The Catholic Origins of Futurism and Preterism and the Reformer's Historicism Views

I mainly want to share a link with you from Wikipedia on this subject. It is a short continuation from the blog post: "The Catholic Origins of Futurism and Preterism." It is about Historicism, which was a view that many of the reformers held in their day. They were Amillennialists, but they applied the Historicism view to Rome, thinking the Pope was the antichrist who was to appear before the Second Coming. I think they mainly thought this because of the false teachings and death that Rome was delving out because of the reformers new found faith. Many of the reformers thought that it was almost the end. It just looked that way I imagine. One of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther is: "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." He talked like this because of the threats that loomed over him because of his views. In his world, it looked bleak. Nevertheless, he had hope for the future. I can't say that I blame him and others for holding the Historicism view as they did. I do still think it is interesting that the Roman Church produced Futurism and Preterism as a response to the reformer's Historicism views. Today, Futurism is the predominant view. Preterism is a minority view, but it is still out there. I also think it is interesting that C.I. Scofield was a Catholic (Jesuit Perhaps) before he was converted, and he is considered the father of Dispensationalism, which is a popular view of Futurism Eschatology.

In the Wikipedia article, you will find confirmation of what was posted in the first blog. If you missed the first blog, the link is below. I will get back on the Baptist Confession soon with the subject of "God's Decree."

 Historicism (Christianity)-Wikipedia Article


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