Thank you for J. Nelson Kraybill's articled entitled "Apocalypse Now" [Oct. 25]. It is refreshing to read an article that injects a bit of sanity into the current madness that seems to swirl around the issue of the "last days." I share Kraybill's view that blends preterist, idealist, historicist, and futurist perspectives. It seems many evangelicals are unaware of any other than a futurist and woodenly literalist perspective on Revelation. Articles such as this counterbalance the confusion that has currently engulfed us.
Kraybill's "Apocalypse Now" is presented beautifully. Too bad the only illustrations you could find were from the more hysterical approach, but then careful thinking has never made very good pictures or sold many books.
Kraybill's "Apocalypse Now" is the best article on Revelation available. It is sound biblically, full of helpful insights, and practical. In a day when some writers are reaping large rewards from playing games with the apocalypse, it is refreshing to read an article that provides a good antidote.
I found Kraybill's essay condescending and arrogant. He implies that modern dispensationalists had never considered his enlightened view before leaping to their sensationalistic literalist hermeneutic. There is a lot of phony scare-mongering spread by wacko date-setters, and I agree that we must be cautious. But we must never become scoffers who make fun of biblical prophetic truth.
Signs of Christ's return are increasing in frequency and intensity. World economies are merging through global networking in cyberspace. World militaries are uniting under the United Nations. World religions are growing tolerant of the concept that there is no absolute truth. All of the these signs indicate ...1