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”