why we've grouped some questions around Preterism?

A more complete definition of 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.

The core tenets of preterism would require that one believes and accepts that 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 their (the direct audience being addressed) timeframe.
  • All of God’s promises were fulfilled by/before 70 AD.
  • 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.
  • Any/all “end of time” statements are describing the end of the Jewish time and the Old Covenant.
  • All of the Bible was written before 70 AD.

(Feel free let us know if there is something missing or anything that is not accurate or misleading about this list.)

  • Preterism is a Christian doctrine that teaches the second coming of Jesus and all Bible promises occurred by or before AD70. Among other things, it requires a Christian to take a position that a New Testament writer must always [more]

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  • Many in this world speculate about what happens next. Religious leaders are busy pondering the “end times”. They have elaborate expectations about what happens next in the Bible. For example, a search on “end times timeline” reveals countless charts, documents, [more]

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  • Is our existence on this earth all there is? Many today live as if what happens after death is inconsequential. Popular phrases such as, ‘Success at all costs’ or ‘Live life to the fullest’ capture that attitude. And then there [more]

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  • He came to earth once, and when Jesus returns it will be different. He came to earth the first time on a mission. When Jesus returns a second time, there won’t be a literal thousand year reign nor [more]

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  • Dual fulfillment in prophecy is something that Wikipedia defines as a, “mainly Christian idea that some prophecies in the Bible have both a short-term and long-term fulfillment.” That’s an adequate definition, but requires [more]

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  • The idea of Jesus’ kingdom comes from Jesus Himself, but was Jesus’ kingdom established when He walked on earth in the first century? The question of “When?” regarding Jesus’ kingdom is debated.  Some even say that Jesus came to establish [more]

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  • Where Jesus is today is a simple enough question.  However, level-setting on the answer can be foundational in understanding other aspects of the Godhead.  It can also be the first step in understanding other characteristics and responsibilities for the Son [more]

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  • Understanding the kingdom of God and its characteristics is fundamental to understanding much of God’s revealed word. How and what one understands the kingdom of God to be will impact their understanding of such monumental events as Jesus coming to [more]

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  • How we interpret Bible prophecy presents a unique challenge, at least to the extent that the question should be asked…Is Bible prophecy even something we can interpret?

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  • The last days is a common phrase in Scripture, especially with the prophets of the Old Testament. They often speak of the last days and other derivative phrases such as days are coming or latter days or in/on that [more]

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  • Jesus will return to earth…this is the unchallenged position of many Christians today. It’s part of and foundational to a much broader belief around Jesus’ second coming – also known as end times doctrine or eschatology. In addition to [more]

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