In October 2015 a conference on the subject of “dispensations and ages” was held at the Gospel Hall in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Understanding the Bible’s dispensations greatly aids in appreciating its overall flow, structure and goal. These sessions will repay careful viewing.
Part 3 – Ian Jackson speaks on the topic of “Dispensationalism and the Church Age”. The present age has two chief characteristics; the Holy Spirit has come down to earth, and there is a “Man in the glory”, Christ the ascended head of His church. The period between the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came down, and the coming rapture of the Church to heaven before the tribulation, has been fittingly called “the great parenthesis”. It is a period not predicted in the Old Testament and concerns the church “which is His body”, a new entity composed of both Jews and Gentiles, all one in Christ. The existence, composition and purpose of this body was not known by the prophets of Old Testament times (Eph 3:4-6). Distinguishing between this body, the church, on the one hand, and Israel on the other, is one of the most vital elements in understanding the Bible as a whole.