I received the question below from “Max” from Canada, and wanted to share it with our visitors. I have added a bit more information to the post to aid the readers.
Hi Mr. Preston,
I have a question on Revelation 21:4. I talked to an elder in a Reformed church about preterism, and he told me that Rev 21:4 says there will be no more death. He reasoned that since there is still death, tears, and pain, the new Jerusalem hasn’t arrived. I have your book on 1 Thessalonians 4 and I didn’t see you address this, so I would like to know how you would answer this.
Here is my response:
Take a look at several key points:
1.) Your friend is assuming that biological death is the focus of Revelation 21. This is a false assumption.
2.) The death that is the focus of Christ’s eschatological work is covenantal, or fellowship death.
3.) If your friend is Reformed, is he postmillennial or amillennial? (Additional note: it is common for postmillennial writers to affirm that Revelation 21 and the New Creation described there, arrived in AD 70. This is the view of DeMar, Gentry, McDurmon, et. al. This is a fatal admission, since if the New Creation of Revelation 21-22 arrived in AD 70 then all eschatological promises were fulfilled at that time. Furthermore, it is wrong to bifurcate between Revelation 20 and 21-22. There is no substantive contextual, grammatical, or linguistic distinction between these texts.
4.) The fact is that he must deal with the emphatic declarations that the events being discussed in Revelation 21-22 were events that were to shortly take place.
These facts should force us to re-evaluate our definition of the death in view.
Hope this helps just a bit!
You might see my book We Shall Meet Him In The Air, the Wedding of the King of kings, for an indepth discussion of the death of the Garden– and the life restored in Christ.