There are various schools of thought when it comes to what the Bible has to say about the end times & subjects pertaining to it such as the nation of Israel. The common position held by many Christians today is the theory of Premillennial Dispensationalism (first created by a Plymouth Brethren Anglo-Irish evangelist named John Darby & introduced to the world at the Powerscourt Conference in 1831) which was made famous by the Scofield Reference Bible & Hal Lindsay's "The Late Great Planet Earth." Is Darby's 1831 theory air tight Biblically speaking or can Scriptural questions be raised that could call Darby's suppositions into question?
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle and contemporary of Darby published criticism of Darby and Brethrenism. His main criticism was that Darby and the Plymouth Brethren rejected the vicarious purpose of Christ's obedience as well as imputed righteousness.
Darby dispensationalists claim that their principle of hermeneutics is that of literal interpretation, which means giving each word the meaning it would commonly have in everyday usage. Symbols, figures of speech and types are all interpreted plainly in this method, and this is in no way contrary to literal interpretation. Even symbols and figurative sayings have literal meanings behind them.
Dispensational theology teaches that there are two distinct peoples of God: Israel and the church. Dispensationalists believe that salvation has always been by faith‚ÄĒin God in the Old Testament and specifically in God the Son in the New Testament. Dispensationalists hold that the church has not replaced Israel in God's program.
Larry Wessels graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas in 1981 with a degree in Advertising & on May 16 of that same year he had a supernatural "born again" experience (John 3:3-8, Romans 8: 8-17, etc.) by a sovereign act of the God of the Bible. Larry has been...