These are some of the problems I see in Premillennialism.
Like Classic, Historic or Covenantal Premillennialism, Dispensationalism believes that Christ will come before the Millennium, but Dispensationalism differs significantly from Historic Premillennialism. For one, Dispensationalism prides itself in consistent literal interpretation, especially of prophecy. They reject that the Church is the fulfillment of Israel, as Covenant Theology teaches and Historic Premillennialism believes. They believe that Israel after the flesh is a separate people of God from the Church. The Church is a mystery and a “parenthesis” in God’s plan, the prophets of old did not foresee it. The original plan of God was to go on with Israel, but since they rejected the Lord Jesus, God went to get a people for Himself from the Gentiles, and then will turn back to His original people. The Church is known as the heavenly people of God, and Israel the earthly people of God.
Dispensationalism divides the history of the world in seven dispensations, i.e., periods of time:
- Innocence (Gen. 1-3),
- Conscience (Gen. 4-8),
- Human Government (Gen. 9-11),
- Promise (Gen. 12 – Ex. 19),
- Law (Ex. 20 – Christ),
- Grace (Resurrection of Christ – Rapture),
- Kingdom (Rev. 19-20).
Unlike covenant theologians, both Presbyterian and Reformed Baptist, Dispensationalists see history as divided in periods of time and see a great discontinuity between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. We 1689 Federalists also see discontinuity between the Old and New covenants, but also a great deal of continuity in the promises of God. Some of the older Dispensationalists taught that there were different ways of salvation in each of these dispensations, but the Dispensationalists of the present rejec...