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 Preterism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Preterism is a variant of Christian eschatology which holds that some or all of the biblical prophecies concerning the Last Days (or End Times) refer to events which actually happened in the first century after Christ's birth.
Partial Preterism, which is the older of the two views, holds that prophecies such as the destruction of Jerusalem, the Antichrist, the Great Tribulation, and the advent of the Day of the Lord as a "judgment-coming" of Christ were fulfilled c.
Partial Preterism is generally considered to be an historic orthodox interpretation as it affirms all items of the ecumenical Creeds of the Church.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Preterism   (2167 words)

  
 The Problem with Preterism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
"Preterism" is the systematized opinion that all the prophetic events of the eschaton, short of the Second Advent itself, have already been fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in A.D. The preterist rejects sound eschatology, including the Doctrine of Imminency, the Rapture, and the Tribulation.
Preterism undermines the encompassing nature of Scriptural prophecy, spiritualizes/allegorizes Scriptural passages, robs the saint of the hope of Jesus' imminent appearing, and produces a "lazy virgin" syndrome.
Preterism knocks out one of those "bookends." It leaves one with the feeling that Jesus' return is far, far off, when in fact it is very near.
home.wmis.net /~ixthys/probpret.htm   (1871 words)

  
 Soft Landings
Preterism can be viewed as an attempt to deal with the so-called "Olivet Discourse" found in the Synoptic Gospels, where Jesus explains about the Last Things.
Though preterism itself does not logically require any particular political or social orientation, its modern incarnation was founded by people who were alarmed by the tendency to disengagement traditionally associated with premillennialists like Hal Lindsey.
In contrast, Preterism, to use a $10 term from complexity theory, is "non-scalar." Without breaking the link to history, it can at least contemplate a future that is not parochial.
pages.prodigy.net /aesir/sl4.htm   (993 words)

  
 Talk:Preterism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It would be disingenous to the extreme to have an article on preterism and not mention that as it is front and center of numerous conversations on this issue and is a primary concern of full preterists to overcome.
When full preterism becomes the dominant eschatology, the anon editor and his or her cohorts can change it to fit the facts, if I haven't already beat them to it.
Also his claim that preterism was not a common term until the 1990s is completely false, plus YOURS (and King's claim) that Max King is the "father of modern preterism" is false.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Preterism   (8555 words)

  
 PFRS Preterism
Preterism is the theory that all Bible prophecy has been fulfilled.
The debate clearly demonstrates the heretical tendencies of preterism.
The most important article is the postscript to the debate, which summarizes why preterism must be rejected as heresy.
www.pfrs.org /preterism   (455 words)

  
 Preterism & Biblical Prophecy Is all prophecy already fulfilled?
Preterism is a system of prophetic interpretation that understands virtually all of Biblical prophecy to be already fulfilled.
For example, preterism is correct in that the Kingdom is a spiritual Kingdom (Mat.12:28; 21:43; 23:13; Lk.17:20-21; etc.) And it is correct in that it is an earthly Kingdom (Mat.5:5; 8:11-12; Lk.19:11ff; 1Cor.15:22-28).
Preterism fails in this regard also as it argues that the hope of Christ's return was likewise fulfilled in A.D. To be sure, the destruction of Jerusalem was a "coming" of Christ in predicted judgment.
www.biblicalstudies.com /bstudy/eschatology/preter.htm   (3176 words)

  
 preterism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Editor's Note: Preterism is the teaching that places much New Testament prophetic fullfilment in and around 70 AD and in particular the destruction of Jerusalem.
Preterism is not a new word to the Christian language.
It had its peak between the 1600s and the 1800s and is now again beginning to help Christians see prophetic scritpure through the eyes of scripture instead of through the eyes of man-made traditions.
www.reformedreader.org /preterism.htm   (191 words)

  
 The Destructive View Of Preterism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
I am familiar with Preterism because for 20 years I was involved with the Christian Reconstruction Movement, the movement that had revived this method of interpretation called Preterism.
Preterism is from the Latin word meaning "gone by" and it means that something has passed.
Preterism is the belief that holds, and this is a quote from Gentry, "that the Tribulation prophecies occurred in the first century, thus are passed." Preterism encompasses different views of predictive prophecy, and it almost always begins with the Olivet Discourse.
www.conservativeonline.org /journals/03_10_journal/1999v3n10_id06.htm   (3581 words)

  
 Escatology: III. Preterism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Preterism, however, as we now take it up (and as it has come to be promoted in recent history) describes more than a mere system of interpretation for the prophecies of the Revelation.
First, it is not necessary in order to avoid the extremes of preterism to maintain that all references to "the coming of the Son of Man" must be a reference to His final coming at the end of the age in glory.
Fifth, preterism involves the supposition that hundreds of thousands of living saints were raptured into heaven at the coming of Christ in the destruction of Jerusalem.
www.vor.org /truth/rbst/escatology11.html   (4542 words)

  
 Moving Beyond Preterism - Kevin A. Beck
Preterism’s weakness is that its historical hindsight cannot interpret what was into a meaningful comprehensive theology of insight for today and foresight for tomorrow.
Preterism lacks the conceptual apparatus to apply the results of its exegesis to anything beyond a post-first-century world.
Preterism is great as far as it goes; but it has no way to press forward.
www.presence.tv /cms/bpreterism.shtml   (2558 words)

  
 A short introduction to Preterism
Preterism: An eschatological viewpoint that places many or all eschatological events in the past, especially during the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.
Preterism is the idea that some or all prophecy has been fulfilled in the generation alive when Jesus preached, i.e.
Partial preterism has been a part of Christian belief for many years and many people from all denominations including myself hold to the view that the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70 was an important fulfilment of some prophecy.
www.apocalipsis.org /preterism.htm   (3472 words)

  
 The Heresy of Preterism
The fundamental assumption of preterism (both 'full preterism' and scaled back 'partial preterism') is "that passages specifically delimiting the time-frame by temporal indicators (such as "this generation," "shortly," "at hand," "near," and similar wording) are to be applied to A. 70", quoting the words of the 'partial preterist' Dr. Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
Even most 'partial preterists' recognize the dangers inherent in 'full preterism' (which they sometimes refer to as 'hyper-preterism') and recoil from them, while erroneously not acknowledging how their own view is similarly flawed (albeit not as dangerously heretical).
Preterism invites us to swallow a camel in order to be able to swallow a peanut.
lionofjudah.tribulationforces.com /articles/prophecy/puritannews_preterism.html   (3890 words)

  
 HAS BIBLE PROPHECY
Yet, contra preterism, Christ says in the fig tree parable that preceding events instruct the reader to "recognize that He is near, right at the door." Had a first century reader tried to apply a preterist understanding to Matthew 24, it would have been too late for him to flee the city.
Preterism nowhere explains the promised deliverance from persecution that is associated with the coming, for example, in 3:10-11.
Because preterism is errant, then they have to take a theoretical interpretation on this and most other NT doctrine that is so far out that even the inventive minds of preterists cannot apply them in our current age.
www.raptureme.com /featured/Preterism.html   (15571 words)

  
 Timely Questions about Preterism and Reconstruction
Preterism holds that the second coming of Christ promised in Scripture was exclusively the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 was the end of the ages prophesied by Scripture.
Preterism also makes much of the fact that Scripture teaches that Jesus' coming is "near," or "at hand." Explaining this "nearness" in terms of a very brief period of time according to man's standards, preterism concludes that the New Testament predicted the coming of Christ within 40 years at the most.
Christian Reconstruction is committed, willy-nilly, to the full-blown, consistent preterism that strips the church and the Christian of all hope and all salvation.
www.mountainretreatorg.net /eschatology/preterist.html   (4397 words)

  
 The Cult of Preterism   |  Critical Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Basically, Preterism states that the resurrection of the saints; the rapture; the second advent of Christ; and the millennial reign of Christ; are all historic rather than all future events; therefore, it is the archaic meaning of the term that is meant when we speak of Preterism.
The one who appears to be the involuntary, and unwitting guru of Preterism, posthumously, mind you; is also the man to whose writings Preterists appeal to most often for 'proof' of their 'doctrine.' That man was Flavius Josephus, aka 'Joseph de Bello,' a name Preterism camouflages with a nomen obscurus.
The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is the keystone of the false doctrine of Preterism.
www.preteristarchive.addr.com /CriticalArticles/cope-bob_ca_01.html   (4600 words)

  
 Preterism! I Can't Believe It
According to preterism, events like the rise of the Antichrist, the tribulation, the rapture, and the Day of the Lord all took place around 70 AD, the year the Romans invaded Jerusalem and destroyed the second Temple.
The heart of this error is based on Jesus' statement that "this generation shall not pass, till all things be fulfilled" (Mat 24:34).
Preterism produces some bizarre explanations for why the world is still experiencing suffering and calamity.
www.raptureready.com /rr-preterism.html   (606 words)

  
 The Preterism of Christian Reconstruction - Prof. David J. Engelsma
The question about preterism to which I responded in the February 15, 1999 issue of the SB was occasioned by a series of editorials defending (Reformed) amillennialism against the postmillennialism of Christian Reconstruction.
Exposure of preterism becomes necessary for the sake of Reformed and Presbyterian Christians among whom R. Sproul is influential.
Christian Reconstruction and "consistent preterism" are antithetical positions, and we made this point categorically in the July, 1997 issue of the Chalcedon Report.
www.hopeprc.org /reformedwitness/1999/RW199906.htm   (2654 words)

  
 Preterism and Question of Heresy Otto   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Full preterism views the parousia singly spoken of in the NT as fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman armies in the Jewish war of 66-70 A.D. This eschatological viewpoint has been rapidly spreading throughout Reformed Christianity.
Preterism is not a monolithic movement, so that variations advocated by some preterists may perhaps fall outside the acceptable norms for faith.
This tack continues to be employed by those who denounce preterism, despite the preterist appeal not to ambiguous passages but rather to clear time references indicating the coming (parousia) of Christ within his generation.
ourworld.cs.com /preteristabcs/id74.htm   (8613 words)

  
 A Response to Gary North's "FULL PRETERISM": MANICHEAN OR PERFECTIONIST-PELAGIAN
So far, we have demonstrated that preterism is not Manicheanism, and that the doctrine that sin exists on Earth forever (which is an implicit doctrine of preterism) does not imply “dualism” (which is the heart and soul of Manicheanism).
Since preterism is silent about the ultimate destiny of the human race on Earth, preterists can be either optimistic or pessimistic about history, and the future is therefore “open-ended” for preterists.
Partial preterism is not, because in accordance with the arbitrary hermeneutic of partial preterism, many partial preterists postpone the fulfillment of the “progressive dominion” passages in the Bible to a yet-future, post-Christian age.
www.preteristcosmos.com /garynorth.html   (5427 words)

  
 Hyper Preterism Renounced   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
The doctrines also known as “realized eschatology” or “covenant eschatology” or “full preterism” teaches that the eschatological events of Scripture were entirely fulfilled in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem.
And in the same way those who claim to believe the teaching of hyper preterism believe in a resurrection that is completely contrary to the same resurrection in which I believe.
Therefore as owner and webmaster of 5solas.org, I hereby renounce the doctrine of hyper preterism and declare it to be neo-hymenaenism.
www.5solas.org /media.php?id=555   (1249 words)

  
 WHY I AM NOT A PRETERIST
Full Preterism views all of the prophecies of the Bible as having already been fulfilled in their entirety since the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. Full Preterism is a very recent innovation that has no adherents in any of the writings of the early church.
Partial Preterism maintains a future return of Christ, but views His "coming in the clouds" as described in Matthew 24:29-31 as having been fulfilled in A.D. 70 with the fall of Jerusalem.
To the contrary, the teaching of Preterism comes uncomfortably close to the spiritual gangrene that is described by Paul in 2 Timothy 2:18 when he speaks of those who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and thus they upset the faith of some.
www.angelfire.com /nt/theology/preterist.html   (1652 words)

  
 The Menace of Radical Preterism : Christian Courier
One philosophy of eschatology is known as “preterism.” Ther term “preter” issues from an original form meaning “past.” Preterism, therefore, is an interpretive ideology which views major portions of Bible prophecy, traditionally associated with the termination of earth’s history, as having been fulfilled already.
This radical preterism was championed by James Stuart Russell (1816-95), a Congregational clergyman in England.
The doctrine of preterism is so radically unorthodox that its advocates realize that their efforts to win converts represent a formidable task.
www.christiancourier.com /feature/august99.htm   (2204 words)

  
 The Unmitigated Twaddle of Jesuit-Romanist Preterism - Historicist.com The Protestant Interpretation of Biblical ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
It is well for the reader to realise that while Ken Gentry and Edward Stevens engage in debate as to what form of ‘preterism’ is orthodox, that none of the Reformers were preterist in their approach to the book of Revelation.
They argue about hyper-preterism, exegetical preterism, theological preterism, consistent preterism, full preterism and R. Sproul weighs in with radical preterism and moderate preterism without ever seeming to recognise that preterism is a Jesuit-Romanist invention, not a Protestant Reformed teaching.
Preterism was first advanced in 1604 by Jesuit Luis de Alcasar to destroy the Reformed Protestant teaching that the papacy was Mystery Babylon, the Great Whore and the historical Antichrist.
www.historicist.com /articles/Jesuitpreterism.htm   (1302 words)

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