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What is Preterism?
Preterism often goes hand in hand with postmillennialism, and holds that the bulk of the prophecies in Revelation were fulfilled with the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The preterist does believe in a final judgment following a metaphorical millennial kingdom, but believes that all other prophecy has been fulfilled. This is the “been there, done that” view of Revelation.
Preterism has some serious flaws. #1. Most biblical scholars believe that the apostle John wrote Revelation around 95 A.D. How can he then prophecy about something that took place in 70 A.D.? When was the mark of the beast implemented (Rev.13:16-17)? When did the Euphrates River dry up (Rev.16:12)? Why is there no record of 100-pound hailstones falling from the sky (Rev.16:21)? Why was Israel dispersed for nearly two thousand years, and reborn as an independent nation in 1948? None of these questions can be answered with any intelligent honesty while sticking to the preterist view.
On the foundation of the Scriptures, I say that the premillennialist view is the only one that makes any sense. Consider the following:
*****Only the premillennialist view takes a literal interpretation of Revelation 20. Yes, the Bible does speak symbolically at times, but it is very clear when doing so. IF a Passage can be taken literally, it should be. One thousand years is mentioned exactly and specifically in:
Revelation 20:1-7 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, (KJV)
There are other mentions of time in Revelation that are specific (ten days, Rev.2:10; forty-two months, Rev.11:2; 13:5). And there are times it can be roughly noted (a little while, Rev.6:11; a short time, Rev.12:12).
Postmillennialism and amillennialism consider us to currently be in a symbolic millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ. Isaiah drew a mental picture for us when he described what life would be like during the millennial kingdom. Isaiah 11:6-9 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (KJV) . . . Also (Isa.65:25; Eze.34:25; Hos.2:18).
This is a vision of an Eden-like paradise. There is NO way that anyone can look at the world in which we live today, and describe it in these words! Is there any way that we can anyone think that Satan is in chains today? NO! He is NOT yet chained (Rev.20:1-2), BUT he shall be one day in the near future, and that time he shall be there in Hell for ever (Rev.20:10)! Satan is in his glory today . . . running amok in this wicked world, possessed and motivated by a jealous (Isa.14:13-14) and murderous rage and violently uncontrollable passion. BEWARE!!!
The world in which we live is NOT the world as God created it. God created a world very much like what Isaiah described. But man chose sinful disobedience and rebellion and was cast out of that paradise. The Millennial Kingdom will provide our Lord and Saviour, the Messiah Jesus Christ, with an opportunity to reign over a world that will be as it was meant to be. Satan will be bound and unable to exercise his influence over God’s creation at that time! The blood of the martyrs will have been avenged, and the saints will be joined with our Saviour, in a preview of Heaven to come. In Revelation 22:20, Jesus said, “Surely I come quickly.” The apostle John’s response was: “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
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