Does Preterism Have a Future?

QuestionTHE question is often asked of those who believe in the fulfillment of all Bible prophecy (Luke 21:22), “Does Preterism have a future dimension to the teaching?”  The answer to the question is, of course, Yes.
The fact of Biblical fulfillment is an established principle in the Scriptures, and includes results that continue beyond the time of fulfillment.  For example, historically, Christians understand the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ to have been a “once-for-all-time” event (Heb. 7:27; 9:28), and yet the benefits of forgiveness and “eternal life” extend forward to those who put their faith and trust in Him today (John 3:16; I John 5:13).  Faith and Justification from the consequences of sin and death are the very heart of what Jesus Christ came to accomplish and therefore believers living today have the reality of what was long ago promised.
Jesus came to bring believers a joyful and abundant life (John 10:10).  This could only be accomplished by His death on the Cross and subsequent resurrection from the dead.  The generation of believers living in the first-century experienced during their own lifetime the establishment of God’s everlasting Kingdom (Matt. 3:2; 4:17; Luke 21:31).  It was because of what Christ had accomplished, and what was being accomplished during the 40 years between the time of the Cross and the Parousia, that believers could enjoy “in advance” the blessings of the promised “age to come” during their own lifetime (Heb. 6:5).
The last vestages of the Old Covenant system that could never bring life and righteousness was in the processing of vanishing away (Heb. 8:13), while the “more glorious” nature of the New Covenant system was being established.  The power over sin and death had been broken at the Cross and now life and righteousness was beginning to dawn.  In A.D. 70, the Roman armies under Titus destroyed the Temple and the city of Jerusalem, thus bringing an end to the age of promise, hope and expectation, and ushering in the “age to come” realities that had been promised.
The arrival of the “new heavens and a new earth” (II Pet. 3:13), would give these New Covenant believers and all those who would come in future generations, an eternal home “where righteous dwells.”  The glorious arrival of the New Jerusalem forever signaled the time of the everlasting Presence of Christ with His people (Rev. 21:1-4).  The “gates” to this City of God are ever open to allow God’s people the opportunity to minister to the “healing of the nations” (Rev. 22:2).  Certainly, the nations need the Divine influence of believers who take the message of Christ to them and the principles of God’s Kingdom.
Does Preterism have a future?  Absolutely.  If you are a child of God, you have the most wonderful opportunity of the ages to take God’s love to everyone around you.  Perhaps, today is that very day!

Closet Wilson (Part 2)

I came across something the other day that made me think of Closet Wilson.
Acts 17:11: “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Imagine that! The Bereans examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Closet Wilson told me that he was going to read my book like a Berean. For that I commend Closet Wilson. In fact, have you ever met anyone that told you not to be like the Bereans? Of course, Closet Wilson would actually have to read my arguments for full preterism in the second half of my book to be able to do that. But according to Closet Wilson, I haven’t given him a good reason that the creeds could possibly be wrong.
Apparently, it’s a good idea to examine the Scriptures to see if what Paul said was true, but it’s not a good idea to examine the Scriptures to see if what the creeds and tradition say is true. After all, the teaching of Paul, an apostle, should be tested by the Scriptures to see if what he was teaching was true, but the creeds, well, they must be true because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Then again, Closet Wilson tells me that the creeds were not inspired by the Holy Spirit, but Closet Wilson has to be given a good reason to examine the Scriptures to see if what the creeds say is true. So examining the Scriptures every day, to see if what an inspired apostle said was true, is noble in character, but do not dare examine the Scriptures to see if what the uninspired creeds or tradition say is true because that amounts to heresy.
According to Closet Wilson, if we have to examine the Scriptures about the creeds all the time, then we will never have any foundation to build on. Test Paul, that’s fine, but not the creeds.
Read what happened when the Bereans examined the Scriptures concerning Paul’s teaching in Acts 17:12:
“Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men.”
When will Closet Wilson embrace full preterism? When he acts like a Berean and examines the Scriptures to see if what the creeds and history say is true.

From Babylon to Babylon: An Exposition of Daniel's Seventy Weeks

Seventy weeks have been determined for your people and your holy city, to shut up the transgression, to seal up sin, to cover over iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophet, and to anoint the Most Holy Place. (Dan. 9:24)
So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a word to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the Prince, there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and trench, even in times of distress. (Dan. 9:25)
Then after the sixty-two weeks the Anointed One will be cut off and nothing shall remain to Him [or, “but not for Himself“]. And the people of a coming prince[or, “of [the] coming Prince“] will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will be with the flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. (Dan. 9:26)
And He will confirm a covenant with the many for one week, and in the middle of the week he will cause sacrifice and offering to cease; and on a wing [or, “overspreading“] of abominations will come a desolator, even until the end. And that which was decreed shall pour out on the desolator. (Dan. 9:27)

Summary Chronology of the Seventy Weeks (dates approximate):
First Seven Weeks Begin: In 538 BC, Cyrus issued his decree to rebuild the temple and the city.
First Seven Weeks End/Sixty-Two Weeks Begin: In 445 BC, Nehemiah rebuilt Jerusalem.
Sixty-Two Weeks End/Last Week Begins: In AD 28, Messiah was anointed at His baptism. From thence, He confirmed the new covenant with His church. In AD 30, He was “cut off” (crucified).
Middle of the Last Week: In perhaps AD 66, God gave fleshly Israel up to reprobation so that there no longer remained a “sacrifice for sins” (Heb. 10:26-27). At that time, Continue reading “From Babylon to Babylon: An Exposition of Daniel's Seventy Weeks”