Christian Model of Foresight

Christian Model of Foresight

An Ideological and Socio-Rhetorical Analysis of Revelation 2:1-7

By Allen Quist 

John’s Model of Foresight

John’s model of foresight as shown in the Book of Revelation centers on a ‘Godpromised event yet to unfold,’ even though the timetable for fulfillment is unknown andthe vivid apocalyptic imagery shrouds the events. Peters calls this intervention into theuniverse adventus – God doing something new, not based on existing elements. Giventhe apocalyptic scenario of the future (Rev. 4-22), John exhorts Christians to preparethemselves spiritually for those coming events giving his readers “signposts” to monitorso they could see the indications of the fulfillment of the future predictions. When the present is used to predict the future, Peters calls this futurum – a future developed fromtrends already present.

Dealing specifically with the Ephesians (Rev. 2:1-7), John’s model of foresight includes both an eschatological and a futurological perspective, both adventus and futurum. John deals with the eschatological future as he encourages them to not give up. He communicates Christ’s promise to those who do persevere that they will fellowship with God in Paradise. John deals with the Ephesians from a futurology perspective as he tells them to examine their past success and their Next Pagerecent past trends that they might see the direction they are going. He then sets before them an alternative future scenario based on no change in their behavior – that of Christ’s removal of the church.

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