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ARE PRETERISTS REALLY FUTURISTS?

Futurist preterist

PMT 2016-011 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

In the last thirty years the Hyper-preterist movement has made its presence felt in a number of evangelical churches. But it is has developed an especially strong Internet presence that has been able to attract hundreds of theological enthusiasts. In fact, it is largely through its Internet presence that it has been able to grow in numbers, spread in geography, and infiltrate in churches.

Hyper-preterism (or Full Preterism or Consistent Preterism or Covenant Eschatology, as it is known by its adherents), is an extension of preterism. But it is an extension that has pushed its theology beyond biblical limits. Continue reading

HYPERPRETERISM’S EMPTY PROOF-TEXT

PMT 2014-025 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.Empty bucket

I am preterist in the approach to certain key prophecies of the New Testament. I learned this view long ago from my seminary professor and theological mentor, Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen. The term “preterist” is derived from the Latin preteritus, which means “past by.” Preterists believe that several key New Testament prophecies were future when they were originally given, but that they have already come to fulfillment in our distant past.

We accept this conclusion on those particular texts because Scripture provides specific, clear, temporal qualifiers for them. For example, we read in Matthew 24 regarding the Great Tribulation: “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place” (Matt. 24:34). Regarding Revelation, John informs us: “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Rev. 1:3). The New Testament is filled with prophecies qualified by such language. Continue reading