Dispensationalism is defined as rightly dividing verses to the right people in the correct time periods, which can help do away with the majority of wrong doctrine and correctly interpret scripture. The majority of wrong doctrine comes from a lack of dispensationalism. Below are ten rules to help study and apply dispensationalism to scripture:
1. A chapter, verse, or a sentence can divide
- The book of Genesis (i.e. Jacob prophesied 1st and 2nd coming of the Messiah to Judah in the same verse)
- The first epistle of John (i.e. In 1 John you will see verses that can applied to the church age and other verses that are for the tribulation)
2. Verses can be divided a LOT, no matter how crazy it seems
- General epistles to book of Jude (Bible believers believe these books have double applications: Christians and tribulation Jews)
- For example, Jesus divided 5 fish and 2 loaves of bread among thousands of people.
- 1 Corinthians 12:6 says God is the same yesterday, today and forever, but he has different operations.
3. The mind of God is without time, you have to divide it to the right time period
4. The mind of God is without time and is different from man’s thinking, man who wrote the Bible to the best of their understanding by how the Spirit leads them.
5. God can see double or more applications in one statement
- The book of Psalms (“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Pslams 22:1 – This verse is applied to David and it is also applied to Jesus on the cross)
6. Exceptions only prove the rule
- King David and the sin of adultery (required stoning to death); God made an exception with him
7. Be familiar with the 8 Covenants
- AKA What God arranges with a specific party (List of Covenants: Edenic, Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, New, Eternal)
8. Use common sense
- Some verses just do not apply to a saved Christian
- James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
9. Looking at the context of the covenant
- James 2:24 but compare it to James 1:1 (referring to tribulation Jews so not applicable to us)
- “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.”
10. Take every word in the verse literally according to common sense and the Bible
- 90% of doctrine applicable to Jews
- This percentage increases when timelines are added
- The law for speed limits give a literal definition of the law, if you speed passed the limit, when the cop pulls you over and you try to say that the metaphoric definition of the speed law doesn’t mean that actual speed limit, the cop will think you are crazy.