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The Purpose of the Ages.
Course 100: Paper #7.
pp. 142, 143
In considering the Purpose of the Ages in its broad outlines we should observe how
the carrying out of the purpose is connected with certain lines of development.
GOD.--So far as the purpose of the ages is concerned, apart from the dispensation of
the mystery, three items stand out very prominently. (1) A people Israel; (2) A city
Jerusalem; (3) A King David typically, Christ essentially.
SATAN.--Satan has or will travest these. He has (1) A people some of the
Gentiles; (2) A city Babylon; (3) A King Saul typically, Antichrist essentially.
God's purpose are developed by at least three distinct agencies. (1) ISRAEL.
(2) THE GENTILE.  (3) THE CHURCH OF GOD.  Two great outstanding events
prophesied in connection with both Jew, Gentile and Church are the two comings of
Christ. Thus the two activities are those of God and the opposing and counterfeiting
activity of Satan, both of which have direct reference to Christ. The three agencies
likewise are linked most closely where Christ appears.
Questions on Course 100: Paper No. 7.
1. (a) Israel the People. (b) Jerusalem the City. (c) Christ the King.
Collect references which link these three with the purpose of the ages.
2. (a) The Gentiles. (b) Babylon. (c) Antichrist.
Collect references which link these three with the purpose of the ages.
3. ISRAEL.--Israel's history may be divided as follows:--
(a) Abraham to Moses.
(b) Moses to David.
(c) David to captivity under Nebuchadnezzar.
(d) Captivity to Christ.
(e) Christ to setting aside of Israel
(f) Re-gathering of Israel.
(g) Repentance and blessing.
Give the books of the Bible that deal with each of these sections. Point
out in each section the most outstanding features, keeping in mind the
purpose of the ages.
4. GENTILE.--Where, and in what connection do we first read of Gentiles?
Explain the relation of the Gentile world spiritually before the preaching of the
gospel of God by reference to Rom. 1: and Acts 17:  How does Rom. 1:
illuminate the case of the Syro-phenician woman (Matt. 15: 21-28), the command of
Matt. 10: 5, 6,  and the  necessity  of the  reconciliation,  Rom. 11: 15  and
II Cor. 5: 18-20.