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The Final Prophecy of Jesus: An Introduction, Analysis, and Commentary on the Book of Revelation

Welcome to Historicism.com!

What is this website about? Historicism.com exists simply to encourage Christians to study the Bible more. I've found that many Christians tend to skim over the major books of prophecy in the Bible, and worse, much of what believers know about Bible prophecy they have learned not from personal study of the Bible, but from other books or videos on the subject. But there are few things so encouraging to one's faith when a personal discovery is made in the Scripture. I love it when in my work I'm able to help Christians make discoveries like that when studying the Bible together. My hope for this site is that many will receive that kind of encouraging insight in biblical books like Daniel and Revelation--books that don't get much pulpit time in most churches! So that's why I keep up this website. Not to give you other things to read instead of the Bible, but to give you resources to encourage and equip you to study the Bible more.

At Historicism.com, as our site name suggests, we provide resources teaching, explaining, and encouraging Christians to consider the historicist understanding of biblical prophecy. This interpretation was favoured by many of the great writers, thinkers and preachers of the historic Christian church since the Reformation of the 16th century. While the earliest Reformers, like Martin Luther and John Calvin, did interpret prophecy according to a historicist framework, they retained the interpretation of "the thousand years" of Revelation 20, known today as, "Amillennialism," that was promoted at that time by the Roman Catholic Church. From the late 16th century until the 20th century, the historicist interpretation of prophecy, coupled with a "Premillennial" view of Revelation 20, was common among Bible-believing Protestants around the globe. That particular brand of end-times beliefs, called, "Premillennial Historicism," was accompanied by a great surge in world missions, the founding of many mission-minded Bible institutes and colleges, and a wealth of creative and doctrinally sound literature engaging the issues of the times. Some of the most influential men who shared the premillennial historicist interpretation, and lived during this period, included Henry Grattan Guinness, A. J. Gordon, Charles H. Spurgeon and A. B. Simpson.

The last century has seen a sharp decline in the vitality and doctrinal understanding of the vast majority of Christians in Europe, New Zealand, Australia and North America. This website was born out of the conviction that a recovery of the conviction, based on solid biblical study, that the Lord's return is rapidly approaching, can help spur Christians around the world to make the most of the time that remains for this present Age. This goal can be accomplished in three primary ways:
  • Equipping men and women with the ability to study and understand Scripture for themselves;
  • Encouranging Christians world-wide to return to a Christianity that is all about Christ; a faith that is centred on the Gospel in doctrine and practice, and,
  • Exhorting all Christians to passionately embrace the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a world unaware of the approaching end of the Age.

The sun is setting on this age. Our Lord is returning, probably sooner than we think. Not only do Christians need the blessing and encouragement to be found in Bible prophecy, they also need to understand the warnings that it contains. One of the great purposes of biblical prophecy is to spur Christians to faithfulness, and perseverance, in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with a world that, today, needs it more than ever. The sun is setting on a church that has fallen asleep. Who knows when Jesus will return?

"...there are two purposes for predictive prophecy. The chief purpose is to affect the conduct of those who hear the prophecy. Another purpose is met only when the prophecy is fulfilled. That purpose is to build faith, to establish confidence in the God who miraculously foretold events (John 13:19; 14:29; 16:4)."
(Understanding and Applying the Bible, p. 215, by J.Robertson McQuilken, Moody Press, Chicago, ILL, 1983)

"From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He." John 13:19

"Now I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you may believe." John 14:29

"But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you may remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you." John 16:4

 

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RECOMMENDED READING:

 

Read about two famous evangelical preachers, teachers, and writers, who had an incredible impact on the Evangelical Church in North America, and who were both premillennial historicists: A.J. Gordon and H. Grattan Guinness!

  • Pope Benedict shocked the world on July 10, 2007, with his denunciation of Christian churches outside of Roman Catholicism. Read a biblical response from former Roman Catholic priest, Richard Bennett and co-author, Michael de Semlyen: Pope Benedict’s Denunciation of True Churches Exposes His Own System (Adobe Acrobat).
  • Is Israel on a path to Armageddon? Read a short article by Joe Haynes titled, "Armageddon...In the Last Days, the Nations Turn Against Israel," study the relevant passages of Scripture, and decide for yourself: CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED!

  • I love this recent commentary on the book of Revelation by Dr. Oral Collins: The Final Prophecy of Jesus. Available now through Amazon.com!
  • The book of Romans in the ESV read by Max MacLean. The great preacher John Chrysostom is said to have had Romans read to him once a week! Romans is perhaps the most profound presentation of all the essential doctrines of the Christian faith ever written. It only takes about an hour to listen to the entire book on this CD. But a weekly diet of Romans is sure to take your spiritual life and biblical understanding to unprecedented heights. Give it a try.
We recommend the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. However, we realize that many fellow-Christians have significant reservations about modern Bible translations. Therefore we highly recommend the Bible of the Reformers, the 1599 Geneva Bible.

 

Historicism.com is owned and operated by me, Joe Haynes, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I serve as a pastor in a church plant in Victoria since 2013. My wife, Heather, and I have five kids. In 2011, I completed a Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Northwest Baptist Seminary at the Associated Canadian Theological Seminaries of Trinity Western University. Feel free to visit my blog at Keruxai.com. If you would like to make a donation, for which we would be most grateful, please use the button below or click here.

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