By seeing historical anchors throughout the process of history we are given an opportunity to raise our awareness of the Kingdom of God and its militant work of inner growth throughout the process of our lives.
Any theology which looks to the temporal things as its finality, any theology which takes ANY scripture and applies them to the temporal realm, and does not apply them to the spiritual truth behind it for which it was written, is an incorrect theology.
Typically, the coming of the Lord is seen as a single historical event. However, the Greek word parousia, upon which the English is often rendered simply as ‘coming’, suggests much more. The simple identification of the origins of the word parousia offers a tremendous opportunity to cut through centuries of error in order to comprehend the prenatal work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.
Galatians 3:16 “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. “
How can it be said we remove the motive and incentive to Christian watchfulness, by denying the kind of Advent they hold? How can they say these injunctions given to the New Testament church to watch for the Lord’s coming mean that they should expect the Second Advent every day, when the Master himself shows that it is death which is referred to?”
“It is the Duty of every Christian, as he values his Safety and his Soul, to bear constantly in Mind, and make good Provision against, the Second Coming of the Lord; which in effect will be the Time of his own Death”
By objectifying the coming of the Lord we miss the true imminency presented by the subjective nature of His approach. The coming of the Lord is to each person when they depart from this world for the world to come. As Jesus Himself said, “I will come to you and receive you unto myself.”
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He interpreted John’s visions in such a way as to make them relevant for the church of all times, similar to modern “idealist” interpretations.
For my part, I find the arguments for the preterist reading of Revelation quite compelling, though I also believe there are paradigmatic spiritual truths found throughout the book, as the idealist camp argues.
Interestingly, Christ, in response to the question of how many times a man should forgive his brother, responded by saying, “until seventy times seven,” which is the exact amount of time in Daniel’s seventy weeks.