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A doctrine prevalent in some forms of Protestant Christianity that divides history into distinct periods, each marked by a different dispensation or relationship between God and humanity. Dispensationalism further holds that Christian believers will be transported to heaven without warning and that soon thereafter there will be a period of tribulation, followed by the Second Coming.

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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).
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.
Premillennial dispensationalism is motivated by the urgency engendered by the expectation of Christ's sudden, soon return.