Historicism Defined

Historicism is the precept that Prophecy is History in advance, Prophecy continually unfolds in History, and History verifies that which has already been fulfilled.

Historicists are united for the most part on the proposition that the Roman Catholic Church is the notable falling away or great apostasy of II Thess. 2, which began the 1260-year historical reign of the Papacy, and that line of men fills the seat of the man of sin or Antichrist, consistent with the same text;

Also, that the Seventy Weeks of Daniel were contiguous and terminated seven years after Jesus’ appearance as Messiah at his Jordan River baptism, and that He put an end to the sacrifice and oblation in the midst of the week by the sacrifice of Himself for our sin.

In the Revelation we hold that the things which are,[1] were present at the time of the Patmos encounter, about 95 AD, such as the seven churches, which are the primary object of the seven epistles occupying Chapters two and three;

Chapters four and five was a glimpse into the heavenly realm where John was taken, and an assurance that the revelation of the things which shall be hereafter would be from heaven and not man, they would come from Jesus, because He alone was worthy to unseal the scroll, and, we hold that the prophecy must shortly come to pass[2] as to its commencement, about the end of the first century;

Chapters six through nineteen of the Revelation contain the prophecy of the church in the world from the end of the first century until the Second Coming of Christ, resurrection of the Saints, and the establishment of Jesus’ earthly reign for the final millennium of this creation era.

Future events must be verified by explicit and express textual witness; but future speculation which stands on conjecture alone, can never be a reliable interpretation.

[1] Rev.1:19. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

[2] Rev.1:1. The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;

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