I just finished writing a short piece for the Austin Seminary theological journal Insight on the topic of Left Behind, the Second Coming, and John's Revelation. It occurs to me that Lutherans for whatever reason have had almost no link to that distinctly form of American theology (beginning with Darby and continuing ad nauseum with the Scofield Bible and its theological offspring). There are of course many Lutherans who read such things as Late Great Planet Earth and the novels by LaHaye and Jenkins, but for the most part, dispensationalism is foreign language in our parishes.
I wonder if this is because Lutheran hermeneutics concerns itself first of all with Christ, the Scriptures as the cradle of Christ, etc. Since the Scriptures are first of all the cradle of Christ, and then are read through the law/gospel dialectic, there's little space for talk of dispensations, dividing up of time into periods, nor do we look the the Scriptures as a road map for where history will go. We look to the Scriptures to see where Christ is. Bibles with dispensationalist commentaries (like the Scofield Bible) would distract and detract from that of utmost importance.
Lutheran eschatology also plays a role. Because all is taken care of in Christ (justification by faith alone without the works of the law), we need not be busy reading the "signs of the times", something American Christians are especially busy doing. If Christ is coming today (and for all I know he is), I wish to be caught planting a tree, or blogging, or having a nice supper with my spouse. Fulfilling our daily vocations IS being prepared for Christ's coming, and this by the power of the Holy Spirit.