Interesting (but disturbing) quote…

Though I don’t claim to be an expert on the history of dispensationalism, I have read my share of books which trace the theology from it’s ‘birth’ through the numerous stages it morphed into over the years. One interesting fact is how the missionizing or evangelizing beliefs, first set down and taught by the early proponents, drastically changed as certain doctrines were added to what was accepted as dispensation theology. For instance, the rapture doctrine; made popular in England and America by John Darby (The Rapture of the Saints and the Character of the Jewish Remnant).

Prior to the doctrine of Restorationism, known today as Christian Zionism (restoring the Jews to Palestine), dispensationalist’s, while always teaching of a return, believed and taught that before restoration to the land would come a great out-pouring from the Holy Spirit among the Jews world-wide, by which they would be restored to Christ. In other words, spiritual restoration first, then physical restoration to the land. This belief promoted missionary work and evangelizing among the jews.  But this appears to have changed dramatically after the acceptance of the rapture doctrine. Which brings us to my quote.

Quoted from Jesus Is Coming by well-known dispensationalist William E. Blackstone (1841-1935), was one of the most highly acclaimed read books of it’s time.

(p. 176) “The detail of the manner of their restoration, and of their repentance and acceptance of Christ, is not so important to us. For those who are of the Church are to be taken away first in the rapture, and escape all these things through which Israel shall pass”

Any thoughts?


2 comments on “Interesting (but disturbing) quote…

  1. Ever try to pound a square peg in a round hole? It can be done but there is going to be a lot of damage to both the peg and the hole!

    This great outpouring of the Holy Spirit seems to have been lost on them with that paradigm the outpouring first then taking back what they lost when Jerusalem was utterly destroyed in 70 AD?

    Think for a moment. What happened at the first great outpouring? Massive amount of Jews over some years drop the legal scheme for Grace and Mercy and God’s blessed Peace under the anointing of the Holy Spirit!

    Now this? Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense seeing God articulated through Saul of Tarsus, the maximized legal proponent of the legal scheme, this:

    But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” (Romans 7:6, 7 ESV)

    It was the law stupid that kept you the slave of sin! It will be the anointing of the Spirit that will deliver you from this captivity!

    As I said it makes no sense that in this dispensation that they believe will follow a great outpouring of the Spirit to read this:

    Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. (Acts 4:36, 37 ESV)

    Huh? Now here, pause and try to square that with their contention that after this great outpouring they will want two thousand plus years later the very land they were selling to evangelize the world?

    Sounds like they got ahold of the wrong shape peg?

    • Ever try to pound a square peg in a round hole? It can be done but there is going to be a lot of damage to both the peg and the hole!

      Amen, and a lot of damage to God’s purpose for the church has sure been done Michael, hasn’t it…

      Then He said to them, “Go the whole world over, and proclaim the Good News to all mankind. mark 16

      How can we say the church is working toward fulfilling that mission when we’re taught that “all mankind” excludes an entire group of people…in this instance, the jews?

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