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A SYNOPSIS OF FULL ESCHATOLOGICAL PRETERISM
(by T. Everett Denton, author of Hebrews: From Flawed to Flawless Fulfilled!)
1. The term “eschatology” is derived from the Greek term “eschaton” which means “end, goal, consummation”; thus “eschatology” is the study of the subject of biblical end-times.
2. The word “preterism” is derived from the Latin word “praeter” which simply means “past.” The word “preterism” was therefore coined as a theological term to denote past fulfillment of end-times prophecies; due to some calling themselves “preterists” who hold that some end-times prophecies have yet, even now, to be fulfilled, the adjective “full” became necessary before the noun “preterist” to distinguish a person as one who believes that every biblical prophecy was fulfilled around the destruction-of-Jerusalem events of AD 70 (cf. Luke 21:22).
3. The preterist believes that the numerous clear and imminent time-related terms, phrases, and statements in the New Testament (e.g. soon, shortly, near, at hand, this generation, and before all of you are pass away, a very little while), the ones related to the coming of the Lord and the harvest (aka second) resurrection linked to that coming, are to determine the nature of those events; i.e., an individual’s view of the nature of those events is not to mitigate or modify the candid time-indicators. Therefore…
4. Like the coming of the kingdom (Luke 17:20), the coming of the Lord and the resurrection were always meant to be metaphorical/invisible instead of terrestrial/physical in nature, the fulfillments of which were thus only perceived as having been fulfilled in the unseen realm when the earthly/natural promises related to the events of AD 70 in Judea came to pass, i.e. when the enemy (satan) of the Christ and man (sin-death) was put down once and for all.
5. Full preterists hold that the millennium occurred during the generation (aka the 40 years, cf. Heb. 3:10 & 17) preceding AD 70, and it was during that generational reign of Christ when He, via the Spirit, worked to call out the remnant (Romans 11:5) to the wedding banquet which would be enjoyed following the 40-year purification of the new covenant bride and the “divorce” and death of the old covenant wife. Therefore…
6. Full preterists believe that the old and new covenants were in force simultaneously during that last generation of national Israel: though like a buried seed that was dying in order to give new life, the old covenant remained in force for old Israel (Heb. 9:9-10), and, via the dying of that old body/seed (as well as the remnant leaving it for Christ, Rom. 7:4), the new covenant was emerging from the old covenant shell to full maturity of life (cf. preceding #3 & John 12:24) by the power of the Spirit of life, thereby becoming completely established as the lone covenant forever after the events of AD 70 (Heb. 10:9).
7. Along with the fulfillment of all promises/prophecies came the finished product of true forgiveness/redemption/inheritance/restoration, etc. In His Olivet Discourse concerning Jerusalem’s demise in Luke 21, Jesus combined the fulfillment of all prophecy (v. 22) with the coming of the kingdom (vv. 31-32) and its inherent redemption (v. 28), a redemption that Paul rightly associated with the work of the Spirit (Eph. 1:13-14, cf. Eze. 37–39), which completed the work of gathering all in heaven and earth together in Christ (Eph. 1:10). Thus, in harmony with the prophecies of Daniel chapters 9 & 12, all things related to reconciliation and/or resurrection came to fruition nearly 2000 years ago when High Priest Jesus (as was typified in old covenant life) returned from out of the Most Holy Place “for” (Gk. “eis,” not “with,” but “to finish”) salvation (Heb. 9:28). So now and forever hereafter we abide in a restored, face-to-face relationship with our Creator, leaving our earthly remains forevermore behind at our physical demise.
Posted by: Tony Denton <firstname.lastname@example.org>