Dispensational Premillennialism

Dispensational premillennialism is the belief that Jesus will come back to earth after a seven-year tribulation and will rule during a thousand year millennium of peace on earth.

During this time, God will give the nation of Israel the land talked about in (Genesis 15:18).

There is an understanding in the Dispensational Premillennialists belief that (Revelation 4:1-2) refers to the ‘Rapture’.  You may ask what is the ‘Rapture’?  The Rapture as it is understood by Christians is the event when Christ removes Christians from the earth before they great tribulation.  You may also here them referred to as “pre-tribulationists”

Many questions have come about by honest bible believing christians wondering about the rapture.  This rapture, is it one event? Or does one or the other happen at a later time?  Dispensational Premillennialis believe that the rapture and the second coming of Jesus are two separate events.  The rapture comes before the great tribulation, and the second coming occurs after it.

The Premillennials believe that Gods promises to Abraham and his children were unconditional. The land that was promised to the Jews will still be received by them . This land was described and promised to them in (Genesis 15:18).

We know that in 1948 that the state of Israel (as it is today) was established.  This fulfilled a key end-times prophecy.  According to Dispensational Premillennialism, all references to Israel in Revelation refer to Israel the nation.

Dispensational premillennialism basically states that we cannot properly understand the Bible apart from recognizing distinct periods or eras or dispensations in which the unfolding purpose of God and his relationship with mankind are revealed.  All dispensationalists recognize at least three dispensations: (1) the period before Pentecost (the age of the Mosaic Covenant); (2) the period between Pentecost and the return of Christ (the Church age); and (3) the period between the return of Christ and the eternal state (the Millennium). Classical dispensationalists, following the lead of dispensationalism’s founding father, John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), point to four additional periods. Thus:

1)         from creation to the fall (the dispensation of innocence)

2)         from the fall to Noah (the dispensation of conscience)

3)         from Noah to Babel (the dispensation of human government)

4)         from Abraham to Moses (the dispensation of promise)

5)         from Moses to Jesus (the dispensation of law)

6)         from Pentecost to the rapture (the dispensation of grace)

7)         the Millennium (the dispensation of the kingdom)


Dispensational Premillennialism emerged in the 1800’s among the Plymouth Brethren (group of fundamentalist Bible Churches founded in the 1820’s). Its popularity increased up until today which it remains widespread.


Here is a list of prominent dispensational premillenniaist:  Nelson Darby, C.I. Scofield, Harry A. Ironside, Gleason Archer, Donald G. Barnhouse, Hal Lindsey, Chuck Smith, John MacArthur, Charles Ryrie, Charles Stanleh, Norman L. Geisler and Tim LaHeye.

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