William D. Barrick

A Dispensational Discourse with Dr. William Barrick

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief Editor’s Note: It would be very difficult to calculate the magnitude of the ministry impact made through the life of Dr. William Barrick. This brilliant gentleman has been involved in so many different disciplines—including teaching, writing, editing, missions, Bible translation and cross-cultural translation—at the very highest levels that one can barely comprehend it! And he has done it all as a traditional dispensationalist. Who, then, could be a better subject for this month’s interview on [...]

The Noahic Flood and God’s Sovereign Plan

(Read Part 3) We have come to the concluding point in in our study of the Noahic flood. Many readers of Genesis 1 have made the observation that “God saw . . . that . . . was good” occurs in the record for every one of the six days of creation except the second (1:4, 10, 18, 21, 25). The final occurrence of the statement changes to “very good” and covers all six days (1:31). Why did God forego that evaluative judgment [...]

By |2018-01-10T16:00:04-06:00October 26th, 2016|Categories: Apologetics, Ark Encounter, Bible History, Featured Posts, Flood|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Peter’s Revelation Concerning the Noahic Flood

(Read Part 2) Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so (Gen. 1:7). A significant Biblical text regarding the Noahic flood appears in the Apostle Peter’s second epistle: For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time [...]

By |2018-01-10T15:59:20-06:00October 18th, 2016|Categories: Apologetics, Ark Encounter, Bible History, Featured Posts, Flood|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

What Actually Happened at the Flood?

(Read Part 1) We are continuing our study that highlights 22 reasons from the flood narrative’s text that lead to the conclusion that the account describes a global flood, rather than a local, or even regional, flood. We are considering each reason in the order of its appearance in the text. Last time we looked at the first 13 reasons, and in this article will think about nine more such reasons. The Biblical account claims that "the waters prevailed exceedingly" and "covered" "all the high hills under the whole heaven" [...]

By |2018-01-10T15:56:02-06:00August 24th, 2016|Categories: Apologetics, Ark Encounter, Bible History, Featured Posts, Flood|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

What Does the Text Actually Teach?

Does the Scripture depict Noah’s flood as a global event or as a local event? What sort of Biblical evidence supports a global flood as opposed to a local flood? This study highlights just 22 reasons from the flood narrative’s text that lead to the conclusion that the account describes a global flood, rather than a local, or even regional, flood. The following list presents each reason in the order of its appearance in the text. Genesis 6:5–7 (see also 6:11–12; 7:1) reveals [...]

By |2018-01-10T15:55:15-06:00August 17th, 2016|Categories: Apologetics, Ark Encounter, Bible History, Featured Posts, Flood|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

The Relationship Between Israelite Covenants and Biblical Dispensations

(Read Part 7) Concluding Thoughts In this day and age, many evangelicals identify themselves with the covenantalism of Reformed theology because they see much more in Scripture about covenants than they find about dispensations. They sincerely desire to be thoroughly Biblical in their theology. However, they need not adopt the theological conclusions of covenantalism that fail to maintain a clear distinction between Israel and the church. One reason evangelicals have gravitated to the covenantalist approach involves how that approach appears to support [...]

By |2018-01-09T18:23:39-06:00March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Biblical Covenants, Dispensational Theology, Featured Posts|Tags: |0 Comments

The Intricate Interrelationship: Israelite Dispensations (Continued)

(Read Part 6) The Dispensation of Promise (Gen. 12:1–Ex. 18:27) tied in closely with the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3; 15:1-21; 17:1-8; 22:15-18). A large part of the covenant focused on the promise of land. God promised the productivity of crops and livestock on that land (Gen. 24:35; 27:28; 30:43; Lev. 26:4-5). He promised peace for the land’s inhabitants (Gen. 22:17; Lev. 26:6). He promised to give power to the inhabitants as a nation among nations (Gen. 22:17; Lev. 26:7-8). Those promises included [...]

By |2018-01-09T18:17:34-06:00February 11th, 2016|Categories: Biblical Covenants, Dispensational Theology|Tags: |0 Comments

The Intricate Interrelationship: Israelite Dispensations

(Read Part 5) The next five dispensations relate to Israel as the primary recipient or covenant vassal of Yahweh, the divine Suzerain and Lord of all history. As in the previous three dispensations, God revealed instruction concerning how His people (Israel) should conduct their lives in a sanctified manner. The Lord also directed them in how to fulfill their kingdom role. Each dispensation concluded (or, in the cases of the dispensations of the church and the Messianic kingdom, will conclude) with Divine [...]

By |2018-01-09T18:13:35-06:00February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Biblical Covenants, Dispensational Theology|Tags: |0 Comments

The Intricate Interrelationship: Pre-Israelite Dispensations

(Read Part 4) With all of the previous information about covenants in mind, together with the previous brief introduction to Biblical dispensations, let us attempt to track the interrelationship between the covenants and the dispensations. In order to understand the dispensations we must first grasp the significance of dominion and the role of fruitfulness and multiplication. God’s command in Genesis 1:28 marks the initiation of the theological narrative: “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the [...]

By |2018-01-09T18:09:04-06:00January 27th, 2016|Categories: Biblical Covenants, Dispensational Theology|Tags: |0 Comments

An Introduction to Biblical Dispensations

(Read Part 3) God always demonstrates His goodness and kindness, His righteousness, His holiness, His faithfulness, His sovereignty and His grace-filled forgiveness. These attributes comprise the theological heritage of the Israelite covenants. The test for His people consists of comparing their goodness, kindness, righteousness, holiness, faithfulness, rulership and forgiveness to that of their God. This focus on sanctified living brings us to the transition from the Biblical covenants to the Biblical dispensations. Biblical Dispensations My purpose in turning to the topic of [...]

By |2018-01-09T18:07:57-06:00January 20th, 2016|Categories: Biblical Covenants, Dispensational Theology|Tags: |0 Comments