Frank B. Holbrook wrote about Martin Luther’s struggles against the Catholic powers when Luther told a rioting audience at Wittenberg to refrain from violence against the Roman Church.
-Remember that anti-Christ as Daniel said, is to be broken without the hand of man.
-Violence will only make him stronger. (Ministry Magazine, July 1983)
Holbrook has also condensed the history of the birth of pre-millennialism well. He wrote, Sixteenth-century Reformation preaching of the apocalyptic prophecies of Daniel and Revelation tended to center on what the Reformers believed to be a Christian apostasy that had arisen within European Christendom… this preaching had a telling effect upon Europe.
In the Counter-Reformation, which inevitably followed, Rome, rising to the challenge, sought to divert the damaging import of this application. The result was the publishing of the initial argumentation for what would later become two distinctive, but diverse methods of interpretation: the futurists and preterist systems.
Holbrook went on to report that the Spanish Jesuit Francisco Ribera (1537-1591) published a 500-page commentary introducing the pre-millennial interpretation. This publication, according to Holbrook, turned readers away from following the normal methods of interpretation. Directing their attention away from their present condition, this new interpretation enticed them not to look to Rome to find fulfillment, but into the far distant future. Non-Catholic pre-millenialists have overlooked the origin and purpose of this interpretation and have supported a doctrine invented and published by an apostate church.