We received the following question from "Sandra" concerning the fulfillment of Revelation. I think you will be interested in this exchange.
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 12:54 PM
Subject: The Most Holy Place
Hi Don, loved all the debates, but took some time to read and catch up on them all. I’m in a dilemma at the moment!
I’ve been exchanging e-mails with someone who writes books about the relationship between present earthquakes and the coming physical resurrection. I have managed so far to show him scriptures which oppose his views.
We got onto the subject of heaven, and whether Christians go to heaven today when they physically die. He said that they do, and I agreed. Then I used the study in your book Blast from the Past where you argued (pg. 33), that no-one could go to heaven, The Most Holy Place, until God’s wrath was completed.
He replied: "The entire theory teeters on whether heaven=The Most Holy Place — and it doesn’t! The MHP is a small section of the heavenly Temple, not the entirety of heaven"
Don, I don’t know how to answer him! Have you got a study on this?
In His Name "Sandra"
Greetings to you Sandra! Thanks for contacting me!
In reality, your friend’s objection still loses its force, even it true.
Here is why.
1.) It does not change the fact that the fulfillment of Revelation was near.
2.) It does not change the fact that Babylon of Revelation is "where the Lord was slain." (Revelation 11:8)
3.) It does not change the fact that God’s wrath would be finished in the judgment of Babylon, the city where the Lord was slain, and that Jesus himself said that all things written concerning the days of vengeance would be fulfilled in A.D. 70! And, this is important, all millennialists agree
that Luke 21:24 was fulfilled in A.D. 70!
4.) It does not change the fact that the MHP was in heaven!
5.) It does not address the fact that in Hebrews 9:9-10– the MHP represents the very presence of God. So, according to Revelation 11/ 15, no man could enter the MHP until the wrath of God was finished. But, the MHP represented the presence of God! So, the argument still stands.
6.) It does not change the fact– or even address the fact– that the time of the entrance into the MHP in Revelation is the time when the martyrs of God would be avenged, in answer to the prayer of Revelation 6:9-11.
That prayer would be fulfilled at the Great Day of the Lord (Revelation 6:12ff).
But, Jesus said all the blood of all the martyrs, all the way back to
Creation, would be avenged in the judgment of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (Matthew
I cover all of this–and a whole lot more– in my book, Who Is This Babylon?, so you might check that out!
Hope this helps a bit!
For His Truth, and in His Grace,
Don K. Preston