Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dispensationalism and Israel's Future

I want to talk about the future of Israel and the many surrounding issues. We as humans need shelter, a fit place to lodge ourselves, and along with certain other minds I shall pitch my tent in the realm of Dispensationalism. I cannot say that I always agree with how things are run here, but I am content with the environment. If you are a curious passer-by, and wonder why I think thoughts that would associate with the oft-loved oft-hated “Left Behind Series”, give me your ear and your patience. The following blog suggests a discussion concerning Israel’s future in the context of both the Gospel According to Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. The content of this blog will revolve around Luke’s use of the word “Israel”, and discuss whether or not the term remains static throughout or reforms to include gentile believers. I have done some research already in this area and I feel the need to exercise my thoughts once more concerning this topic.
So feel free to throw stones at my place of shelter. A few forewarnings, however. I am currently limiting this blog to the study of Luke-Acts. Any quotations and the context thereof is fair game as well. 



  1. Great topic, Jeremy. I think it's very important for Christians to know what they believe on this subject, especially given all the goings on in the Middle East.

    I am curious, however, why you are limiting the study to Luke-Acts? Luke's writings are more historical in nature and do not delve as much into theological or spiritual implications.

    If the goal of this discussion is to grow in our Biblical understanding of the nature of Israel, shouldn't the whole Bible be used?


  2. Thanks Justus, glad to see you're interested! Why limit it? I want to reduce the question and springboard from Luke-Acts. Since the future of Israel is historical, I would say Luke-Acts would be very appropriate, especially to establish a framework for getting to the rest of the NT. Also, we cannot think of "hisotry" from that time period as purely history. Luke is very political AND theological with his writing as the Spirit directs him. He skips all kinds of things I would be interested in historically to focus on his own Spirit driven emphasis, whose intent results in a message far deeper than "history for history's sake".

    The goal of this discussion is indeed to discuss the future of Israel, but to simplify the topic, we will begin at Luke-Acts. I just dont have the resources, time, and dedication to study all the books of the Bible at once. Not saying we won't get there! Once we do move on we can see how each book informs one another.