The Preterist and Futurist Views
Is the book of Revelation a mere record of what happened in time-past? Or is it an account of events which will one day take place? In this lecture, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines two views of Revelation. First, he briefly examines what is called the “preterist view” which understands Revelation referring to events that happened in the past. Spending the bulk of his attention on the “futurist view,” he explains that both of these should be rejected. According to the futurist view, the reader is to understand most of Revelation’s application as that which applies to a future generation. According to this view, little of the book’s meaning applies to the the lives of the vast majority of Christians who have lived. Dr. Lloyd-Jones first gives the futurist view. He then critiques it showing textual and theological problems. The author of Revelation doesn't seem to believe that a portion of the book’s material is about current realities while other things will only happen in two thousand years. On the contrary, the book is united, complete whole. It’s relevant for every age of the church and God’s people have always found their strength in these words. Listen and discover transcendent hope of the book of Revelation.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.