There are those who proclaim that administrations can't be a true and accurate understanding of the Bible. Why are administrations wrong? If administrations were true, they say, then it would have been seen centuries ago by our church fathers. "If its new then it can't be true." Any theologian or Bible teacher who thinks with this logic is arrogantly declaring that they know and understand the entire Bible, nothing new will ever be seen again in God's Word because they have already seen everything!
If there is a theologian or Bible scholar out there that has understood the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, so that nothing new can be seen or learned, he certainly has kept this information to himself.
In this series of teachings we will see that the Bible does indeed have administrations and that the administrations work together with the covenants and with the feast days of Israel to present the full and complete account of God's working with man in order to have fellowship with him.
We begin our study with the Kingdom of God.
Thy kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion [endureth] throughout all generations.
This verse of scripture contains the basic foundation of Truth concerning the Kingdom of God. The first word we must understand in this verse is the word, "kingdom." Kingdom means the reign or authority of a king. The reign or authority of God is everlasting.
The word "everlasting" holds great understanding. It means unlimited and unending time, whether past or yet to come. In other words, the kingdom of God had no beginning and it shall have no end. It is eternal in its scope and thus overall in authority for all time.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
This is the first heaven and earth that were destroyed by the rebellion of Lucifer between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
The second heaven and earth are the current heaven and earth.
2 Peter 3:3-4
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.
The scoffers, those who mock the words of God, ask, "where is the Messiah? Since the very beginning of Creation he has not shown up."
2 Peter 3:5-7
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
The word "perish" means to destroy. The first heaven and earth were destroyed when Lucifer rebelled and overflowed it with water. Too often this statement is mistaken for the flood during the days of Noah. However, the heaven and earth was not destroyed during the days of Noah. During the flood in Noah's day all land based life died, cities were destoryed, communities overwhelmed with water, but the heaven and earth, "which are now" were not destroyed.
2 Peter 3:13
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
By the time we enter the third heaven and earth God will have corrected all things that went wrong with mankind since the disobedience of Adam. In this third heaven and earth there will be only righteousness; no death, no sickness, no pain, no lies or deceit, nothing that does not profit, benefit, and bless mankind.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
The word "first" is the Greek word protos and should be translated former, "the former heaven and earth," referring to our current heaven and earth.
Now, when it comes to administrations we are only looking at and considering the time period of the second heaven and earth. Administrations do not deal with the first or the third heaven and earth.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
At "sundry times" and "divers manners" means that God spoke to man in many parts and in many ways. The many ways include God giving us His words by the prophets, in the written Word, through word pictures in the stars, by covenants and promises, and by His son. The many parts are what we call administrations.
The Greek word oikonomia is used seven times in the Bible and is translated dispensation four times and stewardship three times. It is defined as "the management of a household" or stewardship.
An example would be the office of President. The President of the United States is responsible to uphold, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States during his administration or oikonomia. How the President upholds, protects, and defends the Constitution varies from one administration to the next. President Abraham Lincoln's administration was completely different than the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. There will be similarities between administrations but you would never say President Lincoln's and President Roosevelt's administrations were identical.
Probably because of my upbringing in the American political system I prefer the translation administration, while others prefer dispensation and still some others prefer the term economy. Regardless of the term a person uses, when these different parts are seen and understood, the Bible opens up with great clarity from Genesis to Revelation.