J. N. D. Kelly, who was Principal of St. Edmund Hall at Oxford and was an authority on the theology and thoughts of the Church fathers, wrote the following.
“Four chief moments dominate the eschatological expectation of early Christian theology – the return of Christ, known as the Parousia, the resurrection, the judgment, and the catastrophic ending of the present world-order.”
Here they are again…..
1.The return of Christ, known as the Parousia
2. The resurrection
3. The judgment
4. The catastrophic ending of the present world-order
If the destruction of the temple in 70AD was so important (Jonathan Welton teaches that it is equivalent to the virgin birth, the cross, and the resurrection) then why was it not a part of the eschatological expectation/fulfillment of the Church fathers? Why didn’t they write about it or explain its significance?
This great major event (again up there with the cross, the virgin birth and the resurrection) is never explained or talked about in New Testament letters or by Polycarp, or Iranaeus, or Justin Martyr or Cyprian or Hyppolytus or Barnabus or Clement or Ignatius or Papias or Tertullian and on and on.
(phew thank you Lord that they remembered to write about redemption, the cross, the antichrist and the 1,000 year reign, upon the earth, of Jesus Christ)
You want to know about redemption? Read just about any letter or gospel in the New Testament or Iranaeus or Polycarp or Tertullian or….
You want to understand the cross? Read just about any letter or gospel in the New Testament or Clement or Justin Martyr or….
The resurrection? You get the point.
You want to read or study about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD and how essential it is to the Christian faith or even eschatology?
Oh…..well you can follow modern day teachers who take obscure passages, then allegorize where they need to, and then add man-centered philosophy; or you can join their Supernatural Online Bible Schools…But don’t bother going to the Word of God because you won’t find what you are looking for. Don’t investigate the early church either because they never mentioned it.
In fact….there is no celebration of 70AD and the erasure of the Old Covenant (finally) by anyone in the early church. Not one leader of the early church told us how happy they were to be free from the Old Covenant temple leaders and system. No one expressed their gratitude to Jesus Christ that the priests and the people that remained in Jerusalem were slaughtered and finally removed. No Church father mentioned Jesus Christ returning in the clouds (in judgment) over Jerusalem. Silence…..
Because they were busy writing and teaching about the cross…redemption…judgment…resurrection..the antichrist….the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ…the dark days that would come at the final end of the age….!
The Apostle John, who lived for 30 years after the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, never wrote about its importance or earth shattering relevance. He never spoke of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant co-existing for 40 years. He never cried out in joy over the death and destruction that took place as though it was some amazing, wonderful, event that Christians had been waiting for.
Did we need to wait 1900 years…
to finally have teachers smart enough to take obscure passages
and mix in a bunch of allegory
and philosophical fluff to see the light?
Preterism is a philosophy.
A worldview that removes judgment and tells the church that the world is getting better all the time.
Hip Hip Hooray !
Listening to a teacher of preterism is like going to a football game
and only watching the cheerleaders
and then claiming that it was the greatest game you have ever seen
but you don’t know what the final score was or who won.
The Apostle John does have something to say about preterism.
“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”
1 John 5:21