Monday, September 2, 2013

The Simple, Direct Refutation of Hyperpreterism (Full Preterism)

When a hyperpreterist claims that Jesus came back in AD70 and quotes verses like Mt 10:23 and Mt 16:28...

When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. -- Mt 10:23
“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” -- Mt 16:28

These verses appear very strong in proving the hyperpreterist conclusion don't they?  However, it all changes when put into context with Dan 7:13 and Mt 26:64...

 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. -- Dan 7:13
 “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” -- Mt 26:64

As you can see, the imminent; soon/about to be/shortly/quickly/within their generation "coming" of Christ was NOT a RETURN or coming BACK to earth; it was a coming before the Father/the Ancient of Days/the Mighty One.  Jesus was talking about how He would soon be vindicated and glorified as the Messiah God He claimed to be. It would soon become obvious to everyone.

Even His disciples wouldn't have finished evangelizing Israel before Jesus' Messiahship would be vindicated. Even some standing there would not die before Jesus would sit at the right hand of the Father AND come on/in/with the clouds -- an idiom for glorification.

So, the entire full preterist, hyperpreterist premise collapses when put into simple and direct context.  Don't be fooled.  Romans 16:17-18.

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