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The Perils of Preterism

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Jonathan Brenter, August 23, 2023

Preterism is one of today’s popular views of the end times; its adherents among church staff continue to rapidly grow in number. Below is a list of its basic beliefs:

  1. Nero was the Antichrist. There will be no future individual Antichrist.
  2. The Tribulation Period is already over. It occurred when the Roman army besieged Jerusalem in AD 66-70.
  3. Christ “returned” in the clouds in AD 70 to witness the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman army.
  4. God replaced Old Testament Israel with the Church. Therefore, all the biblical promises to Israel belong to the Church.[i]
  5. Armageddon already happened in AD 70.
  6. Satan is already bound in the abyss and cannot hinder the spread of the Gospel. Revelation 20 has already been fulfilled.
  7. We are already in the Millennium, but it is not literal. Some preterists equate the entire Church Age as the Millennium [as do other end time positions].[ii]

Some preterists believe in a bodily resurrection of the saints as described in 1 Corinthians 15:47-54 and Philippians 3:20-21, which necessitates, in their view, another return of the Savior. Many advocates of preterism don’t believe in a future bodily resurrection of the saints as described in these passages.

The popularity of a doctrine that believes Jesus fulfilled His Matthew 24:29-31 promise in AD 70 is just an initial cause for alarm. Below I describe other reasons why we must reject the teachings of preterism. It’s also because they . . .

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