Here are the 7 dispensations of Classic Dispensationalism:

  • Innocency (Gen. 1:3–3:6)
  • Conscience (Gen. 3:7–8:14)
  • Civil Government (Gen. 8:15–11:19)
  • Patriarchal Rule (Gen. 11:10–Ex. 18:27)
  • Mosaic Law (Ex. 19:1–John 14:30)
  • Grace (Acts 2:1–Rev. 19:21)
  • Millennium (Rev. 20:1-5)

Interestingly Classic Dispensationalism does not have a category for the eternal state, since their hermeneutic only deals with Yahweh’s dealing with man in temporal history. Thus we end up with a hermeneutic that does not take all of scripture into account (i.e. Rev. 21–22). The list was taken from: Charles Ryrie, “Dispensationalism,” 54.

Here are the 4 dispensations of Progressive Dispensationalism:

  • Patriarchal to Sinai
  • Mosaic to Messiah’s Ascension
  • Ecclesial to Messiah’s Return
  • Zionic 1. Millenial 2. Eternal

Obviously there is a difference between CD and PD relative to their identification of the dispensations (God’s economy with man). Really, beyond the points noted above, one of the key distinctives between these two approaches is that “CD” sees heavy distinctions between the dispensations because they see heavy distinctions between the “biblical covenants” (i.e. Edenic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Siniatic, Davidic, New Covenant). While “PD” sees an organic succession between the biblical covenants so that they build on each-other organically. I would say in this regard “PD’s” are much more like amilleniarians than dispensationalists. The points for “PD” were taken from: Craig A. Blaising & Darrell L. Bock, “Progressive Dispensationalism,” 123.

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