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JOHN NELSON DARBY: SOURCE OF DISPENSATIONALSIM

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"Darby did not take courses in theology, but was required to study Bible. In 1808, “Richard Graves (1763–1829) moved the college to include instruction in Bible for all students as part of the academic education.” Bible lectures were held on Saturdays, often given by Graves.9 Further, Graves was a popular tutor in classics and Darby studied under his oversight. Elmore argues that Graves likely influenced Darby in the realm of interpretation as a futuristic postmillennialist, who “expected a future literal kingdom of Christ universally extended over the earth.”10 Darby also adopted Graves philo-Semitic view of the Jews, their future conversion and reestablishment in their homeland.11 However, Darby did not adopt Graves’ Arminianism, even though Darby may have been a postmillennialist while in college. Elmore observes: “The atmosphere of millennial expectancy in which he was trained certainly had its effect on his eschatology. The postmillennialism of Graves dealt very literally with unfulfilled prophecy, and spawned an attitude of anticipation for an imminent change in dispensation.”12 The influence of Graves upon Darby was significant and inculcated in him ideas and subject that would later become central is Darby’s thought and writings. Nebeker notes: “A key element of Graves’s eschatology was the literal interpretation of prophetic Scripture.”13"

--http://www.bbc.edu/barndollar/Barndollar_Darby_Rapture.pdf