Wow. Certainly not the response that I was expecting
I had not heard of Open Theism before, but from the very little I have read of it so far, I like it. It gets around some of the objections that atheists make in regard to the Free Will vs Predestination/Determinism problem, but there is one issue I think that might still cause a problem:
Deuteronomy 18:21-22 - You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?” If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.
I did a very quick search through the links you provided and couldn't find any references to that passage. Thoughts and feelings?
For what it's worth, I would still like people to respond to the original question - how exactly do you interpret these apocalyptic verses to come to a different conclusion?
My understanding is that God knows all things, and we don't. Remember the Pharisees and Saducees? They misinterpreted what Jesus was about, who he was, and the nature of his kingdom. We can do the same things.
Here are some things I have learned about prophecy from reading the Bible.
No. 1-- There are types and shadows in prophecy (which can be stories) which are pictures of the future. Without revelation from God, they will stay stories in our understanding. In Galatians 4:21-28, Paul uses Hagar and Sarah as "allegories" of the covenants of law and grace.
No. 2--Sometimes it is unclear who or what the prophecy is talking about until it has been fulfilled (or to whom it is speaking, which incidentally, I believe to be the case of last day prophecy). For instance, check out Psalms 16:10
9Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10because you will not abandon me to the grave,c
nor will you let your Holy Oned see decay.
11You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Notice the entire psalm is written in first person until verse 10, where David writes in third person. One could interpret v 10 as though David was speaking of Himself as "your holy one," but Peter refutes this thinking in his Pentacost sermon in Acts 2:29-32. This follows his quote of the above Psalm.
29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.
So the ressurection of Christ, and the fact that David was dead and decayed, showed what the fulfillment of the Psalm was. But it was not until AFTER the ressurection that it was known.
No.3-- Some things are "sealed up" until the time of the end.
Daniel 12:8-10 8I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”
9He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. 10Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who aris e wise will understand.
No. 4-- Some prophecies have double fulfillment. Certain prophecies in Daniel are believed by many to have been fulfilled by Antiochus Epiphanes, who was a Roman general before Christ, and offered a pig on the Jewish temple alter (abomination of desolation). Yet Christ and Paul both spoke of a man who would commit the abomination of desolation would stand in the temple in the future, who will persectute the Jews. Some, of course, believe this was Titus in 70 AD. I beleive it is a double fulfillment, and I don't want to go into it, because it's a lengthy subject. (Also the prophecies of Israel returning to their land have been fufilled twice.)
15“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’b spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. 18Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. 19How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
I believe the last part of this verse qualifies the time, and it was not 70 AD. Hitler killed more Jews than Titus.
The second coming, and prophecy is a large subject. No one can find all it's truth. We must believe that He WILL return though, for that is our blessed hope. I hope you do, roohif.