Why I Am a Dispensationalist

The Dispensationalist method of reading the Bible (Israel and the Christian Church are completely separate entities; Dispensationalist teachers are the only ones who interpret the Bible “literally;” Christ comes first to “rapture” His church and then comes again in glory seven years later; Christ will reign in Jerusalem for 1000 years while memorial animal sacrifices are being performed in the earthly temple, etc.)

Reformed and Calvinistic who “spiritualize” and “allegorize” the Bible, and who allegedly promote “Replacement Theology”

Now talking about eschatology is not without controversy. There are a number of viewpoints of what the Bible means when it speaks of future events.

In 1 Peter chapter 1  you remember that we said that Peter says that the prophets who wrote concerning Christ, concerning the things to come wondered what person and what time. That is to say that while they understood that someone would come, they understood whatever it was that had been revealed to them, the timing was not clear and the precise personages were not clear.

We can take prophetic Scripture at face value. We can interpret it the way we interpret any other passage of Scripture with the same use of the normal, natural means of interpreting language. And we should. And it will yield for us as clear an understanding of the future as the Lord wants us to have. It’s not nearly as difficult as some people make it if you just take Scripture at face value.

The coming Kingdom of Christ, known as the Millennial Kingdom

In 1 Peter chapter 1  you remember that we said that Peter says that the prophets who wrote concerning Christ, concerning the things to come wondered what person and what time. That is to say that while they understood that someone would come, they understood whatever it was that had been revealed to them, the timing was not clear and the precise personages were not clear.

We can take prophetic Scripture at face value. We can interpret it the way we interpret any other passage of Scripture with the same use of the normal, natural means of interpreting language. And we should. And it will yield for us as clear an understanding of the future as the Lord wants us to have. It’s not nearly as difficult as some people make it if you just take Scripture at face value.

The coming Kingdom of Christ, known as the Millennial Kingdom

    

Millennialism Pre chart     Millennuum

 

But in both cases they would deny the actual thousand-year reign of Christ and they would deny that Christ will reign and rule on earth and literally fulfill all His promises to the nation Israel given in the Old Testament covenants.

Post-millennialism and amillennialism is really the same thing. I like to call amillennialism negative, and postmillennialism positive. That’s just two ways to look at the same thing. It’s two ways to view human history.

  1. One says it’s not the Kingdom. The other says it is the Kingdom.
  2. One says moving toward the coming of Christ there will be no Kingdom. The other says there will be a Kingdom.
  3. But in both cases it will be the flow of history under the influence of the church. So they’re really looking at the same thing.
  4. One calls it a kingdom and says it will expand and expand and expand, that’s the positive spin. The other looks at it as a spiritual kingdom also but says it will decline and decline and decline until Jesus finally comes.

Whether you’re an amillennialist or a postmillennialist, you basically say Israel forfeited all its promises, forfeited all its privileges, forfeited all those things that God declared in covenant that He would give to them in the future and they forfeit it by their disobedience to the Mosaic Covenant, by their apostasy from true religion and by their rejection of their Messiah

Now against those two is the view called Premillennialist

That means there will be a Millennium and prior to that Millennium Jesus will come.

  1. He comes pre, not post.
  2. He comes before.
  3. He will return to an increasingly wicked earth.
  4. He will come in fiery judgment.
  5. He will judge all the ungodly of all the earth and then establish
  6. His rule and His Kingdom forever.

Some of the most formidable amillennialists, and I’m talking about well-respected, very erudite influential theologians, say things like this, and I’ll quote. O.T.

A well known, says, “The Old Testament prophecies if literally interpreted cannot be regarded as having been yet fulfilled or being capable of fulfillment in the present age.”

That’s true. If you interpret Old Testament prophecies literally, they cannot be fulfilled in this present age. And he is suggesting therefore that we can’t interpret them literally because somehow we’ve got to make them fulfilled in this age because there is no future age.

 

 

 

 

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