Deceased Dispensationalist and best-selling author, Dr. Tim LaHaye had raised an interesting topic in his book, Charting the End Times, where he stated:
“The apostles repeatedly warned believers to be on guard against doctrinal defection or apostasy. That we have so much defection today is a clear sign that we are in the end times.
“Even though the New Testament doesn’t give specific prophecies concerning the church age, we have three sets of passages that paint a general picture of the course of this age. All three indicate that apostasy will characterize Christendom during the time that the rapture takes place.” pp. 48-49
What is so interesting with Dispensational theology are the contradictory beliefs within the different mindsets of Dispensationalist thinking. Here Apostasy is pushed as a sign which he reveals in his book as experiencing a serious growth trend within doctrinal changes; but at the same time Apostasy is something that a believer is incapable of committing. So in order for it to occur within their teachings on Soteriology (salvation), the nonbelievers must somehow fall from (in this case) good doctrine. In the first paragraph above written by LaHaye there is the understanding that this Apostasy is a falling away from doctrine, and doctrine of course stands for truth, but somehow salvation is not Apostasy’s impact according to Dispensational Theology.
In fact, to them Apostasy in 2 Thessalonians 2, is now being taught by many of them as meaning rapture. We have talked about this in other articles. In a recent article I had drawn on a Terry James post, where he had talked about Satanic involvement in end time prophecy. Satan is involved where he is, in order to one would think bring about Apostasy, and confusion within doctrine. I’m not going to duplicate here what I’ve already written about this concern elsewhere on this blog surrounding doctrine. So I will refer you to a past but recent article* below.
The Dispensationalists and his followers need to consider their founding as it concerns doctrine. They need to consider Dispensational theology’s foundational cornerstone upon which it’s eschatology is erected. Which would be upon Daniel’s 70 week prophecy.
Daniel 12:4 tells us that Daniel’s prophecies are sealed up, meaning that the revelatory understanding is not available until the time of the end. The time of the end is actually given to Daniel; and the verse that gives its timing is itself a revelation to those of us living during this time considered to be “the time of the end”.
Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. (KJV)
Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (KJV)
One of the obvious revelations to us is that neither John Nelson Darby nor a student of his, Sir Robert Anderson, were living during this revelatory time, which according to these verses is when this book would finally be opened to us. So how does it’s message comport with Scripture?
If what Dispensational Theology’s foundation and underpinning is built upon has came before Daniel was told that it was to come, that fact alone would make it very suspect.
The book was sealed folks, until men were to be running to and fro, and until man’s knowledge would be vastly exponentially increasing. Horse and buggy’s don’t qualify. Pen and paper did not allow us to take on knowledge at just the click of a button.
The entire covenant concept spoken of in Daniel’s writings may be wrong if the foundation for them is suspect.
The covenant spoken of concerning Daniel’s 70 weeks must accomplish these 7 things:
They are to:
1) finish the transgression;
2) make an end of sins;
3) make reconciliation for iniquity;
4) bring in everlasting righteousness;
5) seal up the vision;
6) seal up prophecy;
7) anoint the Holy of Holies.
The very wording about what these seventy weeks are to accomplish tells us that they are about the resulting consequences of the New covenant brought by Messiah. A covenant promise made to Israel (Jer.30:31), and of which we were made a recipient (Eph. 2-4).
Jesus introduced by His blood a new national covenant in Matthew 21:43. Hebrews tells us that the old covenant is obsolete. Obsolescence means no longer serviced. To God the old is no longer recognized. Jesus’ blood replaced it. Why would this old covenant be revived or be brought back in order to save Israel; when Israel must be brought into this promised new covenant? It won’t be, in fact the old covenant was never meant to save. It has always been faith or belief that saves.
On the other hand Israel’s land covenant is a forever covenant with Abraham. We Gentiles have an inheritance in that covenant, just as we have our inheritance with Israel in the heart circumcision or new covenant. That portion of Israel who will be saved in these coming end of days, will come in under the new covenant not the old. They will once again desire that God will be king. Under the old covenant God was rejected as King.
But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the Lord. The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. 1 Samuel 8:6-7 NASB
Under the old covenant men wanted a king from among themselves, and God gave them what they wanted. Why did He do it? He was their king. It seems that God has always allowed free will so that we would learn not only from our own mistakes but also from the mistakes of others. the New Covenant is consummated with Him Coming as the King of Kings.
*The article below is a related article concerning doctrine and Paul’s thinking on the linkage between doctrine and salvation.