The Dispensations – A Chart By R P Amos

Dispensations Chart

 

The Dispensations chart by Randy Amos (click the chart for full size) provides a helpful overview of the dispensations. Brother Amos provides the following explanation of his chart (emphasis mine):

Dispensation does not mean a ‘time period’ but it involves time. Just like the word ‘marriage’ does not mean a time period but it involves time. A dispensation is a new means for living that God, at various stages in human history, has entrusted to mankind to affect his life. Man however, eventually fails and God sends a special judgment, but yet in grace continues His eternal purpose. Dispensations will reveal the failure of man no matter what has been entrusted to him. It will leave him to glory in God alone.

Whatever God chooses to dispense to man does not disappear, as the chart will show. Its basic truth still will have a purpose now and in the kingdom. Even the law, though the church is not under law, still serves a purpose in giving the knowledge of sin. For example, when a man marries he is no longer under his father’s authority but his father can still serve a purpose for him. Dispensations will help one see what has been dispensed to them and therefore how to correctly serve God.

Dispensations is not an ‘ism’ or a system of interpretation but observation. It’s simply believing God’s recorded history, statements and prophecies as found in His Bible.

Some Scriptures for the chart on dispensations:

  • 1. Free Will – Gen. 1:26-28; 2:16,17; 3:21 / Rev. 22:17.
  • 2. Conscience – Gen. 3:7 / Rom. 2:14,15 / Gen. 6:7,12 / Gen. 6:8 / Rom 2:15
  • 3. Government – Gen. 9:6; 11:6-8 / Rom. 13:4.
  • 4. Promise – Gal. 3:18 / Gen. 12:1-3, 7/ Exodus 5:1-4; 12:12, 13/ Gal. 3:29.
  • 5. Law – Ex. 24:12; 19:8 / Deut. 28:15 / Jer. 36:4-27 / Matt. 27:22,23 / 2Chron. 36:12-21; 36:22-23 / Acts 13:46 / Rom. 3:20.
  • 6. Grace – Eph. 3:2 / Acts 2:38,47 / Heb. 10:29 / 1Tim. 4:1-3 / 2Tim. 3:1-5 / Rev. 6 & 7 / Eph. 2:8,9.
  • 7. Kingdom – Isaiah 11/ Matt. 25:31 / Rev. 5:10; 11:15; 20:4-9; 21:1.

 

Thanks Randy!

 

Links:
Videos of Randy Amos teaching the dispensations: God’s Plan For The Ages Note: the audio quality of the introduction video is poor. You may wish to skip to session 2. Also, session 14 is apparently missing.

Randy Amos’ website: Thinking 7

 

7 comments

  1. Dispensational charts are so cool!

    It almost looks like this one nests later suspensions within earlier ones. Is that deliberate?

    • Sorry! my phone betrayed me. I meant it looks like it nests later dispensations within earlier dispensations. Not “suspensions”, “dispensations”.

      • Hey Mark…. sorry I missed your comment. I just noticed it today. Actually the nesting of the dispensations *MAY* be intentional. I”ll reach out to Randy and ask him if it was intentional, and if so what is the significance.

      • Take a look at the 3rd paragraph in the explanation of the chart…

        Whatever God chooses to dispense to man does not disappear, as the chart will show. Its basic truth still will have a purpose now and in the kingdom. Even the law, though the church is not under law, still serves a purpose in giving the knowledge of sin. For example, when a man marries he is no longer under his father’s authority but his father can still serve a purpose for him. Dispensations will help one see what has been dispensed to them and therefore how to correctly serve God.

        I think this answers your question.

  2. Gene Teel

    Looking over the chart I don’t see the Rapture or the Tribulation.

    • Gene: Very observant… excellent question. I will reach out to the brother who designed the chart and ask him. I suspect the answer *MAY* be that neither the Rapture or the Tribulation are dispensations. Personally, I have thought of the Rapture as being a point in time, not a period of time, and the culmination of the age of Grace. The Tribulation may be thought of as the final seven years of the age of the Law. I do realize others see this differently (see A E Booth’s chart).

  3. Gene Teel

    Hi Scott,

    I know the rapture is not a dispensation and I know that the Tribulation is Daniel’s 70th week. It seems to me that any complete chart should contain them. I was curious if you were Pre-trib or not.