Bible Question:

I would like to check if the dispensational, premillennial view of the events of the last days is as follows:

  1. Rapture,
  2. Seven year tribulation,
  3. Battle of Armageddon,
  4. 1,000 year millennium,
  5. Battle of Gog and Magog,
  6. Great White Throne Judgment, and
  7. New heaven and new earth.

Bible Answer:

The term dispensational is a confusing expression since there is disagreement about the number of dispensations among those who are called dispensationalists.” The term “dispensational” usually means that God deals with mankind in different ways in different eras. The only question left is, “What are the ways and when?” There are at least two dispensations: one before Jesus Christ and one after Jesus Christ. Most agree that the Old Testament looked forward to Jesus. This is called the period of the law. The New Testament looks backward to Jesus. This is called the age or period of grace. Men and women have always been saved by faith in the coming Messiah, or Jesus Christ.

Classic Dispensational View

You are correct that the classic dispensational, premillennial view believes in the sequence that you presented. However, they would add Jesus’ Second Coming along with the Battle at Armageddon. Classic dispensationalists believe that there are seven dispensations: Innocence, Conscience, Human Government, Promise, Law, Church, and then the Kingdom. The difficulty with this view is that scripture never identifies them. It is artificial and unnecessary. The Bible only talks about two: the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, that is, the Old Testament and the New Testament, or before Jesus and after Jesus. It is best to ignore such labels as dispensational. In reality, all believers are dispensational. We believe in either two or more.

. . . that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth–in Him. (NKJV) Ephesians 1:10

Premillennial View

There are several links at this site that will provide more information about the premillennial view of the future. The first one is a special study called “Which Kingdom?” This provides an overview of the different views. The second one is called “Thy Kingdom Come . . .” It provides more information about the details of the timeline that you have asked about.

Conclusion:

The Sadducees knew the Old Testament scriptures very well. They must have been surprised when Jesus rebuked them for not knowing the scriptures.

But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God.” (NASB) Matt. 22:29

Jesus did not mean that they did not have it memorized. He meant that they did not understand it. They had their doctrinal view of the scriptures, but they did not have a biblical understanding. Our passion is to know the truth and to forget about labels. We desire that doctrinal schemes be forgotten in favor of the truth of scripture.