Responding to the Critics: The Little Horn of Daniel 7

The “Little Horn” of Daniel’s Sea-Beast: A Review

Don K. Preston
In the June, 1993 issue of the Christian Courier, Wayne Jackson, an out-spoken critic of Covenant Eschatology, expounds on the little horn of Daniel 7. Our purpose here is not to set forth a positive exegesis of Daniel 7 as much as it is to show the fallacy of Jackson’s article because his interpretation is representative of the view held in the Reformation and Restoration movements.
In his article Jackson examines two views: that of “religious modernism” identifying the little horn as Antiochus Epiphanes; and the premillennial posit that the little horn is a now imminent “AntiChrist.” Upon what basis does he reject these views?
The Antiochan posit is rejected because Antiochus “was dead a hundred years before the fourth beast (the Roman empire) came into power–out of which Daniel’s little horn arose.” The premillennial view is rejected by Jackson because “the little horn of Daniel’s vision arose from the remnants of the Roman empire, which have lain in the dust of antiquity for more than 1000 years. The commencement of the little horn’s power is thus ancient, not modern.” (emp. his)
In other words, Jackson rejects these two views because one happened before the Roman empire came to being and the other comes after the empire perished. This is good logic if the fourth beast is in truth, as we also accept, the Roman empire. Jackson’s argument against these other interpretations may Continue reading “Responding to the Critics: The Little Horn of Daniel 7”

Debate Challenge Accepted / Issued!

Just recently, the issue of the present passive indicatives, and present indicatives that Paul uses in 1 Corinthians 15 to speak of the then on-going resurrection has become the topic of intense discussion on several preterist, and anti-preterist websites.
Interestingly, a debate challenge has been issued, challenging the idea that we must honor those present tense verbs. Dr. Ken Talbot has offered to moderate this debate, and to sponsor it in Chicago.
Just this morning (9-7-09) I posted the following response to the proposed debate:
Dr. Talbot, my name is Don K. Preston. I was honored to meet you in Florida a few years back when I debated James Jordan.
Concerning a debate. Instead of a debate so narrowly focused on the verb tenses of 1 Corinthians 15, I will most gladly accept your offer above in regard to a debate, with the following proposal:
Resolved: The Bible teaches that the resurrection prophecy of 1 Corinthians 15 was fulfilled at the time of the destruction of Old Covenant Jerusalem in AD 70.
Affirm: Don K. Preston
Deny:
If you would be willing to help sponsor a debate on the verb tenses of 1 Corinthians 15, I suggest that the greater, more important debate would be on the fulfillment or non-fulfillment of the overall prophecy. If I were to be able to demonstrate that the prophecy of 1 Corinthians 15 is / was fulfilled, then this would settle the issue of the verb tenses. Would it not?
I will be more than happy and honored to debate you, or any of the faculty members, or any champion of your choice on the suggested proposition. Chicago is fine with me.
I very much look forward to hearing from you!
For His Truth, and In His Grace,
Don K. Preston
President, Preterist Research Institute
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DVDs of Preterist Pilgrim Weekend 2009 Now Available!

DVDs of Preterist Pilgrim Weekend 2009 Now Available!
JaDon Management and Don K. Preston are very glad to announce that DVDs of the 2009 Preterist Pilgrim Weekend are now available. As usual, this was a fantastic seminar, focusing on the Resurrection and the Millennium. Hot topics to be sure!
Here is a listing of the speakers and topics
13 Dynamic 45 Minute Lectures on 1 Data DVD. 13 Video Lectures from
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Preterist Pilgrim Weekend 2009 Speakers and Lectures:
* Jack Scott: Resurrection From The Ground Up (The Goal of the Millennium) Pt I
* Don K. Preston: Thessalonians: Setting the Context
* Jerel Kratt: The Millennium and the Transformation from Flesh to Spirit, Pt I
* Jack Scott: Resurrection From The Ground Up (The Goal of the Millennium) Pt II
* William Bell: The Millennium
* Don Preston: Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep
* Jerel Kratt: The Millennium and the Transformation from Flesh to Spirit, Pt II
* Larry Siegle: Distinguishing Between “This Age” and the “Age to Come”
* Don K. Preston: A Critique of Kenneth Gentry’s He Shall Have Dominion
* Larry Siegle: Millennial Hope Old Testament Israel New Testament Fulfillment
* William Bell: The Millennium in Ephesians
* Bryan Lewis: Hosea and Paul’s Seed Analogy in 1 Co 15.
* Don K. Preston: We Shall Meet Him In the Air! A Theological Atom Bomb
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Is Death The Christian's Finest Hour?

Death: “The Christian’s Finest Hour”

The Paradox of Modern Eschatologies

by Don K. Preston
Just recently, I attended the funeral of a fine Christian lady. The minister did a wonderful job of speaking of the woman’s faith, her Christ-like spirit of helping others, and of the surety of her reward in heaven. In fact, the minister related that he had heard one of his childhood minister “heroes” speak of the death of a Christian as “the Christian’s finest hour.” He confidently stated that the death of this good sister was in fact her finest hour. I must confess that I was struck with the irony, the paradox, the true conundrum of that preacher’s lesson.
I have said for years that modern ministers, have two theologies when it comes to death. On the one hand, when preaching the funeral of a faithful Christian, they confidently affirm that the Christian has received their reward, they are in heaven with the Savior, they are truly at rest. In fact, the death of the Christian is their finest hour! However, in many cases, you might hear that same preacher (I have personally heard this!), in the following weeks, say that physical death is the enemy, and that until the coming of the Lord at the end of human history, even the Christian does not have their reward! Perhaps even more disturbing is that in many amillennial churches, in contrast to their funeral sermons that affirm the deceased is in heaven, these same ministers will affirm that the faithful Christian has gone to Abraham’s bosom– not heaven!
Does anyone see a problem here? There is a very real theological problem here. The problem is real, it is serious, it is disturbing, but, goes seemingly un-noticed by so many believers. This article will seek to explain the problem and demonstrate how what the above mentioned minister said is true, and yet, how devastating to modern eschatologies it really is.
I need not document the fact that all futurist eschatologies believe that physical death is the death introduced by Adam, and that physical death is the death to be overcome through the resurrection of 1 Corinthians 15:22: “As in Adam all men die, even so in Christ shall all men be made alive.” The story of redemption is the story of the deliverance from the death of Adam.
It goes without saying that if you start at the wrong place, you will wind up in the wrong place, theologically. If your protology (beginning) is wrong, your eschatology is wrong. So, if physical death is not the death that Adam introduced, then physical death is not the death conquered by the resurrection of 1 Corinthians 15! This is an indisputable Continue reading “Is Death The Christian's Finest Hour?”

Major Announcement: Preterite Commentary on Thessalonians is Now Ready!

An Exciting Major Announcement!
Book Release:
We Shall Meet Him In The Air, The Wedding of the King of kings
by Don K. Preston
A Major Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 4:13f
1 Thessalonians 4:13f is one of the most important of all Bible prophecies of the “end times.”
The Dispensationalist says it predicts the Rapture at the end of the Christian Age.
The Amillennialists says it is the removal of the earth at the end of time.
The Postmillennialists says it is the literal coming of Christ at the end of the Christian Age.
All three major views of Thessalonians are wrong, dead wrong!
1 Thessalonians 4:13f has nothing to do with the end of time and human history.
1 Thessalonians has nothing to do with a removal of the church from earth, whether first century or at the end of the Christian Age. Period!
These are bold statements, but in an exciting major announcement, JaDon Management and Don K. Preston is thrilled to announce the completion of a comprehensive new commentary on 1 Thessalonians 4! This work has been years in the making, but it is finally ready and you can order your’s today!
The book is entitled:
We Shall Meet Him In The Air, The Wedding of the King of kings!
This major work (450+ pages, with indices), examines every eschatological text in the Thessalonian epistles to help set the proper context for understanding chapter 4. In addition, the book offers:
An extensive examination of the Death of Adam
An extensive discussion of the Atonement of Christ
The Prophetic Theme of the Messianic Temple
The Prophetic Theme of the Re-Marriage of Israel
Preston demonstrates that key themes from the OT lie behind Thessalonians, themes that are normally ignored in modern studies of the text.
Further, you will be amazed at what Preston calls the “Theological Atom Bomb” that lies right on the surface of Thessalonians. This powerful and convincing linguistic study builds on the world’s best scholarship to establish beyond doubt that Thessalonians is not about the removal of the church from earth, at any time, past or present! This is fantastic information and you will be amazed at the scholarly support that Preston brings to bear.
We Shall Meet Him:
Refutes dispensationalism.
Refutes the AD 70 rapture doctrine. This is the most extensive study of this doctrine that has been written.
Refutes Kenneth Gentry and Keith Mathison’s new books, He Shall Have Dominion and From Age To Age: The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology. This is devastating material, not found anywhere else!
Here is what some scholars are saying about We Shall Meet Him:
Dale Allison
Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.>
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Dr. Andrew Perriman:
Author of The Coming of the Son of Man: New Testament Eschatology for an Emerging Church and Re: Mission: Biblical Mission for a Post-Biblical Church, and founder of the Open Source Theology website.>
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Don K. Preston is a consummate researcher and writer, passionate regarding the importance of a clear understanding of scripture, especially as it relates to Eschatology. In this outstanding book on I Thessalonians 4, Brother Preston seeks to present a comprehensive and compelling look at key controversies related to the end times.
With excellent research, clear logic and grace Don presents his argument, leaving it to the reader to make final conclusions. Let the reader beware. this is not a work for the novice, but will definitely challenge the reader to search the scriptures fully; for “in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me.”
Stan E. DeKoven, Ph.D., MFT
President and Founder: Vision International College and University
Ramona, CA.>
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There is literally not another book like We Shall Meet Him In The Air! This is the very first, and only, full length preterite commentary on 1 Thessalonians 4:13f.
If you have been looking for answers about 1 Thessalonians 4:13f you absolutely must have this new book! This is the book that the preterist community has been waiting for! This book will answer the critics like nothing else, with solid, irrefutable, scholarly exegesis. Put this book at the top of your “Must Have” list!
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What About The Creeds And Church History?

What About the Creeds and Church History?

by Don K. Preston

In the ongoing controversy about Covenant Eschatology, one of the main arguments being proposed by the opponents of true preterism is that of church history and the church creeds. The church simply could not have been wrong for so long on such a critical issue . No church creed espouses true preterism. Thus, preterism is false. This argument seems to carry a good bit of weight with those of the Reformed school especially, and, as we shall see, this is a strange irony to be sure.

I intend in this brief article to simply set forth a few “bullet points” as food for thought in regard to the issue of the creeds. For a fuller, excellent discussion from the Reformed perspective, see House Divided: A Reformed Response to When Shall These Things Be, available from this website.

The Reformation and The Creeds

To say the very least, those who appeal to the historical creeds as proof that true preterism is false are involved in an irony of major proportions. In fact, they are making the precise argument that the Roman Catholic church offered against Martin Luther! Read the words of the Roman Emperor Charles V: “For it is certain that a single brother is in error if he stands against the opinion of the whole of Christendom, as otherwise Christendom would have erred for a thousand years or more.” (Cited in Beyond Creation Science, Timothy Martin and Jeffrey Vaughn, www.truthinliving.org).

Likewise, Yohann Eck, arguing against Luther said to him: “Your plea to be heard from Scripture is the one always made by heretics! How can you of so many famous men and claim that you know more than they all? You have no right to call into question the mostassume that you are the only one to understand the sense of Scripture? Would you put your judgment above that holy orthodox faith, instituted by Christ the perfect lawgiver, proclaimed throughout the world by the apostles, sealed by the red blood of the martyrs, confirmed by the sacred councils, defined by the Church in which all our fathers believed until death and gave to us as an inheritance, and which now we are forbidden by [Mother Church] and [her Creeds] to debate lest there be no end of debate.”(Found at http://en.believethesign.com/index.php?title=Martin_Luther).

That sounds amazingly close to, “If preterism is true we have been wrong all these years! This doctrine violates the creeds!” It sounds like, “The creeds set the boundaries of orthodoxy.” It sounds like, “Preterism is false because it is not in the creeds.”

The question is therefore, if the enemies of true preterism are going to appeal to the creeds and church history to invalidate Covenant Eschatology, why was the argument of Emperor Charles and Yohann Eck, and the pope not valid? Let me frame their argument like this: Continue reading “What About The Creeds And Church History?”

What About Acts 1?

What About, “In Like Manner?”

One of the most common objections to Covenant Eschatology is based on Acts 1:9f. The disciples, beholding the ascending Christ, were told that he would come, “in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9f), this means, we are told, that Jesus must return in a physical body.

There are a variety of ways to counter this unfounded claim, including the fact that the Greek term (hon tropon) translated “in like manner” does not demand identicalness. As a matter of fact, those who press for the “in like manner” definition do not actually hold to a coming in identical manner as the ascent. For instance, Jesus left silently; yet, those who believe in a yet future parousia believe he will come with the literal sound of a trumpet.

While hon tropon can sometimes mean identicalness, it more often means general likeness, without specificity. For instance, in Matthew 23:37, Jesus said he had desired to gather Jerusalem “as (hon tropon) a mother hen gathers her chicks. Surely no one would argue that Jesus wanted to gather Jerusalem under his literal arm! Likewise, Paul said that the evil men arising in his generation withstood the truth “as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses.” Would anyone argue that Paul’s enemies were opposing him exactly and precisely as the false Egyptian prophets? In point of fact, hon tropon, seldom means exact likeness.

Jesus left, visible to only a handful of people. Yet, all futurists believe the Second Coming will be visible to every eye of every human on earth. Jesus told his disciples, “Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more; but ye will see me; because I live, you shall live also” (John 14:19). After his resurrection, Jesus appeared only to a select few (Acts 10:41), even including the 500 witnesses (1 Corinthians 15), and never appeared to the “world” at large again. And, here in John 14, he said that the world (kosmos) would never see him again. Jesus was never to appear in the flesh to the world again!

Jesus left without any “fanfare.” Yet, we are told that at the end of the present age, he will come with the destruction of material creation–which clearly did not happen at the ascension. And, he will come with 10,000 angels, when only one angel was present at the ascension.

There was no flaming fire, nor destruction of literal creation at the ascension. Yet, we are told that this is what happens when Christ returns in the future (2 Thessalonians 1; 2 Peter 3).

Jesus did not ascend on a white horse, with a sword protruding from his mouth, leading the army of heaven. Yet, John says that at the Second Coming, Jesus rides a white horse, leads the armies of heaven, and has a sword coming out of his mouth (Revelation 19). Where is the “in like manner” comparison here?

Consider the Transfiguration for a moment. (Be sure to see our articles on “Defining the Parousia” for a fuller discussion of this issue.) The Transfiguration was a vision of the parousia (Matthew 17; 2 Peter 1:16-19). However, what did Jesus look like at the Transfiguration? Did he look as he did at the ascension? Clearly not! The Transfiguration scene presented Jesus with the effulgent glory of Deity shining through. Jesus’ appearance was so radically transformed that the disciples were “scared out of their minds” to use a modern term. So, the Transfiguration was a vision of the Second Coming, but Christ’s appearance at the Transfiguration in no way resembles his appearance at the Ascension. Therefore, to overly emphasize “in like manner” in Acts 1 is patently wrong headed.

Likewise, in Revelation 1:13f, Jesus appeared to John in his post ascension form, and that description, that apocalupsis of Jesus, in no way resembles the ascension appearance of Jesus:

“In the midst of the seven lamp stands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; his feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.” (Revelation 1:13-16).

Notice that John saw, “one like the Son of Man.” The One he saw was so resplendently different than that One he had known, had seen, had touched (1 John 1:1-3), in his Incarnate existence, that John could only say that the One he now saw was like ( ìïéïí), the Son of Man.

Is it not clear that this appearance of Jesus was not Jesus in the flesh? This was not Jesus in his post resurrection earthly form. There is no physical, bodily likeness between this vision and what the disciples saw at the Ascension. Thus, to press the “in like manner” of Acts 1:9f to identicalness is misplaced. Both the Transfiguration and John’s vision on Patmos reveal Jesus’ parousia epiphany, and there was nothing of his earthly form revealed in either vision. In both of these visions, we see Jesus revealed as Deity, not as a man.

Very clearly, there are very significant and material differences between the Ascension of Christ and the traditionally taught Second Coming. Thus, the term “in like manner” should not be pressed too hard by those who insist on identicalness of manner. We have more to say about this in our book Like Father Like Son, ON Clouds of Glory. The book is currently sold out, and is under revision, but will be re-published in the near future.

For more information on Acts 1, go to www.eschatology.org.

Don K. Preston

The Binding of Satan.

by Don K Preston

“Satan is bound?!? Why that is ridiculous; just look around. There is evil, temptation, suffering, and immorality. Satan cannot be bound if these things are present.”

This is a typical response to the contention of realized eschatology that Jesus has fully conquered Satan and destroyed his power. We well recognize the emotional response such a suggestion evokes. But we kindly challenge the reader to consider for a moment the exciting and comforting concept that Jesus has indeed cast Satan into hell and broken his power. Would it disturb you to know that Satan can have no power over you? Would it be upsetting to know that God has fulfilled his word and gives everlasting life now? Is it unsettling to know we can truly overcome the world? Would your life be more confident and victorious if you knew that Satan had no authority to accuse you before God?

Why Did Jesus Come?
Did Jesus come to bind Satan and destroy his power? Think carefully now for the answer has tremendous significance. Let us see what the Scriptures say about Jesus’ reason for coming. In Matthew 12:22-30, Jesus cast a demon out of a man. The Pharisees insisted it was by the power of the Devil. Jesus logically demonstrated the fallacy of Satan casting out Satan. He then challenged them “how can one enter into a strong man’s house and spoil his goods except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.” Jesus’ power to cast out demons demonstrated two facts: the imminence of the kingdom (v. 28); and the binding of Satan (v. 29). Satan was being bound by Jesus!

When the Lord sent seventy disciples out on a “missionary tour” he empowered them to cast out demons, heal the sick, and raise the dead (Luke 10). Their message was “The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you” (v. 9). When they returned they were ecstatic: “Lord even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.” He responded “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Reader was Satan being bound? Was Satan suffering defeat? Was Jesus foreseeing his utter destruction? Was Satan only suffering a temporary set-back or was something even worse in store for him? Continue reading “The Binding of Satan.”

Can God Tell Time?

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Don K Preston
Almost two thousand years ago John the Baptizer said “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” Matthew 3:2. Jesus, Son of God, echoed those words “the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” Matthew 4:17. The Prince of Peace sent his disciples out to preach the same message, Luke 10. Jesus clearly said the kingdom, and other events as we shall see below, were at hand.
A common response to these Biblical statements of the imminence of the kingdom in the first century is this: “Well, yes, the Bible said the kingdom was coming soon, but remember, ‘One day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day.’ God doesn’t see time as man does; He is above time.”
Is there anything wrong with these statements? Well, if God cannot tell time there isn’t! But if God can read a calendar, and if God truly meant to communicate with man there is something drastically wrong! Essentially, what these statements say is that while God said the kingdom was “at hand,” God cannot tell time, therefore the “at hand” time statements mean nothing at all! Continue reading “Can God Tell Time?”