Prewrath as the Unifying View Of Prophecy
by Cameron Fultz
Just as prewrath is a unifying view of futurism, resolving the differences between post- and pre-tribulationalism, futurism in general and prewrath in particular are the inclusive views of biblical prophecy that can adopt and accept the types and themes offered in the preterist, historicist, and spiritualist views. Prewrath is the umbrella view of eschatology.
In the graphic above, futurism is shown as the goal and target of the themes and types in other views. Spiritualistic themes, including God's plan for man's redemption, span across the Bible. These themes are critical in providing the genesis and backbone for futurism's fulfillment. As such, the arrows are horizontal, reflecting themes spanning the spectrum of history.
As we will discuss below, the other views can be accepted into the futurist fold based on the types and foreshadowed events they present. As God works through history, thematically displaying the spiritual truth of His ways, certain historical events can be seen, even cyclically, as picturing His greatness as He speaks to a particular generation. These events are the result of His overarching plan to restore mankind and are represented by many vertical arrows through the various stages of history.
As the issue of biblical eschatology rages within the Church (most notably, today, between pretribulationist Tim LaHaye and partial preterist Hank Hanegraaff), prewrath offers a cohesive and comprehensive structure that can maintain its overall integrity by entertaining the opinions and perspective of other views. In fact, prewrath is enhanced by the contributions made in the apparently “competing” views of biblical prophecy. In discovering biblical truth, one should expect such an alignment to exist.
Prewrath: A View From History
“Prewrath,” as a term describing a certain aspect of biblical futurism, has only been around a relatively short time, but many of its ideas on key aspects of the Second Coming have been around for a long time, although until recently, they were not given a name.
One does not need to do extensive research to see this. For example, the prewrath stance on the sixth seal and seventh trumpet were, for the most part, held in the late 1800s by founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance A.B. Simpson. Through more inclusive in approach, he saw how the accounts of Christ in the Bible allowed for a merger of various views. Even though A.B. Simpson believed in certain conglomerations of views that those who hold to prewrath do not agree with, he did provide an example of how futurism and historicism could coexist.
Four Biblical Approaches to Prophecy
There are a number of approaches that have been developed to understand biblical prophecy. I will assume the reader's familiarity with the terms.
Biblical prophecy has been complicated by the tendency of men to narrowly define every corner of theology and then retain the comforts gleaned from the truths of those insights. A polarization resulted from man's finite abilities, and certain parties began to lay exclusive claim upon universal methods such as exegesis and hermeneutics. If we can, as fallible men asked to love one another, just acknowledge our own limitations and inability know all, then perhaps we might be able to grasp how all of biblically grounded, Holy Spirit inspired prophecy can work together.
Accepting futurism as the overarching view is distasteful for many who have staked their reputations upon their publicized understanding. And yet, it is a natural outcome of all orthodox Christian views. Spiritualists, historicists, and partial preterists all look forward to the Second Coming of Christ and the resurrection to the glorified state. It should not be a mystery that futuristic fulfillment is innately the goal of all divine prediction.
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