Below is an excerpt/introduction to Scott Schones’ ANALYSIS OF THE POSTPONEMENT THEORY, a part of the theological system of Dispensationalism. This full 67-page document is available here.
What the Postponement Theory states:
“…when Jesus Christ came as the anointed Messiah to offer the covenanted kingdom to Israel, He called on the people to repent, to put faith in his person, and to show the genuineness of their faith by their works. This the nation as a nation refused to do with the result that Messiah’s offer of the kingdom was withdrawn and its establishment postponed until some future time when the nation would repent and place faith in Jesus Christ.”
This analysis of the Postponement Theory
A critique of Dispensationalism as a whole
A critique of C.I Scofield’s scholarly contributions to the body of Christ, but only as they pertain to the Postponement Theory
An implication that the Lord will not physically reign on the earth in the future for a thousand years with the Jewish people being central in His plan and economy.
A case for Preterism or Covenant Theology or Replacement Theology
A suggestion that sinless perfection can be attained in this life or that one can live out the teachings of Christ practically in the power of the flesh but only in the Power of the Spirit.
An implication that the Jews and even Christ’s Apostles at times did not expect or misunderstand Christ as speaking of a physical kingdom
An attempt to bind people up in legalism, but to exhort believers to simple obedience.