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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
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.
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.
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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
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SOME DISTINCTIVE DOCTRINES OF SYSTEMATIZED HYPER PRETERISM
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.:
DISTINCTIVE DOCTRINES TAUGHT BY STANDARD FULL PRETERISM
DISTINCTIVE DOCTRINES TAUGHT BY VARIOUS FORMS
Little Verse -- Big Controversy!
In this little piece, it will not be my purpose to
engage in an in-depth study of all the elements contained in The Lord's
"Olivet Discourse," but to simply express my modified understanding of
this verse. I say "modified" because just a few years ago, I began to
ask myself many questions regarding, not only this verse, but a number
of those passages over which brethren seemed to be divided as to their
meaning. Well, this is one of those verses which fit that mould, and I
will confess to you; I have now come to a different conclusion as to its
meaning from my former thinking. I sincerely hope that if you find MY
understanding on this little verse to be different from that of your
own, you will not infer from that that I am saying or implying "I'm
right and you're wrong," because I believe that we are ALL on the same
quest for a better understanding of our Father's Word, and that not ONE
of us has the corner on the truth on Bible matters. No two of us has
reached the same conclusion on every passage of Scripture. So, I say,
thank God for His marvelous and wonderful "grace," otherwise we would
ALL be without hope; right?
Anytime I was explaining my position of vs.36, I would
put the greatest emphasis on the words "that day," with a raise in my
tone of voice. So, I would exclaim, "But on 'THAT DAY' knoweth no man
etc.," in an effort to have Jesus now beginning to talk about a
different subject and era of time far into their future---and even our
own! However, I think that you would agree with me that the view of ANY
person or group, neither makes a view "right" or "wrong." The "truth" is
"the truth," no matter what, and certainly "truth" never fears
Just to give you an example of this, please allow me to
cite a passage, which I believe demonstrates exactly what I'm talking
about! It's a passage that we will also deal with again just a little
further along in this thesis: In Mat.24:15,16, Jesus said, "Therefore
when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through
Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader
understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains."
Now, when I study this passage, I believe that it's incumbent upon me to
view it through the eyes of the ones to whom Jesus was directly speaking
viz., His apostles, which is evidenced by Vv3,4. As I consider this
warning by Jesus, I see it as a warning NOT to "me," but rather to His
apostles to whom He was speaking. They (the apostles and those 1st
century disciples in Jerusalem and Judea), were warned to "flee to the
mountains" when they saw "the abomination of desolation;" This was not a
warning to us today! For this reason, I see a need for considering these
things in a 1st century context. To do otherwise, beloved, I believe,
thwarts our purpose of understanding correctly, the message conveyed.
Then, notice carefully what He says to them beginning in vs.34. He first tells them that He is going to send them "prophets, wise men, scribes etc.," and that, "some of them YOU (the Jewish rulers) will kill and crucify, and some of them YOU will scourge in YOUR synagogues, and persecute from city to city." Now, please watch vs. 35 and following: "That upon YOU (1st century Jewish rulers) may fall the guilt of ALL the RIGHTEOUS BLOOD SHED ON EARTH, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom YOU murdered between the temple and the altar. Truly I say to you (1st century Jews), all these things shall come upon THIS GENERATION (that 1st century generation of Jews)
In vs.37 He weeps over Jerusalem when He declared, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who KILLS THE PROPHETS, and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house (the temple) is being left to you desolate. For I say to you (1st century Jews), from now on you shall not see Me until YOU say, "blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord."
Brothers and sisters, when Jesus said "this generation,"
it bears mentioning that the Greek word used here for generation is "genea"
which the lexicographers and linguists, almost without exception,
render, "all the people alive at one time." I bring this out because it
has been suggested by some that it means "this race of people," which of
course is not according to the Greek. The Greek word for "race" is "genos,"
which the inspired writer, Matthew, did not use.
Beloved, it seems to me that we learn some things simply from the very questions they asked Jesus. The very structure of their questions suggests to me that they associated several things with His "parousia" (coming): (1) The destruction of the temple--23:38; 24:2; (2) The destruction of the city of Jerusalem and (3) the nation --23:37; and (4) The end of the age. This conclusion, in my opinion, is further strengthened by the very interesting fact that Jesus said "the end of the AGE" not "the end of the WORLD" as the KJV unfortunately renders it. The reason for this is that the Greek word here is the word "aion," which translates to "age" (Old Covenant Age--emph. mine JG) and NOT "world." The Greek word for "world" (universe) would be "kosmos" and NOT "aion." Most all of the more recent translations have corrected this. Folks, this clears up, in my own mind, one very crucial fact: That the apostles DID NOT even ask Jesus about the end of the "universe" (kosmos), but rather "the end of the Old Covenant Age!"
Upon becoming aware of these things, it caused me to ask
myself: "With all the remarkable and frightening things which Jesus had
just described, and which loomed so large in the near future of their
own generation, why would these apostles be worried or concerned as to
the "physical universe" coming to an end? Brethren, I really don't think
that would be the thing on their minds at this point. Why, then, should
their Master even talk about such a thing? It just seems to me that He
would have stuck to the subject at hand and simply answered the
questions which they asked! I believe that's exactly what He did! And
for this reason, it is my conclusion that they associated all four of
the things mentioned above, with "His parousia" (coming).
So, just what does Jesus mean by these words? Is He in
fact speaking of a different event from that spoken of from vs.1 through
vs.35? Does He now suddenly shift gears and begin speaking of something
of which His disciples have NOT even asked Him about? Gentle reader, we
noted this earlier: From vs.1 through vs.15 of Matthew 24, as Jesus
answered their "sign" question, He NEVER ONCE said anything at all about
an exact "day" or "hour" when they could expect "the sign." And now if
you will re-read Vv16-35, where He answers their "when" question, you
will also notice again, that Jesus NEVER ONCE gives them an exact "day"
or "hour" as to when "His coming" and "the end" would be. But He did
give them a general time-frame as to when it would be. Yes, He said that
it would be during THAT GENERATION.
Dear brothers and sisters, isn't He simply being
consistent and continuing to answer the questions that He was asked of
His apostles? If He WERE actually changing the subject in vs.36,
wouldn't that totally confuse His apostles? Beloved, I would like to
offer what I believe to be implicit in the words of our Lord; things
which I believe can be inferred from His words in both vs.36, and all
the things He said in the 35 verses leading up to that verse! You then
can judge for yourself if it sounds plausible. After all the many, many
things that He has intimated to His apostles in the first 35 verses, and
having, never once, spoken of an exact "day" or "hour" as when they
could expect them to come to pass, I understand our Lord to simply be
explaining to them ( and I will paraphrase): "Men, I want you to know
that as far as an exact "day" or "hour" on which you can expect all
these things to come to pass, I cannot say, because NO ONE knows; the
angels don't know, in fact, neither do I, the Son of Man, know. Only The
Father knows the exact "day" or "hour." I can only tell you that it will
be "in this generation." Beloved, wouldn't that be totally consistent
and in perfect harmony with everything that He has said all throughout
this discourse? Personally, I see absolute continuity in His statement
in vs.36. But, of course, you can make your own determination about
Thank you so much, and may the Lord richly bless you
with His grace and peace.
What do YOU think ?
Thanks Jim.. great stuff!
Date: 12 Jan 2006
[whatever you say, anonymous (cambra)... your comments are not nice though.. any chance you could filter your words for meanness before posting?]
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