2 Why do so many people argue over prophecy? The bible can be pretty vague at times.2. Some people have their own agenda.3. Some let world events interpret the bible4. Personality biases – optimist-pessimist5. Prophecy requires the most extensive study6. There are different approaches in interpretation.Important PointIt’s ok to disagree over prophecy Never fight over it.!!!
3 FOUR PRIMARY VIEWS OF REVELATION IDEALIST 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 Two kinds: Partial and full Preterist Fulfilled by 200 adYear 2003The 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)
5 HISTORICISTRevelation is a panorama of world events leading to the return of Christ100 adThe 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)
6 FUTURIST Sometime in the future 100ad –2003adFuturists 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.)
7 The tribulation period 2. The Millennium 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:The tribulation period 2. The Millennium3. The New Jerusalem 4. The New earth5. The Lake of Fire
8 If prophecy isn’t essential, why study it? PREGUNTAIf prophecy isn’t essential, why study it?1. Prophecy makes up one fourth of the bible2. Prophecy exalts God Is. 41:263. Prophecy proves the authority of scripture4. Prophecy explains the meaning of history5. Prophecy study guards us from cultism6. Prophecy motivates us to godliness7. Prophecy reveals the plans, purposes, the holy character and power of God8. It ties our hope to the person of Christ.
9 WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO INTERPRET PROPHECY? There are two primary methods:The literal approachIt grounds interpretation in fact. (History, grammar, geography, archaeology, culture, etc.)The “Then and There” are made distinct from the “Now and Here”It protects the church from rogue eisegesisFulfilled prophecy was fulfilled literally
10 2. The allegorical or spiritualizing method The bible does have allegoryIt did not begin until the fourth centuryIt was the predominant hermeneutics until after the reformationIt 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)
11 PREGUNTASWhat 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 PRE-MILLENIALISM A literal approach to scripture These two schools of interpretation have produced the following end-time views:PRE-MILLENIALISM A literal approach to scriptureFirst ComingOf ChristSecond Coming of ChristChurch age Tribulation Millennium Eternity7 years2000 years31/231/21000 yearsNew EarthCentral 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 Daniel’s 70th weekThe 1000 year reign of Christ on earthThe rise of Anti-ChristThe salvation and restoration of IsraelThe world-wide apostacyThe mark of the beast “666”The whore of BabylonThe 144,000The rapture of the church
15 WHERE IS THE RAPTURE IN THE BIBLE? THE WORD “RAPTURE” ISN’T FOUND IN THE BIBLEThe 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 and the dead in Christ shall rise first For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:COME UPHERE!and the dead in Christ shall rise firstThen 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
17 THE PRIMARY VIEWS OF THE RAPTURE PRE –TRIBULATION RAPTUREMID-TRIBULAT ION RAPTUREPRE-WRATH TRIBULATION RAPTUREPOST-TRIBULATION RAPTURE
24 Some people get bored with this stuff. They call themselves Pan-tribulationistsand Pan-MillennialistsIt all will “Pan Out”.PreguntaIs this a healthy approach or a lazy approach?
25 He commanded us to “WATCH, BE READY, TO PRAY, AND TO BE WISE” RECUERDE!!!Regardless if you are Pre-trib, Mid-trib, Prewrath-trib, Post-trib, Pan-trib, Pre-mill, A-mill,- Post-mill, or Pan-mill;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 This should prompt us to: 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. 16:15This should prompt us to:1. Want to know more.2. To watch and pray3. To please God4. 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”.