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.
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
agree on the following unique concepts:
- The "Year-Day"
principle - In prophetic language, a day of symbolic time represents
a year of actual, historic time.
- The "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
- All 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
- All Historicists
agree that the Book of Revelation prophesies the history of the
Church from the Apostolic Era to the future Second Advent of Jesus
- The 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). We encourage you to explore our web site, read,
and learn more about Historicism.
to some questions commonly posed to us, see Questions
To read about
a public debate that occurred between a historicistic post-millennialist
versus a preterist, see Public
Debate with a Preterist.
Historicist literature at a great price, see Historicist
To join in discussion
concerning historicism, see Historicism