Archive for the ‘Dispensationalism’ Category

Horses in Ezekiel 38

January 25, 2014 1 comment

In Ezekiel’s prophecy of Gog and Magog, all the armies ride upon horses.

“Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:” [Ezek. 38:14-15]

In prophecy, horses are symbolic of people with no understanding. David wrote: “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.” [Psa. 32:9]

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The little horn, times, and laws

January 13, 2014 11 comments

The little horn that arose among the ten horns of the fourth beast in Daniel 7 thinks to “change times and laws.” [Dan. 7:25] It makes war with the saints, and overcomes them.

Daniel wrote:

“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.” [Dan. 7:8]

Eyes like the eyes of a man depict a fallible human viewpoint.

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Dispensationalism and the time, times and a half

November 21, 2013 Comments off

A great amount of misinformation has been generated about the prophetic “time, times and a half” of Daniel 7:25, and 12:7.
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Promises to the Church in Ezekiel 36

October 21, 2013 2 comments

Ezekiel addressed his prophecy in chapter 36 to the mountains of Israel, symbols of God’s promises, and prophecies.

Of these mountains the enemy said, ‘Aha, the ancient high places are ours in possession.’ [Ezek. 36:2]

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Mountains in Matthew

September 12, 2013 Comments off

Matthew associated notable events in the ministry of Jesus with mountains. His references to mountains are listed in the following table.

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The kingdom in Zechariah 14

March 7, 2013 Comments off

Dispensationalism and the Gog and Magog prophecies

February 12, 2013 1 comment

Does dispensationalism deny Jesus is the Christ?

February 7, 2013 Comments off

Jack Kelley on “the fullness of the Gentiles”

February 3, 2013 1 comment

Jack Kelley posted his comments on the meaning of Paul’s expression “the fullness of the Gentiles” in Romans 11:25 here. The following is a discussion.

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F. C. Baur, Wm. Wrede, and M.A.D. dispensationalism

January 26, 2013 Comments off

The apostle Peter described false teachers as “cursed children.” He wrote of them:

“But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;” [2 Pet 2:10-15]

The teachings of E. W. Bullinger, and similar doctrines of Mid-Acts Dispensationalism, (M.A.D.) (e.g., Sir Robert Anderson), were the subject of an in-depth study by H. A. Ironside, available here.

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Are all of Zechariah’s prophecies literal?

December 19, 2012 Comments off

Some Old Testament prophecies seem to have been fulfilled in a literal manner, but others clearly have to be interpreted. Why are some literal, and others not? In prophecy, things of a spiritual nature are represented by symbols.

Here are some prophecies of Zechariah that are said to have been literally fulfilled by Jesus.

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J. N. Darby and Matthew 2:15

December 17, 2012 4 comments

The Trinity Millennialism Project has published Darby’s handwritten annotations included in his personal copy of the Greek New Testament. The image below shows part of his commentary on Matthew 2:15.

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The feet of them that bring good tidings

December 12, 2012 Comments off

Isaiah wrote,

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Four things are brought together in the prophecy: good tidings, mountains, the feet of the messenger, and the fact that God reigns. The meaning of good tidings was identified by Paul, who applied the scripture to those preaching the Gospel. [Rom. 10:15-16]

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J. A. Alexander on Acts 15:13-19

December 6, 2012 7 comments

In a comment on my recent post on Jack Kelley’s supernatural insight, dispensationalist Jerry Shugart claims that the comments of James in Acts 15:15-18 about Christ rebuilding the tabernacle of David refers to events that will occur only after the second coming. That notion is incorrect. James obviously applied the prophecy of Amos 9:11 to Christ building his church in the present age, and identified the tabernacle of David with the church. He said the prophecy refers to the Gentiles who were being brought into God’s family. The meaning of the passage was explained by J. A. Alexander as follows:

The essential meaning of the passage, therefore, is that the restoration of the kingdom of David was to be connected with the spiritual conquest of the Gentiles.

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Jack Kelley’s supernatural insight

December 6, 2012 2 comments

Lyn Leahz posted an article on Idealists, Preterists, And Futurists written by dispensationalist Jack Kelley. In the article Kelley expressed his opinions on the comments by James in Acts 15:13-18 on a prophecy found in Amos 9:11, about the tabernacle of David. James applied the prophecy to the church.

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Jerusalem, where Jesus is King

December 4, 2012 12 comments

Many preachers who support dispensationalism try to discredit the idea that Jesus Christ is reigning in the present age, upon the throne of David. But if Jesus is not the promised king who reigns on the throne of David forever, how could Peter say he is the Messiah? If he is not the king of Israel, how can he be the Christ?

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E. W. Hengstenberg and the perpetual throne of David

December 1, 2012 1 comment

The claims of dispensationalists, who say that prophecy should be viewed as literal, are discredited by the history of the throne of David. Although the promise to David through Nathan the prophet said, “And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever,” [2 Sam. 7:16] after a few centuries, the line of kings of the dynasty of David ceased, and his throne disappeared.

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Who are Daniel’s people in Daniel 9:24?

November 27, 2012 Comments off

Dispensationalists say that the 70 weeks prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27 applies to Jews, not the church, because the prophecy says “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city,” in Daniel 9:24.

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H. A. Ironside’s legacy

November 24, 2012 7 comments

Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951) was the son of John and Sophia (Stafford) Ironside of Toronto, who were involved in the  Plymouth Brethren. He had a strong interest in the Bible throughout his life. He was involved with the Salvation Army as a youth, and moved from that denomination to one of the sects of the Plymouth Brethren, known as open Brethren, and later he joined the closed Brethren, also known as the “Grant” section, or “Exclusive Brethren.” He was the author of A Historical Sketch of the Brethren Movement. His prophetic writings and commentaries promoted the interpretations and doctrines of John N. Darby and Dispensationalism. Through his preaching and books, Ironside had a considerable influence beyond the Brethren movement, and became the minister at the Moody Church, in Chicago, associated with the Moody Bible Institute.

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Isaiah 2:2 and dispensationalism: a dilemma

November 23, 2012 19 comments

In their interpretations of Isaiah 2:2, the prophecy that the mountain of the Lord’s house will be established at the top of the mountains, above the hills, dispensationalist commentators and expositors are torn between their commitment to their mantra of literalism, and their devotion to the idea that ethnic Jews will dominate other nations in the Millennium. The literal view says the prophecy means that mount Zion and Jerusalem will be literally raised up, by tectonic means. Contrasting with this approach is the interpretation of mountains as nations, which leads to the concept of Jews becoming a kind of master-race.

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