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Donald Hochner, “A Comparison of Three Systems: Dispensationalism, Covenant Theology, and New Covenant Theology” (online at www.angelfire.com/ca/DeafPreterist/compare.html, accessed9/2/07).
Gary D. Long, “New Covenant Non-Premillennialism—Part 2” (online atwww.soundofgrace.com/v7/n.9/glpart2.htm, accessed 9/2/07).
O. T. Allis,
Prophecy and the Church
(1945; reprint, Nutley, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed,1977) 238.
Floyd E. Hamilton,
The Basis of the Millennial Faith
(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1942) 38.
Loraine Boettner, “Postmillennialism,” in
The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views
, ed. RobertG. Clouse (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1977) 95.
theology, not the reverse as stated by Packer. NCT advocate Donald Hochner similarly writes, “There are three mainsystems of interpreting Scripture.… [T]he author of this comparative analysis wishesto state his preference for New Covenant Theology, as being a more balanced systemfor interpreting Scripture.…”
Gary D. Long likewise notes, “If the
aspect of prophecy is on the right track then it must be part of a better hermeneutic. I believe New Covenant theology presents a better biblicalhermeneutic.”
If a consistent hermeneutic that leads to one’s theology is the proper way toapproach Scripture, then some of Futuristic Premillennialism’s (FP’s) staunchestcritics recognize the consistent nature of and outcome when the historical-grammati-cal approach is taken to interpret all Scripture, including prophetic portions. For example,O.T. Allis—“…the Old Testament prophecies if literally interpreted cannot be regardedas having been yet fulfilled or as being capable of fulfillment in this present age.”
Floyd E. Hamilton—“Now we must frankly admit that a literal interpretation of the OldTestament prophecies gives us just such a picture of an earthly reign of the Messiah as the premillennialist pictures.”
Loraine Boettner—“It is generally agreed that if the prophecies are taken literally, theydo foretell a restoration of the nation of Israel in the land of Palestine with the Jewshaving a prominent place in that kingdom and ruling over the other nations.”
However, each one asserts that consistency does not necessarily yield the eschatolog-ical truth of Scripture, because the fruit thereof does not agree with his hermeneuticof CT.Perhaps the great writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) summed it up best.I cannot understand how you theologians and preachers can apply to the Church—or the