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Jul 28, 2009

Nah, Jesus has not come back yet! The Preterism Lie

"We will not, however, incur the risk of pronouncing positively as to the name of Antichrist; for if it were necessary that his name should be distinctly revealed in this present time, it would have been announced by him who beheld the apocalyptic vision. For that was seen not very long time since, but almost in our day, towards the end of Domitians`s reign." (Against Heresies, v.xxx.3)

This was written by Irenaeus (120-202 AD) who was an early church father and who wrote the above in 180 AD.

Full Preterists cannot...

...have the LORD'S SUPPER
...celebrate EASTER
...celebrate CHRISTMAS
...pray the LORD'S PRAYER
...confess to the APOSTLE'S CREED

Full Pretrism is a full lie!

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The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
who was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary;
crucified under Pontius Pilate and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of the Father,
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
And in the Holy Spirit;
the holy Church;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the flesh.
Preterists choose not to agree with the Apostles' Creed but make up a gospel of their own instead... Now I say it with the Apostle Paul:

I marvel that you so soon are being moved away from Him who called you into the grace of Christ, to another gospel, which is not another, but some are troubling you, and desiring to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from Heaven preach a gospel to you beside what we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we said before, and now I say again, If anyone preaches a gospel to you beside what you have received, let him be accursed. For now do I persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Gal 1:6-10 MKJV)

Preterism Refuted
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. (1 Corinthians 15:12-26 KJV)
Telling the people that the resurrection of the dead has taken place Spiritually already is robbing people of the chance they have for the future.

Christians are told to be on the watch day and night... for Jesus will come like a thief and they should be holy.
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. (2 Peter 3:13-14 KJV)
How could they if they believe that Jesus came back in 70 AD?
After the first and second warning, reject a man of heresy, knowing that he who is such has been perverted, and sins, being self-condemned. (Titus 3:10-11 MKJV)
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (1 John 4:3 KJV)
But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. (2 Timothy 2:16-19 KJV)

In addition, Preterists steal the hope of the Christian believers:
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV)
Preterists cannot do what Christ told the Disciples:
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20 KJV)
In Full Preterists' views the Second Coming of Christ took place in 70 AD, so what should Disciples of today preach?

Preterism denies (or changes) most of the New Testament, and there will not be much left. Take this, for example:

Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. (2 Peter 3:13-14 KJV)
Peter speaks of a promise, but what a promise would be left for the people of today? Shall we listen to the Preterists not to look for such things, or shall we listen to Peter?

Peter writes in his second letter:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (2Pe 3:7, KJV)
Full Preterists say that this is not valid for us anymore, for Peter was speaking of a near future in 70 AD, when the Solomon Temple fell and Jerusalem was taken and so many killed.

Preterists rob the people of the TRUTH by their claim that the Judgement has already taken place in 70 AD! They actually fear Judgement, but please do not ask me why.

Peter describes the destruction of the earth and everything around it.
Preterists see the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem described there.

Peter writes in that same letter:

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (2 Peter 3:10 KJV)

Now please tell me, how could this describe the fall of Jerusalem, especially if one regards the fact that the New Testament deals with CHRISTIANS? Why should Christians have regarded this the END OF EVERYTHING, while the Christian churches had been founded by the Apostles already - in Corinth, Ephesus, Rome, Minor Asia, etc...???

Preterists are dreamers that do not want to believe God's Word when He informs the people of the coming Judgment. Peter warned:
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished (2 Peter 3:5-6 KJV)
And the following of Peter's words were obviously only valid for the people BEFORE 70 AD if we believe the Preterists and not the Apostles:

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 KJV)
So why would someone come to repentance hundreds of years afterwards?

Preterism is a LIE – the Preterists are probably not aware of that, but it is what it is.

This lie is not just about a verse or two, but affects almost the whole New Testament, especially the Book of Revelation:

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)
Preterists will TEACH the people that this was all fulfilled in 70 AD already... Can you imagine the consequences of that?

And they also reject the following (or paraphrase it to their liking or whatever they do so it fits their self-composed Bible:
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. (Revelation 1:7 KJV)
Preterists want you to believe that *every eye* saw Jesus coming in some symbolical clouds on His Second Coming in 70 AD.

Preterists cannot even sign the Nicene Creed or the Apostle's Creed, either:
The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
who was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary;
crucified under Pontius Pilate and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of the Father,
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
And in the Holy Spirit;
the holy Church;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the flesh.
Preterists would have to kick the fifth line from the bottom out, because it is related to future events which they deny, since they claim they have taken place already.

Please notice that the Creeds were created to save the Church from false teachers and filter them out, because...
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9 KJV)
It was not only Peter who fought against the false teachers of his time... but Paul, John, Titus and Jesus Himself, but the church fathers, too.

Having studied their claims for years now, I have come to the conclusion that Full Preterism is a deadly sect like the Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists or the like, and their replacement theory also fosters a really bad form of Anti-Semitism.

Last not least, let me stop this article with the following Scripture:
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24:21-27 KJV)

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