[Possible Missing Dispensations]

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Possible Missing Dispensations:

It appears to this blogger that Darby and Scofield in their presentation of Classic Dispensationalism eminently engage in conflation.  To this student they take “choice texts,” call them proof texts, stew them around and like magicians draw out dispensations like rabbits from a plain old hat.

After all they were able  to carve out 3 distinct dispensations in the first 11 chapters of Genesis,  There is no reason they should not be able to carve out a couple more by way of conflating the scriptures as selectively as they did.

Scofield and Darby told us there were seven [7] dispensations and fundamentalists and evangelicals and dispensationalists at large gulped it down.  However in this bloggers view  if one’s  endgame is in want of additional dispensations I feel they can very easily be added using their literal hermeneutics.

The blogger proposes that using what Classic Dispensationalist in his view delves into slip-shod scripture conflation to establish a Dispensation,  one could possibly consider  2 additional dispensations.   With regard to the first,  consider Scofield’s singular Mosiac/Sinai/Law dispensation.   It could be argued that with the diaspora the worship system embedded in the law for the majority of scattered Jews was merely a longing for 2700 years.   Many of the Mosiac Laws related to the Temple and the Tabernacle were now a memory to be longed for–“next year in Jerusalem.”   In reality however the Hebrews of the diaspora continued to be “the apple of God’s eye,” but the rules of engagement were considerably different.   Perhaps this period of time even to our day could be termed “The Rabbinical Synagogue Dispensation.”  In this dispensation the High Priests and the Priests in general, the sacrificial system, and other essentials of the Mosaic covenant are not and indeed cannot be practised.

In classical dispensationalism the church is said to be an unexpected  “paranthesis ” ” in God’s Divine order in the fulfillment of the 70 weeks of Daniel.   Perhaps it can be said that the “the Rabbanical Synagogue Dispensation,”   is a parenthesis in the dispensation of the law.

Additionally Scofield and Darby have in my view erroneously clumped the gospels with the Old Testament Dispensation of the Law.   Scofield for instance  to the extent the blogger can discern that JESUS  had primarily come to minister to the Jews under the Dispensation of the Mosiac Law,  and therefore was bound and ministered being governed by it.

This blogger says no.   JESUS was God-Man and to the extent that God Himself is not Under the Law,  so too JESUS was not under the Law in some iron clad way.   Indeed there can be scriptures that can be produced to indicate Our Lord was a Torah observant Jew in every way,  but it cannot be denied that as God He took the matters into his own hand and functioned as “one having authority,  and not  Under the Law.  For instance he states that He Himself is “Lord of the Sabbath,” [],  he can “destory the Temple and build it back in 3 days.  I believe in the Gospels the Lord is already demonstrating the “New Way” not of letter  but that of the Spirit. who was given the Gift of the Spirit without measure.   After all he was and is and ever will be Emmanuel –“God With Us.”   Perhaps the Gospels as a collective should have its own dispensational category —  The Dispensation of Christ.

It appears to this writer that Darby and Scofield’s literal hermeneutics amounted to them writing into Classical Dispensationalism the idea that  our Lord’s ministry  as encoded in the Gospels  demonstrated that He functioned  without deviating from the Mosaic Law.  To Darby and Scofield Jesus ministered and functioned as one committed to the Mosaic Law.   

Thus Scofield says:  “The Sermon On The Mount is pure LAW,  and transfers the offense from the overt act to the motive. …. Its primary application gives neither the privilege nor the duty to the church.” [Scofield Reference Bible, 1917 edition, Notes on pg. 1000]  

It appears as though Scofield gives much attention to Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I have come to destroy the LAW or the Prophets,  I have come not to destroy but to fulfill.”

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:18,”  

For the following reasons, I believe that our LORD did not operate from a strict observance to the Law, but by HIS words and by HIS deeds.

Additionally,  a third dispensation could be considered for the 70th Week of Daniel after the Church is raptured and the dispensation of Grace is altered with the building of the temple in place.

Additionally a Dispensation may be considered for the 430 years of operation between Abraham Isaac and Jacob and Israel’s 12 Sons,  whose mode of operation and relationship with our heavenly Father was different from the Torah [Penteteuch] which these never practicsed an never will…. They did not even have the 10 commandments delineated to them.

[ To be revised and continued]