The Restoration and Futurist Views Compared
Christian today believe that Bible prophecy foretells a future 10-region
empire that wages a 7-year period of tribulation, preceding the Savior's
return and from which the faithful are rescued in the rapture.
This explanation is called the Futurist Interpretation because it places
the fulfillment of this part of Biblical in the future.
Where did this belief come from? Did the apostles
and early Christians interpret prophecy that way? Did the
reformers make the same conclusion?
The Restoration presents an different explanation of
Biblical prophecy. How does that interpretation compare with the
views of the reformers or the teachings of the early Christian Church?
Biblical prophecy and its fulfillment in the
Restoration's latter-day glory has been the backbone of the Restoration
message. Missionaries from the Reorganization regularly taught the
meanings of Daniel's and John's prophecies, but that was almost a
century ago. The Reorganized Church has not published a book
detailing its interpretation of prophecy since 1946. In the late
1960s, the Herald House did offer for a time a privately published book
by George Njeim entitled Insights into the Book of Revelation. The
result is that most church members, even in Restoration settings, do not
adequately understand the Restoration view. They can easily assume
that the Futurist view augments Restoration teachings.
Interpretation of Prophecy details the development of
both views and explains which better agrees with the former-day saints
in apostolic times and latter-day saints under Joseph Smith's prophetic