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Ernest Renan – L’Antechrist The Period from the Arrival of Paul in Rome to the End of the Jewish Revolution  (1873) “Now every advantage gained over a religion is useless if it be not replaced by another, satisfying, at least as well as it can, the needs of the heart. Jerusalem will be avenged for her defeat. She shall conquer Rome by Christianity, Persia by Islamism, shall destroy the old fatherland, and shall become for all higher minds the city of the heart.” (pp. 271,272)

Henry HammondA Paraphrase and Annotations upon all the Books of the New Testament (1653) – First Generation Modern Preterist Book! “before I had read to the end of the first verse of the book, these words, which must come to pass presently, had such an impression on my mind, offering themselves as a key to the whole prophecie, (in like manner as, this generation shall not passe till all these things be fulfilled, Matt.%2024.34″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-reference=”Matt. 24.34″ data-version=”kjv1900″ data-purpose=”bible-reference”>Matt. 24.34. have demonstrated infallibly to what coming of Christ the whole Chapter did belong”

Richard Kidder (1726) Demonstration of the Messiah. In Which the Truth of the Christian Religion is Proved, against all the Enemies Thereof (But Especially against the Jews) (PDF)  “I shall prove, when I come to consider them.. The destruction of the city of Jerusalem, and temple, and Jewish state is fitly enough expressed in such terms, as seem to imply the final conflagration, and end of the world, and the great day of judgment. Thus ’tis called the end of all things, I Pet. 4.7. with Luke 21.9. and the last days, James 5.3. The destruction of a particular country or land is frequently described as the destruction of the universe. Of this we have many examples, [See Isa. 1310,13. Ch. 34.4. Ezek. 32.7Jer 4.23,24Joel 2.10Amos 9.5Dan. 8.10. with I Maccab. 1.28. Isa. 2.1921.]” (p. 173)

John Home (1737) The Scripture History of the Jews, and Their Republick (PDF) “Nor did he cease till he made a final End and Dissolution of the Jewish Oeconomy, which St. Peter calls the End of all things (I Pet. iv. 7) and St. James, the Coming of the Lord (Jam. v.8) and which our Saviour calls the Coming of the Son of Man (Mat. xiv. 27,28) the last of which verses may probably be an Allusion to the Roman Eagle, which was the Ensign of the Roman Empire.” (p. 303)

A Dictionary of the Writers on the Prophecies (1835 PDF) | Works Relating to Jews in the New York Library (1914 PDF) | Fulfilled Prophecy Bibliography | All PDF Book Files

The Contribution of British Writers Between 1560 and 1830 to the Interpretation of Revelation 13.16-18 – Chapter Five : 1649-1660 – Henry Hammond and the Preterist School of Interpretation “This volume contained a brave but lonely attempt to introduce the preterist interpretation of the Book of Revelation to English soil.  Hammond laid great stress on the opening words of the Apocalypse in which  the book is said to contain ‘things which must shortly come to pass.’  .. But those who argued for the preterist interpretation of the Book of Revelation.. were playing to empty galleries, until at least the fourth decade of the nineteenth century.  Their views were anything but popular and those who followed them could soon find themselves branded with the infamous mark of the papal beast.”  Others who followed: Herbert Thorndike (1598-1672) / “author of an anonymous tract on the Millennium published in 1693 (“Millennianism : or, Christ’s Thousand Years Reign upon Earth, considered, in a Familiar Letter to a Friend”)”  / Daniel Mace

The bulk of His argument lies in this: “the destruction of Jerusalem, and rejection of the Jewes, by Alcasars owne confession was fulfilled XXV yeeres before the Revelation was given.”

1842: James Austin Bastow – A (Preterist) Bible Dictionary !  “Third, the Preterist, which regards the book as having to do with events long since fulfilled. To the Preterist scheme of interpretation we incline, regarding the predictions of the book as having been fully accomplished before the close of the year 135, within less than seventy years from the time when the book was written. The Apocalypse was evidently written to the Asiatic churches during a period of furious persecution, when the Christians greatly needed encouragement, consolation, and admonition. The writer has made a full disclosure of the persecuting powers of the Jews and Romans, and declared that their respective fall and ruin “must shortly come to pass.'” The fearful destruction of these persecuting powers, is, to the faithful, in all times and places, a type of the destruction of anti-christianism, and a pledge of the final and universal triumph of Christianity. “

Dr. John Leonard Hug

  • 1827: Introduction to the Writings of the New Testament | Volume II (Translated into English PDFs) “Wetstein’s idea, that the Apocalypse is a prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem, of the horrors of the Jewish war, and the civil wars of the Romans, is too forced in many of its parts to be fully admissible.  Hug’s idea which combines those parts of Wetstein’s proposition, which seem to be demonstrated, with the opinions of those, who refer it to the persecutions of the Christians under the Roman Emperors, to the subjugation and dismemberment of Rome, and the subsequent happy days of the Church, is perhaps the most correct.  This solution appears most naturally to arise from the Apostle’s circumstances and the existing state of things ; it was the belief of the primitive Fathers in general : it is the most critically supported by the scope and contents of the book.  The more commonly received theories of Bishop Newton, Faber, and others, who have conceived it to have been prophetical of the Papal power, are too liable to objections”

Rebekah Hyneman

  • 1845: Jerusalem At the Destruction of the Temple “Mourn! mourn! oh, Israel! for your house of prayer, Your sanctuary, lies in ruins now! ’Mid sounds of anguish that now rend the air, There comes a whisper faint, and each doth bow His head in fear and shame, while o’er his soul The bitter waters of repentance roll. “

John Jahn

John Jewel

  • 1556: Scripture “Their city Jerusalem was sacked, their houses overthrown, their temple razed, and not a stone left upon a stone; their library destroyed, their books burnt, the tabernacle lost, the covenant broken. No vision, no revelation, no comfort for the people left; nor prophet, nor priest, nor any to speak in the name of the Lord.”

C. Johnstone

Dr. John Jortin

  • 1805: Remarks on Ecclesiastical History “I would not willing be imposed upon, or impose upon the reader ; but I leave it to be considered whether in all this there might not be something extraordinary, as both Vespasian and Josephus were designed and reserved for extraordinary purposes, to assist in fulfilling and justifying the prophecies of Daniel and of our Lord.”

Flavius Josephus
Jewish General & Historian

  • The History of the Destruction of Jerusalem (74/75)

  • The Antiquities of the Jews

  • Josephus by Norman Bentwich (1914) “Josephus hardly merits a place on his own account in a series of Jewish Worthies, since neither as man of action nor as man of letters did he deserve particularly well of his nation.”

  • Maurice A. Williams: Prophet and Historian: John and Josephus: “I think the Four Winds and Three Woes in the Apocalypse took place long ago. Nero sent Vespasian to subdue Judea. His son, Titus, destroyed the Temple. I quote Josephus, Tacitus, and Suetonius describing this. This destruction fulfills the Four Winds and Two of the three Woes.”

Alexander King

  • 1889: The Cry of Christendom “As previously, in the days of His flesh, He explicitly gave the signs of His coming, that the disciples might know when to flee from Jerusalem, before its fall; so here again, by the ministry of the disciple whom He loved, and whom He permitted to tarry till His coming, He emphatically warned the Churches, of the impending overthrow.”

Charles Kingsley

  • 1881: Discipline and Other Sermons “And last of all (St. Paul) saw (unless he had died beforehand) the fall of the Emperor Nero himself – who very probably set fire to Rome, and then laid the blame on the Christians, – the man of sin, of whom St. Paul prophesied that he would be revealed – that is, unveiled, and exposed for the monster which he was; and that the Lord would destroy him with the brightness of his coming”

Abraham Kuenen (1828-1891)
Dutch Protestant

  • 1874: Introduction to The Religion of Israel to the Fall of the Jewish State – “we ourselves, as Christians, are so greatly indebted to Israel, we should yet desire to become acquainted with the origin and growth of a religion which has achieved so many conquests. It appears here, if anywhere, how unreasonable it would be to ‘despise the day of small things’ for here we are reminded of ‘the grain of mustard seed, which indeed is the least of all seeds, but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.'”

Daniel Lamont

  • 1944: Studies in Johannine Writings “What did our Lord mean by His Parousia, which He foretold was to take place some forty years from the time when He spoke of it?  It was not the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.  That Jewish catastrophe was only to be the sign of His Parousia (Matt. 24:3,30).  His Parousia, in its essence, was something which was to happen in the unseen world.  It was to be in the realm of superhistory (Matt. 24:31).  John in the Apocalypse connects the historical event of the destruction of Jerusalem with the superhistorical event of our Lord’s Parousia, as our Lord Himself did, and brings out the meaning of the connection, thus correcting current misunderstandings.  He does not use the word Parousia, perhaps because of these misunderstandings.” (Not published ‘for want of paper’ until 1950 ; The real reason seems to have been the preteristic contents… For, even upon printing, his section on “Parousia” was suppressed.  Read it here)

Nathaniel Lardner

Hugh Latimer

  • 1552: Master Doctor Latimer On Luke 21 “Therefore our Saviour, knowing what should come upon them, wept over the city, prophesying that it should so be destroyed ; that one stone should not be left upon another : and so it came to pass according unto his word. For Titus, the son of Vespasian, which was emperor at that time, destroyed that same city Jerusalem utterly,  like a forty years after the death of our Saviour Christ. “

Deodat Lawson
Puritan Minister of Salem Village

  • 1692: Christ’s Fidelity: The Only Shield Against Satan’s Malignity “He was Contemporary and Colleague with Haggai, beginning to Prophecy but two Months after him, and backing what the other had said, more briefly, with more full and mysterious Testimonies; especially as to the Coming of the Messiah, &c. He warns them of the Amazing Revolutions, were coming upon them, in the Destruction of Jerusalem, and the Second Temple by the Romans, and Foretells the Rejection of the Jews, for their Sins, and especially, for Rejecting of the MESSIAH, who was to be Born among them according to the Flesh.”

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