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INTRODUCTION TO PROPHECY PART TWO. Why do so many people argue over prophecy? 1.The bible can be pretty vague at times. 2. Some people have their own.

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1 INTRODUCTION TO PROPHECY PART TWO

2 Why do so many people argue over prophecy? 1.The bible can be pretty vague at times. 2. Some people have their own agenda. 6. There are different approaches in interpretation. 3. Some let world events interpret the bible 4. Personality biases – optimist-pessimist 5. Prophecy requires the most extensive study Important Point It’s ok to disagree over prophecy. Never fight over it.!!!

3 IDEALIST FOUR PRIMARY VIEWS OF REVELATION The Idealist believes simply that Revelation does not refer to any historical or future event at all; rather it is a timeless allegory of the conflict between good and evil. The Idealist believes simply that Revelation does not refer to any historical or future event at all; rather it is a timeless allegory of the conflict between good and evil. It is a description of the spiritual principles of God that equip one for spiritual battles, which constantly confront the Church. (This a small minority view)

4 PRETERIST Two kinds: Partial and full Preterist The Preterist view derives its name from the Latin word praeter meaning "past". The full preterist relates all of Revelation to the events in the first century, with Rome and its early emperors. The partial preterist does the same thing but allows the very end of revelation to be future. (This view is gaining great popularity today) Year 2003 Fulfilled by 200 ad

5 The Historicist view of Revelation attempts to map the events described in the book to historical events, providing a panorama of the history of the Church from the days of John to the end of time. (This view is popular to the Roman Catholic Church and many Amillennialists) HISTORICIST Revelation is a panorama of world events leading to the return of Christ ad

6 FUTURIST Futurists interpret Revelation as events yet to come because none of the prophecies of Revelation have been literally fulfilled. (This view is popular among evangelicals, but is losing ground due to sensationalism, and the entering of a new millennium.) 100ad –2003ad

7 I hold to the “Futurist” view. Therefore I will be teaching the futurist model. Remember, what you believe about prophecy doesn’t save you. However, within the futurist interpretation of prophecy there are important essentials that must be addressed: 1.The tribulation period 2. The Millennium 3. The New Jerusalem 4. The New earth 5. The Lake of Fire

8 PREGUNTA If prophecy isn’t essential, why study it? 8. It ties our hope to the person of Christ. 1. Prophecy makes up one fourth of the bible 2. Prophecy exalts God Is. 41:26 3. Prophecy proves the authority of scripture 4. Prophecy explains the meaning of history 5. Prophecy study guards us from cultism 6. Prophecy motivates us to godliness 7. Prophecy reveals the plans, purposes, the holy character and power of God

9 WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO INTERPRET PROPHECY? There are two primary methods: The literal approach The literal approach It grounds interpretation in fact. (History, grammar, geography, archaeology, culture, etc.) The “Then and There” are made distinct from the “Now and Here” Fulfilled prophecy was fulfilled literally It protects the church from rogue eisegesis

10 2. The allegorical or spiritualizing method It did not begin until the fourth century It was the predominant hermeneutics until after the reformation It tries to harmonize the scriptures to history,and early teachings and traditions of the early church. (1 Ki 2:19 KJV) Bathsheba therefore went unto king Solomon, to speak unto him for Adonijah. And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king's mother; and she sat on his right hand. (Mary reigning with Christ) The bible does have allegory

11 PREGUNTAS What do you think would be some of the pros and cons of the “Literal Method” of interpretation? What do you think would be some of the pros and cons of the “Allegorical Method of interpretation”?

12 WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO DO! Put God in a Box No man has a perfect handle on prophecy. Every point of view has its complications, but God is bigger than any system in which we place Him!!!

13 These two schools of interpretation have produced the following end-time views: PRE-MILLENIALISM A literal approach to scripture Church age Tribulation Millennium Eternity 1000 years 1000 years 7 years 2000 years 2000 years First Coming Of Christ Second Coming of Christ 31/231/2 New Earth Central tenet – Literal 1000 year reign of Christ on the earth. This model was the primary position of the church for the first three centuries.

14 Some Important Doctrines contained in Pre-millennialism The 1000 year reign of Christ on earth Daniel’s 70 th week The rapture of the church The rise of Anti-Christ The salvation and restoration of Israel The world-wide apostacy The mark of the beast “666” The whore of Babylon The 144,000

15 WHERE IS THE RAPTURE IN THE BIBLE? THE WORD “RAPTURE” ISN’T FOUND IN THE BIBLE The bible word for rapture is “caught up” which is found in I Thess. 4: 16. harpazo - Gr. har-pad'-zo “to catch up, to take by force, to catch away, to pluck, to seize, to carry off by force catch, to seize on, to claim for one's self eagerly, to snatch out or away

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air…I Thess 4:16,17 COME UP COME UP HERE! HERE!

17 THE PRIMARY VIEWS OF THE RAPTURE PRE –TRIBULATION RAPTURE PRE –TRIBULATION RAPTURE MID-TRIBULAT ION RAPTURE MID-TRIBULAT ION RAPTURE PRE-WRATH TRIBULATION RAPTURE PRE-WRATH TRIBULATION RAPTURE POST-TRIBULATION RAPTURE POST-TRIBULATION RAPTURE

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24 Some people get bored with this stuff. They call themselves Pan-tribulationists and Pan-Millennialists and Pan-Millennialists It all will “Pan Out”. It all will “Pan Out”. Pregunta Is this a healthy approach or a lazy approach?

25 Regardless if you are Pre-trib, Mid-trib, Prewrath-trib, Post-trib, Pan-trib, Pre-mill, A-mill,- Post-mill, or Pan-mill; RECUERDE!!! JESUS IS RETURNING!!! He commanded us to “WATCH, BE READY, TO PRAY, AND TO BE WISE” Don’t be caught dead without Jesus, and don’t be caught sleeping when you should be alert

26 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Rev. 16:15 This should prompt us to: 1. Want to know more. 2. To watch and pray 2. To watch and pray 3. To please God 4. To encourage others

27 LET’S WRAP IT ALL UP *There has always been disagreement in the church concerning prophecy *God’s plan is centered on Christ’s return *Fulfilled prophecy demonstrates credibility of scripture and gives us confidence for the unfulfilled *Godly men can interpret prophecy differently *No study of prophecy is good if it doesn’t encourage us to “watch, pray, and be wise”.


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