The Historical View of Prophecy and Antichrist
The Foundations Under Attack, The Roots of Apostasy
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There are two great truths that stand out in the preaching that brought about the Protestant Reformation – the "just shall live by faith"l (not by the works of Romanism or any other religion) and "the Papacy is the Antichrist revealed in Scripture." It was a message for Christ and against Antichrist. The entire Reformation rested on this twofold testimony. In losing the second, unquestionably we have done injury to the first; ecumenical Christianity and "new evangelicalism" provide abundant testimony to this.
Iain Murray in his book The Puritan Hope described the Reformers as "unanimous in their belief” that the Papal system is both the"man of sin" and the Babylonian whore of which Scripture forewarns. Rome was the great Antichrist, and so firmly did this belief become established that it was not until the nineteenth century that evangelicals seriously questioned it.
Bible scholar Dr. Grattan Guinness ringingly declared,
"Thousands of marlyrdoms have sealed the testimony
against the Papal antichrist, and on this testimony
rests the Reformation. To reject it is to reject the
foundation of the noblest and divinest work which has
been wrought in this world since the day of
The Protestant or Historical interpretation of prophecy views the prophecies of Daniel, Paul, and John as fully and faithfully laying out the entire course of Christian history; and sees the Book of Revelation as a pre-figuration in detail of the chief events affecting the church and Christendom. "A great cloud of witnesses" has given testimony to the correctness of this view. Wycliffe, Huss, Savonarola, Luther, Calvin, Melancthon, Zwingli, Tyndale, John Rogers, Latimer, Ridley, Hooper, Cranmer, John Foxe, Bunyan, the translators of the King James Bible, the men who published the Westminster and Baptist Confessions of Faith, Sir Isaac Newton, Wesley, Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, Matthew Henry and (more recently) Spurgeon, Bishop J.C. Ryle, Hudson-Taylor. and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones – these men, among countless others, steeped and soaked in Scripture, recognized the office of the Papacy, the Vicar of Christ , as "the man of sin", the new face of the old paganism that is “MYSTERY BABYLON” in the Bible. They saw it all in the Scriptures; it was quickened to them. They saw the counterfeit bride, the Harlot that would be judged at the end of history. All of them were immensely burdened for the souls of those in bondage to such an evil and corrupt system and imprisoned in what Luther called "the Babylonian Captivity of the Church." They knew that it was their duty to view the Church of Rome as God views her and stand clearly against all her heresies. If they were right about this then, they are still right today. God's Word does not change, and Rome has since added to her many heresies.
What Is Historicism?
The Historicism Research Foundation has a helpful summary on historicism on its web site:
"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."
Historicist's agree on the following unique concepts:
● The "Year-Day" principle of prophetic language defines a day of symbolic time as representing a year of actual historic time.
● The "Time, Times, and Half a Time", "3 1/2 years", "1260 days", and "42 months" time period, which occurs seven times in Daniel and Revelation, is understood by Historicists to be fulfilled in history.
● All Historicists believe that the Papacy is that Antichrist, the Man of Sin of 2 Thessalonians 2, and the Beast of Revelation 13.
● Historicists generally agree that Revelation 9 speaks of the Muslim scourge which afflicted Christendom.
● 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 Christ.
● The Historicist interpretation was the standard interpretation from Wycliffe to Spurgeon (spanning 500 years) and is known as the Protestant interpretation, in distinct contrast to Preterism and Futurism which were Jesuit interpretations contrived during the Counter-Reformation.
Additionally, the Reformation confessions, including the Irish Articles (1615), the original Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), the Savoy Declaration (1658), and the London Baptist Confession (1688), have adopted the Historicist interpretation.
Popery exhibits itself in many, many ways
It starts by not listening what the common man has to say
To promote the idea that you are higher than me...
Let's everyone see the evidences of this popery!
I have higher knowledge that's what they say
Leave the Bibles chained to the alters
I know Latin, Hebrew and Greek
I can tell you best what the Bible has to convey
Modern day scholars try to take control
And say to the common man I can best feed your soul
By going back to the original manuscripts and telling you what they have to say
Is no different than the Roman Catholic Church in her hey day
But I want all you common ordinary people to understand
You have the very WORD OF GOD with in your own hand
Don't buy into the modern day scholar that would try to steer you way
From the simple word of God and what it has to say!!!