January 12, 2020

I have not been able to put my comments on for a few weeks but hopefully we can start again where we lift off. Thanks for all your prayers.

My last comments were concerning the views of the Millennialist and we had gotten to the point of discovering that there are many views and beliefs concerning the Pre-Tribulation or Pre-Millennial views.

Among Pre-Millennials there are several views.

  1. Pre-Tribulation Rapture. The rapture of the church (the coming of the Lord in the air for His saints, 1 Thess. 4) will take place before the seven year period of the Tribulation period according to this view.
  1. Mid Tribulation Rapture. The rapture will occur after three and a half years have passed during the Tribulation The last trumpet of 1 Corn. 15:52 is the same as the seventh trumpet of Rev. 11:15 and that is sounded in the middle of the Tribulation. The Great Tribulation is only the last half of Daniel's 70th week, all the church is promised deliverance only from the last half of Daniel's 70th week. The resurrection of the two witnesses pictures the rapture of the church and their resurrection occurs at the middle of the period.

  2. Post Tribulation Rapture. The rapture will occur at the end of the 7 year tribulation. The church will be on earth during the entire tribulation period. The rapture is distinct from the Second Coming though separated by only a very short interval of time. The rapture and the second coming are described by the same words. Preservation from the wrath means supernatural protection while living in that period of time, not deliverance from the period (Israel was protected from the plagues while in Egypt) saints are seen on the earth during the tribulation.

  3. Partial Rapture: Only saints who are worthy will be raptured before the wrath of God is poured out. Those who have not been faithful will remain on earth to endure the tribulation.

Then we we 4 interpretations:

  1. The Preterist Interpretation. This view sees the events recorded in Revelation as being a historical record of the events of the first century. This view required a belief that Jesus has already returned to earth and it ignores the fact that the Revelation claims that much of its content is clearly prophetic in nature. Rev. 1:3, 22:7, 20 18-19.

  2. The Idealist Interpretation. This is the liberal view. The idealist look at the Revelation as a collection of allegories and stories designed to depict the struggle between good and evil. This view does not see the events of the Revelation as actual events, but as mere myths and fables.

  3. The Historicist Interpretation. This view considers the Revelation to be sweeping overview of church history. It sees this book as a timeline of church history from the apostolic era down to this present day. Most of the events in the book are considered to be past events,. Those who hold to this school of interpretation often engage in spirtualizing the text and in viewing it a pure allegory. This view ignores the book's claims to be prophecy and offers odd interpretation and strange applications of the text.

4 The Futurist Interpretation: This view looks at the book of Revelation and sees most of the events as being future in nature. This view holds that the book of Revelation is mostly prophetic in nature. This view takes a literal approach to interpretation. The futurist interpretation allows all of the events of the Revelation to be actual events. The people, places and occurrences are not spiritualized and relegated to the realy of allegory and myth. Everything in the book says from the rapture of the church to the second coming of the Lord Jesus to a literal millennial kingdom is seen as a real, actual, future event. This is the only school of interpretation that allows the book of Revelation to be considered as it is written and for on the clearly stated purpose for which it was written. Rev. 1: 1-3. This is the path of interpretation that I believe to be the most correct interpretation.

I believe as you study the Word, rightly dividing it, you will also find that the Futurist Interpretation is how God intends for things to happen in the future with the Church, Israel and the people of this world in the Future,.

My next thoughts will be on the many judgments listed in the Bible and for what purpose.

Wayne McDoanld, Pastor
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