God's plan for Israel and the Church (Le plan de Dieu pour Israël et l'Église )
Since the Bible is the revelation of God given in written languages, it is important to give priority to the Bible text itself for proper interpretation. To put it another way, our interpretation must rest first and foremost on the firm conviction that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. This is why we sometimes speak of the verbal (words) and full (all words) inspiration of the scriptures.
In this work, the author presents the method of interpretation known as " literal, grammatical and historical " as the best approach to fully understand the Word of God since it has the merit of letting the text speak for itself. He underlines the main theological conclusions drawn from the application of this method of interpretation in the field of Bible prophecy, then he uses it to demonstrate the distinction that exists between Israel and the Church in the course of the progressive revelation of God.
Gilles Despins exercises a teaching ministry within the Assemblies of Brothers through the Francophonie. He holds a doctorate in divinity from Tyndale Theological Seminary, a doctorate in New Testament philosophy from South African Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in ministry from Masters Seminary. In 2009, he was recommended to full-time work to serve the Lord as an academic dean and teacher in the ProFAC Bible training program.
“Gilles Despins is quite simply the master of clarity! Who hasn't scratched their head sometimes trying to understand Bible prophecy? However, what Gilles succeeds in doing in this book is to show us that a literal hermeneutics of prophetic texts is precisely the key to understanding prophecy! This book is like the key to a treasure chest.
- John Glass, Church Planter Missionary with Grace Ministries International; founder of Calvin Tours (Geneva); author of the book John Calvin’s Geneva - A Walking Guide
"With clarity and conviction, Gilles Despins interprets the many prophetic texts of the Old and New Testaments in the light of the progressive revelation of God. The different phases of the divine plan are explained and integrated into a cohesive whole where Israel and the Church keep their specificities. »
- Daniel Arnold, author of eight biblical commentaries in French; formerly professor at the Emmaus Biblical and Missionary Institute
"Throughout the centuries of Church history, the methods of metaphorical and allegorical interpretations of the Bible have plunged Bible prophecy into a thick fog. This book dispels that fog effectively and convincingly. Devoid of any academic presumption, Gilles Despins, by submitting himself with humility to the text of the Holy Scriptures alone, proves that with the method of literal, grammatical and historical interpretation, biblical prophecy is clear, understandable and accessible to all. But this book is not only an excellent theological work. The reader will also marvel at the veracity of our "blessed hope", the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ. »
- Mark Schibli, director of the Emmaus correspondence Bible courses
“Gilles Despins skillfully presents and defends the classical dispensationalist perspective. It is a useful contribution, part of a renewed interest in the question of covenants and of God’s plan for human history, as various recent publications on these topics reveal. While we may have a different understanding on some points, I am grateful for this book which will give the French reader an understanding of how hermeneutical views (here a literal approach) weigh on an understanding of God's plan for Israel and for them. nations. "
- Florent Varak, pastor, author, international director of development of the Charis churches within the Encompass mission, professor at the Institut biblique de Genève
“After having recalled the concept of the progressive revelation of God, deepened the covenants and recalled the distinction between Israel and the Church, Gilles Despins draws a general eschatological picture on the coming of Christ, the rapture of the Church , tribulation and the messianic kingdom. Gilles thus does a methodical job of studying the meaning of words and analyzing key biblical texts on prophecy in order to draw natural theological conclusions.»
- Nathanaël Bourgeois, president of the review Promesses ; member of the Byblos Bible Education Steering Committee; teacher at the Christian Assembly of Ballaigues
Table of contents
Chapter 1 - INTRODUCTION
Chapter 2 - THE PROGRESSIVE REVELATION OF GOD
Important hermeneutical principles
The times of the nations
The last times.
Chapter 3 - THE SIX BIBLICAL ALLIANCES
The Noachic alliance
The Mosaic alliance
The Abrahamic alliance
The country alliance
The Davidic Alliance
The New Covenant
Chapter 4 - THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH
The future restoration of Israel
Chapter 5 - THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
The meaning of parousia ("presence")
The meaning of epiphaneia ("appearance")
Is the return of Christ near?
What is “blessed hope”?
Chapter 6 - THE Rapture of the Church
Exegesis of three key passages
The rapture and the 70th week of Daniel
Participants in the rapture
Chapter 7 - THE TRIBULATION
The literal, grammatical and historical interpretation of
Chapter 8 - THE MESSIANIC KINGDOM
The kingdom in the Bible: study of the Hebrew and Greek words
What is the Gospel of the kingdom?
To feed with a rod of iron
The purpose of sacrifices in the messianic kingdom
Author : Gilles Despins
Edition : Impact Académia
Publication : October 2021
ISBN : 9782924743232
Pages : 231
Dimensions : 5.5 "x 8.5"
Format : paperback