In recent years I have been going through a theological journey that has been fascinating to me, maybe not you, but to me. I don’t know if it’s my age or just a new budding interest but I am finding biblical theology enjoyable.
I have been deeply studying the questionable issues in the Dispensationalism and the Historicism views of eschatology. Some of these issues have quietly been exposed through my article posts at the Ask the Bible website and some I have kept to myself but a lot are ongoing.
My own ministerial education has been in the Historicism school of eschatology but I have not been one to make an issue of those who hold to a Dispensationalism school of thought. For some reason I haven’t ran into pre-trib people ridiculing post-trib people, it has always been the post-trib that seem to want to make it an issue against pre-trib.
I have always felt that I have understood the arguments for the rapture, the subsequent 7-year tribulation, and the separate event of the second coming. My position really was a “pre-trib, post-trib, all-trib works out in the end” kind of attitude. When I first entered pastoral ministry it became clear that most of us are concerned with surviving the week don’t have enough theological bandwidth to worry about the tribulation.
In 2016 I attended a Calvary Chapel pastors meeting as an invited guest, and when the speaker said that it was essential to have a firm pre-tribulation theology, I began mauling that over in my mind and not too happily, either.
When I arrived back home I did some study on the pre-trib and post-trib positions, but for whatever reason I didn’t pursue a deeper study into some of the issues that were left unanswered.
Later that year our church where I serve as pastor was scheduled to go through the book of Revelation, verse by verse, and I decided that as I taught through it I would mainly rely on respected theologians and commentators who held a pre-trib position. Most of our membership at that time held to a pre-trib position.
I was already familiar with the Historicism interpretations of Daniel and Revelation so I determined to challenge myself by testing the Dispensationalism view and relying on such sources as Walvoord and others from that tradition.
Surprisingly, I found that when I started from the pre-trib and dispensationism perspective it made sense. The pieces fit better and when we were finished with the Revelation teaching series I was left with only a few unanswered questions.
So since that time I have been quietly seeking answers to some of those questions on the pre-trib view. My posts on At The Last Day?, Death in the Millennium?, and Common Ground on Pre-Trib vs Post-Trib? have been part of this deeper study and available at the Ask the Bible website.
Recently I have been looking deeper at the issues and questions of one of the most popular prophecies in the Bible, the Mark of the Beast found in Revelation 13 and will be posting on this soon, too.