“For much of the last 2,000 years, most of the Bible’s prophetic passages remained hidden to believers. The reason they remained hidden, was because there was nothing to measure them against. Like a road with no known destination, mile markers and way points, they don’t mean much unless you know where you’re going.”
The rest of this article by Pete Garcia may be read here. I have not studied dispensationalism to know it well enough to take a view on it. Much of this article is well worth your time, however.
Great article by Pete Garcia. I cut my teeth on Scofield because his notes were and still are awesome. I soon departed with dispensationalist teachings after a couple of years. He and Darby are not held in too high a regard.
But I still have his bible and enjoy reading his notes in regards to Our Lord and topics other than eschatology. Yes he was used by many to bring a form of eschatology up till then not heard of. Fascinating topic.
Gary Stearman is a brilliant dispensationalist whom I listen to daily (The Prophecy in the News podcast). I have learned a great deal from Gary but I don’t know enough about dispensationalism to have a position. I do know that “they” divide time into Biblical ages that I don’t see identified in the Bible as such. At the same time, I very much agree with the dispensational view of Israel: that replacement theology is in error. I have read a bit about Darby and don’t remember the specifics except that he has his critics.
I have never had a Scofield Bible so, coming out of a Lutheran background, I was never aware of such a view until only several years ago.
According to Gary Stearman, there are early Christian writings that fit with the dispensationist position on how the end times pan out. He has shared sources that speak of a pre-trib rapture and a thousand year millennium.
I don’t think any of the sources Gary quoted divided the Bible into 7 ages, however. The dispensationists may be reaching a bit when it comes to that subject.
I think you know that I lean towards a pre-trib view. I am not dogmatic about it. We’ll have to wait and see how God makes it happen.
God’s blessings my friend…