Revelation from the point of view of idealism



Psalm 19:7

NASB
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Revelation 19:10

10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

From Reformed Books Online

Idealist Commentaries on Revelation

“What is the Prophetic View of Idealism?

“Idealism is the view that the prophecies of the Revelation generally do not have historic referents (or have very few, such as the first and second comings of Christ), but are to be understood symbolically and spiritually (thus drawing spiritual ‘ideals’ from the book).  Idealism is most often conjoined with an Amillennial outlook.

“This view has become more popular in Reformed circles during the 1900’s.  See B.B. Warfield’s 4 page article below for the best, short, evangelical defense of this view. . . 

“Regarding the interpretation of Revelation, we [at Reformed Books Online] recommend a cross between Historicism and Idealism.”

BBWarfield meme2B. B. Warfield was a defender of Biblical inerrancy. He and A.A. Hodge wrote an influential book about this. According to Theopedia.com, “his passion was to refute the liberal element within Presbyterianism and within Christianity at large.” In interpreting Revelation, he was an idealist. The short article linked below was helpful to me in understanding how to approach the genre of apocalypse as it relates to the Book of Revelation. This article is in a pdf format.

The Apocalypse

Chapter 44, Selected Shorter Writings II, pp.  651-654


 

19 thoughts on “Revelation from the point of view of idealism

  1. Preterism, Futurism, Historicism and Idealism. All have their strong points. But none of these methods used to understand the End Times affects the overall message of the book of Revelation. Jesus Christ is King and He will make His enemies His footstool.

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