Editors Note: Dorothy Anderson returned to the heresy of Full/Hyper Preterism in 2010.
Today I begin the series on the HP universalist position and I would encourage those to visit the Preterist Archive should they want to see a more thorough undertaking than what I plan on presenting here. My goal here is just to show that a conclusion of all things in AD70 either leads to universalism or a covenantal context. I would like to begin with this thought – which is a foundational thought for a universalist.
If one man remains outside the love of God then one man has defeated the love of God.
HP’s hold firmly to ALL things written must be fulfilled in the generation of Christ. Yet when it comes to the all things spoken of in these texts – they say there is the exception of In Christ. I don’t disagree with the In Christ – I do disagree that all had to be fulfilled during that generation. In this regard the non universalist HP’s are not consistent. Pay attention to the “all in alls”, “all things” and “every man” spoken of here.
Rom 5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Rom 11:32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.
1Cor 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
1Cor 15:27-28 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
Eph 1:10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth–in Him.
Phl 3:21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
Col 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
Col 1:28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
Phl 2:9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
This is a huge HP proof text – and again pay attention to the “all” and “every”.
Jer 31:34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
For a universalist HP, these texts were fulfilled at the Great White Throne judgment of Rev 20. IF we are indeed in the new heavens and new earth, then righteousness dwells, all things are reconciled, there is no more condemnation, mercy has been extended to all, the free gift came to all men resulting in justification of life, every knee has bowed and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and there is no more need to teach our neighbor for we all know Him. Grace has become comprehensive. In that respect the King’s (Max & Tim) have it right.
While the HP’s talk about the phrases “this age” and “the age to come” assigning them to the Old Covenant and the New Covenant, the HP universalists do something similar to what the covenantal context proponents do, they assign everything from Genesis to the destruction of Jerusalem to “this age”. By doing that, ALL the Old Testament law passed away and therefore anyone not subject to the sanctions of that “age”, are now in the new heavens and new earth and written in the Lambs book of Life.
If HP’s are to claim Adam as the first man and Eve as the first woman in the Garden where the serpent also resided, and now that serpent has been cast in the lake of fire at the Great White Throne judgment, then these statements would certainly hold and are not future to us, making universalism a full reality.
Rev 20:10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Rev 20:14-15 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
IMHO, to claim the White Throne Judgment is past and Satan is cast into the lake of fire to no more deceive the nations along with ALL THOSE NOT WRITTEN IN THE LAMB’s BOOK OF LIFE, is not consistent with an AD70 judgment UNLESS universalism is the end result or the creation covenantal context is correct.
The real difference between the two is scope. One takes a global view and one a local view.