01-04-2017, 09:49 AM
Preterism is the view that what we read as Biblical prophecy has already happened.
In this view, John of Patmos was likely writing about his own time in guarded, coded and metaphorical language, given his status as prisoner of the Roman republic. If so, then ancient Rome would be the city on seven hills, Nero Caesar was the Beast, etc.
"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." ~ HL Mencken