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Biblical Interactive Timeline

The Christian Culture Center wants volunteers to help populate a massive Internet timeline project that chronicles Biblical and historical events. The working title for the timeline project is “God’s Plan Through the Ages” will be hosted on a brand new site called LiveFaith.tv. There’s not much to see there yet, except for a brief explanation of the project, but the site will eventually contain not only an interactive timeline, but a plethora of information on Biblical subjects of every kind.

To complete a project on this scale, covering thousands of years of human history and Biblical knowledge, takes a massive effort. The only way it can be done in a reasonable amount of time is to invite others to contribute. People can contribute information for any topic on the timeline, from pertinent articles to drawings, images, poems, music, and videos.

The purpose of this timeline is succinctly stated in its working title: to set forth God’s Plan Through the Ages. Were you aware that God indeed has a plan and that He’s working everything out according to His predetermined will?

Perhaps these verses will help you see it.

Ephesians 1:3-11  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 

Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 

That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 

Notice several things about this section from Ephesians.

  1. he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world
  2. according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself
  3. being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will

If you had any questions about God working everything out according to His own will, you shouldn’t now. Now be sure to  catch this phrase: “the dispensation of the fulness of times.”

What is a “dispensation?”  Here’s Merriam Webster’s definition:

Dispensation:   a: system of revealed commands and promises regulating human affairs.
b: a particular arrangement or provision especially of providence or nature.
(Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispensation)

The Bible reveals many different periods of time of God’s dealings with His people. Each period has different “commands and promises regulating human affairs.” A good synonym for “dispensation” is the word, “administration.” Think about our United States government. Every time a new president is elected, a new “administration” begins. The new administration deals with internal and external affairs in a different way than the previous administration. Some things are carried over from the previous administration but many new things are introduced with new emphasis on different issues.

One of the biggest problems people have when interpreting God’s written Word is that they ignore or missunderstand the clear administrations or dispensations that it reveals. If people would simply recognized these different ways God deals with His people in different periods of time, most of the errors in interpretation would be eliminated.

Another concept that requires scrutiny is that of the ‘eons’ presented in God’s Word. An ‘eon’ is an indeterminate period of time. The context in which the word appears determines the scope of that period of time. There are many different ‘ages’ described in God’s Word such as the “age of Grace” that we currently live in.

Ephesians 2:7  That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:1-5  For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 

If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 

How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 

Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 

Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 

That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 

Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 

Notice the phrase, “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me.” and, Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me.”  Clearly the apostle Paul is defining the ministry God gave him here. He calls it “the dispensation,” or more properly, “the administration” {Greek “oikanomia” = the stewardship of a household) of the grace of God which God gave to Paul to teach to others. This is the  period of time we live in now as opposed to the age of the Mosaic law. 

Those are just a couple examples of why this timeline will be so valuable. It will set forth the different ages  as well as the different dispensations or administrations of God’s dealings with mankind, culminating in what’s called, “the consummation” when, finally, God is “all in all.” People will be able to see — at a glance — God’s entire Plan which is the restitution of all things and becoming “all in all.”

I Corinthians 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him [Christ], then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

That is God’s ultimate purpose my friend:  “that God may be all in all.” This is what Go is working toward and what He has purposed within Himself that He is bringing to pass, according to His own will.

Here are a few other verses about God’s sovereignty.

Acts 3:17-21  And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it [crucified the Christ], as did also your rulers. 

But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 

And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 

Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

The “restitution of all things” has always been God’s plan from the beginning.

Isaiah 14:24-27  The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: 

That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. 

Thisis the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. 

For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

Get Involved By Finding Content Related to Pertinent Topics

We will be posting a list of the historical and Biblical events to the timeline. Your job will be to go online and find related content. It doesn’t have to be content you write, draw or videotape yourself. We will be using “curated” content as much as possible, giving credit to the source of that content and asking for permission when necessary.

 If you’d like to help us publish this interactive timeline, “God’s Plan Through the Ages,” send me an email here. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible and explain what’s needed.

Your job is to take a topic we give you and to go online and find credible information about that topic. You then forward that information to us and we’ll check the accuracy of the information and post it to the timeline.  The timeline will have “drill down” areas where people can dive into more information about that topic.

Anyone who wants can contribute to our “God’s Plan Through the Ages” interactive timeline.  Contact me here if you want to get started. Thank you for considering.

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