If it were, though, the case for expanding the scope of General Municipal Law [section] 50-e's dispensational
clause, would not be particularly compelling.
He first traces the 200-year history of dispensational
theology, culminating in the sensational books and movies in the Left Behind series.
Wagner suggests that Jews look more closely at hidden dimensions of "the prospect of unconditional support for Israel from upwards of 25 million Christian fundamentalists." The eschatology of Christian Zionism, part of its theology of "dispensational
premillenianism" may call for Jewish control of Palestine, but it also holds that all who are to survive the "last days" through being snatched up to heaven in "pretribulation rapture," must be converted to Christianity.
Yet this basic dispensational
narrative framework as developed by Darby structures the mythic belief system of millions of American (and Canadian) Christians living in the twenty-first century.
I recall reading in Paul Boyer's When Time Shall Be No More, a study of dispensational
premillennialism's influence on American Protestantism, that Lindsey is a privileged visitor to Israel, where he gets intelligence briefings from the government.
Others who don't subscribe to the end-of-time theology of "dispensational
premillennialism" worry that the agenda pushed by the tactical alliance between Jewish and Christian fundamentalists will transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a battle between two nationalities into a war of civilizations that will engulf the world.
Most environmental scientists believe that the shift has already been taken too far, lending credit to the folk injunction "Don't mess with Mother Nature." The lady is our mother all right, and a mighty dispensational
force as well.
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).
I don't know if you've noted any of these prophecies lately, but believe me, they certainly describe the times we're going through." The remark was published in the Jerusalem Post and picked up across the country by papers subscribing to the Associated Press.(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.
And they do not relish wading through the thick jargon of the narrow Biblical literalists with their "dispensational
premillennialism" any more than they enjoy plowing through the equally arcane constructions of the school reformers.
Who, then, will presume to represent the Jews as destitute of Christ, when we know that they were parties to the Gospel covenant, which has its only foundation in Christ."(59) Calvin even takes to referring to ancient Israel as simply "the Church." Pre-Reformation allegory drew the crucial divide between shadows and realities, promise and fulfillment, along the dispensational
rift between the two testaments.
(34) The nineteenth century also saw the development of a new type of premillennialism, dispensational
premillennialism, with the founding of the Plymouth Brethren denomination in Great Britain and Ireland by J.