THE PRETERIST COSMOS

"PRETERIST: [prett'-er-ist] Theol. One who holds that the prophecies of the Apocalypse have been already (wholly or in great part) fulfilled." (Oxford English Dictionary) On this web site, the word "preterism" refers to the belief that all the prophecies of the Bible have been already and wholly fulfilled (since A.D. 70). The word "preterist" not only means one who holds to preterism, it also means, "of or pertaining to preterism or preterists" (e.g., "the preterist interpretation of Bible prophecy," "a preterist church," etc.).



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What's New in the Cosmos


Updated 07/23/2009:

HOUSE DIVIDED
BRIDGING THE GAP IN REFORMED ESCHATOLOGY
A PRETERIST RESPONSE TO WHEN SHALL THESE THINGS BE?








ARTICLES

"Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason, I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other. My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen." (Martin Luther, 1521)




How To Enter God's Kingdom

Confess Jesus and believe that God raised him from the dead. The Bible says, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9, NASB). The word confess means to acknowledge that Jesus is Savior and Lord, to believe that Jesus died on the cross for sins and conquered death for those who will believe. Believe that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and He will change your life as you love Him and keep His commandments.


Questions, Questions, Questions

A growing list of frequently, and not so frequently, asked questions about preterism and related issues --with a humble attempt at an answer immediately following each question. Browse through the list of questions, and if you like, ask one of your own.


And It Came To Pass (A Review)

Although the various authors of And It Came to Pass do not teach that "all things written" stand fulfilled today (Lk. 21:22; I Peter 4:7), they do teach that the bulk of New-Testament prophecies is fulfilled. And though this book falls short of teaching the full significance of the Advent of the King and His eternal Kingdom (Matt. 16:28; II Cor. 6:16; Rev. 21:3) at the Judgment of the Ministry of Death (II Cor. 3:7), it does reason in a manner that may dislodge many of the eschatological assumptions from the mind of a dispensationalist.



The Abitrary Principle of Hyper-Creedalism (A response to Ken Gentry's chapter in Keith Mathison's multi-authored book When Shall These Things Be?)

Gentry says that only after we take the "first step" of presupposing that creedal futurism is "infallibly certain" (pg. 44) may we then move on to "consider" (full) preterism in the light of Scripture. (pg. 2) And when he says that we may "consider" preterism, he does not mean that we become free to "consider" the possibility that preterism might be scriptural. He means that we are permitted only to "consider" preterism within the creedal understanding that preterism is unscriptural. Thus for creedalists it is the Creeds that decisively settle the question at the very outset as to whether or not the Bible (the ultimate authority) teaches futurism. In this sense the Ecumenical Creeds are, for creedalists, the first and final (decisive) word on preterism.



Baptism Now Saves You

As Noah and his family endured patiently in the ark, so were the first-century Christians patiently enduring a spiritual/fiery baptism, sharing the sufferings of Christ. Old-Covenant baptisms were a fading and ceremonial removal of the filth of the flesh, but New-Covenant, Spiritual baptism in Christ became the appeal of a good conscience toward God (Heb. 10:2). By means of it, believers remained faithful through the power of God in Christ, and thus retained a clean conscience (I Peter 3:16). And as Christ was exalted after He patiently endured, His Church-Body was called and chosen through His resurrection-power to soon be exalted with Him in the end of the old-covenant age.



Danny Green and The Bible Answer Man

A transcript of a conversation (debate) on preterism that my brother, Danny Green, had with Hank Hanegraaff and Elliot Miller on The Bible Answer Man broadcast in 1995.


The Deity of Christ

Yahweh of hosts, the Son of God, became flesh and tabernacled among His sinful people under the Law. By the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, His people nailed Him to a cross and put Him to death. He was buried, and was raised from the dead on the third day. In His great grace and tender mercy, the Messiah from Heaven, the God and Savior of the world, had made atonement for sin. He then ascended to the Father, and thereupon poured out His resurrecting Spirit upon His elect ones, thus building up His Church, His Body, until it reached maturity and became the eternal dwelling place of God in spirit (Eph. 2:22).


Gary North: Postmillennial or Neo-Manichean?

The appendix to Gary North’s new commentary on First Corinthians is called "Full Preterism": Manichean or Perfectionist-Pelagian? This article is a response to that appendix. ...The main contention of Gary North’s article is that preterists are “Manicheans” because preterists believe in the eternal existence of sin and righteousness on Earth with no future final judgment.


The Gift of Tongues and That Which is Perfect

The condemning, old (covenant) things passed away long ago. All (covenant) things were made new. Since the old-testament temple fell, Christ in the heart is forever the true "Tabernacle of God among men." Now in Christ our Redeemer -our Forgiver- the Church is enabled to realize the chief End of mankind: to love God with all his heart, soul, mind, and body; and to love his neighbor as himself. Revelation (prophecy, knowledge and tongues) ceased, but the love of God in our hearts remains (II Cor. 3:11). Amen.


How I Became a Preterist

After years of this struggle, God fulfilled his promise to me: I sought, and I found, and God began showing me His great and unsearchable things! As I began to understand the Bible more and more, I began to understand my own salvation. To my joy, I discovered that I had been saved by His grace, in the invisible working of His Spirit, through faith. Nothing I had ever said or done or prayed or thought had caused or contributed to my becoming a saved person. I found that Christ was my righteousness, and that any good work that I had done in Him was His work in me to beautify Himself.


Letters to Max King

From November, 1989 to April, 1990, Max King took the time to correspond by snail mail with an enthusiastic young reader of his books (me) about the relationship of faith and grace to works and baptism. These three messages, which have been edited and revised, are the doctrinal portions of the three principal letters I sent to Max King during that time of correspondence.


New Covenant Salvation

What is the difference between how people came to know God in the Old Testament and how people come to know God today? Whether Adam, Abraham, David, Paul, or you and me- we were all justified by grace through faith, in the Eternal Covenant. The old and the New Covenant teach the same Salvation of God; the old looked forward to it and the New Covenant realized it, but both covenants accommodated and declared the same salvation. This is why Abraham is said to be our father even though he lived before the old covenant and we live in the new. Abraham was justified -he came to know God- by faith before he was circumcised, i.e., before he met any covenantal conditions.


Preterism and the Ecumenical Creeds
(With a response by Keith Mathison)

A time is coming when preterism must be answered with the Scriptures in an ecumenical council in order to authoritatively find whether it is damnable, erroneous or true. History has never seen such a council on prophecy, much less on preterism. We preterists look forward to that council. Until that time, our creedalist brothers who refuse to prove or disprove us from the Scriptures should wisely withhold their fiery indignation until and unless such a time comes as it may be appropriate.



Preterism 101

Following this brief article are 101 biblical, preterist "time-indicators." (Hence the title.) ...In contrast to the chaos of futurism, the Scriptures (below) have a straightforward teaching, which is this: The fulfillment of all prophecy was "at hand," "near," "soon," "about to be," etc. when the New Testament was written; and it was all to be fulfilled by the time the old covenant vanished and its temple was destroyed.



Scripture's Anti-Dualistic Doctrine of the Eternality of Evil

In May 2001, Gary North released an article on the Internet entitled Full Preterism: Manichean or Perfectionist-Pelagian? In July, I offered a response to his article, entitled Gary North: Postmillennial or Neo-Manichean? In September, North responded to my response with a "revision" of his original article, re-titled, DUALISM'S DOCTRINE OF THE ETERNALITY OF EVIL: A CRITIQUE OF HERETICAL PRETERISM. Following is a response to North's revised article.



With Unveiled Face (A Response)

It is in walking in the Royal Law of love today, in radical nonconformity to the unbelieving spirit of the ungodly, that we realize true and eternal release and self-abandonment, and experience God's Presence in the highest heavens. Christ among us today transcends, eclipses and makes moot the age of prophecy, tongues and word of knowledge. If we have hearts and lives which are pressing on toward the high calling of God's Love in Jesus Christ today, then He is truly enthroned upon our praises. If we are abiding in His love today then we have entered into His Presence with unveiled face.



LINKS
Beyond the End Times
Fulfilled Communications Group
Preterist Viewpoint (Walt Hibbard)
Tree of Life Ministries (Michael J. Sullivan)


REFERENCE LINKS

All In One: Bible Versions and Translations
(Search many translations in many languages; also search Greek and Hebrew texts)

The Babylonian Talmud
(Searchable! More than 5 1/2 million words, approximately 1431 folios, extensive footnotes / commentary)

Blue Letter Bible
(Greek / Hebrew concordance and lexicon with Strong's numbers. Includes Septuagint)

Crosswalk.com
(Interlinear Bible, Parallel Bible, concordances, lexicons, dictionaries, encyclopedias)

Early Church Fathers
(Search the Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post-Nicene Church fathers)

Greek New Testament
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Flavius Josephus Home Page
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Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars

Works of Flavius Josephus
(In English and in Greek. Searchable in English)

Works of Publius Cornelius Tacitus



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