Preterism is the view that says the events spoken about in Matthew 24 and the Book of Revelation have been largely or completely fulfilled in the events leading up to and surrounding the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70. Preterism (from the Latin word for past) is growing in popularity amongst Christians. But is this view Biblical? What did the early church fathers think about these passages (Matthew 24 and the Book of Revelation)? In the resources below, Charlie Campbell, Norman Geisler, and others examine the preterist position, comment on the verses often cited to support their view, and gives numerous reasons why preterism should be rejected as an incorrect understanding of Bible prophecy.
"PRETERISM: EXAMINED AND REFUTED" by Charlie Campbell
– 1. Preterists’ proof texts fail to support their own view.
– 2. None of the church fathers mentioned Christ’s Second Coming as having already occurred.
– 3. The Christians alive during A.D. 70, as well as the church fathers, believed the Second Coming was a future event.
– 4. A strong case can be made that the Book of Revelation was written in approximately A.D. 95, long after the events of A.D. 70.
– 5. The Roman emperor Nero could not possibly have been the Antichrist or “the Beast” as preterists suggest.
– 6. The Tribulation events in the Book of Revelation are too global and cataclysmic to be attributed to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.
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THE SECOND COMING, PRETERISM AND THE BOOK OF REVELATION (DVD) by Charlie Campbell
In this hour long presentation, Charlie Campbell examines the preterist position, the verses often cited to support their view, and gives numerous reasons why preterism should be rejected as an incorrect understanding of Bible prophecy. Click here to purchase.
THE END TIMES & BEYOND: Ten Upcoming Events in Bible Prophecy (DVD) by Charlie Campbell
What does the Bible say about the future? Will wars and famines ever cease? Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? Will Jesus return to the Earth? Learn where the world is headed in this clear overview of ten upcoming events in Bible prophecy. Pastor, author, and teacher, Charlie Campbell, discusses prophecies surrounding:
• Jesus’ Second Coming
• The Tribulation
• The Ezekiel 38-39 Invasion of Israel
• The Battle of Armageddon
• The 1000 Year Reign of Christ
• Eternity in the New Jerusalem
• And more!
Charlie holds to a Pretribulational Rapture and Premillennial Second Coming (the same view shared by Dr. Norman Geisler, Dr. John Walvoord, Dr. John MacArthur, Pastor Chuck Smith, etc.). 58 minutes. Click here to purchase.
BREAKING THE APOCALYPSE CODE: Setting the Record Straight About the End Times (Book) by Dr. Mark Hitchcock and Thomas Ice
In his book, The Apocalypse Code, Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man program, claims to have devised a new method of interpreting biblical prophecy that he calls exegetical eschatology or e squared. He claims to have found the code to Revelation. But has he? Breaking the Apocalypse Code is an eye-opening evaluation of Hanegraaff s book that answers these key questions and many more:
• Is Hanegraaff's new method valid?
• Does he apply his own method consistently?
• Where does his methodology lead?
• What does he actually believe?
• How should we interpret bible prophecy?
A Refutation of Hank Hanegraaff's Book The Apocalypse Code by Dr. Norman Geisler
A Refutation of Hank Hanegraaff's Book The Last Disciple by Dr. Norman Geisler
"Has Prophecy Already Been Fulfilled?" by Dr. Thomas Ice
"Jesus: A Preterist or Futurist?" by Dr. Richard Mayhue
"Was Nero the Antichrist of Revelation 13?" by Dr. Mark Hitchcock
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"One Thousand Years: Literal or Figurative?" by Dr. Thomas Ice
"Gary DeMar's End Times Fiction" by Dr. Thomas Ice
"Preterism and Zechariah 12-14" by Dr. Thomas Ice
"A Review of Hank Hanegraaff's The Apocalypse Code" by Dr. Thomas Ice
ONLINE DEBATE VIDEO:
"Debate on the Date of the Book of Revelation (When Was it Written?" Dr. Mark Hitchcock argues for a post AD 70 date; Hank Hanegraaff argues for a pre AD 70 date.
Please note that Hanegraaff's statement that Dr. Norman Geisler is a preterist near the end of this first video (1:07:17) is completely untrue. Dr. Geisler is a futurist and has written many articles against preterism, including critiques of Hanegraaff's books (see some of his articles above).
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