2 Thessalonians 2:1 "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him"
1 Thessalonians 1:10 "And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come."
One sure thing, God's people won't have to suffer wrath
Now in today's blog we want to consider positions that stem from this definite conviction. When it comes to identifying the people of God in the Bible, the Bible tells us that there are two such designations - Israel and the church. The place where differences arise is in whether or not these are two different names for God's people, or whether thet are two distinct categories with distinct characteristics. We will now briefly consider the major positions on these, as well as there implications for understanding Bible prophecy. The first position we will consider is what Bible teachers call "dispensationalism".
Two positions on how God has administered salvation in human history
POSITION ONE: DISPENSATIONALISM
What is a dispensation?
This description of course is very general and does not take into consideration that various adjustments that have occured in this viewpoint over the years. However for now this will suffice in helping us understand this particular approach to the Bible as it pertains to eschatology (or the study of prophecy). In tomorrow's blog we will look at a second approach to understanding how God guides history and prophecy - Covenant theology