A Refutation of…. The A.D. 70 Doctrine Realized Eschatology Transmillennialism Preterism. Purpose of Series. A Biblical treatment of Eschatology (the doctrine of the end times). An introduction to the doctrine of Realized Eschatology
A Refutation of…
The A.D. 70 Doctrine
Lesson 3Refuting Realized Eschatology
We read and study the Bible, and as a result we experience a paradigm shift which reveals to us a new insight into the Scriptures while creating new mysteries to be explored and discovered. This was one of the results of my “conversion” to Preterism. As a result of understanding fulfilled prophecy, I now find myself reassessing other areas of my faith in light of what happened in AD 70. (emphasis mine, SC)
Prophecy Fulfilled in AD 70, planetpreterist.com
There is no time period between the fall of Judaism and the second coming of Christ. They are essentially the same event – at any rate they are inexorably linked.
The Spirit of Prophecy (2002 edition), Max R. King, page 137-138
… a brief series of parallels from the Old Testament. The stars becoming dark, the moon not giving its light, etc. (v. 29), is paralleled in the picture of the fall of Babylon (Isa. 13:10), the fall of Idumea (Isa. 34:4, 5), and the judgment against Egypt in Ezekiel 32:7-8. The "sign of the Son of Man," the coming, etc., have parallels in the day of judgment on Egypt and Ethiopia ("a day of clouds") in Ezekiel 30:3-4; in Ezekiel 19:1 Jehovah rides on a swift cloud to bring judgment on Egypt. The picture of His "coming" is consistent with other quotations from Jesus which do not necessitate an actual physical return but instead a "presence" in some event or happening (cf. Matt. 16:28; 26:64). This "coming" cannot be the second coming, for Luke 21:27 and Mark 13:26 refer it to the fall of Jerusalem. See also Isaiah 19:1 and Zephaniah 2:7. The "Gathering of the Elect" (v. 31) is a figurative picture of the Christians fleeing the city. Comparison may be made with Zechariah 2:6ff.; Hosea 1:11, etc.
Perversions of Matthew 24 (II), Dan King, Truth Magazine (June 16, 1983)
“Many seem disposed to regard themselves as at liberty to make anything out of the Bible which their theology may demand or their whims require. And if, at any time, they find a passage that will not harmonize with that view, then the next thing is to find one or more words in the text used elsewhere in a figurative sense, and then demand that such be the Biblical dictionary on the meaning of that word, and hence that it must be the meaning in that place.”
Hermeneutics, D.R. Dungan (page 217)
Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up--if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
The New Testament saints preached, wrote, suffered, and died in the last days, but this is not true of us today. We are now in that world which was to come. We are in the eternal kingdom of Christ, and instead of being in last days we are in eternal days – a world without end (Eph. 3:21).
The Spirit of Prophecy (2002 edition), Max R. King, page 138
And Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”
Felix was a Roman. He would not have feared Rome’s siege of Jerusalem.
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.
The hope that we have as Christians is of a future resurrection. Without it, we of all men are to be the most pitied (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:19).
It is with words of this future resurrection that we are to “comfort one another” (cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:18)
The A.D. 70 Doctrine robs us of this comfort!
How are we to react to those who teach the A.D. 70 Doctrine?
Consider the following verses:
2 Timothy 2:16-18
2 John 9-11
But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.
Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.
Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.