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Seven Events Evangelicals Incorrectly Believe Will be Fulfilled in the Endtime

James Arendt:

  1. There is no seven-year countdown to Armageddon – prophesied in the Bible. The Scripture used to support a final 7 years is Daniel 9:27: And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week… Protestant Christians up to the 19th century used to teach the seven year confirmation of the Covenant was fulfilled in Christ and His Apostles up to the stoning of Stephen…

Read more: http://www.jamesjpn.net/basic-bible/seven-events-evangelicals-think-will-happen-but-wont/

Europe in Bible Prophecy

Shaun Willcock of Bible Based Ministries:

Ever since the European Union arose on the world stage, decades ago now, gradually increasing in power and strength, Futurist interpreters of prophecy have seen in the EU a fulfilment of the prophecies in Daniel and Revelation which speak of the “ten kings”, symbolised by “ten toes” and “ten horns”.  They have correctly understood that these refer to ten European nations; but thereafter their interpretation descends into error, for they claim that these prophecies will be fulfilled by modern European states eventually giving their support to some future, political individual, whom they identify with the Antichrist.  Futurism, by definition, assigns a future fulfilment to biblical prophecies.  Certainly, many Futurists would say that the future is now here, and that we are living through the early stages of the fulfilment of the prophecies; but when I say that Futurism holds to a future Antichrist, a future tribulation, a future “united states of Europe”, I mean that Futurism scoffs at the notion that many biblical prophecies were in fact fulfilled in past centuries, or that some of them started to be fulfilled centuries ago and have continued to be fulfilled to the present day.

This is the Historicist understanding of Bible prophecy, and it was once almost universally held among Protestants; but in more recent times it came to be replaced by the Futurist theory.  This is a great tragedy, for in claiming that virtually all Bible prophecy has to do with a brief period of time near the end of the world, and with the Christians alive at that time and no others, Futurism essentially denies that history has fulfilled prophecy throughout the centuries of this Gospel age; and furthermore, it means that for all previous generations of Christians, through two thousand years of Church history, the prophecies of Daniel, Revelation, and elsewhere were essentially useless.  After all, why read and study things which will only supposedly be fulfilled during a short space of time in the future?  Truly, the Jesuit creator of this theory (yes, a Jesuit priest foisted it upon the world![1]) has caused untold confusion within the ranks of Protestantism!

Let us then turn our attention to what Bible prophecy says about Europe. Certainly it has much to say – but not what Futurists would like to force it to say.

The EU Far Exceeds 10

Decades ago, as the countries joining the European Union crept towards the number ten, Futurist prophecy expositors grew increasingly excited.  They saw the fulfilment of these prophecies as imminent!  And sure enough, the day came when there were ten member states of the EU.  Great jubilation in the Futurist camp!  Prophecy being fulfilled before everyone’s eyes!

But wait… the number then climbed to eleven, then twelve, then thirteen, then fourteen.  What was going on?  As it steadily rose higher – and then still higher – various explanations were given, none of them satisfactory.  And where does the number stand now?  At 28!  The EU is today much, much larger than the ten it was supposed to stay at, according to the theory.

But for those who were able to get past this irritating little fact and still see the EU as the sole fulfilment of the prophecies relating to the “ten kings”, they had other things to concern them.  For example: what happens if the EU one day disintegrates?  When the United Kingdom voted to exit the EU in 2016, this possibility became a very real one, and was openly expressed and discussed by the powers that be around the world.

Read more: http://www.biblebasedministries.co.uk/pamphlets/europe-in-bible-prophecy/


Elections and Earthquakes

A headline from last year showing, once again, that people do not always use the term “earthquake” to speak of a literal earthquake:

An earthquake – and an echo of the 1930s: Historian MARK ALMOND says the German election result puts the stability of the country in question

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4915796/German-election-earthquake-echoes-1930s-Mark-Almond.html

This ties in with the historicist claim that “earthquake” in Bible prophecy often means a major shakeup and not necessarily a literal physical earthquake.  That means this future event is likely not a literal earthquake:

Revelation 16:18: And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

A Timeline of Church History (McCarter)

J. Parnell McCarter’s proposed timeline of church history:

Click to access timeline.pdf

I’m not sure I agree that the whore of Babylon is the United States, but it is an interesting thought nevertheless.

Romanism and the Reformation from the Standpoint of Prophecy

This is part 1 (the rest can be found on Youtube):

Hanserd Knollys – Revelation 16 & 17

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Rev. 16.2:

The earth in this verse, doth metonymically signify the inhabiters of the Popish earth, the earthly state of the Roman papal kingdom; that is, those inhabiters of the earth against whom the third woe is pronounced, (Re 8:13) especially those that rejoiced at the killing of Christ’s two prophetical witnesses. (Re 11:10) By the noisome and grievous sore that fell upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image, we may understand (by some allusion which this plague fore beareth to that upon the Egyptians, Ex 9:10-11) such a plague as causeth very great pain, and is so noisome and pestilentious, that it maketh those men that are lovers and friends to Babylon, to stand a far off for fear of the torment, Re 18:10-17 which are the proper effects of such noisome and grievous sores. Ps 38:11 77:2


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What is Historicism?

1273127_28087552-2“Historicism is the view that most of Revelation describes history as it has been unfolding over the last 20 centuries.  Historicists see in the prophecies concerning the Dragon, the Beast, the False Prophet, and the Whore of Babylon, references to the pagan Roman Empire, papal Rome (that is, Roman Europe under the rule of the popes), the Papacy, and the Roman Catholic Church.  The majority of Historicists also identify the symbols of the smoke rising from the Abyss and the invasion of locusts as descriptions of the rise and spread of Islam. This view united all Protestants throughout the Reformation and has largely been replaced by Futurism as the dominant eschatology (belief about the end-times) of evangelical Christians.”

Read more:  http://www.historicism.com/tour/tour2.htm

Johnson ‘The Historical.’

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The Historical or Historicistjohnson method of interpreting Revelation:

“In my opinion this system is more nearly correct, and yet it needs to be modified by the others (Preterism and Futurism), and carefully guarded. It holds that a succession of historical events, future when John wrote but now in part in the past, are portrayed by a series of visions. The error must be avoided of supposing that the book is continuously historical from the beginning to the end. If it is borne in mind that there is more than one series of visions; that when one series ends another follows which is synchronous, at least in part; that a part of the events portrayed by symbols is not in the past, while another portion is in the future, I think the result of the Historical system will be found to be clear, harmonious, and surprisingly in correspondence with the visions…

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On Veith’s Total Onslaught

Seventh-Day Adventist Walter Veith has put together an amazing collection of videos detailing the historicist view of eschatology from a Seventh-Day Adventist perspective (ie. in a way that points to Ellen G. White, investigative judgment, etc.).

If you are able to discern between Seventh-Day Adventist doctrine and Protestant doctrine, you may wish to watch his “Total Onslaught” series, which can be found here:  http://amazingdiscoveries.tv/c/2/Total_Onslaught_-_English/.  I may post selections of Veith’s YouTube videos in the future, but in the meantime, if you are interested, you can browse his video menu and watch the videos that appeal to you.

I know I found these videos helpful when first learning about historicism and you may too.

History from the Standpoint of Prophecy

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Furthermore, we declare, we proclaim, we define that it is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff. – Pope Boniface, 1302

Do you confess?

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, in whom, by the appointment of the Father, all power for the calling, institution, order or government of the church, is invested in a supreme and sovereign manner; neither can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof, but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God; whom the Lord shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689) Chapter XXVI:4 Of the Church


If you have spent anytime reading this blog there should be little doubt that I lean toward Historicism and I try…

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