Course Outline

Refining a Creation for Eternity
The Revealed Plan of God from Eternity Past to Eternity Future

1. The Refining Process
     A. Beings in the Past Heavenly Realm
     B. Beings in Future Heavenly Realm
2. Important Assumptions and Prerequisites
     A. The Inspiration & Authority of Scripture
          I. Definitions
               a. Revelation
               b. Inspiration
               c. Inerrancy
               d. The Canon
     B. Hermeneutics – Biblical Interpretation
          I. Observation
          II. Interpretation
               a. Literal
               b. Allegory
               c. Tradition
               d. Rationalism
               e. Subjectivism
               f. The use of Old Testament quotations in the New Testament 
          III. Application
               a. Direct – Generation to whom it was written
               b. Indirect – Current generation
     C. Dispensational Theology
          I. Definitions
               a. Dispensation
               b. Covenant
               c. Tribulation
               d. Millennial Kingdom
               e. Rapture
                    I. Partial Rapture
                    II. Posttribulation Rapture
                    III. Midtribulation Rapture
                    IV. Pretribulation Rapture
               f. Second Advent of Christ
                    I. Non-literal
                    II. Postmillennialism
                    III. Amillennialism
                    IV. Premillennialism
          II. History
          III. Characteristics
               a. Primary – The different governing relationship into which God enters with the world in each economy.
               b. Primary – The resulting responsibility on mankind in each of these different relationships.
               c. Secondary – Test, failure, and judgment.
          IV. The Indispensable Positions of a Dispensationalist
               a. A dispensationalist keeps Israel and the church distinct.
               b. This distinction between Israel and the church is born out of a system of hermeneutics that is usually called literal interpretation.
               c. The underlying purpose of God in the world is to manifest His divine glory.
          V. Clear Divisions in Epistles
               a. Kingdom – Fullness of the Times (Eph 1:10)
               b. Church – Stewardship of Grace (Eph 3:2)
               c. Prior to Church – Past Ages (Col 1:26)
          VI. Common throughout all Dispensations
               a. History is from the viewpoint of God
               b. Clear time when one ends and another begins but allowing for transition
               c. God is moving everything in His ordained direction
               d. New revelation designates shift from one dispensation to another
               e. Some things remain the same but other things differ. Salvation always by faith
               f. Each has own responsibilities and tests
               g. Each dispensation moves God’s plan closer to completion
          VII. Comparison between Dispensational and Replacement Theology
          VIII. Comparison between Dispensational and Covenant Theology
3. The Angelic Conflict
    A. Angels
          I. Nature and Attributes
               a. Spirit beings
               b. Created beings
               c. Created simultaneously and are innumerable in number
               d. Higher order than man
          II. Classification
               a. Governmental rulers
               b. Highest ranking
               c. Prominent individuals
               d. Divine attendants
               e. Seraphim
          III. Ministry
               a. God
               b. Christ
               c. Believers
               d. Unbelievers
          IV. Angelic Observation
               a. 1Tim 3:16, 1Tim 5:21, 1Pet 1:12, 1Cor 4:9
          V. Comparison between fallen and unfallen angels
     B. Satan
          I. The Beginning
          II. The Fall
               a. Three Possibilities for timing
                    I. End of Seven Days of Creation
                    II. Before Gen 1:1
                    III. Between Gen 1:1 and 1:2
          III. The Judgment    
          IV. The Penalty (Matt 25:41)
          V. Satan’s challenge of God’s Integrity and Attempt to Destroy
               a. Enmity Toward God.
               b. Egoism that Distorts Reality
               c. Elimination of Divinely Ordained Roles 
          VI. Postponement of Penalty to Demonstrate Righteousness and Grace thru Christ
               a. Emphasis on Love for God
               b. Exhibited Perfect Humility
               c. Established Role as Sacrificial Servant
          VII. Current Activities
     C. Mankind in Relation to Angelic Conflict
          I. Satan attacked man’s volition, which is focal point of man’s character and the angelic conflict.
          II. The failure of human volition mirrors the failure of the angelic volition prior to the rebellion. 
          III. Satan scored a tactical victory in the garden.
          IV. God knew Adam would fall and provided a grace plan.
          V. Satan’s tactical victory sealed his defeat.
          VI. In man’s fall, Adam violated:
               a. Personal love for God
               b. Reversed the male/female roles that God had ordained
               c. Rejected position as servant of God
          VII. As a result of fall, God is able to demonstrate His righteousness and justice and that it is compatible with His love that He demonstrated thru His grace.
4. The First Economy
     A. Edenic Covenant (Gen 1:28-30; 2:15-17; Hos 6:7)
          I. Parties of the Covenant
          II. Conditions of the Covenant
          III. Token
     B. The Divine Institutions (3 of 5)
          I. Responsible Dominion
          II. Marriage
          III. Family
     C. Dispensation of Innocence
          I. Man’s Responsibilities
          II. Man’s Failures
          III. The Resulting Judgment
          IV. The Problem of Human Redemption
     D. Life in the Garden
          I. How to approach God
     E. Promise of Redemption
     F. Angelic Conflict
5. The Second Economy
     A. Adamic Covenant
          I. Parties of the Covenant
          II. Conditions of the Covenant
          III. Token
     B. Dispensation of Conscience
          I. Man’s Responsibilities
          II. Man’s Failures
          III. The Resulting Judgment
     C. Life Among Thorns
          I. How to approach God (cleansing process)
          II. “Sons of God” in Genesis 6
     D. Generations of the Promised Savior – Adam to Noah
     E. Promise of Redemption Maintained
     F. Angelic Conflict
6. The Third Economy
     A. Noahic Covenant
          I. Parties of the Covenant
          II. Conditions of the Covenant
          III. Token (rainbow)
     B. The Divine Institutions (4 and 5)
          I. civil authority
          II. Tribal diversity 

    C. Dispensation of Human Government
          I. Man’s Responsibilities
          II. Man’s Failures
          III. The Resulting Judgment
     D. Life in the New World
          I. From monotheism to polytheism
          II. How to approach God (cleansing process)
     E. Generations of the Promised Savior – Noah to Abraham
     F. Promise of Redemption Maintained
     G. Angelic Conflict
7. The Fourth Economy
     A. Abrahamic Covenant
          I. Parties of the Covenant
          II. Conditions of the Covenant
          III. Provisions of the covenant
          IV. Token (circumcision)
     B. Dispensation of Promise
          I. Man’s Responsibilities
          II. Man’s Failures
          III. The Resulting Judgment
     C. Life in Captivity
          I. How to approach God (cleansing process)
     D. Generations of the Promised Savior – Abraham to Moses
     E. Promise of Redemption Maintained
     F. Angelic Conflict
8. The Fifth Economy
     A. Mosaic Covenant
          I. Parties of the Covenant
          II. Conditions of the Covenant
          III. Provisions of the covenant
          IV. Token
     B. Dispensation of Law
          I. Man’s Responsibilities
          II. Man’s Failures
          III. The Resulting Judgment
     C. Land Covenant
          I. Parties of the Covenant
          II. Conditions of the Covenant
          III. Provisions of the covenant
          IV. Token
     D. Seed (Davidic) Covenant
          I. Parties of the Covenant
          II. Conditions of the Covenant
          III. Provisions of the covenant
          IV. Token
     E. Blessing (New) Covenant
          I. Parties of the Covenant
          II. Conditions of the Covenant
          III. Provisions of the covenant
          IV. Token
     F. Life Under the Law
          I. How to approach God (cleansing process)
     G. Generations of the Promised Savior – Moses to Messiah
     H. Promise of Redemption Maintained
      I. Angelic Conflict
9. The Sixth Economy
     A. Dispensation of Grace
          I. Man’s Responsibilities
          II. Man’s Failures
          III. The Resulting Judgment
     B. Life Sealed in the Spirit
          I. How to approach God (cleansing process)
     C. Promise of Redemption Maintained
     D. Angelic Conflict
10. The Seventh Economy
     A. Dispensation of the Kingdom
          I. Man’s Responsibilities
          II. Man’s Failures
          III. The Resulting Judgment
     B. Life Under the Perfect King
          I. How to approach God (cleansing process)
     C. Into Eternity
11. The New Heaven and Earth
     A. Into Eternity with a Perfect Population
12. Personal Application
     A. Our Position in the Plan
     B. Personal Responsibilities