This is installment #4 in a series of articles by Frank Speer, as he responds to some of the most common objections to Covenant Eschatology. Be sure to read all of the articles.
The objection stated: “Revelation was not written in 95 AD but much earlier according to full and partial Preterists….“
Frank Speer Responds: IMHO, the LATE DATE argument for the writing of the Book of Revelation (based upon a single controversial quote from early church father Iraneus) has been put to rest long ago and emphatically – all other quotes from the early church fathers are based upon thisquestionable Iraneus quote – hardly damning evidence… (Be sure to read Don K. Preston’s Who Is This Babylon for an in- depth study of the dating and application of Revelation.
The objector continues the objection focused on Revelation
“Some Preterist teachings include the following:
Nero was the Antichrist and the False Prophet was the leadership of apostate Israel who rejected Messiah and worshipped instead the Roman Empire (who tormented them and then slaughtered them). Nero’s persecutions were limited to Rome, not the whole world.“
Frank Speer: True. Doesn’t this just make perfect sense based upon Daniel’s “FOUR BEASTS” (4 pagan nations that would rule over national Israel). 1. Babylon 2. Medes 3. Greece and 4. Rome – Nero was the Emperor of Imperial Rome AT THE VERY TIME Rome destroyed National Israel!! Nero initiated the persecution of the church as well as the Siege on Israel.
Now what makes more sense? That the 4th Beast (Rome) actually followed the other three Beasts in historical succession, and that the END prophesied to take place under that 4th Beast actually occurred AT THE TIME of the 4th Beasts reign – OR…that it is all referring to some YET FUTUREworld leader and global Armageddon? (Be sure to read Don K. Preston’s Blast From the Past: The Truth About Armageddon, for some truly powerful proof that Armageddon is past).
ALL of the prior BEASTS and the events surrounding them as described in the Book of Daniel centered around ancient national ISRAEL – not the entire population of planet earth.
So much more to say that is proof positive for the preterist perspective – Here is just one mind blower…
In Mt 24:15-16 Jesus tells His FIRST CENTURY disciples to “flee“ when THEY SAW (with their own eyeballs) the “abomination that would bring desolation” – which the Hebrew Prophet Daniel wrote about.
Now doesn’t that just make perfect sense?!?!?
Daniel said “the Abomination“ would take place during the reign of the FOURTH BEAST – Jesus and His disciples were actually LIVING DURING THAT TIME – and lo and behold – Jesus tells THOSE LIVING PEOPLE that the abomination that Daniel spoke about WAS ABOUT TO OCCUR IN THEIR LIFETIME (Mt 24:34; 1 Cor 10:11; Rev 1:1).
Now what makes MORE SENSE to you – the above – or the notion that Jesus was actually telling those ancient Jews about the far distant END OF PLANET EARTH – even though THEIR QUESTION TO HIM was about the destruction of the ancient HERODIAN Temple that they had just walked out of. AND…is it coincidence that THAT VERY TEMPLE COMPLEX was in factleveled by the ROMAN ARMIES in Aug of 70 AD?? It was the FOURTH BEAST that destroyed the temple – Just like Daniel prophesied.
Why are we compelled to make this into something ELSE??
Now, just so there is no mistake – in Luke‘s version of the Olivet Discourse – Jesus actually tells us what THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION IS…
Matthew 24:15 – “Therefore when you (those to whom Jesus was actually speaking – not US) see (with your own eyeballs) the ABOMINATION that brings desolation (destruction) which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, positioned in the holy place (Jerusalem) 16 then those who are in Judea must FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS.”
Luke 21:20-21 – “But when YOU see Jerusalem SURROUNDED BY ARMIES (ROME!!!!), then recognize that her DESOLATION is near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city (Jerusalem).”
Did you catch it?? The Abomination that brought desolation WAS the destruction of the Hebrew Temple and Holy City by Imperial Rome. In both cases- Jesus tells them to “FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS“ when they witnessed the armies moving in or the abomination of desolation – the Pagan Rome attacking God’s Holy Land and People. This is all corroborated by Daniel 9; The Book of Revelation and the writing of first century historian Flavius Josephus.
More to come!