Eschatological Views of the Second Coming

The most popular view and the most recognized is the Dispensationalist system that popularized by the "Left Behind" series from Tim LaHaye, and Thomas Ice, with a little of Mark Hitchcock thrown in for good measure. As we explained the origins of Dispensationalism, the basic idea of the belief system is the history is divided up into dispensations where God worked through generation in different manners; Innocence, (Adamic),  Conscience (to the time of Noah),  Human Government, (after Noah, before Abraham), Promise, (Abraham to the Exodus) Law (from Exodus to the resurrection of Christ) Grace, (from Resurrection to Millennial Kingdom)  Millennial Kingdom is the last.

Concerning the chronology, they hold to the idea that Christ return and the Resurrection (Rapture) happen before the tribulation begins. Christ only appear to raise people and gather them together, and then all go back to heaven to enjoy the Marriage feast of the lamb. During the seven years of tribulation people come to Christ and so at the end of the seven years so again when he comes to earth with his saints, there is another resurrection of the ones who died during the tribulation period. This time Christ remain and begins the Millennial period with him ruling from Jerusalem. You can find Mark's views in his book, "The End".

                  Ice the return                                              Lahaye revel                                                the end mark H

Post / Amill Position

The Post / Amill position is created from basically one chapter. Revelation is taken to be a recap where satan's is not "imprisoned" but his authority is bound, which they understood happened in the Resurrection, in 33ad. Since then the millennial reign began and ended in A.D. 70, when the New Heaven and earth arrived. The same position is also held by futurist who are waiting form these events in the future. In their view Christ return after the Millennial reign which follows of course the future tribulation period. One says the events are passed the other future both follow the same chronology. Preston and many others hold to the Post Mill, Preterist view which requires yet not


Historicism / Idealism

HISTORICSIM - is the belief that that the events of Revelation having been playing out in history since the book was written. Some hold to the early date and so make the events A.D. 70 as part of the fulfillment of the book. The difficulty in such a position is there is no chronology to its fulfillment and so adherent look for events in history and then go to the book and say, "this was fulfilled in such and such event", which becomes very arbitrary. The most difficult part to uphold is noting these events happen "quickly". Meaning in Revelation 1:1 John says he was "shown things that were to take place in quickness", meaning not close in time but, the events themselves were to happen in a very quick time. For example the "Beast" once he comes to rule, his Kingdom only last for 42 months, or three and a half years. It ends with the return of Christ. It is also hard to argue the Judgments found in the book are spread out over thousands of years.

IDEALISM is the belief that the events written about in Revelation are not all to happen literally but take place over time and spiritually. The exception is the Second Coming and the Great White throne Judgment. Idealism comes out in Preterist views from people like John Noe book where he claims there is no second coming but Jesus has been here and never left spiritually so there is no need for him to return a second time.  As I said before the  Preterist view leads to more error.

Noe also argues against the existence of Hell.

                            john noes book                        hell yes no Noe