Historicism

This term is used to describe a school of prophetic interpretation that conceives the fulfillment of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation as covering the historical period from the time of the prophet to the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth. These prophecies were given in visionary circles that recapitulate the content of the previous vision, adding new information or providing a slightly different perspective of the same historical period. Thus, for instance, Dan. 2 , 7 , 8–9 , and 10–12 are parallel prophecies covering basically the same historical period. In Revelation the same type of recapitulation is employed in the interpretation of the messages to the seven churches, the seven seals, the seven trumpets, and Rev. 12–14 . The validity of historicism as a method f...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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