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Acts 28

Acts 28
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
KJV

The dispensational boundary which occured in Acts 28:28-31 is when the Apostle Paul declares to the Jewish leadership that the final opportunity for their acceptance of Jesus as Christ is over. From that point on the message for the plan of salvation is now authorized to be sent from the Gentiles, apart from Israel. Prior to this point in scripture, salvation was always either through or with the Jew. At this point the nation of Israel has been put on hold but will be still receive the promises and blessings made to them through Abraham in the future (when Elijah restores the revealed plan of God). Consequently, for the first time in scripture, Paul declares that whosoever will accept Christ and this calling, they become a member of the body of Christ where Christ is the head. This calling now has its own blessings and inheritance separate from Israel. To explain this “hidden plan” that is now revealed, Paul then begins to write the final 7 books in scripture, chronologically (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Titus, Philemon, 1 Timothy, and 2nd Timothy.) The reason we describe this calling as the hidden purpose is that it was hidden in God, before the foundation of the world and not revealed until Paul was told to do so in Ephesians 3:9. The primary name given to us by the Apostle Paul for the special body of truth during this timeframe is called “The Mystery” (Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:25-26) and it is our calling for today.

Articles

September 13th, 2014

Introduction

Why study the book of First Corinthians? This book gives a good look into the Acts economy and to the personality of Paul. When we study this epistle we will appreciate many issues of the first ministry of Paul during a time when Israel was first and God was respecting and honouring his covenanted people, the nation of Israel. Many issues of today relate directly to the topics addressed in this epistle such as speaking in tongues 1Cor 12-14; factions within the church 1:11,12; abuses of the Lord's supper; taking of blievers to law before the unbeliever  6:1-8;  food and idols 8:1-3;  marriage and how it should work in the "time is short" age of the Acts 7:1-40 and the issue of people denying the resurrection 15:12.

July 17th, 2014
Mid-Acts Period Questions

We all need to ask questions as we ponder God's word. These are not to be construed as negative to your faith as are foolish and unlearned questions 2Tim. 2:23,  but on the contrary should simply be a part of the method of acquiring knowledge and understanding and therefore be faith building. The right questions should lead onto edification and strength and finally to perfection. It is with this spirit that I ask these questions and hope that the Father of lights will give a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him (see Eph.1:17) to each and every one of us so that with enlightened eyes we may know!

April 22nd, 2014

What does it mean to be an Acts 28 site?

Simply stated, we believe the passage in Acts 28:28-31 is when the Apostle Paul declares to the Jewish leadership that the final opportunity for their acceptance of Jesus as Christ is over. From that point on the message for the plan of salvation is now authorized to be sent from the Gentiles, apart from Israel. Prior to this point in scripture, salvation was always either through or with the Jew. At this point the nation of Israel has been put on hold but will be still receive the promises and blessings made to them through Abraham in the future (when Elijah restores the revealed plan of God).

February 27th, 2010

Lest those, who having read this study may feel that they have been robbed of so much that is precious in the Word - so much from which they derive comfort and help, we would like to make it clear that while the various books and parts of the Scriptures are definitely ADDRESSED TO different companies of people at different times we MUST distinguish between; the interpretationand application of the Word.

Interpretation deals first with those to whom the passage of Scripture is addressed. When this has been settled we can then apply the passage to ourselves if this is consistent with truth revealed in this present age of grace, this is a legitimate application of Scripture.

January 4th, 2010

Many, if not all, believers in Christ are aware that as we progress through the Bible, so God reveals more of His plan and purpose for mankind. We may turn to Genesis for teaching on creation, but we are not likely to offer God burnt offerings like Abel, Noah and others did. We may admire the faith of Abraham who believed that even in his old age God would grant him a child, but we know that we have to believe something different if the same righteousness is to be imputed to us. We may read of the ritual of circumcision, but we are unlikely to have our boy babies circumcised as a religious rite, even if we may do so for medical reasons.

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January 5th, 2020
Genesis - Part 37
The lesson on January 5, 2020 was part 37 of the "Genesis" study.  Wayne spent time bringing us up to the current place in this Genesis study by reviewing the rabbit trails we followed to better understand the separate callings between Israel and our calling in the Mystery.  In doing so, Wayne reviewed the four deportations of Israel as reflected in 2 Chronicles and synced that up with the time in the New Testament when these four deportations occurred. He then reviewed the reference in Isaiah 6:9-10 where it is quoted 7 times in the New Testament showing the hardening of the heart of Israel.  We then reviewed the Remnant that Paul was reaching out to in the Acts period where he wrote the book of Romans.  He reviewed the way that some Christians today who try to replace Israel as spiritual Israel.  Wayne makes is clear that Israel has its own calling and inheritance that will be fulfilled as well as those Christians in the Mystery have our own calling and inheritance.  In Ephesians 1:5 we learn "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will" that Christ has predestinated us unto Adoption!  When we are raised in the resurrection, we will have a body fashioned to accomplish what He wants us to do in Heavenly Places ministering to Principalities.  Wayne finished the lesson in Genesis 6 looking at the Sons of God (Angels) who had children with Adamic women who produced Giants (or Nephilim).   The scripture reading was from Genesis 6:1-4 KJV
Genesis - Part 37
December 15th, 2019
Genesis - Part 36

The lesson on December 15, 2019 was part 36 of the "Genesis" study.  In today's lesson, Wayne continues to provide clarity on the three spheres of blessings but took time to analyze the four deportations of Israel.  This was a little detour from Genesis but is in response to some questions Wayne received from part 35 of Genesis around the three spheres of blessings.  Wayne took us back to end of the Old Testament CANON (Chronologically).  He took us through the four deportations: 1).2 Chronicles 33.11 – Manasseh. 2).2 Chronicles 36.6 – Jehoiakim (possibly Daniel included Dan 1.1). 3).2 Chronicles 36.10 – Jehoiachin (2Kings 24.14, Mordecai Est.2.5,6). 4).2 Chronicles 36.20 – Zedekiah (2 Kings 25, Nehemiah also).  We get clarity of the metaphors used with Israel including the bride and adoption. We learn that an adoption has with it responsibilities and an inheritance.  He also pointed out our adoption which has unique responsibilities and inheritance.  The scripture reading was from 2 Chronicles 36:22-23 KJV

Genesis - Part 36
November 24th, 2019
Genesis - Part 34

The lesson on November 24, 2019 was part 34 of the "Genesis" study.  Being that is the week of Thanksgiving in America, Wayne started his lesson with a commentary on the founders of this country, having traveled so far in a ship that could be considered a dingy by today's standards.  These founding fathers suffered the harsh winter in this new land where half of them perished.  Why?  They had a hope that served as their motivation.  In the end, the US Constitution was created as the supreme law of the land that expressed their hope in a new republic.  Wayne also shared he received good study material from the Wall Builders and also warned of the desire to form a Constitutional Convention.  Even those with good intentions don't agree among themselves to opening up the Constitution for amendment would be very dangerous and an attack on the liberties established already in the document.  Wayne commented that the John Birch Society is a good source of material on that issue.  Now, when the main lesson started it was going to lay the foundation for the "Pleroma" or fullness.  In doing so, the lesson taught us about the Gap theory of the Earth was created perfect and then a judgment came upon it.  When God then recreated the Earth, his intention was to fill it with Israel.  The chart on the "Pleroma"  from CH Welch does a good job showing how something was started, then disruption or judgement occurred but will be fulfilled later.  The only calling that doesn't need refilling is the Mystery because it is the fullness.  In this fullness, we learn of the heavenly places which is where we sit with Christ.  The scripture reading was from Hebrews 11:1-3 KJV

Genesis - Part 34
November 17th, 2019
Genesis - Part 33

The lesson on November 17, 2019 was part 33 of the "Genesis" study.  The culmination of this lesson introduces the "Pleromoa" but before we got there Wayne reviewed what we had previously learned about how important Right Division of scripture is when studying because you will be in danger of receiving doctrine out of context.  We had previously looked at the lineage of Cain and Seth and found their posterity with people sharing the same name.  They are separate people.  We looked at the word "Church" and identified at least three churches mentioned in scripture that all had different attributes.  To really make this clear, we looked at 1 Corinthians 12:28 (which was during the Acts period) and the gifts that were given to it and compared it to the church which is His body and Christ being the head and the gifts that were given to this body (in Ephesians 4:11-12 KJV).  With Right Division we learn what is different and which one applies to us today in our calling.  In this body, we learn of the fullness or "pleroma" that the Mystery brings with it.  That will be next weeks lesson focus.  The scripture reading was from Colossians 1:14-19 KJV

Genesis - Part 33
November 3rd, 2019
Genesis - Part 31

The lesson on November 3, 2019 was part 31 of the "Genesis" study.  Wayne took us back today to reemphasize why Right Division is so important when we are studying scripture.  In Genesis, the doctrine we learn of being a "keeper" is reflected in the sin that Cain had before he murdered Abel.  Can was a tiller of the ground which meant he had the responsibility to be his brothers keeper which is what he responded to God with after he had killed Abel and received the curse that God put on him.  We too as Christians have the responsibility of reading scripture and understanding doctrine that is given to what group of people and when it applies.  We recounted a recent debate between and atheist and a Christian where the atheist won because he pulled scripture out of the Gospels where Jesus had said they would not die if they take poison.  This was true in that dispensation but ended at Acts 28:28.  The scripture does not contain doctrine that is active today and the only way to refute what the atheist was arguing was with Right Division.  Wayne shared with us Appendix 83 from the Companion Bible that teaches us how to read Jeremiah since it explains the chronological order of Jeremiah's prophesies.  We learned that the way to Rightly Divide the scriptures is not from the Old Testament and New, but rather from Prophecy and The Mystery.  The scripture reading was from Jeremiah 23:5-8 KJV

Genesis - Part 31

Blogs

September 15th, 2010

Everyone I read or hear challenges everybody else to “rightly divide the word” (2 Timothy 2:15.) This is good advice, but it is obvious that many of those who challenge others to “rightly divide” are not doing so themselves. How can I be sure of this? They all disagree. As someone once said, “We can’t all be right, but we can all be wrong.” It is interesting to note that some pertinent verses in scripture are very salient and some seem to be constantly ignored. Probably no other verse has helped me get things in perspective as Acts 28:28.

May 15th, 2014

"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:   Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."  Colossians 2:16-17

We have just finished the Book of Colossians in our weekly Bible study.  The book was written by Paul during his first imprisonment in Rome after he announced to the chief of the Jews:

May 29th, 2014

Eph. 6.15  (AV) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph. 6.15  (TR) και υποδησαμενοι τους ποδας εν ετοιμασια του ευαγγελιου της ειρηνης

June 10th, 2014

The perfecting of the saints

The book of Ephesians is the high water mark of PAul's prison ministry. It relates to us both  the circumstances and content  of the revelation of "the mystery" which was hid in God. All saints immediately prior to this revelation believed and held to the hope which was proclaimed to them in the Acts and therefore would need to be adjusted to the new and unprophesied hope that was now their's by grace.

July 4th, 2015

The apostle Paul had two ministries, one during the book of Acts and the other after Acts 28. Much confusion in the christian community results from a failure to rightly divide between these two ministries. For the Christian, that is for the person who knows the Lord Jesus Christ as saviour there is no issue more important than to have a clear appreciation of the two-fold ministry of Paul.

Charts

Acts 28:28 SiteWhat so special about Acts 28:28?

Simply stated, we believe the passage in Acts 28:28-31 is when the Apostle Paul declares to the Jewish leadership that the final opportunity for their acceptance of Jesus as Christ is over. From that point on the message for the plan of salvation is now authorized to be sent from the Gentiles, apart from Israel. Prior to this point in scripture, salvation was always either through or with the Jew. At this point the nation of Israel has been put on hold but will be still receive the promises and blessings made to them through Abraham in the future (when Elijah restores the revealed plan of God).

Three Divisions of the New TestamentThis chart was presented by Mike Penny during his October 2009 seminar on Numbers in the New Testament. It looks at the number of occurences for topics in the Gospel Period books, the Acts Period books and the Post Acts Period books and shows when something has changed statistically speaking.  This is a great way to look at dispenstional changes by seeing how some topics are not present in the Post Acts period books of the Bible.

Acts Period Books

  • Acts
  • Hebrews
  • Galatians
  • Romans
  • James
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Thessalonians
  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • Jude
  • Revelation

Here are some dispensational characteristics of the Acts Period.

Post Acts Period Books

  • Ephesians
  • Colossians
  • Philemon
  • Philippians
  • Titus
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy

Dispensational characteristics of the Post Acts Period

Gospel Period Books

Acts Period Books Post Acts Period Books
Matthew Hebrews Galatians Ephesians
Mark James 1 Thessalonians Colossians
Luke 1 Peter 2 Thessalonians Philemon
John 2 Peter 1 Corinthians Philippians
  1 John 2 Corinthians Titus
  2 John Romans 1 Timothy
  3 John Acts 2 Timothy
  Jude    
  Revelation    
       

  

Publications

The pamplet Right Division contains two articles:

These two articles in our humble opinion, demonstrate the principle of “right division” 2 Timothy 2:15. These testings of the things which differ are but tools to dispel the illusions of Satan. In any case, it is the reader’s privilege to taste and see.

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Order the book to assist your studies. Discover why Acts is such an important transition from God’s revealed plan to His hidden purpose.  Be sure and listen to the two audio studies, as well.

Foreward in the book (by David F. Webber, 1984, Oklahoma City, OK)

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