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What is Dispensationalism?
Dispensationalism is an approach to biblical interpretation which states that God uses different ways of working with people (Israel and the church), during different periods of history, usually seven chronologically successive periods. These dispensational divisions of history varies among its supporters from three periods, to four, seven, and eight dispensations. Seven is the most common.
- Innocence (Genesis 1-3) . . . Adam and Eve before they sinned
- Conscience (Genesis 3-8) . . . First sin to the flood
- Civil Government (Genesis 9-11) . . . After the flood, government
- Promise (Genesis 12 – Ex 19) . . . Abraham to Moses, the Law is given
- Law (Exodus 20; Acts 2:4) . . . Moses to the cross
- Grace (Acts 2:4; Rev.20:4-6) . . . Cross to the millennial kingdom
- Millennial Kingdom (Rev.20:4-6) . . . The rule of Christ on Earth in the Millennial Kingdom
God made the following promises and commands to Noah and his family:
1. God will not curse the earth again.
2. Noah and family are to replenish the earth with people.
3. They shall have dominion over the animal creation.
4. They are allowed to eat meat.
5. The law of capital punishment is established.
6. There never will be another worldwide flood.
7. The sign of God's promise will be the rainbow.
The basic promise during the Dispensation of Promise was the Abrahamic Covenant. Here are some of the key points of that unconditional covenant:
1. From Abraham would come a great nation that God would bless with natural and spiritual prosperity.
2. God would make Abraham’s name great.
3. God would bless those that blessed Abraham’s descendants and curse those that cursed them.
4. In Abraham all the families of the earth will be blessed. This is fulfilled in Jesus Christ and His work of salvation.
5. The sign of the covenant is circumcision.
6. This covenant, which was repeated to Isaac and Jacob, is confined to the Hebrew people and the 12 tribes of Israel.
Although dispensationalists share common opinions about interpreting scripture, there are different types of dispensationalist positions.
- God has different purposes at different times
- The Church is a parenthesis in history between the times of God dealing with Israel
- There will be a literal Kingdom in heaven and also a Kingdom on earth during the millennial period
- Two peoples of God: Israel and the Church
- Different roles
- Salvation is the same for both groups
- hurch and Israel exist together during the millennium
- Israel and the Church are both the people of God
- It relies more on covenantal interpretations
- Old Testament promises expanded to include the Church
- There are still distinctions between Israel and the Church
- Israel is still God’s chosen people with a plan from God
- Pre-trib rapture is generally held but not necessary
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