A Case For The Futurist Interpretation Of The Book Of Revelation -- By: Andy M. Woods

Journal: Chafer Theological Seminary Journal
Volume: CTSJ 13:1 (Spring 2008)
Article: A Case For The Futurist Interpretation Of The Book Of Revelation
Author: Andy M. Woods


A Case For The Futurist Interpretation Of The Book Of Revelation

Andy M. Woods

Andy Woods earned a B.A. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Redlands (California), a Juris Doctor degree at Whittier Law School (California), and a Th.M. degree at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. Andy has served as a pastor and college instructor. He has contributed articles to End Times Controversy: The Second Coming Under Attack and The Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy and has spoken at the Conservative Theological Society and Pre-Tribulational Research Center, for whom he has also written book reviews and journal articles. You may contact Andy at [email protected]

Introduction

While previous generations of dispensationalists enjoyed the luxury of the widespread assumption that the Book of Revelation primarily concerns future events, such a “golden age” is past. Today many scholarly and popular commentators are aggressively challenging the futurist interpretation of the book. Perhaps the most vociferous are partial preterists, who contend that most of the events in chapters 4-22 were fulfilled at the time surrounding the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.1 They believe that Revelation was penned in the mid–60s and that it predicted God’s divorce from and the A.D. 70 judgment upon harlotrous national Israel for her rejection of Christ. They claim that at that time, God was also at work creating the new, universal, international church to permanently replace disgraced and judged Israel (John 4:21; Galatians 3:9, 28-29; 6:16; Ephesians 2:14). However, partial preterists are quick to distinguish themselves from full preterists by pointing out that they still hold to a future bodily return of Christ and the final judgment (20:7-15).2

Partial preterists rely upon several key texts in Revelation in order to portray the book as a prediction that was essentially fulfilled two thousand years ago. Although time constraints prevent an exhaustive study of how preterists handle the entirety of the book, this article will highlight several textual arguments relied upon by partial preterist Kenneth Gentry in some of his recent material surveying the Book of Revelation.3 While some futurists may believe that the preterist early date scheme ends the debate, this article will attempt to show that the pret...

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