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Typological-archetypical prophecy. One of the theologian Frédéric Godets insights

Publicerad 2020-03-14 12:23:00 i Doomsday, Eschatology, Frédéric Godet, The Book of Revelation, The second coming (the return of Jesus),

In the swiss theologian Frédéric Godet's (1812-1900) little exposition of the Book of Revelation in his "Biblical studies" (Bibliska studier, 1884), he proposes a way of interpreting the Book of Revelation that has helped me much, I find it extraordinarily good, the best I've found. It has to do with a typological-archetypical way of understanding the prophecies of that book, so that you don't interpret them to be dealing with certain historical events, one after the other, former and future events, but you understand them as types or archetypes that can be applied on many events and many things, both in the inward life and in history. So for example there does not exist one single Antichrist, but this word is an archetype, carrying the attributes of all antichrists throughout history, albeit one might be the last one and the worst one. So is it also with natural disasters and other signs of the end times. Also with the disasters there is the last and worst ones, but all such disasters throughout history has had a part in the fullfilment of end time prophecy. The historicizing way of understanding the prophecies in the Book of Revelation, is full of problems and does not work very well. How shall you for example understand the number 666 in that framework? It's impossible.


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Lars Larsen

Born 1984 in Finland, Norwegian, lives in Österbybruk, Sweden, poet, ecotheologian and ecophilosopher (though not an academic such), is also called "The monk" ("munken", he is monk in a self-founded monastery order, "Den Heliga Naturens Orden", "The Order of the Holy Nature"), he calls himself "Forest Man Snailson" (Skogsmannen Snigelson) because of certain strong ties to Nature and the animals, founded among other things through many years of homelessness living in tent, cot, cave and several huts in the Flaten Nature Reserve and the Nacka Reserve outside of Stockholm. He debuted as a poet in 2007 with "Över floden mig" ("Across the river of me"), published by himself, he has also published an ecotheological work, "Djurisk teologi. Paradisets återkomst" (Animalistic theology. The return of paradise") on Titel förlag 2010. He has published the poem collection "Naturens återkomst" (The return of Nature) on Fri Press förlag 2018 together with Titti Spaltro, his ex-girlfriend. Lars' professions are two, cleaner and painter (buildings). Before he was homeless, but right now he lives in Österby boende, a group home for mental patients 45 km northeast of Uppsala. His adress is: Harviksvägen 6A, 74830 Österbybruk, Sverige. One can reach him in the comments section on this blog. His texts on this blog are without copyright, belonging to "Public Domain".

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