“The Time Is Short”

   One of the many “timing texts” which Preterists employ is Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 7: 29 that “the time is short.” Preterists apparently believe that this points to the destruction of Jerusalem. But as with other timing texts, this is one is wrenched completely from its chronological and historical bearings, and placed in a…

“A Little While, and Ye Shall See Me”

  Among the numerous proof-texts put forth by Preterists, John 16: 16 is generally not mentioned. Although one will often hear them tout the phrase “in a little while,” it is usually in connection with Heb. 10: 37. Of course, Hebrews was written sometime prior to Paul’s first imprisonment, and bears the unmistakeable stamp of…

Zechariah 14: Preteristic Or Pre-Millennial?

   Whenever I deal with Preterists, and get to engaging in a discussion of theological differences, I always bring up Zechariah 14. This is to my mind one of the most important eschatological chapters in the Bible, illustrating as it does what will happen when Christ returns to the Mount of Olives from whence He…

Are We Nearing The End Of The Age?

  As Scripture teaches, a great eschatological crisis is often preceded by a significant change in the moral climate. Before a dispensation closes, there are certain signs to tell us that the “end is nigh.”  In the days of Noah, men were unwilling to hearken to the preaching of the word.  That was the tell-tale sign.  They were eating and drinking,…

The Great Hermeneutical Challenge

 It was recently asked on a Christian forum, why are there so many diverse systems of eschatology? I mean, shouldn’t interpreting the Bible be simple–at least relatively speaking?  At first glance, one would think so, considering that Paul spoke plainly (2 Cor. 3: 12; Col. 4: 4), and that Timothy understood the Scriptures as a little…

Behold, He Cometh With Clouds

   When reading prophetic passages, we must oftentimes ask ourselves the old question: “Is this literal, or is it figurative?”  There are some theologians who interpret everything in a strict literal sense.  Then there are others, no less strict, who would see in every verse of the Bible some allegorical enigma–which, of course, only they…

J.C. Ryle- The Hope Of Believers

“The second personal advent of Christ, to speak plainly, is the one grand object on which our Lord, both here [John 16: 16-24] and elsewhere, teaches all believers to fix their eyes.  We ought to be always looking for and “loving His appearing,” as the perfection of our happiness, and the consummation of our hopes.  (2…