PRETERISM JUSTIFICATIONS (4)

Prophets killedPMT 2015-057 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

This is my final argument for the preterism approach to Revelation. In this blog posting I will be focusing on Revelation’s Thematic Indicators.

As mentioned previously, the theme of divine judgment on Israel fits perfectly with the Olivet Discourse. Virtually all commentators note the remarkable parallels between Matthew 24 and Revelation 6. These parallels are sufficient alone to suggest the same theme. But other correspondences exist.

In Matthew 23 Christ scathingly denounces Israel’s leadership as he approaches the dramatic conclusion of his earthly ministry. He notes that Israel’s present failure is not an isolated event, but the culmination of a lengthy historical pattern:

“So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. ‘Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers.’” (Matt 23:31–32)

Later in the NT both Stephen (Ac 7:52) and Paul (1Th 2:14-16) join in on this condemnation of Israel.


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Then Jesus concludes his rebuke with a prophecy that Israel will “fill up” (Mt 23:32) her guilt in “this generation” (23:36) when she “persecutes” those Jesus is “sending” (23:34; cp. Ac 8:1; 1Th 2:14-16):

Thereupon, Jesus weeps over Jerusalem (23:37), declares her temple “desolate” (23:38), and ceremoniously departs from it (24:1a). When the disciples express confusion at his rejection of the temple (24:1b), He prophesies its utter destruction (24:2). This specific prophecy prompts the disciples’s questions about the time of this judgment (24:3). Jesus responds with his Olivet Discourse.

The first portion of the discourse (24:2-34) focuses particularly on the temple (Mt 24:2) in Judea (v. 16) during that “this generation” (v. 34), just as John’s Revelation focuses on the Jews (1:7; 2:9; 3:9) and the temple (11:1-8) in the near future (1:1, 3; 22:6, 10). As noted previously, both John and Jesus merge Zechariah 12:10 and Daniel 7:13 in this context of approaching judgment upon Israel (Mt 24:30; Rev 1:7). Both prophecies warn of A.D. 70.

Furthermore, several other NT passages warn of the Jerusalem’s judgment in A.D. 70:

“Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who shall not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power” (Mk 9:1).

“The Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men, hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost” (1Th 2:15-16).


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“Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near” (Heb 10:25).

“You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (Jas 5:8-9).

“The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer” (1Pe 4:7).

It is abundantly clear that preterism is well justified by the exegetical (and historical!) evidence from Scripture.

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3 thoughts on “PRETERISM JUSTIFICATIONS (4)

  1. PATRICK SHETLER May 25, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Sodom and Egypt share the theme of exodus and the call of God for his people to come out of them. Just as the Christian’s did from Jerusalem in 70 AD. Thank you for your work.

  2. John November 30, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Ice claims that “this generation” is grammatically controlled and governed by “all these things”. This doesn’t make sense to me and I can’t seem to find anything to support this. Do you have any thoughts?

  3. Kenneth Gentry December 2, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I assume you are speaking of Matthew 23:36? I am not sure of what problem you are seeing. If “this generation” is controlled by “all these things,” then Ice’s position is weakened. Because the preterist says all these things did occur in that generation.

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