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Christian Dispensationalism

Glenn W. Shuck

in The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780195301052
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195301052.003.0026

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Christian Dispensationalism

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This article explains the concept of Christian Dispentionalism, which is a philosophy of history that gives special attention to the purported forthcoming of the Endtime, witnessing Christ's return. This framework enables prospective prophets to spread apocalyptic prophecies within a generic temporal structure, proclaiming the present as the time of Armageddon. According to the “seventy weeks of year”, the divine clockwork stopped at the sixth stage, and would again resume post-endtime and the “seventh sign”, it states, will hint at the beginning of the end. Various objective contexts constitute the Dispensationalist hermeneutic structure, while the formation of Israel and its subsequent victories hint at divine triumph, also predicted is the Antichrist's covenant with Israel, which will herald the end of times. The history of Dispensationalism has taught that the movement will continue to defy its critics and reappear in emergent forms. In the contemporary period, Dispensationalists have influenced spiritual, cultural, and political forms.

Keywords: Christian Dispentionalism; endtime; apocalyptic prophecies; antichrist; Israel; seventy weeks of year; divine clockwork

Article.  6307 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion ; Christianity

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