Theonomy and the dating of revelation
In Isaiah 12, for another example, the text speaks of a future time as “that day” (12:4), a day located further away from the speaker.It shows that the speaker visualizes himself as in the present looking into the future. Preterists think that Jesus throughout all of His discourse in Matthew 24 never moves away from a present-centered perspective.Once this has been achieved, then there will be a long period where righteousness will abound, wars will cease, and prosperity and safety will flourish. Gentry’s preterism, let me just say that postmillennialism is wrong because of its allegorical hermeneutic, replacement theology, and confusion of the current church age with the millennium. 159) Fellow preterist, Gary De Mar says, “A preterist is someone who believes that certain prophecies have been fulfilled, that is, their fulfillment is in the past.” (Gary De Mar, Last Days Madness: Obsession of the Modern Church, (American Vision, 1999), p. Gentry says the following about Matthew : We must recognize that a simple reading of Matthew provides an unambiguous assertion that all of the things Christ the Great Prophet mentioned up to this point–;i.e., in verses 4 through 34–were to occur in the very generation of the original disciples: . The same is true for Hebrews , which says, “Therefore I was angry with this generation.” “This generation” is governed or controlled grammatically by the contextual reference to those who wandered in the wilderness for forty years during the Exodus.At the end of this extended period, earth history will be brought to an end with the personal, visible bodily return of Jesus Christ and His judgment of mankind (Gentry, He Shall Have Dominion, pp. Further, a natural, proper reading of the Book of Revelation, even though it uses symbols, has Christ returning physically in Revelation -21, just like He said in Acts 1:9-11, and then setting up His 1,000 year reign upon planet earth upon that return. viii.) Thus, a preterist interpretation of a given prophecy would attempt to explain it as an event that has already taken place in the past. THE CORRECT VIEW Now why does “this generation” in Matthew (see also Mark ; Luke ), not refer to Christ’s contemporaries?Developer of a new postmillennial preterism Kenneth Gentry grew up in a dispensational Christian environment in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which included a high school youth group led by Kay Author. the contemporary expectation of the author regarding the fulfillment of the prophecies.Ken graduated from Tennessee Temple College in his hometown and then went off to a dispensational Seminary in Indiana, known as Grace Theological Seminary. 131) Thus, since preterists believe that there is a parallel between what is taught in the Olivet Discourse and Revelation (I agree that both refer to the same events), they naturally would have to believe that Revelation was fulfilled in the first century (I disagree that either has been fulfilled).”One of the most helpful interpretive clues in Revelation is . John clearly expects the soon fulfillment of his prophecy,” (Gentry, Before Jerusalem Fell, p. THIS GENERATION Preterist declare that every use of “this generation” always refers to Christ’s contemporaries, therefore, Matthew must refer to the first century.
Greg Bahnsen and was discipled into the Christian reconstruction movement, from which he gleaned and developed his postmillennial preterism. He wrote his doctorial dissertation on the date of the Book of Revelation, which has been published as Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation (American Vision,  1998). Gentry begins his argument for a first century fulfillment of Revelation by noting its similarity to the Olivet Discourse. If, as seems likely, Revelation is indeed John’s exposition of the Olivet Discourse, we must remember that in the delivery of the Discourse the Lord emphasized that it focused on Israel (Matt. Truly I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.” Why do we conclude that “this generation,” in this passage refers to Christ’s contemporaries? Context is the most important factor in determining the exact meaning or referent under discussion.
Mr Preston speaks definitively but the text provides some doubt. Strong areas of concern but I approve of the general link between Deuteronomy 32 and Revelation 19.
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It just isn't safe with the bland perspective that Mr Preston is [email protected]: This is a really poor time to stop reading a text. Even though my ESV doesn't read the same way, I can accept that the Hebrew supports this rendering.
But in the KNJV and NASB the finally of the verse reads, "And will atone for His land and His people."There is a conflict even within the verse as to what degree this "vindication" is going to take.
The text then, however, shows that the speaker has moved into the future and now speaks about saving works of the Lord as nearby in his perspective (“Let this be known . In such a perspective “this” and “these” would refer to things present and “that” and “those” would refer to things in the future.