The following charts try to represent the different Schools of Interpretation of Revelation. To understand the graphics, we must understand an important distinction. The “Historical Premillennialism” cannot be confused with the “Historical School” on Revelation. Both Dispensationalist and Historical Premillennialism stand at the Futurist Schools on Revelation. Therefore, we will start with three futuristic schools. I will not represent the Idealistic school today, but in a future update.
Note: Example of the second view winthin Dispensationalism tradition:
Duck Daymond: “should keep in mind that these seven churches represent seven time periods giving us a panoramic view of church history running from Pentecost to the Rapture.”
Dr Roy Gingrich: “seven churches represent seven successive periods of church history”.
Warren Wiesbie: “The special messages to each of the seven churches are given in Revelation 2-3. Some students see in these seven churches a “panorama of church history,” from apostolic times (Ephesus) to the apostate days of the twentieth century (Laodicea).”
Tim Lahaye: “Although this time-honored belief that Christ’s message to the seven churches includes a prophecy of the seven stages of church history has never been unanimous, it is held by most premillennialists. Even Phillip Schaff, the writer of the classic eight-volume set History of the Christian Church, accepts that position.”
Note: Observe that, even though the above view is considered Futuristic, there is no rapture in it. The period of Tribulation and Millennium also may NOT be interpreted literary.
Notes Duck, Daymond R. The Smart Guide to the Bible Series: The Book of Revelation (Kindle Locations 470-471). Gingrich, Dr Roy. The Book of Revelation in Outline Form (Kindle Locations 519-520). Kindle Edition. Warren Wiesbie. Be Vicorious: Revelation. In Loco (QuickVerse) LaHaye, Tim (2010-02-16). Revelation Unveiled (Kindle Locations 512-514).