Dispensational Premillennialism is based upon the idea that God has two separate plans for two separate peoples: one for Israel and one for the Church. The Church age will see God dealing with the Church, while the Millennium will see the Lord dealing once again with Israel as a nation.
The Dispensational view of the Consummation is quite complex. First comes the Secret Rapture, when Christ removes the Church to heaven while the earth below endures seven years of tribulation; then comes the Parousia, or Second Coming, when Christ returns in glory to set up his Millennial Kingdom; and finally, at the end of the Millennium, comes the Last Judgment, followed by the eternal World to Come.
Dispensational theology is largely based upon exotic, highly futuristic interpretations of Daniel 9 (the prophecy of the Seventy Weeks), Matthew 24 (the Olivet Discourse), and the Revelation. Here are some articles probing the theological and exegetical foundations of Dispensationalism, and showing why we respectfully disagree with our dispensational brethren.
- Problems with Premillennialism (Sam Storms)
- The Dispensational Premillennial View of the Kingdom (Sam Storms)
- A Reply to John MacArthur (Kim Riddlebarger)
- Why I no Longer Accept the Pre-Millennial Interpretation of the Second Coming of Christ (David Linden)
- 9 Reasons We Can Be Confident that Christians Will Not be Raptured Before the Tribulation (Justin Taylor)
- A Critique of Dispensational Premillennialism (Anthony Hoekema)
- Modern Dispensationalism and the Doctrine of the Unity of Scripture (O.T. Allis)
- Left Behind Theology- A Critical Look (Austin Brown)
Seeing that the above articles sharply challenge the dispensational position, we think it only fair to alert our readers to some of the better primary sources on Dispensationalism, so they can see for themselves what these folks actually teach.
This is one of the most complete and scholarly works ever written on eschatology from the dispensational premillennial view. Written by Dallas Theological Seminary professor, Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost, it boasts approximately 670 pages of theological and exegetical discussion. If you wish to get a good understanding of dispensational eschatology, this is the best single book to purchase.
There are many commentaries written on the apocalypse from a dispensational point of view. However, most lack the depth of this work. Written by famed Dallas Theological Seminary eschatologist, John Walvoord, this commentary will provide the student with a popular dispensational understanding of the apocalypse.
This commentary not only offers an in-depth dispensational interpretation of the various prophecies of Daniel, but also tries to make the case that here, in Daniel (and especially in Daniel 9), we find the Master Key to a good understanding God’s great plan for the ages, and how that plan will be consummated. By all means read this–but keep H. Leupold’s outstanding amillennial interpretation right beside you, just for safety sake!