Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hope Fulfilled!

As documented in this book, the most persistent challenge by sceptics hostile to the Bible and Christianity is that Jesus did not return when He promised—within the lifetimes of his followers.

Indeed, there are over a hundred passages in the New Testament clearly declaring: (1) that the writers of the New Testament themselves were in the "last days," and (2) that Jesus would return while some of his disciples were still alive, in fulfilment of all that had been prophesied.

Were Jesus and the New Testament writers wrong?  Of course not!  But Christians too often gloss over the important prophetic time-statements!

As further documented in this book, otherwise reputable denominations are wilfully blind on eschatology.  But if Jesus and the writers of the New Testament were wrong, they could not have been inspired, and Jesus Himself was a false prophet.  This critical problem must be addressed by the church.

Could the "last days" be referring to the final days of the Old Covenant order rather than to the end of the physical universe?  Was the "time of the end" when Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed in AD 70—the date when the ancient covenantal system of temple sacrifices for sin ended forever?

Could many modern Christians have misunderstood what Jesus meant by his Parousia (his "Second Coming")—that it was to be a divine but non-visible "coming in judgement" against the Jews in AD 70—similar to God's coming in judgement against the Jews or their enemies on multiple occasions in the Old Testament?

Could the King James Version of the Bible have unwittingly misled English-speaking Christians for 400 years about certain critical details?

This book explores these possibilities, which if true, resolve the challenges to the accuracy of the Bible!  The author examines the growing view of Bible prophecy called "preterism" or "covenant eschatology."  This is the view that most if not all prophecy has been fulfilled, completely disarming the challenges by Christianity's opponents.

Before you dismiss this idea, you should test your presuppositions against what the Bible actually says.  The preterist view has been held by some Christians since the 1st century and is gaining adherents today as flaws in the popular theories are being critically examined and discredited.  Covenant eschatology restores Jesus as a true prophet and the Bible as reliable and authoritative.

The book is the product of over 10 years of research by the author along with input from seven contributors. The book critically examines all of the popular views of Bible prophecy, many of which are contradictory or are little more than fanciful speculations without biblical support. It is written in easy-to-follow language for the informed layman, and it clearly and definitively answers the objections to preterism.

If you have never studied Bible prophecy carefully, or if the various modern views of prophecy just do not make sense when you read your Bible, this book will give you increased confidence in God's Word.  It covers all of the eschatological topics including the New Heaven and New Earth, the Day of the Lord, the End of the Age, the Apocalypse, the Beast, the Great Tribulation, the Millennium, the Second Coming, the Kingdom of God, the Rapture, the Resurrection, and more. It brings extraordinary clarity to a difficult subject. Fear not to be challenged and changed.

4 comments:

  1. An interesting read:

    http://earlychristianfellowship.org/?page_id=3681

    http://earlychristianfellowship.org/?page_id=9998

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    1. Thanks, David!
      Here's a very interesting presentation for you on preterism, which is the gist of this book.

      http://www.preterist.org/whatispreterism.asp

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    2. Hello Derrick. I appreciate your reply!

      I know the major objections brought forth by Preterists, and I can understand why people would interpret some scripture passages to confirm the Preterist viewpoint.
      However, I believe that Preterism is not the original doctrine of the apostles. What do you think about the fact that all early Christian writers, who took on the subject of the Millenium, the second coming of Christ etc. in their writings, always had a clear futurist view? This includes many men who were either taught, known and respected by the apostles or people who knew the apsotles. This includes writings like the Didache (the oldest Christian writing outside the NT, from the 1st century), or writers like the apostle Barnabas. He wrote his letter after 70 AD and the fall of Jerusalem and still was a futurist and did not understand biblical eschatological prophecies to have been fulfilled in 70 AD. And whats even more important: He was an apostle himself, respected and known by the apostles and the whole church. People like Papias (AD 100), and Irenaeus (AD 180) also were clearly futurists (all living after 70 AD and both of them having direct links to the Apostles). Justin (AD 160) was approved by Irenaeus, and both Tertullian (AD 200) and Hippolytus (AD 235) followed in their same course. Even Ignatius (AD 105), Polycarp (AD 125), Melito (AD 180), Cyprian (AD 250), Commodianus (AD 250), and Victorinus (AD 260) were futurists.
      The doctrine of preterism and the denial of a literal future Millenium on earth was initially taught by Gnostics only and came into the church only by the mid of the 3rd ct. via. Origen, who himself sadly was extremely influenced by greek philosophy and Gnosticism and was not approved by most of the church in his day.
      Further, I believe that the few passages which seem to support Preterism can be explained in a very logical way, without making them contradict futurism. Here is a website where some Preterist objections are talked about: http://www.raptureready.com/featured/ice/Preterism.html
      Furthermore, there are quite a few eschatological prophecies which have obviously not been fulfilled yet.

      I believe that prophecies often have a double, or even multiple fulfillment. The scripture itself gives us quite impressive examples for that. E.g. in the book of Daniel it is spoken of the "abomination of desolation". This "abomination of desolation" clearly took place under the rule of Antiochus Epiphanes !V, when he persecuted the Jews and desecrated the Jewish temple in (I think) 156 BC,as recorded in the books of Macabees. Nonetheless, Christ in his Olivet discourse refers back to the prophecy given in Daniel and speaks of yet another fulfillment of that prophecy in the future and tells his disciples to watch out for it, Another example is the prophecy in Malachi about the return of Elijah before the coming of the day of the Lord. Christ said that John was Elijah, but at the same time says that he wasn´t Elijah (and John himself said he wasn´t Elijah). He just came in the spirit of Elijah and it is obvious that there was to be yet another future fulfillment of this prophecy to come (the early Church unanimously believed that one of the two witnesses would be Elija). Another exampel is Christs coming. There are no explici prophecies in the OT which say that the Messiah will come 2 times. But nonetheless, this is what is going to happen. Christ came 1 time, and will come yet another time.
      So, even IF many of the endtime prophecies were partially fulfilled in AD 70 (and it is obvious form the historic records that not all has been fulfilled), they would still have a future fulfillment to come...This would not be against the way prophecy played out before.

      Do you have any thoughts?

      God bless you.
      Peace and love in Christs kingdom..

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    3. David, I got your long comment to me about this issue and would love to respond in more detail but I don't have your email address -- could you drop me a line at my personal address and we can chat about it. Write me here : djn et microtec dot fr

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