Our Time Scope IV
Dispensations, Administrations, Ages
8 – Administration of the Fulness of Times
That in the dispensation [administration] of the fulness of times he [God] might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages]—to bring all things together in Christ, [both] things in the heavens and things on the earth.
to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
New International Version
in regard to the dispensation of the fulness of the times, to bring into one the whole in the Christ, both the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth -- in Him.
Young’s Literal Translation
After the Millennial Kingdom Administration has concluded, after both resurrections, after all unrighteousness has been thrown into the Lake of Fire, including Satan and death, we will come to the Administration of the Fulness of Times.
Fulness is the Greek word pleroma and means to full to capacity. Times is the Greek word kairos which here means the things and events of all time.
All things in heaven, meaning all angelic beings and the Body of Christ; all things upon the earth, meaning the Bride of Christ and all others judged righteous, will be brought together into one community. A community that willingly acknowledges Jesus as Lord. A community that worships the One True and Living God in spirit and in truth.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
The transition into the Administration of the Fulness of Times has been everything since Genesis 3:15. This is the culmination of the Ages, the Administrations, the Covenants, this is the conclusion to the “seed of the woman” to restore spiritual order and harmony in heaven and on earth.
Melchizedek speaking with Abraham in Genesis 14 had this to say:
And he blessed him, and said, blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
The word “possessor” is the Hebrew word qana. It is defined in Blue Letter Bible as, “to acquire, to obtain, to redeem.” Although this is not the normal Hebrew word for redeem you can see elements of redemption in the result. God had lost things in heaven and on earth with the dual rebellions of Lucifer and Adam.
Lucifer, as the only anointed cherub in God’s Word obviously held an exalted position in heaven. Adam, as God’s overseer in Paradise, held an exalted position on earth. In contrast, Jesus, the Anointed One, had to buy back, through his complete and absolute obedience, the damage both Lucifer and Adam had caused.
We will see this in the revelation received by the Apostle Paul.
1 Corinthians 15 utilizes a figure of speech called a Parembole. A Parembole is in the category of a Parenthesis. The difference is this: A Parenthesis needs the context around it to be understood, while a Parembole can stand on its own. If removed from its context a Parembole still will make perfect sense. A Parembole is a stepping aside from the context.
The Parembole begins in 1 Corinthians 15:20 and continues through 15:28. Therefore, reading from 1 Corinthians 15:19 and jumping down to 15:29 keeps the flow of the context of the chapter.
The Parembole reads as follows:
1 Corinthians 15:20
But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
“And become” are not in the Critical Greek Text. “Slept” is the figure of speech Metaphor, in this context, for those who have died.
1 Corinthians 15:21-22
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Verse 22 shows us why this is a stepping aside. It tells us that the Parembole is addressed to Israel and pertains as well to other administrations. But it excludes one administration.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so, death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Romans shows us death reigned over mankind from Adam to Moses. This would then incorporate the Paradise and Patriarchal Administrations to be included as to whom this Parembole is addressed.
However, 1 Corinthians 15:22 does not involve the Administration of Grace for not all in Our Administration will die.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Thessalonians 4:13,16-17
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope…For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
In the Administration of Grace some shall be alive when Christ comes to gather his Body, therefore, all do not die in Adam.
Why are we, in the Grace Administration, excluded?
Natural man, a man of only body and soul, is still identified in Adam. Everyone born after Genesis chapter 5, verses 1 through 3, are in the image and likeness of rebellious Adam. However, those who have believed in the Administration of Grace switched their identity from Adam to Christ. Our new identity makes us unique among all seven administrations dealing with mankind.
1 Corinthians 15:23
But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward, they that are Christ's at his coming.
The word “at” is the Greek preposition en. En has different meanings depending on the context. Christ will be the instrument by which the dead shall rise at the resurrection of the Just. When en is used referring to the instrument its meaning changes.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Jesus Christ is the instrument of the resurrections once he returns. However, if the resurrection of life, also called the resurrection of the Just, occurs “at” his return then it would be before Christ defeats the antichrist and his forces. This would break the sequence given to us in God’s Word.
According to Dr. E.W. Bullinger, "when en is denoting the instrument it should be translated with.” Changing “at” to the proper translation of “with” allows this verse to stay in the correct sequence of the resurrection of the Just occurring after the Millennial Kingdom Administration opens.
1 Corinthians 15:24-26
Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father, when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
The word “end” is the Greek word telos. There are different forms of telos used in God’s Word that indicate aspects or proximity to the complete end of all things. This Telos is THE end, the point of termination, the end goal or purpose.
Blue Letter Bible defines telos this way, “termination, the limit at which a thing ceases to be…the last in a succession or series.”
Helps Word-studies says, “properly, consummation (the end-goal, purpose) such as closure with all its results.”
This is the end of all God saw when He declared the “seed of the woman” in Genesis 3:15. Remember Isaiah 46:10, God knows the end from the beginning. God knew the full record of the “seed of the woman” before the events happened.
Now it is time for Genesis 14:19 to come to pass with all things of heaven and on earth to be made right. This is the end, the final action by Christ in the 2nd Heaven and Earth.
1 Corinthians 15:27-28
For he [God] hath put all things under his [Jesus Christ] feet. But when he [God] saith all things are put under him [Jesus Christ], it is manifest that he is excepted [God is the exception], which did put all things under him [Jesus Christ]. And when all things shall be subdued unto him [Jesus Christ], then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him [God] that put all things under him [Jesus Christ], that God may be all in all.
The exception, which is stated in the verse, is God. This should be obvious to the spiritual mind but honestly has been debated for centuries. The son, as he has always been, remains in subjection to his Father.
The impact of these two verses (1 Corinthians 15:27-28) is amazing and overwhelming. Deeper consideration and meditation are required by all those who believe.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Five times, in two verses of scripture, Lucifer declares his pride in himself and his jealousy of God. Lucifer did not and would not submit to the Supreme Authority and Power of the Most High God. The Hebrew words in the text for this title of God are El Elyon. This title, the Most High God, incorporates Elohim the all-powerful, all knowing, everywhere present God with the one who gives blessings. It is first used of God in Genesis chapter 14.
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
The parallels between Melchizedek and Christ are laid out clearly in the book of Hebrews.
The parallel between Abraham and Christ in these verses is also unmistakable. As Abraham returns from battle, Melchizedek declares it is God who has given Abraham the victory; just as it is God who put all things under the feet of Jesus Christ. Then as Abraham refuses the “bounty” of the king of Sodom, it was Jesus who refused the “bounty” of all the kingdoms of the world and their glory from the Adversary (Luke 4:5-8).
The last thing to consider in 1 Corinthians 15:28 is the Greek word hypotasso, used three times in this verse. It is translated “subdued” and “subject” and “that put…under.”
It is a compound word consisting of the Greek preposition hypo, used as a prefix here, which means under. The other Greek word is tasso which means proper order or arrangement. Since it is used with different tenses and moods, it is the figure of speech Polyptoton bringing emphasis to being subject or under a thing. The full definition of hypotasso would be, proper arrangement, by deliberate decision. The last occurrence, “that put…under” is in the accusative case which then would indicate a legal action.
This final administration was not counted with the first seven administrations because it does not really deal with mankind. The belief or unbelief of mankind was dealt with by the end of the Millennial Kingdom Administration.
The Administration of the Fulness of Times deals with God and Jesus Christ. After God has placed everything in subjection to Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ acknowledges his subjection to his Father. What Lucifer should have done between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.
When these things of 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 are accomplished, we will see the prophecy of Peter come to pass.
2 Peter 3:12-13
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Then will begin the third heaven and the third earth where only righteousness dwells, where we who have believed, dwell also, and so shall we be for eternity with the family of God, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and with our Abba, Father. Amen.
This ends the series on Our Time, the Administration of Grace.
© Auxano Ministry 2021
All verses quoted in this teaching are from the King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.