Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Thoughts on the Return of Christ, Part IV

Here are those charts I promised in the last post which I also showed on Sunday, August 13. The slides show three (NOT ALL) commonly held views on the unfolding of the end times.

(The charts are from Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology, which I referenced in part 2.)

The first is a representative of the Pretribulation Rapture view.

My understanding is that the Pretribulation Rapture view is a relatively new perspective originally put forth by John Darby in the mid-19th Century and then popularized by the Scofield Reference Bible and more recently by Tim Lahaye's Left Behind series. I think its safe to say that this view is the most popular view TODAY among modern mainstream Evangelicals.

Here is a chart representing Classic or Historic Premillenialism.
And finally here's a chart representing Amillenialism . . .

Amillenialists do not believe there will be a literal, physical rule and reign of Christ upon the earth for a thousand years. Rather they take the first part of Revelaation 20 as figuritive and describing the Church age where Christ is ruling and reigning now.

Both Historic Premillenialism and Amillenialism date back to the early church Fathers and have been popular views throughout the 20 Centuries of church history. Adherents to both views argue which view has been the MOST POPULAR throughout church history.

All three views are held by Biblical Christians today. And there are other views including Postmillenialism, Mid-Tribulaton Rapture Premellenialism, full blown Preterism and everything in between. (I'll let you figure those views out for yourselves!)

Therefore, we ought to humble and charitable with one another when it comes to end times matters.


Kevin Heldt said...

The problem with all of the views is that even if you're right, by the time you find out for sure, you'll be with Christ and won't have time for gloating about it.

Kevin Heldt said...

My funniest comment yet and no one wanted to follow it up. Hmmm, maybe the pre-tribbers are right and you've all been raptured. Oops.

Brian Wong said...

Sorry Kevin, it took me too long to figure that one out that by the time I realized the humor in your statement, it wasn't funny any more. Oops. I guess they're right when they say that most of what we communicate isn't even in the words we use, it's in our tone and our body language.

Lara Laity said...

Hey Kev, I laughed. =) Seriously. Darin and I are in the middle of some research for ourselves. We read Joel Rosenberg's "Epicenter" which is mostly in line with Tim LaHaye's thinking at least in the idea that the end times will be centered in the middle east and then we read "End Time Delusion's" by Wohlberg. Talk about different perspectives! So, we are still very much undecided, but a little more open to different ideas.

Anonymous said...

Ready for some laughs? Head for MSN or Google and type in "The Rapture Index (Mad Theology)," "Thomas Ice (Bloopers)" (the great "researcher" Falwell, LaHaye etc. depend on for historical facts!), "Pretrib Rapture Diehards," and "Pretrib Hypocrisy." Jon