By Jay Rogers
Published April 27, 2008
The following set of notes is the result of a debate on the Reformed Christian Culture discussion group. As I posted my chapter analyses of Daniel from a preterist perspective, several preterists and a few historicists would debate the fine points. All responses were posted to that discussion board in the summer of 2004.
Most had already formed a definite position and had read my commentary on Daniel. Therefore, these “Notes on Daniel” are not intended as a primer on the preterist approach to Daniel, but as a follow-up discussion to the commentary.
Although I am here taking my responses out of the context of the discussion, reading the commentary will put these notes in perspective. I have edited parts that I thought would be too esoteric.
Still I am writing as one who has been immersed in the discussion, so if you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email. Since I have posted some articles on eschatology on my web site, I get frequent challenges, questions and opinions emailed to me. Most of these are from a dispensationalist viewpoint. But sometimes there are those who have taken the time to explore the preterist position.
If you have a question about the preterist view of Daniel, most likely I cover it in my commentaries. But feel free to ask. I will answer all questions. This is why I am doing this in the first place.
The following are some of my notes in response to questions and challenges to In The Days of These Kings … The Prophecy of Daniel in Preterist Perspective:
- "In The Days of These Kings ..."
- Notes on Daniel: Historicism or Preterism?
- Notes on Daniel: Why A Preterist View is Needed
- Notes on Daniel: Calvin's View of Daniel Was Preterist
- Notes on Daniel: Who are the kings of Daniel 7?
- Notes on Daniel: Calvin's Commentary on Daniel
- Notes on Daniel: Little Horn, Beast, Babylon, Antichrist, Man of Sin
- Notes on Daniel: Who is the Little Horn?
- Notes on Daniel: What is the Fourth Kingdom?
- Notes on Daniel: Who is the Man of Sin?
- Notes on Daniel: Comparing Daniel and Revelation
- Notes on Daniel: Calvin on the "little horn" of Daniel 7
- Notes on Daniel: The Beasts and the Horns as fluid symbols
- Notes on Daniel: Exegesis
- Notes on Daniel: Historical Context
- Notes on Daniel: Hermeneutics
- Notes on Daniel: Most of Daniel is History
- Notes on Daniel: The 70 Weeks of Daniel 9
- Notes on Daniel: Definition of "Preterist"
- Notes on Daniel: Calvin on Daniel 8
- Notes on Daniel: Interpreting the 70 Sevens
- Notes on Daniel: What parts of Daniel occur after AD 70?
- Notes on Daniel: When did the kingdom of God come?
- Notes on Daniel: The Dual Fulfillment Theory of Prophecy
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