Below is an article I found on diasporafoundation.org, which is a new kind of Facebook substitute, and a comment exchange I had with the writer, that may be interesting for others who are influenced by this – IMHO- wrong view. I am neither a believer in Left Behind Zionist Evangelical interpretations of Bible prophecy, but I don’t believe that most things are alrady happened and in the past! You can join Diaspora too and find me there under ‘ParadisePost’.
Here follows the article by Robin:
Has Most Bible Prophecy Already Been Fulfilled?
I know #end-times stuff has been really popular for decades. It sells a lot of books and makes a lot of money for “experts” in #bible#prophecy. Even when their #predictions and prognostications prove to be utterly false over and over again, guys like Hal Lindsey and a host of others still are believed and still sell books and seminars and videos. I think it hurts #gospel#evangelism a great deal when these guys claim that their predictions come straight from the bible! When they don’t come true, people are like, “Well, I guess Hal Lindsey just proved the bible to be false!” Are these people more likely to be receptive to the gospel after some “prophecy expert” seemingly just “proved” the bible to be false? I don’t think so.
All I ever heard growing up from little kidhood until college was the popular #rature#LeftBehind scenario. I never knew there had ever been any different view of #eschatology (the study of end-times prophecy). As it turns out, the popular evangelical secret-Rapture Left-Behind #Tribulation#SecondComing eschatology that sells so many books and scares the heck out of so many kids is actually little more than 200 years old!No one believed or taught any such thing in Christianity before that! It is the invention of well-meaning #Christian#theologians who were desperately looking for a way to “wake a sleepy #Church out of her doldrums.” But the damage it has done is incredible.
There are three #orthodox schools of eschatology that go back at least a thousand years or more that have been lost to this recent science fiction scenario that unwittingly “proves the bible to be false” whenever some “bible prophecy expert” makes absurd predictions supposedly on the authority of the inerrant and infallible #scriptures! Remember Hal Lindsey’s prediction that the Rapture must happen by 1988 because modern Israel’s founding was 1948, so it had to be within a single generation (40 years) because Matt. 24:34 supposedly says so. Oops, it’s way past 1988 and we’re all still here. See there? Once again the bible proves to be false, right? Wrong. It’s Hal Lindsey who is false, not the bible. Under ancient Israel’s law, a false prophet, once discovered, was put to the sword! But in our day false prophets just sell more books and produce more TV shows.
Needless to say, as a student of and believer in the bible, my eschatology has radically changed.