Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
“Distinguish the ages, and the Scriptures will harmonize.” Saint Augustine is credited with these words of wisdom, it is unfortunate for the Church that Augustine failed to heed his own advice. Because he failed to make those distinctions, especially between God’s purposes for Israel and for the Church, he framed the Church as a “Theocratic Kingdom” intended to rule over the earth. Having done so, he put the Church on a course that involved her in the political intrigues of the next thousand years and blinded her to her heavenly calling.
Jesus’ words recorded by John in chapter four have unmistakable implications. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him (John 4:21-23).
Jesus’ reference to the hour is certainly not to a literal hour of sixty minutes, but a certain period of time during which God does things in a certain way. Isn’t it obvious, that Jesus is saying that a new time is about to begin in which certain requirements and relationships of the former period will be replaced by new ones There is also a strong implication here of a new Dispensation. If you’d like to learn more about the Dispensational approach to understanding Scripture let me invite you to contact us at Advanced Biblical studies.net. Do it today.
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.