I remember as a boy sitting in the church pew and hearing the evangelist say: “Jesus could come before this service is over”. This message was straight out of dispensational Theology. I have been hearing that message now for over 70 years. Yes, I’m old, and yes I do believe that Jesus will return soon because we are seeing the signs converge. But do I think it could happen before you finish reading this post? No I don’t. That day will not come: 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (KJV)
But that does not stop those who are taught in the school of dispensational theology:
What day is that day? The day of the Lord, Vs. 2. 2 Thessalonians 2:2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit, or a message, or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (NASB2020)
Jan Markell, has been on the air with this message for several decades. She is talking about the signs, and that portion of her message is good, but just as I was deceived as a child and into my adulthood she continues with the same message even until this day.
Her message is that the Bible is clear — is it? Where in the Bible is it refuted what Paul tells us in 2 Thess. 2:3? In fact the clear Scriptures must be twisted in order to cause them to say what Dispensationalists tell us that they say. It is rare to have them use more than one or two Scripture passages at a time to teach the doctrine that they teach. They will not debate their points within Scripture, but largely rely on dispensations. Their attempt is to convince us that there is a church age or Dispensation which started with Pentecost. Yet, we hear scripture state what occurred at Pentecost this way:
Acts 2:41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. (NASB2020)
Pentecost to the dispensationalist is the first day of the church age. It is when they say that the church dispensation began, but scripture says that 3000 souls were added on that day. Here is the word for added from the Greek:
So can something that doesn’t already exist be added to? Read the definitions again. An entity had to exist similar to those being added to, or so it would seem? Deception in doctrine using scripture is most often done by missing or redefining the word meaning. Peter refers to this in one verse as the twisting of the Word. He does this when relating that what Paul writes is difficult to understand at times and that therefore people twist it to their own destruction.
The passage that we used in 2 Thessalonians is from Paul. Is it twisted? His passage in Romans 11 concerning the Olive tree is also an often twisted passage. Dispensationalists want you to see the entire Nation of Israel as having been cut off making room for the Church to be grafted in. Yet Paul makes clear that a remnant from Israel remained. Then Dispensationalists want you to see the threat of cutting off the gentile believers who don’t continue in their belief, as being the Rapture of the church making way for Israel to be regrafted. But Paul’s warning is just that. It is so we will not fall away, because some are sure to do so.
Romans 11:22 See then the kindness and severity of God: to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; for otherwise you too will be cut off. (NASB2020)
Being cut off for not following Christ (equating them to those Israelites who fell) is not even close to the fallen having been raptured.
This teaching to some denominations is turned to easy deception, possible because they are taught that individually they cannot fall from Grace or from salvation. This verse then according to them cannot represent you individually, because no one can pluck you from the Fathers hand. (Another misrepresentation of Scriptures message, because Jesus stated: “if you deny Me I will deny you before My Father who is in Heaven”.). But because this Romans 11:22 verse (they say) cannot represent the individual then it must represent the Rapture of the Church making way for Israel to be regrafted during the time known as Jacob’s trouble. And thus we have suddenly the dispensation of the Tribulation, another separate age.
If you can prove to me that all Jews were cut off from God’s olive tree of people that existed before Jesus came to earth, and that no one of them was left in place as part of that people of God represented by that tree after His ascension; and further that no believer in Christ is taught to be present in the Tribulation, then I will accept dispensational teachings concerning the dispensations surrounding the Rapture. Until then I must refrain from so doing.