Darby on the Rapture, Christian Fellowship, Church Breakdown and Pre-millennial Dispensational Teaching
John Nelson Darby (1800-82) had a major influence on evangelical Christendom in the nineteenth century: the Lord’s coming to rapture His saints, the church as Christ’s heavenly bride, the public ruin of Christendom, the way out of the ruin for true believers and the position of Israel.
If you are unhappy about the human organisation of the various sects and denominations, its confusion and the futile effort to build God’s kingdom here read on.
Adayofsmallthings.com – J N Darby Simplified (ADOSS) draws on the words Darby and others of the Lord’s servants, mostly in simplified and summary form, to provide encouragement and instruction for believers who are concerned to ‘walk in the light’ – and above all following and keeping close to Jesus.
What made Darby’s Teaching on the Church and its hope special?
JND perceived the truth of Christ as the Head in heaven, with His body here, the church heavenly in origin and destiny, perfectly united in the sight of God, and its hope of being with Him at the imminent (pre-millennial) rapture. Pre-tribulation (pre-trib) Christians know him as ‘the father of dispensational theology’. As his epitaph says ‘Unknown, yet well known’
JND looked at the sects, the human organisation, and the quenching of the Holy Spirit throughout Christendom, and concluded that the public church was in ruins. He saw the way in which the public Christian Church had degenerated with worldliness, human tolerance of evil and sectarian fragmentation, running counter to the Lord’s words, ‘That they may be one’. Church unity could not be achieved by human compromise and confederacy. It can only be in looking to the Lord Himself, giving Him His place, by the Holy Spirit, going forth to him without the camp and being not of the world.
By Sosthenes – who just wanted to be ‘a brother’ – For more see ‘Introduction’
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About Day of Small Things
John Nelson Darby
J N D’s Letters
J N Darby – A true Churchman
Darby’s Stand – WG Turner
Funeral of John Nelson Darby
The Church, its Perfection, its Ruin and Assembly Experience
Hope of the Church and other Prophecy
Our Knowledge of God
Christendom & Church History
The Irrationalism of Infidelity A series of articles by J N Darby – Summaries by Sosthenes
J N Darby on Various Subjects
Hymns and Poems