Studies in Dispensationalism by various speakers - 13 messages (2015)

Dispensationalism Part 13 – Michael Penfold takes up the subject of man’s future state under three headings: Where do people go at death? Where did Christ go at death? What is the future resurrection programme for the Church, Israel and the “wicked dead”? He deals with a number of false ideas such as annihilation, reincarnation, purgatory, soul-sleep and universalism and refutes them all from scripture. He also critiques the two-compartment theory. A wide ranging message that includes a look at the first and second resurrections from Revelation Ch 20 (Message preached 3rd Jan 2016)

Dispensationalism Part 12 – Joshua Jacob outlines the events surrounding the second coming of Christ, commencing with the pre-tribulation rapture of the church and culminating in the return of Christ to earth at the battle of Armageddon and the inauguration of the Millennial Kingdom. There will neither be a “general resurrection” nor a “general judgment” because the events surrounding the second coming of Christ occur 1,000 years before the end of the world (Message preached 13th Dec 2015)

Dispensationalism Part 11 – Joshua Jacob looks at the prophecy of Daniel’s 70 weeks (490 years) from Daniel 9, in which chapter we have the Period Designated, the People described, the Place defined, the Purpose determined and the Programme deployed. Israel did not give their land a year of rest every 7th year during the 490 years leading up the captivity in 606BC. So, those 490 years ended in the curse of 70 years of captivity in Babylon. Now God determines another 70 weeks (490 years) which will end in blessing for Israel and Jerusalem! The key to understanding this prophecy is to see the long gap between the 69th and 70th week. Listen to learn more! (Message preached 29th Nov 2015)

Dispensationalism Part 10 – Michael Penfold preaches on the subject of the Millennium, the 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth in His Kingdom. He outlines Old Testament prophecies about the Millennium, how the Millennium fits into the future, its purpose, the people who will be in it, how it will be administered, what it will be like and how it will end. He explains the weaknesses of the a-millennial and post-millennial views and argues in favour of a pre-millennial view of prophecy (Message preached 22nd Nov 2015)

Dispensationalism Part 9 – Mervyn Hall looks at the subject of the rapture of the Church and asks will it be before, in the middle or at the end of Daniel’s 70th week, that period sometimes called “the 7-year tribulation”? Mervyn works his way through Ch 4 and Ch 5 of 1st Thessalonians and looks at the timing, the terminology and the teaching connected with this event and concludes that Scripture teaches a “pre-tribulation rapture”. (To read a helpful book on this topic see also “Will the Church Go Through the Tribulation” by E.W. Rogers) (Message preached 8th Nov 2015)

Dispensationalism Part 8 – Although aware that they are “not under law”, the question of whether or not to keep the Sabbath is an issue that still poses problems for many believers. Mervyn Hall addresses this problem by tracing Paul’s argument though Colossians Ch 2, showing that we are not legally bound to keep the Sabbath, nor are we required to treat the Lord’s Day as the “Christian Sabbath”. However, he urges caution against treating the Lord’s Day as any other day, by drawing attention to its importance in Scripture and highlighting the specific practices that the early churches engaged in on that day (Message preached 1st Nov 2015)

Dispensationalism Part 7 – Michael Penfold preaches on the question, “What is the believer’s ‘rule of life’?” Believers today are “under grace”, not “under law”. That is to say, the Mosaic law, in all its aspects – ceremonial, civil and moral – has no connection with Christians in the Church age. They are neither under the law for justification nor for sanctification. Are believers then “lawless”? Is dispensationalism antinomian? Does “grace” mean Christians are free to do what they please? These and other related questions are addressed in this message (Message preached 25th Oct 2015)

Dispensationalism Part 6 – Dan Rudge speaks on a foundational issue in the interpretation of Scripture; that of the difference between Israel and the Church. The basic rule expounded is that when the Bible speaks of Israel it always means Israel. Israel and the Church are different. One is not a replacement of the other; nor is one an expansion of the other. Both Replacement theology and Covenant [Reformed] theology’s views on the subject of ‘Israel and the Church’ are exposed as dangerously awry. God has a future for the nation of Israel to which He has irrevocably committed Himself. A vital message (Message preached 18th Oct 2015)

Dispensationalism Part 5 – Joshua Jacob preaches on the difference between the Kingdom and the Church. He explains that the “kingdom age” is future and will occur once the “Church age” – which began in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost – has terminated at the rapture. The rightful King – our Lord Jesus – is currently ‘absent’ having been rejected (Mt 25:14, Lu 19:12) but will return after the tribulation and reign as King on the throne of David when the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ (Message preached 11th Oct 2015)

Dispensationalism Part 4 – Joshua Jacob preaches on the uniqueness of the church and the “church age”, outlining features that show it to be distinct from the Old Testament on the one hand, and the future Kingdom age on the other. The church exists in a unique period: consists of a unique people (one body); stands in a unique position (Christ’s bride); enjoys unique privileges (sealed with the Spirit); engages in unique practices (“in His name”) and has before it a unique prospect (the rapture) (Message preached 27th Sept 2015)

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