Some dispensationalists make a big deal about the church not being the kingdom. Dake does not?
- Posts: 2845
- Joined: Tue Aug 04, 1998 5:23 pm
- Location: South Carolina
The Dispensation of Grace started with the preaching of John the Baptist.
Matthew 11:11 "Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.
Dispensation of GRACE - 2. Length -- from the preaching of the kingdom of heaven by John (Mt. 11:11; Lk. 16:16) to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Considering that we reckon our time in A.D. from the birth of Christ, and that He was about thirty years of age (in A.D. 30) when John the Baptist announced the kingdom and when Law ended and Grace began (Lk. 1:26; 3:23), then we know that we will have already come 1,970 years in this dispensation by A.D. 2000. How many more years Grace will continue is not known because we don't know when the second coming (which is to terminate this dispensation) will take place. Students of prophecy believe it will be soon. Grace cannot end until ten kingdoms are formed inside the old Roman Empire territory (Dan. 7:7-8,19-24), until the Antichrist has been here seven years after the rapture of the church (Dan. 9:27; 2Th. 2:7-8), and until all the events of Rev. 4:1 -- Rev. 19:10 have been fulfilled in these last seven years (Rev. 4:1, note). Then, and then only, can Christ come (Rev. 19:11-21) and the Millennium begin (Rev. 20:1-10).
Finis Jennings Dake, Dake's Annotated Reference Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments of the Authorized or King James Version Text, (Lawrenceville, GA: Dake Bible Sales, Inc., 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "OVERVIEW".
The fault in Bible complications is not with God or the Bible, but with men who refuse to believe what God says and think we have to interpret what He says in order to get the meaning. Dake Bible -Mark 11:17 note