David Green

Preterism and Reformed Theology

My Response to Dr. Kenneth Talbot’s Interview on Covenant Radio At the beginning of the interview William Hill asked Dr. Talbot: “How would you respond to the objection that says, okay, we are appealing to the historical analysis of this particular doctrine that has been explained for us for the last 2,000 years, and by doing so we are denying sola Scriptura.…

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David Green

The Theological Novum of the Reformation

My Response to William Hill and Dr. J. V. Fesko In my response to Gentry’s interview on Covenant Radio, I said that the post-apostolic church never taught “forensic justification by faith alone” until about the year 1500. Here is the quote: “As for the argument that the church couldn’t have been wrong about eschatology for about 2,00 years (or more…

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David Green

Kenneth Gentry: Eck Redivivus

On September 16, 2009, Kenneth Gentry and Kenneth Talbot were interviewed by William Hill on Covenant Radio. This is my response to Gentry’s part in the interview. In the beginning, Mr. Hill asked Gentry to give “a basic definition” of “hyper-preterism.” Gentry began his response by saying that the definition of “hyper-preterism” is a difficult question to answer, and that the…

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Don K Preston

Importance of the Holy Spirit in Acts and the NT

The Significance of The Outpouring of The New Testament Don K. Preston “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel…” Acts 2:15f John the Immerser came preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has drawn near”, and then immediately promised that the coming one “will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Matthew 3:2-11). Much of…

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Michael Sullivan

An Exposition of "This Generation" (Matthew 24:34) Part 2

By Michael J. Sullivan We ended part 1 of our exposition of Matthew 24:34 by examining the strong lexical evidence that genea should be understood as the first century contemporary generation that Jesus was speaking to and therefore the language of Christ coming on the clouds, gathering His elect, and the de-creation cosmic imagery (“all these things”) should not be interpreted with a strict…

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David Green

House Divided…part 3

House Divided part 1 & part 2 My Response #3 to Jon: Found here. Jon wrote: As Wright point outs there are two basic meanings for resurrection in the Second Temple period. “In each case the referent is concrete: restoratin of Israel (’resurrection’ as metaphorical, denoting socio-political events and investing them with the significance that this will be an act of…

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David Green

House Divided…part 2

Read “House Divided…part1” My Response #2 to Jon http://www.preteristblog.com/?p=3139 Jon wrote: Dave wants to claim that Paul stands shoulder to shoulder with Hymie and Philetus on the nature of the resurrection. My response: I didn’t claim that “Paul stands shoulder to shoulder with Hymie and Philetus on the nature of the resurrection.” I said that “for all we know from the…

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Michael Sullivan

An Exposition of "This Generation” (Matthew 24:34) Part 1

By Michael J. Sullivan Introduction In Matthew 24:34 the disciples are told that the signs, the coming of Jesus and the end of the age that the disciples previously asked about (“all these things”), would be fulfilled within their “this generation.” I will begin our study of Matthew 24:34 by quoting various translations that have correctly understood its meaning and…

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David Green

House Divided…

A Futurist Review at Last! House Divided: Bridging the Gap in Reformed Eschatology has been selling now for about two months. In that time, the responses from futurist critics have been less than substantive. There were complaints that the title is a “rip off” of Bahnsen’s and Gentry’s book, House Divided: The Break-Up of Dispensational Theology (1989). There were complaints…

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Michael Sullivan

The ABC’s of Matthew 24-25=1 Thessalonians 4-5=1 Corinthians 15 Embracing the Organic Development of Full Preterist Synthesis Or the Myth of Orthodox “Unity” on the “Essentials” – You Decide

The ABC’s of Matthew 24-25=1 Thessalonians 4-5=1 Corinthians 15  Embracing the Organic Development of Full Preterist Synthesis Or the Myth of Orthodox “Unity” on the “Essentials” – You Decide By Michael J. Sullivan Copyright 2009 – revised and expanded 2013 Since this article is by far one of my most popular ones and has helped so many people come out…

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Don K Preston

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…

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Michael Sullivan

House Divided: Imminent Redemption in Luke 21:27-28 / Romans 8:18-23 and The Analogy of Scripture

The Abandonment of the Analogy of Scripture The Westminster Confession of Faith states that “the infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any Scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it must be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly.”[1]…

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Don K Preston

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…

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David Green

If Futurism Is True, Are Preterists Anathema?

But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some (2 Timothy 2:16-18). In the above scripture, Paul said the following about those…

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Don K Preston

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…

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Don K Preston

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…

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Michael Sullivan

The Truth About Isaiah 65:17-25

17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. God’s creation and maturing of His new heavens and new earth arrived with the imminent return of Christ to end the “last days” of the old covenant age in AD 70 – according to (2 Peter 3 –…

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Michael Sullivan

Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge "Ceased" in AD 70 – A Study of "That Which is Perfect" (1 Cor. 13:8-12)

By: Michael J. Sullivan It is my purpose in this article to tackle an issue that I struggled with a lot as a young Christian–namely 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 and the abiding or cessation of the miraculous gifts of tongues and prophecy. Are they for today or have they ceased? As a young Christian my Pastor was Chuck Smith (Calvary Chapel…

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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…

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Cross-Examining the Critics of Preterism

A Response To Kenneth Gentry When addressing the scholars of the Reformed community, care must be taken to get our facts, logic, and scripture correct. Unfortunately, those scholars do not take the same careful approach in dealing with Preterist Theology or the people involved. These scholars play loose with the facts, use logical fallacies, special pleading, and personal attacks. What…

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Don K Preston

Can God Tell Time?

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…

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