A series of messages that deal with the Preterist view of eschatology and the implications of preterism for the believer today.
Heaven and Earth Have Passed (2 Peter 3:1-13)
We looked last week at the time statements in the Bible as to the coming of the Lord. We saw that he said he would come -- while some that were standing there were still living; in that generation; soon; quickly; at hand; he said his coming was near. Everywhere that the Bible talks about the Lord's coming it gives us a time statement. The NT saints fully expected the Lord to return in their lifetime. How could we possibly miss this? Yet the majority of believers today, some two thousand years later are still saying that the Lord will return soon. Can the same event be imminent at two different periods of time separated by two thousand years? Someone said to me that they felt that the Lord said he was coming soon because he wanted every generation to be watching for Him. Think about that. What that means is that when he told the first century believers that he was coming back soon, he really didn't mean it, he was giving them false information to keep them looking for Him. Can you live with that? If that was the case what else did he tell them that wasn't true? Do we have a God who intentionally deceives men? Isn't it much easier to simply believe what Jesus said and believe that he came back in the first century?
Inspiration and the Second Coming of Christ
Have you ever wondered why it is that two men can read the same passage of scripture and come up with two totally different interpretations? Or why two men can read the same Bible and yet see things so differently? Two men who love God and yet see the same scripture in two different ways. Is it that one of them is stubborn or unreasonable? No, it is because each of us has within us paradigms of what life is really all about. The word paradigm means a model or a map. We look at life through our paradigms. Inside each of us is a map or model of what life ought to be like. Our paradigms are representations of life. We all have them, and we all have paradigms of eschatology. Eschatology is a word that frightens people, they don't understand it so they are afraid of it. When I talk about eschatology, I am not talking about the end of time, but the time of the end. There is a very large difference between those two ideas. Eschatology is the doctrine of last things but it is the last things of God's plan to redeem us, not the last things of planet earth.
The End of the World? (Hebrews 1:10-14)
Does the Bible speak of the end of the world? Everyone seems to think so, but could they be wrong?
The Revelation (Pt 2): The Judgment of Israel
While most assume Revelation is about the end of planet Earth, it actually never speaks on such a topic. So what does it teach?
The Revelation (Pt 1): The Soon Coming of Christ
For a book that was written to reveal, much of the plain language seems to confuse so many so easily.
The Sun Will Be Darkened: Apocalyptic Symbolism
What is Scripture telling us when it speaks of the sun being darkened and the stars falling from the sky? Most people seem to be confused on this topic.