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My Hebrew Roots Journal – Dispensationalism

I have been to several churches during my Christian walk and every last one of imagesthem taught dispensationalism. It is only since I began to explore Hebrew Roots that I have seen this doctrine challenged.

I know, there are a lot of learned teachers that expound this doctrine, but after some study on my own, I can no longer believe it.

One of the tenets of dispensationalism is that The Lord deals with Jewish believers and Christians differently and that at the end of the Church Age or dispensation, the Church will be raptured (before the tribulation) and then God will deal with the nation of Israel during the tribulation. But after looking into Ephesians 2 fairly deeply, I can see that this tenet of dispensationalism does not fit does not fit with what the Bible says and must be discarded. And if one of the tenets is proven false, then the entire doctrine cannot be trusted.

So, what does the Bible say about Israel and The Church?

‘Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; ‘

Ephesians 2:11

There are two groups here, first, the Uncircumcision (Gentiles) and they were called that by the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands, Israel.

‘That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: ‘

Ephesians 2:12

In the past, Gentiles were separate from the covenants of promise, given to Israel by the Lord in The Torah.

‘But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; ‘

Ephesians 2:13-15

So, in His flesh, Jesus Christ abolished the enmity and made in Himself of twain ( Israel and The Church) one new man. So then, if there is only “one new man” how can that “man” be both raptured and left behind to face the tribulation? This makes no sense at all!

I have read this passage probably a dozen times or more but always read it only at a surface level because it did not seem to make sense. It only made sense when I cast of the preconceived idea that dispensationalism must be true.

But now that I have begun to read the Bible and let it be the authority and the and the lens by which I examine the accepted doctrines on men, once difficult passages of the Bible are making a lot more sense.


July 21, 2018 - Posted by | Discipleship, Dispensatioinalism, Hebrew Roots | , ,

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