What Is Dispensationalism? Part 4

Ultradispensationalism: Comparing Acts 28 Dispensationalism, Acts 13 Dispensationalism, and Acts 2 Dispensationalism

One common tenet of all dispensationalists—though it may vary in degree—is the distinction between the nation of Israel and the Church in the program of God. However, not all dispensationalists agree on the time which gave way to this dispensational shift. Acts 2 dispensationalism is the most common view, which teaches that the beginning of the Church coincides with the pouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Those who hold to one of the next two views are often referred to as ultradispensationalists. Acts 13 dispensationalists believe that the Church began “when Paul started his mission to Jews and Gentiles (Acts 13:2).”[1] Lastly, Acts 28 dispensationalists, sometimes referred to as Bullingerism “after its leading proponent—Ethelbert William Bullinger (1837–1913),” instruct that the dispensation of the Church (a.k.a. Grace) did not begin until Paul announces that the Jews have finally rejected the kingdom of God  and that the gospel will go onward to the Gentiles (Acts 28:26–28).[2]

[1] G. R. Lewis, “Ultradispensationalism,” Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001), 1225.

[2] Ibid.

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