Friday, October 15, 2010

The difference in importance between the past and present

Well, at least in the views of fulfillment of scriptural prophecy.

When we put all fulfillment of scripture into the future it makes the purpose of these prophecies ...


We become the point of the Bible. We become the reason men like John, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Zachariah and the other prophets prophesied. Even part of Jesus ministry was for us and us alone.

This seems to make us very overly important. We are the center of history; the reason for it all.

I just can't accept that.

If the historical views, especially Preterism, are true, than what is the point of scripture?

That God knows the beginning from the end and recorded it in His Word, the Bible. He had certain authors write what was going to happen before time in order to prove that the Bible really is the Word of God. If the Bible is the Word of God than we know that Jesus is just who He said He was.

The purpose of prophesy, then, is to glorify God and point souls to Jesus.

We are no more or less important than any other people who have lived at any other time.

I find that much more in line with Spirit and message of the non-prophesy parts of the The Book.

In writing these prophecy commentaries, I have noticed a number of things:

Futurists can't explain their interpretation of scripture without adding to the Bible. In other words, they have to add such ideas as double fulfillment and "This generation" meaning "All of Israelite History" in order for their views to appear to be in the Bible.

They accuse Preterists of making everything in prophecy symbolic and then turn right around and do the same thing. The only differences appears to be what each view thinks is symbolic.

Futerists seem to think it will bring glory to God to go backwards. Temple sacrifice was instituted to symbolize Christ's sacrifice. Then Christ was sacrificed. Why would God go back to the symbol when we now have the real thing?

Futurists constntly put scriptures together that don't go together. For example, at some point a man is supposed to come to a world-wide throne (Revelation), make it so you have to worship him in order to buy food (Revelation), institute  seven year tribulation(Daniel, Matthew), and sacrifice a pig on the alter in the temple at Jerusalem (Daniel). This will all be followed by a world war that will culminate in Christ coming on a white horse and defeating the anti-christ's army(Different scriptures in Revelation).

Never mind the term "7 year tribulation" is not found anywhere in the Bible. The 7 years come from Daniel, who was talking about Christ. The Pig incident is talking about Antiochus IV. It happened 2200 years ago, 400 years after Daniel lived! Yes a gret tribulation was predicted by Jesus, but He never gave a time limit for it. And he stated that it would happen before those He was talking to died. And it did in AD 70.

Which brings up another problem with futurism. They don't know their history. And they don't seem to care.

Anyway, I am having trouble getting all the information I need for my commentaries. Too much false static out there.

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