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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Fall Edition 1999

Toward A Wesleyan-Consistent Expression Of Eschatology

    Although John Wesley expressed no awareness of the concept of the last half of Daniel's 70th week as being elongated to embrace the entire period of time now stretching between Christ's first and second advents (in other words, a "symbol" for this present messianic age, as we teach) there is nothing inherent to this concept that is incompatible with either John Wesley's interpretation of Scripture in general, or his overall theology in any particular. We contend, then, that this construction is an adequate vehicle for the expression of a truly logical, self-consistent understanding of "Wesleyan" eschatology, in contrast to the liberally-tainted theories of both dispensational premillennialism (what we also refer to throughout this website as "Scofield/Darbyism") and radical preterism, which must either de-historize the eschatological on the one hand, or reduce the Blessed Hope to fiction, on the other.

    The danger of Scofield/Darbyism is to labor under a mentality-illusion of expected events, that, because it is not the true teaching of the Bible in the first place, will never materialize. The danger of radical preterism lies in its potential to be divisive, as the "enlightened ones," who now realize that the second coming of Jesus Christ already happened two-thousand years ago, sit in judgment and/or scorn upon those who refuse to accept a fiction for substance in doctrinal understanding.

    We predict that with the collapse of Scofield/Darbyism now in full effect the pendulum will swing in the opposite direction leading many to embrace the growing revival of radical preterist teaching. The fervency of expecting Christ to come at any moment, in many circles, will be replaced by the complacency of knowing that eschatology is now, after all, a "done deal," and it's time to put all apocalyptic speculation behind us and move on to something else.

Friends, it is not too hard to see how the reactionary tendency inherent in emerging radical preterism may well pan out to become a self-fulfilling prophecy (I Peter 3:3-4) as a misguided world-view of Christ's second coming erected in the modern evangelical craze with Scofield/Darbyism evolves into a denial of it altogether in the blind embrace of the equally superficial radical preterist teaching.

Wesleyan-Arminian theology, with its central, jeweled teaching of the crowning new covenant blessing of heart purity and perfect love, will again be submerged and eclipsed in all of this.

Let the modern Wesleyan Holiness movement beware!

Friends, there is a third, a "mediating alternative" to the eschatological systems of modern Calvinism known as dispensational premillennialism and now radical preterism.

It's called '"Wesleyan Bible Prophecy."
   
    Let it be examined and judged upon its own merits, and in its own right.

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