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EARLY CHURCH

Ambrose
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BarSerapion
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Bede
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HISTORICAL PRETERISM
(Minor Fulfillment of Matt. 24/25 or Revelation in Past)

Joseph Addison
Oswald T. Allis
Thomas Aquinas
Karl Auberlen
Augustine
Albert Barnes
Karl Barth
G.K. Beale
Beasley-Murray
John Bengel
Wilhelm Bousset
John A. Broadus

David Brown
"Haddington Brown"
F.F. Bruce

Augustin Calmut
John Calvin
B.H. Carroll
Johannes Cocceius
Vern Crisler
Thomas Dekker
Wilhelm De Wette
Philip Doddridge
Isaak Dorner
Dutch Annotators
Alfred Edersheim
Jonathan Edwards

E.B. Elliott
Heinrich Ewald
Patrick Fairbairn
Js. Farquharson
A.R. Fausset
Robert Fleming
Hermann Gebhardt
Geneva Bible
Charles Homer Giblin
John Gill
William Gilpin
W.B. Godbey
Ezra Gould
Hank Hanegraaff
Hengstenberg
Matthew Henry
G.A. Henty
George Holford
Johann von Hug
William Hurte
J, F, and Brown
B.W. Johnson
John Jortin
Benjamin Keach
K.F. Keil
Henry Kett
Richard Knatchbull
Johann Lange

Cornelius Lapide
Nathaniel Lardner
Jean Le Clerc
Peter Leithart
Jack P. Lewis
Abiel Livermore
John Locke
Martin Luther

James MacDonald
James MacKnight
Dave MacPherson
Keith Mathison
Philip Mauro
Thomas Manton
Heinrich Meyer
J.D. Michaelis
Johann Neander
Sir Isaac Newton
Thomas Newton
Stafford North
Dr. John Owen
 Blaise Pascal
William W. Patton
Arthur Pink

Thomas Pyle
Maurus Rabanus
St. Remigius

Anne Rice
Kim Riddlebarger
J.C. Robertson
Edward Robinson
Andrew Sandlin
Johann Schabalie
Philip Schaff
Thomas Scott
C.J. Seraiah
Daniel Smith
Dr. John Smith
C.H. Spurgeon

Rudolph E. Stier
A.H. Strong
St. Symeon
Theophylact
Friedrich Tholuck
George Townsend
James Ussher
Wm. Warburton
Benjamin Warfield

Noah Webster
John Wesley
B.F. Westcott
William Whiston
Herman Witsius
N.T. Wright

John Wycliffe
Richard Wynne
C.F.J. Zullig

MODERN PRETERISTS
(Major Fulfillment of Matt. 24/25 or Revelation in Past)

Firmin Abauzit
Jay Adams
Luis Alcazar
Greg Bahnsen
Beausobre, L'Enfant
Jacques Bousset
John L. Bray
David Brewster
Dr. John Brown
Thomas Brown
Newcombe Cappe
David Chilton
Adam Clarke

Henry Cowles
Ephraim Currier
R.W. Dale
Gary DeMar
P.S. Desprez
Johann Eichhorn
Heneage Elsley
F.W. Farrar
Samuel Frost
Kenneth Gentry
Steve Gregg
Hugo Grotius
Francis X. Gumerlock
Henry Hammond
Hampden-Cook
Friedrich Hartwig
Adolph Hausrath
Thomas Hayne
J.G. Herder
Timothy Kenrick
J. Marcellus Kik
Samuel Lee
Peter Leithart
John Lightfoot
Benjamin Marshall
F.D. Maurice
Marion Morris
Ovid Need, Jr
Wm. Newcombe
N.A. Nisbett
Gary North
Randall Otto
Zachary Pearce
Andrew Perriman
Beilby Porteus
Ernst Renan
Gregory Sharpe
Fr. Spadafora
R.C. Sproul
Moses Stuart
Milton S. Terry
Herbert Thorndike
C. Vanderwaal
Foy Wallace
Israel P. Warren
Chas Wellbeloved
J.J. Wetstein
Richard Weymouth
Daniel Whitby
George Wilkins
E.P. Woodward
 

FUTURISTS
(Virtually No Fulfillment of Matt. 24/25 & Revelation in 1st C. - Types Only ; Also Included are "Higher Critics" Not Associated With Any Particular Eschatology)

Henry Alford
G.C. Berkower
Alan Patrick Boyd
John Bradford
Wm. Burkitt
George Caird
Conybeare/ Howson
John Crossan
John N. Darby
C.H. Dodd
E.B. Elliott
G.S. Faber
Jerry Falwell
Charles G. Finney
J.P. Green Sr.
Murray Harris
Thomas Ice

Benjamin Jowett
John N.D. Kelly

Hal Lindsey
John MacArthur
William Miller
Robert Mounce

Eduard Reuss

J.A.T. Robinson
George Rosenmuller
D.S. Russell
George Sandison
C.I. Scofield
Dr. John Smith

Norman Snaith
"Televangelists"
Thomas Torrance
Jack/Rex VanImpe
John Walvoord

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Apocalypse: The Historicist Interpretation


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F. F. Bruce
“No important contribution to exegesis of Revelation was made by [historicists], whether J. A. Bengel in Germany or Joseph Mede, Sir Isaac Newton, and William Whiston in England—eminent as these exegetes were in other fields of study. The book itself has suffered in its reputation from the extravagances of some of its interpreters, who have treated it as if it were a table of mathematical conundrums or a divinely inspired Old Moore’s Almanack.”
(Revelation, The International Bible Commentary, ed. F. F. Bruce, H. L. Ellison, and G. C. D. Howley (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986), 1595.)

Stanley J. Grentz
"Lying historically between the apparent preterism of the second-century fathers and the futurism of contemporary advocates is a third alternative -- the historicist approach -- that predominates after the reformation." (The Millennial Maze: Sorting Out Evangelical Options, p.145)

Samuel Lee (1850)
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'MY DEAR BROTHER HOPPER,-- . . . I think I said in my last that I should show what the principles of Mr Mede were, and what sort of reliance can be placed on them. I have finished my preface, and in a day or two shall send it to press. You will not be sorry to hear that I find my principles and the main of my results to accord exactly with those of the early Christian Church. So far as it judaized, Mr Mede and his school are with it.' " (Letters)

Merrill C. Tenney
"Perhaps even more devastating is Tenney’s observation: “The historicist view which attempts to interpret the Apocalypse by the development of the church in the last nineteen centuries, seldom if ever takes cognizance of the church outside Europe. It is concerned mainly with the period of the Middle Ages and the Reformation and has relatively little to say of developments after AD 1500." (“Revelation, Book of the,” in Zondervan Pictoral Encyclopedia of the Bible, ed. Merrill C. Tenney, vol. 5 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan 1975), 96.)

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Date:
07 Mar 2005
Time:
07:02:44

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historicism it pertains not only on the things that the peope are doing in the past but the things that they believe and practicing in their life in the past and in the coming future.


Date: 23 Sep 2007
Time: 17:35:28

Comments:

I am particularly interested in what the early church did with Revelation. Did they recognize it as fulfilled in 70 AD? Being of addled brain, I find it hard to wade through weighty material. What do you recommend? I was saved under Futurism, later taught Historicism, but now lean toward Partial-Preterism.

Pat


Date: 15 Jan 2010
Time: 20:45:22

Your Comments:

These comments are plainly false. Bruce does not understand the the contributions of historic theology. Grentz and Lee are clearly ignorant of the history of interpretation. Tenney seems to have never read any book on what exactly "Historicism" teaches with such a weak straw man. I have never in my life heard a legitimate criticism of "Historicism" and believe that I never will. The fact that no one can give a legitimate reply to it speaks volumes to it's truth claims. Also, it should be pointed out that the list of "Historic Preterists" on this site are almost unanimously "Historicists."


Date: 13 Jan 2011
Time: 19:09:54

Your Comments:

B. W. Johnson in his introduction to the book of Revelation states, "In my opinion this system [Historical] is more nearly correct, and yet it needs to be modified by the others [Preterist, Futurist], and carefully guarded."

Halley in his Bible Handbook states, "To us, it seems, taking the language in its [book of Revelation] most apparent meaning, that the simplest, most obvious, most natural, most evident, and most reasonable interpretation is a sort of combination of the dHistorical land Futurist interpretations: some of the visions picturing epochal events and features of Church History; some forecasting the momentous upheavals of the Last Days; and some, possible, referring to both, the earlier, perhaps, being typical and predictive of the later."

The Historicist method utilizes the elements of both Preterist and Futurist methods. This is a picture of a both/and or the best of all worlds. It is a mediating (including) approach rather than an approach of either/or.

No two historicists are fully in agreement. Is this not the case also with preterists and futurists? Since historicists go back more than 500 years, history is viewed from their perspective in history and the more history is played out in time the more light is shown and perceived in this system.

The value of historicism is the same as the value of knowing church history. What is the value of church history? Just read Halley's very brief church history and you will see! - Dave Opel
 


Date: 17 Nov 2012
Time: 13:31:30

Your Comments:

first of all Mr. Mede determined to look back as an observer to see events where he believed God's word had been fulfilled. The others who wrote after him built upon his work. Those that have other interpretations could build upon those also. I have realized in my personal study that all man made doctrines have flaws. Then the more dangerous ones are personal the ones we write on our hearts and minds that we have to let go of when we realize through our study of the God's word that we were wrong. It has to be that way in order for God to allow us to learn through His Spirit more about his truth. We can not dismiss certain sections of the scripture or manipulate the words to make our personal doctrine work.

Jesus is Lord to the Glory of the Father
 


 

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