Ps. 67:6). There will be universal peace (Isa. 2:4, Mic.4:3). Life expectancy will be drastically increased (Isa. 65:20).

The Kingdom of God will be a time of resurrections—every man in his own order (I Cor. 15:23). Prayer answered immediately (Isa. 65:21-23).

The Pervader, the Holy Spirit, relaxes His restraints on evil to test all who dwell on the earth) Rev. 3:10).

The “lawless one” makes himself known (II Thess. 2:3-9), he desecrates the Temple (Dan. 9:27). The “man-of-sin” attempts to kill the faithful in Judea (Matt. 24:15-21, Ps. 83:1-5). Many Jews will be martyred, but many escape to the mountains in Petra for safety (Matt. 24:16, Ps. 11).

  1. REBELLION: The anti-christ leads a revolt against the Government of Christ (Ps. 2), which lasts seven years (Daniel’s 70th Week). The Lord Jesus Christ squashes the revolt, and destroys the anti-christ by His Parousia, i.e., His 2nd Coming (I Thess. 4:16, I Cor. 15:51-52).
    RESURRECTION & RAPTURE: The dead (the Tribulation martyrs) are raised (I Thess. 4:17, Rev. 20:4) and with the living, elect to meet Christ in the air and escort Him to the earth
  1. THE 1000 YEAR PAROUSIA ON THE EARTH: Christ purges the Kingdom (Matt.13:40-43. Satan is placed in the "bottomless pit" (Rev. 20:2). Christ rules the heavens and earth from Jerusalem.
  1. SATAN IS LOOSED and, again, deceives the nations, leads a revolt against the
    world’s capital city—Jerusalem (Rev. 20:7-8). God stops the revolt. Satan is destroyed (Rev. 20:9).

8. THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT (Rev. 20:11). The rest of the dead are raised (Rev. 20:12-13). Death and hell are cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:14). God makes all things new (Rev. 21:5).

The beginning of the New Heavens and the New Earth, an eternal state (Rev. 21:1-4, I Cor. 15:27-28.


This Dispensational Chart was the work of the “Seed and Bread Ministry.” This was the ministry of Mr. Otis Q. Sellers, the brave frontiersman of Acts 28 Truth, who explored the Pre-Parousia Kingdom of God in the face of incredible opposition.

Tom L. Ballinger