Q. I was reading a few chapters of (a book on prophecy) and if I understood well, the author seems to believe that the 7 year Tribulation is another dispensation (than the disp. of Grace). I tend to agree with this myself. This would also fit well with your teaching that people may lose their salvation in the Tribulation, unless they “endure to the end”. Do you agree with this and if so, in what measure.
A. There are several interpretations of dispensational theology, and a few treat Daniel’s 70th week as a separate one. C.I. Scofield, one of the most famous dispensationalists, viewed Daniel’s 70th Week as a separate period, not belonging to any dispensation.
I believe that the Dispensation of Law experienced a pause with the death of Jesus 7 years short of its completion. This remaining time is Daniel’s 70th week, called the Tribulation period by some Christians. When the Church is raptured, the dispensation of Grace will come to an end making way for the last 7 years of the Dispensation of Law. After the last seven years the Lord will return commencing the Dispensation of the Kingdom, also known as the Millennium.
It’s important to remember that salvation for man has always been by grace through faith. It was so before the Church arrived and will be so after the Church is gone. The primary difference between Law and Grace was that before the cross a believer was required to express his or her faith by keeping the Law.
So will it be in the remaining 7 years of Law. Speaking of the time just after the Great Tribulation begins, John wrote, “This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12)