Twenty Prophecy Questions for Christians
by Charles Meek
Posted Dec. 5/2021
A dramatic upheaval is beginning to boil in the church about ESCHATOLOGY, that is, the study of the “last things” or “end times.”
After years of skeptical study, I became persuaded that Jesus was telling the truth when He said that ALL prophesied “last-things” events would be fulfilled in his generation (Luke 21:22, 32; etc). This is the preterist view of eschatology. Preterism teaches that most, if not all prophetic events happened with the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. Thus, the “last days” are not about the end of the world, but rather, about the end of the Old Covenant Age. It appears to be the fastest growing view of eschatology as other systems are being discredited.
If you are willing to consider a different viewpoint from the one you may now hold, below are some of the questions I could not honestly answer as a futurist, but make perfect sense from the preterist perspective. You are welcome to respond:
1. Why have Christians made failed predictions about the end of the world for 2000 years?
2. If time means nothing to God, why does God constantly use time-restricted statements about the fulfillment of prophecy—such as: must shortly take place, at hand, near, quickly, soon, last times, last hour, last days, this generation, etc.?
3. If “no one knows the day or the hour,” why did Jesus frequently insist that his PAROUSIA (Second Coming)—and indeed the fulfillment of all prophecy—would be fulfilled while those living in the first century were still alive (Matthew 10:23; Matthew 16:27-28; Mathew 26:64; Luke 21:22, 28, 32; Revelation 1:1-3; Revelation 22:6, 12, 20)? Was Jesus simply wrong? If so, can we trust Him on other things He said?
4. If the teaching that one day is a 1000 yrs, and a 1000 years is as a day to the Lord. . . DOES THAT MEAN?—1000 years in Revelation are a single 24 hour day (2 Peter 3; Revelation 20)?
5. If any of the New Testament was written after AD 70, why is there no mention anywhere in the New Testament IN THE PAST TENSE about the incredible events surrounding the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem in that year?
6. If the Great Tribulation is still future to us, why did Jesus tell the first century Christians that they could avoid it by fleeing to the mountains (Matthew 24:16; 21)? And why did the Apostle John tell his readers a few years later that THEY were in the tribulation (Revelation 1:9)?
7. If the book of Revelation is for us today, why would John write to the seven churches if it had nothing to do with them? Why would John torture these first-century Christians with impossible and intricate symbolic labyrinths that applied only to people 2,000 years later? Why does Revelation say some 30 times that the events MUST be fulfilled SOON? (Examples: Revelation 1:1-3; 22:6, 12, 20)
8. Why does Hebrews 10:37 say that in a VERY VERY (“very” is there twice in the Greek) LITTLE WHILE Jesus would return and not delay? Were the writer of Hebrews and the other biblical writers that expressed the same thing FALSE PROPHETS?
9. If the biblical “last days” are in the 21st century, why does Peter and the writer of Hebrews both say the last days were in their time (Acts 2:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-2)?
10. If the biblical “last days” started in the first century, but continue to this day, why did Peter say the end of all things was at hand, and the judgment was about to begin when he was writing (1 Peter 4:7, 17)? Given Jesus’ condemnation of the Jews of his day, which He said would be in their generation (Matthew 23:29-39), isn’t it logical that this is the Great Judgment of which the New Testament speaks?
11. John said it was the “last hour” (1 John 2:18) when he was (1 John 2:18) when he was writing. Does that mean that its fulfillment is now 17 million hours late?
12. If the GREAT COMMISSION is not yet fulfilled, why did Paul say it had been fulfilled when he was writing (Roman 1:8; 10:18; Colossians 1:5-6, 23)?
13. If “heaven and earth” have not yet passed away, does that mean that every jot and tittle of the law is still in effect (Matthew 5:17-18)?
14. If the NEW JERUSALEM is a future physical location, how is it possible that the Hebrews in the first century were already there (Hebrews 12:22)?
15. If Jesus was going to return literally and physically (Acts 1:11), why do we read that his ascension was hidden from view by a cloud? If Jesus is going to return LITERALLY “in like manner” (Acts 1:11), does that also mean that He will return riding a white horse (Revelation 19:11)?
16. If Jesus was to return in a physical, visible appearance to the whole world, why did He tell his first-century disciples (John 14:19) that the world would never see him again?
17. If the King James Version of the Bible really speaks of an end to the physical universe, why is “end of the world” found in the King James Version consistently translated as “end of the AGE” in modern translations and literal translations (like Young’s Literal Translation)?
18. If the last-days events are still future to us, why are there over 100 passages in the New Testament that declare that these events would happen soon?
19. If “soon” means “2000 years later,” does that mean it was going to take Timothy 2000 years to be sent to the Philippians by Paul (Philippians 2:19)?
20. If the prophetic passages were fulfilled once in the first century, and then again thousands of years later, why is there no hint of this by Jesus and the biblical writers?
I really like these twenty questions that my friend Charles Meek had to say. That brings us to a conclusion of three options to pick from and here they are:
We Only Have Three Options for the Second Coming of Christ
by Brad Baker
1 Most Christians will agree that scripture is given by inspiration of God according to:
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 According to the standard of prophecy in the Old Testament is found here:
Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
3 The Prophet that God was going to raise up was Jesus. Christ.
4 Most Christians today will say that the Lord has not returned yet making the writer of the Book of Hebrews a false prophet. 5 Not only that but is also makes all the other writers including Jesus in the New Testament false Prophets who claimed that His coming was at hand or would happen in a short time. 6 The writer in the Book of Hebrews wrote it around AD65 and said that Jesus would not tarry but we have been living almost 2000 years later and that is a very long time even according to all other prophecies in the Bible.
Hebrews 10: 37 “For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. “For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
7 Now here is the problem. Jesus said that there would be some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.
Matthew 16:27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. 28 Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
8 Some people here now actually believe when put into the corner and out of desperation will say that there are some here standing who were from the first century in order to justify that His coming will happen soon as of today. 9 I believe it is a little far fetched and crazy to say that. 10 Now if it was true we would still be dead in our sins and would be expecting the wrath of God on this Earth. 11 If you are putting the Coming of the Lord into the future you are indirectly calling Jesus a false prophet.
12 Now we Full Preterist say that the Lord did coming in AD70 when the Temple was destroyed and the law came to an end which was at the end of the Age.
13 The reason for the confusion today is because most Christians believe that His coming will be in a physical body return. 14 The problem with that is that you make Jesus Christ out to be a liar. 15 Now if Christ appear when He said He would it would have had to be a Spiritual event that changed the Old Covenant with it’s total destruction after vanishing away into the New Covenant in it’s full glory which is much more important than any physical coming could ever do.
Now here are the three options we have to choose from
1. That there are some here standing who were from the first century that are still waiting
2. That the Lord did coming in AD70 when the Temple was destroyed and the law came to an end which was at the end of the Age
3. That the Lord has not come yet because He has not returned physically
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