π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘£π‘’π‘™π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘œπ‘› π‘œπ‘“ 𝐽𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑠 πΆβ„Žπ‘Ÿπ‘–π‘ π‘‘, π‘€β„Žπ‘–π‘β„Ž πΊπ‘œπ‘‘ π‘”π‘Žπ‘£π‘’ β„Žπ‘–π‘š π‘‘π‘œ π‘ β„Žπ‘œπ‘€ π‘‘π‘œ β„Žπ‘–π‘  π‘ π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘£π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘π‘  π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘‘β„Žπ‘–π‘›π‘”π‘  π‘‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ π‘šπ‘’π‘ π‘‘ π‘ π‘œπ‘œπ‘› π‘‘π‘Žπ‘˜π‘’ π‘π‘™π‘Žπ‘π‘’. 𝐻𝑒 π‘šπ‘Žπ‘‘π‘’ 𝑖𝑑 π‘˜π‘›π‘œπ‘€π‘› 𝑏𝑦 𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 β„Žπ‘–π‘  π‘Žπ‘›π‘”π‘’π‘™ π‘‘π‘œ β„Žπ‘–π‘  π‘ π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘£π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π½π‘œβ„Žπ‘›, π‘€β„Žπ‘œ π‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘’ 𝑀𝑖𝑑𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 π‘‘π‘œ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘€π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘‘ π‘œπ‘“ πΊπ‘œπ‘‘ π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘‘π‘œ π‘’π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘‘π‘’π‘ π‘‘π‘–π‘šπ‘œπ‘›π‘¦ π‘œπ‘“ 𝐽𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑠 πΆβ„Žπ‘Ÿπ‘–π‘ π‘‘, 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 π‘“π‘‘π‘œ π‘Žπ‘™π‘™ π‘‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ β„Žπ‘’ π‘ π‘Žπ‘€. 𝐡𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑠 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘œπ‘›π‘’ π‘€β„Žπ‘œ π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘Žπ‘‘π‘  π‘Žπ‘™π‘œπ‘’π‘‘ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘€π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘‘π‘  π‘œπ‘“ π‘‘β„Žπ‘–π‘  π‘π‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘β„Žπ‘’π‘π‘¦, π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ 𝑏𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑 π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘’ π‘‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘ π‘’ π‘€β„Žπ‘œ β„Žπ‘’π‘Žπ‘Ÿ, π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘€β„Žπ‘œ π‘˜π‘’π‘’π‘ π‘€β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ 𝑖𝑠 π‘€π‘Ÿπ‘–π‘‘π‘‘π‘’π‘› 𝑖𝑛 𝑖𝑑, π‘“π‘œπ‘Ÿ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘‘π‘–π‘šπ‘’ 𝑖𝑠 π‘›π‘’π‘Žπ‘Ÿ.” (π‘…π‘’π‘£π‘’π‘™π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘œπ‘› 1:1-3, 𝐸𝑆𝑉)

The most essential component of a preterist interpretation regarding the book of Revelation is that β€œsoon”, β€œthe time is near” and other β€˜nearness indicators’ force us to believe that Revelation deals (mostly or almost exclusively) with events in 70AD and the destruction of Jerusalem.

Kenneth Gentry writes β€œAs we will see more particularly in Revelation 1:7, these nearness indicators point to β€œthe approaching end of that [Jewish] age, the overthrow of Jerusalem and with the old covenant of Mount Sinai, and the coming of the kingdom which is to break in pieces and consume all other kingdoms, and never to be destroyed (Dan. Ii,44)” (Terry, 274)… This is what Revelation is all about, and John’s original audience was called to brace themselves for the transition… John’s prophetic words needed to be heeded because, according to Terry (277), the impending ruin of Judaism and its city and temple was but a few years in the future when John wrote…”(πΎπ‘’π‘›π‘›π‘’π‘‘β„Ž πΊπ‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘¦, π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ π·π‘–π‘£π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘π‘’ π‘œπ‘“ πΌπ‘ π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘’π‘™: 𝐴 π‘…π‘’π‘‘π‘’π‘šπ‘π‘‘π‘–π‘£π‘’π»π‘–π‘ π‘‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘–π‘π‘Žπ‘™ πΌπ‘›π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘‘π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘œπ‘› π‘œπ‘“ π‘…π‘’π‘£π‘’π‘™π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘œπ‘› π‘‰π‘œπ‘™ 1, 𝑝. 249).

Now, think for a moment about the implications of this view on Revelation. In Revelation 1:3 we are explicitly told that there is a unique BLESSING to the one who reads, hears, and keeps the word of this prophecy. Not only that, we are specifically told that the BASIS of this blessing is because β€œthe time is NEAR”. And within the preterist paradigm of Kenneth Gentry and Milton Terry (leading partial-preterist authors) this β€œnearness” was fulfilled within a few years! To be specific, within 5 or 4 years from when the Apostle John completed writing the letter on Patmos (Gentry, p. 26). What is then the logical outcome of this view? Well, since the promised blessing for reading, hearing, and keeping the words of this prophecy were based on the nearness of its prophesied events which were fulfilled according to Gentry in 70AD, then it must stand that at the very least this specific promise of blessing has now EXPIRED. In fact, it has been expired for almost EVERY Christian who has EVER read or heard this ‘Revelation of Jesus Christ’ during the last 2000 years!

Hitchcock helpfully summarizes the preterist scenario: β€œIf Revelation was written in A.D. 65-70 as partial preterists maintain, then the bulk of the book was already fulfilled before most Christians had ever heard or read its contents. By the time the book was written by John on Patmos in A.D. 65-66, copied, and carried by the messengers of the seven churches, and then re-copied and widely disseminated, the prophesied events would have already occurred. The powerful prophetic message of the Apocalypse would have been one great anti-climax. By the time most people heard the message of the book, the β€œsoon” events of A.D. 70 would have already occurred. Revelation would have had one of the shortest shelf-lives of any book in history.” (π‘€π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘˜ 𝐿. π»π‘–π‘‘π‘β„Žπ‘π‘œπ‘π‘˜ β€˜π΄ 𝐷𝑒𝑓𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 π‘œπ‘“ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π·π‘œπ‘šπ‘–π‘›π‘–π‘‘π‘–π‘Žπ‘›π‘–π‘ π·π‘Žπ‘‘π‘’ π‘œπ‘“ π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π΅π‘œπ‘œπ‘˜ π‘œπ‘“ π‘…π‘’π‘£π‘’π‘™π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘œπ‘›β€™ 2005 π·π‘œπ‘π‘‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘™ π·π‘–π‘ π‘ π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘‘π‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘œπ‘›)

One more reason to reject preterism.

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