Grattan Guinness, and Bishop Thomas Newton. In our time, historicism is clearly not in vogue. It is too early to pronounce as finally deceased a view whose advocates continue to speak in print to modern readers of their works. In addition, I have heard of a small movement of evangelicals who are trying to revive respect for this view as the true understanding of the Book of Revelation.
Those four main methods of interpreting the Book of Revelation are the Preterist, Historicist, Idealist, and Futurist interpretive methodologies. Futurist The Futurist view understands the Book of Revelation as being a prophecy of events regarding the End Times, and that most of the book has yet to be fulfilled.
But these intervening iterations point to a grand climax in which the prophecy finds its culmination. Think of the earlier iterations as foreshocks that harbinger the main quake.
Futurists also believe before Jesus comes again, there will be a seven-year period of Tribulation in which terrible calamities befall Earth in a literal fulfillment of the judgments described in Revelation. Idealist The Idealist view is amillennial, meaning they believe there is no literal years in which Christ rules on Earth.
Idealists understand the Millennium as referring to a very long time, and that the visions and symbols of Revelation only refer to the timeless struggle between the forces of good and evil which will go on indefinitely till the end of time. This makes the idealist position a grab bag and this has been the great problem of idealist commentators; each has come up with his or her own meaning for the symbols and visions.
No idealist has come up with the answer to that, so their attempts to understand the book have been short lived. Idealism is the position taken by Roman Catholicism and some liberal main-line Protestant denominations.
Historicist This was the favored position of many of the Reformers and has almost passed from the scene. As history unfolds, historicist interpreters assign various events of history to the visions and symbols of Revelation. The historicist view died the death of a thousand interpretations.
Historicism was the interpretive methodology used many Protestant denominations from the 17th through early 20th centuries. When liberalism took hold of some of them, they moved over to the Idealist position.
Preterist The Preterist position is akin to the Historicist but differs in one crucial point; it sees most of Revelation as being fulfilled in a rather short period of history, the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in AD by the armies of the Roman Generals Vespasian and his son, Titus.
The Preterist view had almost passed from the scene until recently when it received new impetus from several Christian Reconstructionists. The important thing to remember about Preterists is that they believe all but the last couple chapters of Revelation were fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans in 70 AD.
Analysis Because Preterism has experienced a resurgence due to the work of a few well-known Bible teachers, a brief analysis of the position is advised. I say that because inherent in the Preterist position is a dangerous doctrine called Replacement Theology. This doctrine advocates the idea God is finished with the geo-political entity known as Israel and that all His promises given to the Jews and Israel have been transferred over to the Church, which is the New Israel.
In other words, the Church has replaced Israel. Calvary Chapel categorically rejects Replacement Theology and sees it as a dangerous position. A good example is Revelation 1: Preterists are vociferous in their demand this phrase is to be understood as a definitive time marker.
The idea is not that the event may occur soon, but that when it does, it will be sudden.Forum: Dream Interpretation This forum is for the discussion and interpretation of dreams.
Please remember the person who can best interpret your dreams is yourself. The Four Views of Interpretation of the “Seventy Weeks”..
4 The Maccabean View The Preterist View The Covenantal View The Dispensational View Conclusion. Methodology Historical interpretation relative to original writings and audiences (Pate et al , 91).
Hermeneutical foundation presenting spiritual precepts through symbols, rather than predictive prophecy, identifying the genre before. And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
Each column represents the interpretation of the text from one of the four major views. Gregg has studied over 60 commentaries (listed on pages ) written from various perspectives, which basically fall into one of four major views advocated by evangelical students and scholars throughout church history.
An honest evaluation of the four views of the book of the Revelation leads to the conclusion that the futurist view aligns most closely with our overall understanding of scripture and events in history as we have observed them.