In my last post, I referred to four different views of eschatology. These particular differences revolve significantly around the various understandings of 1) the implications and timing of when believers are "caught up" to be with the Lord in 2 Thessalonians 4:17 and 2) the interpretation of what has been called "the millennium" - or the 1,000 "reign" referred to in Revelation 20:4. They are 1) dispensational pre-millennialism 2) historic pre-millennialism 3) post-millennialism and 4) a-millennialism. I will say more about each of these four views in future posts.
However, there is also another common way to talk about four additional theological angles on eschatology. (This is one more reason why the study of eschatology can be complicated and frustrating.) The good thing is that each of the four "millennial" positions above generally fit into one of these next four broad interpretive grids. These differing views do not revolve around the meaning of "the millennium", but rather, how to properly interpret the "apocalyptic" passages of the Bible...especially the book of Revelation. These four views are 1) Futurism 2) Historicism 3) Idealism and 4) Preterism. Futurism states that the main apocalyptic prophecies in the Bible are primarily to be fulfilled during the years immediately prior to the Second Coming of Christ. Historicism says that these prophecies are relevant to and progressively unfold across all the years/centuries between the First Coming and the Second Coming of Christ. Idealism posits that these passages are allegories more than prophecies and refer to the classic clash of good and evil...and the ultimate triumph of good over evil...throughout all human history. Preterism holds that the apocalyptic prophecies of the Bible...and Jesus himself...were substantially fulfilled in 70 A.D. when Jerusalem fell to the Romans and the 2nd Temple of the Jews was desecrated and demolished. To Be Continued....
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