In order to understand the points being made at PreteristIdealism.com, a proper sense of how terms are utilized by the Modern Idealist Method will be necessary. Below is a growing list of terms useful for the study of the website’s native method of interpretation.
A great deal of work has been put into each definition, and they are presented with all seriousness and are rigorously adhered to in all writings. In most cases, a simple dictionary definition (DD) will be followed by one closely aligned to it, yet more descriptive of Modern Idealism (MI) and Metamillennialism (MM) as employed at this website.
Items left blank will be updated in the future with precise definitions.
COMPARISON WITH OTHER FORMS OF IDEALISM
HISTORICAL IDEALISM: The historical view would state that the scenes of John’s Apocalypse depict principles of spiritual warfare, not specific events. These principles are operative throughout the church age and may have repeated embodiments. Ultimate fulfillment is accomplished at the end of the world. The point of distinction being that the substance of prophecy is being seen as largely fulfilled in the natural realm through the progress of history.
MODIFIED HISTORICAL IDEALISM: The modified view would state that there is an ultimate end characterized by salvation and judgment. Thus no specific prophesied historical events are discerned in the book, except for the final coming of Christ to deliver and judge and to establish the final form of the kingdom in a consummated new creation.
MODERN IDEALISM: The modern view states that the ultimate end characterized by salvation and judgment was accomplished before creation. Very specific prophesied historical events of ancient Israel’s material kingdom were established to reveal that determination of the council of the Trinity in the pretemporal age. The final form of the spiritual kingdom indwells history through the agency of the Holy Spirit in every generation past, present, and future. The millennium is the sabbath (metamillennialism).
METAMILLENNIALISM: The kingdom theology of Modern Idealism. Synonymous with the Sabbath, which is immaterial in subject yet material in objective forms. Manifested in all senses, personal and historical (most visibly in the Byzantine Millennium). Sanctification is the promised result of each manifestation.
Incidental Idealism is not, strictly speaking, Idealism at all. Rather, it is being used as a “catch all” term to refer to the writings of Preterists, Historicists and Futurists, which just happen to be Idealist in nature. This is common among chronologists when discussing the “true nature” of Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, or other figures and types in the Bible.
Terms are arranged alphabetically. Primary antonyms and/or contrasting terms are in brackets. To help clear up confusion, here are the two realms of fulfillment, including an alphabetical listing of all associated terms used below:
THIS WORLD: APPLICATION, MATERIAL, OBJECT, SECONDARY, SHADOW, TYPE
WORLD TO COME: ANTITYPE, AXIS, BODY, IMMATERIAL, PRIMARY, SUBJECT, SUBSTANCE
DD: A fixed reference line for the measurement of coordinates.
MIM: The eternal plane of fulfillment to which all temporal fulfillment corresponds.
DD: The action of putting something into operation.
MIM: The corresponding temporal fulfillment directed from the eternal plane before creation.
LIVING WORD [WRITTEN WORD]:
MATERIAL [IMMATERIAL] :
WRITTEN WORD [LIVING WORD]:
OTHER TERMS OF INTEREST:
- Brazen Serpent
- Churban: The destruction of Herod’s Temple, which is called churban habayit (“destruction of the house”) in Hebrew.
- Jacob’s Ladder
- Lord Supper
- Metamillennialism: The kingdom theology of Modern Idealism. Synonymous with the Sabbath, which is immaterial in subject yet material in objective forms. Manifests historically in eras of heavenly dominion, both personally in kingdom rest and historically in many forms, most notably in the Byzantine Millennium. The battles waged as a result of the Christocentric rule with a rod of iron, typically receive a greater dose of objective forms.
- Millennium: Indicative of the Son of Man’s dominion over heaven and Earth. The millennial aion indwells believers through the Holy Spirit, and rests upon the rebellious for the sowing of confusion. Revealed in biblical numerology by the numbers 40 and 1000. Ultimately, biblical imagery is to be utilized as an objective show of the reader’s human condition.
- Prodigal Son
- Revival / Refreshing
- Three Days
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That Which is
Observable is the Outward/Visible Show of that Which is
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Revelation(Subjective to Objective)
Spiritual Substance from Eternity (Pattern) Precedes
Manifestations in History (Copy)
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Israel is the Outward Show in History of Jesus’ Kingdom
From Everlasting to Everlasting
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The Everlasting Kingdom is
represented Biblically as “Zion,” “New Jerusalem,”
etc., and Resides “Within the Hearts” of
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Individual(Objective to Subjective)
Both Cities of
a Picture of the Heart:
Old as the Natural Man, New as the Spiritual Man