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Of all the books of the Bible, few are as fascinating or as bewildering as Revelation. Is the book of Revelation a blueprint for the future that needs decoding if we want to understand current events?
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Is it a book of powerful imagery, with warnings and promises for the church throughout the ages? Or is it essentially an imaginative depiction of historical events in the first century?
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Four Views on the Book of Revelation explores the four main views in which Revelation is understood: preterist, idealist, classical dispensationalist futurist, and progressive dispensationalist. The interactive Counterpoints forum allows each author not only to present his view, but also to offer brief commentary on other views presented. This evenhanded approach is ideal for comparing and contrasting stances in order to form a personal conclusion about the interpretation and meaning of Revelation.
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The idealist holds that Revelation teaches in symbolic form spiritual principles and truths that recur throughout history as God works out His plan for human history in the face of opposing spiritual enemies. Both the progressive and classical dispensationalists are in the futurist camp, believing that most of Revelation, especially from chapter 4 forward, will yet be fulfilled in the future.
I found particularly interesting the differences between the two dispensational camps. For example, Pate says:. The classical dispensationalist relegates the events of Revelation to the distant future.
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On the one hand, the age to come has dawned in heaven. Chapters detail the process by which that messianic kingdom will manifest itself on earth.
Thus at the time of the events of Revelation , the age to come had not yet been completed page So you see some overlap with the preterist view. So there appears to be a very sharp division between the two dispensationalist camps.
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I was also very impressed by the preterist case. Until recently, I would have considered the preterist view to be an oddity, surely the least likely to be true. It was only after reading R.