My latest PARADIGM Shift: Preterism

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I was aware of preterism but gave it little thought. Then something triggered me to look deeper.

Preterists believe the “end-time” prophecy given by Yahusha the Messiah was fulfilled in 70 AD. “For then there shall be great distress, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” We call it the Great Tribulation and most believe it’s unfulfilled.

But it has been fulfilled according to what the Messiah said in Matthew 24: “Truly, I say to you, this generation shall by no means pass away until all this takes place.” Earlier in Matthew 10:23, Yahusha had said something similar, “For truly, I say to you, you shall by no means have gone through the cities of Yisrael before the Son of Aḏam comes.” Later in Matthew 16:28 he said, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death at all until they see the Son of Aḏam coming in His reign.“

Once pointed out, there can be no mistaking the time of this event. “This generation” was within the forty years from when Yahusha gave the prophecy to 70 AD when the the Temple was destroyed along with much of Jerusalem. Over a million Jews were massacred. Yahusha’s disciples were still living and witnessed the great distress. Recall what Yahusha had said to the high priest after his initial silence:

Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed?” And Yahusha said, “I am, and you shall see the Son of Adam sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of the heaven.”

The “clouds of heaven” is prophetic language and language of judgment. The very generation that had denied Yahusha as the Messiah did “see” the Son of Aḏam coming in His reign in 70 AD.

What’s significant is more than knowing the Great Tribulation is past and not future. The judgment on Jerusalem and its generation signified something much greater had come. The Kingdom of Heaven which the Messiah proclaimed during his earthly ministry had arrived in full force. In the preterist Book of Revelation we read, “We give You thanks, O YAHUAH El Shaddai, the One who is and who was and who is coming, because You have taken Your great power and begun to reign” (11:17).

My paradigm shift is somewhat belated. The stream of preterism has flowed all through Christian history. What we are experiencing now is its revival, maturation, and widespread acceptance. We have many biblical scholars well versed in the subject. One of them is Dr. Gary Habermass. Another is Dr. Kenneth Gentry. Their worldview is postmillennial as defined by Gentry:

“Postmillennialism is the view of biblical prophecy, the approach to biblical eschatology, that holds that the gospel will victoriously win throughout the world. It will overwhelm men and nations through the gracious influence of God’s spirit as his faithful servants promote the gospel. And because of the progress of the gospel in the world, according to the postmillennial hope, righteousness, peace, and prosperity will prevail throughout the world before Christ returns again. He will not return in defeat. He will return in victory according to the postmillennial view.”

Here are two of their video presentations:

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