The Apocalypse of John, the Apostle
The Rise of PreMillennialism
Related to the demise of Historicist approach
Theologically bound to “new” denominations.
The appeal of being “in on the secret” - especially in a time when Christians are a minority.
Four Main Methods
Historicist (or PostMillennial)
Futurist (or PreMillennial)
“I don’t know any PostMillennialists;
I don’t even eat Post Toasties”
“Any scheme that implies that John is speaking in a kind of code language about events purely contemporary with him ... should not be regarded with the same respect due a believer.”
Taken to extremes, it is very poor interpretation.
Often used to sidestep the existence of prophecy
Not covered in this class.
Dates originally from the early church
Most (or all) of the events are during the Roman Empire
Popular among liberals and Roman Catholics
Always correct -- and always wrong (IMO)
Always a useful interpretation
2 Corinthians 10:5
No correspondence of prophecy with dates and times.
Draws heavily on the symbolic
Accepts the “Seven Last Things” - or some of them
Millennial expectation and World War I
Media and Message
Good writers wanted
Very strong in the Reformation
Continuation of classic Preterist
The power of the history book
Historicist (Good News & Bad)
Historicists don’t always agree on past dates interpretations
Definite anti-Papacy bias
Tends to “put off” the coming of Christ
The most obvious interpretation
Most Christians of most times
Can produce stunning predictions
Futurist (Good News and Bad)
Impossible for a Christian to prove it right.
Ignores 1900 years of scholarship.
Tendency to be too literal -- and judgmental.
Strongly evangelistic in tone.
Impossible for a Christian to prove it wrong
Eyes on the Second Coming
Preterist -- the liberal view
Poetic -- always true, always insufficient
Historicist -- most studied, least popular
Futurist -- the view of most fundamentalists today.
The Seven Last Things
New Heaven and New Earth
Resurrection of the Dead
The Second Coming of Christ