Why do Dispensationalists teach Separation Theology?

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My aim in enlarging the text was for your benefit (in case it was not noticed when you read my post), so that we could then have a discussion regarding your inquiry.

My apologies.

I often try to use means of "emphasis" (not intending YELLING).


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When was Acts 3:24 written?
Hi, I would offer as a reminder we must be careful how we hear or say we do hear our God.

As to when when I don't think would matter .I think its more of a principle

Acts 3:24 is a witness to the time we are in the last day . The time of reformation had come. (Hebrews 9)

God does not number people or days. He will come as a thief in the night. We can watch for him but like with Noah he will still come in the twinkling of the eye. I would offer we therefore walk by faith the unseen eternal. The thousand years represents a unknown. a faith principle. We are not to be of the number as those who do number what the eyes see rather than walking by faith.

Verse 23 of Acts 3 informs us of the Son of man, Jesus . If they reject "that prophet", Jesus, they also reject the father who works in him with him to bring to us the peace of God .The gospel. The loving father strengthening the Son of man, Jesus to both will and do the good pleasure of God. Jesus said; the father and I are one. Apart form each other we cannot know God. It is how the Son of man reveals us to Him who has no form so that we might learn to walk by faith . the unseen eternal.

For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear "that prophet", shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Acts3:22-23 KJV

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same "hath not" the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.1 John 2:22-23 (KJV)
 

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I dont believe in full preterism I believe Jesus will return literally in the future.

I consider the state of Israel a miracle but I would never support any of their plans to build a third temple. In the local Christian TV here there was a man encouraging Christians to support that project. Its a wicked project and that temple will be an abomination because it will be a temple where they will accept ALL religions, atleast all Abrahamic ones.

Im caught in a bad spot because I do keep up with current day events and I see the world is going crazy in so many ways, but I want to not be a sensationalist like the media and many Christian YouTube channels are. They are hyping things up to create interest in their material, its a good thing to let people know whats going on in the world and how it relates to Bible prophecy, its a bad thing to make false claims that when proven false will drag Christianity's credibility down. Secular people arent wise enough to notice who is who nor do they have any discernment in spiritual matters so all they see is a Christian said and did THIS.

By Reformed you would mean Calvinist? Im not one but I wouldnt mind witnessing with one or even being in a Calvinist church if there was one near to me. I leave the predestination business to the "none of my business" category.
I don't like using the word Calvinist. John Calvin believed in a lot of things I don't, including infant baptism.

But, yes, I believe God is sovereign in salvation. He gives a heart of flesh to replace the heart of stone the unsaved man possesses. This heart of flesh generates faith and repentance. Free-willers believe that somehow, their hard heart of stone can produce faith and repentance, in order to receive a heart of flesh. This is called "decisional regeneration".

My view is that regeneration precedes faith. Their view is that their faith and repentance produces regeneration.

In the past, I used the term "Arminian" to refer to free-willers but in reality, Jacob Arminius had a better view (but still inadequate) of the redical corruption of mankind than modern day Arminians. The Remonstrants took Arminius' doctrine even further than Arminius. I would call both of them semi-Pelagians though. And, some free-willers are even worse than modern-day Arminians. There are Pelagians in the midst of free-willers.

It doesn't help that almost all free-willers are dispensationalists in the USA. That pretty much assures that I would never attend a free-willer or dispensationalist church as a member.
 

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Dispensationalist have more camps then the boy scouts
This is true. There are multiple belief systems, extending from JN Darby to "progressive dispensationalists".

This is because they keep patching their system as time goes on, and the issues become more apparent. However, there will always be groups that hold on to the old, classical dispensationalism and probably every generation since it.
 

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Regarding Daniel 9:24-27, this guy explains the claims of dispensationalism concerning these Scriptures very well.

He provides an amillennial response to them.

The big issue that they have is their claim that there is a 2000 year gap between v.26 and v.27.

But they have absolutely no basis for their claim. According to their own hermeneutic, they should admit that they are working on unscriptural hermeneutical principles while making their claim.

They believe the prophetic time-clock stopped approximately after the destruction of the Temple in AD70, and will begin again seven years prior to Jesus' return, when the rapture occurs. But, they have no basis for this claim.

Here's the video:

 

UnitedWithChrist

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Here's a very good set of messages by Brian Chappell on the four views of the Millennium (premillennial dispensationalism, historic premillennialism, amillennialism and postmillennialism).

He prepared it for Bible Study Fellowship. This organization tends to avoid sectarian conflict.

Bryan is historic premillennial and I am amillennial, however, his portrayal of the four views is very accurate from what I've seen.

If you are trying to understand the differences between these groups, these are great videos to watch. The charts are very good.

In addition, his notes with the charts are in the pdf below (note that you can watch these on Vimeo but the preview will not appear here..the title is Four Views of the Millennium by Bryan Chappell and there are two parts).




The pdf of the notes is here, and also attached below:

https://media.gracepres.org/mediaplayer/gracepres/media/Four Views of the Millennium (Dr. Bryan Chapell).pdf?fbclid=IwAR2kzhSpOYdqSkGLAumM3foBfoJh6qniIVCXLfvJUQGIzY3OfNEuniLm1m8

Bryan points out that very few hold to the dispensationalism of previous eras, but instead hold to "progressive dispensationalism". One of the problems on this forum and others is that you have all kinds of different dispensationalists holding more modern views, or outdated views, of dispensationalism.

Bryan is much more ecumenical than I am on this topic. I don't care for dispensationalism at all.
 

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Here's a very good set of messages by Brian Chappell on the four views of the Millennium
There can be only one correct view. So while it is fine to present four views, one must also note which one is true and which are not. I do not watch videos, so I will refrain from any other comments.
 

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Concerning the dispensationalist/covenant theology argument, which is assuredly foundational to the amillennial issue, I would suggest that the real issue with dispensationalism involves how they read NT references to the OT.

The apostles and Christ were definitely not dispensational in how they used OT Scripture, as they take Scripture applying to Israel and apply it to Jesus or believers, who are Jesus' body.

For example, you can read Matthew and see that Matthew takes Scriptures applying to Israel and applies them to Jesus.

Matthew 2:14-15 4 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Hosea 11:1 1 When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.

Why?

Jesus is true Israel.


And, Matthew does this over and over again in his gospel. That is because he wanted to show them that Jesus was the true Israel, as well as being the true Adam. He defeated evil, whereas the first Adam and first Israel did not. That is why the desert temptation scene is presented in Matthew 4. It was an echo of Adam's testing in the Garden of Eden, and Israel's testing in the wilderness.

And, Peter does the same thing for the Church when he takes Scriptures applying to Israel in Exodus 19 and alludes to them in his epistle.

Exodus 19:5-6 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

1 Peter 2:9-10 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Why?

The Church, as Jesus' body, is True Israel.

It's really not hard to figure out that the Apostles believed in "covenant theology" because they take Scriptures applying to Israel and apply them to Jesus or the Church.

GK Beale and DA Carson wrote a long commentary where they examine every incidence where the NT quotes or alludes to the OT. It is on my reading list.

https://smile.amazon.com/Commentary...ed+in+the+new+testament&qid=1583315983&sr=8-2

:)

Somehow I don't think many dispensationalists will be reading this. I plan on buying a copy though :)
 
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The New Testament is clear about a believers new identity in Christ. e.g. Gal 3:28.
The New Testament is also clear that Israel and the church as a separate entity. e.g. Rom 11:25; Luke 21:24.

The critical distinction to make is that some verses describe what we are in the Spirit, while other verses describe what we are in the flesh. e.g. Eph 2:11

What we are in the Spirit determines our destination (heaven). What we are in the flesh determines our journey (earth).

We who are in Christ have certainly been joined with him in the Spirit (1 Cor 6:17), but until we have been united with him in glory, our flesh remains as Jew or Gentile.... A similar principle is found in the order of church government and the roles of men and women in marriage . Although we are equal in Christ, we have different roles and responsibilities in God's plan while we are on this earth in these mortal bodies.
This physical identity (jew/gentile) makes no difference now. But when the times of the gentiles have been fulfilled, then those who are a Jew in the flesh will be dealt with according to God's agenda (in the 70th week of Daniel).

I hope this is clarifying and helpful. God bless you all!
 

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Admittedly, not all dispensationalists take this view, but some do :) Dispensationalists.jpg