How should we interpret apocalyptic parts of the Bible such as the Book of Revelation and Matthew 24. It is important to consider that there are four main views:
- Preterism - The idea that the prophecies were fulfilled long ago. This view in my opinion cannot explain how it is said in 2 Thessalonians 2:8 that Jesus will destroy the Anti-Christ with the splendour of his coming, obviously Christ has not returned yet.
- Futurism. The idea that the prophecies will be fulfilled in the future. This view in my opinion cannot explain the Great Whore prophecy in Rev 17-18, where the whore is said to contain five kings who have already been.
- Idealism. The idea that the prophecies are symbolic. I have yet to see any real evidence for this.
- Historicism. The idea that the prophecies are being fulfilled throughout history. Historically it has been associated with Anti-Catholicism.
I guess I currently land in the historicist camp, which I do not think is inherently Anti-Catholic. It is the only view which in my opinion is compatible with both 2 Thessalonians 2:8 and Revelation 17-18. What the Whore is, I don’t know, but I want to avoid anything Anti-Catholic or Anti-Semitic