Who Has Held This View?
Since the end of the 16th Century, many Protestant scholars and pastors have held to the Historicist method of interpreting prophecy. There has been quite a bit of diversity about the details of some of the conclusions they reached when trying to see how specific details had already been fulfilled. But their method was generally similar: that of comparing prophecy to history to see what had and had not yet happened. Comparing the writings of Historicists from the past 400 years shows that in spite of diversity in the details of their views, a number of elements were found to be commonly held. It is these writers with major points in common with one another that I list here as Historicist writers of the past:
Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Foxe, Thomas Brightman, Joseph Mede, Sir Isaac Newton, Bengel, Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, John Gill, E.B. Elliott, H. Grattan Guinness, Charles Spurgeon, A.J. Gordon, A.B. Simpson, E.P. Cachemaille, Basil Atkinson, LeRoy Froom, Harold Barton, Oral Collins, and many others.
In 2007, Dr. Oral Colins published The Final Prophecy of Jesus. This major, scholarly commentary on Revelation is extremely helpful in giving the reader an understanding of the fulfillment of Revelation, chapter by chapter, in addition to providing scholars with information on advanced exegetical and textual issues. Dr. Colins lived in Massachusets, USA, and died in 2013.
Two other Historicists who were both pastors with what is now the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptists of Canada, right here in my home province of British Columbia, were A.J.L. Haynes, my grandfather, and Dr. George Dawe. Samples of their writings on Historicism are listed below. Dr. Dawe also wrote a small commentary on Revelation which I hope to scan and publish to this site eventually.
THOUGHTS on the Great Tribulation by Pastor G.R. Dawe, D.D. & Tomorrow: What do the Prophets Say? by A.J.L. Haynes
Dr. George Dawe retired to Glory in 2010 at the age of 95. During their lifetimes, he and my grandfather (below) were friends. Dr. Dawe's obituary is quoted below:
DAWE, George Robert (1905 - 2010) After a long life of faithful Christian service, George Dawe slipped quietly away to his heavenly reward on August 28. He was predeceased by his youngest daughter Carol in 1971 and his wife Evelyn in 2001, as well as two sisters, Lucy and Dorothy Paull. He is survived by daughters Hazel and Laurel. George was born on October 29, 1905, in Golden, BC, and lived all his life in this province apart from a short time in Los Angeles, where he attended the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and where he met his wife, and also a short time in Alberta. He served as pastor of Baptist churches in Mission, Salmon Arm, Edmonton, Kamloops and Prince George, as well as many others where he filled in temporarily. He co-founded, administered and taught at Western Baptist Bible College in Calgary, later part of Northwest Baptist Bible College in Port Coquitlam, and now incorporated in Northwest College and Seminary in Langley. He and Evelyn were also instrumental in establishing camps at Mission and Sunnybrae on Shuswap Lake. A funeral service was held at First Baptist Church, Kamloops, on September 3. If desired, gifts in memory of George Dawe may be sent to Sunnybrae Bible Camp, RR#1, S6, C26, Tappen, BC V0E 2X0. Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on September 10, 2010
My grandfather, Rev. A.J.L. Haynes, was the pastor of Maple Ridge Baptist Church, in BC, for over 40 years. He went to be with the Lord in 1983 at the age of 88.
Dr. Dawe and Rev. Haynes were good friends. To quote a letter from Dr. Dawe to myself, "I thank God upon every remembrance of your beloved grandfather, A.J.L. Haynes." Personally, I share that gratitude to God for the legacy He has given me in both of these men.
Historicism.com itself owes its existence to the legacy of my grandfather. My own education in the historicist interpretation and my commitment to the Gospel of Jesus and the mission of the Church are the results of a rich heritage.
The newspaper photo above was taken about 10 years before, at the encouragement of my parents, I began to study the Scriptures and the writings of great men of faith like H. Grattan Guinness.
My grandfather has been with Christ for over 30 years now, but his commitment to the service of his Lord continues to bear fruit today in the lives of his children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Most of these continue to serve the Lord, many are missionaries or involved in other Church ministries.
This website is dedicated to continuing the historicist exposition of the Scriptures, taught by Rev. A. J. L. Haynes throughout his pastoral ministry in Maple Ridge, for the glory of God.
- J. L. Haynes (Director of Historicism.com and grandson of A. J. L. Haynes)