This is a beautifully drawn Bible chart of the timeline of human history, past, present and future, as found on Brother Rodney Beaulieu’s church website located in Newington, CT. Grace Bible Community Church.
The universe itself pivots upon the cross.
Very basically speaking, the Bible can be divided in to four main sections.
- Genesis 1 – 11… creation, the catastrophic worldwide flood and the establishment of all nations via the confusion of language.
- Genesis 12 – Acts 28… the rise (Gen 12:1-3) and fall (Acts 28:28) of Gods chosen nation Israel, the old covenant (Law of Moses) given to them and the first coming of Christ, Israels promised Messiah to earth. Prophesy spoken since the world began.
- Romans – Philemon… the saving of Paul, the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began, the formation and eventual translation of the heavenly “mystery church” the body of Christ. God has reconciled Himself to all men of all nations where the saved man is His ambassador; yet the evil course of this world continues with satan, the god of this world imitating and counterfeiting the Creator God via religion and politics.
- Hebrews – Revelation… anti-christ revealed, the future rise and rule of believing Israel over earth as the new covenant with Israel written in Christ’s blood is established (Heb 8-10); the wrath of God once again poured out (great tribulation) and the second coming of Christ to earth to judge all nations (based upon Gen 12:1-3). The Kingdom on earth established with the “sheep” nations entering in and the “goat” nations eternally damned (Mat 25:32-46). 1,000 year rule with Christ on the throne in Jerusalem. satan loosed one last time. Armageddon. Great white throne judgement. Prophesy spoken since the world began. Eternity (Eph 1:10).
The Bible is a book pf progressive revelation. Again, since this is a summary type page, God provided man with the knowledge he needed over the course of human history. As a literary (not literal) example of this it can be thought that God gave the “who” and the “what” to the prophets of old. He gave the “where“, “when” and “how” to the twelve apostles. God gave the “why” of everything, He explained it all to the Apostle Paul and that is whet we find in Paul’s epistles. Without understanding who Paul is to us today, we are destined to misunderstand what God is doing today. Paul is to believers today as Moses was to the Jews of yesterday.
Every verse in the Bible is true and accurate. Paul says to Timothy in:
2 Tim 3:16-17… “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Every verse in the Bible must be examined in three ways or we will not understand it fully.
- The historical context must be understood.
- The spiritual context must be understood.
- The dispensational context must be understood.
Lastly, the Bible is arranged in a parenthetical pattern. For example: as any sentence can be constructed to make a point (diverge from that point to make another) and then sum up the original; so is the Bible physically laid out.
Genesis through Acts – (Romans through Philemon) – Hebrews through Revelation.
No covenant – old covenant- (no covenant) – new covenant.
In the year 1535 the very wise Miles Coverdale wrote… “Again it shall greatly help thee to understand scripture, if thou mark, not only what is spoken or written, but of whom, and unto whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goeth before and what followeth after.”
How incredibly true!