I don't want to hijack the thread re amil, postmil, premil, or dispy end times so will ask this here. And let me say upfront I too tend the take the Bible pretty literally, even though that sometimes leads me away from the theology and teaching of some who describe themselves as literalists. So here is my question: are we supposed to strive to be strict literalists? If we were, wouldn't that mean John the Baptist did not fulfill the predictions of Elijah returning as a forerunner of the Messiah? Wouldn't it mean Jesus should have been the political and military leader the literalists of His time expected? How do we know when to be literalists and when not to be?