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It is the character of Bible prophecy to. OT messianic prophecy is an example. OT did not say explicitly that there would be two comings separated. That time element was the specific aspect. But as the fulfillment. Here is also the answer to that most serious of all objections to. Loizeaux , So the charge that the prophetic view destroys the doc-.

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A significant argument for the prophetic view may be seen in the. And most would see that significance as representing completeness,. Nor can importance be the deciding. One might add the typical interpretation to the picture and say. Certainly these seven are not the. The NT itself furnishes many examples.

Seven churches of Asia

When one tries to label every church with which. These seven cannot represent a total list of church types. However, when the prophetic view of the seven churches is. The seven do not. What is it that prompts expositors to see implicit prophecy in. It is the remarkable correspondence in fact with the. It is not within the purpose of this paper to. The second clearly discernible period was one of persecution and.

The Seven Churches in Asia (Revelation 2–3)

And the lukewarmness and materialistic self-sufficiency of the church. It should be remem -. But it is at this point that opponents of this view voice one of. They claim that there is no such correspon -. First, to label the prophetic view as another continuous-historical. The continuous-historical method of interpreting the book.

Revelation in specific events of history, such as the conversion of the. The prophetic view propounded here does absolutely none of this. These are not immediately and. Marshall, Morgan, and Scott, n. Epistles to the Seven Churches , Tenney , Interpreting Revelation Grand Rapids: See also Tenny's entire discussion of this view The claim that the prophetic view is subjective and differs widely.

When the many continuous-historical writers are included, it is of. Such subjectivity is a. But those who actually.

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Second, it is claimed that the view of church history used by the. The answer to this objection is very simple, but very important. Such a claim involves a faulty understanding of the nature of the. The seven periods of church history are. They represent the place where men may. They are true churches. Therefore, those churches represented in Revelation Western Christianity has been the major center for world. The implications of this insight are crucial. It cancels the objection. Revelation provides a picture of trends and movements.

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This insight also forces a reevaluation of the whole approach to. For example, the Laodicean church is not. It is the Bible-believing evangelical church.

Good and Evil in the Churches of Asia and Bethlehem

It is materially rich and increased with. Rather it is somewhere in between. It is trying to enjoy the good things and to avoid the unpleasant. Is this the case with us and with the people in our churches? Then ours is a Laodicean church. And to the degree that Laodicea. This material is cited with gracious permission from: Please report any errors to Ted Hildebrandt at: This interpretation does not compromise the doctrine of imminence since the prophecy is implicit and thus not discernible until its fulfillment has been accomplished.

The three interpretations may be called the historical interpretation, the typical or representative interpretation, and the prophetic interpre - tation. The historical interpretation understands the seven churches to be seven actual historical churches in provincial Asia in the first century. Some of them are mentioned elsewhere in Scripture Ephesus and Laodicea while others are known from church history.

There seems to be almost total agreement on this interpretation; the only view known to the present writer that would deny it holds that the seven churches are seven Jewish congregations in the future Tribula - tion period. That is, these churches exhibit characteristics which may be found in any church of any time or place.

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Third is the prophetic interpretation which additionally sees a prophetic or predictive element in these seven letters. Each church in Revelation exhibits qualities and conditions which become pre- dominant in a certain period of church history from the first advent of Christ to his second advent. The question addressed here is whether the prophetic interpretation is part of the meaning of Revelation This has been denied by some dispensationalists.

I believe that some well-meaning but over-zealous expounders of the prophetic view have claimed too much or have sought to pile up evidence by using I weak arguments. This has actually hurt the credibility of the prophetic interpretation more than it has helped because it gives opponents something to refute, thus making the whole position look weak. One such argument is that the book of Revelation is a prophetic book ; hence it would be appropriate to find a prophetic aspect here. It might be claimed that since the prophecies of the tribulation period come after chaps. BMH, 17 ,25 , and John F.

Christian Beacon, , who presents a more impressive argument. Of course, a prophetic view is held by non-dispensationalists as well e. Klock and Klock , George Ladd's equation of dispensational ism with the prophetic view is thus an overgeneralization.

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But again this proves nothing; "after this" would be just as true even if there were a gap, and the occurrence of a gap is certainly not unusual in prophetic literature. I personally do not put great significance in the argument based upon the etymologies of the names of the seven churches 6 for two reasons. First, the proposed etymologies are very uncertain and hypo- thetical. Second, the argument is based on a very questionable method of exegesis.

While it is true that names may have meanings as Miller and Smith and Fisher have in English and sometimes were given with deliberate reference to that meaning as Benjamin and Joshua- Jesus in Scripture , this was not normally the case. The ministry of Paul is not explained by studying the etymology of his name. Nowhere in Revelation does it say that these letters are dealing with seven long periods of time which must tran - spire before the second advent.

Indeed if it had said that, it would have effectively denied the plain teaching of Scripture elsewhere that the Lord's coming is imminent, to be constantly expected and watched for. But the fact that it is not explicitly prophetic does not at all mean that it is not prophetic. Bible prophecy elsewhere is often implicit rather than explicit. It is the character of Bible prophecy to unfold as it is fulfilled. Augustine of Hippo 's reason for interpreting angels of the churches as the prelates of the church is that St. John speaks of them as falling from their first charity, which is not true of the angels.

Much of what is said is rebuke and admonishment, so if the angels are heavenly beings, they may serve in some way as representatives of the sinful people in their churches. Jewish tradition maintained that every nation and individual has a guardian angel, and that when God is about to punish a nation, He first punishes its angel.

There is even a story of Michael, the guardian angel of Israel, being rebuked by God for the sins committed in the time of Ezekiel. So the original readers of Revelation might have assumed that the angels here are the guardian angels of the individual churches, sharing responsibility for the actions of the members. Scofield has noted that "The natural explanation of the 'messengers' is that they were men sent by the seven churches to ascertain the state of the aged apostle This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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