Writing the Rapture examines the contours of prophecy fiction from its humble roots in premillennial dispensationalism
to its blockbuster success with the Left Behind series.
More recently, Craig Blaising and Darrell Bock, part of a group advocating progressive dispensationalism, have emphasized the nature of premillennial dispensationalism
as dynamic, rather than static.
Mark Silk argues that even assessments of premillennial dispensationalism
have too often relied on stereotypes and resulted in dismissive attitudes.
This theological viewpoint is called Premillennial Dispensationalism
, and LaHaye's variant involves the idea of a Rapture prior to the Tribulation, which means he expects devout Christians to be evacuated from Earth by God before the sinful are punished (Boyer, 1992; Lindsey, 1970).
Darby is credited with bringing premillennial dispensationalism
to the United States.
6) In many ways, premillennial dispensationalism
lay behind all three of these emphases.
Darby brought these perspectives into the popular Bible and Prophecy Conference movement in the United States during the 1870-1890 period when premillennial dispensationalism
became the dominant method of Biblical interpretation in the emerging Evangelical branch of Protestantism.
Not until the 1870s did premillennial dispensationalism
begin to spread in the United States, initially through the influence of John Nelson Darby.
He read deeply in philosophy and theology, and his personal beliefs hardened into a conservative postmillennialism viciously opposed to premillennial dispensationalism
, (10) the dominant eschatological view among evangelical and fundamentalist Christians at the time.
It needs to be made clear from the outset that we are not talking about all evangelicals here, let alone all Christians, but about a particular theological tendency within evangelical Christianity that, for reasons explained below, goes by the convoluted name of premillennial dispensationalism
Yet of all the figures whom he names to his list of most influential Christian accessories in the Zionist cause--William Blackstone, Lord Shaftesbury [who, incidentally, turns, on page 101, into "Lord Salisbury (an evangelical Anglican)"], Lloyd George, Lord Balfour, Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman--not one had any interest in Premillennial Dispensationalism
nor (to my knowledge) ever spoke of Armageddon.
is motivated by the urgency engendered by the expectation of Christ's sudden, soon return.