Preterism

What is “preterism”?It is a doctrine teaching that all prophecy has been fulfilled, including the prophecies in the book of Revelation regarding the antichrist and the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Preterism includes many unique and strange teachings.It teaches that the Roman emperor Nero was the antichrist of the book of Revelation.Preterism teaches that Jerusalem is the “whore” or “harlot” of Revelation chapter 17.It teaches that Jesus’ second coming took place in 70 AD when Jerusalem was destroyed by Roman armies; moreover, that these events in 70 AD constituted the “time of the end” and the “end of the age” referred to in Scripture.Preterism also teaches that the book of Revelation was written before 70 AD, which is a necessity for the preterist doctrine to be plausible.

Preterists say that we are now living in the “new earth” foretold in Scripture, because God is “with us” through His Holy Spirit.They also claim that the frequent references and implications in the Bible that Christ’s coming was near or soon, and that the “last days” had already begun in the days of the apostles, do not allow or permit a 2000-year lapse of time before His return.

Preterism teaches that Jesus’ statement, in Matthew 24:34 and Mark 13:30,  that “this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place”, necessitates that Jesus had to return within a few decades of 30 AD when He spoke these words.Likewise, preterists claim that Jesus’ statement recorded in Matthew 16:28 and Mark 9:1, where Jesus declared that some who were standing with Jesus at that time would not “taste death” until they had seen the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom with power; preterists insist that this statement by Jesus also required Him to physically return to earth within a few decades, so that His return would have occurred before those disciples had all died.

I’m sure that avid proponents of preterism would attempt to add a few more things in defense of their doctrine, but the general theme of their preterist philosophy is basically as I’ve stated.And, their two “best scriptures” in defense of their doctrine are the ones that I mentioned above.

Before I respond to the preterist arguments, you need to know the origin of preterism.The first thoroughly documented doctrine of preterism was presented by a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest named Luis De Alcazar in the sixteenth century.He wrote a 900-page commentary on the book of Revelation titled “Investigation of the Hidden Sense of the Apocalypse”.This new doctrine was concocted and promoted during the heart of the Protestant Reformation when many Protestant reformers were proclaiming that the pope was the “antichrist-beast” of Revelation.Luis De Alcazar’s book basically tried to refute this accusation of the Protestants, by maintaining that the papacy could not be the antichrist revealed in the book of Revelation, because everything in Revelation had already been fulfilled; moreover, with the Roman emperor Nero being the antichrist.As you can see, the inception of preterism was not the result of a thorough study of Scripture in order to come to an honest and sincere conclusion of what the weight of biblical evidence revealed, but rather was the result of searching the Bible with an agenda to find a few texts that could be used to “create” a new doctrine that would protect the pope from the Protestants’ charge that he was the antichrist.

Before discussing the massive number of scriptures that clearly and totally refute preterism, I want to address the “writing date” of the book of Revelation.As I mentioned, preterists claim that it was written before 70 AD.They have to make this claim in order for their doctrine to even be possible.The vast majority of reputable church historians down through the centuries, and especially those in the early centuries, have taught that Revelation was written somewhere between 90 and 100 AD.However, if this commonly accepted writing date is correct, then, preterism is immediately proved to be false, because the events foretold in the book of Revelation could not have happened before Revelation was even written, and remember that preterism claims that everything in Revelation had taken place by 70 AD.Therefore, preterists have to insist on an earlier writing date.The historical evidence, however, contradicts their claim of a writing date before 70 AD.

Nearly all early historians say that Revelation was written during the Roman emperor Domitian’s reign, which was in the 80’s and 90’s AD.Irenaeus spoke of the “Apocalypse” (Revelation) as being near the end of the reign of Domitian (Contra Haeres, v. 20).Eusebius, when speaking of Domitian’s persecution, said that John was banished to Patmos during this time (Ecc. Hist. Lib. 3, cap. 18), and, remember that John states that he received his revelations while he was on Patmos (Revelation 1:9).Hippolytus stated that John was exiled to Patmos under Domitian, where he saw the Apocalypse (Works, p. 90).Jerome said, in his “Book of Illustrious Men”, that during the 14th year of Domitian’s reign he raised the next persecution after Nero, and that John was banished to Patmos at this time, where he wrote the Revelation.Jerome also said that the prophet John saw the Revelation on Patmos where he was banished by Domitian (Works, vol. vi. p. 446).Sulpicius Severus also stated that John was banished to Patmos by Domitian, where he had visions and wrote the Revelation (Works, vol. iv. Chap. 120).These are specific statements from a variety of respected, early church historians that all attest that these things happened under Domitian, not under Nero.Once again, Domitian reigned in the 80’s and 90’s AD.It is highly unlikely that modern, preterist theologians would know what happened and when it happened in the first century, better than these historians who lived and wrote so much closer to the time of John.Would Jerome, Eusebius, Irenaeus, Severus and Hippolytus all be wrong, while some preterist preachers, who came along many centuries later, somehow had better knowledge of what happened nearly 2000 years ago?I’m sure that most honest and unbiased people would agree that the early church historians who lived much closer to the time of John, and who had no bias to favor a specific writing date in order to support a theological agenda, are much more likely to be accurate and credible than a group of preterist theologians 1900 years later who must date John’s writing at a specific time in order for their preterist doctrine to survive.It is also significant that, according to Smith’s Bible Dictionary, there is no credible specific mention of a “pre-70-AD” writing date for Revelation during the first three centuries.In other words, once again, no one living close to the time of John suggests that Revelation was written that early.The earliest historians agree on the 90 to 100 AD date.

Now we’ll examine the two “favorite texts” of preterists.First, I’ll discuss the statement by Jesus recorded in Matthew 24:34 and Mark 13:30, that “this generation will not pass away till all these things take place”.Nearly all theologians agree that Jesus’ prophesies, of the events in Matthew 24 and Mark 13, can apply to the coming destruction of Jerusalem and/or His second coming at the end of the world.In fact, the prophetic signs that Jesus gives are in response to His disciples’ “two-fold” question in Matthew 24:3.They basically asked two questions: “When will these things be” (concerning the destruction of the temple mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 24:1-2)?And, “What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the world or age?”Jesus then responds by giving signs that pertain to these two events.Some signs refer primarily to Jerusalem’s destruction, some apply primarily to His second coming at the end of this world or age, and some have a “dual” application to both events.When you keep this “dual nature” of the disciples’ question, and Jesus’ response, in mind, there is no need to insist that Jesus had to return during the disciples’ lifetime in order to fulfill this prophecy.

There are, in fact, two different generations being referred to in this passage.There is the generation that’s alive when Jerusalem is destroyed, and that generation did indeed see all of the signs fulfilled that applied to the destruction of Jerusalem.And, there is the generation that will be alive when Jesus returns at the end of this world or age, and that generation will see all of the signs fulfilled that apply to Jesus’ second coming.Preterists have tried to invent a problem within this passage that does not exist.

Regarding the other “favorite” preterist text found in Matthew 16:28 and Mark 9:1, where Jesus stated that some of those standing with Him at that time would not “taste death” until they had seen the Son of Man coming in His Kingdom with power; the verses that immediately follow Jesus’ statement provide the fulfillment of that statement.Is it just a coincidence that, immediately after Jesus made this remark, the next thing discussed by both Matthew and Mark is when Jesus took Peter, James and John up on a mountain where He was “transfigured” before their eyes?Jesus took on a “glorified appearance” similar to the description John gave of Him when Jesus appeared to him in His glorified body on Patmos, where John wrote the book of Revelation (Revelation 1:16).John said that Jesus’ countenance was “like the sun” in His post-resurrection, glorified body; likewise, Matthew also states that Jesus’ face “shone like the sun”, and that His clothes became as “white as light” (Matthew 17:2).Similarly, Mark says that Jesus’ clothes became “shining” and exceedingly white like snow (Mark 9:2-3).In other words, Jesus was transfigured into His glorified body; the same body that He appeared in to John sixty years later, and in which He will appear when He returns to earth at His second coming.These disciples did see Jesus as He will be seen when He returns.

It is also significant that Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus at this same time (Matthew 17:3; Mark 9:4).It is important to remember that Elijah was translated directly to heaven in a chariot of fire, and thus he never experienced death (2nd Kings 2:11).Moses, however, did experience death.According to Scripture, Moses died on Mount Nebo in the land of Moab, and was buried by God Himself (Deuteronomy 34:1-6). However, it is obvious that he was resurrected and taken to heaven at some point, because he is with Elijah when Jesus is transfigured.In fact, Moses’ resurrection may very well be what is being discussed in Jude verse nine, where it mentions that the devil was arguing with Michael the archangel over the body of Moses.Apparently the devil was questioning Michael’s right to take Moses to heaven.How does all of this relate to the transfiguration experience of Jesus in front of Peter, James and John?When Christ returns there will be “two types” of saved people; those who are translated directly to heaven without ever having experienced death, as Elijah was, and there’ll be those who had experienced death and are resurrected, as Moses was.In other words, Moses and Elijah’s presence at the transfiguration of Jesus was a sample or “mini-representation” of all the saved saints at Christ’s second coming.Therefore, these disciples did get an “advance view” of Jesus’ second coming, by seeing Him in His glorified body, and by seeing Moses and Elijah, who represented all the saved saints who will be present at Jesus’ return.Once again, preterists have tried to invent a problem within a passage of Scripture where no problem exists.

I’ll now address the issue that preterists have with the references and implications in the Bible that Christ’s coming was to be “near” or “soon”, and that the apostles were already living in the “last days”.To begin with, God is infinite and we’re finite.God is eternal and we’re (our bodies) mortal.We judge the passage of time based on an average 75-year lifespan.God judges the passage of time based on the unending, multiplied trillions of years of eternity.Peter expresses this “time concept” in 2nd Peter 3:8, where he states that a thousand years is like one day to the Lord.So, I want to tell preterists to relax, because it’s only been a couple of days since these things were written, according to God’s timetable.However, I also want to tell preterists to be careful, because they are acting out the part of the “scoffers” that Peter speaks of in 2nd Peter 3:3-4.He stated that scoffers would arise in the last days, and that they would be saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?For, since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were.”Preterism is an obvious fulfillment of Peter’s prophecy.I ask all preterists, do you want to be one of the scoffers foretold in Scripture?Being called a scoffer is a rebuke, not a compliment.

This passage in 2nd Peter is not the only Bible text that gives this picture of God’s “eternal view” of the passage of time.In 2nd Corinthians 4:8-16, Paul referred to the many sufferings, hardships, afflictions and persecutions that he had endured throughout his ministry.Then, in verses 17 and 18, he compared his sufferings and afflictions to his eternal reward, and he declared that his time of affliction here on earth was only a “moment” by comparison.Paul’s affliction-filled ministry lasted for about 25 to 30 years.Those years are called a “moment” in comparison to eternity!There are 1440 minutes in a day.If his 25 years of suffering was only like a “moment” in Paul’s divinely inspired reckoning of time, and there are 1440 minutes in a day; then, Paul’s comparison of time is even more extreme than the comparison that Peter used, which was 1000 years for a day.Paul’s comparison equals 36,000 years for a day (25 years x 1440 minutes = 36,000).

We can find an even more extreme time comparison in Isaiah 54:7-8.In this passage God states that He had forsaken Judah and hid His face from them for a “moment”.Most theologians agree that what is being referred to in this passage is the 70 years of Babylonian captivity that God allowed Judah to experience.From God’s eternal perspective, that 70 years was only like a “moment”.This example of “divine timing” equals 100,800 years for a day (70 years x 1440 minutes = 100,800).Other examples could also be given, but I’m sure you “get the picture”. For an eternal God who views the passage of multiplied thousands of human years as “momentary”, we must not insist that His divinesoon” equals the same amount of time as our humansoon”.If preterists studied their Bibles without a theological agenda to protect, they would see this “divine time perspective” throughout Scripture, and they would cease their “soon argument” as soon as possible.

In the process of answering preterists’ “soon” contention, we’ve also obviously answered their “last days” argument.If a “day” or a “moment” of divine timing can equal thousands of human years, then, the last days could very well have started 2000 human years ago, and it would only be a couple of “divine days” or “divine moments” since they began.Once again, my preterist friends, you can relax.

Now it’s time to deal with some of the scriptural contradictions of preterism.As previously stated, preterism teaches that Jerusalem is the “whore” or “harlot” of Revelation chapter 17.This is not only biblically false, but it is an absurd claim when you consider the detailed description of this “harlot” given in the book of Revelation.I conclusively prove, in my article titled “The End of the World” on this website, that the “harlot” is the Roman Catholic Church.It is impossible for Jerusalem to be the “harlot”, unless you intentionally and blindly ignore the descriptive details given in Revelation 17.

Revelation 17:5-6 says that the harlot’s name is “Babylon”, and that she is drunk with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.Revelation 17:15 says that she sits on” peoples, multitudes, languages and nations.Revelation 17:18 states that she “reigns” over the kings of the earth.Revelation 18:2-13 says that this “harlot”, Babylon, made the merchants and kings of all the nations “rich” from dealing with her, and these riches are specifically described as being physical riches of material wealth.This passage also states that, when this “harlot” is destroyed, the kings and merchants of the earth will weep and mourn.Furthermore, Revelation 18:21-23 says that, when this “harlot’s” judgment comes and she is destroyed, nothing will ever happen in her again; no music, no craftsmen doing their crafts, no lights shining, and no voices of brides and bridegrooms being heard.

Any honest, unbiased and “unbrainwashed” reader of these descriptive details of this “harlot” would have to admit that Jerusalem, and its destruction in 70 AD, did not fulfill this description in the book of Revelation.While it is true that the Jews in the first century did martyr some Christians; perhaps hundreds or at most thousands; the Roman Catholic Church martyred millions during the Middle Ages, as documented in my article titled “The End of the World”.It is probable that, for each and every Christian martyred by first-century Judaism, the Roman Catholic Church martyred thousands.

The Catholic Church also does indeed “sit on” multitudes, nations and languages, as her one-billion global members span most languages and nations throughout the world.Any credible person must admit that Jerusalem, or even the entire nation of Israel, does not now have, and never has had that kind of worldwide population, power or influence, and especially not in 70 AD when preterists claim that all of these things in Revelation were being fulfilled.And, remember that Revelation 17:18 states that this “harlot” also reigns over the kings of the earth; once again, depicting a global and powerful influence over nations throughout the world.However, in 70 AD, Jerusalem was not even fully reigning over itself, much less the nations of the world, for Israel was subject to the Roman Empire.In fact, at this point in history, it had been about 1000 years since Israel had reigned over anyone else.You have to go all the way back to the several decades of prominence enjoyed during the reigns of Solomon and David.And, the power that David and Solomon enjoyed 1000 years earlier does not apply to this passage in Revelation, because Scripture states that the “harlot” is being carried by the antichrist-beast in Revelation 17:7.Therefore, being that preterism claims that Nero is that antichrist-beast, and also being that preterists say that the time of this “harlot’s” destruction is in 70 AD; consequently, we are talking about the “status” of Jerusalem in 70 AD, not its status a millennium earlier.And, as already mentioned, Jerusalem had no power and influence over anyone in 70 AD.

Furthermore, Revelation 18:2-13 said that this “harlot” was making all of the kings and merchants of the earth rich from dealing with her.It is obvious how this applies to the worldwide Roman Catholic Church with its one-billion members and trillions of dollars in assets.And, it is equally obvious how this does not apply to Jerusalem in 70 AD.Was Jerusalem in 70 AD making all of the kings and merchants of the earth wealthy from dealing with her?And, were all of those worldwide kings and merchants mourning when Jerusalem was destroyed, because the source of their wealth had been destroyed?Any reasonable, rational and honest person knows the answer to these questions.It is a resounding NO!It was indeed a sad day for those dwelling in Jerusalem, but it had little or no economic impact upon the other nations of the world.

Finally, regarding Revelation 18:21-23, where it stated that, when this “harlot”, Babylon, is judged and destroyed by God, nothing will ever happen in her again, including no music ever being played in her anymore, no craftsmen ever doing crafts in her anymore, no lights ever shining in her anymore, and no voices of brides and bridegrooms ever being heard in wedding ceremonies anymore; if the city of Jerusalem is this “harlot”/Babylon, as preterists contend, then why, after her judgment and destruction in 70 AD, are things happening in Jerusalem again, including music being played, craftsmen doing their crafts, lights shining, and the voices of brides and bridegrooms in wedding ceremonies being heard?Once again, the answer is obvious.The preterist claim, that Jerusalem is the “harlot” of the book of Revelation, is totally false and absurd.

Preterism also teaches that Nero was the antichrist/beast of Revelation.This, however, is biblically impossible.Revelation 16:18-21 reveals that, before antichrist’s demise, there will be a great earthquake in which all of the mountains and islands disappear, and there will be hailstones weighing nearly 100 pounds each that will fall upon the wicked, but there are no historical records of such catastrophic events happening around 70 AD, or any time in history for that matter.

Revelation 13 states that, during the reign of the antichrist-beast, there will be a worldwide monitoring of the population via some kind of “mark” that people will have to have in order to buy and sell anything, and it says that a worldwide “death decree” will be instituted against those who don’t have this “mark”.However, these things did not happen during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero.And, in fact, it would have been impossible for these things to have happened in the days of Nero, because technology did not exist to enforce such a worldwide decree or to monitor the worldwide population.

2nd Thessalonians 2:9 states that the antichrist will perform signs and wonders, and the Greek words that are used here for “signs” and “wonders” are the same Greek words used to describe the miraculous signs and wonders done by the apostles, as recorded in the book of Acts; yet, there are no historical records of Nero having done miracles.

Revelation 16 speaks of incredible plagues being poured out upon the antichrist-beast’s kingdom.It says that all of the unsaved people will receive painful, ugly boils; that the waters of the seas, springs and rivers will be turned into blood; that the sun will become so hot that it scorches men with fire; that this will be followed by the sun being completely darkened; and that the water in the Euphrates River will be dried up.However, there are no historical records of such cataclysmic events occurring during the reign of Nero.

Revelation 19:11-21 says that, when Christ comes with His armies of angels, the antichrist-beast will unite with all the kings of the earth and their armies to try to fight against Jesus.However, once again, there are no historical records of all of the world’s armies uniting with Nero outside of Jerusalem in 70 AD.Based on the biblical and historical record, it is obvious that preterism’s claim, that Nero was the antichrist, can only be accepted if you totally ignore both Scripture and history.

As mentioned earlier, preterism also teaches that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD represented Christ’s second coming to earth and the “end of time” and the “end of the age”.As you will see, this claim is even more absurd than the previous claims of preterism that I’ve already discussed.The prophet Daniel said that in the “time of the end” knowledge would be increased and people would be “running to and fro” or “rushing here and there”.This, of course, is a perfect description of our contemporary times with high-speed travel, high-speed communication, high-speed knowledge and general fast-paced “rat race living”.However, this does not apply at all to 70 AD, when the only means of travel was still by walking or riding an animal, and the only means of communication was by speaking face to face or by having a written message delivered by someone on foot or horseback.

And, regarding the preterist claim that Christ returned in 70 AD, the Bible states that, immediately prior to Jesus’ return, there will be spectacular, supernatural signs occurring in the heavens, such as the sun being darkened, the moon becoming like “blood” and not giving its light, and the stars falling from heaven, thus causing the seas and waves on earth to roar (Revelation 6:12-13; Matthew 24:29-30; Luke 21:25-28).There are no historical records of such colossal and catastrophic events taking place around 70 AD.

Scripture also states that when Christ comes the sky will literally split apart, every eye will see Him, all of the unsaved people on earth will mourn, the wicked will hide in caves and rocks to try to not look at Him, there will be a shout, a trumpet blast, all of the dead bodies of the saints down through the ages will be resurrected immortal and incorruptible, and all of the saved saints will ascend together in the air to meet Jesus (Revelation 6:12-17; Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:30; 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1st Corinthians 15:50-54).Once again, there are no historical records of any of these phenomenal events happening around 70 AD.Preterism’s claims contradict the Bible so clearly and blatantly that it is truly amazing that there are still thousands of Christians who espouse this doctrine.

Preterists also teach that this sinful world is not destroyed when Christ comes, but that the continual cycle of sin and rebellion goes on forever on earth.This, of course, is also unbiblical.In the parable of the “tares of the field”, Jesus said that the final harvest, when He separates the wicked from the just, constitutes being the “end of the age” or the “end of the world”.He also said that all things that offend are removed and punished at this time, not just the Jews in Jerusalem, but all the wicked (Matthew 13:24-30; Matthew 13:36-42).This contradicts preterism’s teaching that only the Jews were punished in 70 A.D., which they say represented the “end of the age”. Moreover, preterism’s claim that Christ’s return did not cause the world to come to an end, is another contradiction of Scripture.1st Corinthians 15:23-28 states that the “end” comes when Christ returns, and it also says that the last enemy to be destroyed at this time is “death”; furthermore, it states that all things will have become subject to Jesus at this time.Of course, this text creates great problems for preterists, who say that Christ came in 70 AD.Why?Because the world did not end in 70 AD; death did not stop in 70 AD; and “all things” certainly did not become subject to Christ in 70 AD, for Jesus has continued to be cursed and blasphemed on a daily basis by millions on this wicked planet.When Jesus truly returns as foretold by Scripture, He will do a much better job of subjecting all things to Himself than what preterists give Him credit for.

Finally, preterism teaches that we are currently living on the “new earth”, which Scripture says that God will create after the return of Christ and the end of this world.However, as usual, preterists run into all kinds of problems with their claim as soon as you examine the texts that describe this “new earth”.Revelation 21:1-4 says that there is no death, pain, sorrow or crying in the new earth, and that there is no more sea/ocean.However, the last time that I checked, we still had the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, as well as others, and we still are experiencing pain, sorrow, crying and death.Evidently, preterists must not get out much or read any newspapers.Revelation 21:10-25 describes the “capital city” of the new earth, the New Jerusalem, and states that it is 1500 miles wide, 1500 miles long, and 1500 miles high; moreover, that its foundation stones are precious jewels, its doors are pearls, its walls are jasper, and its streets are gold.If there was such a city on this so-called “new earth”, which preterists claim that we are now living on, I’m sure that someone would have spotted it; furthermore, they would probably have looted it in this wicked world.Also, Peter states that the coming new earth will be a place where righteousness dwells (2nd Peter 3:13).Is this earth that we’re currently living on, filled with wars, murders, rapes, child abductions, abortions, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, blasphemies and abominations; is this earth a place where righteousness dwells?Such an assertion would be ludicrous.Thus, preterists’ claim, that we are currently dwelling on the “new earth”, is ludicrous as well.In fact, all of the tenets of preterism are ludicrous and wildly unbiblical.

How do preterists respond to all of the specific and clear biblical facts and details that contradict their doctrine?They simply say that all of these things have a “spiritual” and “symbolic” meaning, and they don’t actually mean what the literal language states in these scriptures.In other words, preterists have developed their own private type of “Bible Code” to justify their doctrine.That “Bible Code” is the theological paradigm or model called preterism, where things mean what preterists say that they mean, not what the specific language in the texts literally state.I, however, feel much safer sticking with the meaning that is conveyed by what is specifically stated within the exact wording of the divinely inspired scriptural texts themselves.God wrote the Bible so that common people can understand it without the assistance of theological paradigms or models created by mere human beings with religious agendas.

I must say that I’m amazed at the double standard employed by preterists in biblical interpretation.They can spiritualize, symbolize and “explain away” multitudes of specific, literal events foretold in Scripture, such as the sun being darkened, the stars falling, a great earthquake causing the mountains and islands to vanish, 100-pound hailstones, painful boils, a worldwide death decree, the seas and rivers being turned into blood, antichrist doing miracles, all the armies of the world joining antichrist to fight Jesus as He returns, every eye seeing Jesus at His coming, all of the unsaved people throughout the world mourning and trying to hide from Him as He returns, all of the dead saints being resurrected and ascending together with all of the saints who are alive when Jesus comes, the new earth’s capital city having jasper walls and foundation stones made of jewels, the city also having streets of gold and pearl doors, and the new earth not having any pain, sorrow, crying or death etc.; preterists can spiritualize and symbolize all of these things away, with none of them meaning what they actually and literally say; yet, they insist that the words “soon” and “near” must literally mean exactly what they think they should mean, according to their own human perspective of time!Preterism’s double standard is truly incredible.

In closing this article, I want to remind you that one of the main themes of the New Testament is the hope and joy of the eagerly anticipated return of Jesus.Preterism removes this hope from 99.99% of all the people who have lived during the New Testament era.Preterists seem to forget that the New Testament, aside from the Apostle John’s books, was written primarily in the 50’s and 60’s AD.There were probably only several million people alive on this entire planet at that time.That is much less than one-tenth of one percent of the entire population that has lived on earth since 70 AD.Remembering this fact, in addition to all of the scriptural evidence that clearly and unequivocally refutes preterism, it is highly unlikely that one of the most prominent and beautiful doctrines in the Bible, Christ’s return, only applied to far less than one-tenth of one percent of the New Testament era population; moreover, it is highly unlikely that this important doctrine was only relevant for a period of roughly ten to twenty years out of the more than 2000 years in the New Testament era, because that is the maximum amount of time available between the New Testament writing dates and preterism’s date of 70 AD.The idea of this preterist assertion, once again, is absurd and mind boggling.

I ask you, who would want to remove the importance, relevance, beauty, hope and joy of this central and prominent New Testament doctrine from 99.99% of all people who have lived in the New Testament era?There is only one logical answer, and that is the enemy himself, Satan.I must speak bluntly and boldly at the close of this article.Preterism is a deceptive and dangerous doctrine that blatantly distorts and manipulates Scripture.I pray that those who have been deceived by this doctrine will come to their senses and determine to read and understand the Scriptures the way they were written.Simply put, God says what He means, and He means what He says. And, preterism repeatedly and blatantly contradicts the clear and authoritative statements that God has made in the Bible.

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6 Responses to Preterism

  1. John says:

    I would suggest you spend more time studying the Word of God and less time studying traditions of men before you set yourself up as somebody that thinks he knows something.

    Good Luck

  2. Henry Bechthold says:

    Dear John,

    Thanks for taking the time to write a response. However, it would be helpful if you could substantiate your comment with actual biblical documentation, rather than a mere personal attack.

    I have provided numerous texts to refute preterism, and to defend my biblical position, whereas you have only responded with sarcastic, personal barbs. In so doing, you have only done more harm to your pro-preterist position.

    Henry Bechthold

  3. Tammy says:

    “It is important to remember that Elijah was translated directly to heaven in a chariot of fire, and thus he never experienced death (2nd Kings 2:11). ”

    He was?
    11And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

    He was taken by a whirlwind to heaven (lowercase “h”), not Heaven, and not by the chariot of fire. I’m not sure where you see that he “never experienced death” in this chapter..? We agree that after he was gone, Elisha took up the mantle, yes? Elijah had finished his mission, and was taken away. BUT…
    2 Chronicles 21:12
    And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,

    This was AFTER Elisha had taken up the mantle and had been the prophet for 13 years. :)

    • hank says:

      Hi Tammy,

      We certainly disagree here. No where does the Bible state that Elijah experienced death. He was translated directly to heaven.

      Henry Bechthold

  4. I appreciate your article. I wrote a blog about it some time ago that echoes some of your comments and may be of interest to you and those that read your blog:

    Great blog site, I just found it and am working my way through the articles.

  5. hank says:

    Hi Jeffrey,

    Thanks for your comment. It is the policy of this website not to advertise other sites; that is why the blog address was omitted from your comment. But, thanks again for visiting “God or Men”, and for sharing your thoughts.

    Henry Bechthold

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