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In Daniel 12:1–2 we find a passage that clearly speaks of the great tribulation in AD 70: “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that […]

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I believe that Revelation deals with Christ’s judgment-coming against Israel for crucifying Christ. This view is known as the preterist approach to Revelation. More specifically, I distinguish it as “redemptive-historical preterism,” in that it focuses on redemptive history rather than secular history. Redemptive-historical preterism looks at John’s prophecy as having mostly occurred (“preterist” is based on the Latin […]

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Did the rapture occur in A.D. 70? Matthew 24:31 seems to teach such: “And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” Whatever this verse means, Jesus affirms only three verses later that […]

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Jesus claims the great tribulation was to occur in the first century (Matt 24:34) and that it was associated with the collapse of the temple then-standing (Matt 24:2-3). He was somewhat hampered in his prophetic announcements by not having access to the New York Times or Newsweek magazine. Furthermore, he did not have in his […]

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As I continue our brief analysis of difficult verses for preterism to explain in the Olivet Discourse, we come to a favorite text of the gainsayers: Matthew 24:47. Did Christ come like lightning in A.D. 70, as per Matthew 24:27? That text reads: “For just as the lightning comes from the east, and flashes even […]

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For the past few days I have been focusing on some of the difficult elements in the Olivet Discourse that seem to counter the preterist interpretation. Today I would like to focus on the great tibulation as the worst-ever catastrophe. Since I am arguing that the great tribulation occurred in the first century, I must […]

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In my February 13, 2012 posting, I briefly focused on Acts 24:15, a passage widely cited by an unorthodox movement known as hyperpreterism. The hyperpreterist uses this verse as evidence that the resurrection of men occurred in the first century, and that it will not occur at the end of history. They believe that the […]

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