Hopefully, most of us are familiar with the term "progressive revelation". To keep it simple I offer the following definition for the purpose of discussion on this particular thread... DEFINITION: Progressive revelation is a recognition that God did not give ALL truth at once, rather He has built line upon line and precept upon precept. By way of analogy, first graders are not taught to recognize and identify "iambic pentameter" nor are they expected to be calculate a trigonometric function to identify the length of the hypotenuse. They first learn to say and then to recognize their alphabet; then they learn to write their letters; then they learn to put them together to form words, etc, etc. They first learn to count; then they learn that there are written numbers that represent the value of a group of objects; then they learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, etc, etc. I do not know if there is such a term as "successive revelation" or not. But let me offer a definition and a distinction. PROPOSED DEFINITION: Successive revelation suggests that not only does God reveal His truth progressively, but that His truth is successive in that it must build sequentially and logically (to the degree that we can understand both Him and His revelation) on the previous steps of truth. (This may be assumed in progressive revelation, but I cannot recall ever having seen it so stated.) The DISTINCTION is this, successive revelation demands that for a full and proper understanding of the revelation that comes at say, stage 6 (whatever that may be), there must be a proper understanding of the revelation that came in stages 1-5. FURTHER, it demands that the revelation at stage six must be consistent with what has been revealed in stages 1-5. Admittedly, the distinction between progressive and successive may not be very sharp as I am only in the process of verbalizing these musings. Admittedly, this assumption may be implicit in the idea of progressive revelation, but again, I cannot recall ever having seen it stated in an explicit manner. WHAT IS THE POINT? Namely this, higher level mathematics does not reverse or turn on its head the basic foundational principles of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Granted, college trig has been over 33 years ago for me, but that is my recollection. Two plus two was still four, assuming a base 10 counting system. Four minus two was still two. Added truth does not reverse previous truth, it builds upon it, and it must be consistent with previous truth. WHY THE POINT? If God promised Israel that they would one day receive the land and then possess it forever, how can a statement like "My kingdom is not of this world" undo all of that??? What think ye? Do the very literal promises to Israel mean anything or not? And if not, how can a different position not reverse and deny some of the foundational premises and promises of our faith?