Recently we’ve been discussing the subject of Eschatology which is the study of last things. For those of you new to the site we are specifically examining Full Preterism, an eschatological belief that all prophecies were fulfilled on or about A.D. 70. I must say the discussions have been interesting to say the least however there are things that FP’s believe that I just can’t seem to grasp in the light of Scripture…..
Revelation 21:1-4 NKJV
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
John claims he saw a new heaven and a new earth in a vision. Consider the prophet Isaiah;
Isaiah 65:17 “ For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.
Isaiah 66:22 “ For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the LORD, “ So shall your descendants and your name remain.
Or the Apostle Peter;
2Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Where is the new heaven and new earth John, Isaiah and Peter spoke about? If righteousness dwells in this new heaven and new earth, as Peter points out then how come there is so much unrighteousness in this new heaven and new earth? If all was fulfilled in AD70 then this is the new heaven and new earth, correct? If full preterism is a valid biblical belief system then those espousing this can easily explain this to me.
What about the New Jerusalem that John describes as “coming down from heaven”? Where is this? Surely something of this magnitude would have been witnessed by someone. Why didn’t someone, anyone that witnessed this write about this major event? This would be BIG NEWS wouldn’t it? If FP is a valid biblical belief system then they can easily supply the answer to this as well.
If Full Preterism is a valid biblical belief system, and that all was fulfilled what about verse 4 of the Revelation text? John claims there would be no more death, tears, sorrow or crying. This is what John claims he saw in a vision and if all was really fulfilled this would or should be the case, right?
How come every time I turn on the news I see death and sorrow and tears? If Full Preterism is to be believed as a valid biblical truth and all was fulfilled then why is there death and sorrow and tears in the New Jerusalem? John says there won’t be. Unless I’m imagining things death sorrow and tears exist today. Why is that?
This is just the beginning. I’d like some answers to these questions before I go any further. Of course a biblical explanation would be nice and if Full Preterism is a valid biblical belief then those espousing such beliefs shouldn’t have any problems whatsoever answering these questions.
Finally. Any and all comments had better be Scripture based and free of ad hominems or your comment will be deleted.