Multi Dimensional Prophecy

ne of the reasons Bible prophecy teachers and scholars
have consistently failed to successfully make predictions based
upon their scriptural analysis is the almost universal refusal to
recognize the non-linear nature of predictive knowledge. In the various
scriptural accounts which deal with specific chronological events, such as
the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24, the kings passages in Daniel
7,8, and 11, and the Seal, Trumpet, and Vial
movements in Revelation, we see such a massive amount of data that
it cannot be distilled down to a single timeline.

The comic-book version of prophecy found in the ranks
of the moronic "left-behind" crowd have almost completely obliterated the
believer's ability to even think in a rational fashion. A good
example of this two-dimensional quicksand is found in the so-called
doctrine of imminency -- the rapture cult dogma that Christ could
return at any moment without any necessary pre-requisites.
Few stopped to think that since Revelation describes a 200 million
man army fielded by "the kings of the East" (Revelation 16:12), that last
generation could not have arrived (and Christ's return could not,
therefore, be imminent) when the world's population didn't come close to
that figure.

Another example is the Preterist nonsense
wherein the "scholars" tell us the tribulation already happened in 70 AD.
Although there are variations in the estimates of how many were killed in
the Roman siege at Jerusalem, they top out at about 1.1 million. Since
Jesus Christ
said the "tribulation" will be "such as was not since the
beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be"
(Matthew 24:21), how can the million or so dead then be considered more
severe than, say, the black plague which killed 20 million a
millennia later?

Oh, and never mind the great flu pandemic of 1918, or
the 50 million murdered by Mao Tse Tung and "Uncle Joe" Stalin
years later!

Another example of this superficial linear thinking is
in order. Since the world is destroyed at the end of the seal
judgments in Revelation 6, and the world is destroyed at the end of
the trumpet judgments in Revelation 9, and the world is
destroyed at the end of the vial judgments in Revelation 16,
are we to believe the world ends three times? The obvious answer is
these three sequences overlap and all conclude at the same time -- thus
the world only comes to its retribution once more; yet the churches
overwhelmingly reject this most basic of interpretive perspectives.

The author of Hebrews tells us as much when he
writes "but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I
shake not the earth only, but also heaven." (Hebrews 12:26). While the
scholars argue over alleged contradictions in the chronological prophetic
record, they never stop to think that God communicates from outside of the
timestream. His perspective is eternal, so when Revelation
says Lucifer was cast out of heaven in Revelation, it happened before
the world was made, it happened at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ,
and it will happen in the near future during the already underway
tribulation. Indeed, it's happening right NOW.

The truth is, on this side of the temporal existence
that God has engineered, we see through a glass darkly. However, the
"then" when we will see Him "face to face" (I Corinthians 13:12) is just
around the bend in the river.

August 3 2005 -- James Lloyd

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See Also

Apocalyptic Linguistics

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