why we've grouped some questions around AD70?
A more complete definition of “AD70 doctrine”, also known as preterism, exists at Wikipedia, but in short, preterism is a doctrine holding that all (or most) of the events prophesied in the New Testament (including those in Revelation) were fulfilled in the past, specifically in 70 AD.
Following is a summary of AD70 core tenets and what would be required for one to believe for Scripture harmoniously teaches all of the following:
- The second coming of Jesus already happened in 70 AD. In particular, any/all statements in the New Testament about Jesus coming “soon” or “shortly” should be understood literally and immediately in the context of those being addressed. Two great questions to consider on this point:
- All of God’s promises were fulfilled by/before 70 AD.
- There was a water baptism for those in the first century and a different one for those baptized post-AD70.
- All prophecy must be interpreted in its original context.
- There is no bodily resurrection. In particular, Paul’s treatise on the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 is only speaking of a spiritual resurrection.
- The promise of the Holy Spirit was not for all believers.
- Any/all “end of time” or “last days” statements were describing the end of the Jewish time and the Old Covenant.
- All of the Bible was written before 70 AD.
As always, you are welcome to let us know if something is missing or anything that is not accurate or misleading about this list. Of course, you can also publicly comment on any of the following question pages.
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