With the advent of the historical-critical method of biblical interpretation, it became the dominant interpretation among New Testament scholars, though it has been less popular among evangelical scholars.According to preterism, Revelation is a heavily symbolic, apocalyptic and prophetic book that was written primarily to warn readers of impending persecution, to encourage them to persevere in the face of suffering, and to reassure them that God is in control and will overcome evil in the end.According to preterists, these statements require that we look for fulfillments.(They argue the same for Jesus’ pronouncement of impending doom in Matthew 24 [and parallels], for Jesus explicitly states “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened,” vs. The spiritual themes of Revelation are timeless, these scholars argue, but the specific events of which this book speaks were all fulfilled in the first century.The Catholic party appears to have felt itself the superior.At all events it was the first to take up arms." This article highlights quotes from historical and Catholic sources proving the Papacy's aggressive nature.The Idealist View Many Christians throughout history held to the idealist (sometimes called the spiritualist) interpretation of the book of Revelation and many evangelicals today continue to support this view.What is most distinctive about the idealist interpretation is that it denies that the events and figures recorded in this book have a direct correlation either with events and figures in the past (as the preterist believes) or the future (as the futurist believes).
Many evangelicals don’t realize that the futuristic interpretation of Revelation advocated in this popular series is only one of several interpretations evangelicals espouse. As we compare the two prophecies, we see that the first beast of Revelation 13 and the little horn of Daniel 7 are one and the same, both representing Rome.Five main points of Revelation 13 clearly indicate that the first beast is none other than the little horn power of Daniel 7—the Antichrist Roman power: Inherited Characteristics Papal Rome (the first beast) emerges out of Pagan Rome Forty-two Month Time Period A Mouth to Utter Proud Words World Power In addition, Revelation 13 tells us more details about the first beast to help us establish its identity more clearly: The Counterfeit Wound The Number of a Man Back to The Two Beasts of Revelation 13 by Professor Walter J.This book "Cross and Crown" is a powerful and thrilling recital of the most romantic and dramatic incidents in history to be found on record, told in the simplest, most graphic, and entertaining form.The historian Ranke says this about Protestant-Catholic relations: "In the year 1617, everything betokened a decisive conflict between them.To search for such specific fulfillments, they argue, is to fundamentally misunderstand the apocalyptic genre of this book.Revelation should be read as a heavily symbolic dramatization of the ongoing battle between God and evil.Veith, an international speaker who has studied Biblical issues in-depth in his quest for truth.His popular series Genesis Conflict brings the debate between Creation and evolution to a new climax as he dissects the arguments with a scientific eye.Idealists defend their interpretation on a number of fronts.Most emphasize that the nature of the apocalyptic genre does not require and may actually rule out locating specific correlations with the symbols it employs.