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It may be some time, before this ~19th century invention is explored in much detail on this site. It is an obscure eschatology, that spiritualizes away New Testament prophecy, rather than expecting and seeking out its fulfillment. In other words, if first century Jews and Gentiles had used this approach to Old Testament prophecy, they would have all been more blind than the Pharisees were, to the coming of the Messiah. Rather than expecting the Messiah as a powerful conquering king, the way the traditions of some Jews blinded them from seeing Jesus as the Messiah, nobody would have expected the Messiah to arrive at all!
From Wikipedia: "Idealism (also called the spiritual approach, the allegorical approach, the nonliteral approach, and many other names) in Christian eschatology is an interpretation of the Book of Revelation that sees all of the imagery of the book as non-literal symbols."
If you are an Idealist, please feel free to present your eschatology with us in the Islam-Christian Forum in a complete and cohesive manner, otherwise we will continue to presume that there are virtually no idealists out there. I would also encourage you to review a study within the traditional historicist context, through which all Jews and Christians understand Old Testament prophecy was fulfilled, on that dedicated page.