Glossary of Theological Terms Used in the Study of the End Times ~ Part 2

My Heart is for Israel

The End Times

In my last post, we defined the term Eschatology and reviewed the Four Views of interpreting the Book of Revelation.  In this post, we will define Dispensation and Millennium.

The word dispensation became prominent in biblical studies in a recent eschatological movement which dates from 1830 in Scotland.  This movement called dispensationalismcan be traced back to the visions of Margaret McDonald, a member of the Plymouth Brethren Church.  She believed that the return of Christ would be in two distinct stages.  The believer would be caught up to the Lord in the air before the days of the antichrist.  Then there would be a final revelation of Christ at the end of the age.

The Role of J.N. Darby:  This two-stage return of the Lord, unheard of before 1830, became the platform for a movement called dispensationalism.  Miss McDonald’s pastor J. N. Darby…

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