Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend (Proverbs 27:17).
The dialog is an ancient and venerable genre used by those with a truth to present. Read Plato’s Symposium, for example, and you can relish a spirited conversation among friends, replete with good-natured ribbing and honest delight in discussing big topics. A striking benefit of the Internet is the way it makes it easier for people to compare notes on specialized topics.
This next section can be read as a dialog, containing questions and challenges I have received over the years to a preterist interpretation of Daniel, and my notes in response to these helpful conversation partners. This lively debate occurred on the Reformed Christian Culture Internet discussion group in the summer of 2004. As I posted my chapter analyses of Daniel from a preterist perspective, several preterists and a few historicists debated the fine points. Most of these contributors had already formed a definite position and had read my short commentary on Daniel. Rather than either side being convinced, we tested each others’ positions, refined our definitions and clarified misunderstandings.
I arranged the “Notes on Daniel” that emerged from the discussion to follow the chapter order of Daniel. I have added notes as I have received more questions over the years.
The number of preterists is growing dramatically as this trend in interpreting Bible prophecy garners interest around the world. In response to my articles on eschatology at www.Forerunner.com, I get frequent challenges, questions and opinions. Most of these are from a dispensationalist viewpoint. But some are questions from those who have taken the time to explore the idealist, historicist and preterist positions.
Several of these notes discuss the distinction between historicism and preterism. Since many of the same arguments against historicism and in favor of preterism can apply to futurism or idealism, I did not need to spend as much time on refuting those positions.
Since Daniel is quoted and alluded to throughout the New Testament, I also cover some of these points. There are notes answering frequent questions I have received on Matthew 24, 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation.
I write as one who has been immersed in the discussion for many years, so if you have any questions, or if anything is unclear, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment at www.Forerunner.com. If you have a question about the preterist view of Daniel, read this book. But feel free to ask if you do not see your question covered. I will try to answer all questions.
- Notes on Daniel: Who was the first Roman “king”?
- Notes on Daniel: Interpreting Revelation 17 with Daniel 7
- Notes on Daniel: Historical Context of Revelation
- Notes on Daniel: Interpreting Revelation in Light of Daniel
- Notes on Daniel: 2 Thessalonians 2 – Who is the Man of Sin?
- Notes on Daniel: Daniel 12 – When is the “abomination of desolation” of Daniel 12:11?
- Notes on Daniel: Daniel 11 – When is the “abomination of desolation” of Daniel 11:31?
- Notes on Daniel: Daniel 9 – Does the Fourth Vision of Daniel extend past the seventy sevens?
- Notes on Daniel: Daniel 9 – Is there a break in the seventieth week?
- Notes on Daniel: Daniel 9 – Interpreting the “Seventy Sevens”
- Notes on Daniel: Daniel 8 – Calvin on the “Little Horn”
- Notes on Daniel: The Beasts and the Horns as fluid symbols
- Notes on Daniel: Daniel 7 – Who is the “Little Horn”?
- Notes on Daniel: Daniel 7 – Who are the “ten kings”?
- Notes on Daniel: Daniel 7 – What is the Fourth Kingdom?
- Notes on Daniel: Who is the Little Horn, the Beast, the Whore of Babylon, the Antichrist and the Man of Sin?
- Notes on Daniel: Calvin's Commentary on Daniel
- Notes on Daniel: Calvin's View of Daniel Was Preterist
- Notes on Daniel: Why A Preterist View is Needed
- Notes on Daniel: Hermeneutics
- Notes on Daniel: Historicism or Preterism?
- Notes on Daniel: Definition of "Preterist"
- The “Twenty-One Days” of Daniel 10:13
- Who are the Ten Kings of Revelation 17?
- Daniel 7:24 — Is the Little Horn “after them” or “among them”?
- Notes on Daniel: Calvin on the "little horn" of Daniel 7
- Notes on Daniel: Exegesis
- Notes on Daniel: Most of Daniel is History
- Notes on Daniel: When did the kingdom of God come?
- Notes on Daniel: The Dual Fulfillment Theory of Prophecy