House Divided

House-divided-bookHouse Divided prophecy bookThe year 2001 brought a new millennium: the seventh after creation and the third after the birth of Jesus Christ. This is the greatest opportunity for evangelism in world history. In less than a dozen years, the world will change drastically. Will it be for the better or the worse?

Dispensationalists automatically answer: “Worse!” But their system is in deep trouble. The year 1988 marked the beginning of dispensationalism’s “great tribulation”: the Rapture did not take place. It was supposed to (actually, it should have taken place in 1981: 1988 – 7 = 1981). The nation of Israel was founded in May of 1948. Forty years constitutes one generation in the Bible, and 1988 was supposed to complete “the generation of the fig tree.” Mr. Whisenant’s book gave the world 88 reasons why the Rapture would take place in September, 1988, and (he says) over four million copies were printed. People believed!

It didn’t happen. Fooled again. And a lot of Christians vowed: Never again! (How about you?)

Meanwhile, the intellectual movement known as Christian Reconstruction was spreading rapidly in dispensational circles. Spokesmen for the dispensational camp in 1988 concluded that dispensationlism’s forty-year tactic of the academic black-out could no longer work. They would have to respond publicly to the Reconstructionists’ detailed published criticisms of the dispensationalist system. They would have to refute the Reconstructionists’ claim that God’s Old Testament civil laws are still valid for society and that there is a bright future ahead for Christianity before Jesus returns.

Four dispensational authors responded as an unofficial team. Their three books appeared in rapid succession: Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse?, by H. Wayne House and Thomas Ice; Whatever Happened to Heaven?, by Dave Hunt; and The Road to Holocaust, by Hal Lindsey. The arguments of all three books are answered in detail by House Divided.

What House Divided demonstrates is that dispensational theology has now been shattered by its own defenders. They are not willing to defend the original system and their drastic modifications have left it a broken shell. They are also deeply divided among themselves on the crucial questions of biblical interpretation and social activism. In short, today’s defenders of dispensationalism “destroyed the system in order to save it.” No one has attempted to put this shattered theological system back together. No one will even outline its main points.

If House Divided is correct, then by then year 2001, we could see a very different church in the United States and on the world mission field. The question of the hour is: What kind of church? An optimistic, victorious church on the march for Jesus, or one huddled in a corner, not knowing what it believes any more?

Which church do you believe in? If you are tired of being in the corner, tired of waiting around for the Rapture that doesn’t come, read House Divided. It offers new hope to Christians…if they are ready to get out of the corner and get to work.

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