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Quest: The Study of Biblical Eschatology from the Preterist Perspective
Odyssey – A Sovereign Grace Newsletter from the Preterist Perspective
Journal For Projects in Eschatology – Studies in Biblical Eschatology
The Prophecy of the Destruction of Jerusalem – N. Nisbett (NP -1787)
Apocalypse of the Gospels – Milton S. Terry (NP – 1898)
The Parousia – Classic by James Stuart Russell (1878)
The Christ Has Come – Ernest Hampden-Cook (NP – 1905)
The Second Coming of Christ Already Happened! – Book By Ward Fenley
The Destruction of Jerusalem – George Peter Holford (1805)
FULL TITLE : An absolute and irresistible proof of the divine origin of Christianity : including a narrative of the calamities which befel the Jews, so far as they tend to verify Our Lord’s predictions relative to that event.
What Happened to the Rapture? – Gene Fadeley
” How little has the expectations of 21st century people changed from the expectations of first century Jews. People are still determined to have the physical king and kingdom that the first century Jews did not receive. However, the words of Jesus still ring true, “my kingdom is not of this world” and “the kingdom is within you. The root of the problem has been the failure of seeing the difference between the physical and the spiritual.”
The Whore of Revelation Identified – Author Unknown
– The Babylonian Whore is not modern day Iraq, the U.S. or Britain a current world system or religion, not the Tri-Lateral commission or the UN but FIRST CENTURY JERUSALEM.
William H. Bell Jr.
The Parousia and Acts 1:11 – “Any interpretation of Acts 1:11 that fails to honor the time limitations for the parousia is not “exegesis” but “eisegesis”!”
The Dead Are Raised – “Yes, the dead are raised. Hades has been destroyed. The way into the holiest of all is now manifest. Thanks be to God who gave us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ”
Philippians 4:5 – Spatialogy or Eschatology – “Philippians 4:5 is a passage often used in an effort to refute the claims that the New Testament teaches that the Parousia was at hand (near, engus) in respect to time in the first century.”
Will Christ Give Up His Reign ? – “Some teach that he will be stripped of this eternal inheritance almost any moment, in the twinkling of an eye. This unfortunate premise, argued by futurists and many brethren, does violence to the scriptures. ”
This Present Evil Age – “Eternal life will be seen in Matthew where it is seen in Hebrews, in A.D.70, at the fall of the temple and Jewish commonwealth. ”
When Did Miracles Cease? – “God has given definite scriptural boundaries for the end of miracles and all charismata.”
Challenging Concepts Of The Resurrection – “The resurrection of saints from Hades and the change of the “living” as far as we know, was not perceivable to the physical eye. The limits of physical observation do not deny, disprove, or otherwise negate the clear teachings of scripture that the resurrection occurred in 70 A.D.”
The Illusion Of The Conclusion (Another Look At Romans 8:18-23) – “To correctly use the figure of personification in Romans 8, it must emphasize, add to and confirm the deliverance of the creation in addition to that of the firstfruit saints for such is clearly stated and implied in the text.”
How Long is Long? – “ONE scripture is usually presented in defense of a long period of “millenniums” occurring between the “going away” and “coming again” of Christ. The proof-text is Matthew 25:19 which reads, “After a long time the Lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
The Return of Christ Fulfilled – Andy Benderson
A Brief Presentation of the Preterist View
Invisible Attributes Clearly Seen – Regarding the Hebrews? – The purpose of this study is to show that Romans Chapter 1:16-32 is addressing the Jews. This is a popular proof text to teach a “general” revelation or knowledge of God to every man.
Knowledge Shall Increase – Unlocking the mysteries of the book of Revelation wasn’t the specific “knowledge” Daniel wrote about. It is the knowledge of salvation revealed in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Foreword to “What Happened in AD70?” – David Chilton
– In this slim volume, Edward E. Stevens clearly and convincingly demonstrates that our Lord Jesus Christ predicted His Return within the lifetime of His first-century hearers.
The Nature of Christ’s Return – Tyrone Cropper
– “The Old Testament idea of the “day of the Lord” was that God acted by means of armies or nation to judge His enemies (Luke 19:39-44). The “day of the Lord” was tumultuous, frightening, and awesome-but God did not appear visibly.”
An Introduction to Revelation – “The preterist approach is the best choice for interpreting Revelation in light of original relevance.”
The Theme of Revelation – “Revelation was written before Nero’s death in 68AD. The book is largely fulfilled.”
Inspiration and the Second Coming of Christ – “To deny the time statements that the Bible gives of the second coming is also to deny inspiration.”
Gospel Preached to all the World? – “We dwell in the New Jerusalem in the very presence of God and the invitation is still going out today. Notice the invitation that goes forth from the New Heaven and Earth”
“Heaven and Earth Passed Away” – “The futurists teach that the earth will be a physical paradise at the time of the new heaven and earth, but is that what the Scriptures say?”
The Rapture: Physical or Spiritual? – “When Jesus Christ returned he gathered the elect of all the ages into his kingdom. We as believers now live in the kingdom of God.”
What the Heck is a Preterist (And Why Would I Want to Become One)? – Kenneth Davies
– “There are several reasons why you may want to become a Preterist”
Todd D. Dennis
The Forty Years in Biblical Typology – Throughout the Old Testament we find the usage of the number forty- God allowing a glimpse into the nature of the eternal realities, through the framework of temporal shadows.
New Testament Eschatology and its Fulfillment – An Introduction to the Abundance of New Testament Passages Supporting the Fulfillment of All Prophecy in the First Century Desolation of Jerusalem.
Dear Dispensationalist Friend… – “”If Dispensationalism has all the answers, then it is the most helpful tool in Biblical interpretation. If not, it ought to be discarded as worthless” Charles Ryrie (DT, 1965,21).
Is There an Israelitic ‘Race’ Today? – A Closer Look at the ‘generation’ of the Olivet Discourse.
The ‘Rapture’ is The Day of the Lord – Dispelling the doctrines which separate the coming of Christ into numerous stages
No Millennial Reign of Christ on Earth – Presentation of Biblical contradictions regarding a temporal reign of Christ
The Great Tribulation is Past – Examining Christ’s words in Matthew 24, and the fulfillment thereof in the first century
The Seventy Weeks of Daniel Fulfilled – Daniel’s perspective on the fulfillment of prophecy.
The Abomination of Desolation – Answering the commonly pondered question
Christ’s Return and Gathering of Saints are Historical Events – The literal interpretation of Matthew 24:34
The Tree of Life and Past Fulfillment – Richard Doe
– “If we view this as paradise restored in eternity, after all things have ended, then we have to explain how come the tree of life is needed to ‘heal the nations’.”
Seeing God – “Many are still waiting for some physical sight of Christ or the tree of life, but to those whom God has given sight, our vision is clear and it is sweet Proverbs 13:19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul…”
Why are People Still Given in Marriage? – “the fact that there is still marriage in this physical life does not negate the fact that there is NOT marriage in the kingdom anymore than the fact that there are males and females in this physical life does not negate the fact that there are NOT males or females in the kingdom.”
Absent From the “Body” (An Analysis of II Cor. 5) – “transformation texts go untouched because they deal with the change from death to life and the progressive salvation that was taking place upon those first century believers. This is why there is such confusion with the imagined “already but not yet” doctrine.”
Seed of Satan, Seed of Christ, and Riches – “Children are counted as the SEED. They are counted as Christ. We are recipients of EVERY spiritual blessing in heavenly places and execute the reign and rule AS God in the kingdom. Just as Israel entering into the promised land was the executor of the reign of God on the physical earth, so also the NC Israel is the executor of the reign of God on the spiritual earth.”
Glory, the Face of Christ, and Marriage – Certainly Christ was faithful and the believers appeared with Him in glory as the marital relationship was consummated. What a blessed kingdom we have with a glorious King who owns His glorious bride.
Psalm 22:22-31: An Exposition
The Resurrection of the Dead Already Happened! – True believers in Jesus Christ are completely resurrected in the fullness of the spiritual body mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15.
The Timing of Regeneration – Resurrection life and light in the face of Jesus Christ are spiritual realities now for the one who believes on His name.
A Harmony of the Synoptics Concerning the Destruction of Jerusalem and the Coming of the Lord
Moses, House, Rest, and the Presence of God – The seventh day of God’s rest represents His union with His people in His rest in causing them to rest and inherit the land.
The Signal of John the Baptist – John’s joy was fulfilled in knowing that she was now safe with her Husband-to-be. Why would there be any reason for John to joy in a betrothal that would not be consummated for thousands of years to come? Implicit in John’s announcement that his joy was fulfilled in hearing the voice of the Bridegroom is the manifest indication that the Husband was near.
Kingdom Of God & The Kingdom of Heaven: Is There A Difference? – There was one kingdom predicted in the prophets. There was one kingdom of which our Lord spoke. And there was one kingdom that began at Pentecost and was brought to its fulness at the Parousia.
Heaven, Earth and Sea – “In Revelation Israel (i.e. Jerusalem) was that great harlot who trusted nations rather than God. She forsook her Husband. The Bible describes Israel as the harlot sitting upon many waters. These waters were the seas or the nations in whom she trusted”
The Last Days – “With the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple, Jesus Christ brought to complete establishment the eternal Jerusalem from above. The last days concerned Israel and its covenant and nation. We are now in the age that was about to come”
The Husband Who Draws His Wife – “Forgiveness is the result of the drawing love of God for His bride. Though His bride was once a vile and adulterous woman.”
In Christ: A Response to Feast Day Prophetic Interpretation – Bryan Forgy
– “Rejoice the feast is fulfilled, that is why we have these blessings, and it is perpetual for the Spirit and the bridegroom say come and drink of this living water (Rev. 22:17). Christ went away to prepare a place and returned so that the tabernacle of God is among men (Rev. 21:3).”
Joseph E. Gautier Jr.
The Domino Effect of Matthew 16:27 – “Everything that the Old Testament Prophets had prophesied were fulfilled in that first-century generation of Christians. Just as Jesus said they would.”
Preterist ApoLOGICetic – “All over the world, on a daily basis, traditional-thinking Christians are being converted to partial preterism. Likewise, all over the world, partial preterists are studying themselves right into full preterism, shedding futurism along the way. The direction is towards the truth.”
That Ye May Keep Your Own Tradition”A Refutation of the Partial Preterist’ “we” Excuse (link)
New Testament Eschatology: Jude – Jude wrote of the end time, at least in part of his letter, of the Jewish estate just prior to A.D. 70.
A Survey: Eschatology In Hebrews – Contains fulfillment, prophecy, promises, and the blessings of the new heaven and new earth.
Greek Word Studies: Time Substantives – “There are at least five Greek terms denoting relative time factors in regards to “near future” events prophesied to take place within the first century milieu or genea (see Matthew 24:34).”
The Advent of Christ & Acts 2 – “The establishment of the eternal kingdom is equated with the time of Christ’s coming in His kingdom with power, which is commonly assigned to Pentecost Day. But this is an assumption lacking scriptural proof.”
The Sermon on the Mount – “Traditionally in churches of Christ many future references in God’s Word have been interpreted for individual Christians in each succeeding generation through time.”
Are Christians Today “Strangers and Pilgrims?” – “Would you rather “hope” (as a pilgrim) or “have” as a Christian enjoying and realizing eternal life and the forgiveness of sins?”
Hebrews 1:14 in Realized Eschatology – “We shall subscribe some concepts to this passage in this writing which we believe are consistent with a realized fulfillment of Bible prophecies concerning salvation in the new heavens and new earth of God which we believe exists today as the eternal kingdom of God.”
Heaven & Earth: OT Studies, Parts I-III – To materialize stars, moon, sun, etc., in Bible prophecy is to step out of the true redemptive history and goal of the promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – If one stays with the Biblical definition of ‘earth’ in eschatology, then II Peter 3:10-13 will not be saying that this physical planet we call earth is what is meant.
Reformation Revisited – “What Consistent Preterism sees in the New Testament, specifically the Epistles, is the exodus from sin-death to life in Christ. Revelation is the consummation of that exodus. Revelation tells us of the end of the temporal Old Covenant Age and the beginning of the eternal New Covenant Age.”
Grace and Covenant Eschatology: The Application of Completed Salvation – At the predetermined time, the Holy Spirit applies the completed work of Christ to the elect by resurrecting them out of a state of “death,” making them alive, giving them faith, repentance, and trust, causing them to come to the source of their new life, Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Millennium – “the Messianic reign of Christ (the “thousand years”) was the forty year period between His ascension in AD 30 and the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.”
David A. Green
Baptism Now Saves You – “As Noah and his family endured patiently in the ark, so were the first-century Christians patiently enduring a spiritual baptism, sharing the sufferings of Christ. Old-Covenant baptisms were a fading and ceremonial removal of the filth of the flesh, but New-Covenant, Spiritual baptism in Christ became the appeal of a good conscience toward God (Heb. 10:2). ”
The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord – The “Day of the Lord”, The “Day of Christ”, and the “Day of Jesus Christ” are one and the same day, which serves as a proof of Preterism.
New Covenant Salvation – “We must not say that the Old Covenant was a covenant intended to save man through obedience and that the New Covenant is a covenant of grace. ”
The Gift of Tongues and That Which is Perfect – “The condemning, old (covenant) things passed away long ago. All (covenant) things were made new. Since the old-testament temple fell, Christ in the heart is forever the true “Tabernacle of God among men.”
And it Came To Pass – A Review – David Green
Which Covenant Did Jesus Preach? – Jesus did not teach a New Covenant, but the same message declared from the beginning.
Why I Believe The Church is the Kingdom of God – “I believe the kingdom is present today. This paper is the consolidating of my response to this question.”
Nineveh a Type and Shadow of Jerusalem – “The First Century Christians were saved from physical distraction and spiritual destruction by understanding what was meant prophecies old and new.”
Why I Became a Preterist – “We must honestly and humbly accept the clear, straight-forward interpretation of Matthew 24:34: The generation to whom Jesus was speaking that day was not going to pass away until all the things of Matthew 24 came to pass.”
Does the Bible teach the “Rapture”? – A Study on The Olivet Discourse and 1 Thess. 4-5. “This may change the way you view the fulfillment of prophecy, perhaps even the way you view the whole Bible, as it did for me.”
Greek – Aion (Age) – Aion, interpreted “age,” is often mistaken for meaning “the whole world.”
Greek – Genea (Generation) – One of many problems for some futurists have is the correct definition of the word, “generation.”
Greek – Mello (about to) – Mello, interpreted “about to”, shows that Christ was to return within that generation.
Greek – Stoicheia (Elements) – The “elements” of II Peter 3’s meltdown are not from the periodic table, but the elements of religious training, or the ceremonial precepts that are common to the worship of Jews and of Gentiles.
Greek – Parousia (Coming) – The Greek word for “advent, coming, or presence” displays the meaning of His return.
Who Is Elijah the Prophet? – If Jesus meant, in Matt 5:17-18, the passing of the physical heaven and earth, then we would still bound with the Law today.
The Martyrs of Jesus – “The existance of these witnesses also does something else; it gives credibility to the early date of the book of Revelation. The persecution that befell the witnesses was all about their having seen Jesus and they were still alive to tell it.”
The Day Drawing near – To place the end of the Jewish age at the cross, rather than at Israel’s judgment, leads one into conclusions which tend to make void the prophecies of the Old and New Testaments and promote a false expectation and hope”
Dating the Book of Revelation – “The date of the Apocalypse I now assign, with the majority of modern critics, to the year 68 or 69 instead of 95, as before.”
The Consummation (End) of the Age – “In the first century, the earnest of the Spirit was consummated in the receiving of the kingdom.”
Using the Old Testament – “Ending the Jewish age at the cross and inserting a Christian age in between ‘the coming age’ is not handling aright the word of truth.”
The Binding of Satan – “In the spiritual realm Satan has been removed from between man and his maker. ”
Redating the First Deportation of Judah – Redating the First Deportation of Judah From 606 B.C. to 597 B.C.
The Eternal Kingdom – Marvin E. Jacobs
– Christ came in His eternal kingdom in ‘the last days’ of the Judah and Jerusalem system of things, ‘immediately after the tribulation of those days’, (referring to the besiegement and destruction of Jerusalem), before that generation ceased.
A Rejection of the Non-Occurrance Theory – Timothy A. James
– “Why has the Church, for two thousand years taught that, Christ’s Coming is still in OUR future? In Chapter 13 of his book, “THE MESSIAH’S RETURN, Delayed? Fulfilled? or Double-Fulfillment? “, Timothy A. James explains.
The Rapture – Arthur Melanson
“If Jesus came back in 70 A.D. then what about the rapture? Fair question. In this study we will look at some Biblical answers.”
Don K. Preston
Is Prophetic Time Elastic? – “If it can be shown that the traditional concepts of the ambiguity and relativity of prophetic time statements are incorrect, then the preterist construction of prophecy will have been vindicated.”
The Ashes of the Red Heifer – “If Christ has not completely fulfilled the prophetic aspect of the red heifer sacrifice the old law is still in effect. If he has fulfilled the prophetic element of that offering the old law has passed—and death has been abolished.”
A Full-Grown Baby? – “A key point of controversy is the contention that the church/kingdom was not fully established on Pentecost but was in a state of incompletion until the Old World was taken out of the way in AD 70. Every anti-Preterist which this writer has read or heard has made a major issue over this point.”
Misconceptions About Misconceptions – “Since the disciples did not lack understanding as has been generally assumed, it is easy to correlate the parallel passages of Mark 13 and Luke 21 with Matthew 24.”
Every Eye Shall See Him – “It is strange indeed that such a literalistic interpretation has been imposed on Revelation 1:7 when this violates the inspired interpretation (Matthew 24:30-34) of the source of the verse (Zechariah 12:10.)”
A Critical Text – “We conclude that Matthew 16:27-28 is a prediction by Jesus to return in judgment, in his kingdom glory, in the lifetime of his disciples.”
With The Sound of the Trumpet – “The trumpet was to be blown for the gathering of God’s elect from the “death” of separation from God’s presence and fellowship.”
Those Days – vs – That Day – “We believe we have shown that in Matthew 24:36, when Jesus said “But of that day and hour knoweth no man,” that his reference was to “that day” that would climax “those days” leading up to the final dissolution of the Old Heaven and Earth of Israel at the return of Messiah in 70 AD.”
The World That Perished – “Peter foresaw the coming dissolution of another society, the Jewish world. This is exactly what happened in a.d. 70 in the conflagration of the capital, heart, and soul of the Theocracy of Israel.”
How Heaven & Earth Passed Away! – “If you believe that the Old Covenant has passed away then you must believe that Heaven and Earth have passed away!”
More On Heaven And Earth – “Many passages in the New Testament speak of the “heavens and earth” with no reference to the physical heaven and earth”
How Is This Possible? – “Since the Thessalonican concept of the day of the Lord was the Old Covenant concept, and their concept was CORRECT then it follows that the day of the Lord for which they were looking was not the end of time but was instead a time when God would judge his people.”
A Local Judgment? – “We find untenable the contention that the fall of Jerusalem was a localized judgment. It was in fact the universal judgment of the living and the dead!”
More On No Death, No Sorrow, No Pain – “To literalize means that the Old Covenant prophecies have not yet been fulfilled and Jesus taught that all prophecy had to be fulfilled before the Old Covenant could pass.”
World Without End – Presenting the case that the Bible does not speak of the end of time.
Can God Tell Time? – “If “at hand” time statements mean nothing at all, then God cannot tell time.”
Babylon The Great of Revelation – “In Revelation the coming of Christ, the New Creation, judgment and resurrection are associated with the fall of Babylon. To mistakenly identify Babylon is to incorrectly interpret these issues.”
When All Things Written… – “When we mistakenly believe the Bible is concerned about the “end of time” instead of the “time of the end” we cannot allow Jesus’ words in Luke 21:22 to speak for themselves.”
Typology and Covenant Eschatology – “It is demonstrated from Scripture that the fall of Jerusalem was indeed the antitype of the Flood.”
Hebrews 9:28 – The Second Coming – “Since Christ’s coming in 70 was the coming for redemption, and since he was to return only once for salvation per Hebrews 9:28, then Christ’s return in 70 was the final coming of Christ.”
Thessalonians & The Olivet Discourse – “Context and consistency demands the identical subject matter of the Olivet Discourse and II Thessalonians 2–the end of the Old World of Judaism at the coming of Jesus Christ in 70 AD.”
The Time Has Come – “1 Peter 4:17 has revealed very powerful evidence that Peter was anticipating the consummative judgment coming of Jesus.”
James Stuart Russell : Essays from The Parousia (1878)
Nero as “The Man of Sin”
The Coming of Christ to Take Place in the Lifetime of the Apostles
The Eschatology of Paul
The Promise of the ‘Rest’ of God
Summary and Conclusion : The Parousia – “a complete and connected survey of the whole field which we have traversed, and to observe the unity and consistency of the prophetic system developed in the New Testament.”
A Christian Dilemma? – Lynn Schuldt
– The case for complete fulfillment of Bible prophecy by the end of the first century
Salvation Surgery – Larry Siegle
– “From a physical standpoint, Adam and Eve did not experience death “in the day” of their transgression. Therefore, the “death” Adam and Eve would face “in the day” of their transgression must have had reference to something other than biological cessation.”
Daniel T. Silvestri
All Jewish Festivals Are Fulfilled – “I agree that Jesus’ “appearing a second time” is wrapped up in the Judaic law, but to think we continue to wait for atonement of sin and to be in the presence and tabernacle with God is simply not Biblical.”
Questions for Dispensationalists, Premillennialists, and other Futurists – “a brief exposition challenging the Biblical legitimacy of the currently popular “end times” prophetic scenarios surrounding the “second coming” of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Perspectives in New Testament Eschatology – A brief exposition of the general presuppositions which guide Biblical interpretation. Special emphasis is placed on the Spiritual nature of the Biblical scriptures and how intellectual understanding guides eschatological perception.
The End of All Things – When Peter said “all things” he was referring to the fulfillment of ALL Biblical prophecy.
An Air of Expectancy – “If it is true, that the early (pre-70 A.D.) Christians behaved like an expectant church, eagerly anticipating the consummation of all things in their life time, one must ask why did not the apostles correct such a distorted vision?”
Identifying Babylon in the New Testament, Part 1 – “His letters declare the imminent destruction of the city and temple of Jerusalem. Peter’s “Babylon” was none other than Jerusalem! ”
Identifying Babylon in the New Testament, Part 2 – “The hermeneutical key that will open up new perspectives and insights is the realization that the book of Revelation follows in the tradition of Christ, the prophets and the apostles by speaking out against `Jerusalem’ and covenant apostasy.”
Matthew 24 – Future or Fulfilled? – Ralph Woodrow
– “By 70 A. D., the gospel had gone forth to the world for a witness. No longer was God’s message to man be confined to one nation or race!”
|Where Preterists Differ Doctrinally|
Partial Preterist / Preterist Doctrinal Differences – Critical Article Archive
- CORPORATELY/PERSONALLY FULFILLED PRESENTLY: The Resurrection of the Dead is Past ; Absent From the Body ; Absent From the “Body” (An Analysis of II Cor. 5) ; The Timing of Regeneration ; Moses, House, Rest, and the Presence of God (Ward Fenley) Grace and Covenant Eschatology: The Application of Completed Salvation (Jack Gillespie)
- CORPORATELY FULFILLED / PERSONALLY UNFULFILLED: A Response to Mathison: Audience Relevance (Daniel E. Harden – link) ; Resurrection Errors ; Effects of the Resurrection (Ed Stevens’ Response to Gentry – link)
- CELEBRATED SPIRITUALLY ONLY:
2. SPIRITUAL w/ TEMPORAL CELEBRATION:Great Commision and Lord’s Supper(Ed Stevens’ Response to Gentry – link)