The Philosophy Of Revelation : The Idealist Approach, And The Futurist Approach

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Introduction There are four major approaches to interpreting the Book of Revelation: the idealist approach, the preterist approach, the historicist approach, and the futurist approach. I will explain which of these is my preferred approach and why. I will explore some of the thinking behind each of these approaches and discuss some of their strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, I will briefly discuss the differences between premillennialist, postmillennialist, and amillennialist, as well as the differences between pretribulationist, midtribulationist, and post-tribulationist. Personally, I prefer the views of the futurist approach, premillennialists, and pretribulationists.
The Book of Revelation begins with a promise. “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Rev. 1:3 KJV) The Book of Revelation ends with a warning. This warning should be taken seriously by those who nonchalantly approach its interpretation.
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev. 22:18-19)
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