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
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.
J. Parnell McCarter’s proposed timeline of church history:
I’m not sure I agree that the whore of Babylon is the United States, but it is an interesting thought nevertheless.
This is part 1 (the rest can be found on Youtube):
“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 This view united all Protestants throughout the Reformation and has largely been replaced by Futurism as the dominant eschatology (belief about the end-times) of evangelical Christians.”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
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.
Here is an interesting exchange between Iconbusters and a Roman Catholic. Iconbusters asked questions such as:
(4) If the City of 7 Hills, Rome, is identified in the Revelation as the headquarters of the false church, the Mother of all Harlots, doomed to damnation by the infallible word of prophecy, why on earth did the Roman Catholic Church choose that site for her Holy See and Pontificate?
(8) If the false church, doomed to damnation, is depicted clothed in purple and scarlet in the Revelation, why on earth did the Roman Catholic Church choose those colors for her Pope, Cardinals and bishops?
A Roman Catholic responds. What do you think?
See the post here: http://iconbusters.com/iconbusters/htm/false_ch/1_8/part1.htm