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  • Receive a Response from John MacArthur and Get Free Books!

    04/30/2007 7:31:54 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 16 replies · 220+ views
    American Vision ^ | 4/30/2007 | Gary DeMar
    If you want to know when an event in the Bible is to happen, look for time indicators. Some of them are very specific: after three days, in 40 days, after 40 years, at the completion of 70 years. There are less specific time indicators like “near,” “shortly,” “quickly,” and “at hand.” These time words are at the heart of the debate between those who claim that certain prophetic events have already taken place and those who maintain they are yet to be fulfilled. The division between these two views is deep and wide, and yet the implications for interpretive...
  • John MacArthur's Prophetic Confusion

    04/26/2007 8:07:01 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 735 replies · 4,356+ views
    American Vision ^ | 4/24/2007 | Gary DeMar
    I just received a book notice from Moody Press for a new commentary on Revelation by John MacArthur with the title Because the Time is Near. At this time I will forego a critique of MacArthur’s use of “near” to describe an event he believes is “near” while the use of “near” by New Testament writers (e.g., James 5:8; Rev. 1:3) did not mean “near” when they used the same word. For years, I have been dealing with issues related to the last days. I got involved in this topic because Christians were using last-days theology as a way to...
  • DISPENSATIONALISM: Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth

    04/12/2007 12:23:10 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 771 replies · 5,438+ views
    DISPENSATIONALISMWrongly Dividing the Word of TruthDispensationalism is a doctrinal system that keeps Israel and the Church distinct. This system teaches that throughout history God is seen to have two distinct purposes and two distinct people and these distinctions are maintained throughout eternity (or at least throughout the end of the millennium).The question is whether the Bible teaches of such a division. To the contrary, the Bible teaches that God has taken all of His people and made them ONE. "For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,...
  • The Gospel of the Kingdom: With an Examination of DISPENSATIONALISM and the "Scofield Bible"

    04/09/2007 8:14:11 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 59 replies · 804+ views
    Gospel Truth ^ | 1928 | Philip Mauro
    As I continued, however, to study this new system of teaching in its various details, I found there were more errors in it, and worse, than I had at first expected; and these, as they became evident to me, I have attempted, by occasional writings subsequently, to expose. The work, however, is not yet finished; and hence the need for the present volume. Indeed, the time is fully ripe for a thorough examination and frank exposure of this new and subtle form of mod ernism that has been spreading itself among those who have adopted the name "Fundamentalists." For Evangelical...
  • Is the World a Sinking Titanic? Jan Markell Thinks So

    03/13/2007 10:01:24 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 14 replies · 261+ views
    American Vision ^ | 3/12/2007 | Gary DeMar
    Jan Markell’s article “Kingdom Now: We’re Not Returning to Eden,”1 which appears on the Christian Worldview Network website, is one of the worst uninformed hit pieces I have ever read. It gets nearly everything wrong. I don’t have a problem with thoughtful, accurate, and well researched articles dealing with disagreements over theological issues, but I do have a problem with someone who refuses to study the subject and makes outlandish assertions. In 1988, Peter J. Leithart and I answered many of Markell’s objections in our book The Reduction of Christianity: A Biblical Response to Dave Hunt.2 It originally carried the...
  • Christian Zionism

    03/08/2007 5:07:35 AM PST · by Blogger · 584 replies · 3,082+ views
    Christian Zionism by Thomas Ice And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse, And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. - God to Abraham (Genesis 12:3) The last couple of years the secular community and some in the religious community have woken up to the fact that most of the American Evangelical community is pro Israel. Guess what? They do not like it one bit. There have been a number of articles in the media about the alleged dangers of the Christian support for Israel. A...
  • The Calvinistic Heritage of Dispensationalism

    03/04/2007 8:39:00 AM PST · by P-Marlowe · 146 replies · 1,112+ views
    The Calvinistic Heritage of Dispensationalism by Thomas Ice Modern, systematic Dispensationalism is approaching two hundred years of expression and development. We live at a time in which Dispensationalism and some of its ideas have been disseminated and adopted by various theological traditions. This is not surprising since our day is characterized by anti-systemization and eclecticism in the area of thought. It may be surprising, to some, to learn that Dispensationalism was developed and spread during its first 100 years by those within a Reformed, Calvinistic tradition. It had only been in the last 75 to 50 years that Dispensationalism and...
  • Hymnbook Eschatology

    03/02/2007 8:07:43 AM PST · by topcat54 · 58 replies · 496+ views
    American Vision ^ | 1/26/2007 | Brandon Vallorani
    One of my favorite hymns, Onward Christian Soldiers, was written and composed by Arthur S. Sullivan in 1871. Arthur was born in London in 1842 to a musically gifted family. By the time he was eight years old he was already composing music. By the age of 10 he had mastered all of the wind instruments in his father's band. Receiving scholarships for his talent, Arthur received formal training. He went on to lead a distinguished career and become the leading composer of his day composing several major choral works. From 1871 to 1896 he collaborated wtih W.S. Gilbert to...
  • What is dispensationalism and is it Biblical?

    01/02/2007 11:31:58 AM PST · by cowboyfan88 · 15 replies · 823+ views
    Dispensationalism is a system of theology that has two primary distinctives. (1) A consistently literal interpretation of Scripture, especially Bible prophecy. (2) A distinction between Israel and the Church in God's program. (1) Dispensationalists claim that their principle of hermeneutics is that of literal interpretation. "Literal interpretation" means giving each word the meaning it would commonly have in everyday usage. Symbols, figures of speech and types are all interpreted plainly in this method, and they are in no way contrary to literal interpretation. Even symbolisms and figurative sayings have literal meanings behind them. There are at least three reasons why...
  • The End Times: what I don't believe [Evangelical Dispensationalism and the Jews]

    12/01/2006 12:53:15 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 41 replies · 812+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | November 30, 2006 | Stan Goodenough
    A few months ago, my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting some new neighbors for the first time. Young parents in the orthodox Jewish community, they were intrigued to discover these Gentiles -- one South African, the other Czech -- who had chosen to make Jerusalem their home, marrying in Israel's ancient capital, and bringing five children into the world in the heart of this global hot spot. While the two mothers paired off and visited in Hebrew, I spoke with the young man who probed me for answers, keen to understand our reasons for being here. I...
  • What do you do with a future National Israel in the Bible?

    09/01/2006 5:32:18 AM PDT · by xzins · 739 replies · 4,321+ views
    What do you do with a future National Israel in the Bible?by Thomas Ice I suspect that most of you have been at a theological crossroad at least once in your Christian life. I have stood at several over the years. Let me tell you about one such instance, since it is one that many have faced down through church history. It involves the question of "What do you do with a future national Israel in the Bible?" The decision one makes about this question will largely determine your view of Bible prophecy, thus greatly impacting your view of the...
  • Progressive Dispensationalism (Trinitarian Dispensational Premillennial Caucus Only, Please)

    08/25/2006 6:09:27 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies · 484+ views
    Believe ^ | MVlach
    General Information Introduction In recent years there has been a rise in what has become known as Progressive Dispensationalism (PD) (Other labels for PD include "revised," "reconstructed," or "new" dispensationalism.). Adherents to PD see themselves as being in the line of normative or traditional dispensationalism, but at the same time, have made several changes and/or modifications to the traditional dispensational system. Thus, PD adherents view themselves as furthering the continual development of dispensational theology. It is also true that progressive dispensationalists seek a mediating position between traditional dispensationalism and nondispensational systems. The meaning of progressive According to Charles Ryrie, the...
  • Israel and Scripture: The Geo-Political Promise Expanded

    08/23/2006 10:21:31 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 6 replies · 190+ views
    Reformation Online ^ | Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.D.
    THE GEO-POLITICAL PROMISE EXPANDEDEarly in Israels covenantal history her promises were strongly tied up with an increased SEED and a particular, well-defined LAND. We find the seed and land promises in the Abrahamic Covenant repeated in various places in Genesis, beginning in Genesis 12. The land aspect of the promise has a direct bearing on the geo-political question. An interesting -- and important -- prophetic metamorphosis occurs later in Israels history though. This re-orientation develops after she is established in the land and especially approaching and around the time of the exile: her hope becomes more narrowly focused and concentrated....
  • A Dark Conspiracy of Prophecy and Alien Technology

    08/16/2006 2:51:31 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 63 replies · 894+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | August 14, 2006 | Gary S. Bekkum
    Starstream Research interviews author Terry James about his novel, and the truth behind the dark dimension of alien technology and otherworldly beings. "So, believing God's Word as absolute Truth, I have to believe they are presently intertwining themselves with government and science in clandestine, dark project areas. How aware governmental officials --in the black, covert regions, or other--are in these things, I wouldn't conjecture. But, someone, somewhere, has to know something is beyond what we consider normal." SSR: Beginning in August 2006, Starstream Research is examining the possibility that the human race is under the influence of otherworldly intelligence. The...
  • Who Really Stands with Israel?

    08/07/2006 6:18:10 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 376 replies · 2,597+ views
    American Vision ^ | 6/07/2006 | Gary DeMar
    David Brog has written Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State. The ten reviews I read on Amazon were quite favorable, and it is being advertised on WorldNetDaily. The fact that the Foreword was written by John Hagee, author of Jerusalem Countdown, From Daniel to Doomsday, Beginning of the End, and Final Dawn over Jerusalem, is a clear indication that the books thesis fits with the modern-day prophetic system known as dispensational premillennialism. I doubt that the book covers what this article reveals. In my debate with Tommy Ice at American Visions Worldview Super Conference (May 26, 2006),...
  • Land Over Jesus and the Gospel

    07/31/2006 1:50:23 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 211 replies · 1,511+ views
    American Vision ^ | 7/25/2006 | Gary DeMar
    So the LORD gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it. And the LORD gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hand. Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass (Joshua 21:4345). Christians United for Israel (CUFI) met at the Hilton Washington on July 19...
  • Subduing the Nations with the Gospel

    07/31/2006 1:42:13 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 143 replies · 1,055+ views
    American Vision ^ | 7/31/2006 | Gary DeMar
    In a Sunday school class that I was guest teaching yesterday, I was asked about the significance of Isaiah 11 and its prophetic role in history. Modern-day prophetic theorists claim that the passage describes events that will take place during the millennium of Revelation 20. I believe Isaiah 11 has significance for what is happening in the Middle East at this very moment. While dispensationalists look for the prophetic inevitability of warArmageddonthe Bible presents a different perspective rooted in the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ to bring warring peoples together in peace. (More about this tomorrow.) There are several problems...
  • Publishing Armageddon

    07/24/2006 8:28:49 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 324 replies · 2,395+ views
    American Vision ^ | 7/24/2006 | Gary DeMar
    Events in Israel are viewed by millions of evangelicals as a sure sign that the rapture is near. Again! Jerry Falwell, who stated on a December 27, 1992, television broadcast, that he did not believe there will be another millennium . . . or another century, has written on July 23, 2006: It is apparent, in light of the rebirth of the state of Israel, that the present-day events in the Holy Land may very well serve as a prelude or forerunner to the future Battle of Armageddon and the glorious return of Jesus Christ.1 Something similar happened in 1990....
  • Stand Up for What You Believe

    02/02/2006 4:34:37 PM PST · by topcat54 · 10 replies · 616+ views
    American Vision ^ | 2/2/2006 | Gary DeMar
    For the past two months, American Vision has been trying to find someone from the dispensational position to debate the following topic: The Olivet Discourse: Future or Fulfilled? Some of the people we contacted had legitimate reasons for not being able to participate. Most did not. Thomas Ice, who I have debated eight times in the past 15 years, is almost always ready to debate. For this, he deserves credit. When top-name advocates of a position fail to stand up to defend their position, the end of that position is near. Thats a preterist near, not a dispensational near.
  • Hal Lindsey's Shadow in the White House

    11/28/2005 6:07:30 AM PST · by HarleyD · 85 replies · 1,168+ views
    Prigrims Between Two Ages ^ | July 25, 2004 | John P. Elliott
    In 1987 Charles Colson published Kingdoms in Conflict, a book which discussed the relationship of the Christian faith to politics. One chapter of that book has some disturbing relevance for today. It is a fictional account of the political triumph of the "Christian Republican Party": Republican majorities in Congress and an Evangelical President in the White House. Colson notes that this President even opens his cabinet meetings with prayer and Bible study. Written at the midpoint of Ronald Reagan's administration, the chapter represented the dream scenario of many Evangelicals in the 1980s. But Colson's dream scenario quickly becomes a nightmare...
  • Dispensationalism: A Fundamentally Flawed System

    09/17/2005 4:27:09 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 52 replies · 414+ views
    World Reformed Fellowship ^ | December 2004 | Rev. Fred Klett
    Jesus is the center and ultimate goal of all of creation and redemption. He is the second Adam, the head of a New Creation (1 Cor. 15:45). All the promises of God find their Yes in Him (2 Cor. 1:20). The salvation He has brought to the world is what the ancient prophets longed to look into and proclaimed (1Pet. 1:10-11, Acts 26:22). To put it another way, God has had one purpose from the beginning: to redeem a people for His glory through Jesus our Messiah. The glorious redemption through Jesus is what redemptive history is all about. This...
  • The Prophetic Hurricane Strikes Again (Part 2)

    09/16/2005 8:40:46 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 5 replies · 203+ views
    American Vision ^ | September 13, 2005 | Gary DeMar
    One of the keys that opens prophetic texts is the time element. Abrahams descendants were strangers in the land of Egypt where they would be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years (Gen. 15:13). This prophecy was fulfilled to the very day (Ex. 12:40). Joseph was told of seven years of plenty and seven years of famine (Gen. 45:6). Times of famine and plenty that follow these two seven-year intervals of time are irrelevant as a fulfillment of this prophecy. Israel was to remain in the wilderness for forty years, a year for each day that the spies spied out the...
  • The Abrahamic Covenant: Fulfilled or Postponed?

    09/12/2005 7:22:50 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 37 replies · 601+ views
    American Vision ^ | August 22, 1005 | Gary DeMar
    All prophetic eyes are on Israel. A majority of fundamentalists believe that what happens in the Middle East determines the fate of the world. The world moves at Israels pace. For the dispensationalist, what the rest of the world does is irrelevant and meaningless because not only are all prophetic eyes on Israel, but Gods eyes are on Israel. The New Testament focuses on Israel as well. Jesus was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matt. 15:24). Even so, He ministered to Canaanites, Samaritans, and Greeks because it was part of Gods plan of world-wide...
  • The Prophetic Hurricane Strikes Again

    09/12/2005 7:03:35 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 72 replies · 699+ views
    American Vision ^ | Monday, September 12, 2005 | Gary DeMar
    The prophetic prognosticators are at the prediction game again. Greg Laurie, author of Are We Living in the Last Days?, is peering through contemporary events like Hurricane Katrina, earthquakes, 911, and the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia on December 26, 2004 and claiming that these events are a prelude to the rapture of the church. George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM, follows a similar line of thought. I don't think theres any doubt. I think were really in [the end times]. Weve read about similar predictions for centuries. Nearly 20 centuries of predictions of the end have yellowed...
  • Israel, Gaza, Land, and the Rapture

    08/23/2005 11:39:12 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 99 replies · 978+ views
    American Vision ^ | 19-Aug-2005 | Gary DeMar
    So the LORD gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it. And the LORD gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the LORD gave all their enemies into their hand. Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass (Joshua 21:43-45). The return of the Jews to the land of Israel is a major...
  • Letting the Bible Speak for ItselfThe Literal Meaning of This Generation

    07/19/2005 7:07:09 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 301 replies · 3,061+ views
    American Vision ^ | June 17, 2005 | Gary DeMar
    From Gary DeMar's multi-part response to Ed Hindson's article in the May 2005 issue of the National Liberty Journal on the topic of "The New Last Days Scoffers". When Jesus answered His disciples' questions about "when these things" related to the temple's destruction would be and what signs would indicate His coming, He said, "this generation will not pass away until all these things take place" (Matt. 24:34; Mark 13:30; Luke 21:32). "This generation," therefore, is the timing key. If we can know what the Bible means by "this generation," we can determine the timing of the events Jesus describes....
  • Evangelicals Eye Middle Ground On Middle East

    07/02/2005 6:40:14 PM PDT · by Prod Convert · 11 replies · 400+ views
    Forward ^ | July 1, 2005 | Ori Nir
    WASHINGTON The nation's main coalition of evangelical Christian churches is under internal pressure to adopt a Middle East policy for the first time, and observers expect the group to emerge more centrist and moderate than its current image. In recent weeks, key members of the National Association of Evangelicals, a loose federation of 52 denominations with 30 million followers, have been pushing for an internal process that would culminate with an official position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Those behind the push favor a resolution that would, in addition to strongly supporting Israel and its well-being, recognize the rights of...
  • Daniels Seventy Weeks and Biblical Prophecy

    06/21/2005 2:21:11 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 14 replies · 531+ views
    The Chalcedon Foundation ^ | June 13, 2005 | Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.D.
    The chronology provided in Daniels prophecy of the Seventy Weeks (Dan. 9:2427) is a linchpin in the dispensational system, although it is not crucial to any of the other millennial systems. John Walvoord comments that the interpretation of Daniel 9:2427 is of major importance to premillennialism as well as pretribulationism. Being such, it is the key to prophecy and, consequently, one of the most important prophecies of the Bible. Surely O.T. Allis is correct when he observes that the importance of the prophecy of the Seventy Weeks in Dispensational teaching can hardly be exaggerated.[1] This dependence upon Daniel 9 is...

    01/15/2005 6:38:03 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 4 replies · 227+ views
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 01/15/05 | Middletown Bible Church
  • Eschatological Decline 1865-1925: The Rise of Premillennialism

    01/03/2005 4:57:46 PM PST · by topcat54 · 201 replies · 1,372+ views
    Credenda/Agenda ^ | Jack Van Deventer
    "The sixty-year period following the War Between the States was a noteworthy period of doctrinal decline. This segment of American history witnessed a cultural and doctrinal shift from Calvinism to pietism, from the church to the parachurch, from optimism to pessimism, and saw biblical worship erode into a free-for-all of sentimentalism, retreatism, and anti-intellectualism. The next several "Eschaton" articles will address the subject of how Christianity changed from 1865-1925, why Christianity changed, and how that doctrinal shift affects the Church today. They will seek to explain the events that led to the development of the modern and unbiblical phenomena of...
  • The Bloody Future of Israel In Dispensational Eschatology

    09/27/2004 1:00:40 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 24 replies · 434+ views
    American Vision ^ | Gary DeMar
    The Bloody Future of Israel In Dispensational Eschatology By Gary DeMarIN THE LIVING END , Charles Ryrie claims that the Bible predicts "the time of Israel's greatest bloodbath."1 This is true, Ryrie contends, because the Bible is "history prewritten."2 Indeed, the Bible does predict a judgment on the Jews, but this event is now history. Instead of encouraging Jews to emigrate to the doomed city, Jesus warned the inhabitants of Jerusalem to flee from a judgment that was near at hand for them (Matt. 24:16). A number of Christian ministries raise funds to help Russian Jews to immigrate to Israel....
  • Dispensationalism and Responsibility for the Holocaust

    03/05/2004 2:34:22 PM PST · by Wallace T. · 11 replies · 279+ views
    Self | March 5, 2004 | Wallace T. Cosgraves
    Todd Baker, a dispensationalist theologian, wrote an article for the Levitt Letter in the June/July 2002 edition, which accused those who hold to non-dispensational views as being responsible in part for the Holocaust and other atrocities committed against the Jews, or at least to creating an environment suitable for such events. Particularly in light of the controversy over The Passion of the Christ, the charges of Christian anti-Semitism have arisen with new furor. We must of necessity look at his position and whether it is a valid one. Baker, like other dispensationalists, holds to a viewpoint, contrary to historic Christian...
  • Rapture Rumble: Catholic Author Debates "Left Behind" Author

    07/24/2003 7:34:58 AM PDT · by Patrick Madrid · 19 replies · 392+ views
    Envoy Magazine ^ | 07-22-03 | Carl Olson
    Envoy Magazine's volume 7.1 features the article, "Rapture Rumble," a lengthy, written exchange between Envoy editor Carl Olson and Left Behind creator and co-author Tim LaHaye. Because of the length of that exchange in Envoy, some of it had to be cut. Here are the sections of the debate that were "left behind" on the editing floor, prefaced by Olsons initial letter to LaHaye and concluding with a final exchange in which LaHaye tells Olson, "I do grieve for your soul" because of the latters entrance into the Catholic Church. (Olson is a convert to the Catholic Church from Protestantism...
  • Rapture Rumble: Catholic Author Debates "Left Behind" Author

    07/24/2003 6:31:37 AM PDT · by Patrick Madrid · 61 replies · 1,936+ views
    Envoy Magazine ^ | 07-22-03 | Carl Olson
    Envoy Magazine's volume 7.1 features the article, "Rapture Rumble," a lengthy, written exchange between Envoy editor Carl Olson and Left Behind creator and co-author Dr. Tim LaHaye. Because of the length of that exchange in Envoy Magazine, some of it had to be cut. Here are the sections of the debate that were "left behind" on the editing floor, prefaced by Olsons initial letter to LaHaye and concluding with a final exchange in which LaHaye tells Olson, "I do grieve for your soul" because of the latters entrance into the Catholic Church. (Olson is a convert to the Catholic Church...
  • Road to Perdition or Dispensationalist Superstitions Cost Taxpayer Money

    06/17/2003 10:33:11 AM PDT · by traditionalist · 4 replies · 57+ views
    Lew Rockwell ^ | 6/17/2002 | Timothy Cullen
    The Road to Perdition leads straight to the Heights of Folly when youre driving on Route 491 in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. This route cant be found on roadmaps yet, nor are their any bullet-pocked signs along it that designate this federal highway, because until recently (May 31, 2003), this particular road was known as Route 666. No more. Governmental wisdom state and federal has decreed that the "Devils Highway" will no longer bear the number of the beast. Taxpayers not consulted will bear the expense of this egregious and truly nonsensical change in designation. Based on...
  • What does John Piper believe about dispensationalism, covenant theology, and new covenant theology?

    03/07/2003 10:41:11 AM PST · by ksen · 43 replies · 262+ views
    Desiring God Ministries ^ | Unk. | DGM Staff
    What does John Piper believe about dispensationalism, covenant theology, and new covenant theology? There are three main theological camps on the issues of law, gospel, and the structuring of God's redemptive relationship with humankind: dispensationalism, covenant theology, and new covenant theology. Many have written to us asking about the differences between these three views, and so before discussing John Piper's perspective we will give an overview of each. DispensationalismIt can be hard to summarize dispensational theology as a whole because in recent years multiple forms of it have developed. In general, there are three main distinctives. First, dispensationalism sees God...
  • Dispensational Theology

    01/07/2003 4:01:58 PM PST · by fortheDeclaration · 7 replies · 219+ views
    Dispensational Theology by Phillip Heideman, Th.M. Chafer Theological Seminary The purpose of this article is to present a view similar to what Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer taught on the subject and to identify some weaknesses in traditional Dispensational theology. This author holds firmly to Dispensational theology, since that is the only system of theology that adequately accounts for the differences from one time period to another and from one testament to another. Therefore, this article will uphold the distinctives and essential features of Dispensationalism but present a different focus, a different basis for naming them, and suggest a few additional...
  • The Dispensational Origins of Modern PreMillennialism

    11/26/2002 6:07:31 AM PST · by Jean Chauvin · 76 replies · 1,381+ views
    Credenda/Agenda Vol 7 No. 3 ^ | 2000 | Jack Van Deventer
    The Dispensational Originsof Modern Premillennialism by Jack Van Deventer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The twentieth century has seen a dramatic paradigm shift in prophetic perspectives,first away from and now back toward its historic roots. This shift away from historic Christianity stemmed from a novel approach to Bible interpretation called dispensationalism which was developed in the 1830s and popularized with the 1909 publication of the Scofield Reference Bible. Dispensationalism, with its unique brand of premillennialism, has been thoroughly pervasive, being prominent in many churches, in bookstores, and among radio Bible teachers. The distinguishing features of dispensationalism are a rigidly applied literalism in the interpretation...
  • REALIZED MILLENNIALISM (Inaccurately called "Amillennialism)

    09/07/2002 11:07:00 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 2 replies · 337+ views ^ | 2002 | By William Kilgore
    The interpretation of the apocalyptic prophecies contained in Scripture hold a special place of fascination for many modern believers. Probably most modern believers across the denominational spectrum would be classified as premillennialists along "dispensational" lines (either classic dispensationalism or today's "progressive" variety). Like most evangelicals, I was taught this particular view early in my Christian growth. As should be obvious from the title of this article, I no longer adhere to the premillennial scheme of interpretation, and much less dispensationalism. As the title states, this is written as a description of my view. I wish no ill will toward those...
  • Dispensationalism and the New Covenant

    09/06/2002 8:50:44 PM PDT · by drstevej · 45 replies · 800+ views
    1979 (unpublished) | drstevej
    DISPENSATIONALISM AND THE NEW COVENANT Stephen M. Johnson Old Testament Biblical Theology -- Dr. O. Palmer Robertson Westminster Theological Seminary, 1979 Jeremiah 31:31-34 speaks of a future new covenant with "the house of Israel and the house of Judah," which gives glorious promises. This text is quoted in Romans 11 and both the 8th and 10th chapters of Hebrews. Furthermore, of the thirty three uses of the term diatheke in the New Testament, as many as fifteen are references to a new covenant.[1] Paul calls himself a minister of the new covenant. The wine, or cup of the Lord's Supper...
  • Church and Israel distinctions

    09/03/2002 6:17:02 AM PDT · by fortheDeclaration · 27 replies · 655+ views
    Thomas Ice website ^ | Unknown | Thomas Ice
    Israel / Church Distinction: The 4th Foundation by Thomas Ice The fourth biblical foundation upon which the pre-trib rapture is built is the fact that God has two peoples-Israel and the church. What do we mean by this distinction and how does it impact pretribulationism? The Distinction Between Israel and the Church "The New Testament consistently differentiates between Israel and the church," claims Arnold Fruchtenbaum.1 Fruchtenbaum supports this conclusion through a powerful twofold argument in which he first demonstrates the biblical view of Israel and secondly, by showing that the church is viewed in the New Testament as a separate...
  • The Church and Israel

    09/02/2002 2:10:05 PM PDT · by xzins · 95 replies · 522+ views
    The Church And Israel[1] Stanley Toussaint Senior Professor Emeritus in Bible Exposition Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX Importance of the Subject In his classic work, Dispensationalism Today, Ryrie sets forth a threefold sine qua non of dispensationalisma distinction between Israel and the Church, a literal hermeneutic, and the glory of God as His purpose on earth.[2] Of these three, undoubtedly the most important is the distinction between Israel and the Church. Ryrie calls this the most basic theological test of whether or not a man is a dispensationalist.[3] He calls it the essence of dispensationalism.[4] He goes so far as...
  • PAUL'S THEOLOGY OF ISRAEL'S FUTURE: A Non-millennial Interpretation of Romans 11

    09/02/2002 11:45:07 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 10 replies · 334+ views
    The interpretation of Romans 11 is, of course, a highly controversial subject. Two of the major millennial positions - premillennialism and postmillennialism - go to this text, among others, to find biblical justification for their respective eschatologies. Although they differ as to the timing and character of the glorious, external, earthly phase of Christ's kingdom, both the premillennial and postmillennial form of chiliasm agree that Romans 11 holds out the hope of a mass conversion of Jews and Gentiles during a long era of righteousness and peace upon the earth. Amillennialists, however, neither expect such a hope nor find it...
  • Progressive Dispensationalism, some observations

    08/31/2002 11:09:39 PM PDT · by fortheDeclaration · 5 replies · 276+ views
    George Zeller website ^ | Unknown | George Zeller
    Progressive Dispensationalism Some Observations -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Its Leaders 1) Craig Blaising, a former Dallas Seminary Professor who is now teaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY (a Southern Baptist school which is non-dispensational); 2) Darrell Bock, professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Seminary; 3) Robert Saucy, who taught at Talbot School of Theology (Talbot Seminary). Due to the pioneering work of these men and others, many others have entered the progressive fold. 2. Its Books 1) Dispensationalism, Israel and the Church by Blaising and Bock (1992); 2) The Case for Progressive Dispensationalism by Saucy (1993); 3) Progressive Dispensationalism...
  • The Church Age

    08/30/2002 11:28:49 PM PDT · by fortheDeclaration · 26 replies · 216+ views
    Virtual Seminary website ^ | Unknown | C.I. Scofield
    The Church Age C.I. Scofield -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I believe that the failure of the Church to see that she is a separated, a called-out Body in the purposes of God, charged with a definite mission limited in its purpose and scope, and the endeavor to take from Israel her promises of earthly glory, and appropriate them over into this Church dispensation, has done more to swerve the Church from the appointed course than all other influences put together. It is not so much wealth, luxury, power, pomp, and pride that have served to deflect the Church from her appointed course, as...

    08/30/2002 5:23:25 PM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies · 307+ views
    Last Trumpet ^ | Tim Warner
    The Old Covenant In the following diagrams, above the center line represents Israel, and below the line represents the Gentiles. Notice, in figure 1, Israel under the Old Covenant is divided into believers (light green) and unbelievers (tan). While the Scriptures still recognize all of the physical descendants of Jacob as 'Israel,' there is clearly a distinction to be made between the faithful remnant of Israel and the majority of the nation that rejected God and His covenant all throughout their history, [1 Kings 19:13-15,18, Mal. 3:13-18, Matt. 23:29-33]. Figure 1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The New Covenant The New Covenant was made...

    08/30/2002 5:55:38 AM PDT · by xzins · 14 replies · 117+ views
    Last Trumpet ^ | Tim Warner
    METHOD OF BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION Progressive Dispensationalism maintains the literal (normal) method of biblical interpretation as the default hermeneutic. Progressive Dispensationalists also rely heavily on the New Testament writers' interpretations and applications of Old Testament prophecy. This is more than simply applying a 'model' of interpretation based on a 'style' established by the New Testament writers. It is accepting their actual interpretations and applications of Old Testament prophecy at face value. ARE PROGRESSIVE DISPENSATIONALISTS REALLY 'DISPENSATIONAL?' Progressive dispensationalists are often accused of not being true 'dispensationalists.' This begs the question what is a dispensationalist? Is a dispensationalist one who sees...
  • Do You Interpret the Bible Literally?

    08/12/2002 12:59:08 PM PDT · by fortheDeclaration · 36 replies · 349+ views
    Middletown Church website ^ | Unknown | George Zeller
    Do You Interpret the Bible Literally? Give Yourself the Following Six Tests INTRODUCTION Dispensationalists seek to interpret the Bible literally, that is, to consistently understand the Scriptures in their plain, normal sense (much like we would read and understand the newspaper or other forms of literature). The Clarifying Statement on Dispensationalism, published by the New England Bible Conference, says it this way: The Bible must be interpreted literally which is the way language is normally and naturally understood. We recognize that the Bible writers frequently used figurative language which is a normal and picturesque way of portraying literal truth. The...
  • Dispensationalism and God's Glory

    04/09/2002 3:11:37 PM PDT · by fortheDeclaration · 72 replies · 410+ views
    Dispensationalism and God's Glory website | Unknown | Greg Herrick
    Dispensationalism and Gods Glory by Greg Herrick, Ph.D. Introduction The glory of God is an ocean in which many have swum, but none have ever touched bottom. It is a great theme in the scriptures perhaps even the central theme or motif. Hence, there are many ways in which this truth is revealed in the bible. Yet, the primary focus of the following paper is to discuss the glory of God as it is seen in the dispensations. In order to accomplish this a definition of glory will be offered followed by a definition of a dispensation. Then each of...
  • Elastic Literalism

    03/27/2002 7:27:39 PM PST · by sola gracia · 10 replies · 63+ views
    Credenda Agenda ^ | Douglas Jones
    Elastic Literalism By Douglas Jones Anyone who has glanced at "last-days dispensationalism" over the past several decades knows how the prophetic interpretations have quietly shifted as the world changed. For example, in the seventies names like Kissinger, Sadat, Amin, and others were certainly key players in final events. And, of course, the Soviet Union was at the very center of it all because it had all the muscle (now it's just a Namibia with a long ballet tradition). The Ten-nation European common market fulfilled the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar's dream-statue (Dan. 2:41ff.), and some got uneasy in the early eighties...