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  Does Dispensationalism use a "Literal" Hermeneutic?

Center for the Refutation of Dispensationalist Falsehoods
1998



     The major claim of Dispensationalism is that Dispensationalists use a "literal" way of Bible interpretation (a hermeneutic). This section will examine those claims to determine if they are true. The many verses that are not interpreted literally are shown.

VerseDispensational View AdvocateLiteral Reading Bible
Mat 23:36Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation but just bear in mind that in a few verses the same phrase this generation will mean that generation.Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
Matt 24:34Verily I say unto you, That generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
(Chuck Smith, etc)
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Isa 9:7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be a 2000 year pause for the church age, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from not henceforth but rather later on even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will eventually perform this.Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Dan 2:35Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth after a 2000 year parenthesis.Dan 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Mat 3:2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at in the millenium after a few thousand years.And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Dan 4:34And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion will be established several thousand years from now, and his kingdom is not from generation to generation, but will be established at the end of the church age, the great parenthesisAnd at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
Mat 4:17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven starts in 2000 years.From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mat 10:7And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is not at hand, but will be in 2000 years.And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mat 19:23Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven, after all the kingdom will not start until after the church age. Why did the rich man think it was here and now?.Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 21:43Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall not be taken from you, after all the promises are not conditional upon your obedience, and will never be given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof since you are the descendents of Abraham.Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
Mat 21:44And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder in a couple of thousand years or so , unless you are one of the "Jewish elect".And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Mark 8:38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in some future distant generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Mark 9:1And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That all of you that stand here, shall taste of death, before you have seen the kingdom of God come with power.And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
Mark 13:30Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall pass, till all these things be done.Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
Mark 13:32But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, except the prophecy teachers which will tell you when it will happen no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Mark 14:25Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God at the marriage supper of the lamb.Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
Acts 10:41Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink not of the fruit of the vine with him after he rose from the dead.Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
Luke 1:33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be an end, but it will start up again after a 2000 year or so gap.And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Luke 11:30For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to that future generation.For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.
Luke 11:50That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of the generation alive for Jacobs trouble in 2000 years;That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
Luke 11:51From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of the final generation.From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
Luke 17:21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is not within you, but rather will be established in 2000 years or so.Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Luke 17:25But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this and that generation.But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
Luke 19:11And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear but they did not realize that the kingdom would start for over 2000 years or so.And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
Acts 7:38This is he, that could not have been in the church in the wilderness since the church did not start until Acts chapter 2 with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
Rom 14:17For the kingdom of God is meat and drink and the party will start in 2000 years or so.For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
1 Cor 4:20For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power and it starts in 2000 or so years.For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
1 Cor 15:50Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood will inherit the kingdom of God during the millenium.Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God;
Eph 5:6Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things will come the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Col 1:13Who hath not yet delivered us from the power of darkness, and not yet hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
2 Th 1:4-5So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith which will be in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye will endure during the future tribulation period: Which will be a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also will suffer:So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
2 Pet 1:11For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ which will be established in 2000 years or so.For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

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