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A system of Biblical interpretation that divides God's dealings with humans into a series of "dispensations"

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What are some common church fathers cited for patristic dispensational premillennialism?

What are some common church fathers cited as believers in dispensational premillennialism?
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What does Classic Dispensationalism teach about the eternal state?

I've been learning about the various flavors of dispensational and covenant theology. Classic Dispensationalism (as taught by Darby, Scofield, Ryrie, etc) holds that God plans to bring literal ...
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Is Covenantal vs Dispensational just a terminology difference?

How do scholars differentiate between a Covenantal and Dispensational view of Biblical understanding? Covenant people criticize Dispensationalists for cutting up the Bible narrative into distinct ...
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Does Acts 3:17-26 teach that if the people of Israel repented Christ would have returned and established the Kingdom?

Acts 2 Dispensationalists claim that the birth of the body of Christ happens in Acts 2 with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, because God was no longer dealing with Israel on a national level due to ...
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What arguments do dispensationalists have in favour of the views of Anderson and Hoehner concerning the 69 weeks in Daniel 9:24-27?

Today is Palm Sunday, when our Lord made his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem seated on a humble donkey. Both Robert Anderson, in his book The Coming Prince (1894), and Harold Hoehner, in Chronological ...
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What arguments are there against the 69 week periods of Anderson and Hoehner?

Today is Palm Sunday, when our Lord made his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem seated on a humble donkey. Both Robert Anderson, in his book The Coming Prince (1894), and Harold Hoehner, in Chronological ...
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How do dispensationalists understand the statements that God fulfilled all his promises to Israel in Joshua 21 and 23?

One of the foundational claims of dispensational theology is that there are various land promises that God has made to the nation of Israel which He has yet to fulfill. One claim is that Israel has ...
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What is the meaning of "last day" from the perspective of the dispensational premillennialist?

TLDR Dispensational Premillennialism teaches that the resurrection of believers occurs at the Rapture, which seemingly conflicts with Jesus's promise to raise Christians on the "last day." ...
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If Israel is the vine that prefigures Jesus, the "true" vine, isn't Israel's purpose fulfilled?

The question of which vine is being contrasted when Jesus claims to be the "true vine" (John 15) received this answer that the vine contrasted with the "true" vine is Israel; taken ...
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Do pre-tribulational, pre-millenial theologies reconcile with Jehovah's Witnesses

In this thesis there are many assertions made. One of them is that the teachings of Charles Taze Russell, as regarding the return of Christ being 'multi-staged', shares a common origin with the pre-...
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Which Biblical Theology frameworks are currently taught in the Southern Baptist seminaries?

There are two major frameworks of Biblical Theology in Protestant Christianity: Dispensationaliam and Covenant Theology. Simplistically, Dispensationaliam says there is a big discontinuity between ...
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How is 2 Thessalonians 2:3 understood by those who believe in the imminence of Christ's return?

In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Paul writes: Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not arrive until the rebellion comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. (...
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What is the Biblical Basis for differences in the Dispensational and Non-dispensational understanding of the 70th week in the Book of Daniel? [closed]

I've heard at least two different interpretations from Baptists of: And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the ...
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How is "Free Grace Theology" linked with dispensationalism?

I have a somewhat vague understanding of dispensationalism and Covenant theology, and have until now preferred the latter to the former because it seems simpler and hence more intuitive. I recently ...
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What is the Dispensational Interpretation of Daniel’s Stone Kingdom?

I would like to understand the following vision from the viewpoint of the Dispensational system of prophecy. What is the stone kingdom, and when did it arrive? Does it begin at John the Baptist’s ...
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What percentage of US Christians are Dispensationalists?

What percentage of US Christians are dispensationalists? I think it has a serious impact on American policy in the Middle East. Dispensationalism is a religious interpretive system and ...
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How do Pre-Millennial Dispensationalists reconcile Hebrews 8:13?

Pre-Millennial Dispensationalists believe God has two covenants: one with the Christians and one with the Jews but that appears to be going against the grain of what Hebrews 8:13 says. "By ...
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According to Dispensationalism is "the land" of Ezekiel 37:24-28 interpreted as "Heaven"?

ESV Ezekiel 37: 24“My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. 25They shall dwell in the land ...
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Why doesn't dispensationalism identify a dispensation focused on David?

Dispensationalism is a broad family of theories, and different proponents identify different dispensations, including a different number of dispensations. Here is a typical diagram: Through all the ...
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Are there any surviving writings by Marcion or is everything we know of him what his enemies wrote of him?

I'm growing increasingly suspicious that Marcion was more of a dispensationalist or "hyper-dispensationalist" who fell victim to misrepresentation by those who either did not understand him or agree ...
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Understanding Zechariah's prophecy in Luke 1 as a Protestant, Evangelical Dispensationalist believer

In Luke 1:68–69, Zechariah says under the influence of the Holy Spirit: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation ...
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What is the textual evidence from the Bible that the resurrection for believers happens in stages (a Dispensationalist View)?

On a separate post, the question about who populates the Millennium brought this question to mind. The belief is that Christ rose first, then believers, whether dead or living at the time of the ...
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According to dispensationalism, who is 'the dragon' and what are the differences between 'the dragon' and 'the beast'?

Based in the question: According to full preterism, who is 'the dragon' and what are the differences between 'the dragon' and 'the beast'? In some passages from the Bible there exists sentences such ...
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According to literal dispensationalism, how does the short time of Rev. 12:12 last for 2,000 years or more?

Dispensationalism endeavors to interpret all of the Bible as literal, and attempts to assign the 1,000 years of Revelation chap. 20 to a future millennial period with a future reign of Christ on earth....
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What is the difference between classical and revised dispensationalism?

I understand from Wikipedia and elsewhere that dispensationalism can be broken into three main categories: Classical (Scofield, Chafer) Traditional, revised, or normative (Ryrie, Walvoord) ...
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In dispensationalism: Was gracious salvation through Christ an alternative plan

In the course of doing research in eschatology, I found this quote by the now deceased dispensationalist scholar, and Dallas Theological Seminary founder Lewis Sperry Chafer: It may be concluded ...
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Is there any denomination that fully embraces Dispensational Premillennialism?

I'm not a fan of dispensational premillennialism, but I don't know of any denominations that specifically hold to it. I'm just fairly curious. I've met individual people that believe it, but never an ...
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How do dispensationalists understand the "antichrists" and "last hour" in 1 John 2:18?

It seems that a large contingent of Christians believe the antichrist will come soon or at some future time and set in motion the eschatological "end times." How, then, can dispensationalists ...
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According to dispensationalists, does the "secret rapture" include a bodily resurrection and new earth?

Do proponents of a "Secret Rapture" understand this to be a bodily resurrection? I can only conclude that the bodies are taken into heaven as they are taken away not just spiritually but actually ...
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a/pre/post Millennialism summarised with bible verses? [duplicate]

Is there a definitive resource that outlines the views and the bible verses they use to support those views? Or are these views so hopelessly broad that its impossible to clearly define them? There ...
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Dispensation vs Dispensationalism?

I'm trying to understand the difference between these two terms. Are they the same, or are they different? (see definitions below) The Easton Bible dictionary appears to define "dispensation" as an "...
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Why do Covenant theologians use the word "dispensation," and what do they mean by it?

The first time I read the Westminster Confession of Faith, a confession reflecting Covenant (or Reformed) theology, I was surprised to see the word dispensations used in it: There are not therefore ...
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What do modern evangelicals/dispensationalists believe about the general resurrection and final judgment? [closed]

I grew up attending several Baptist/Church of God/Non-denominational churches growing up in the United States (we moved around a bunch). Until I was an adult and actually read the New Testament for ...
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How does dispensationalism reconcile Romans 11?

From my understanding of dispensationalism, at some point in the future, I believe either prior to or just after the rapture, the temple on Moriah will need to be rebuilt. However, presumably, the ...
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What is the argument AGAINST the position that only Paul's writings are applicable to the church today?

In mid-Acts dispensationalism (a form of hyperdispensationalism), it is taught that only Paul's writings (from Romans to Philemon) are applicable to the church today and that the other parts of the ...
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What is the basis for the position that only Paul's writings are applicable to the church today?

In mid-Acts dispensationalism (a form of hyperdispensationalism), it is taught that only Paul's writings (from Romans to Philemon) are applicable to the church today and that the other parts of the ...
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How do Reformed Baptists view Dispensationalism?

What is the "official" stances of Reformed Baptists on Dispensationalism? What biblical base do they claim for such views? If, as a group, they would generally not teach Dispensationalism, are there ...
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Why is it rare to combine Reformed/Calvinist doctrine and Dispensationalism?

I've been told that it's rare to find someone who combines Dispensationalism and Reformed/Calvinistic doctrine (such as John MacArthur). Why is this? What ideas don't mesh well?
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How can one use the Bible to determine if the beast with seven heads and ten horns is the G-7 nations plus three more? [closed]

In Revelation, there are several references to the beast with seven heads and ten horns rising to world power. Rev. 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, ...
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What is the biblical basis for Dispensational Premillennialism?

Related: What are the differences between the different millenialisms? What is the biblical basis for Historical Premillennialism? Dispensational Premillennialism is a view of the end ...
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