Given that this is the second time I’ve felt a need to respond critically to something Stephen has written, I hope that no one reading this article thinks that I have any antagonistic feelings toward Stephen. Not only do I see Stephen as a brother in Christ in the family of faith (albeit a brother whom I have, regrettably, not yet had the pleasure of meeting), I have much respect for him as one who clearly has a passion for studying the scriptures and seeking to understand the truth it reveals. Thus, despite the fact that Stephen and I presently disagree on the doctrinal subject under consideration in this article, I see Stephen as a “kindred spirit” and look forward to the opportunity to fellowship with him one day.
Although a later date for the Thessalonian letters would have little effect on my understanding of the truth revealed in Paul’s letters (since I don’t split the letters of Paul to the body of Christ into two different “dispensational” or “administrational” categories), the implications this would have for those holding to the Acts 28 position would be of much greater consequence. It would mean that two entire letters written by Paul are mistakenly being seen as belonging to a bygone, inferior dispensation/administration, and that some very precious truths with which God has provided the saints of today - such as the truth of the snatching away - are being misapplied (and undervalued) as “Israelite truth.”
Part 3: http://thathappyexpectation.blogspot.com/2016/03/acts-28-dispensationalism-revisited_52.html