The Coming of the Son of Man Failure, Future or Fulfilled in AD 70? Matthew 10:17-23 / Matthew 16:27-28 / Matthew 24-25
The Coming of the Sun of Righteousness Shining from the East to the West Failure, Future or Fulfilled in AD 70? Matthew 24:27 / Luke 17:20-37 / Malachi 4:2
The Righteous Shining Like the Sun/Son in the Kingdom – the Resurrection Failure, Future or Fulfilled in AD 70? Job 19:25-27 / Daniel 12:2-7 / Matthew 13:39-43 / John 5-6; 11:25-27 / Luke 20:27-40 / Acts 23–26 / Philippians 3–4:5 / Romans 8:18-23; 13:11-12 / 1 Corinthians 15
The “Rapture” or “Catching Away” Failure, Future or Fulfilled in AD 70? 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
The “in Like Manner” Coming of Christ Failed, Future or Fulfilled by AD 70? Acts 1:9-11
The Millennial Thousand Years Failure, Future or Fulfilled AD 27/30 – AD 70?
No More Death, Tears and Pain Failure, Future or Fulfilled by AD 70?
Atheists and Bible skeptics of all kinds have looked at the teachings of Jesus concerning His Second Coming and reasoned that He never came when He said He would – in the lifetime of some of those standing next to Him in the crowd or within His contemporary “this generation” (Mt. 10:22-23; Mrk. 8:14, 38—9:1/Mt. 16:27-28; Mt. 24:27-34). They also argue that the NT writers could not have been “inspired” or “infallible” since they likewise placed the Second Coming of Christ to take place “soon,” “at hand,” “near,” “shortly,” “in a very little while and will not delay,” as their generation was coming to an end (Acts 2:20-40; Rms. 13:11-12; 16:20; Jms. 5:7-9; 1 Pet. 4:5-7; Heb. 10:37; Rev. 1:1—22:7, 10, 20)?
Then there are Futurist Christians who simply stick their heads in the sand and pretend Jesus didn’t promise to come when He said He would or that the NT writers didn’t predict the same truly imminent time frame. They unfortunately spiritualize the meaning of “soon,” “at hand,” “near,” “shortly,” “in a very little while and will not delay,” to mean thousands of years and counting, and interpret the end of the age or de-creation language in the NT as the end of world history.
But what if there is actually a third option that is more exegetically sound? Is it possible that when Jesus is describing Himself coming on the clouds that this was familiar OT apocalyptic language? After all, when God came upon the clouds in the OT is was figurative language and He came through various armies judging other Israel and other nations. Is it possible that this too is how Jesus came upon the clouds in His generation through the Roman armies during the events of AD 67 – AD 70 (Lk. 21:20ff.)?
And what if Jesus and the NT authors were not predicting the end of world history, but rather the end of the Old Covenant (OC) age/world and the ushering in and maturing of the New Covenant age/world to take place when the Temple was destroyed in AD 70?
And since there were Jewish views of a spiritual resurrection of the soul being raised out of Abraham’s Bosom or Hades to either inherit eternal life and God’s presence or go into eternal condemnation at the end of the Mosaic age, is this the resurrection that Jesus and the NT authors place as truly imminent to take place at the end of their Old Covenant “this age” in AD 70? Are there likewise Reformed orthodox Christian views which teach there was this kind of a spiritual resurrection that took place during the “three and a half years” of AD 67 – AD 70 when Jerusalem was judged (Dan. 12:2-7)?
But what of Paul’s teaching on the “rapture” or “catching away” (1 Thess. 4:16-17)? Is this describing Christians flying off the planet or is this a spiritual event when God takes His beloved Bride to Himself and sets up His Kingdom within the hearts of His Church (Lk. 17:20-37; Cols. 1:27; Jn. 14:2-3, 23)? After all Jesus prayed, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world…” but that we would “…all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (Jn. 17:15, 21).
In the OT we learn that Jesus’ Second Coming is not just described as “the great and awesome day of the LORD,” but as the “Sun of Righteousness” who would “rise with healing in His wings/rays” (Mal. 4:2, 5). So, when Jesus describes Himself coming as a great light that shines from the “east to the west,” should translators have translated this verse as “lightning” flashing or the great light being the sun shining (Mt. 24:27; Lk. 17:24)? This author will defend the later.
This book seeks to answer all of these questions and will defend that Christ in fact was faithful to come when He promised and how He promised in the events of AD 67 – AD 70. Buckle up buttercup – because you are about to get the most profound “red pilled” theological education you have ever received and one that will drive you deeper into the presence of your heavenly Father!
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