Let’s suppose you made a new Christian friend and you are both sitting down for lunch eating and talking. Your friend tells you about his Faith in Jesus. Everything of course is fine and well. Then you ask this person are you ever worried about the end times coming tribulation? Do you often think about End time Bible prophecy you ask this new Christian friend? They answer and tell you sure I have Faith in Jesus but I don't believe in End times prophecy. I don’t believe there will be a 7 year Tribulation. I don’t believe any of that.
Then you say how can this be? You’re a Christian and you don’t believe in Future Bible Prophecy? No says the friend I don’t. Everything happened back when Jesus died don the cross. And all was fulfilled by 70 AD. All prophecy is past and there is no future prophecy. Have you ever met anyone like this? Recently I have at another posting forum. These teaching that believes Prophecy and scripture pertains only to the past 70 AD is called ‘Preterism’ pre meaning before or before meaning past. Every scripture and verse in the Bible in this teaching all must state in past context. This teaching for example will take Matthew 24 everything completed by 70 AD. They believe this abomination happened in 66 - 70 AD. which is also why they believe Rev. chapter 17 Jerusalem is the great harlot from 66-70 AD..
OK to think you can try to convince this person the the future is still ahead. Share with them 1Thess 4:16-17. . you got them on this one right? Wrong. Now the Preterist will say this. Paul said We who are alive shall not all sleep but we will be caught up with those who were asleep to meet the Lord in the air. What do ‘They say of this? They say when Paul says “We” He meant that Jesus would be gathering this early church to be with God which happened after the destruction of the temple. This gathering they say happens near the destruction of Jerusalem. When Paul said “We” Paul was meaning those people who were standing there would see this gathering to Jesus in the air. So Paul and these people were gathered as spoken in Matthew 24 the gathering after the destruction of the temple immediately after those days..
I tried to corner the Preterist believers. But every time you share them a future event they will come with their own interpretation to reverse the time calendar and to give different meanings to the passages. They believe the 70 weeks was completed 3 and a half years after Jesus died when Stephen was stoned. That is Preterism..
Why do I share to you these things? Because ten years ago I heard from a Prophetic Ministry of End time Teaching that Preterism even ten years ago was paving its way into college campuses, churches and other arenas in high numbers. Imagine how many people are not believing and teaching this doctrine reverse method of Prophecy teaching. I am now seeing this teaching show up more commonly than ever before.
The Bible tell us in Matthew 24. To take heed which means to pay close attention. It told us many would go in the name of Christ and they will deceive many even the elect God’s people if that were possible. .
This teaching Preterist comes/goes in the name of Christ appearing as a sheep and devouring its prey as the wolf. This is very snaky slithering teaching. New converts of this teaching is growing all the time. You need to be on watch if you meet such a person or people who believe this. If you want to witness have your Bible near by. . you're going to have be ready to defend against this person who will say to you that your Futurist view is nonsense. They will say you are not teaching the truth. They will say listen to my way. Everything is past finalized 70 AD. The the 70 weeks ended 3 and a half years after Jesus died. They will say when Jesus died on the cross everything and all prophecy was finalized.. Be on the watch to this rising teaching to make yourself ready to defend your own faith in this way you believe in Future prophecy. If you don't have good answers why you can't explain why you believe in futurism they will think yo don’t know anything much at all. They will make every attempt to swoop you into believing like they do..
Would other members here like to make comments on this teaching Preterism? Have you ever met or experienced talking or posting with this kind of person? How did you respond to this kind of teaching? What do yo believe about preterism? How should we practice the Bible to be ready for those right answers challenged by these Preterist teachers? . They will try to pull you on their side with clever verses. Stay on guard. ‘Do not have an open mind. Stay in the truth stay in the narrow way of thinking. Those who are open minded often get sucked in.Philippians 4:6-7
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.