Dispensationalism is a new way of viewing Scripture, originating in the early 1800’s, popularized by J.N. Darby and C.I. Schofield, and continues to be popular through the writings of Hal Lindsey, etc. But a vision of victory in history is taught from Genesis to Revelation; a victory which Christ’s people not only are given (by the “it is finished” of the Cross), but in which they also participate as in “The God of Peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20). We follow Him who goes forth conquering His enemies (Rev. 19:11-14) until all His enemies are subdued (Heb. 10:12-13; Psalm 110:1; Rom. 16:20), and the final enemy, death, conquered (legally and effectively at the Cross by Christ “the firstfruits”) but not fully subdued until the “rapture”, the resurrection (conquered for all of God’s people - 1 Cor. 15:24-27, on the last day when no more days of earth history follow (John 6:39-40).
Let your heart hold to all the hope and delight the Lord has given. I believe the Book of Revelation is about the New Jerusalem in contrast to the Old Jerusalem, Babylon, Sodom, “where also their Lord was crucified” (Rev. 11:8). It is the removal of the Old Jerusalem that had killed the prophets and the Lord Jesus (1 Thess. 2:15; Luke 13:34-35; Rev. 1:7).
Thank you for asking hard questions last night when I was sharing with you the Postmillennial vision and understanding of the Bible. Let me first say that in order to embrace a doctrine as a faithful Christian all the Bible verses must work together. Secondly, whatever system of eschatology one embraces as a faithful Christian (and there are faithful Christians in all the millennial camps) there are hard questions to be answered.
Thy Kingdom Come
by Eugene Clingman
(To the tune of For All the Saints)
O Glorious Son You asked the Father true
Give Me the nations in justice to subdue
So will all peoples bow and worship You
Then said the Father to incarnate Son
Sit at my right hand as My will is done
Til every nation by My zeal is [...]
We call to mind that the woman was “caught” in adultery which obviously means the man was also “caught”, yet they brought only the woman. This is in direct violation of the law of God that both parties in such a case are equally responsible and subject to the punishments of God’s law. The verse above is an eloquent exposition of exactly what is going on here. They had a double standard. They wanted their women to be faithful and pure but the men would not live this way themselves.
Surely the success promised to Jeremiah’s ministry is promised also to the ministry of the Church, for Jesus says to us, “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world!” God’s purpose for the earth and for the inhabitants of the world will be fulfilled even though God’s enemies strive against Him and His Church. Here again is postmillennial hope! Here is Gospel victory, victory in history for the Kingdom of God!
And what does “kings” indicate but that the government of the nations will serve the Kingdom of God. This will be so pervasive that it will affect each nation to whom the prophecy refers, and it refers to every, for the prophet will shortly say, “the nation and kingdom which will not serve you shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined”…