Re: Lightfoot no preterist?
- To be fair, (as far as I can tell) Lightfoot did have a preterist view of Matthew 24, of Daniel, and of Revelation. Yes, Lightfoot called Rome "antichrist," but neither do preterists deny that -- Lightfoot, in the same sermon you quote identifies civil Rome with the Beast, and the Papacy with "the image of the Beast," as if to say that the Pope is the image of the first wicked Roman dictator. In the same sermon, he explains his view that Daniel's prophecies go up to Christ's first Advent AND NO FURTHER, and that Revelation picks up from there and GOES NO FURTHER BACK, intending that the destruction of Jerusalem is included in the prophecies of Revelation. Don't Lightfoot's notes on the Assembly procedings exist? I'd be interested to see if he has anything regarding the Article identifying the Pope as THE man of sin, THE antichrist.gmw.----- Original Message -----From: SolesSent: Tuesday, August 03, 2004 2:43 AMSubject: Re: [Covenanted Reformation] Re: Fw: John Owen NO preterist, more quotations.To pick up slightly on a former thread, J. Owen wasn't a Preterist, and
neither was John Lightfoot, the Westminster Divine.
Quoting from James Reid's Memoirs of the Westminster Divines, p64 of Vol II,
in an undated sermon preached before the House of Commons, "...That Christ
and Antichrist are plainly the seed of the woman, and the seed of the
serpent...he who will seek to make conjunction of Rome and us, will marry
light and darkness, God and the Devil, Christ and Antichrist together, and
make friendship between those, between whom God himself hath doomed an
enmity while the world endureth... Let scattered Popery never cloud us
again, nor superstition overwhelm us. Let Religion and the Gospel be in all
our borders, and peace and truth in all our times."
Another sermon in the same time period on Rev. XX:1,2, referring to
Daniel's prophecy compared with John the Apostle's, ...And where the beloved
prophet concludeth, the beloved disciple begins, and shews the state and the
persecutors of the Christian church, from the destruction of Jerusalem to
the end of the world, and revealeth a new Jerusalem coming down from heaven
when the old one on earth is destroyed, and one persecuting monarchy and
state of Rome equalling in mischief and cruelty against the church all the
four that had gone before it."
Lightfoot was a man known for his own ideas and interpretations, but this
isn't any kind of Preterist talk; he kind of sounds alot like Owen, and all
the rest, who were recent benefactors of being removed from Antichristian
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Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 7:23 AM
Subject: [Covenanted Reformation] Re: Fw: John Owen NO preterist, more
> It sure did! Thank you for your work in compiling this stuff.
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