is Historicism? What is Postmillennial Historicism?
If you are like many Christians, you probably have never heard of this
method of interpreting Biblical prophecy. Historicism is unlike Preterism, which teaches that most of prophecy has been
fulfilled in the past. It also differs from Futurism, which teaches that
prophecy will only be fulfilled at some future date. In brief, Historicism
teaches that biblical predictions are being fulfilled throughout history
and continue to be fulfilled today. The Book of Revelation is a pre-written
history of the Church from the time of its writing to the future Second
Advent of Christ, which shall usher in the new heaven and new earth.
Preterism has little to
say to us today since it inteprets predictions as
mostly fulfilled. Futurism is beyond the Church, because most Futurists
believe that a secret rapture will remove the Church from the world.
However, if the Bible and Revelation speak to the Church in ALL ages (as
Historicism teaches), it is of great importance that we listen.
agree on the following unique concepts:
"Year-Day" principle - In prophetic language, a day of
symbolic time represents a year of actual, historic time.
"Time, Times and Half a time," "3 1/2 years,"
"1260 days", and "42 month" time period, which
occurs seven times in Daniel and Revelation, is understood by
Historicists to be fulfilled in history.
Historicists believe that the Papacy is that Anti-Christ, the Man of
Sin of II Thessalonians 2, and a Beast of Revelation 13.
generally agree Revelation 9 speaks of the Muslim scourge which
Historicists agree that the Book of Revelation prophesies the history
of the Church from the Apostolic Era to the future Second Advent of
Historicist interpretation was the standard interpretation from Wycliffe to
Spurgeon (500 years) and is known as the Protestant interpretation in
distinct contrast to Preterism and Futurism,
which were Jesuit interpretations contrived during
the counterreformation.† The Reformational confessions have adopted the Historicist
interpretation, including the Irish Articles (1615), the original Westminster
Confession of Faith (1646), the Savoy Declaration (1658), and the London
Baptist Confession (1688).†
Historicism, which was also the standard reformed view during the
Reformation as reflected in the Reformational
confessions like the Westminster Standards, holds that there will be a
great renewed and worldwide Protestant Reformation before Christís Second
Coming, ushered in by a conversion of the Jews en masse to
Christianity.† It will involve the extirpation
of Romanism and Islam through the proclamation of the Biblical gospel.
encourage you to explore our web site, read, and learn more about
Historicism. For answers to some questions commonly posed to us, see Questions and Answers. To read about a
public debate that occurred between a postmillennial historicist
versus a preterist, see Public Debate with a Preterist.† To purchase Historicist literature at a
great price, see Historicist Book Store.† To join in discussion concerning
historicism, see Historicism Facebook Group
and Historicism Yahoo E-Group.