Saturday, January 9, 2010

PRETERIST PERSUASION

The nice thing about blogging is you can post something you believe in, even if it's brand new to you (and perhaps your readers). In this case, it's preterism. AD70.net is the site for Preterist Radio Podcasts, which I have just recently begun listening to. A.D. 70 is the year Jerusalem was destroyed after a three-and-a-half year war with the Roman army.

It was such an unprecedented kind of destruction and suffering inflicted on anyone at any time on such a large scale, that the Roman army consigned one of their captives, a Jewish general named Yosef Ben Matityahu (later Titus Flavius Josephus, to chronicle the awful situation. So we have The Jewish War as a record of the "end of the world."(Matthew 28:20)

The Greek word translated "world" in the KJV is actually aion or "age." Other translations, such as the NIV, translate it that way. This is why it is good to consult other Bible versions and the original languages.

1 comment:

glidt said...

Good stuff Pete! I'm new to blogging but I see that it can have a huge impact on the spread of information.

All reformers of the past have had to stand up to the "then" conventional thought, and through the use of accurate information spread to the masses the needed change came about.

Change is the constant and always will be. All Christians are Preterists, it is just a matter of degree. The conventional thought and teachings about the "end of the world" are falling flat, and have caused many of the faithful to lose some faith. Failed predictions and the constant fearful movies, news and books, along with a lack of real study of the texts, has helped to create a lack of will to overcome the world. It has also been counter productive to the Gospel message when the false hope of a deliverance has not come to pass.

This is one of the main reasons eschatology is so important in the discussion of the Gospel message of redemption.

Knowing the plan of God and understanding that God can tell time and does not leave people guessing, will go a long way in the promotion of the Gospel. You can trust God and His son Jesus when they have said, "Verily, Verily" it will come to pass and right on time.