The Age of Grace: Judgement Nigh as Probation Comes to a Close

The Dispensation of the Church, the Time of the Gentiles, and the Age of Grace are various names for an age of Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) moving among Gentiles before returning to Jerusalem to enter fully unto the faithful Jew. It has taken two thousand years, after the advent of the Christ, for man to finally comprehend God’s ways — to bring the will of heaven unto the earth. That two-thousand year period of probation is quickly coming to a close.

From the Time of Mount Sinai, well before Messiah, the Jew respected the Mosaic Law while the Gentile remained under Noahide Law. Messiah changed the way man relates to man, with God mediating (Matthew 22:34-40). Interdependent, we are behooved to treat one another well. The Law, in revealing our imperfections, rather than proclaiming decree and certitude, will thereupon be written on our heart. All fall under this renewed covenant, through Messiah, whether they know it or not.

But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Probation is ending. Hence the call that we are at the Time of the End—the End Times. The End Times is the time leading up to and including a period of Great Tribulation, such as there has never been before—which may have already begun—followed immediately by the Second Advent.

Probation involves disciplinary action to get people into line. Discipline involves judgement and wrath. There are three judgements that befall man at these End Times. And there are two wraths: Satan’s Wrath (Great Tribulation) and the Wrath of the Lamb of God (The Day of the Lord). Prepare for a time of intensity like no other.

The Second Advent will, in turn, be followed by the Millennial Reign (of Christ). After this one-thousand-year reign, there again will be a period (albeit relatively short) of turmoil on earth. The earth will then pass away in a universal fiery furnace and usher in a new-earth (and new-heaven) phase.

Three Judgements¹

  1. The Judgement (Bema) Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10) — Christian faithfulness will be rewarded (Revelation 3:11), ill-motivated works undone (1 Corinthians 3:12)
  2. The Judgement of the Nations (Matthew 25:31-46) — the Sheep and the Goat nations, according to their respective treatment of Israel and the Jew
  3. The Great White Throne Judgement (Revelation 20:11-15) — at the end of the Millennium comes the irrevocable judgement for non-believers

There is, in fact, another judgement (1 Corinthians 6:2-3); the judgement of the fallen angels. They will be judged by the redeemed in Christ.

Two Wraths²

Connected to the judgements, one of two wraths will befall man courtesy of Satan while the other is of God’s vengeance. Satan’s wrath is the (Great) Tribulation, which sees the persecution of the Saints (recent beheading in Mesopotamia are the most stark examples of that).


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The Age of Grace (Historical)

History of Man over Two Millennia — A Timeline of Christianity³


First Millennium

1st Century (1-100 AD)

Jewish Christianity, through Peter, Paul, James the Just,  disperses from Jerusalem founding the Apostolic Sees, splitting gradually from Judaism to become a predominantly Gentile religion.

  • Massacre of the Innocents: infanticide by Roman client-king of Judea, Herod the Great
  • 27 AD Messiah Yahushah baptised
  • 30 AD Crucifixion
  • 34 AD Paul’s first visit to Jerusalem (missionary work begins 45 AD)
  • 43 AD London established by the Romans
  • 64 AD Great Fire destroys most of Rome
  • 70 AD Gospel of Matthew
  • 75 AD Gospel of Luke
  • 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupts
  • 80 AD Roman Colosseum completed
  • 95 AD Gospel of John and Revelation

2nd Century (100-200 AD)

This is the time of the Apostolic fathers, students of the Apostles of Jesus, as Christianity gradually decentralised from Jerusalem.

  • 107 AD earliest recorded extra-biblical use of term Christianity (Greek: Χριστιανισμός), by Ignatius of Antioch.
  • Apostolic Fathers:
    • Ignatius
    • Polykarp 
    • Shepherd of Hermas
  • Apologists: Justin Martyr; Tatian; Athenagoras
  • Greek Fathers: Irenaeus; Clement
  • Latin Fathers: Tertullian
  • “Unorthodox scholars”: Marcion, Valentinius, and Montanus
  • 126 AD Roman Pantheon

3rd Century (200-300 AD)

  • 250 AD Decius persecutes Christians
  • 286 AD Roman Empire divided by Diocletian (persecutes Christians in 303 AD)

4th Century (300-400 AD)

  • 306 AD Constantine I (the Great) becomes Emperor of Rome in the East
  • 308 AD Maxentius becomes Emperor of Rome in the West
  • 312 AD Maxentius killed in the Battle of Milvian Bridge by Constantine
  • 313 AD Edict of Milan (Toleration)
  • 324 AD East and West kingdoms (of Rome) reunited by Constantine
  • 330 AD Constantinople the new capital of the kingdom
  • 337 AD Constantine baptised on his deathbed
  • 391 AD Christianity official religion of Roman Empire

5th Century (400-500 AD)

  • 410 AD Rome sacked by Goths
  • 428 AD St. Patrick begins missionary work in Ireland

6th Century (500-600 AD)

  • 590 AD Pope Gregory the Great

7th Century (600-700 AD)

  • 610 AD Vision of Muhammad
  • 624 AD Aisha and Muhammad are married
  • 625 AD Muhammad starts dictation of Koran
  • 632 AD Death of Muhammad

8th Century (700-800 AD)

The eighth century was characterised by the rise of Islam in the Middle East through its Eastern Roman stronghold of Byzantium: Persia; Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. It was the time of an iconoclastic movement within the eastern Byzantine Church:

9th Century (800-900 AD)

  • 832 AD City of Baghdad established and rises to prominence as city of learning
  • 843 AD Treaty of Verdun divides Frankish Empire into three
  • 844 AD Picts defeated and Scotland united
  • 850 A.D Muslim scholars compile medical writings of Greece, Rome, Persia, India
  • 861 AD Iceland discovered by Vikings


Second Millennium

1000-1100 AD

Great Schism of the State church of the Roman Empire into Eastern (Greek) and Western (Latin) branches.

  • 1082 King Henry IV troops storm Rome
  • 1085 AD Moors lose Toledo to Alfonso VI
  • 1088 AD Pope Urban II
  • 1098 AD Crusaders defeat the Saracens at Antioch
  • 1099 AD Crusaders take Jerusalem

1100-1200 AD

Thirteenth Century (1200-1300)

Fourteenth Century (1300-1400)

  • 1300 AD Wenceslas II new king of Poland
  • 1328 AD Philip VI king of France
  • 1368 AD Ming dynasty formed in China

Fifteenth Century (1400-1500)

Sixteenth Century (1500-1600)

  • Age of Discovery
  • Protestant Reformation
    • Lutheranism
    • Calvinism
  • Counter-Reformation
  • Renaissance Church
  • Eastern Orthodoxy
  • 1590 AD: First flushing toilet invented by John Harrington

Seventeenth Century (1600-1700)

  • 1609 AD Galileo Galilee first observations of stars with a telescope
  • 1610 AD The theory of relative motion by Galileo
  • 1618 AD Start of Thirty Years’ War initiated by the Defenestration of Prague
  • 1621 AD Philip IV King of Spain
  • 1648 AD Treaty of Westphalia signed, ending Thirty Years’ War
  • 1665 AD Plague sweeps over London
  • 1687 AD Sir Isaac Newton theory of gravity and the three laws of motion
  • 1696 AD Peter the Great is sole ruler of Russia

Eighteenth Century (1700-1800)

Nineteenth Century (1800-1900)

Twentieth Century (1900-2000)

  • 1901 AD Queen Victoria dies
  • 1903 AD Wright Brothers make first powered flight
  • 1905 AD Albert Einstein publishes theory of special relativity
  • 1914 AD Start World War I
  • 1916 AD Albert Einstein publishes theory of general relativity
  • 1917 AD Scientific principles of the laser defined by Einstein
  • 1918 AD World War I ends
  • 1920 AD First public broadcasting station opened (Britain)
  • 1927 AD Charles Lindbergh, first solo flight across Atlantic; Big Bang theory
  • 1928 AD Penicillin discovered accidentally by Alexander Fleming
  • 1929 AD NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) crashes
  • 1936 AD Start of the Spanish Civil War.
  • 1939 AD Start World War II, The Spanish Civil War ends
  • 1945 AD World War II ends
  • 1949 AD Communists lead by Mao Zedong come to power in China
  • 1965 AD Vietnam War begins
  • 1961 AD The Berlin Wall is built, divides Germany
  • 1963 AD John F. Kennedy assassinated
  • 1967 AD USA, Great Britain, Soviet Union treaty banning nuclear weapons in space
  • 1973 AD The Vietnam War ends
  • 1979 AD Margaret Thatcher is elected the first woman prime minister of England
  • 1980 AD Iran-Iraq war begins (until 1988)
  • 1989 AD Berlin Wall torn down and communist rule ends in East Germany
  • 1991 AD Soviet Union collapses

Church History Foretold in the Seven Churches

Summarising the two-thousand year gap between Daniel’s 69th and 70th weeks

The Seven Church Ages

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter …

Follow, with St. John the Apostle, that first voice up to heaven for a bird’s-eye view of the Mid-Tribulation.

  1. What are all the different judgments in the Bible? – Got Questions
  2. Delivered from God’s Wrath – End Times Truth
  3. Timeline of Christianity
    1. Christianity in the 1st century, Wikipedia, accessed November 28, 2017
    2. Christianity in the Second Century, Wikipedia, accessed November 28, 2017
    3. Christianity in the 8th century, Wikipedia, accessed November 28, 2017
    4. Introduction and Historical Background of the Eighth Century,
    5. Christianity in the 11th century, Wikipedia, accessed November 28, 2017
    6. Christianity in the 16th century, Wikipedia, accessed November 28, 2017

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