Dispensationalism and the Chief Corner Stone
Nothing is more foundational to Dispensational Premillennialism than the view that the church nor the church age was foretold in the Old Covenant.
Dwight Pentecost, in his massive tome said this: “The church itself was the mystery. The fact that God was going to form Jews and Gentiles alike in one body was never revealed in the Old Testament and forms the mystery of which Paul speaks in Ephesians 3:1-7; Romans 16:25-27; Colossians 1:26-29. This whole mystery program was not revealed until after the rejection of Christ by Israel.”
“The church is manifestly an interruption of God’s program for Israel, which was not brought into being until Israel’s rejection of the offer of the kingdom. It must logically follow that his mystery program must itself be brought to conclusion before God can resume His dealing with the nation of Israel. The mystery program, which was so distinct in its inception, will certainly be separate at its conclusion. This program must be concluded before God resumes and culminates His program for Israel. This mystery concept of the church makes a pre-tribulational rapture a necessity.” Dwight Pentecost– Things to Come, (Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1980)201.
However, Jesus was emphatic that his rejection – as the chief corner stone of the Messianic Temple – was in fact foretold by the OT prophets, and that rejection and subsequent exaltation “this is the Lord’s doing, and it is glorious in our sight!” Do you catch that? The rejection of Jesus by the Jews was known from the beginning in the counsel and plan of God! And “it is glorious”– it is not a failure. It was not a postponement. It did not catch God off-guard!
I have produced YouTube Video On the Rejected Stone addressing the question of Dispensationalism and the Postponement of the Kingdom doctrine. Did the Jewish rejection of Jesus’ offer of the kingdom cause God to postpone the prophetic countdown? Did the Jewish unbelief and rejection of Jesus, in the words of Thomas Ice, make it “impossible” for Christ to establish the kingdom?
The truth is that as the Psalmist said, and as we just noted, the rejection of Jesus by the Jews was known, not only known, but pre-planned and foretold as part and parcel of God’s eschatological last days plan! The Dispensationalists are, therefore, simply wrong to say that the Jewish rejection of Jesus – and the establishment of the church caused by the rejection – was unknown, unplanned, un-predicted. This means that one of the foundational pillars of Dispensationalism is false!