In this brief series I am providing “talking points” in answer to common questions. I hope these are helpful.
Is there double fulfillment in Revelation which can account for both the preterist relevance but also the futurist anticipation?
No, for at least two deadly reasons:
(1) The book itself claims the events are “near.” Who are we to say, “Yes, but”? An angel commands Daniel to “seal up” his prophecy for later times (Dan. 12:4), but commands John to “not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand” (Rev. 22:10) If you adopt a dual-fulfillment view, you are doing so on the basis of theological desperation, not exegetical conclusions.
(2) Are we to believe that all of the details of Revelation occur twice? Two six sealed scrolls? Two beasts? Two groups of 144,000? Two “two witnesses”? Two Armageddons? Two Millenniums? On and on we could go.
The Climax of the Book of Revelation (Rev 19-22)
Six lectures on six DVDs that introduce Revelation as a whole,
then focuses on its glorious conclusion.
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