Those who embrace hyper Preterism err egregiously in that the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in A.D. 70 becomes their Biblical hermeneutic. This results in very faulty theology in other Biblical truths such as the blessed hope of the coming of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, eternal judgment, the new heavens and new earth, etc. Some of them go as far as to deny the existence of Satan.
The destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in A.D. 70 must be understood in view of the whole counsel of scripture rather than the whole counsel of scripture being interpreted through the lens those events.
HYPER PRETERISM REJECTS A FUTURE COMING OF CHRIST.
Hyper Preterism claims that Christ already came in 70 A.D. when Jerusalem was besieged and the Temple was destroyed. The words of Jesus concerning the events of 67-70 A.D. from the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24) are interpreted as being the complete fulfillment of ALL BIBLE PROPHECY. Therefore, according to hyper Preterism, Christ’s judgment on the old system of worship fulfilled all scripture concerning the second coming of Christ. Hence they claim there is no future coming of Christ.
Furthermore, since Christ has already come according to their claims, we are now living in new earth of the promised “new heavens and new earth.”
However, Paul exhorts us in Titus 2 to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world as we look for the coming of the Lord.
The context of Titus 2 and 3 is sound doctrine, and sound doctrine is revealed in how we live in this fallen world as representatives of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Paul expounds throughout chapters 2 and 3 of Titus about this very thing.
For the sake of brevity, I will only cite Titus 2:11-15, but I do encourage you to read chapters 2 and 3 at your convenience.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, TEACHING US that, denying ungodliness and WORLDY LUST, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, IN THIS PRESENT WORLD; LOOKING FOR THE BLESSED HOPE, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee (Titus 2:11-15).
Notice that Paul tells Titus “to speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority” with regards to living godly and denying worldly lust in this world as we look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of Jesus Christ.
Is the new earth (the New Heavens and New Earth) filled with ‘WORLDLY LUST” which the Christian must overcome? If we are now in the new earth as hyper Preterism claims, then it is.
Contrary to the Preterist’s claims, it is “SOUND DOCTRINE” to teach people to abstain from “WORLDLY LUST” and to live godly “IN THIS WORLD” as they look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Throughout the New Testament, living godly in the present world is very much a part of the eschatology of “looking for the coming of the Lord” (2 Peter 3:11-14; 1 John 2:28 -3:3; 1 Corinthians 1:6-8; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Thessalonians 3:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).
For example consider Colossians 3:1-10
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, SHALL APPEAR, THEN SHALL YE ALSO APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him…”
The apostle John tells us the following:
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when HE SHALL APPEAR, we may have CONFIDENCE, and not be ASHAMED before him AT HIS COMING. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and IT DOETH NOT YET APPEAR WHAT WE SHALL BE: but we know that, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS. And every man that hath THIS HOPE in him PURIFIETH HIMSELF, even as he is pure (1 John 2:28 -3:3).
The hope of the coming of Christ is a purifying hope and a blessed hope!
If Christ has come and we are truly living in the time of promised new heavens and new earth, all things would truly be new. On the contrary we are presently living in a world full of sorrow, pain, and death.
We live in a world with violence, rape, murder, human trafficking, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bestiality, lying, stealing, cheating, covetousness, deceit, envy, drunkenness, betrayal, back biting, deceitfulness, pride, arrogance, rebellion, disobedience, child abuse, fear, trauma, false religions, idolatry, heresies, blasphemy, all manner of uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, strife and division, pain, sorrow, confusion, perplexity, and death.
We live in a world with drug cartels, riots, street gangs, corrupt governments, and organized crime. Yet the scripture says that when He comes He will put down all rule and authority, and rule the nations with a rod of Iron.
We live in a world in which there are people who are homeless, broken, and oppressed. There are broken families and relationships. People are suffering from all manner of sicknesses and disease. There is, fear, terror, and wars. We live in a world with natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, droughts, etc.
In fact, the very things which Jesus describes as “signs” within the old world are still happening today. Things such as deception, wars and rumors of wars, nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in different places are still here.
Effectively, there is no distinction between the old earth and the new earth in hyper Preterism theology. Yet in the Bible, there is.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away (Revelation 21:4).
HYPER PRETERISM REJECTS THE HOPE OF RESURRECTION
Hyper Preterism proposes that the nature of the resurrection is spiritual and not physical. Yet, their position actually promotes a “mystical” view of the resurrection rather than a spiritual one.
However, the Bible teaches that the resurrection of the body of the righteous will be an immortal and incorruptible body, fashioned after the glorious body of our Savior.
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our VILE BODY, that it may be FASHIONED LIKE UNTO HIS GLORIOUS BODY, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself (Philippians 3:20-21).
Hyper Pretersim claims that the resurrection occurred in 70 A.D. and was spiritual only and that there is no physical resurrection of the saints.
Here is an excerpt from one article attempting to explain this:
“If the TIME of the resurrection is seen as A.D. 70, then we know that the NATURE of the resurrection was spiritual, rather than physical. It is a fundamental fact of eschatology that TIME DEFINES NATURE. Since we know that the resurrection is past, we know that it was spiritual and not physical. The resurrection of the dead that took place at the end of the Old Covenant in A.D. 70 was not a biological resurrection of dead decayed bodies, but a release from Sheol of all who had been waiting through the centuries to be reunited with God in the Heavenly Kingdom.”
However, the testimony of scripture says differently. Notice the following from the gospel according to Matthew:
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And THE GRAVES were opened; and MANY BODIES of the saints which slept AROSE, And CAME OUT OF THE GRAVES after HIS RESURRECTION, and went into the holy city, and APPEARED UNTO MANY (Matthew 27:51-53).
These verses from Matthew reveal that there was a bodily resurrection of many saints after the resurrection of Jesus. This is contrary to the article cited above which attempts to disprove the bodily resurrection of God’s people.
Hyper Preterism proposes that the resurrection” was a one – time event which did not occur until 70 A.D. Which, according to their definition, means none of the saints who died after the resurrection of Jesus and before 70 A.D. went into the presence of God until Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed.
However, Stephen said as He was about to lay down his life; “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56).
The Bible goes onto tells us “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, RECEIVE MY SPIRIT.”
Furthermore, Paul tells the Philippians; “I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire TO DEPART, and TO BE WITH CHRIST; which is far better: Nevertheless to ABIDE IN THE FLESH is more needful for you (Philippians 1:23-24).
Paul also says, “to be absent from the body, and to be PRESENT WITH THE LORD” (2 Corinthians 5:8).
Paul died in or around 67 A.D. before Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed. Yet Paul says he and others who belong to the Lord will immediately enter the presence of God at death.
It is traditionally accepted that the book of Hebrews was written in about 67 A.D. to an audience of Hebrew believers before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Whether or not 67 A.D. is an accurate date is irrelevant because the context of Hebrews verifies that it was written before the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D.
We know this because the writer of Hebrews makes reference to the temple service, the priests, and the sacrifices in the present tense. In the present tense, he makes a comparison of the superiority of Jesus’ ministry in the heavens (in the greater and more perfect tabernacle) to that which was on earth (which only served as a shadow and an example) to point men to Christ.
He tells us that if Jesus were on earth he would NOT be a priest since there are already priests who offer gifts (sacrifices) according to the Law. Even though that priesthood which had been ordained by the law was still functioning in the temple it had been made completely ineffective by Christ’s work on earth (at the cross) and by his ministry in the heavens (as our High Priest).
Jesus’ ministry as High Priest is not through the Law and when the temple was destroyed in 70 AD, the priesthood which was by the Law and already made ineffective, became completely inoperative.
The writer of Hebrews tells his audience the following:
But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to THE SPIRITS OF JUST MEN MADE PERFECT, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel (Hebrews 12:22-24).
The Bibical view of the resurrection is not that it was some “mystical” thing which happened in 70 A.D. Rather it was the victory which Jesus won over death for us all, and we who now have the first -fruits of the Spirit will also experience the resurrection of our bodies when He comes to be glorified in His saints!
The Apostle John tells us that when Jesus appears, we shall see Him “AS HE IS.” He is glorified at the right hand of God in the very body that he offered for our sins, the same body in which He was raised from the dead! This is essential to the Christian faith. Questioning the bodily resurrection, ascension, glorification, and exaltation of Jesus is NOT a persuasion from God!
Jesus is not a “disembodied spirit being.” Jesus was manifested in the flesh and was raised again in the flesh with a glorified body.
In John 2 we read the following:
Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of THE TEMPLE OF HIS BODY. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and THEY BELIEVED THE SCRIPTURE, and the word which Jesus had said (John 2:18-22).
The scriptures testified that Jesus would be bodily raised and glorified!
After His resurrection Mary Magdalene and the other Mary saw Jesus and the Bible says, “they came and HELD HIM BY THE FEET, and worshipped him” (Matthew 28:1-10). Later Jesus appeared to his disciple and told them to handle Him.
And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and SUPPOSED THAT THEY HAD SEEN A SPIRIT. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? BEHOLD MY HANDS AND MY FEET, THAT IT IS I MYSELF: HANDLE ME, FOR A SPIRIT HATH NOT FLESH AND BONES, AS YE SEE ME HAVE. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. AND HE TOOK IT, AND DID EAT IT BEFORE THEM (Luke 24; 36-43).
Notice that Jesus told His disciples to “handle ME for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” Jesus even ate fish in their presence, as more proof that He was not a “spirit” but the resurrected glorified Son of God!
In Fact Peter, preaching at Cornelius’ house says; “Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, WHO DID EAT AND DRINK WITH HIM AFTER HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD (Acts 10:40-41).
In John 21:9 we read how Jesus prepared a meal for his disciples and then ate with them. Luke tells us that He showed Himself to be alive by MANY INFALIBLE PROOFS (Acts 1:1-3).
Again, our Lord Jesus Christ is not a “disembodied spirit being” that we cannot relate to. He is God IN THE FLESH. He is fully God and fully man!
And without controversy great is THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS: God was MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory (1 Timothy 3:16).
The apostle John gives us the following account:
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, HE SHOWED UNTO THEM HIS HANDS AND HIS SIDE. Then were the disciples glad, when THEY SAW THE LORD. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, WE HAVE SEEN THE LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in HIS HANDS THE PRINT OF THE NAILS, and PUT MY FINGER INTO THE PRINT OF THE NAILS, and THRUST MY HAND INTO HIS SIDE, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither THY FINGER, and BEHOLD MY HANDS; and reach hither THY HAND HAND, and thrust it into MY SIDE: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, MY LORD and MY GOD. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: BLESSED ARE THEY THAT HAVE NOT SEEN, AND YET BELIEVED. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name (John 20:19-29).
True Biblical belief in the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ is belief that He was BODILY raised from the dead, BODILY ASCENDED into heaven and BODILY glorified!
THE DISCIPLES SAW THE BODILY RESURRECTED JESUS ASCEND INTO HEAVEN:
And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and HE LIFTED UP HIS HANDS, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen (Luke 24:50).
THE DISCIPLES (APOSTLES) PREACHED THE BODILY RESURRECTION, ASCENSION, GLORIFICATION, AND EXALTATION OF JESUS CHRIST:
Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST, that his soul was not left in hell, NEITHER HIS FLESH DID SEE CORRUPTION. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God EXALTED, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear (Acts 2:29-33).
And AS CONCERNING THAT HE RAISED HIM UP FROM THE DEAD, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, THOU SHALT NOT SUFFER THINE HOLY ONE TO SEE CORRUPTION. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, AND SAW CORRUPTION: But he, whom God raised again, SAW NO CORRUPTION (Acts 13;34-37).
The resurrection of Jesus was not the recovery from a swoon, but victory over death and the grave and is the hope of the future resurrection of all the saints.
- Jesus was raised from the dead because he trusted in God (1 Peter 2:19-24).
- Jesus was raised from the dead because of His humility and obedience to the will of God (Philippians 2:3-11).
- Jesus was raised from the dead because God accepted His sacrifice for our sins Romans 4:24-25; Hebrews 13:25).
- Jesus was raised from the dead because of God’s promise (Romans 1:1-4; Acts 2:29-31; 13:31-33).
- Jesus was raised from the dead because He was chosen by God (1Peter 2:3-20).
- Jesus was raised from the dead by the Spirit of Glory (Romans 1:1-4; 6:3-4; 8:11).
- Jesus was raised from the dead by the power of God (1 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 13; 4).
- Jesus was glorified in His resurrection (Luke 24:25-27; John 7:38-40; 12:15-17, 23; 13:31-32; Acts 2;32-34; 3:13).
- The resurrection of Jesus is proclaimed as the glad tidings of the gospel (Acts 13:29-34; Romans 10:8-12; Ephesians 2:4-7; Colossians 2:10-15; 2 Timothy 2:8; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
JESUS IS THE FIRST – FRUITS OF THE RESURRECTION
Jesus is the first- fruits of THE RESURRECTION and we who believe in Jesus Christ have the first fruits of the Spirit in us now as we await THE RESURRECTION when our mortality will be swallowed up in victory and we experience the RESURRECTION of our bodies.
According to the book of Romans all creation is waiting for this to happen and at THE RESURRECTION we will be like Him and creation will join us in this NEW LIFE! (Romans 8:19-23).
In Philippians 3:20-21 the apostle Paul says, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change OUR VILE BODY, that it may be FASHIONED LIKE HIS GLORIOUS BODY, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
In Ephesians 1 Paul refers to this as the “redemption of the purchased possession.” Christ has purchased our full redemption and the hope of the resurrection, when we will have new bodies, still stands!
When Jesus ascended on High, He was enthroned at the right hand of the Majesty on High and God is going to make all His enemies His footstool (Hebrews 1:13) and the last enemy to be put underfoot is DEATH!
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the FIRST FRUITS of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s AT HIS COMING. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; WHEN HE SHALL HAVE PUT DOWN ALL RULE AND AUTHORITY AND POWER. For HE MUST REIGN, TILL HE HATH PUT ALL ENEMIES UNDER HIS FEET. THE LAST ENEMY THAT SHALL BE DESTROYED IS DEATH. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And WHEN ALL THINGS SHALL BE SUBDUED unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all (1 Corinthians 15:20-28).
THE RESURRECTION IS THE CRUX OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
- Without the resurrection we would still be in our sins (1 Corinthians 15).
- The resurrection gives us a living hope (1 Peter 1:3).
- The resurrection is our promise of life (John 14:19).
- The resurrection provides the promise of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 2:32-34, 38-40).
HYPER PRETERISM REJECTS A FUTURE FINAL JUDGMENT
Not only does the Bible teach us of the hope of the coming bodily resurrection of God’s people, it also informs us that the unjust will also be raised to be judged. In John 5:28 -29 Jesus says, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which ALL THAT ARE IN THE GRAVES shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
In Acts 24 Paul refers to the “resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.”
In Revelation 20:11-15 the apostle John gives a vivid picture of this:
“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
The writer of Hebrews refers to – repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment – as the foundational principles of the doctrines of Christ.
These all go together as essential truths according to the gospel because as Paul says in Acts 17:31 “God has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man (Jesus Christ) whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
In Romans 2:16 Paul refers to a specific day when “God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”
There is a coming judgment in which all men will be judged according to the truth of the gospel and Paul tells us the following in 1 Corinthians:
For no other foundation can any man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: FOR THE DAY SHALL DECLARE IT, because it shall be REVEALED BY FIRE; and THE FIRE shall try EVERY MAN’S WORK OF WHAT SORT IT IS. If any MAN’S WORK abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. IF ANY MAN’S WORK SHALL BE BURNED, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; YET SO AS BY FIRE (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
This is the fire which the apostle Peter is referring to when he writes the following:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also AND THE WORKS that are therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:7-10).
Of much importance is that the fire spoken of by the apostle Peter is in comparison to the flood in Noah’s day (2 Peter 3:5-7).
Yet, some who embrace hyper Preterism claim that the fire mentioned by the apostle Peter in the verses above refers to the burning of the Jewish temple when it was destroyed.
On the contrary, the apostle Peter tell us; “Seeing then that ALL THESE THING SHALL BE DISSOLVED, what manner of persons ought ye to be IN ALL HOLY CONVERSATION AND GODLINESS, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, WHEREIN DWELLETH RIGHTEOUSNESS. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, BE DILGENT THAT YE MAY BE FOUND OF HIM IN PEACE, WITHOUT SPOT, AND BLAMELESS (2 Peter 3:11-14).
These words of Peter agree with Paul’s word is Titus 2 & 3 concerning living godly in this present world as we look for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ. They also agree with Paul’s words mentioned previously from 1 Corinthians 3; “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: FOR THE DAY SHALL DECLARE IT, because it shall be REVEALED BY FIRE; and THE FIRE shall try EVERY MAN’S WORK OF WHAT SORT IT IS.”
As stated at the outset, those who embrace hyper Preterism err egregiously. Their faulty theology is the result of interpreting the Bible through the lens of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in A.D. 70, rather than the other way around.
Concerning the new heavens and the new earth, Revelation 21:22-27 and Revelation 22:14-15 should be interpreted in view of Revelation 21:7- 8
Revelation 21:22-27 says:
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 22:14-15 says:
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Revelation 21:7- 8 says:
Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
Nothing impure will enter, nor anyone who does shamefully or deceitfully because they will be condemned to the lake of fire.
Those who are considered dogs, and those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood, are “outside” the city because they are condemned to the lake of fire.
These verses are not telling us that there will be holy people living in a holy city, while the wicked are on the other side of the wall in the new heaven and new earth, but rather those who are “outside” the city are banned to their punishment which is the lake of fire.
Addition # 1
The most deceptive thing about full preterism is that it fosters the belief that the eschatology of the Preterist is greater than the importance of godliness.
It’s more about them than it is about HIM!
Full Preterism is an eschatology. Eschatology falls into the category of theology. Theology is fluid and as we grow in the Lord, our theology changes as we glean from God’s word.
Doctrine on the other hand, is what a person lives.
I’d rather be right with God by pursuing godliness, than be right in my eschatology. The best case scenario is to get both right, but I’d rather major in godliness.
Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. ~ 1 Timothy 4:8
Addition # 2
It’s not what the Full Preterists believes, it’s what they don’t believe that makes their view heretical.
They do not believe in this:
A time is coming when Jesus Christ will return literally and bodily to this earth. There will be a general (literal, bodily) resurrection from the dead of all people who have ever lived. Everyone will stand before the great white throne and be judged by the all powerful Messianic King. All those who rejected Christ will be cast into the lake of fire and suffer torment forever.
Believers, however, will enjoy the presence of Christ and behold the face of God in their glorified, resurrected bodies. Death, suffering, disease, anguish, tears and heartaches will be banished forever from this earth and God’s people will never again have to struggle against sin. God achieved a perfect redemption through Christ and will not leave any loose ends hanging when the Savior returns bodily to this earth.
I copied and pasted this from another author, and whether or not you agree with every detail is not the point, because if you have Biblical faith in Jesus, you believe Jesus is coming again, and have hope of a future wherein Christ’s Kingdom will be fully revealed and evil and death will be completely eradicated.
Full preterism disqualifies this blessed hope, and taunts those who have it.
The fact that anyone would taunt or mock or ridicule or put down another believer for having hope in Christ is demonically inspired.
HOPE IN CHRIST! Your future is far better than your wildest dreams.
Additions # 3
FULL PRETERISM IS A DEPARTURE FROM THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
Please know that full preterism is not established on christian doctrines. It is a perversion of Christian doctrines.
The core beliefs of full preterists include the following:
1. The second coming of Jesus occurred in 70 A.D., and there is no future literal second coming of Christ to look forward to.
2. The resurrection of the saints happened in 70 A.D. This was a spirit resurrection and not a bodily resurrection. There is no future bodily resurrection of the saints.
3. The New Covenant began in 70 A.D. During the 40 years between the time of the resurrection of Jesus and the destruction of temple, the Old Testament was still in force. The New Testament did not began until 70 A.D. For this reason, most everything in the new testament was written for people who were still living under the Old Testament. The exhortations and teachings of the New Testament were for the people living before the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. Therefore the teachings and exhortations of the New Testament fall on the deaf ears of those who have given themselves over to full preterism.
4. The new heavens and new earth is the New Covenant and therefore we are living in the new heavens and new earth now because the old earth and old heavens passed away in 70 A.D. Some full preterist believe that there is sin and death in the new heavens and new earth, others deny they have sin.
5. The final judgment spoken of in Revelation 20 has already taken place. Both death and hell have already been cast into the lake of fire, and Satan was cast into the lake of fire in 70 A.D. Some full preterists deny the existence of Satan.
6. All Bible prophecy has been completely fulfilled.
7. Water Baptism and holy communion may be observed, but are no longer necessary because they have passed away.
8. There is no future judgment or eternal damnation for the wicked.
9. Some preterists believe there is no need to be born again.
Because of these core beliefs, full preterist are difficult to reason with. They miss what is plainly stated with many scriptural texts. Full preterists are conditioned in their beliefs to “spiritualize” everything.
Rather than interpreting the events of 70 A.D within the context of the whole counsel of scripture, the full preterist interprets the entire Bible through the lens of events of 70.A.D. The destruction of Jerusalem, and the temple in 70 A.D. is the Biblical hermeneutic by which they interpret all scripture.
Full preterism is a far cry from traditional preterism (AKA partial preterism). Many partial preterists have sound doctrine. Full preterists do not. Keep this in mind, and be careful not confuse the two.
Full Preterism is outright heresy, and a denial of the Christian faith.
I once said to a full preterist, “The reason you reject the scriptures that speak of holy and godly living is because you have not been born of the Spirit. I have.”
To this he said, “that’s correct.”
He than said the following: “”Michael Battle That’s correct. I reject all the times I’ve said the non-existent “sinner’s Prayer” because I realized by the time I came into this world, the o.c. law had passed away and where there is no law there is no sin. Also, because the New Covenant in Christ Jesus was consummated in the first century, I was actually born free of sin with no need in being born again.”
Later, in response to my quoting the apostle John, he said the following:
“That was John, in the first century who said that. There is a major difference between John who was brought up in Old Covenant Judaism and myself, who was born in the New Covenant. This Scripture was addressed to those in the first century under the 1st covenant. This Scripture was not addressed to us today. You are reading someone else’s very old mail pretending it is addressed to you. That’s a bit psychotic.”
In response I said this:
John walked with Jesus, and was under the New Covenant which was established by his blood when God raised him from the dead. The New Covenant did not begin in 70 A.D. It began with the death and resurrection of Jesus.
This is where the full preterists miss it terribly.
The fact that you think you have something better than the apostle John, who walked with Jesus, was a personally appointed apostle by Jesus, and an inspired New Testament writer, speaks volumes to your incredibly bad theology.
John was there at the last supper when Jesus lifted the cup and said: “this is my blood of the New Covenant, drink ye all of it.”
Paul who became an apostle later said to the Corinthians, God has made us able ministers of the New Covenant.
Paul, along with the believers at Corinth could not have been able ministers of the New Covenant if it was not yet in existence.
The author of Hebrews, which was written before the destruction of the temple, declares that Jesus was already the surety of the New Covenant, when he wrote his epistle.
The writer of Hebrews also told his audience that they had been sanctified by the blood of the covenant – a reference to the blood of Jesus, the blood of the New Covenant.
The writer of Hebrews refers to Jesus in the present (at the time of his writing, before the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.) as the mediator of the New Covenant, and refers to Jesus’s blood as the blood of the everlasting covenant.
Addition # 5
The entire theology of Full Preterism stands or falls on their interpretation of the resurrection. Full Preterists claim that the second coming of Jesus happened in 70 A.D. They claim that the resurrection of the saints, expounded on by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, occurred at that time.
They claim the resurrection of the saints was “spiritual” and not physical, and when this spiritual resurrection happened, the new New Heavens and New Earth came into being. They claim that the New Heavens and New Earth are the New Covenant which was was inaugurated in 70 A.D. According to their theology, there is no physical resurrection of the saints
Now, there is much I could say to refute these claims and I have written much in the past doing just that, but I want to give you a very concise truth from Paul’s theology and doctrine that completely takes the legs out from under the Preterist’s damnable theology.
It is impossible to interpret Paul’s view of the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 as a future “spiritual” resurrection if you are familiar with Paul’s theology elsewhere, in his other epistles.
Paul, who died before 70 A.D., clearly taught that believers were already “spiritually” raised from the dead.
Paul believed that a person was raised to life with Christ the moment they believed the gospel. Paul also believed the New Covenant had already begun, but that is another teaching for another time.
Paul says the following to the Ephesians:
Even when we were dead in sins, (God) hath quickened us (made us alive) together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath RAISED raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus… ~ Ephesians 2:5-6
Now consider Paul’s words to the Colossians:
In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: BURIED with him in baptism, wherein also ye are RISEN WITH HIM through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened (made alive) together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses… ~ Colossians 2:11-13
Paul goes on to tell the Colossians the following:
If ye then be RISEN WITH CHRIST, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead (dead to sin and the world), and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. ~ Colossians 3:1-4
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul begins the chapter with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and throughout chapter 15, he expounds on the resurrection, with Christ’s bodily resurrection as the foundation.
When Paul says, “this mortal, must put on immortality,” he is referring to our bodies.
Those who believed the gospel before 70 A.D. were spiritually raised from the dead with Christ, through faith, the moment they believed. Because of their faith in Jesus, who had conquered death, they became heirs of the hope of the resurrection to come.
The same holds true for us today.
The resurrection to come is the resurrection of the body. Paul tells the believers at Ephesus, that when they believed the gospel, they were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, which is the redemption of our BODIES.
A comment from a full preterist said the following: “Our flesh(physical bodies) amounts to nothing.”
On the contrary, Paul told the Corinthians that their bodies were members of Christ:
Do you not know that your BODIES are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! ~ 1 Corinthians 6:15
Paul told the Corinthians that their body was for serving the Lord:
Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, AND THE LORD FOR THE BODY. 1 Corinthians 6:13b
Paul told the Corinthians that their bodies were the temple of the Holy Spirit:
Or do you not know that your BODY is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19
Paul told the Corinthians to glorify God in their bodies.
For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your BODY. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:20
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul expounds on the body of believers in Jesus Christ by referring to the physical body, and in 2 Corinthians, Paul speaks of the life of Jesus being manifested in our body:
Persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about IN THE BODY the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested IN OUR BODY. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, SO THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS ALSO MAY BE MANIFESTED IN OUR MORTAL FLESH. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:9-11
These texts are just some of the things that the New Testament has to say about our bodies, and how important they are to God. There is a vast difference in man’s canal fleshly nature, and his body. This is one of many areas in which full Preterists often fail to rightly divide the Word of truth.
Full preterist theology teaches that there is no bodily resurrection and from this comes the ideology that the body is of little to no importance. Yet the scriptures say otherwise.
In Romans 12 Paul says, Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present YOUR BODIES a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. ~ Romans 12:1
According to Paul, our spiritual service to God includes our body.
Our bodies are important to God, and to our service to God, as the scripture I have listed clearly indicate.
Again, there is a difference in the carnal nature of man’s flesh and his body, which includes the renewed mind.
Immediately following his exhortation to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, Paul says, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. ~ Romans 12:2
The carnal nature is the appetites of the flesh and mind. Paul tells the Ephesians the following:
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, FULFILLING THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH AND MIND; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. ~ Ephesians 2:-3
Notice that the lusts of the flesh is the desires of the flesh and the mind.
The carnal desires of the flesh and mind are what we must constantly put under in service to the Lord, and in doing so we use our bodies to glorify God and our minds to demonstrate what his will is.
Full preterist try so hard to dismiss the bodily resurrection of the saints that they undermine it’s importance and make such claims as the one I cited from another.This is but one example of how full preterism unwisely affects the understanding of those under its delusion.