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I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. KJV
GOD SAID, "I WILL REMEMBER!"
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; [for He is faithful that promised] Amp Bible
Under this dispensation we see Nimrod, the mighty hunter, and the Tower of Babel.
Nimrod was thought to be a friend of the people, due to his great hunting ability. He killed many dangerous wild beasts protecting the population. He also built walls to provide further protection for the cities. Nimrodís sole purpose was to destroy manís trust in God, causing them to look to him instead.
Nimrod was attacked and torn to pieces by a wild boar. His wife proclaimed him to be God, and his death to be a voluntary sacrifice for the people. The people embraced this new religion, and as a result all types of false religions have come through this man being worshipped.. (todays "NewAge" isn't so new) . Nimrod points to the antichrist!
And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth KJV
While mankind had rejected our true God, they tried to appease their conscience by acknowledging there was a god that designed the universe. Babel literally meant ďGate of GodĒ. But God changed the meaning of the word Babel to mean "confusion!".
The people had built the Tower of Babel, not meaning for it to reach God as many believe. Verse 4 says ďmay reachĒ this is in italics, meaning it was used by the translators and not the original Hebrew text. This phrase should read: ďwhose top is heaven.Ē
Archaeological evidence suggests the Tower of Babel was a building given over to astrology, or heathen worship of the heavens. Among the ruins of ancient Babylon is a building 153-ft high with a 400-ft base. It was made with dried bricks in seven stages, to correspond with the known planets to which they were dedicated. The lower part was black, the color of Saturn, the next orange , for Jupiter, the third red, for Mars, and so on. These stages were toped by a tower which had the signs of the Zodiac. It was an open defiant turning to Satan and the beginning of devil worship. This is why the Bible pronounces a curse on those who consult the sun, the moon, and the stars of heavenĒ.
I donít believe the Lord literally came down here to see this tower. I see this scripture as a mocking of mans attempt to reach His height. This mustíve been a terrifying time for the people. It was at this time when the differing languages and races took place, dividing family and friends.
PRAISE GOD WE WERE NOT THERE!
This dispensation was to allow man to prove his faithfulness to the Lord, through keeping the laws given by God through man. Again, man failed miserably.
4. Dispensation of Promise: From the call of Abraham to the exodus.
[Gen 12:1 thru Ex 2:36]
God chose to separate unto Himself one family, that through them the worship of the one true God would continue. The Israelites are the chosen people of God.
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. KJV
Verse 3 is referring to the promise of Jesus Christ the Messiah, coming through the Israel nation.
This dispensation was a time of testing oneís faith, to believe the promises of God and again man failed terribly.
The book of Genesis is the Book of Beginnings:
A. Chapter 1: we find the beginning of the universe and the human race.
B. Chapter 2: we read of a new beginning with Noah and his family.
C. Chapter 12: we have the beginning of Godís chosen nation in Abram.
This is the first time God dealís with one particular lineage, separate from the rest of humanity. Through this linage comes the nation of Israel, and the PROMISED MESSIAH!
5. Dispensation of Law: From Moses to Jesus Christ Ex 12:37 thu Matt 2:23
Godís covenant with Abraham is eternal, the law does not replace it!
This is my argument; the law which began 430 years after the covenant [concerning the coming Messiah], does not and cannot annul the covenant previously established [ratified] by God, so as to abolish the promise and make it void. For if the inheritance [of the promise depends on observing] the law [as these false teachers would like you to believe], it no longer [depends] on the promise; however, God gave it to Abraham [as a free gift solely] by virtue of His promise. Amp Bible
Although the moral failure of Israel as a nation has resulted in untold punishments, Israelís transgressions havenít defeated the plan of God, nor perrmanently alienated His people from Him. Godís covenant with Abraham will be fulfilled! Glory to God!
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