LEARNING ACTIVITY #69
The Importance of Understanding the Historical Events of AD 70
A number of Christians who have studied the historical events of AD 70 have asked
the question: Why is knowing what happened in AD 70 important to my Christian walk?
prophesied the coming of Christ as being near and that "fifty-six years should
wind up the scene."
The author of this web site recalls the first time he personally shared these
new concepts of the events of AD 70 with another Christian brother. The comment by
this particular Christian brother was: If what you say is true, what is left for
Christians? This Learning Activity will address these concerns. What follows are
a series of insights that various Christians have given as to why the events of AD
70 are important to their Christian walk.
1. Salvation - There is no effect
on the understanding of salvation. Under the New Covenant a person becomes a Christian
and enters eternal life by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ!
of "the blessed hope!" There currently exists in the church today an expectation
(a hope) that Jesus will one day come back for His church. This belief finds its
origin in the following verse:
"Looking for that blessed hope, and
the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus
When that statement was recorded in the Scriptures (likely in the Spring
of AD 57), Christ's presence was still future as we have seen in Learning Activity
#34. After AD 70, the church should no longer be looking for the return of Christ
as He is already here and living in His body, the church, of which He is the head.
With this AD 70 understanding of the Scriptures, the blessed hope is redefined from
a future hope to a present reality!
3. The historic events of AD 70 give credibility
to Jesus, the writers of the Scriptures and the Scriptures themselves because the
imminency statements in the Bible do not have to be twisted and turned about in an
attempt to make them believable. In the AD 70 fulfillment understanding the imminency
statements can be accepted at face value with no games being played with them. The
scriptures I refer to include the following:
a. "But when they persecute
you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, ye shall not have
gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come" (Matt.10:23).
Jesus was clearly speaking to "the twelve" (see verse five) in this
passage. They were to see Him come back in their lifetime!
saith unto him [the high priest], Thou hast said [that I am the Christ
the Son of God]: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of
man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven"
(Matt.26:64). Jesus said He would come back (His Parousia) in the clouds during
the lifetime of the high priest!
c. "Verily 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" (Matt.16:28). Jesus said that some of those who were
standing before Him when He made this statement would not die before they saw Jesus
coming in His kingdom! Some Christians are still waiting today for the kingdom and
the King to come because they do not understand the events of AD 70!
I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled"
e. "Verily I say unto you, All these things shall
come upon this generation" (Matt.23:36). Everything Jesus spoke of would
take place in the generation of those who stood before Him as He spoke!
we consider the statements above that were made by Christ, we must come to one of
the following conclusions:
(1) Jesus was confused about future events.
Jesus deliberately misled those He spoke to.
(3) Jesus lied to those He spoke
(4) Jesus told the truth and many in the church today are guilty of believing
something about the Scriptures that is not true; namely, that He has not yet returned
and set up His kingdom.
So influential are the previous passages that they
caused the noted British philosopher, mathematician, and Nobel laureate Bertrand
Russell (1872–1970) to publish a book entitled, Why I Cannot Become a Christian.
Russell understood that Jesus' statements never took place as Jesus had said they
would and no one in the church could tell him otherwise to clear up his misunderstanding.
Schweitzer (1875–1965) a French Protestant clergyman, philosopher, musicologist,
medical missionary, and Nobel laureate had the same problem with the statements Jesus
had made. Schweitzer interpreted the life of Jesus in the light of Jesus' eschatological
beliefs. Schweitzer's book, The Quest for the Historical Jesus, 1906, contains
many of Schweitzers misled beliefs.
If these two learned men were so misled
by their understanding of the statements of Jesus, we must ask ourselves how many
more have been led astray from the truth of Christianity both in the past and in
the present time because of a lack of understanding of the events of AD 70? When
those who are respected in the church tell the world that the return of Christ is
still future, they create a crisis of delay in the minds of the people keeping them
from believing Christ at what He said about Himself as being true, therefore contributing
to their denial of Christianity.
The biblical statements of imminency are
not restricted to the words of Jesus alone. Other writers also portrayed imminency
in their writing.
The Apostle Paul:
"Let your moderation be
known unto all men. The Lord is at hand" (Philip.4:5).
"Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming
of the Lord draweth nigh" (James 5:8).
"...behold, the judge
[Christ] standeth before the door" (James 5:9).
If Jesus and
the other writers of the Scriptures have made the preceding statements and those
statements have not yet taken place (some 2,000 years later), then our belief in
anything else that has been said in the Scriptures is in jeopardy. We may be believing
in a fairy tale. But as the author of this web site understands the Scriptures, Jesus
and the other writers meant exactly what they have written and those things and expectations
that they had did take place exactly as they had stated. The biblical record clearly
indicates an expectation and hope in which those in the early church waited for their
returning Lord. The early church was comforted by the assurance that their day of
deliverance was at hand; the judge who was the deliverer from the persecution that
was coming against them was already at the door; and in a very little while He who
was to come was coming and that time would not be delayed. It is impossible for the
author of this web site to believe that the confident expectation of those in the
early church of an almost immediate deliverance from their persecution is still today
considered to be in the future after more than twenty centuries of waiting!
are only two alternatives possible: either those in the Bible were grossly deceived
in their expectation of the return of Christ (the Parousia), or that event did take
place, in accordance with their expectation and the Lord's prediction Himself. If
we believe that the Parousia has not yet taken place, then those we have quoted from
the Scriptures possessed a vain hope and lived in the belief of a delusion. If the
Scriptures are in error in regard to the Parousia which was one of the most confident
and cherished beliefs of the early church, how can we today place any confidence
in any of the other issues to which the Scriptures speak?
4. The historic
events of AD 70 place a greater emphasis than ever before on the biblical fact that
"...Christ liveth in me..." (Gal.2:20), because of His return and
the indwelling of the Christian as well as the kingdom of God being now present in
the Christian. If a future hope is a so-called rapture out of the things of the earth
is taken away, the pie-in-the-sky hope is removed and people should be more inclined
to see the truth of Christ in them (now) as their only hope of glory (Col.1:27).
The historic events of AD 70 permit us to better understand that we are living in
a time when all things are summed up in Christ (Eph.1:10). We have been given the
blessing appointed to Abraham's seed (Gal.3:8); we have God dwelling in His people
(Eph.4:6); and the kingdom of God is on earth in the believer (Luke 17:21).
A delayed, postponed or unrealized eschatology of Christ's second coming is a sad
commentary on the work and mission of Jesus of Nazareth!
7. Proverbs 13:12,
"Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a
tree of life." Many in the church today are still waiting for a physical
appearance of Christ who is the tree of life, but to those who have an understanding
of the happenings of AD 70, the vision is clear and sweet! Proverbs 13:19, "The
desire accomplished is sweet to the soul..."
8. If new Christians
were taught the implications of the historic events of AD 70 there would be
fewer Christians who would be misled by false teaching
f man, not the least of
which has been some which have encouraged Christians to sell their homes, leave employment
behind and move to some specified location to await the rapture of the church and
the second coming. Not all are guilty of such extremes, but each has contributed
to confusion in the church by their statements.
AD 80 - Yohanan Ben Zakkai
died expecting the Messiah to return at his own death.
AD 93 - Clement wrote
that the end is coming any moment.
AD 130 - Rabbi Jose the Galilean thought
that the Messiah would come in AD 130.
AD 363 - An earthquake was declared
to be the beginning of the last days.
AD 365 - Hilary of Potiers predicted
the world to end in AD 365.
AD 418 - An eclipse and drought was thought to
be signs of the end of time.
AD 435 - Rabbi Judah ha-Nasi (135-220) believed
that Messiah would come 365 years after the AD 70 destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem
(365 + 70 = 435).
AD 470 - Rabbi Hanina believed that Messiah would come 400
years after the AD 70 destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.
AD 500 - Hyppolytus
(170-236) and Lactantius (250-330) believed that the Second Coming of Christ would
be in AD 500.
AD 786 - Beatus of Liebana in his commentary on the Apocaqlypse
states that there were 14 years left until the end of the world.
AD 993 -
Mt. Vesuvius erupted causing the prediction of the end of all things.
– In Europe, Christian expectations of the end of the world flooded the continent.
Terrified masses feared that the 1,000 years spoken of in the book of Revelation
had expired and that Christ was coming back to end it all. Signs were eagerly sought
in the final months leading up to AD 1000 and it is said that activity in European
monasteries nearly ground to a halt as AD 999 wound down. A French monk by the name
of Markulf stated that there were clear signs that announced the end of the world.
Many expected the last judgment to take place in Jerusalem and the number of pilgrims
descending upon the city was compared to an immense army. Many of these pilgrims
had sold their worldly possessions to finance their pilgrimage. AD 1000 could perhaps
be recoreded as the most pronounced state of hysteria over the return of Christ.
Building maintenance was ignored by people, crops were left unplanted and criminals
were set free from jails!
1033 – When Christ did not appear in the manner
expected, a new date was set using 1000 years from the Ascension which yielded a
new date of 1033. This date was also a failure.
1100 – An Italian monk and
noted Bible prophecy scholar by the name of Joachim of Fiore set the time interval
of 1200–1260 for the end of the world.
1186 - The so-called Letter of Toledo
warned everyone to hide in caves and on the mountains as the world was to be destroyed
and only a few would be spared.
1259 - A famine and pestilence was marked
as the end of all things.
1284 - Pope Innocent III expected the Second Coming
to take place in 1284, 666 years after the rise of Islam.
1348 - The Bubonic
plague and an earthquake was heralded to be a sign of the end.
1349 - An epidemic
broke out that was thought to be a sign of the end.
1378 - Arnold of Vilanova
wrote in his work De Tempore Adventu Antichristi that the Antichrist was to
come in 1378.
1501 – Christopher Columbus declared that there were about one
hundred fifty-five years remaining for all of mankind to convert to Christianity
after which the world would end, History of the End, Rubinsky & Wiseman,
1528 - Prtestant reformer Hans Hut predicted the end on Pentecost
1533 - Michael Stiefel stated that Christ's Coming and the final judgment
would take place on October 19, 1533 at eight am.
1546 – Martin Luther made
numerous statements that "the day of judgment [end of the world] is not far
off...will not be absent three hundred years longer." Luther believed "all
the signs which [he thought] were to precede the last days had already appeared."
- An earthquake was declared to be a sign of the end.
1650 - Anglican Bishop
James Ussher predicted the Second Coming in 2000.
1750 - John Gill, an English
Baptist, preached that the final slaying of the two witnesses of Revelation would
shortly take place.
1815 - On April 10, 1815, the volcano Tambora in Indonesia
experienced the largest eruption recorded in history. The flow killed more than 10,000
people with ash falling as far away as 800 miles. When the flow reached the ocean
it displaced so much water that tsunamis as high as fifteen feet emanated from the
island. The ash that fell from the eruption was devastating, killing all the crops
and vegetation, causing over 80,000 more deaths due to famine and disease. The overal
temperature of the earth, due to the release of sulfur dioxide, lowered the temperature
so drastically that 1816 became known as the year without a summer. A cholera epidemic
is thought to also be tied to this event. In places like New England and Canada frost
was recorded every month of the year and snow fell in June. It was thought by some
that this event was surely marking the end of the world.
1832 – William Miller,
founder of the Millerite movement in the United States, made the prediction that
Christ would come and the world would end sometime between the dates of March 21,
1843, and March 21, 1844. He preached "And so brethren, it has been revealed
to me that the world is coming to an end. Repent, repent, I say, for you have but
eleven years to be washed clean in the blood of the Lamb. In mighty fire and terror
the world will end in 1843." This resulted in an end time movement which swept
throughout the United States and caused much excitement. Miller later changed the
date to October 22, 1844.
1833 - On November 13, 1833, a celestial event described
as the most extensive and wonderful display of falling stars which had ever been
recorded. It was interpreted as the last of the signs necessary for the 2nd Coming
of Jesus Christ.
1835 – Joseph Smith, who founded The Church of Jesus Christ
of the Later Day Saints (Mormonism),
1835 – Archdeacon Browne of England is quoted in
the book, The Last Times, by Joseph A. Seiss, D.D., as saying "Our lot
has fallen under the solemn period emphatically designated in Daniel as the time
of the end."
1836 – John Wesley wrote that "the time, times and
a half a time" of Revelation 12:14 was 1058 and 1836, "when Christ should
come." The Prophecies Unveiled, A.M. Morris, Page 361.
Joseph Worif, a converted Jew, prophesied that Jesus would come to the Mount of Olives
during that year.
1859 – The Reverend Thomas Parker, a Massachusetts minister,
stated that the 1,000 year millennium had started in 1859.
1874 – Jehovah's
Witnesses, who claim to be the sole possessors of God's revealed truth, made a series
of prophecies for the end of the world for the years 1874, 1878, 1881, 1910, 1914,
1925 and 1975.
1926 – Oswald Smith, a leading missionary statesman of his
day, wrote in his book, Is the Antichrist at Hand? "the great tribulation,
the arrival of the Roman Empire, the reign of the antichrist and the battle of Armageddon
must take place before the year 1933.
1949 – Dr. Billy Graham is quoted in
The U. S. News and World Report, as saying, "Two years and it's all going
to be over."
1953 - David Davidson wrote in his book, The Great Pyramid,
It's Divine Message, that the world would end in August, 1953.
Hal Lindsay, in his book, The Late Great Planet Earth, stated that within
one generation we would experience the end of the present world and the return of
Christ. The dust cover of the book cautioned readers not to make plans beyond 1985.
- Dr. Charles Taylor wrote in his book, Get All Excited, Jesus is Coming Soon,
that the probable date for the rapture was September 5 or 6, 1975.
– Salem Kirban wrote in his book, The Rise of the Antichrist, "we are
living in the age of the Antichrist! The world is on the threshold of catastrophe."
– Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel,
in Costa Mesa, California, wrote in
his book, End Times, A Report on Future Survival!, "If I understand the
Scripture correctly, Jesus taught us that the generation which sees the 'budding
of the fig tree,' the birth of the nation Israel, will be the generation that sees
the Lord's return. I believe that the generation of 1948 is the last generation.
Since a generation of judgment is forty years and the Tribulation period lasts seven
years, I believe the Lord could come back for His Church any time before the Tribulation
starts, which would mean anytime before 1981. (1948+40–7=1981). However, it is possible
that Jesus is dating the beginning of the generation from 1967, when Jerusalem was
again under Israeli control for the first time since 587 B.C. We don't know for sure
which year actually marks the beginning of the last generation."
NOTE: The later date would give us a date of 2000. The rear cover of his book
stated, "What he (Smith) has to say is both startling and factual," and
"learn how to prepare for the breath-taking events about to happen – in your
1979 - Reginald Edward Duncan predicted that there would be
a Russian invasion of America and the Millennium would begin.
1981 - Emil
Gaverluk of the Southwest Radio Church predicted the rapture to take place by 1981.
– The book, The Jupiter Effect, received wide attention with its prediction
that California would be rocked by major earthquakes due to the alignment of the
planets. The author of this web site was visiting a church in Oroville, California,
and heard a sermon delivered on the book along with a warning to the congregation
that this could be the end times spoken of in the Bible! The truth is, the planets
come into a relatively close alignment every twenty years and there is no danger
to the earth from these alignments.
1986 - Moses David of the Children of
God faith group predicted Christ would return.
1988 – Edgar Whisenant predicted
in his book, 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988, that the rapture
ould take place in that year.
1989 - Salem Kirban's Guide to Survival
(1968), concludes that the Rapture would take place in 1989.
1989 – Edgar
Whisenant published another book, 89 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1989!
– Dallas Seminary president John Walvoord published a book, Armageddon, Oil and
the Middle East Crisis, stating that a war by America with Iraq would lead to
the final battle of Armageddon
1990 - Pat Robertson, in his book The New
Millennium, suggests April 29, 2007, as the day of Earth's destruction.
- A Russian born rabbi, Menachem Schneerson stated that Messiah would come by September
9, 1991, the start of the Jewish New Year.
1992 - A Korean group by the name
of Mission for the Coming Days predicted that October 28, 1992, as the time of the
rapture. The group used numerology to set their date and some camera photos that
had "ghostly images" on them as a supernatural confirmation of the validity
of the date.
1992 - Charles R. Taylor states in his Bible Prophecy News that
Jesus would return in the Fall, 1992.
1993 – Harold Camping predicted in his
book, 1994, that the day of grace would end on September 6, 1994, and later
in that month Jesus would return and preside over the end of the world.
– Jack Van Impe stated "everything is winding up with the next ten years"
on his television broadcast of June 22, 1994. On February 5, 1997, Van Impe changed
his timetable to "between 2001 and 2002.
1994 – Paul Crouch, during his Spring 94 Praise-A-Thon fundraiser on February
22, 1994, stated, "we are in the last moments of grace before the wrath of God
is revealed. This is the wind up. The curtain is about to come down. We don't have
much time left...If Jesus hasn't come back by the year 2000 AD, then we (referring
to his guest speakers on the show and himself) have missed the Scriptures."
- Stan Johnson of the Prophecy Club believed there was a 90% probability that the
tribulation would begin on September 12, 1997.
1998 - A Taiwanese group in
Garland, Texas, predicted that Christ would return on March 31, 1998.
- Marilyn Agee in her book The End of the Age set a date for the end as being May
31, 1998, based upon Israel becoming a nation in 1948 and adding 50 years to that
1999 – Numerous messages were delivered by Christians throughout the world that
the coming in of the new year of 2000 would mark the end of all things. This was
also accompanied by a threat of massive computer failures throughout the world that
would lock-up banking and food distribution along with basic essential services.
Scores of Christians purchased and stockpiled food, water, generators, etc. in preparation
for this event which never materialized.
1999 - Jerry Falwell stated that
"the Antichrist is probably alive today and is a male Jew." He also told
an audience of about 1,500 people at a conference in Kingsport, TN, that he believed
the Second Coming of Christ probably would be within ten years. Williamsburg, VA,
Associated Press, January 15, 1999, article Falwell: Antichrist May Be Alive.
- Grant Jeffery stated in his book Appointment with Destiny that AD 2000 is
the probable termination date for the last days.
2003 – F. M. Riley, New Mexico,
predicted "the Rapture would occur on or near the Passover in the Spring (April
2003 - Barney Fuller calculated in his book, Nations Without
God, that the seventieth week of Daniel would conclude on September 4, 2003.
- Harry Walther by use of public road billboards and the web site satansrapture.com
promotes the possible "Great Tribulation (of seven years) starting in 2006 AD
and ending in 2013 AD. It is developed from many Bible Codes paralleled with Revelation
and some very coincidental dates that will occur between 2006 and 2013 AD."
The web site goes on to state, "...it is possible that Antichrist could be revealed
on June 6, 2006 = 6/6/06 = 666 and time will soon tell." The web site then continues
by stating, "If not, a close scenario (above) will happen (possibly in 2011
- 2012 AD) and triggers The Coming of Antichrist and the Start of the Great Tribulation,
the Biblical Apocalypse that lasts for seven years."
May, 2008 - In November,
2007, twenty-nine people including four children and one 18 month old from the "True
Russian Orthodox Church" took refuge in an underground cave near the village
of Nikoskoye about 400 milers southeast of Moscow. The group was part of a doomsday
cult waiting for the end of the world to come in May, 2008, as predicted by their
spititual leader, Pyotr Kuznetsov.
2011 - Harold Camping on his Family
Radio Internet web site portrays a complex time line which results in his predicting
that the "probable end of the world" will occur on May 21, 2011.
21, 2012 - We are told by some that the Myan calendars are said to reveal that the
end of the world will take place on this day.
2012 - Using a chronology he
has developed for the seven seals of Revelation, Jack Smith has established that
in 2012AD the Second Coming of Christ will occur.
2012 - Michael Drosnin
who wrote the book, The Bible Code, predicts that a comet will impact the
earth in 2012 and destroy all life. Drosnin states this to come from the first five
books of the Bible.
2036 - On April 13, 2036, astronomers have predicted that
the asteroid Apophis has a one chance in 48,000 to collide with Earth. NASA estimates
the energy from a strike by this asteroid to be roughly the equivalent of 65,000
nuclear bombs. From The Sky is Falling, The New York Times, March 16, 2007,
In case you really want to stretch your imagination way
out to the future to approximately 5,000 million years AD, scientists say that the
sun, which in effect is a huge nuclear power plant, is going to run out of hydrogen.
As the sun shrinks in size its gravitational pull on the Earth will diminish and
the orbit of Earth will widen causing it to get colder. Earth will then become an
icy, permafrost planet. When the sun runs out of hydrogen, the nuclear reactions
inside the sun's core will stop and the sun will collapse. As it collapses the sun
will start fusing helium into carbon and hydrogen and it will flare up again with
immense power. The sun will now grow evaporating several planets; Mercury, the Venus,
and then Earth!
The Sun, New Scientist, June 21,
Fiery Future for the Planet, New Scientist,
April 2, 1994.
Hell on Earth, New Scientist, December
If the Sun Dies, Atheneum, 1967, Oriana
During all of the above statements and hype, if Christians had been
aware of the historical events of AD 70 and how they affect biblical understanding
they would never have been distracted and misled by the previously listed false alarms.
The church needs to understand the historical events of AD 70 and to be able to apply
these events in their study of the Bible!
9. There are also a number of "attitudinal"
or "how we view things" that change to a more positive understanding when
we see the implications of the historical events of AD 70. Some of these are as follows:
Many Christians are so busy looking up (for the return of Christ) that they have
neglected to look around themselves and how they can be reflecting the light and
salt of Christ within them to a confused world.
b. A person who believes he
will be rescued (raptured) before judgment comes (even though that judgment already
came in AD 70), has no great interest in the continuation, preservation or improvement
of what currently exists. I am not here suggesting that all Christians must become
ecology monsters, but I am suggesting that we should be good stewards of the planet
we live on.
c. Those who understand the significance of the events of AD 70 report that over
time they see a significant change in how and for what they pray for, how they interrelate
with other Christians and what the content of their conversation consists of.
If things are going to get worse, why do anything about it now! Who wants to polish
the brass on a sinking ship?
e. If our real victory is somewhere in the future,
then we will never express to the world now what true Christianity consists of.
Living life here on earth with the view that the end of the world is at hand and
the world is becoming worse and worse until the end arrives is a very depressing
way to spend our time here on earth. Finding time to "...think on these things..."
(Philip.4:8) when your focus is looking for a second coming is very difficult
if at all possible.
g. Our world view is changed. We view things in a more
positive manner than other Christians.
10. It has been the experience of the
author of this web site that Christian understanding of the Scriptures has consisted
of a constant change in the depth of biblical truth as I have continued on my Christian
journey. I conclude that my earlier biblical understandings either consisted of believing
man-made lies about the Scriptures or lesser truths about them. If a greater truth
exists and is available, why continue to believe in a lesser truth?
can now understand the Bible without having to create "fairy tales" to
explain passages that never made sense before. In addition, we finally can understand
the books of Daniel and Revelation. A Christian recently told me that since she came
to understand the significance of AD 70 she can now explain the Scriptures to others
for the first time in her life!
12. For the Jewish people, the church has
the greatest evangelistic tools available to bring them to realize that their Messiah
(Christ) has already come. Their own scriptures, Daniel 9:25–27 clearly show that
their Messiah comes BEFORE their city, Jerusalem, is destroyed! Since Jerusalem was
destroyed in AD 70, then their Messiah must have already come!
13. Many Christians
live a very pessimistic existence here on earth in the belief that better things
lie ahead of them when they die. The facts are we Christians have it all right now
(in the spiritual fourth dimensional realm) and that will continue when we die. The
Antichrist has already come and gone, the tribulation is over. Satan has been disposed
of and we have little to "worry" about beyond the misuse of our free will
in this life on earth.
14. Christians are insisting that Christ must come
back physically and sit physically on a physical throne of David to rule the physical
world from Jerusalem. When the events of AD 70 are understood we then see from the
Scriptures that Christ has already returned, is on His throne and is ruling His kingdom
(which is within the believer, His body, the church).
15. God lives within
the believer, His presence in us is why we already have eternal life, and when we
die physically we will slip from the third dimension and be fully into the fourth
dimension for eternity with Him. We do not have to hope for these things as we already
16. Some people think that if the Second Advent is past, then
we Christians are being deprived of our share in the promises of the Bible. This
kind of thinking is based on a misconception of the facts. Fulfilled prophecy is
NOT worthless! The past gives us a greater revelation of God and human beings which
have deep eternal significance. These things reveal God who in His severity toward
sin, His compassion toward the sinner, and His mercy toward the believer, are important
facets for us to apprehend.
17. God never intended for the history of the
future to be anticlimactic. With a fulfilled eschatological understanding of the
Scriptures and some awareness of the events of AD 70, we can have an ever increasing
relationship and knowledge of His presence as well as His soverignty over ALL things!
It is not realized (fulfilled) eschatology, but the theory of unrealized eschatology,
that clouds the gospel hope to the discrediting of the completeness of the New and
19. Christianity is not a religion of the future, except
in the sense that what man now has in Christ is full and complete and everlasting
on into the future!
20. Not recognizing the power of Christianity for today
is the source of eschatological chaos in Christendom.
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