6) To premillenial dispensationalists such as Riley, the Jews were God's chosen people, but in the present age or dispensation they were paying the penalty for their rebellion against Jehovah as evidenced by the destruction of their kingdom and the persecutions they faced over the centuries.
While the premillenial ambivalence toward Jews is somewhat evident in her thinking, so also are many elements of what David A.
Catapulting dispensational premillenial
theology into the American cultural mainstream, the 16-part Left Behind series has spawned children's adaptations, a controversial video game, and such audacious parodies as Kiss my Left Behind (2003) and Supergeddon: A Really Big Geddon (2003).
A theological characteristic of the Fundamentalists was premillenial
dispensationalism: the idea that God will take up his followers in the rapture from the earth before the millenial period of tribulation.
Martinez, supra note 59, at 437 ("But while recent world events may have dampened optimism about international law and international cooperation, the institutions created in that burst of premillenial
enthusiasm now have a life of their own; how effective they will be is still open to question, but their existence (at least for now) is not.
the futurist premillenial
view of history was decidedly pessimistic, pointing to the "Rapture" of true believers prior to the "Tribulation" (an extended period of warfare between the forces of good and evil, with Jesus and modern Israel representing the good and the Antichrist and his coalition representing evil).
Perhaps historians in the next century will characterize this premillenial
Olympic year as one that was dominated neither by loving liberals nor by concerned conservatives but rather as an era when nearly 6 billion inhabitants of planet Earth were held hostage by an elitist minority of media manipulators that shattered all prior world records in the arena of running rumors, throwing dirt and jumping all over moral, patriotic citizens in their quest to capture not only the gold but the very souls of their subscribers who innocently believed the news.