Nov 13, 2018



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Jeffrey Deacon
The Israel and Church Distinction within Dispensational Thought
Dallas Theological Seminary
This thesis documents the shift that continues to take place from the earlier Darby/Chafer/Scofield/Walvoord dispensationalism to the revised understanding of Pentecost/Ryrie/Toussaint at Dallas Theological Seminary. The latter seems to hold to a less distinct version where the "Bride of Christ Universal" includes Old Testament and New Testament saints, the redeemed of all ages, Jew and gentile in the Eschaton, rather than the traditional confining of the Church to the New Jerusalem in heaven, and Israel to Jerusalem on earth. National distinctions are recognized in the eternal state, but they are regarded as no longer making any significant difference anymore as everyone shares the same blessings. Though the content of the distinction has disappeared, the 'big distinction' remains that the promises were promised to Israel first, and upon progressive revelation, gentiles also share in these promises. Does that include the land promise of Israel? Toussaint's answer is that no one can foresee how that will play out except that the the twelve apostles judging over the tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28) seems to imply Jewish dominion over Israel, while gentile dominion over the rest of nations may be inferred by Paul's statement in 1 Cor 6a, 'Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?'

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