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Hyperdispensationalism is a further development of some (but not all) of the core doctrines of Dispensationalism and differs from the same, in that, principally (although not exclusively) it teaches the origin of the "church, Which is his body"[1] as beginning with the ministry of the Apostle Paul, "the apostle of the Gentiles"[2] after the early part of the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament, within a defined period of time of Acts 9 [3] to 15[4] on the Scripturally based exegesis that the Apostle Paul was chosen and called by God to receive and preach the "gospel of the grace of God,"[5] a gospel that transitionally[6] replaced the then-operational Gospel of the Kingdom.[7] It is for this singular reason that Hyperdispensationalism does not teach that the church of today as being the same church as the church at Pentecost. Hyperdispensationalism teaches that there is no Scripture that shows the twelve Apostles teaching truth concerning this "mystery", "the church, which is His Body," or, even, more pertinently, that they were in "the church, which is His Body" at all. Hyperdispensationalism teaches that, on the contrary, the twelve Apostles were promised by the Lord Jesus Christ that they would sit on "twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" during the future Messianic Kingdom.[8] Hyperdispensationalism bases all of its teaching only on Bible content in terms of book, chapter and verse[9] and thus disallows church history or opinion in any form as a platform for truth. Hyperdispensationalism repudiates any presentation of God or spiritual matters that are not defined within Scripture[10] with the exegetical imperative of "rightly dividing the word of truth."[11] within the context of "the dispensation of the grace of God"[12] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that it is "the mystery" revealed by God to the Apostle Paul that is the gospel that God is using today[13] and that it was "in me (Paul) first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting."[14] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that this present "dispensation of grace" will come to an end with the coming of the Lord, prophesied in 1 Thessalonians 4: 17, for "the church, Which is his body", often referred to as "the rapture" and that this event will bring this present dispensation to a close.[15]

Definition of Hyperdispensationalism

The clearest scholarly references to Hyperdispensationalism (sometimes known as "Moderate Ultradispensationalism" and "Grace Believers") are made by Charles C. Ryrie [16] and Charles F. Baker. [17] Hyperdispensationalism[18] as opposed to Ultradispensationalism and traditional (or mainstream) Dispensationalism, defines the beginning of "the church, which is His body"[19] as beginning with the early ministry of the Apostle Paul in the book of the Acts of the Apostles, commencing between a specific New Testament timeline which is defined as being within The Acts of the Apostles chapters 9 to 15. It is this elementary doctrine that is central and pivotal to identifying the doctrine of Hyperdispensationalism.

General Theology of Hyperdispensationalism

Foundational

Hyperdispensationalism follow the "Berean" example[20] and bases its core doctrine in the Epistles of Paul. It also teaches non-entanglement "with the affairs of this life" on the grounds of seeking to please God.[21] while teaching a constant awareness towards "spiritual warfare."[22] Godly "walk" is also stressed,[23] in that it is not enough just to believe, in that one has to live the life that is believed and that this "godly life" is achieved by "knowing," "reckoning" and "yielding" to the Word of God [24] on the basis of identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. [25] Hyperdispensationalism also believes that there is only one church, [26] which is the physical Body of Christ in heaven[27] only one faith and only one baptism[28] and regards the understanding of three points as pivotal, and as being the keys to eliminating denominationalism within the worldwide Christian "family." [29]

Scriptural Approach

Hyperdispensationalism teaches a Scriptural approach that does not identify with opinion or church history. Hyperdispensationalism teaches that God has been working through the Holy Spirit with His Word since the beginning of time and thus there is a continuous spiritual line of salvation since the time of the beginning of the world.[30] This Scriptural approach is based on the belief that God is Sovereign and thus in control of all things [31] and that nothing can thwart God's plans,[32][33] in that He already predestinated "the church, which is His Body"[34] which was "chosen in him before the foundation of the world" [35] and that God's will be done, irrespective of anything going on in the secular realm of life. [36]

Dispensational

While Hyperdispensationalism teaches that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine", [37] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that the doctrine (as opposed to the content) contained in the four Gospels, General Epistles (James through Jude) and the book of Revelation does not apply to the church, which is His Body. Hyperdispensationalism teaches the Biblical injunction of "rightly dividing the word of Truth" [38] and is based upon the Dispensationalist premise that God's instructions to mankind are different in different time periods. (see "Example of Dispensational Theological Reasoning" below.)

It is on this basis that Hyperdispensationalism teaches that all doctrinal truth relevant to the Church that God is building today is only to be found within the Epistles of Paul. Hyperdispensationalism teaches that the present day Church began within the time period expressed in the Acts of the Apostles chapters 9 to 15 (see section "The Beginning of the Church, the Body of Christ", below.)

Progressive Revelation

Hyperdispensationalism teaches that "the gospel" was revealed to the Apostle Paul through a process of progressive revelation. Two of the pivotal Scriptures for this teaching are "It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord" [39] (see also "Example of Dispensational Theological Reasoning", below) in that Paul's "third heaven" experience, where a period of fourteen years is mentioned.[40] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that in the early part of Paul's ministry God's dealings were "to the Jew first, and also to the Greek"[41] "of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile,"[42] and "to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile."[43] and that towards the end of Paul's ministry, by which time he had received the fulness of the gospel,[44][45] that this distinction had been abolished and that Jew and Gentile were equal before God, in the one Body of Christ.[46] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that the Gentiles that were added to the church under Peter in the book of Acts were under the "Kingdom Program"[47] and not under the "church, which is His Body, on the basis that circumcision and the keeping of the law[48] along with water baptism[49] were previous requirements of entry to the Kingdom church, under a different gospel.[50] It was these issues that led to the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15.[51]

The Importance of the Council of Jerusalem

The outcome of the Council of Jerusalem was that, from then on, Paul and Barnabas would preach the gospel of the uncircumcision to the Gentiles and that James, Cephas (Peter) and John would preach the gospel of the circumcision only to the circumcised. [52] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that this "two gospel" teaching is pivotal to understanding God's plan of salvation for today and is the main reason why Hyperdispensationalists do not believe that the Christian Church began in Acts 2, as is believed by mainstream Christianity.(Dispensationalism) Saul of Tarsus (Paul) was also baptised upon his conversion, as this was a requirement of the gospel that was being preached at the time of his conversion: [53] "The Gospel of the Kingdom"[54] which was the gospel that was preached by the Lord Jesus Christ on the earth and which He instructed His disciples to take into all the world.[55] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that the scope of the "worldwide mission" that the Lord Jesus Christ had previously given to the twelve Apostles was redefined by restriction by the outcome of "The Council of Jerusalem"[56] by the "right hand of fellowship" that James, Peter and John exchanged with Paul and Barnabas on the grounds that they were using their "Apostolic Authority" that they had been given by the Lord Jesus Christ in making the handshake with Barnabas and Paul [57] and from that point foreword, it would be the "gospel of the grace of God" that would be taken into the Gentile world. Hyperdispensationalism maintains that it is this gospel that God is currently using. [58] with the preaching of the Jewish "gospel of the circumcision," from then onwards, being confined to the Jewish nation. [59] The Council of Jerusalem is regarded by Hyperdispensationalism as pivotal to understanding what it perceives as a change in God's plan regarding the salvation of mankind and the building of His church during this present dispensation.

Parenthetical Period of Time

Hyperdispensationalism teaches that the doctrine in the General Epistles (along with that in the four Gospels will apply (and did for a short time) apply to the past and future Israel and Gentile converts to Israel, after She repents and returns to the Lord during the Tribulation Period, which is generally viewed as the seven years time period after the Rapture of the Church, and such doctrine as mentioned in the book of Revelation as two series of 'a thousand two hundred and threescore days' Rev. 11:3, Rev. 12:6 and which ends immediately before the Lord Jesus Christ returns to the earth to reign for a thousand years. The reason for this belief is that adherents to Hyperdispensationalism believe in a parenthetical period of time (now) which they believe the Apostle Paul calls "The Dispensation of Grace" [60] and which was "kept secret since the world began," [61], and which is also called 'The Mystery', and is seen as a period of time during which God is building the current Church, the Body of Christ and a specific message which will end with the future 'Rapture of the Church' when all believers who are alive at the close of this dispensation will 'meet the Lord in the air' as revealed to and through the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18. [62] It is seen, therefore, by adherents to the Hyperdispensationalism Position, that all doctrine for the Church of today, which is the Body of Christ, is only to be found within the Epistles of Paul.

Doctrinal Exclusion

Although variations of belief exist, Hyperdispensationalism views all of the doctrine (as opposed to the actual content) of the four Gospels and the doctrine of all of the non-Pauline New Testament Epistles as applying either to the pre-Pauline Jewish Christian Church or to the prophesied future creation of the Davidic Kingdom. Thus, the non-Pauline materials are not doctrinally applicable to the Church of today. [63][64]

Example of Dispensational Theological Reasoning

Following are four different Biblical instructions that God gave to man. These verses illustrate the process of progressive revelation, as God changes His instructions to mankind.

1) God told Adam: Genesis 1:29 "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."[65]

2) God told Noah: Genesis 9:3 "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things."[66]

3) God told Moses: Deuteronomy 14: 7-8 "Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you. And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass."[67]

4) God told Paul: 1 Timothy 4:4-5 "For everything God created is good, and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving, For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer."[68]

The Beginning of the Church, the Body of Christ

Hyperdispensationalism teaches that the "church, which is His Body" began with the conversion of Saul of Tarsus or shortly afterwards. Within Hyperdispensationalism there are three Scripturally based definitions that "the church, which is His Body" began after the Lord spoke to Saul of Tarsus.[Acts 9:4 "And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?"These Scripturally based definitions are generally received with grace, as Scripturally based alternate views and have not generally been a cause of schism within the realm of Hyperdispensationalism, as all Scripturally agree that the fulness of the "gospel of the grace of God"[Acts 20:24 "so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God"] has been fully revealed, and thus currently applicable to this dispensation of grace. Hyperdispensationalism teaches that the Scripture for this acceptance of definition allowance is that Paul says, 1 Timothy 1: 15-16 "I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting." in that these three Scripturally based definitions hold to the premise of Paul as the Apostle to the Gentiles, with the outcome of the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15 as the significant Scriptural definitive end point of the subject[Acts 15:22-29 Outcome of the Council of Jerusalem] and which end-point is also recorded in Galatians 2:7-9 "But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.[Galatians 2:7-9 "they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision"] he first definition is the Acts 9 definition which is based upon the conversion of Saul of Tarsus,[1 Timothy 1: 15-16 "I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all long suffering for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting."] the chosen vessel of God.[Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him "Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me"]1 Timothy 1: 15-16 "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting."[1 Timothy 1: 15-16 "I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting."]The Bible shows that "the longsuffering of God is salvation"[2 Peter 3:15 "And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation"] thus the "longsuffering of our Lord is salvation" that Paul experienced was his conversion on the road to Damascus[Acts 9:8 Sauls' conversion on the road to Damascus] and the longsuffering of Jesus Christ "in me first" is the pattern to "them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting." It was through the Apostle Paul that God chose to reveal truth about the Body of Christ.[1 Corinthians 12:27 "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular"] This places the Body of Christ very firmly with the Word that God committed to the Apostle Paul, who is the "apostle of the Gentiles" and who says that he "magnifies mine office"[Romans 11:13 "For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office"] Paul was a Roman[Acts 22:29 "After he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him"] and a Jewish Pharisee:[Philippians 3:5 "Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee"]thus epitomising the Jew and Gentile in one body.[Ephesians 2:16 "that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby"] There are many references in the Bible mentioning "the church." One reference is an Old Testament church "the church in the wilderness."[Acts 7:38 "This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness"]Another is the church that existed before Saul of Tarsus became converted.[Acts 8:3 "As for Saul, he made havock of the church"] Another church in the book of Revelation[Revelation 3:1 "And unto the angel of the church in Sardis"] but it is the Apostle Paul who refers to "the church which is His body"[Ephesians 1:22-23 "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all."] ' Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. 2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. 3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. 6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: 7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; 8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) 9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. 10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. - Galatians 2:1-10

In the example above, there are two separate instances where distinct groups of people are called out and its not just happenstance nor a mere coincidence! In verse 7 of Galatians 2, Paul stated that on the contrary, the good news of The Uncircumcision was committed unto him, as the good news of The Circumcision was committed unto Peter. In verse 9, two separate groups of people were addressed, the heathen and the circumcision to reiterate the uniqueness of the message of each. The message that was to be commonly communicated to both The Circumcision and The Uncircumcision was that Peter and Paul should remember the poor to assure that they were not excluded. To further solidify my point, Paul spoke expressively in Romans 2 and 3 about the distinction of uncircumcision and circumcision as it pertains to Jew and Gentile which is exactly what I am driving at.

Could it be agreed then that there were two unique sets of "called out" ones: The Circumcision and The Uncircumcision? So with that established, if I ask about the origination of the church, which "called out" ones (The Circumcision or The Uncircumcision) am I referring to?? Most bible teachers, church leaders and pastors fail to make the distinction between the above factions while also neglecting to differentiate between the two "good news" messages. The thought being that since this "good news" is all from God it must all be the same. However, this is a very wrong assumption and this thinking has caused utter confusion in The Church, The Body of Christ; whose origination started with the apostle Paul (note the "me first") as stated in 1 Timothy below:

15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. - I Timothy 1:15,16,

First Definition

The first definition is the Acts 9 definition which is based upon the conversion of Saul of Tarsus,[69] the chosen vessel of God.[70] 1 Timothy 1: 15-16 "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting."[71] The Bible shows that "the longsuffering of God is salvation"[72] thus the "longsuffering of our Lord is salvation" that Paul experienced was his conversion on the road to Damascus[73] and the longsuffering of Jesus Christ "in me first" is the pattern to "them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting." It was through the Apostle Paul that God chose to reveal truth about the Body of Christ.[74] This places the Body of Christ very firmly with the Word that God committed to the Apostle Paul, who is the "apostle of the Gentiles" and who says that he "magnifies mine office"[75] Paul was a Roman[76] and a Jewish Pharisee:[77] thus epitomising the Jew and Gentile in one body.[78] There are many references in the Bible mentioning "the church." One reference is an Old Testament church "the church in the wilderness."[79] Another is the church that existed before Saul of Tarsus became converted.[80] Another church in the book of Revelation[81] but it is the Apostle Paul who refers to "the church which is His body"[82]

Second Definition

The second definition is the Acts 13 definition, where Scripture says "the Holy Ghost said 'Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them'"[83] The added dimension to this definition is that Saul's name becomes changed to "Paul".[84]

Third Definition

The third definition, the Acts 15 definition, results as the outcome of the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15[85][86]

Security of Salvation

Hyperdispensationalism teaches security of salvation through the Death, Burial and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that the Lord died "for the sins of the whole world"[87] but that those who come to salvation are the ones who are saved by His vicarious death on the cross.[88]

Baptism by the Holy Spirit

Hyperdispensationalism holds only to Pauline Scripture on the applicability of doctrine of many of the New Testament books, on injunction to be "rightly dividing the Word of Truth"[89] in that "specific doctrine" is not necessarily addressed to everybody during all dispensations, as the instructions of God to man are subject to progressive change, with the temptation of God to Abraham to sacrifice his son being sometimes given as an example. [90] On this basis, Hyperdispensationalism does not believe that the practice of water baptism is applicable to this present "Dispensation of Grace"[91] as Paul "was not sent to baptise, but to preach the gospel"[92] whereas the twelve Apostles were sent to baptise and that water baptism has therefore been supplanted by the "one baptism" of Ephesians 4:5[93] which is performed by the Holy Spirit at the point of salvation[94] and identifies (the Greek root word for “baptism” carries the idea of “identification”) the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.[95] Hyperdispensationalism holds that believers who have received the "one baptism" when they received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior are eternally secure; for in Christ, and He alone, is their assurance and certainty of eternal life. By this "one baptism," the Holy Spirit seals the believer "unto the day of redemption."[96]

The Lord's Supper

The celebration of the Lord's Supper is believed by Hyperdispensationalism as being in effect until the future time of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ: 1 Corinthians 11:26 'For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.' and is widely observed in Grace churches.

Controversies

Which Gospel?

Most Christian theologians and scholars in the world disagree with Hyperdispensationalism. The primary counter-argument is that the Gospel (or good news) that Paul preached to the Gentiles is the same Gospel that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself taught in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Some frequently cited scriptures include St. John 3:14-19 and St. Luke 24:44-47, where the Lord Jesus Christ speaks in global terms about His mission to the world.[97] The Hyperdispensationalism response to this assertion is that mainstream Christianity, in general, presumes their assertion to be true but believes that, in reality, they are retrospectively reading "Body Truth" from the Epistles of Paul into the Four Gospels and the early chapters of the Acts of the Apostles while this "Body Truth" begins firmly with Paul's calling by the Lord Jesus Christ.[98] In other words, Hyperdispensationalism teaches that mainstream Christianity has failed to recognise the distinctive nature and gospel which God committed to the Apostle Paul. An important point at this juncture is that hyperdispensationalism teaches that "the gospel" is a body of truth [99] committed to and through the Apostle Paul[100] that concerns spiritual birth,[101] walk,[102] growth[103] and future hope "the rapture" [104] and that it is not just an initial message (although an important message) of individual salvation, as is generally taught by mainstream Christianity. Cornelius R. Stam notes that the redemption of Man is "one of the unchanging purposes of God," [105] even when in former dispensations "the Gentiles were to be saved and blessed through redeemed Israel." [106] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that the Controversy continues because of lack of acknowledgement that God used the Apostle Paul to introduce a new Program, called "the mystery" [107] during the period of time that is covered under the Book of Acts[108] and that this "mystery" is what Paul calls "my gospel" which "had been kept secret since the world began",[109] until it was revealed to and through the Apostle Paul.[110] and that there can only be unity amongst believers on earth when all believers acknowledge the distinctive character of Paul's ministry.[111] C.R. Stam asserts[112] that the Apostle Peter in Acts 10 administered the Gospel of the Kingdom to the Gentiles before Paul was commissioned to go them with the Gospel of the Grace of God.[113] However, hyperdispensationalists like J.C. O'Hair note that the other apostles initially condemned Peter for preaching to Cornelius [Acts 11:1-5] [114] According to C.R. Stam, the astonished Peter was laying the groundwork for Paul's ministry to the Gentiles[115] on the premise that Peter and the Apostles were teaching the Gospel of the Kingdom whereas the Apostle Paul was only teaching the Gospel which the Arisen Lord Jesus Christ revealed to him by progressive revelation,[116] the Gospel of the Grace of God.[117] Pastor Stam also asserts[118] that based upon the Scripturally explained spiritual warfare "against the wiles of the devil" [119] between individual believers and Satan, that the Satanic realm only thought that they were crucifying the Jewish Messiah and that had they known that The Lord Jesus Christ was going to die upon the Cross for the sins of the world that "they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory." [120] and that such is the importance of distinguishing between the "Gospel of the Kingdom"[121] and the "Gospel of the Grace of God" [122] that as the address of the Apostle Peter at Pentecost was to "Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem" [123] that he believes therefore that Peter's address has nothing to do with the Christian church of this present dispensation and that mainstream Christianity is incorrect in reading the "Church" from the Epistles of Paul into this Scripture to place the "Church which is the Body of Christ"[124] into Acts chapter 2.

Which Church?

Hyperdispensationalism teaches that there are two "churches" that God was/is working with in the New Testament. Hyperdispensationalism refers to these two churches as the "Kingdom Church" and the "church, which is His Body"

Church at Pentecost

The Acts chapter 2 address by Peter was addressed to a target audience called Israel.[125] When Peter had finished speaking, those men of Israel present were "pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"[126] "then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost"[127] The next verse shows the scope of this Gospel of the Kingdom,[128] as do our Lord's words in Acts 1:8 and they will be addressed under a separate paragraph. In this chapter 2 of Acts, is established a Jewish audience, with believers continuing in the Apostles doctrine and fellowship, breaking of bread and prayers with many wonders and signs done by the Apostles with all believers having all things common, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, the chapter ending with "the Lord added daily to the church such as should be saved.[129] Thus from Acts chapter 2 is established a Jewish audience, instruction for salvation at that time, the further scope of this program, beyond Israel, attributes of this program and the existence of "the church" at the time of Pentecost.

Offer of the Kingdom

Hyperdispensationalism teaches that Acts chapter 3 reveals the "offer of the Kingdom" by the Apostle Peter. Peter points to Israel's denial of the Lord, even though Pilate was determined to let Him go[130] the glorification of Christ,[131] faith in Christ's name induced healing,[132] that Israel rejected Christ through ignorance, as did their rulers[133] that the suffering of Christ that God had shown by the mouth of all his prophets has been fulfilled,[134] with the instruction for Israel to repent and that if they would repent that their "sins might be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;[135] then Jesus Christ would come back to the earth, He now being in heaven until the restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.[136]

Hyperdispensationalism teaches that the content of Scripture in Acts chapter 3 is pivotal to understand God's further revelations to mankind, "the mystery" as revealed to the Apostle Paul.[137] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that Acts chapter 3 teaches God's word "which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began" i.e. revealed information going back to Genesis chapter 1 and the fulfilment of prophecy, whereas "the mystery" that Paul is preaching deals with "the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began"[138]"which is now made manifest and by the scriptures of the prophets...made known to all nations for the obedience of faith."[139]

Gentile Position under New Testament Prophecy during the Acts of the Apostles

Hyperdispensationalism teaches that both Acts 2:39[140] and the Lord's words in Acts 1:8[141] are a part of the Gospel that the Lord Jesus Christ had previously told His Apostles to preach in Mark 16:15[142] which includes compulsory water baptism[143] with signs that follow: casting out of devils, speaking in tongues, taking up of snakes, drinking deadly poison and not being harmed, laying hands on the sick thus causing recovery,[144] with the next verse showing that the Lord was taken up to heaven and sat on the right hand of God[145] and is the same Gospel (the Gospel of the Kingdom) that the Lord said would be preached in the time of the end of the world.[146] Thus a clear picture is given of what this Gospel is, which universal sign gifts accompany it and who is included in it. In Acts 1:6 the Apostles asked the Lord if He would at this time restore the kingdom to Israel.[147] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that there is nothing whatsoever strange with this question as it represented the agenda of God until the time of Acts 1:6. The Lord's reply was that it was not for them to know the times or the seasons which the Father has put in His own power.[148] Hyperdispensationalism notes at this point that the Lord did not dispute their question, only that He answered concerning its timing. Hyperdispensationalism regards this as an important distinction with regards to the unfolding of the Word. Going back to Matthew 24, in verse 34, the Lord said "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."[149] Hyperdispensationalism always goes straight to the question at this point of "How long then is this generation?" Peter had said in Acts 2 that the culminating events there were those that had been "spoken by the prophet Joel" concerning the last days - which included many things, but verse 20 being a pivotal Scripture here "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come"[150] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that the first part of Peter's quoted Joel's prophecy came to pass at Pentecost, whereas the latter part "before that great and notable day of the Lord come" awaits a future fulfilment. Hyperdispensationalism calls this explanation "the gap theory" - that something happened between the first and last parts of the fulfilment of Joel's prophecy[151] in Acts 2 and that it is "the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began" that was revealed to the Apostle Paul,[152] which Hyperdispensationalism teaches as "the parenthetical period" which has caused the last almost 2000 years to be in effect. That the Gospel of the Kingdom teaches the salvation of the Gentiles is Scripturally indisputable. That the Lord revealed "the mystery" to the Apostle Paul to accomplish it - without Israel - after Israel had rejected the Arisen Lord during the period of the book of Acts and been cast away by the Lord[153] is at the very core and essence of Hyperdispensationalism teaching, in that the salvation of the Gentiles without Israel was an unknown concept, after the law of Moses had been instituted. The first two verses in this section: Acts 2:39 and Acts 1:8 show the salvation to the Gentiles through the rise of Israel whereas the "mystery" shows salvation to the Gentiles through their fall.[154] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that there is a critical difference between the two. God had again and again reached out to Israel,[155] yet they continued to reject the Lord. By the time of the end of the Acts of the Apostles, the setting aside of Israel by God had been completed, the transition period now over: Acts 28: 28 "Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it."[156]

Which Second Coming of the Lord?

Hyperdispensationalism teaches what is theologically termed as the "Pre-Tribulation Rapture" and this is generally accepted, although not universally so, within the realm of Hyperdispensationalism. There is also the belief of a "Mid-Tribulation Rapture" and another of a "Post-Tribulation Rapture," but these views are held throughout the whole of Christianity, and not just in Hyperdispensationalism. These three terms are often abbreviated within the realm of all Christianity to "pre-trib," "mid-trib" and "post-trib." None of these three expressions are found in Scripture, but rather, there are specific scriptures which qualify into the categories that man has created for them. The first one, "the Pre-Tribulation Rapture" is taught by Hyperdispensationalism as the future hope of all believers who have lived, or are living in this present dispensation,[157] that it is a part of the "mystery" committed to the Apostle Paul and that when it happens, this age will draw to a close and the next part of God's plan will unfold, which Hyperdispensationalism believes is called the "Tribulation Period" when "that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."[158] Hyperdispensationalism teaches that belief in either of the latter two is caused by lack of acknowledgement of the distinctiveness of Paul's gospel, with the "rapture of the church" being taught as the concluding event of that gospel.

Which Baptism?

While Christianity debates the means and the methods of water baptism, in terms of the "when" (child or adult) or the "how" (sprinkling or full immersion) Hyperdispensationalism teaches that there is only "one baptism"[159] for the Body of Christ and that "one" means only "one". [160] The added statement by some adherents to the denominations within mainstream Christianity that they do it as a "witness to the world" is unscriptural and therefore rejected by Hyperdispensationalism.

Paul and the Authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews

Many Christians of all persuasions believe that Paul wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews and many think that he did not. One case presented for Paul's non-authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews is that Paul said that his saluation by his own hand was the token in every epistle that he writes [161] This salutation is on the first verse of every one of his Epistles. [162] It is not present in the Epistle to the Hebrews, thus leading many to believe that Paul did not write this Epistle.

Difference Between Hyperdispensationalism and Ultradispensationalism

The term Hyperdispensationalism is not one that most Mid-Acts Dispensationalists would readily identify with, as they generally prefer the term of "grace believers". On the other hand, adherents to the Acts 28 position of Ultradispensationalism are at the opposite side of the spectrum, inasmuch as they do not believe in the keeping of the [Lord's Supper] (amongst other things), whereas the Hyperdispensationalism Position does. The "Acts 28" believers are universally defined within the realm of Christendom as adhering to the system of beliefs known as Ultradispensationalism[163][164] or "Bullingerism" although, in all fairness to Ultradispensationalism, the works of E.W. Bullinger have served greatly to encourage and increase further study of the Word of God, to see "whether those things were so."[165] E.W. Bullinger is regarded by many as the founder of Ultradispensationalism, during the nineteenth century, and his publications were a great influence in the further development of the Grace Movement of the 1930s which refined and re-evaluated his teachings, the main difference of teaching of which was in relationship to the beginning of the Body of Christ: Ultradispensationalism teaching that it began at Acts 28:28 and Hyperdispensationalism teaching that it began at a point between chapters 9 to 15 of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. Charles F. Baker,[166] Pastor J.C. O'Hair [167] Pastor C.R. Stam [168] are generally regarded as the main twentieth century exponents of the differences between Hyperdispensationalism and Ultradispensationalism. Many mainstream Christian leaders, such as Harry A. Ironside, have concluded them both as being one and the same under the heading of "Bullingerites" and "ultra-dispensationalists", without exploring the important Biblical differences of doctrine between the two separate groups. [169]

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  3. [Acts 9:15 "But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel"]
  4. [Acts 15:19 "Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God"]
  5. [Acts 20:24 "that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."]
  6. [2 Corinthians 12:1 "It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord"]
  7. [Luke 16:16 "The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it"]
  8. [Matthew 19:28 "And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel"]
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  12. [Ephesians 3:2 "If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward"]
  13. [Ephesians 3:3 "How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words"]
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  18. >Some definitions of Hyperdispensationalism
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  20. [Acts 17:11 "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so"]
  21. [2 Timothy 2:4 "No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier"]
  22. [Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil"]
  23. [Galatians 5: 16-21 "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh"]
  24. [Romans 6: 6-13 "Knowing this. ..reckon ye......yield yourselves unto God"]
  25. [Romans 6: 1-5 "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein? ..."]
  26. [Ephesians 1: 22-23 "gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all."]
  27. [Ephesians 5:30 "For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones."]
  28. [Ephesians 4: 5 "One Lord, one faith, one baptism"]
  29. [Ephesians 3:15 "Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named"]
  30. [1 Corinthians 15:21-22 "For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."]
  31. [1 Timothy 6: 15-16 "Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen"]
  32. [2 Corinthians 13:8 "For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth."]
  33. [Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."]
  34. [Ephesians 1:11 "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will."]
  35. [Ephesians 1:4 "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love."]
  36. [Ephesians 1:10 "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him."]
  37. [2 Timothy 3:16 "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine"]
  38. [2 Timothy 2:15 "Rightly dividing the word of Truth"]
  39. [2 Corinthians 12:1 "It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord"]
  40. [2 Corinthians 12:2 " I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago"]
  41. [Romans 1:16 "to the Jew first, and also to the Greek"]
  42. [Romans 2:9 "of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile"]
  43. [ Romans 2:10 "to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile."]
  44. [Colossians 1:25 "according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God"]
  45. [Acts 20:27 "For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God"]
  46. [Ephesians 2: 11-19 The Jews and Gentiles position within the Body of Christ]
  47. [Matthew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come"]
  48. [Acts 15:5 "But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses"]
  49. [Acts 2: 38 "Repent and be baptised every one of you..."]
  50. [Galatians 2:7 "But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter"]
  51. [Acts 15: 1-29 The Council of Jerusalem]
  52. [Galatians 2: 6-9 "The outcome of The Council of Jerusalem"]
  53. [Acts 9: 18 The baptism of Saul of Tarsus]
  54. [St. Matthew 9:35 "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom"]
  55. [Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"]
  56. [Acts 15: 1-29 "The Council and outcome of The Council of Jerusalem"]
  57. [Matthew 18:18 "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven"]
  58. [Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"]
  59. [Galatians 2: 7-9 "But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision."]
  60. [Ephesians 3: 1-9 "The Dispensation of Grace"]
  61. [ Romans 16:25 "kept secret since the world began"]
  62. [1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 Rapture of the Church]
  63. [Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office]
  64. [1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular]
  65. [Genesis 1:29 "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed"]
  66. [Genesis 9:3 "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you"]
  67. [Deuteronomy 14: 7-8 "these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof"]
  68. [1 Timothy 4:4-5 "For everything God created is good, and nothing to be refused"]
  69. [1 Timothy 1: 15-16 "I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all long suffering for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting."]
  70. [Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him "Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me"]
  71. [1 Timothy 1: 15-16 "I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting."]
  72. [2 Peter 3:15 "And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation"]
  73. [Acts 9:8 Sauls' conversion on the road to Damascus]
  74. [1 Corinthians 12:27 "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular"]
  75. [Romans 11:13 "For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office"]
  76. [Acts 22:29 "After he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him"]
  77. [Philippians 3:5 "Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee"]
  78. [Ephesians 2:16 "that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby"]
  79. [Acts 7:38 "This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness"]
  80. [Acts 8:3 "As for Saul, he made havock of the church"]
  81. [Revelation 3:1 "And unto the angel of the church in Sardis"]
  82. [Ephesians 1:22-23 "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all."]
  83. [Acts 13: 2 "Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them"]
  84. [Acts 13: 9 "Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost..."]
  85. [Acts 15:1- 29 "The Council of Jerusalem"]
  86. [Galatians 2: 7-9 "the right hand of fellowship"]
  87. [1 John 2:2 "And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."]
  88. [Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."]
  89. [2 Timothy 2:15 "rightly dividing the word of truth"]
  90. [Genesis 22: 1-14 "The offering of Isaac"]
  91. [Ephesians 3:2 "If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward"]
  92. [1 Corinthians 1:17 "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel"]
  93. [Ephesians 4:5 "One Lord, one faith, one baptism"]
  94. [1 Corinthians 12:13 "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit"]
  95. [Colossians 2:12 "Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead"]
  96. [Ephesians 4:30 "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption"]
  97. [Luke 16:16 "The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it"]
  98. [Galatians 1:15-16 "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen"]
  99. [Philippians 4:15 "Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel..."]
  100. [Colossians 1:25 "...according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God"]
  101. [1 Corinthians 2:12 "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God"]
  102. [Galatians 5:16 "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh"]
  103. [Ephesians 4:15 "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ"]
  104. [1 Thessalonians 4:17 "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord"]
  105. Dispensationalism: A Panel Discussion, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  106. The Unveiling and Shining Forth of Grace, Part Two
  107. [Ephesians 3:3 "How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery..."]
  108. [Galatians 2: 7-9 "But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter..."]
  109. [Romans 16:25 "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began"]
  110. [Ephesians 3:8 "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ"]
  111. [Colossians 2:2 "unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ"]
  112. "Things that Differ" by C.R. Stam, 1951, chapter 7
  113. [Acts 10:45 "And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost."]
  114. The Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul
  115. [ Dispensationalism: A Panel Discussion, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  116. [2 Corinthians 12:1 "It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord"]
  117. [Acts 20:24 "...the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."]
  118. C.R. Stam: "Satan in Derision" Berean Bible Society, 1972l
  119. [Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."]
  120. [1 Corinthians 2:7-8 "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory."]
  121. [Matthew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come"]
  122. [Acts 20:24 "that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God"]
  123. [Acts 2: 14 "Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words."]
  124. [Ephesians 1:22-23 "the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all."]
  125. [Acts 2:22 "Ye men of Israel, hear these words"]
  126. [Acts 2:37 "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?"]
  127. [Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."]
  128. [Acts 2:39 "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call."]
  129. [Acts 2:47 "And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."]
  130. [Acts 3:13 "and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go"]
  131. [Acts 3:13 "The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus"]
  132. [Acts 3:16 "And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong"]
  133. [Acts 3:17 "And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers"]
  134. [Acts 3:18 "But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled"]
  135. [Acts 3:19 "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord"]
  136. [Acts 3:21 "Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began"]
  137. [Ephesians 3:3 "How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery"]
  138. [Romans 16:25 "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began."]
  139. [Romans 16:26 "But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith"]
  140. [Acts 2:39 "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call"]
  141. [Acts 1:8 ""But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."]
  142. [Mark 16:15 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"]
  143. [Mark 16:16 "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved"]
  144. [Mark 16: 17-18 Signs accompanying salvation]
  145. [Mark 16:19 "So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God."]
  146. [Matthew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."]
  147. [Acts 1:6 "they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?"]
  148. [Acts 1:7 "And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power."]
  149. [Matthew 24:34 "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled"]
  150. [Acts 2:20 "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come"]
  151. [Joel 2: 28-32 "Joel's prophecy concerning the Last Days"]
  152. [Romans 16:25 "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began"]
  153. [ Romans 11:15 "For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?"]
  154. [Romans 11:11 "but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy."]
  155. [Romans 10:21 "But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people"]
  156. [Acts 28:28 "Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it"]
  157. [1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 "The Rapture of the church."]
  158. [2 Thessalonians 2:3 "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."]
  159. [1 Corinthians 12:13 "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."]
  160. [Ephesians 4: 5 "One Lord, one faith, one baptism"]
  161. [2 Thessalonians 3:17 "The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write"]
  162. [1 Thessalonians 1:1 The Token "Paul"]
  163. Doctrine of Ultradispensationalism
  164. Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth
  165. [Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so]
  166. ["A Dispensational Theology" by Charles F. Baker, Grace Publications, 1971]
  167. "Bible Studies for Bereans, J.C. O'Hair, November 1936"
  168. "Things That Differ" by C.R. Stam, Berean Bible Society, 1951
  169. "Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth" by H.A. Ironside, Loizeaux Brothers; 3rd edition (January 1938)

Major 20th Century Advocates of Hyperdispensationalism

  • J. C. O'Hair (1876-1958)
  • C. R. Stam (1909-2003)
  • Charles F. Baker (1905-1994)
  • Harry Bultema (1884-1952)

Reference Works

  • Stam, Cornelius R., Things That Differ, 1951, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Baker, Charles F., A Dispensational Theology, 1971, Grace Bible College Publications, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Baker, Charles F., Understanding the Gospels, 1978, Grace Bible College Publications, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Baker, Charles F., Understanding the Book of Acts 1981, Grace Bible College Publications, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Baker, Charles F., Bible Truth, 1981, Grace Bible College Publications, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Baker, Charles F., Real Baptism, 1991, Grace Bible College Publications, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Baker, Charles F., Dispensational Relationships 1989, Grace Bible College Publications, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Baker, Charles F., A Dispensational Synopsis of the New Testament, 1989, Grace Bible College Publications, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Baker, Charles F., Understanding Galatians and the Law, 1993, Grace Bible College Publications, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Baker, Charles F., Understanding the Body of Christ, 1985, Grace Bible College Publications, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., The Two-fold Purpose of God, 1985, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., True Spirituality, 1984, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., Man: His Nature and Destiny, 1992, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., Our Great Commission: What Is It?, 1974, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., No Other Doctrine, 1970, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., Satan in Derision, 1972, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., Moses and Paul: The Dispensers of Law and Grace, 1956, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., The Present Peril, 1968, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., Acts: Volume 1 - 4, 1983, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., Romans, 1984, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., 1 Corinthians, 1988, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., 2 Corinthians, 1992, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., Galatians, 1998, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., Pastoral Epistles, 1983, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Stam, Cornelius R., Thessalonians, 1984, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Sadler, Paul M., The Supernatural Sign Gifts of the Acts Period, 2001, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI
  • Sadler, Paul M., Exploring the Unsearchable Riches of Christ, 1993, Berean Bible Society, Germantown, WI

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