preterist interpreters inveigh against futurists for being “literalistic” in their interpretations. Yet, I actually find many of their interpretations literalistic, as in this case, interpreting “soon” as being fulfilled within a few years at the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 AD Continue reading “Kurschner and Hays: Preterism’s Literalistic Interpretation of Jesus is Coming “Soon” (En Tachei)”
The historical school of interpretation regards these prophecies as reflecting the history of the fourth or Roman empire… It is held by many that the historic school of interpretation is represented only by a small modern section of the Church. We shall show that it has existed from the beginning, and includes the larger part of the greatest and best teachers of the Church for 1800 years. Continue reading “H. Grattan Guinness: Interpretation of the Prophecies in Pre-Reformation Times (1881)”
one’s interpretive approach to Revelation will dictate many conclusions concerning the book. To simply wade into Revelation and interpret images without a systematic understanding of how to do it properly is a mistake. Continue reading “Duncan McKenzie: The Serious Error of the Literal Hermeneutic in the Interpretation of the Book of Revelation (2005)”
Israel’s promised land, described as a land of milk and honey, and the seventh day sabbath, are both types of the rest that Hebrews 3-4 encourages believers to enter. Entering this rest requires belief. Continue reading “Doug Cox: Milton S. Terry and the grammatico-historical principle (2012)”
Because full Preterists see the 2 wars (Rev 19:17-21 & Rev 20:7-15) as both happening in AD 70, they are forced to conclude that they are the same war. This creates some serious problems for them.
Continue reading “Lloyd Dale: A Different Preterist Perspective (2002)”
Preterist Idealism is an interpretive method which comprehensively systematizes biblical typology. A broader label, Modern Idealism, refers to the hermeneutical structure of Preterist Idealism. A narrower label, Metamillennialism, refers to the kingdom theology of both Preterist Idealism and Modern Idealism.
Under this line of thought, where we discuss scripture interpreting scripture, I want to post a few parallels. I will change up the topics as time goes on.
The fact is, that the phrase Old Testament is constantly employed in two different ways,–in one, following the authority of the Holy Scriptures; in the other, following the most common custom of speech.
The fact is that the sack of Jerusalem by the Romans just was not big enough to be the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Book of Revelation, or even of the Olivet Discourse. To try to limit the “end times” to that single event smacks of the complacent surmise by Tacitus that the whole of Jewish messianic prophecy was fulfilled by the ascension of Vespasian to the imperial title in Rome.
It is vitally important, when studying prophecy, to use a proper study method, or hermeneutic. Failure to do so will give results which are not only incorrect, but which destroy our view of the gospel.
I have offered many preterists the opportunity to a public debate, both by sending emails as well as by public announcements on many internet lists. In response, I have received nothing but excuses
I do believe that God is progressive in the covenants and periods of time in which He deals with His people and the human race. Although, I believe that this “progessiveness” has to be understood in the context of His promises and His relationship with His people.
The teaching of Jesus concerning “the end of the age,” and the Son of man coming in the clouds,” appears to have been given in the latter days of his ministry, in connection with the overthrow of the Jewish temple at Jerusalem.
The title of the Jews to peculiar and exclusive privileges in the community of Christian believers was set aside. The demand that the Christian believer should come into the Church through the door of Judaism, by conforming to the rites ordained for heathen proselytes, was no longer made.
The biblical apocalypses, therefore, are those sacred books and portions of books which contain revelations or disclosures of God’s view of things. They unfold a concept of the world and of man which may be thought of as the superior gift of one who has been exalted above the world,