If Christ had returned in the first century A.D., He would have set up the Millennial Kingdom of peace, which would have ended long ago, after, well, after 1,000 years. It is poor theology that dispels such doctrine "spiritualizing" it, without any evidence that this is a mere spiritual lesson or an analogy: Noah literally was 120 years building the ark; the Israelites literally wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. God controls time and events, having planned and preordained them; He does not need to engage in make believe concerning dates and times and they are not to be spiritualized away, reducing the Millennial Kingdom to nothing more than a nice idea that God could not "pull off". Such spiritualizing away is a smokescreen employed by those who have no legitimate theology of their own, and so they attempt to cloud the waters into murky confusion so you can't see true theology; and they want you to close your eyes to what the Bible says and "IMAGINE" the false theology that they are passing off as the true.
After the literal Millennial Kingdom Satan is to be loosed "a little while". It seems odd for God to inform us that the Millennial Kingdom would be 1,000 years long, had he only intended that to be a "symbolic idea" and then tell us that the time of rebellion after the Millennial Kingdom in which Satan is loosed to test the faith of those born in the Millennial Kingdom would be "a little while". If the 1,000 years is not real, then God could have simply told us any number for the "little while" since it would not be real either. The point is, the 1000 years is literal and the "little while" is a vague mystery because God did not deem to tell us how long it would be, even as He did not disclose to us the exact time of Christ's Return. The point is that God's people are to be faithful all the time, not be clock watchers for the deadline and then think that they can get their act together after having lived a life of faithless irresponsibility and rebellion.
This "little while" is certainly of shorter duration than the Millennial Kingdom itself; therefore, had Christ returned in the first century A.D., we should now be in the Eternal Kingdom in which there is no more sea and there is no more sun--and last I checked they were both still there. There would be no more tears (I cry daily, I see other people cry, so I know that I am not the sole aberration); there would be no more sin and death (I notice those things are still around too).
Like the theological rupture known as the Rapture and Futurism, Preterism is centuries-old counter-reformation Jesuit-Zionist propaganda dug back up and presented to an ignorant Christian populace... and the theology is little more believable than the two immoral youth passing off a corpse as a living person so they can enjoy their weekend in a condo on the beach in "Weekend at Bernies". The theology seems only believable to those who are legally blind.
The preterist position is anti-intellectual and the delusion is achieved by other Christians being drawn into the delusion with those promoting it. This can be likened unto someone asking the question, "Can God make a rock so heavy he can't lift it?", thinking that he has just so cleverly demolished 6,000 years of theology. The answer to the question is: "God is under no obligation to enter man's delusions with him." Reality is not altered by man's misunderstanding of it (willful or ignorant). Just because something cannot be explained is not evidence of such a person's position. Like those in the "no-Devil" camp who mindlessly declare, "I can prove that the Devil does not exist". Such are anti-intellectual and have never even begun to think, though they think they think, they think not; at least not validly, not true thinking. As Martin Heidegger said, "The most thought-provoking thing in this thought-provoking world, is that we are still not thinking". I think that may be the only profound statement he ever made—which is more than the average person can boast. As with all addictions, stupidity is no different: the first step is recognizing that the problem exists, and the next is actually wanting to remedy it and actually work toward it following a program that will actually achieve that desired result.
Think about it (if you know how to think). You can prove or at least demonstrate (if you don't understand the difference between prove and demonstrate, you still don't know how to think) that something DOES exist, by producing it. HOW can you PROVE that something DOES NOT exist? Eternity or infinity cannot be proved either, because since the end never comes you cannot verify that indeed that it is eternal or infinite. Very few scientific laws have been discovered; what have been discovered are approximations to the laws (with untimely exceptions unwelcomely appearing, from time to time). Just because someone's mind cannot conceive something does not mean that it does not exist (and just because an individual can fantasize, does not mean that his fantasy does exist). 5-year olds playing hide and seek explains the anti-intellectual scholarship of the modern world ("Christian" or secular). Closing your eyes to reality is no different than some self-appointed board voting to determine if reality will be acknowledged. Reality continues on despite man's ignorance or hateur. One is merely established by more sophisticated ritual.
If Jesus had actually returned, do you not think that a FINAL book of the Bible would have been written in a.d. 66 or 70 or whenever so that we got the memo? —all those books of the Bible to prepare us for that event, but none to tell us that it happened...? God is not the author of confusion. Why would He leave us the Bible, telling us to look for His Return, but not take that Bible away or at least give us a concluding chapter informing us that He did return and inform us what He expects of us now, since the rest of Revelation somehow was fulfilled yet we missed the bus and the Eternal Kingdom is going on full swing somewhere else...?
"So shall we ever be with the Lord"... Scripture says, where is He? —"ever" includes NOW. We are not with Him. Can you see Him, talk to Him, hear His reply, touch Him, interact with Him? That's what would be possible if we were ever with Him. "Wherefore comfort one another with these words." What comfort are words that are nonsense or not true?
Preterism is illucid Swiss Cheese theology that people have to mindlessly accept, rather than having Biblical doctrine upon which to found it. Preterism destroys faith in the Word of God, which is the goal of all false theology: to destroy faith in God and even present a false christ so blind "Christians" follow someone else in an entirely different direction.
Mark 14:62 offers no support to preterism.
62And Jesus said, I am [the Christ, the Son of God]: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the Right Hand of Power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Christ was not chronologically challenged. He said, "sitting on the Right Hand of Power" BEFORE He said "coming in the clouds of heaven". This sitting on the Right Hand of Power is in the Heavenlies: in the Presence of God in Glory. [Also understand cause and effect and reality, God is not in a place called "Glory", that place is known as Glory because God's Glorious Presence determines to manifest itself there.]
This verse does NOT say that this high priest would not die until Jesus returned in His Glory. This is the classic "bait and switch", in many respects. Read what the verse says and don't read anything into it.
"Ye shall see". No declaration is made concerning time or the place from which Christ would be seen.
First of all, "ye" is PLURAL. Had Christ been speaking to the high priest himself, Christ would have said "thou". Secondly, Christ did NOT say, "you will be alive on earth" when you shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven.
HOW COULD ANYONE from earth see Christ sitting on the Right Hand of Power by God the Father enthroned in Heaven...? I venture to say that no one could; not even with the most-sophisticated telescope. Yes, those on earth, in the right locale, will be able to see Christ coming in the clouds WHEN HE GETS CLOSE ENOUGH FOR THE HUMAN EYE TO SEE an object the size of a human, presumably riding a horse, with an army of angels behind Him, once they get below any heavy cloud cover. But none on earth can see Christ sitting next to God the Father in Heaven. Therefore, it seems that the only interpretations possible are:
1. Those to whom Christ was speaking when He said "ye" were only those who would be converted, and they alone would be able to see Christ sitting enthroned in Heaven before His Return, because they will be in Heaven with Christ before He departs, not on earth! Christ told Nicodemus, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God" (John 3:3) Elsewhere Christ speaks of entering the Kingdom of God. Entering is different than seeing, even as Christ saying someone will see is an entirely different thing than saying that they would be alive on earth.
2. God would give the wicked Sanhedrin members present haunting dreams/visions which those involved in the illegal trial would experience and thereby be troubled in their spirit (even as Pilate's wife later the next day said that she had haunting dreams and have nothing to do with the condemnation of that righteous man) even as John denounced the Edomite pharisees who came to see his baptism, "Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come" and as Christ denounced, "How can ye escape the damnation of Hell?" (a rhetorical question, meaning "ye cannot").
Concerning John 21:22-23, THIS IS AN EMBARRASSMENT to both those claiming the preterist position as well as anyone who thinks that this argument has any weight. CAN NO ONE READ? WHAT does the passage say?
22Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he [John] tarry [not die] till I come [return], what is that to thee? follow thou [Peter] Me. 23Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple [John] should not die: yet Jesus said NOT unto him [Peter], He [John] shall not die; but, If I will that he [John] tarry till I come, what is that to thee [Peter]?
Christ did not say that John would NOT die until Christ returns. Verse 23 points out that the disciples misunderstood Christ's words to mean that John would not die until Christ returned--but then points out that is NOT what Christ said. While the disciples may have had an excuse, WHAT EXCUSE does anyone who has read v.23 have other than spiritual blindness? Christ did not tell Peter that John would live until Christ returned (Peter having so asked, because Christ had just revealed to Peter that Peter would suffer a martyr's death, making good on his promise to Christ, "though all else should abandon you, I will not, but will follow you even unto death")... and so Christ answered Peter concerning whether John would be martyred also, "Peter, that's none of your business". Again, this is a classic, infantile-level, dishonest takeaway; reading the verse, then taking it away and telling the gullible listener something entirely different than what the verse said, hoping that the listener will not actually read the verse again.
Matthew 16:27For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward [recompense] every man according to his works. 28Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom.
Again, read what the verse SAYS. The verse does NOT say that some would not taste death until Christ Returned. It says that some there hearing His Voice would not die until they "SAW" Christ coming in His Kingdom.
What happened in the very next chapter?
THE TRANSFIGURATION in which Peter, James, and John SAW Christ in HIS GLORY!
2And was transfigured before them: and His Face did shine as the sun, and His Raiment was white as the light.
3And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him [Christ].
Here we see a prelude to the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (not an abolishment of them, but a completion of them; not the end of them, but the perfecting of them).
John wrote his epistles in A.D. 90.
Peter wrote II Peter in A.D. 66, at which time many had already begun to doubt that Christ would ever return
II Peter 3:4And saying, Where is the [fulfillment of the] Promise of His Coming [Return]? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5For this they willingly are ignorant ...
Even had Christ returned in the first century A.D., Christ would not have come before the Great Tribulation, which is intended to judge a portion of the wicked while testing the faith of the elect.
Luke 18:7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? 8I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith [yet] [up]on the earth?
John wrote Revelation before he was released from the Isle of Patmos, after which he wrote his epistles (though some Bible notes say that He wrote the epistles in A.D. 90 and Revelation in A.D. 96).
John wrote in Revelation 19:
11And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Why did he write this...? --BECAUSE HE SAW IT! in a vision. John had not died at this time and HE SAW exactly what Christ declared.
John says 33 times (the age at which Christ died) in the Book of Revelation: "I SAW" and 2 times, "I, John, saw"...
Matthew 24:34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Generation does not merely mean the period of time from one ancestor to the next; that is a secondary meaning. The Greek genea from genos means race, kin, stock. Only in the modern era of confusion by mass violation of God's command for separation, are Christians ignorant concerning the racial meaning of the word generation, which cannot be divorced from the meaning of the word even if a time element is also being considered (which in this case, it is not).
God Promised to preserve a remnant of the elect of His people. Satan's plan is to mongrelize them into oblivion so that there is no bride to which Christ can return, and so that God will have failed—and thus be proved to not be God: for if God can fail in any one area, then He is proved to not be Omnipotent and Perfect and Immutable and Omniscient.
Satan chooses his battles carefully, knowing the easiest promise to prevent is that of an elect remnant remaining pure. In an era of the fearful bowing to and worshipping political correctness, mass mongrelization and perversion of everything that God created (hybrids, GMOs, sex change operations), Satan sees the easiest thing to do is to give a helping hand to assure the complete mongrelization of the bride of Christ, since man's immoral proclivity is already set in the direction of perversion, and since the weeds in a garden quickly outgrow the good seed, it is only a matter of time before the good seed is choked out entirely, or cross bred and thus no longer God's planting. Christ said that He will uproot every plant that His Heavenly Father did not plant.
This is the purpose of the accelerated push toward race mixing and the hostile invasion of the third word raping (how many of those women will foolishly birth the children of those invading, raping beasts?) and outright murdering, and then outbreeding and further mongrelizing and murdering. "This generation shall not pass" means that God will preserve the elect remnant even as He promised.
Matthew 24:22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
"No flesh" here refers to the elect remnant of God's people.
The solution for Christians and Preterism:
Stop following rabbit-trail theology and follow the Lamb.
Stop trying to sit on one-legged theological stools and then you won't allow them to shake your faith.
False theology is intended to detour you from learning what God actually wants you to learn and obey (and then destroy your faith when it turns out to be fraudulent or impotent or senseless).
If THIS is the Kingdom, I don't want any part of it. It is not what I signed up for... it is not what is in the brochure that I have. This is not the Kingdom. The Kingdom has not come and gone. It is yet to come for those who LOOK FOR HIS RETURN.
"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Hebrews 9:29)
Robert Alan Balaicius