- , a system or a management. In theology, a dispensation is a period of divine administration; Each dispensation is a God-ordained age. Dispensationalism is a system of Christ theology that has two primary characteristics. 1) A consistent literal interpretation of Scripture, especially Bible prophecy. 2) A gap between Israel and the church in God’s plan. Classical dispensation identifies humanity with seven dispensations for God’s plan.
Ageism claims that its principle for exegesis is that it is a literal interpretation, which means giving each word a meaning that is commonly used every day. Symbols, figures of speech and all kinds of shadows are clearly explained in this method, and it is in no way contrary to literal interpretation. Even symbols and figurative statements have literal meanings behind them. For example, if the Bible says “a thousand years” in Revelation 20, the dispensationalist interprets it as 1,000 (reign of dispensation), after that time no one is compelled to interpret it otherwise.
There are at least two reasons why this is the best way to focus on scripture. First, philosophically, the purpose of language itself demands that we interpret it literally. Language was given by God so that He could communicate with man. The second reason is biblical. Every prophecy related to Jesus Christ in the Old Testament has been literally fulfilled. The birth of Jesus, the ministry of Jesus, the death of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus happened exactly as and literally as prophesied in the Old Testament. The New Testament has a non-literal fulfillment of these prophecies. It therefore argues strongly for its literalism. If literal interpretation is not used for studying the scriptures, We have no objective standard by which to understand the Bible. Each and every person will interpret the Bible as they see fit. Biblical interpretation will evolve from “as the Bible says…” to “as this context speaks to me…”. Unfortunately, too many have already done this in what is today called biblical interpretation.
Dispensational theology teaches that God has two distinct people: Israel and the church. Dispensationalists believe that salvation is always—in the Old Testament and especially in the New Testament—by faith in the Son of God. Dispensationalism holds that the church has not replaced Israel in God’s plan and that the Old Testament promises have not been transferred to the church. They believe that the promises that God made to Israel in the Old Testament (for the land, many children and blessings) will finally be fulfilled in the 1000-year period stated in Revelation chapter 20. Dispensationalists believe that just as God focuses his attention on the church in this age, he will once again focus on Israel in the future (Romans 9-11 and Daniel 9:24).
Using this methodology as a basis, dispensationists think that the Bible is organized into seven dispensations: innocence (Genesis 1:1-3:7), conscience (Genesis 3:8-8:22), human rule (Genesis 9:1-11 :32), promise (12:1- Exodus 19:25), law (Exodus 20:1 – Acts 2:4), grace (Acts 2:4- Revelation 20:3), and the millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:4 -6). Again, this age is not the way to salvation, but it is the way in which God relates Himself to man. Each age contains a recognizable pattern of how God works in the lives of the people of that age. That framework is 1) responsibility, 2) failure, 3) judgment, 4) moving in grace. Dispensationalism, as a methodology, often results in a pre-millennial explanation for the second coming of Christ, leading to a pre-tribulation interpretation. In short, dispensationalism is a theological system,
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