PURITAN NEWS WEEKLY

www.puritans.net/news/

11/03/04

 

 

ANSWERING SOME QUESTIONS CONCERNING HISTORICISM

 

By Parnell McCarter

 

Periodically we get questions concerning historicism.Recently I received an email asking this question:

 

> For a while I've thought the Papacy was involved with the end times but never knew exactly how it fit in the futurist view. I had never heard the Historicism view on eschatology until recently. I study quite often about everything and realized the errors of the futurist view and could never take the preterist view for their claims. I seem to have lots of knowledge now on the subject of Historicism and loved your critiques on preterism. There are a few things Iím confused with and wondered if you could help me out. So far all the Historicist Iíve run across either wonít return my request or even point me in any direction. The only ones that want to help are the seventh-day adventists which is really frustrating. What Iím confused about is the numbers prophecies in Daniel. I can understand the 1260 day/year

prophecy of the Papal system in power and the head being wounded, yet I canít find a congruent answer for the 2300 days, the 1290 days, etc. etc.This is the whole reason I'm trying to stay away from the Seventh-Day Adventist interpretation. I simply cannot take the investigative judgment doctrine. If Jesus is God, and he is I might add, what does he need to investigate? He knows all! Please help me

out with these things it would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Here was my response:

 

My history book entitled Thy Kingdom Come presents the historicist view of church history.Please see:

 

http://www.puritans.net/curriculum/Thy%20Kingdom%20Come%20II/

 

Within the book there is a timeline of church history at:

 

http://www.puritans.net/curriculum/Thy%20Kingdom%20Come%20II/timeline.pdf

 

Please note:

 

Daniel 12:11- "And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days."

 

In 70 AD this occurred - " the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up"

 

70 AD + 1260 years = 1330 AD (John Wyckliffe, the Morningstar of the Reformation, was born)

 

70 AD + 1290 years = 1360 AD (John Wyckliffe, the Morningstar of the Reformation, began his public ministry and the era of Reformation)

 

The Reformation brought to an end the wilderness years of the church.

 

 

I explain my views, such as the above, also in the online book at:

 

http://www.puritans.net/letmypeoplego.html

 

The reason I would rather you read my books is because I can only give you brief answers here, but sometimes such questions require long answers to do justice to the questions.

 

So I can give you my brief answer, but it really does not do justice to your question:

 

 

Daniel 8 - "Yea, he magnified [himself] even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily [sacrifice] was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given [him] against the daily [sacrifice] by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered. Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain [saint] which spake, How long [shall be] the vision [concerning] the daily [sacrifice], and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?

 

The event being described concerning Antiochus Ephiphanes occurred in 167 BC.

 

167 BC + 2300 years = 2133 AD

 

I believe in 2133 AD, to use the words of Daniel, "the sanctuary will be cleansed".

 

**BUT**

 

Matthew 14:15 - "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)..."

 

and

 

Daniel 12:11 - "And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, [there shall be] a thousand two hundred and ninety days."

 

I believe are referring to 70 AD, when the Romans desolated Jerusalem.

 

**SO**

 

The 1290 years should be added to 70 AD.

 

and

 

The 2300 years should be added to 167 BC.