GHETTOIZING THE JEWS – PART 1 . . . A Theological Treatise

GHETTOIZING THE JEWS – PART 1 . . . A Theological Treatise

Obviously, this is a very harsh title in that it connotes a theology (viz., Dispensationalism) which deigns to provide the Jew with a modicum of “prophetic respectability” by auguring for Israel’s fulfillment in Bible prophecy and subsequent conversion to Messiah.  The Jews will play a most definitive role in the Millennial Kingdom of the Son of David.  So, how could this amenable eschatology, even general theology, be adjudged as a theological GHETTO for the Jews?

The entire premise of Dispensationalism accords National Israel (defined as unbelieving corporate Israel, the Jewish people who have NOT embraced Jesus as Messiah) a central role in Bible Prophecy from her scattering among the nations (Luke 21:20-24)—i.e. “Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24) until the ingathering of these exiles (Verses like these validate Dispensationalism’s claim on the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland:  1 Chron. 18:35; Psa. 106:47; Micah 2:12; Zeph. 3:20; Isaiah 27:12; Jer. 31:10; Psalm 147:2; Isa. 56:8; Ezk. 39:27; Psa. 107:2-3; Isa. 57:7; Ezk. 39:28; Hosea 8:10; Deut. 30:3-4; Nehemiah 1:9; Isa. 11:11-12; Jer. 29:14; 32:37; Ezk. 11:17; 20:34; 41; 28:25; 34:13; 36:24; 37:21; Zech. 10:10; Isa. 43:5; Jer. 31:8 and many more).

Moreover, the Jews (aka, Judah which in the minds of Dispensationalism constitute ALL ISRAEL today—meaning, all 12 tribes have been subsumed by Judah; no tribes are lost or remain scattered.  All the tribes are considered Jews—i.e., only Jews are Israel, no one else can be considered National Israel; only Jews are Israel.  This definition of ALL ISRAEL will play a major role AFTER the Church is raptured in accordance with “Dispensational Truth.”

Currently, they, the Jews, are being regathered in “unbelief” – most Jews today living in Israel are either atheist, agnostic or refuse even to identify themselves as Jewish first, but prefer to see themselves first as Israelis, then as Jews.*

Dispensationalism stands or falls upon rightly dividing the Word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). Dr. Charles C. Ryrie put it succinctly: “The essence of dispensationalism … is the distinction between Israel and the Church” (Dispensationalism Today, p. 47).  (Taken from THE END-TIMES OBSERVER, The Dispensational Gospels, by Miles J. Stanford, May 14, 2006.)

Dispensationalist, Miles J. Stanford emphatically states:

Dispensationalism is in danger of falling because of a careless dilution of her life-sustaining distinctions. One factor is the seminary teaching that the Church has a part in Israel’s earthly-kingdom New Covenant (Jer. 31:31,33; Ezek. 36:26,27; 37:14). But a far more pervasive error is that of failure to distinguish between Jesus’ earthly Gospel for Israel, and His heavenly Gospel for the Church.

For too long the Church has been subjected to a Synoptic, kingdom Gospel that was never intended for her. She is thereby diverted from her heavenly Gospel and position in the One “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). (Ibid.)

Thus, in the exegesis of Miles J. Stanford any participation in the New Covenant found in the Hebrew Scriptures – and allusions to the same in the New Testament – is a breaking of the barrier between Israel (as defined by Stanford) and the “called out ones from among the nations” (aka, the EKKLESIA).  Worse yet, is confusing the gospels conveyed via the “earthly gospel” presented by Jesus and the “heavenly gospel” disclosed via revelation through Paul, the Apostle.  No, Stanford wishes to create Two New Covenants and Two Gospels (at the least).

Stanford criticizes Dr. John MacArthur’s “gospel overreach” by apparently blurring, what I call, the ghettoizing of the “earthly kingdom gospel” offered to National Israel during the earthly ministry of Jesus and, as we shall see, merging it with the “heavenly gospel of the grace of God” as revealed through Paul.  Incorporated in Stanford’s distinction is the essence of two separate New Covenants with special promises made specifically to National Israel upon the earth and to the Church “seated in the heavens.”  Stanford continues to expose the blurring of MacArthur’s lines:

Dr. MacArthur’s particular error here lies in his applying Jesus’ kingdom Gospel for earthly Israel to the heavenly Church! He has followed his many Covenant mentors in thinking that there is but one Gospel, and but one salvation. Furthermore, he expresses the strong bias of Covenant theologians toward Dispensationalism and its leaders.**

Thus, Stanford now goes further:  Two New Covenants, Two Gospels and Two Salvations.

Perhaps MacArthur’s exposure of these Dispensational authors provides some hope for us all in that he further explains his most recent illumintion of how the Synoptic Gospels are NOT divorced from the Gospel of the Grace of God as preached by Paul; to wit:

Some dispensationalists have seen “the Gospel of the kingdom” that Jesus proclaimed (Matt. 4:23) as distinct from “the Gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). Also, that the substance of this “Gospel of the kingdom” is “that God purposes to set up on earth the kingdom of Christ… in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant” (Ibid. New Scofield Reference Bible, p. 1366).

Lewis Sperry Chafer wrote that the Gospel of the kingdom was for the nation of Israel only “and should in no way be confused with the Gospel of saving grace” (Grace, Zondervan, p. 132).

Another early dispensational writer declared that the Gospel Jesus preached had nothing to do with salvation but was simply an announcement that the time had come to set up the kingdom of Christ on earth (Clarence Larkin-Rightly Dividing the Word, p. 61).

All this may fit neatly into a particular dispensational scheme, but Scripture does not support it. We must not forget that Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, not merely to announce an earthly kingdom. When Jesus proclaimed His kingdom, He was preaching salvation. (p. 89) (Ibid. John MacArthur) (Ibid. Stanford)

Stanford boldly declares the differences in the gospel that Jesus preached and the one Paul preached:

Yes, He was preaching salvation, i.e., kingdom salvation–a far cry from spiritual birth as a new creation in Christ Jesus, who is our Life (Col. 3:3). (Ibid.)

Moreover, Stanford continues to solidify the “heavenly gospel” which produces the Church from the “earthly gospel of the kingdom” which provides for the Millennial Reign of the Son of David through National Israel upon the earth (Note:  Apart and separated from Israel during the entire Millennium is the Bride of Messiah, the Church–i.e., Israel is upon the earth during the 1,000-year reign of the Son of David; while the Church, as the Bride of Messiah/Christ, enjoys the splendors of heaven–never arriving in totality upon her crust (again, separated from Israel):

Most dispensationalists, along with Covenant theologians, fail to realize that there are two Gospels, each dependent upon the Blood of the Cross. One is earthly, the other is heavenly. And both Gospels are “according to Jesus.” The one was ministered by Him on earth, in His humiliation, prior to the Cross, exclusively for Israel and her earthly kingdom. The other–and it is altogether “new creation” other–was ministered to Paul by the glorified Lord Jesus Christ; after Calvary, from heaven, exclusively for His chosen heavenly Body, His beloved Bride. (Ibid.)

The infraction created by Stanford in his “two gospels” narrative is “theologically artificial” for the supreme reason set forth by Paul himself:

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.  And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father (Eph. 2:14-18).

The entire thrust of the BLOOD OF THE CROSS was the abolition of the enmity between Jew and Gentile – in our nomenclature, that which is biblically-based, between Judah and Ephraim or between Judah-Israel and Ephraim-Israel or between the Jew and those “elect from among the nations” – aka, the EKKLESIA) – whose “identity” is unavoidably described by Paul as Ephraim/Israel – Jezreel/Samaria wherein “Aliens would swallow it up…Israel is swallowed up; now they are among the Gentiles…I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel, but I will utterly take them away…Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah…Then God said: ‘Call his (Ephraim/Israel) name Lo-Ammi, for you are not My people, and I will not be your God” (Hosea 8:7-8; 1:6-7, 9):

What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles (lit. “nations” or “ethnos”)?  As He says also in Hosea:  ‘I will call them My people, who were not My people, and her beloved, who was not beloved.’ ‘And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘you are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God.’ (Romans 9:22-26; Hosea 2:23; 1:10).

Stanford, by creating this artificial separation, goes beyond the distinctions set forth between National Israel (aka, the Jews in his mind’s eye) and those of the EKKLESIA.  God’s intention, through the BLOOD OF THE CROSS, was to make One New Man, One Body, a New Creation–not two separate entities whereby the one, the Jews, would be sequestered upon the Earth in their forecasted earthly kingdom, and the other aloft in the Heavens–distinct yes, but that “dimensional divide” is wholly linked together as ONE through the Blood of the Cross – through the revelation given to Nathaniel by Jesus as Son of God and Son of Man:  JACOB’S LADDER, where we see the “angels ascending and descending upon the Son of Man” (John 1:43-51); thereby abolishing the dimensional and jurisdictional divide – this is the BRIDGE which forever unites the bonds that bind these two peoples as the one people of God, the Household of Faith.  Yes, He, through the “Blood of the Everlasting Covenant” (Hebrews 13:20) has brought heaven and earth together; to wit:

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the GATHERING (i.e, the “general assembly”) and church (lit. “EKKLESIA”) of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel” (Heb. 12:22-24).

Indeed, the “spirits of just men, made perfect” is inclusive of the Whole Household of Faith from Abel’s death onward unto the present–The GENERAL ASSEMBLY!  When Jacob awoke from his dream/vision he immediately called the place BETHEL or EL-BETHEL, God, the House of God–i.e., ONE HOUSE upon the Earth, no less!  By prohibiting and sequestering the Jews under the Mosaic Covenant which as our guardian/tutor brought us to Messiah/Christ (Gal. 3:20-25), and declaring that the Jews will once again proclaim the Law of Moses after the secret pretribulational rapture of the Church, is truly a retrograde, even deprecation or devolution of the pristine message of the Blood of the Cross that alone can save to the uttermost.  The slicing and dicing of the Bible’s revealed truth is compartmentalized by Dispensationalism to the uttermost; Dispensationalist Timothy S. Morton highlights this “revelatory diminishing” with clarity:

Only after the Jews reject their Messiah do the Gentiles come into play. Nevertheless only a relatively small portion of the Bible applies doctrinally to Church Age Gentiles. The Bible portion from Acts chapter 15 to Philemon applies doctrinally to a born again Christian and is unique to the Church Age [Note:  Morton purposefully omits the books of Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude and the Revelation–in other words, only those Pauline epistles]. The rest of the Bible is strictly Jewish. This is not to say that we saved Gentiles cannot profit from the Jewish books and learn doctrine on other matters (all the words of the Lord are written for our admonition and learning), but we must be careful to rightly divide the Scriptures where doctrine is concerned. Without determining the proper divisions and drawing the correct dispensational lines, the Bible is little more than a jumbled mess of contradictions.  [Note:  Said from the prism of the Dispensationalist mindset.]

Since the present Church Age is a mystery and parenthetical, the establishment of it causes the books called the NT [Matt.-Rev.] to have two divisions in them making three sections. The first section is the Jewish law in the gospels before the cross; the second section is from the cross to the rapture, the Church Age; and the third section is from the rapture to the second advent, the Tribulation. There is a partial transitional subsection in the second section from the cross until Acts 15 where the Church Age salvation doctrines were fully established. (Tribulation Salvation…Are Believers In The Tribulation Saved The Same As “Church Age” Believers? By Timothy S. Morton, as found in Preserved Words)

Morton persists:

First, the New Testament did not begin until AFTER the crucifixion [Heb. 9:15-17], thus all of the material found in the four gospels applies doctrinally to Jews under Mosaic Law. This is important to remember. Until Matt. 27:50 [when Jesus yielded up His spirit], etc. the OT was still in full effect. So everything that is said before then must be placed in its proper context. Thus nearly everything Christ said before the cross applies doctrinally not to us Gentiles but to the Jews in reference to their kingdom. (Ibid.)

Now, carefully read what Dispensationalism (Morton) actually teaches in refuting the work of the Holy Spirit AFTER their pretribulational, secret rapture of the EKKLESIA:

As most Bible believers are aware, before the Kingdom [Millennium] can come the Tribulation must occur. And before the Tribulation can occur the Church must be taken away from this coming “wrath” by the rapture [Matt. 3:7; 1 Thes. 5:9; Rev. 6:16-17] . When the rapture occurs and Christ takes His Church into Heaven with Him, things will never be the same on earth again. When all those in Christ are raised up to meet their Savior in the air, a whole dispensational system will go up with them. Eternal salvation as we know it today (by grace through faith apart from works) will no longer be valid because the Holy Spirit will no longer regenerate and seal those who become saved after the “trump” [1 Thes. 4:16]. Believers in the future will not have a new nature, be placed in Christ, or have Christ permanently indwelling them. Simply put, the means of salvation as we know it today will no longer exist. The differences in the dispensations will make it impossible for a believer to be born again [as we now understand it], placed into Christ’s Body, or keep eternal life by faith alone. Instead of being like salvation in the Church Age, salvation will be very similar to the way it was in the Old Testament with works playing a part. (Ibid.) (My emphasis)

Indeed, Morton, doubles down in erecting, once again, the WALL OF SEPARATION between the Jew and the Greek, after the “Church’s” Rapture:

Faith will likely be the means of the believer initially being saved, but his faith must motivate the proper works for him to keep his salvation, and he must be faithful in keeping them to “endure to the end.”

There are around 200 verses in the New Testament that indicate someone can lose his salvation— they must fit somewhere— and the Tribulation is the place.

Remember Matthew chapters 24 and 25, and Hebrews chapters 3, 6, and 10? The Tribulation is where they all doctrinally apply: the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (not the Church’s trouble). Again, someone in the Bible can lose his salvation, but it is not a born again Christian. (Ibid.)

Thus, a familiar passage will, in effect be reminiscent of “Morton’s Folly” – to wit:

Are you so foolish?  Having begun in the Spirit [aka “faith”], are you now being made perfect by the flesh? [by “works”] (Gal. 3:3)

Morton is undeterred:

During the Tribulation salvation will be similar to salvation under the law as far as what happens to and inside a believer is concerned. Since regeneration is no longer available, nothing will happen inside the believer to secure his salvation. Though he won’t be saved on credit as those in the Old Testament were (because Christ’s atonement has since been made), he will still be saved on a trial basis like they were. Believing on Christ will just be the first step in his process of salvation, for along with believing he must “keep the commandments of God.” Look at these clear passages in Revelation (Morton references Rev. 12:17; 14:12; 22:14). (Ibid.) (My emphasis.)

What?  “On a trial basis” (tribulation saints) vs. on a “credit basis” (O.T. saints)!  Yet, even after the Church’s pre-trib rapture, the Jews are kept from Gentile believers who shall turn to the Lord during this “inter-dispensational” time frame; according to Morton:

What is unclear about these passages? Nothing to a Bible believer who takes them as they stand and doesn’t try to change their meaning. Since this is, again, a Jewish dispensation [the “interlude” between the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ], the commandments must be the Ten Commandments and other commandments given under the law. Gentiles will likely not be obligated to keep the distinctly Jewish commandments, but they must keep the moral commandments as much as they know them even if their conscience is their only guide. (Source:  TRIBULATION SALVATION…Are Believers In The Tribulation Saved The Same As “Church Age” Believers?  By Timothy S. Morton @ – Retrieved on 10.02.2017 . . . my emphasis/bold).

These incessant “modifications” within the Dispensational theological/eschatological system are so expansive and convoluted that most evangelicals, and even those who adhere to some form of Dispensationalism, are ignorant, confused or simply too lazy to delve into the intricacies of their “two-tiered” system of belief.  If the truth be known as to their doctrinal deviations from the supreme sacrifice wrought by Christ on the Cross–the Blood of the Cross–they not only would be “doctrinally embarrassed”–they would immediately recognize the incongruity of “going back under the Law” as if the Law in and of itself could have ever saved anyone–“for without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (Heb. 9:22).

The question must be asked of these Dispensationalists:  How can the “Blood of the Lamb” which obviously provides the overcoming power against the Beast (“they overcome him [the Dragon-Beast] by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they love not their lives unto the death” – Rev. 12:11) be applied without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit?  Is the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit absent in the believer during this most crucial time in human history–the “end of the age?”  How can a man be born from above and thus be empowered to live for Christ without the anointing/empowerment of the Holy Spirit, and the indwelling Christ?

Furthermore, if one within the so-called “Church Age” is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and is, as well, found to be “in Christ” – eternally secured – then how is it if one cannot loose THIS salvation up to the time of the Rapture, THAT AFTER THE RAPTURE, TRIBULATION SALVATION starts in faith and is somehow made perfect in the flesh (by works alone).  Also, that after the Rapture one can be “saved” but cannot be eternally secured–one’s salvation can be lost?  Alas!  The “on again – off again” security of the believer within “Dispensational Confusion!”

Notwithstanding, the Dispensationalist is forced to say that the “tribulational believer” can only be saved, ultimately, by the “works of the law” and NOT by faith–throwing a “doctrinal sop” to the “tribulational saints” by initiating their “tribulational salvation” by faith and switching to its confirmation via works.  This “bait and switch” nuance found in “Dispensational salvation” is an horrific departure from true salvation; and effectively deprecates the empowerment of the believer to overcome the Dragon/Beast by works alone and not by the “faith of Jesus” – all in a vain attempt in keeping Jewish-Israel’s promises in tack (GHETTOIZED); thereby, elevating the EKKLESIA’s status to its heavenly superiority . . .

Here is the endurance of the saints, here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. (Rev. 14:12)

To suggest, somehow, that these “tribulational believers” (Rev. 7:9-17) embrace the commandments of God without the faith of Jesus is preposterous or to suggest that the Law of Moses (i.e., works-based salvation in the eyes of Dispensationalism) AND the very “faith of Jesus” are distinguished in such a way that this “faith of Jesus” is wholly objective and does not require the empowerment of the Spirit via the indwelling Spirit of Christ, is ANATHEMA to the Gospel’s very essence!

It is not the purpose of this tome to clarify the Commandments of God/Torah with the Faith of Jesus–suffice it, however, to say that the Torah was NOT nailed to the Cross (it was the enmity of the flesh of sin–the inability to keep the law of commandments contained in ordinances–the same enmity that the Dispensationalists are attempting to resurrect after their pretribulational rapture).  Believers who have under the New Covenant, written upon the fleshy tables of their hearts (2 Cor. 3:3), these very LAWS, do not then, nor now, see a doctrinal collision between the Faith of Jesus and the Torah but, to the contrary, declare that the Faith of Jesus fulfills the Law of Moses and is utterly compatible in the life of all believers in Jesus, who have the FAITH OF JESUS!  Indeed, the Torah is NOT antithetical to the “fruit of the Spirit” nor is the “fruit of the Spirit” antithetical to the Torah!

The Pretribulational Rapture of the Church Exposes a Flawed System

Returning to Miles J. Stanford’s complications–and those of Classic Dispensationalism–these glaring infractions embodied in this two-tiered system which are supposedly designed to “dispensate” or “rightly divide” the word of truth (God’s economy or method of administration), only acerbate an already retrograde system of belief.  This is all the more substantiated by the removal of the Bride of Messiah in a Pretribulational Rapture (along with the Gospel of the Grace of God which alone can produce the One Body–where there is “neither Jew nor Greek”) to make room for, frankly, a retrograde “gospel of the kingdom” for earthly Israel (aka, the Jews).

In so doing, Stanford, knowing that the Blood of the Cross alone saves to the uttermost, them who believe, and knowing that “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12), then proceeds to the illogical conclusion that the Blood of the Cross–which specifically and exclusively produces the One Body, the One New Man, a New Creation, the Bride of Messiah–admits that His Blood, as well, produces another gospel, covenant (New), and even salvation which in turn confines the Jews to their tenuous earthly estate, wholly separated from the Bride of Messiah.  Please, do not tell me that the pretribulational rapture of the Church has nothing to do with salvation–it is utterly salvific in its most profound sense!

In other words, Paul states in Colossians 1:20 that the PEACE PREACHED in Ephesians 2:17 is the peace wrought through the Cross of Messiah:

And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made PEACE THROUGH BLOOD OF HIS CROSS (Col. 1:20).

The Blood of the Cross can only produce One New Man–so making peace!  The cross does not sequester the Jews, National Israel, as defined by the Dispensationalists, to a “this worldly” destination OUTSIDE the One Body, while the Bride of Messiah is assigned to an “other worldly” location.  No, the Blood of the Cross liberates the Jews from their THEOLOGICAL GHETTO–the “divine deliverance” recorded in Romans 11:26; to wit:

Blindness in part happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles [lit. “the multitude of nations”] has come in…and so ALL ISRAEL will be delivered, as it is written, ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins'” (Romans 11:25-27).

ALL ISRAEL bespeaks of those from the “multitude of nations” as well as Judah’s portion in Israel!  BOTH HOUSES of Israel–Judah and Ephraim–ALL ISRAEL experiences the marvelous salvation of the DELIVERER Who shall “come out of Zion!”

Heaven and earth are forever united through the Blood of the Cross.  That dimensional divide between the “seen and unseen” is bridged once and for all at the MANIFESTATION of the Coming King of kings and Lord of lords.

This is, if we must use the Greek understanding of this spiritual and material reality, a teleological confirmation.  Teleology:

A philosophy of teleology sees purpose in ends rather than stated causes, making the outcome the actual, or “final” cause. When you see things in terms of teleology, you explain actions by their results.

In sum:  The cross cannot produce any other outcome (there is no “tribulational interruption”)–the biblical narrative is simply and overwhelmingly in counter distinction to Stanford’s two gospels, two new covenants, two salvations, two “spheres” or administrative jurisdiction (viz., the New Jerusalem in the heavens NOT descending to the earth at the commencement of the Millennial rule and reign of the Son of David and the Holy District seen by Ezekiel in Ezk. 40-48) or two Holy Cities, two brides (viz., the Wife of Jehovah and the Bride of Messiah/Jesus, the Christ).  The Blood of the Cross has but ONE DETERMINATION that is a teleological reality:  THE BRIDE OF MESSIAH – our God is NOT a polygamist (if I could be so crude).

In particular, to “preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed–ANATHEMA” (Gal. 1:7).  By PERVERTING the Gospel of Christ (Gal. 1:7), Stanford has either purposefully or unwittingly inserted a false narrative, thereby keeping the Jews “theologically ghettoized” via a DIFFERENT GOSPEL…which is not another gospel (Gal. 1:6-7) but is a complete perversion of the message of the Cross!  Then, to suggest that this “gospel of the kingdomMatt. 24:14) is somehow calibrated via the Blood of the Cross which alone produces the One New Man, and that “tribulation salvation” is wholly commensurate with its gospel by this same Blood, is, quite frankly, an affront to the Grace of God!  It suggests that the Blood of the Cross is “ineffectual” in its sole purpose in abolishing that WALL OF SEPARATION between Jew and Greek in the first place.

The Singularity of the Holy City – Her Multi-Dimensional Understanding

Our feeble understanding of the Multi-Dimensional Holy City as described by John in Revelation 21 and by Ezekiel in chapters 40-48 only substantiates our poor, puny thinking – “for eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (Isaiah 64:4; 65:17; 1 Cor. 2:9).  Please note, that verse in 1 Cor. 2:9 is a direct quote from Isaiah!

Brethren, that Holy City, the Holy District, the New Jerusalem is BOTH heavenly and earthly–distinction YES, separation NO!  We are simply viewing the HOLY CITY known in Ezekiel as THE LORD IS THERE (YHWH SHAMMAHEzk. 48:35) from two different perspectives.  The fact is her dimensional perimeter is given in Ezekiel 48:35 as “all the way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits” is the “earthly expression” AND her heavenly dimension given in miles is that of 12,000 furlongs X 660 ft. (one furlong) = 7,920,000 linear feet or 1,500 linear miles (7,920,000 ft. divided by 5,280 ft. [one mile] = 1,500 miles) X 12 edges of her cube = 18,000 miles or 18 = 18 (known in mathematical terms as fractals and/or resemblances–Rev. 21:16).

Miles J. Stanford’s Two-Tiered Narrative of the Heavens and Earth

Stanford elaborates on Dispensationalism’s two-tiered narrative:

HEAVEN-BASED CHURCH — The Church’s source is in heaven, and she was manifested on the earth at Pentecost. She will return to her eternal abode in heaven at the Rapture. She has no relationship with anything prior to the Cross. [Notwithstanding, the “assembly” or “church in the wilderness” found in Acts 7:38; nor the fact that “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be ...” (Gal. 3:8).] [My bracketed observation.]

Paul’s heavenly Gospel is exclusively for the Church. One need not go to Israel for anything. Why should a glorified one leave his abode in the new heavens, to live on the renewed earth? To reign, yes, but not to be a kingdom dweller. The Bride shares the throne with her Bridegroom, whether in heaven or on earth. (Stanford, Ibid.) (My emphasis.)

What?  This deserves a careful observation in that Stanford alludes to the “orbiting of the Bride of Messiah during the Millennial reign” somewhere in Earth’s ionosphere as Walvoord suggests–she never descends to the Earth where the Jews abide but somehow from her heavenly perch she “reigns” with Christ a thousand years?  Let’s continue with Stanford:

Dispensationalism has the responsibility of clearly proclaiming the great differentiation between Jesus’ kingdom Gospel prior to Calvary, and His post-Cross, heavenly Gospel.

If Paul’s heavenly Gospel were not other than that of Jesus’ earthly kingdom Gospel to Israel, he would naturally have been instructed by the apostles who had been with Jesus all during His earthly ministry. But on the contrary, the apostles had to be taught by Paul concerning much of the new, heavenly truth. (Ibid.)

Thus, the remarkable and observable condescending remark of a “kingdom dweller” (the Jews of Israel) vs. a “glorified one” whose abode is in heaven (i.e., the Church)!  This is an affront to the Cross of Christ and, trust me, a slap in the face of every Jew!  There is an incomprehensible “theological smugness” manifested in these remarks and those of the Dispensationalists which perpetuates the confinement of the Jews of Israel and keeps them in this artificial ghetto–may the Lord of Sabaoth forgive us for such effrontery!

Dr. William R. Newell – the Superiority of Paul’s Gospel

Another theologian among the Dispensationalists is the late Dr. William R. Newell (1868-1956).  He discerns the DISPENSATIONAL DISTINCTION between Israel and the Church in this manner when it comes to so-called “Lordship Salvation” espoused by John MacArthur predicated as it is upon the Synoptic Gospels juxtaposed to the alleged proprietary Pauline Gospel of the Grace of God ensconced within the Dispensational narrative:

But Paul received his teaching from heaven, from the Lord Jesus Christ, rather than from Jesus on earth in His Jewish connections. Paul’s Gospel has nothing Jewish about it. He had been so completely taken out of Judaism and all connections with “old things” that the Jews would never acknowledge him again.

And the Jewish Christians constantly misunderstood him [even as, they do now. Today the “Messianic Jews” gravitate to Jesus’ kingdom Gospel–as do many others!]. Such liberty as Paul had come into was totally unknown before [and has been all too little known since!].” (End Times Observer, pp. 11, 12)

The heart of the Pauline Gospel is that the old Adam life is condemned in death, and another Adam, even the glorified Lord Jesus Christ, is revealed in us as our Life, by the Spirit of Christ. The Father identified us with Christ at the Cross, making us positionally dead unto sin, and made alive unto God. “I have been crucified with Christ: I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Gal. 2:20).

And all the “mysteries,” or “secrets,” revealed to the Church in this dispensation by the Holy Spirit were revealed to Paul. He is the exclusive unfolder of that great company of God’s elect, called the Church, the Body and Bride of Christ (p. 4). (Ibid.) (My emphasis.)

Newell lambastes the compromisers among the Dispensationalists, like John MacArthur, with this bombast:

Dispensationalism is sick, and has no one to blame but its leaders. If they had stood up with Paul and the glorified Lord Jesus Christ, against all Covenant comers, a tragedy such as this would not be in the making. (In reference to the “Lordship Salvation” now espoused by Dr. John MacArthur). (Ibid.)

Please go to PART 2 of this article.

* A plurality of Israeli Jews (46%) say being Jewish comes before being Israeli for them, but about a third (35%) say they are Israeli first. Secular (Hiloni) Jews in Israel are particularly likely to feel this way: A majority (59%) say they think of themselves as being Israeli before being Jewish. (Source:  A Closer Look at Jewish Identity in Israel and the U.S. by Michael Lipka, March 16, 2016, Pew Research Center, Retried on 10.01.2017 @

**Source:  THE END TIMES OBSERVER – May, 2006 – “The Dispensational Gospels” by Miles J. Stanford.


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