He first traces the 200-year history of dispensational
theology, culminating in the sensational books and movies in the Left Behind series.
For biblical literalists, particularly those who subscribe to dispensational
premillennialism, a theology articulated by British preacher John Darby in the 19th century and popularized today by such books as Hal Lindsay's The Late, Great Planet Earth or the Left Behind books by the Rev.
Positioning themselves against dispensational
fundamentalists whose biblical exegesis annexes narrative significance, anti-Semitic Christian Identitarians "avoid the potential embarrassments of date-setting by arguing that most biblical prophecies still remained unfulfilled, a condition that placed the end of history in the indeterminate future" (Barkun 1997, 193).
27) This stunning expression of Presidential intimacy with the chief lobbyist for a foreign government was "benignly" garbed in dispensational
Christian images, but the political overtones could not be missed.
A close examination of Rader's missionary program and influence reveals three factors that drove the fervor and growth of evangelical missions in the twentieth century: (1) dispensational
premillennial eschatology, (2) innovative methodologies and the use of technology, and (3) missionary fund-raising.
Within Tarry's book also are discussions of controversial topics such as the rapture, the battle of Har-Magedon, and end-times theology (postmillennialism, amillennialism, dispensational
premillennialism, and historical premillennialism).
Adherents of a dispensational
interpretation of Biblical truth may find Bond's stand difficult to accept.
One is the dispensational
belief that the Jews' restoration to Israel will bring on the Second Coming.
He wants to know how Jews can work with evangelicals if their ultimate view of the outcome of history includes either the conversion or destruction of Jews who do not accept Jesus, and how persistent and important the premillennial dispensational
faction is in political evangelicalism.
Graves accepted a dispensational
view of history, which reinforced his propensity to focus on persecuted minorities that persevered against beastly tyranny.
Ruotsila delineates Dispensational
, Calvinist, Lutheran, Methodist, and Episcopalian opposition to American entry into the League of Nations, in each case providing solid documentation for how these entities theologically came to oppose the international body.
premillennialism became the norm in non-Reformed churches well into the twentieth century through a network of Bible schools and summer conferences throughout the US.