SOME DEFINITIONS FOR TODAY’S STUDY
Dispensation – time periods and covenants in which God progressively works with mankind.
Biblical Dispensationalism – the various time periods and covenants given to us in the Bible in which God progressively works with mankind.
Hyper-Dispensationalism – includes not only biblically based dispensations, but dispensations based upon the post-biblical experiences of the church. Thus, because we don’t see the wide-spread manifestation of certain miracles and signs today, according to the hyper dispensationalists, those signs have ceased for our age.
Cessationist – Christians who assert that the “sign gifts” such as prophesy ing, visions, dreams, healings, and speaking in tongues, ceased with the death of the apostles and the completion of the New Testament.