Preterist Samuel Lee
Father of Syriac Studies in
Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea, on the
Theophania, or Divine Manifestation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. A
Syriac Version. Edited from an ancient manuscript recently discovered by S.
Lee. Syriac. London: Society for the Publication of Oriental Texts
A CRITIC OF LEE'S THEOLOGY:
"Surely one, who can understand the language 'a thousand years' as
denoting the insignificant period reaching from the time of Christ
to the destruction of Jerusalem -- about half a century -- is
utterly unworthy of the office he has taken upon himself -- to
expound the prophecies of the Word of God."
An Inquiry into the
Nature, Progress, and End of Prophecy. By Samuel
Lee, D.D. London, 1849. || The Events and Times of
the Visions of Daniel and St. John, etc. By Samuel
Lee, D.D. London, 1851.
works of this lamented scholar are quite in the
spirit of Calvin’s interpretations. The adherents to
Calvin’s views of these prophecies will find much
profit from their perusal."
List of Expositions
"ALL PROPHECY IS FULFILLED"
The Events and Times of
Visions of Daniel and
BY SAMUEL LEE, D.D.
S.T.P. OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HALLE,
MEMBER OF THE ASIATIC SOCIETIES OF ENGLAND AND PARIS, HONORARY
MEMBER OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF RHODE ISLAND, AND OF THE
ETHNOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK, AMERICA, LATE REGIUS
PROFESSOR OF HEBREW IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, RECTOR OF
BARLEY, HERTS, CANON OF BRISTOL &c. &c
PROFESSOR LEE'S FINAL PUBLICATION
"These predictions so
limited, therefore, were fulfilled to the very letter : and
the facts of the case make it utterly impossible they can be
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"Papal Antichrist Theory," while still believing that Roman
Catholicism is a "source of religious corruption throughout
the whole world."
[L. praeteritus, past] 1. One who lives
in the past rather than in the present.
2. One who regards the Apocalypse as a
series of predictions which have already
been fulfilled." (Glossary
of Terms and Phrases)
(1913) "2. (Theol.)
One who believes the prophecies of the
Apocalypse to have been already
TEACHES THAT "THE PROPHECIES
OF THE APOCALYPSE"
-- AND EVERYWHERE ELSE IN THE BIBLE -- HAVE "ALREADY BEEN
"BEGINNING OF SORROWS"
OF PERSECUTION TERMINATED WITH ROME'S CONVERSION & DOMITIAN IS THE "WILLFUL KING OF DANIEL"
"We are told that a Stone,
cut out of the mountain without hands, so struck the Image
(of Nebuchadnezzar) on its feet which were of iron and miry
clay, that the image was broken in pieces, and so utterly
carried away, that not a particle of it remained : that
then, the stone grew into a great mountain and filled the
whole earth. But is was the feet of the image
which the stone so struck and broke. Taking then the
head of the image to symbolize Babylon, the feet must of
necessity symbolize heathen Rome in its last times.
[B]oth the legs and feet together represent this fourth
Empire : the feet its latter period."
OTHER KEY EXCEPTS
"We are next told that, then should the
People of the Prince who should come, destroy both the city
and the sanctuary. I now know therefore, that, some
time after the cutting off of the Messiah, Jerusalem should
fall. But I know when this took place : and,
therefore, that it happened within Daniel's seventieth week,
as I also do, that this event cannot take place again" (iii)
"As we know of but one great promise
made to the Fathers, which the coming of Christ was intended
to fulfil, it should follow that, -- as the Bible is
necessarily consistent with itself, -- event ministration of
the Patriarchs, Prophets, and Apostles, would in one way or
other be subservient to its fulfillment : and this again,
would have the effect of exhibiting in the Scriptures one
plain, consistent and invariable system : and,
accordingly, that how numerous and various soever the modes
of expression adopted might be, all would in the main
conspire to put forth, declare, and illustrate, the
particulars of this one great events. (xiv.)
"According to (I Peter 1:12), the Prophet
ministered to nothing beyond Apostolical Christianity.
They do not seem -- i.e. as explained to us by the
Apostles -- to have had any idea whatever of a future
restoration of Jews, Christian Millennium, new Dispensation,
personal reign of Christ on earth, or of any think of
the kind." (xv)
..iv and v missing..
..xxx and xxxi missing..
..3 and 4 missing..
..39 and 40 missing..
: LeRoy E. Froom
"The projection of the Preterist view into the discussion in 1830, by
(1783-1852) - noted Orientalist and professor of Arabic and of Hebrew at
Cambridge [One of the most profound linguists of his time and 'master of 18
languages,' he held various churchly posts and was author of numerous
books], and rector of Barley, Hertfordshire (later canon of Bristol) --
brought the three post-Reformation schools of interpretation again into
definite conflict -- the Historicist, Futurist, and Preterist.
Preterism had become well-nigh dominant in the rationalistic universities of
Germany. And now the noted linguist, Lee, under whom Wolff studied at
Cambridge, espoused it. His
Events and Times of the Visions of
Daniel and St. John, first published in 1830 (in
seminal form only, TD), is strictly
Preterist; that is, all the specifications of Daniel and the Apocalypse were
allegedly fulfilled in the downfall of pagan Rome and the overthrow of
"A general resume must suffice: Lee
builds nearly everything around the seventy weeks of Daniel 9, not as a
definite chronological term but as an indefinite period. He makes the
three and a half times of Daniel 7 coincident with the last of Daniel's
seventy mystical weeks, and comprehends within it the two catastrophes -
first the fall of Jerusalem and the reprobate Jewish nation, and then the
heathen Roman as God's instrument for desolating Jerusalem. So the
three and a half times is the last half of Daniel's seventieth week. [1851
ed., pp. 69,70]
"In the Apocalypse the seals,
trumpets, and vials are synchronous, according to Lee, and are compassed in
this elastic seventieth week - the fourth seal referring to Jerusalem's fall
in the middle of the week, the fifth to the pagan persecutions.
The trumpets likewise depict the fall of the Jews. The witnesses
testify in the first three and a half days of the seventieth week, and are
assailed in the latter three and a half days by the heathen Roman power, the
beast from the abyss. Christ is the child of the church of Revelation
12, and the persecution of the beast of Revelation 13 is under heathen Rome,
from Domitian to Diocletian inclusive.
"Thus the devil is loosed for a little
season, Lee holds, as is depicted by the sixth trumpet - the hour, day ,
month, and year being the same as the three and a half times. Finally,
the compassing of the beloved city and the destruction of Satan and his
hosts signify the fall of the pagan Roman power with the apocalyptic new
heavens and earth, the Christian church after Constantine. So the
1,000 years constitute "the apostolic period." Such was Lee's strange
and yet familiar Preterist view of prophecy, which was as yet shared by
relatively few in Britain." (Prophetic
Faith of our Fathers Vol. 3, p. 596-597)
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Date: 06 Feb 2007
The Bible speaks, essentially, of two worlds:
the first was the world of Israel and the Jew, which terminated
in the first century AD.
The Old Testament saints were resurrected around AD70.
The New Tesament saints were raptured at that general time.
The souls of the New Testament saints are in heaven, in the New
Jerusalem, judging the twelve tribes od Old Testament saints,
whose souls are also in heaven.
The "Millennium" is not an exact 1000 years, but some
unspecified multiple of 1000 years.
It began in the first century AD, and no one knows when it will
The first century Jews who had called on the name of Jesus had
to endure to the end to be saved, meaning that if the endured to
the end (of the Jewish era) their salvation was made sure. This
also applies to the seven churches which had to overcome.
We Gentiles, and the Gentile Church, will continue to the end of
There are no Jews in the world today. God had concluded all
Israel in unbelief.
"Jews" are no longer blinded.
"Jews" are no longer guilty of crucifying Christ.
Anyone who seriously claims to be a Jew placed himself under the
Law, which, after Christ is a curse. (tht may explain why the
"Jews" have had such a miserabl time in the world the past 2000