House Church Talk - School of prophecy known as Preterism
david at housechurch.org
Wed Feb 18 16:01:42 EST 2004
"Preterism" means "past." It is a theological term pertaining to certain
events which other students of the Bible consider to be future events. As
house church folks are interested in going to the roots of things, I
suppose a few posts on this matter would be in order. Now and then,
inquiring people come along and have an itch to discuss prophecy. I hope
that once something is in the archives, these can just be directed there
and to the other materials on the web.
Some full Preterists believe that a "second" coming, a rapture, an
a tribulation, a judgment, and a resurrection, have already come.
"Partial Preterists" hold that only some of these things were already
The key to prophetic understanding is, by the Holy Spirit, to let the
Bible interpret the key words and metaphors rather than reading into them
our own opinions. Above all, this is not an issue for brethren to divide
Clement of Rome
Gregory of Nyssa
Mat thew Henry
J. Marcellus Kik
Melito of Sardis
Sir Isaac Newton
James S. Russell
Dr. John Smith
Dr. T.P. Stafford
The Elizabethan era puritans, my favorite writers, should also have been
listed above. There were hundreds of them who authored fine books which I
consider to be highly spiritually edifying, at least to me.
So, does consensus lead us to truth? Not at all, but there is sometimes
safety in the proverbial multitude of counselors. Prov. 11:14. I site
these names merely to counter the view that Preterism is so obviously
dumb that nobody would hold to it.
I now have some equipment failures and bugs to squash. And I'm upgrading
to Mac OS 10. Be back asap. Blessings!
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