Kevin Reed touches on how the Jesuits planted preteristic and futuristic interpretations of prophecy to counter the Reformation view of eschatology (known as Historicism), in his book review titled "The Ecclesiology of John Foxe: A book review by Kevin Reed of John Foxe and the Elizabethan Church by V. Norskov Olsen" (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1973), by citing Olsen when he writes,
The Counter Reformation is generally considered to have three aspects: the Jesuits, the Inquisition, and the Council of Trent. In view of the significance of the Protestant apocalyptic interpretation of history which prophetically pinpointed step by step the events covering the whole Christian era from the beginning to the end, it seems justifiable to suggest a fourth aspect, namely the praeteristic (preteristic-ed.) and futuristic interpretations launched by Catholic expositors as a counterattack (p. 47).
More information on the Counter Reformation, the Jesuits, the beginnings of Dispensationalism, and Rome's attempt to subvert Protestantism through the Jesuit-inspired Futurist and Preterist interpretations of prophecy can be gleaned from the resources below:
WARNING: In spite of some useful historical information at the three links above related to Reformation history, the Counter Reformation, the Jesuits, the errors of Dispensationalism and Futurism, etc., it should be noted that the authors are Seventh Day Adventists and therefore should be used with the utmost in spiritual discernment as their SDA heresies do come to the surface periodically.
An even more useful set of books, dealing with these topics (and more), is E.B. Elliott's Horae Apocalypticae; or, A Commentary on the Apocalypse, Critical and Historical; Including Also An Examination of the Chief Prophecies of Daniel Illustrated by an Apocalyptic Chart, and Engravings from Medals and Other Extant Monuments of Antiquity. With Appendices: Containing, Besides Other matters, A Sketch of the History of Apocalyptic Interpretation, Critical Reviews of the Chief Apocalyptic Counter-Schemes, and Indices.
Furthermore, in 1878, Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote the classic reference work Commenting on Commentaries. The 'prince of preachers' surveyed over 1,400 commentaries on the books of the Bible providing bible students and pastors with a valuable guide for selecting books for their libraries. His comments are often as entertaining as they are helpful. Each book of the bible forms a chapter in this work. Spurgeon provides pithy analysis and offers his recommendation of the best commentary and those to avoid. When he reaches the book of Revelation his clear recommendation is E.B. Elliott's Horae Apocalypticae. He succinctly states that it was "the standard work".It would surprise most Baptists today to realize that this most eminent Baptist preacher was himself an Historicist or Continuist as he called it then. Elliott's work was the standard work in 1878 because the Historicist interpretation was still the standard in Protestantism and this work had gone through 4 editions and had established itself as the standard within the Historicist school." (from: http://www.historicist.com).
... most of the ancient writers name Rome to be the see of Antichrist; although they could not foresee that the bishoprick of that see should degenerate into the tyranny of Antichrist (William Fulke. [Works, vol. 2] A Discovery of the Dangerous Rock of the Popish Church Commended by Sanders, edited for the Parker Society by Richard Gibbings, 371 -- available on the PURITAN HARD DRIVE.
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