Are you a Preterist, Historisist, or a Futurist?

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  1. PlanksandNails profile image84
    PlanksandNailsposted 8 years ago

    Are you a Preterist, Historisist, or a Futurist?

    **Preterist** - most of the prophecies being fulfilled in the past in the events surrounding the destruction of Jerusalem and the pagan Roman Empire. **Futurist** - sees most of the prophecies in Revelation - from chapter 4 onward - as applying to events yet future. **Historicist** sees the book of Revelation as largely predictive of actual events to occur throughout the history of Christianity from the time of John until the return of Jesus Christ. What is the defining reason that you hold to your position?

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  2. Dr. Haddox profile image60
    Dr. Haddoxposted 8 years ago

    It is really too bad that I cannot see myself as fitting within the three categories that you have listed above. I am not the kind of thinker that can easily fit myself into the above three ideas.
    I am still working on some issues that will help me put everything together spiritually, and in a way that I can understand it for myself.
    This is not something simple that we are talking about here. It is extremely complex and probably goes beyond the three situations above.
    Sorry, but I have to go.
    Regards,
    Dr. Haddox

  3. Tony L Smith profile image49
    Tony L Smithposted 8 years ago

    great question. Mostly Preterist, maybe a little Futurist. I believe all the events prophesied about concerning Jerusalem, Jesus, etc. were fulfilled in the early AD's. The kingdom had to be clearly brought into the now, which is were it always was. Still unclear to most though. Jesus is already reigning King, nothing else has to be done in order for Him to be Lord of all. The corner stone is laid and the building is going up. It is the New Jerusalem and it is filled with light (fire of purging) and it is eternal. The heavens will become completely clear of anything that offends or separates us from being one with God as Jesus implied and secured for us. Only that which is true will remain after the shaking of heaven. When He appears (or is manifested) we will be like Him for we will see Him as He is. Why not now!
    Thanks Planks and Nails
    Tony

    1. searchinsany profile image64
      searchinsanyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I was taught Dispensationalism and held that view for over 30 years until I was alarmed and concerned by claims made by its leading proponents, I then began my own research and was shocked by my findings.

      I since discovered the most unlikely teachi

  4. searchinsany profile image64
    searchinsanyposted 8 years ago

    I was taught Dispensationalism and held that view for over 30 years until I was alarmed and concerned by claims made by its leading proponents, I then began my own research and was shocked by my findings.

    I since discovered the most unlikely teaching on the ‘end times’, at first I thought it was written in jest! However 9 years later and after close examination I am convinced it is the most accurate interpretation.

    My view comes under the category of Preterism called Fulfilled Covenant Eschatology. It is unfortunate that this view is looked upon with disdain by many Christians, in my opinion; it is highly credible and enlightening.

    My Hubs are the result of my findings.

    1. Disappearinghead profile image59
      Disappearingheadposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think I have followed a similar path. I would describe myself as preterist after looking at this subject on and off for the last couple of years.

  5. Disappearinghead profile image59
    Disappearingheadposted 8 years ago

    It seems to me that just about everything Jesus prophesied in Matt 23-24 has been fulfilled regarding the end of days aka the end of Israel. It was all wrapped up by AD 135. The sticking point is his coming again, though that's a matter of interpretation. The Jews expected his first coming as a warrior to release them from Rome, but when his arrival was completely different to their expectations, they missed it. I think futurist Christians are making the exact same mistake based upon popularist interpretations of Revelation.

    For all we know he has already been and gone, if that's in fact what he meant. Why does he need to return at all? The work was finished on the cross and he said "over to you disciples" to clear up the odds and ends. If the New Jerusalem is the bride of Christ which we know is made of living stones, then that bride has been here and growing since his resurrection.

    I can read Revelation and on the one hand interpret much of it as historical events that happened over 1800 years ago. On te other hand I am skeptical of its validity due to the Babylonian astrology elements, and for all we know it could simply be the magic mushroom influenced rantings of a nutty as a fruitcake hermit. Nobody knows for sure who this John was.

 
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