Editors Note: Dorothy Anderson returned to the heresy of Full/Hyper Preterism in 2010.
I thought it might be time to take a moment here and tell folks just what hyper-preterists believe. I know this is new to many of you so I’m keeping it short.
Well, there are lots of garden varieties, but this is a pretty uniform statement but don’t be surprised to see some argue they don’t believe ALL these things. Beyond their eschatology, there hasn’t been a real cohesive system put in place – by that I mean no clear role for the Church, marriage, etc. I think you get the picture.
Anyway, there are basically two ages spoken of in scripture. The Mosaic economy, called the Old Covenant and the New Covenant economy of the Church. In the New Testament, “this age” is considered the Old Covenant economy while the “age to come” is the New Covenant economy and that came into being in AD70.
This is what they attribute to AD70.
They hold that the judgments of Revelation are those of a covenant breaking Mosaic economy (Lev 26) and it was at the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, that the New Covenant economy was established (Isa 9:7).
2) They claim the 1000 years of Rev 20:7 was actually 40 or less.
3) Satan has been relegated to the lake of fire forever – crushed – defeated
4) They claim the resurrection took place.
5) The White Throne judgment occurred of the living & the dead.
6) The Church was married to Christ.
7) They claim atonement was completed.
They claim the destruction of Jerusalem was the return of Christ, the “day of the Lord” and there is no other. They lean heavily on Josephus as historical validation to scripture here.
Basically, ALL was fulfilled; there is nothing else although some hedge here because their system doesn’t give them a real clear answer to how things work going forward. That issue stays in dispute.
They rely heavily on the Greek word “mello” as a time text to mean “about to” to prove the text demands a first century fulfillment, but that is now coming under fire. A few other Greek words they appeal to are also questionable.
Now as nuts as all this can sound to someone who hasn’t examined their belief structure, I must say that if you buy into their “presupposition” on the Greek word “mello” and read the texts under that umbrella, then their system starts to sound sensible and it draws you right in. Some talk about it feeling like the Church has lied to them, so the Church almost becomes the enemy…and anyone who questions their position is trying to “steal their freedom”. It is common to hear talk about leaving their Church families – due to the conflict of their position or because they see too much error being taught. (This adds to the problems for those who leave the view because they have no Church support)
For those interested, here is a link to the Preterist Archive that reveals more of the hyper-preterist teachings.
Note: Even if you aren’t interested in knowing more about what hyper-preterists believe, please take a few minutes and scroll down to “If Full Preterism isn’t true” and read some of the quotes. I think you’ll find them enlightening and they will reveal what they profess far better than I ever could.