Does scripture teach Dispensationalism?
Many people claim to be dispensationalists but did God do away with His commandments, Feasts and Sabbaths because we are in the age of grace?
It should be noted that dispensationalism was not taught by God, His prophets, Yeshua (Jesus), Paul, the disciples or any writers of the scriptures. Dispensationalism states that the Law of God was enforced and applicable from the time of Moses to the crucifixion of Yeshua, the Messiah.
And that Grace replaced the Law/commandments of God from the cross to the Second Coming. Many dispensationalists use the phrase "Age of grace" or the "church age" for this dispensation.
However during the Millennial Kingdom, the 1000 year reign of the Messiah on earth which is centered in Jerusalem, shows some interesting things....
1. That God's law/commandments will go forth to all the earth from Jerusalem...
Micah 4:2 Many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the LAW shall go forth, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
*Note: this was originally quoted from Isaiah 2:3 - both come from God and given to these prophets to the people of God.
We also see during the New Millennium that the Temple services will be observed again ref. Ezekiel 45-46. The Sabbaths will also be observed by all mankind as seen here...
Isaiah 66:23 "And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord."
Matter of fact we see non-jewish believers who observe His Sabbaths prior to the return of the Messiah (during the time between the first and second coming), will be rewarded for doing so, here...
“Also the sons of the foreigner
Who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him,
And to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants—
Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,
And holds fast My covenant—
7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
8 The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says,
“Yet I will gather to him
Others besides those who are gathered to him.”
We also see during the New Millennium that all mankind are supposed to observe the Feasts (God did command them to be observed forever) as we see here...
"And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18 If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles."
IF dispensationalism is true, that age of the keeping the commandments of God has passed away, THEN why do we see God, Yeshua and all mankind observing the commandments of God prior to and after the return of the Messiah? Why is God's LAW going forth to all the earth during the New Millennium? According to dispensationalism this is not supposed to happen. This is one of the reasons why I gave up dispensationalism. I feel that it removes attributes from God, removes a part of God in favor of other attributes. However scripture does not teach such things (as no man of God, prophet, Yeshua or any writer of the scriptures put on paper). Its also amazing the Paul, the apostle to the non-jewish believers never taught dispensationalism either.
I used to hold to dispensationalism tightly as a New Covenant believer, however after spending a number of years reading and studying just the bible, I found that dispensationalism does not jive with the New Covenant which is defined by the prophet Jeremiah...
Jeremiah 31:31-34 - A New Covenant
31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah (we as non-jewish believers are grafted into Israel according to Romans 11)— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them (both Jews and non-jewish believers = "the mixed multitude") by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel (Jews and non-jewish believers) after those days, says the Lord: I will put My LAW in their MINDS, and WRITE IT on THEIR HEARTS; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people... For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
We see that all believers will have God's law/commandments written on their hearts and minds. Why? Because we are not supposed to 'continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!' ref. Paul in Romans 6:1-3. Paul says this in Romans 3:31... "Do we make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law." Apparently Paul was not a dispensationalist. Though Paul did teach against gnosticism and works salvation (problems that occurred in the churches to which he ministered to).
Now I was taught for decades that when the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh at pentecost, that the law was done away with but what does God say about this? Does His Spirit do away with His law or something else? Consider the following...
"I (God) will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them."
Apparently God is not a dispensationalist either as He states that by His Spirit and through Him giving us a new heart (that comes by repenting, asking forgiveness, believing what Yeshua did on the cross for us - taking our place), we are to walk in His ways.
Anyway that is what I have found in scripture and its in conflict with dispensationalism (the first systematic expression of dispensationalism was formulated by Darby sometime during the late 1820s and 1830s in the British Isles). Charles Ryrie, about 150 years prior to Darby also tried to label the actions of God with man using the following labels...
I. Infancy- to the Deluge
2. Childhood- to Moses
3. Adolescence- to the prophets
4. Youth- to the coming of Christ
5. Manhood- " some time after that"
6. Old Age- " the time of man' s decay"
*Note: 5 & 6 are the church age
7. Renovation of all things- the millennium
Many early believers try to categorize or label what God does during different periods of times and that is fine but when it comes to doing away with the commandments of God, that is where they error IMO.
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law."
2 Kings 17:37 "And the statutes, the ordinances, the law, and the commandment which He wrote for you, you shall be careful to observe forever; you shall not fear other gods."
Psalm 119:44 "So shall I keep Your law continually, Forever and ever."
1 Corinthians 7:19 "Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters."
1 John 2:3-4 "Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him."
1 John 5:1-3 "Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome."
2 John 1:6 "This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it."
Revelation 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."
Revelation 22:14 "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city."
Anyway, blessings to you and yours as you study and test everything.
P.S. here is a video that shows more problems with dispensationalism...