Anyone have any new thoughts on this topic? It's such an awesome, HUGE thing!
from Concordant Publishing is a huge thing; below is a tiny segment from it:
Adolph Ernst Knoch was an ultradispensationalist, and so he was influenced by the views of John N. Darby, Wm. Kelly, E. W. Bullinger, Sir Robert Anderson, and others. He was associated with the "Plymouth Brethren" in Los Angeles, where he was baptized. His view on the 70 weeks of Daniel 9 is similar to theirs. His position on the Church was such that in his mind, he separated believers of Jewish descent, from those who were Gentiles. This is evident in many of his articles and is represented although in a rather obscure manner, in the full chart from Concordant Publishing, under the section "The mysteries or secrets," where the apostles of the Lord are placed in a box separate from the "secret economy pertaining to God's purpose for the celestials." He puts this under the heading of Paul, while the other apostles are associated with ethnic Jews.
Wikipedia says of A. E. Knoch's theology, "Though in a revised forom, but still in principle, he retained the strong dispensationalism of the Brethren Movement (developed by Darby), and the two different gospels for the Jews and the Nations."
In the full chart, there is a box below the one representing the present church age in which it is stated, "When this section is folded under or covered the course God would have taken if Israel had not rejected their Messiah is exhibited."
I suspect this idea was derived from one of the nineteenth century German critics. It is incompatible with and IMO contradicts the statement of James, "Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world." [Acts 15:18]
A perceptive person will see that Knoch's approach was racist, and contradicts Paul's view of the Church, as in Galatians 3:28, or Colossians 3:10-11. The latter Scripture says, "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all."
For Knoch, the "secret economy pertaining to God's purpose for the celestials," or the Gentile Church, began at the end of the book of Acts, or even later. There other types of dispensationalism such as "Acts 9 dispensationalism," "Acts 10 dispensationalism," "Acts 11 dispensationalism," "Acts 12 dispensationalism" ... or, simply, "Mid-Acts dispensationalism," but Knock's view is sometimes referred to as "Acts 28 dispensationalism," or more frequently, as "Ultradispensationalism" and "Bullingerism."
For Knoch, the earthly kingdom, the Millennium, is when Jews are exulted, and doted on by Gentiles, while his followers and other Gentile Christians have been "raptured" up to heaven, and so they are called the "celestials."
Knoch's thinking may possibly have been tainted by racist theories in Germany in his time. Knoch seems to have read the theological works of German scholars, and incorporated some of their views in his own work, without any acknowledgment. I remember once reading a book by Wm. Wrede that was translated into English and thinking how similar its views were to some of A. E. Knoch's writing. Wrede declared himself to be an unbeliever. According to Wikipedia, Knoch lived in Germany before the war and when he returned to America in 1939 he was put on an FBI watch list.
In the excerpt from the chart above, a Millennium is supposed to follow the present age, but there are several reasons why this ought to be seriously questioned, and I have presented some of these in another thread. Here, I will mention another one, from the book of Jude, especially vs. 14-15.
These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
"Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all." This tells us what Christ will do when he returns; not to exult Jews over the Gentiles as claimed in dispensationalism!
The thousand years or millennium of Rev. 20 is misplaced in the chart above, IMO. The saints who are beheaded
reign with Christ, and they are "blessed and holy," and "on such the second death hath no power." If this was referring to a future millennium as shown in the above chart, would it not be redundant to say "on such the second death hath no power"? If they were already raised up, and had been made immortal, why mention that?
The chart also reveals a misunderstanding of the earthquake of Rev. 16:17-21; see this post
And finally, 2 Peter 3 does not leave any room for a Millennium between this age and the time when the "fire" falls upon the ungodly: "But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men."
In Knoch's view the "fire" is at the end of the Millennium; this contradicts what Peter wrote. But Knoch's attitude to the "Jewish" apostles was dismissive.