In the beginning, God established a pattern which He would inspire Moses to record as a foundation for everything that was yet future in God's dealings for man, and His administration of His dispensations. We have studied elsewhere (see Links below) that the first 11 chapters of Genesis describe the first three dispensations: the Dispensation of Innocence, the Dispensation of Conscience and the Dispensation of Human Goverenment.
On this page, we are going to look at the same 11 chapters as prophetically typifying the last three dispensations: The Dispensation of Judgment, the Dispensation of the Kingdom, and the Dispensation of Eternity Future. Except that the typology of the last three dispensations follow each other in reverse.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 asserts the principle that "the thing that has been, is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun."
And again in Eccl 3:14-15, the preacher says the same thing.
"I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him. That which is has already been, and what is to be has already been; and God requires an account of what is past."
A fascinating thought! But let's get on with our study ...
Eleven chapters in reverse order
Genesis 11 deals with the Nations and the Tower of Babel:
There is a universal language (Ch. 11:1-2, 4, 9). Today, English is a universal language.
A group of men came from the east from the land of Shanar;
A tower had been built and was destroyed.
Now if we look at what has caused the entire world to change in the 21st century,
it's all centered around 9/11. The "War on Terror" has affected the world.
And it was a group of men who came from the East who destroyed the Twin Towers.
The tower of Babel fell in Babylon. It was the symbol of Nimrod's empire and government.
In the 21st century, the government of Iraq (modern Babylon) fell.
Genesis 10 lists the sons of Japheth who are Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meschech, and Tiras:
This is important for understanding the near future when the Battle of Gog and Magog of Ezekiel 38 and 39 is very likely to occur. The parallel is that these are the territories spoken of in Ezekiel 38and 39 as participants of the great invasion of Israel under the leadership of Russia.
Ezekiel 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
Genesis 9 narrates the days of Noah:
And in Luke 17:26, Yeshua says: "And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man."
Now notice these three clues:
1. Days of Noah
Gen 9:6 - " Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God he made man". This is a warning about shedding innocent blood which is going on all over the word today with abortions.
2. Noah planted a vineyard
Gen 9:21 - "Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent." The pattern here is drunkenness as Luke warned about as a sign of the last days (Luke 21:34).
3. Homosexual behavior
Gen 9:22 - "And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside."
Gen 9:25 - "So Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him." The pattern here is homosexuality and its acceptance world-wide.
In Genesis 8, one of the main themes is the Dove, which is mentioned three different times in verses 9-12. According to Matthew 3:16, the Dove is a picture of the Holy Spirit.
This is a picture of God pouring out His Spirit in the last days, which happens prior to the Lord's coming for the Bride (The Rapture).
We have already seen an outpouring of the Spirit during the last century. Perhaps a greater outpouring is to come. Because Messiah warned of widespread deception in the last days, we can expect Satan to counterfeit the outpouring and gifts of the Spirit. But (as with counterfeit money, or counterfeit works of art) the counterfeit does not negate the reality and value of the true.
In Genesis 7, one of the keys is in verse 11:
"... on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened."
This describes terrible weather patterns coming (tsunamis from the "deep", and hurricanes/storms from the "windows of heaven").
As birth pains come upon a woman with child, so there will be more tsunamis, hurricanes and storms upon us very soon.
Genesis 6 tells us that the earth has become extremely populated.
"And that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." "And that violence had filled the earth."
This is already happening and will only continue to happen until the Lord comes.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:7, the Bible speaks of a time when violence reaches it peak, or that the cup of iniquity is full, the Lord returns and the "Man of Sin" is revealed.
Chapter 5:24: This is where Enoch is out walking with the Lord and is caught up, or translated to Heaven to be with the Lord.
This is a picture of the Rapture of the saints.
One of the main key points to this entire study is how Enoch is translated (Raptured) to Heaven BEFORE the Tribulation of Genesis 4. (Remember, we're going through these chapters backwards! And we're finding that the first eleven chapters of Genesis, contemplated in reverse order, parallel key events of the end times, contemplated in forward order.)
Although this is a very unique way to look at scripture and it's only a theory; it very well could be true.
We shall go on to Genesis 4.
In Genesis 4:8, we have the story of Cain killing his brother Abel.
We know from the Bible that people will be killed and martyred for receiving Yeshua as Messiah during the Tribulation period.
In Genesis 4:15, we read of a "mark" being put on Cain's head. This could be a hint concerning the "Mark of the Beast", that will be on the right hand or forehead (Rev 13:16).
Could this be yet another proof of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture?
In Genesis 4:12-15, we read that Cain was sentenced to be a vagabond on the face of the earth. Cain was terrified that one of Adam's other children would kill him. God then told him that whoever killed Cain would be avenged sevenfold.
Interestingly, the coming Tribulation period will be seven years in duration (split into two periods of 42 months as foretold in Rev 11:2, 13:5). Is this another allusion to the Tribulation Period?
Genesis 3: This chapter deals with the binding of Satan.
Verse 15 says, "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.
After the Tribulation God binds Satan (Rev 20:2-3).
"He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while."
This is the defeat of Satan predicted in Genesis 3.
Genesis 2:1 says, "Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished." Genesis 2:4 says, "This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created%u2026"
This could be alluding to the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
After the binding of Satan; Jesus rules and reigns for 1000 years.
Then after the Millennial reign we step into Eternity where everything is created perfect.
In Genesis 1, Everything was perfect. And in Genesis 2, we see perfection manifested in the Garden of Eden.
It's going to end the way it started!
In the first two chapters of Genesis, there's NO Sin, NO Pain; NO Sorrow; NO Death; NO Mention of the Devil; and God walks with Man.
In the last two chapters of Revelation, there is NO SIN; NO Pain; NO Sorrow; NO Death; NO Mention of the Devil; and God walks with Man.
Yes indeed! It's going to end the way it started! Hallelujah! Amen!
Our God is a God of patterns, symbolism, types, and shadows. In order to tap into the deeper things of God you have to know how God works.
Remember Eccl 1:9 "That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun."
Dispensations typified by Genesis 11 to 1
- Transition at the end of the Age of Grace (starting with 9/11/2001, see Genesis 11 to 5 above)
- The Dispensation of Judgment (7 years)
- The Dispensation of the Kingdom (1000 years)
- The Dispensation of Eternity (everlasting)
This is the event that, I believe, will precede the Great Tribulation. It is not a dispensation but an event, and will occur at the end of the Dispensation of Grace. This does not mean that the grace of God will not be shown in the Great Tribulation, but that the dominating theme of that painful dispensation will be the judgment of God, in contrast to the current dispensation where the dominant theme is the grace and mercy of God, offering salvation to all men.
The Great Tribulation
This is the dispensation that is around the corner. The world is accelerating towards it now.
The Great Tribulation typified by the Fifth Day of Creation
The Dispensation of the Kingdom
Many of us, students of the Dispensations, realizing that we are approaching the end of the Dispensation of Grace, have begun to long for the approaching Dispensation of the Kingdom.
This is the everlasting dispensation in which all of God's intentions for His creation will be fulfilled.