Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Eschatology: A great summary

I found a really well-written article on the differing views on the end times here.
Please be aware - I am repeating things found at the original post. This is not my work.
In a nutshell, the author looks at the different approaches one may take to events:
Preterist: Belief that the event(s) (such as the tribulation) happened in the past.
Historicist: Belief that the event(s) happen throughout history.
Idealist: Belief that the event(s) are symbolic or parabolic and are always present.
Futurist: Belief that the event(s) are yet future.

Then he separates the three main events in the book of Revelation:
Tribulation - Matthew 24 & Revelation 4 - 19
Millennium - Revelation 20
The Second Coming and The New Creation - Revelation 21

And then he simply defines the differing positions by how they treat these three events:

Historic Premillennialist

Event #1: Tribulation: historicist, preterist, [futurist], or idealist
Event #2: Millennium: futurist
Event #3: The Second Coming and The New Creation: futurist

Dispensational Premillennialist

Event #1: Tribulation: futurist
Event #2: Millennium: futurist
Event #3: The Second Coming and The New Creation: futurist

Amillennialist

Event #1: Tribulation: historicist, preterist, or idealist
Event #2: Millennium: idealist (normally)
Event #3: The Second Coming and The New Creation: futurist

Postmillennialist

Event #1: Tribulation: historicist, preterist, futurist, or idealist
Event #2: Millennium: historicist (normally)
Event #3: The Second Coming and The New Creation: futurist

Partial-Preterism (considered orthodox Christianity)

Event #1: Tribulation: preterist
Event #2: Millennium: preterist
Event #3: The Second Coming and The New Creation: futuristic (believes Christ came in Judgement, but that this was not the 'Second coming')

Full-Preterism (considered heterodox by orthodox Christianity)

Event #1: Tribulation: preterist
Event #2: Millennium: preterist
Event #3: The Second Coming and The New Creation: preterist [this is the heresy]


Well, I thought it was helpful! I then put this data into a table:
POSITION / EVENT Tribulation Millenium Second Coming
Historic Premillenialist H, P, [F], I F F
Dispensational Premillenailist F F F
Amillenialist H, P, I I F
Postmillenialist H, P, F, I H F
Partial Preterist P P F
Hyper Preterist P P P*
Key:
KEY TERM
H Historicist
P Preterist
F Futurist
I Idealist
* Outside of the orthodox teaching of scripture

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