Class Notes: 2/29/2012
During the Church Age the uptrends and downtrends of history are determined by weather people function under truth or evil
In our study of the uniqueness of the Church Age when we stopped last time we were discussing the Church Age as a period of no prophecy because the only prophecies recorded in scripture that are related to the Church Age are it's beginning and it's end.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit that began the Church Age, was prophesied by our Lord in John 14:20; and in Acts 1:5,8; just before He ascended ten days before the Church was started on Pentecost Acts 2:1-4;
The Exit Resurrection or Rapture of the Church is the next event in prophecy. 1Thes 4:16-18; The Rapture or exit resurrection is always described as imminent, because there is no prophecy that must be fulfilled before it can occur.
The fact that there is no prophesy also means that here is unlimited potential for believers during the Church Age. No prophecy means there is no determinism because there are no specific things to be fulfilled and therefore no limitations on what can happen as a result of believers choosing to advance in God's plan for their life.
In every other dispensation, there are an ongoing series of specific prophetical events that must occur. The only exception is the Church Age because there is no prophecy between the baptism of the Spirit that began the Church Age on the day of Pentecost the year of our Lord's crucifixion, resurrection and ascension and the Rapture of the Church that concludes it.
This means that the Church Age is only dispensation that functions entirely on historical trends. The up-trends of history in the history are always related to the function of evangelism of mankind followed by the communication of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.
The Church Age runs coterminously with the times of the Gentiles, mentioned by our Lord in Luke 20:24; This means that the Church Age is the only dispensation in history where Gentile client nations exist instead of Israelite client nations.
Under the principle of as goes the believer so goes the client nation to God. A maximum number of mature believers means blessing to the client nation. A minimum number of mature believers means national discipline under the five cycles of discipline that are described in the Old Testament in the context of the Israelite client nations.
The first cycle is found in Lev 26:14-17; The second cycle is found in Lev 26:18-20; The third cycle is found in Lev 26:21-22; The fourth cycle is found in Lev 26:23-26;The fifth cycle is found in Lev 26:27-38; and Deut 28:49-67;
The Roman Empire was the first Gentile client nation. At this time The United States of America is the Gentile client nation.
The downtrends of history during the Church Age are related to the number of people who become involved in Satan's cosmic system.
This is true weather they are believers who fail to function in the Divine Dynasphere or unbelievers who reject Divine Establishment. At this point the USA is in a downtrend.
(See charts from Coming Apart by Charles Murray 2012)
Bible doctrine and evil were here before we were. We therefore cannot change evil but if we function under evil it will change us. We cannot change Bible doctrine, but when we function under Bible Doctrine it will change us.
The Church Age is the dispensation of invisible heroes. In every other dispensation the emphasis is on the visible hero. We see some of them listed in Hebrews chapter 11. Heb 11:31-40;
It was Abraham who "staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully persuaded that what God had promised, God was able also to perform."
It was Moses who said "Stand still, and watch the deliverance of the Lord. The Lord will fight for you today." Joshua said, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." As a visible hero David stood before Goliath and said, "The battle is the Lord's."
In the Tribulation there are the two witnesses, the martyrs, and the 144,000 Israelite evangelists who are all visible heroes. In the Millennium our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a very visible hero.
The factors that are necessary for the manufacture of the invisible heroes of the Church Age are the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit inside the divine dynasphere and the faithful communication of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age through pastors who understand it and choose to communicate it.
Eph 3:1-13; and Eph 4:11-16; emphasize the principle of the invisible hero.
The impact of the Church Age comes through the execution of the protocol plan of God by believers who have the same privileges and the same opportunity.
Invisible heroes are manufactured through post-salvation spiritual growth that comes from persistence in the PMA of doctrine. Invisible God plus invisible assets plus invisible power equals invisible heroes.
An invisible hero is a mature believer who has invisible spiritual impact on everything around them.
Invisible heroes have personal impact that is blessing by association to those in the periphery of a mature believer including loved ones, friends, relatives, and associates. This can even extend to the third generation and is often an explanation for why the wicked prosper.
Invisible heroes have national impact that is blessing by association to the Gentile client nation based on the number of mature believers in the pivot. under the principle of as goes the believer, so goes the client nation to God.
They have international impact or blessing by association to non-client nations because of indigenous missionary activity from missionaries sent from the client nation to God.
he missionary who advances to spiritual maturity through the execution of the protocol plan of God is the basis for blessing for both the client nation that he comes from and the foreign country that he works in.
Invisible heroes have angelic impact that occurs when the mature believer becomes a witness for the Prosecution in the rebuttal phase of Satan's appeal trial that runs coterminous with the Church Age during their evidence testing.
They also have heritage impact that is the blessing by association with the mature believer or invisible hero after his or her physical death. The invisible hero leaves behind blessing by association to loved ones, close friends, and associates.
This impact can extend for several generations and is why the Unites States of America still has the remaining prosperity that it has even though it is declining rapidly.
Any believer in Jesus Christ can be an invisible hero. The great power demonstration of the Church Age is designed to make every believer an invisible hero. But for this to happen it requires persistent and consistent perception of doctrine and your utilization of divine omnipotence that is available under the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit.
Invisible heroes can change the course of human history in any generation of the Church Age, functioning as the "salt of the earth."
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