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"For the wrath had come upon them, to the uttermost, at the end of the
63-70 A.D. Seven Years' 'Great Tribulation.' This was by far quite
the greatest time of trouble or tribulation the World had ever seen, or
ever would see. Not only in Judea, but also internationally."
"Finally Jesus then stated: "Truly, I tell you this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." Matthew 24:34. It is true that "within fifty years, the city was destroyed and the temple was rased" Calvin concedes to preterism. But then he also comments, historicistically, that "the same evils were perpetrated in uninterrupted succession for many ages afterwards.... The apostles endured the same things which we see in the present day [A.D. 1555-63]. And yet, it was not the design of Christ to promise to His followers that their calamities would be terminated within a short time. For then, He would have contradicted Himself having previously warned them that the end was not yet!"
In his comments on Christ's Olivet Discourse, Calvin further discusses inter alia the fulfilment during the course of church history of the 1335 day-years in Daniel 12:12. In Matthew 23:38 to 24:34, Christ predicted the destruction of the obsolescent Jewish temple in A.D. 70 and, more importantly, the construction of the adolescent Christian Church! Jesus told the first-century A.D. Jerusalem Jews who opposed Him: "Lo, your house is left to you desolate!" Matthew 23:38. Calvin comments that Christ here "threatens the destruction of the temple, and the dissolution of the whole frame of civil government" among those first-century apostates. More importantly, the sixteenth-century genius of Geneva then immediately adds: "It was therefore a dreadful vengeance of God that the place which [He] Himself had so magnificently adorned, was not only forsaken by Him and ordered to be razed to the foundation but consigned to the lowest infamy, to the end of the world. Let the Romanists now go, and let them proceed in opposition to the will of God to build their Tower of Babylon!"
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