Post by kjs on Apr 30, 2019 7:24:39 GMT -6
OK Natalie ... thanks to all ... very good comments and a variety of understandings.
Thank you kjs for reminding us that the Jesuits presented two theories. At my age (87) I had forgotten that they had put forth preterism and futurism.
Along with the various positions we may hold to (or at least consider), when interpreting the Book of Revelation, I first attempt to take the passage 100% literal ... if this does not sit well, I then consider a figurative understanding may be in order.
An example would be ... Rev 13:13 ... And he doeth great wonders, (RC "miracles") so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.
Note that the fire does not come down from heaven above, but from heaven on the earth. This fits well for the historicist, because that is what the unusual papal hat represents ... two tongues of fire.
RC "miracles" ... Marian apparitions ... winking Madonnas ... statues of Mary "weeping" ... levitation of St Joseph of Capertino ... turning wine into the blood of Jesus ... and on and on.