By Grace Kemp
Before creation there was God.
1. Creation of Cosmos
Date: Ages past.
2. Creation Days
Date: Ancient or recent.
People: God and man.
3. Sea, land, vegetation
4. Sun, moon, stars, seasons
5. Marine life, birds
6. Animals, man
God's Purpose: To lavish mankind with His beauty and
3. Fall of Man
Date: Roughly 10000 BC.
People: Adam and Eve.
Events: Woman was deceived by Satan; man willfully sins.
God's Purpose: To provide redemption (see Genesis 3:15,21).
4. Adam to Abraham
Date: 10000 BC to about 4000 BC.
People: Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham.
Events: Creation, Fall of Man, World-Wide Flood, Tower of
God's Purpose: To illustrate man's willfulness and rebellion
Date: 4000 to 2000 BC.
People: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Events: Abraham called (Covenant People). Joseph sold to the
God's Purpose: God chose one race, the Jews, on which to
bestow His promises and blessings.
Date: 1870 to 1400 BC.
People: Children of Israel; Moses.
Events: The plaques of Egypt; Wilderness wanderings; Law
given to Moses.
God's Purpose: God demonstrates His power and protection
over His afflicted people.
Date: 1400 to 577 BC.
People: 12 tribes of Israel.
Events: Conquering enemies; Tabernacle established; rules
for access to God established.
God's Purpose: God helps Israel destroy its enemies; sacrifices
Date: 1220 to 1050 BC.
People: 14 difference judges.
Events: Military leaders of Israelites in many bloody
battles against enemies.
God's Purpose: God delivers His people and destroys the
Date: 1050 to 587 BC.
People: 42 different kings.
Events: United kingdom; divided kingdom (Israel and Judah).
God's Purpose: God blesses the righteous kings and destroys
the heathen kings.
Date: 933 to 432 BC.
People: 18 different prophets.
Events: Offered guidance and connection from God to
God's Purpose: To speak His message through the prophets.
Date: 587 to 520 BC.
People: Israel (10 tribes) and Judah (2 tribes).
Events: Israel captured by Syria. Judah captured by Judah.
God's Purpose: To punish His rebellious people.
Date: 520 BC.
People: Nehemiah and Ezra.
Events: Temple rebuilt in 515 BC.
God's Purpose: To demonstrate that God can restore following
13. Intertestament Period
Date: 430 to 4 BC.
People: None recorded.
Events: Silence. No revelation from God.
God's Purpose: A Holy hush prior to the Incarnation?
14. Birth/Death of Christ
Date: 4 BC to 29 AD.
People: Mary, Joseph, and Jesus.
Events: "God manifested in the flesh," fulfilling
Old Testament prophecies.
God's Purpose: To give His son to redeem fallen mankind.
15. Apostolic Age
Date: 29 to 100 AD.
People: 12 apostles.
Events: Custodians of the Gospel.
God's Purpose: To commission His apostles to spread the
16. Church Age
Date: 29 AD to present.
People: True believers in Christ.
Events: "Ye are the light of the world."
God's Purpose: To call out "a people for His
17. Great Tribulation
Date: A future 7-year period.
Events: Seven great judgements: hail, asteroids, sun,
eruptions, locusts, pollution, darkness, thirst.
God's Purpose: Wrath of God poured out; especially on
Date: A future 1,000-year period.
People: The "elect" and those who turn to Christ
during the Great Tribulation.
Events: Jesus Christ reigns on earth. Peace on earth.
God's Purpose: Jesus ascends David's throne and reigns over restored
Israel on earth.
19. New Heavens and New Earth
Date: Future (time unknown).
People: Believers are in Heaven.
Events: Entire cosmos destroyed by fire; God renews all
God's Purpose: To destroy His previous creation ruined by
sin and replace it with a new creation.
People: God and the redeemed.
Events: The redeemed will inhabit the new Heavens and new
earth "wherein dwelleth righteous."
God's Purpose: To enjoy "His Bride" (the church)