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AD70 Dispensationalism: According to that view, AD70 was the end of 'this age' and the start of the 'age to come'.    Those who lived before AD70 could only 'see in part' and such, lacking the resurrection and redemptive blessings which supposedly came only when Herod's Temple in Jerusalem fell.    Accordingly, AD70 was not only the end of Old Testament Judaism, but it was also the end of the revelation of Christianity as seen in the New Testament.


"Full preterist" material is being archived for balanced representation of all preterist views, but is classified under the theological term hyper (as in beyond the acceptable range of tolerable doctrines) at this website.  The classification of all full preterism as Hyper Preterism (HyP) is built upon well over a decade of intense research at, and the convictions of the website curator (a former full preterist pastor).  The HyP theology of final resurrection and consummation in the fall of Jerusalem, with its dispensational line in AD70 (end of old age, start of new age), has never been known among authors through nearly 20 centuries of Christianity leading up to 1845, when the earliest known full preterist book was written.  Even though there may be many secondary points of agreement between Historical/Modern Preterism and Hyper Preterism, their premises are undeniably and fundamentally different.


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It is important to keep in mind that many ideas and doctrines full preterism appeals to - such as the complete end of the Old Covenant world in AD70 - are by no means distinctive to that view.   Many non HyPs believe this as well, so one need not embrace the Hyper Preterist system in order to endorse this view.   Following are exceptional doctrines which, so far as I've seen, are only taught by adherents of Hyper Preterism.:


  • All Bible Prophecy was Fulfilled By AD70

  • Atonement Incomplete at Cross ; Complete at AD70

  • The Supernatural Power of Evil Ended in AD70

  • The Spirit of Antichrist was Destroyed in AD70

  • "The Consummation of the Ages" Came in AD70

  • "The Millennium" is in the Past, From AD30 to AD70

  • Nothing to be Resurrected From in Post AD70 World ; Hades Destroyed

  • The Christian Age Began in AD70 ; Earth Will Never End

  • "The Day of the Lord" was Israel's Destruction ending in AD70

  • The "Second Coming" of Jesus Christ Took Place in AD70-ish

  • The Great Judgment took place in AD70 ; No Future Judgment

  • The Law, Death, Sin, Devil, Hades, etc. Utterly Defeated in AD70

  • "The Resurrection" of the Dead and Living is Past, Having Taken Place in AD70

  • The Context of the Entire Bible is Pre-AD70 ; Not Written To Post AD70 World

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  • Baptism was for Pre-AD70 Era (Cessationism)

  • The Lord's Prayer was for Pre-AD70 Era (Cessationism)

  • The Lord's Supper was for Pre-AD70 Era (Cessationism)

  • The Holy Spirit's Paraclete Work Ceased in AD70 (Cessationism)

  • The Consummation in AD70 Caused Church Offices to Cease (Cessationism)

  • The Resurrection in AD70 Changed the "Constitutional Principle" of Marriage (Noyesism)

  • Israel and Humanity Delivered into Ultimate Liberty in AD70 (TransmillennialismTM)

  • The Judgment in AD70 Reconciled All of Mankind to God ; All Saved (Preterist Universalism)

  • Adam's Sin No Longer Imputed in Post AD70 World ; No Need to be Born Again (Preterist Universalism)

  • When Jesus Delivered the Kingdom to the Father in AD70, He Ceased Being The Intermediary (Pantelism/Comprehensive Grace?)

  • The Book of Genesis is an Apocalypse; is About Creation of First Covenant Man, not First Historical Man (Covenantal Preterism)


A Servant's View

By Ed Stevens - Kingdom Counsel

Introduction | Did the Lord Return in A.D.70? | Christ Did Return in A.D.70


       This whole issue is completely devoted to presenting both arguments against the preterist position, and preterist answers to them. The article starting on page 3 was written by Engbert Vander Werff, editor of Issues, a quarterly 'Christian Journal addressing important issues of our day.' He also writes articles for Christian News occasionally. The December 5, 1988 edition of Christian News carried this article, 'Did the Lord Return in 70 AD?' Jeff Kessel wrote in response to it, 'The Lord Did Return In 70 AD!', which was publishedbothin the January 9,1989 issue of Christian News, and in the June, 1989 issue of Search The Scriptures. Mr. Vander Werff has now submitted a reply to Jeff's article. Following it are rejoinders by both Jeff Kessel and Ed Stevens.

     Mr. Vander Werff stated that he thought most preterists were former premils who had swung to the opposite extreme in over-reaction against the Hal Lindsey form of millennialisin. I do not perceive that to be the case. And I feel that I know quite a number of the people in the preterist movement and where they came from. Besides, SHOULDN'T we change our minds about something if our study of the Scriptures leads us in that direction? There are indeed a number of people now in the preterist movement who once dabbled with the premil position, but there are also quite a few former A-mils and Post-mils. Nearly all the people now in the preterist movement were once futurists. I also know of a few people who held no position before they studied the Bible on their own and came up with the preterist position without even knowing that it existed, or that anyone else believed it.

     Mr. Vander Werff states very confidently that 'preterism originated in the 17th century with a Jesuit friar named Luis De Alcazar (1554-1613).' He also claims to have 'studied the Bible and Christian history with an almost unquenchable zeal.' But somehow he has not noticed the numerous references to a preteriat position scattered throughout the patristic writings of the first three centuries. Preterism didn't originate in the 17th century, nor in the second or third century. It was the original eschatological position held by the NT writers themselves.

     Preterists are categorized by Mr. Vander Werff as being similar in some ways to the Reconstructionists, New Theology and theistic evolutionists. I cannot speak for other preterists, but I consider it an insult to be lumped together with modernist theologians and theistic evolutionists. If nothing else is gleaned from my words here, I hope this gets across: we are not theological liberals or theistic evolutionists! And, in regard to our similarity to the Reconstructionist position? I see nothing wrong with their desire to reconstruct our nation and world around a Biblical-Christian world view. I do not agree with their Post-mil futurist eschatology, but I do appreciate their very conservative and timely approach to malting our world a more Godly place for future generations to live in. All Christians who value the ideals that once made America great would do well to pay attention to what the Reconstructionists are saying. I applaud their efforts to Biblically restore and reconstruct our nation and world, and I beheve every Christian should also. We know you are going to enjoy the contents of this issue. Please write us with any questions or comments you may have.

     (Permission to Reprint Granted by Kingdom Publications)

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