A brother in the Lord asked if I would discuss dispensationalism and Zechariah 14 with a blogger who owns a bible prophecy website. I gladly accepted the inviation and will provide to the reader the discussion as it occurred.. I have changed the web site owners name to “Brother” for the sake of his privacy, and each of my responses are italicized and indented for clarity sake.
I’m sorry, I’m the one who owes you an apology. I did not see, I was blind, I did not see that you noted that passage DID mention the “trump of God”, but that your position had nuances that I did not detect right away. More often than not, I get people who claim the text does not contain the words it does contain, and the debate is rather simple, yet they will still refuse to admit error.
I can see this discussion may be very good. Now I will admit confusion further, as to the nature of how you reason and argue.
Repeatedly, you are saying to me to not “build doctrine on silence”, yet, when the text of 1 Thess is silent on the issue of whether the trumpet is sounding, you build upon that, and use that silence as somehow enough proof to discern a difference of significance.
Well, when do you apply your standard, and is your standard Biblical, because it does not seem to me that you are consistent here in applying it. In other words, you appear to be grasping at gnats, but swallowing a camel.
Since you make a big issue over the “different” trump reference in 1 Thess 4 vs. 1 Cor 15, but the entire lack of a trumpet in Zech 14 and Rev 19 seems to not bother you at all, as if you are willing to “swallow” the idea that there is a trumpet in passages that do not mention it, and yet, claim that there is enough of a difference in the trumpet in 1 Thess 4, that it’s somehow significant of something?
I am glad that we can continue with our discussion. I do hope that in the midst of our discussion you may see more than just comments on the Text, but a desire to edify and build each other up in the faith.
Now I will admit confusion further, as to the nature of how you reason and argue. Repeatedly, you are saying to me to not “build doctrine on silence”,
yet, when the text of 1 Thess is silent on the issue of whether the trumpet is sounding, you build upon that,
My intent is to point out that your comment “Both chapters also teach the resurrection and of the trumpet blast” is not accurate. The second passage – (1 Thess) does not mention any noise from the trumpet. Just that the Lord is “coming with… the trump of God”
and use that silence as somehow enough proof to discern a difference of significance.
The significance is minor, but I only sought to draw to your attention a point you may want to edit on your site.
Well, when do you apply your standard,
As to a standard to apply, I assume you are referring to my understanding passages within the Word. I seek to be as literal as possible unless the context demands I consider a symbolic/poetic/spiritual interpretation. You see, I was a very good dispensationalist for much of my Christian life. One of the items I believed was that every prophecy of the first coming of the Lord Jesus in the OT was fulfilled literally in the NT. I believed that passionately for many years. I was so convinced that I assumed it was unassailable. Then I began a study a few years back on how the apostles interpreted the OT showing the messianic fulfillment in Jesus. This study began my reconsidering of my literalistic interpretive methods.
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