FAQ #74 What is Preterism?

PRETERISM — DON’T YOU BELIEVE IT !

Preterism is the theory that all future prophecies were nullified by the “fulfillment” (their word) of Matthew 24:34 where Jesus says, “Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” In other words, preterists try to tell us that 70 AD fulfilled everything. There is nothing left but? – they really don’t say. But if that is the case, how do they explain present day Israel back in the land being prepared for their Messiah.

They claim to be letter perfect in their interpretation of Matthew 23:34, and then proceed to expel or twist all the prophetic things that are still awaiting a future fulfillment. If all future events were fulfilled by Titus in 70 AD, then what do they do with the following scriptures? Did any of these things take place before, and up to, 70 AD? An ounce of common sense says, “No.”

But if the Preterists’ premise is true, then what do they do with all of these things that have not happened yet?

Acts 1:11 – “…this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” – (Bodily, head first, from the Mt. of Olives)

Romans 11:12 – “Now if the fall of them (Israel) be the riches of the world (our gospel of Grace), and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles (our age of Grace); how much more their fulness?” (Israel’s future blessing)

Romans 11:23 – “And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graft them in again.”

Romans 11:24 – “…how much more shall these, which be the natural branches (Israel), be graffed into their own olive tree?”

Romans 11:25 – “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery (secret), lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part (for a while) is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles (the Body) be come in.”

II Thess. 2:3,4 – “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (the Day of the Lord – the Tribulation) shall not come, except there come a falling away (or a departure) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”(Compare this with Daniel 11)

II Thess. 2:8 – “And then shall that Wicked (the Anti-christ) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.”

Jude verses 14 and 15a – “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all,….”

Now, here are more verses from the Old Testament – Keep asking – “Have/Did these things happen before 70 AD?”

Deut. 30:1,2a – “And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, wither the Lord thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice….”

Ezek. 37:1-10, 12– (the vision of the dry bones) “Therefore prophesy and say unto them (the whole house of Israel), Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves (the Gentile nations), …and bring you to the land of Israel.”

Ezek. 37:21, 22, 23– “And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.”

Ezek. 47:9– “And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.”

Ezek. 47:10– “And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from En-gedi (now a resort on the West shores of the Dead Sea) even unto En-eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea (Mediterranean), exceeding many.”

Daniel 9:27– “And he (the Prince-the Anti-christ) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (7 years): and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (the desolator, the Anti-christ)-(This is the verse Jesus referred to in Matthew 24:15)

Joel 3:2– “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.”

Joel 3:15, 16– “The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.”

Amos 9:15– “And I will plant them (Israel) upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.”

Zech. 14:4a– “And his feet (the Lord’s-see verse 3) shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east….” (Compare that with previously quoted Acts 1:11 – He left head first – He returns feet first.)

Zech. 14:8– “And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half toward the hinder sea (Dead Sea): in summer and in winter shall it be.” (Compare with previously quoted Ezek. 47:9 and 10.)

Zech. 14:9– “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.”

These are just a few of the scriptures that refer to future events that could not have taken place before 70 AD.

So, what do Preterists do with all this? They simply throw them out or twist them so completely that they change their meaning. And what does Scripture say about people who twist Scripture?

II Peter 3:16– “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”