I used to believe in Full-Preterism for 4 years. Full-Preterism teaches that the final judgment and “spiritual/corporate/symbolic” resurrection already happened in 70AD. Full-Preterism says that we are living in the new heaven and earth but astoundingly ignores the clear signs of death, pain, and mourning we have in this world!
Full-Preterism denies the future bodily resurrection and judgment of the world.
1st Corinthians 15 “12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.”
Paul said that denying the resurrection of believers is equivalent to denying Christ’s resurrection. It is denying the faith!
He said that Adam brought death and that Jesus brought the resurrection of the dead. Now some people think that Adam brought spiritual death but then if that is the case, they have to say that Christ’s resurrection was spiritual and not bodily! Paul said that Christ’s bodily resurrection overcame Adam’s bodily death!
1st Corinthians 15 “20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.”
If Jesus makes people “alive” through His bodily resurrection, then surely the “death” of Adam is also bodily death!
Paul said that they were looking forward to getting heavenly bodies just like Jesus!
Philippians 3 ” 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
Heaven is not about living in a post-70AD world but it is to become resurrected like Christ’s body that is GLORIOUS because it was RESURRECTED. This is the promise for the believer – to be glorified & resurrected like Jesus !!
1st John 3 “2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”
The resurrection was expected on the last day for all the dead. Its because Jesus is the Resurrection and life.
John 11 “23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Daniel 12 “2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt”
They will arise from the DUST in the resurrection.
Not from old covenant to new covenant !! Not from pre-70AD to post-70AD. Not resurrected symbolically or positionally!! But from DUST to ETERNAL LIFE !!
Adam’s sin brought death and God said he would go back to dust (Genesis 3:for dust you are and to dust you will return.”)
Christ came to resurrect us from the dust!
John 6 “40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will RAISE THEM up at the last day.”
Eternal life is to be RAISED up on the last day!
Revelation 22 says that the tree of life is for the healing/salvation of nations.
Genesis 3 shows the PURPOSE of the TREE of LIFE is to LIVE FOREVER !!
Gen 3 “He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and LIVE FOREVER.”
The tree of life is not about being saved from 70AD and living in a world of death! The Tree of Life is meant to give us IMMORTALITY. It is clearly, something we do not have today but we will have in the future resurrection if we believe in Jesus!
1st Corinthians 15 “54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with IMMORTALITY, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
Immortality is not a fairy-tale, it is the salvation given to us by faith in Jesus Christ who rose from the dead!
2nd Corinthians 5
“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling”
Our earthly body will be destroyed for a heavenly body. Please don’t tell me that we have a heavenly body now when people are dying and falling sick just like they did before 70AD. There is no difference in the human experience before or after 70AD. To say that we have resurrected bodies is simply not true.
We cannot just ignore all these scriptures and say that we are resurrected beings!!
In Revelation 20, there are 2 resurrections.
– The 144,000 Israelite martyrs were resurrected in 70AD during the great tribulation. The 1000 symbolic years commenced in 70AD and will end in the future.
– The rest of humanity will be resurrected in the future at the final judgment after the 1000 years.
The literal resurrection of the dead and judgment is one of the core teachings of Jesus Christ and the Apostles. We cannot say that it was spiritual/symbolic!
Jesus Christ came to give us immortality by His own resurrection and He promised our literal bodily resurrection from the dead for all who have faith in Christ.
Paul said that those who preached that the resurrection is already over were causing people to depart from the truth. This has happened to many Full-preterists today!
1 Timothy 1 “19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.
2 Timothy 2 “16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.”
Full-preterism denies a bodily resurrection and says that there is no more judgment. It’s a false teaching that is a blasphemy against Christ’s gospel.
The resurrection was not a corporate symbolic event that happened in 70AD. The Apostles were expecting a literal bodily resurrection.
Why did Paul say that the Ephesians were made ALIVE in Christ before 70AD if the resurrection was only symbolic in 70AD?
Ephesians 2 “4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions”
It is because being “made alive” was to receive the Holy Spirit. It was a DEPOSIT that guaranteed their inheritance!
Ephesians 1 “13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”
What was this redemption OR inheritance?
It was the literal resurrection of the BODIES.
Romans 8 “22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.”
The Inheritance is the REDEMPTION of THEIR BODIES !!
Not the corporate BODY, but their individual BODIES.
Look at what Paul said here. The same Holy Spirit WHO RAISED JESUS from the DEAD will raise the believer also from the dead! Raising their MORTAL BODIES.
Romans 8 “11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
Our body was mortal – we will all die in this body. So we are going to be resurrected bodily just like Jesus. If Jesus ROSE from the dead, then so will the believer!
This is why we receive the Holy Spirit – to be raised from the dead literally. We receive the Holy Spirit so that we will be raised into glorified immortal bodies on the last day! The Holy Spirit did not end in 70AD. We are still living in mortal bodies even after 70AD. When a person truly believes in Jesus Christ, they receive the Holy Spirit as the deposit for the final resurrection in the future.
MORTAL BODIES are not a Jewish covenantal/corporate body but are actual individual bodies that return to the dust. The “dust” was not tied to the Law or Israel because God said that Adam returned to the dust as a result of his sin. Adam the father of the human race was NOT JEWISH. He is the father of all of humanity. Adam sinned before the Jewish law came. Adam’s sin was imputed to all humanity and this is why we all die and return to the dust. The fact that we are dying and returning to the dust proves that the final resurrection has not happened!
Let us NOT IGNORE this passage where Adam was to return to the DUST (DEATH) and be prohibited from LIVING FOREVER by being barred from the tree of life.
Genesis 3 “for dust you are and to dust you will return……He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever”
The Bible clearly says that returning to dust is the OPPOSITE of living forever! So then returning to dust is physical death and not symbolic death. So then what did God promise in the new heaven and earth? The removal of the Adamic curse of death!
Revelation 22 “And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse.”
Clearly, in the future, the curse of Adam will be removed and the healing of nations by the TREE of LIFE is about LIVING FOREVER and not returning back to the dust (death) anymore!
Clearly, we are NOT in the new heaven and earth if people are dying just like they did before 70AD.
Look at what Jesus Himself said about the DEAD rising out of GRAVES.
John 5 “27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. 28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their GRAVES will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.”
(please note that grave is not restricted to Jewish people because Paul also preached to gentiles and the gospel of John is not written to the exclusive Jewish audience).
I will repeat once again: There are TWO resurrections in Revelation 20.
70AD was only the 1st resurrection of the martyrs in Revelation 19-20 who overcame the beast. At that time the Beast and False prophet were thrown into the lake of fire.
The 2nd resurrection of the rest of humanity is still in the future at the final judgment when Satan is thrown into the lake of fire along with the unbelievers and only those who believe in Jesus will be saved.
Death is proof of the future judgment.
In Revelation 21 it says that there is no death after the judgment. But we are still dying in this world. Why does man die? It is because there is a future judgment.
Hebrews 9 “27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
Jesus Christ died for our sins and will give salvation at the final judgment for those who believe in Him.
Paul preached to pagans in Greece who were idol-worshippers who had nothing to do with the Law of Moses. He was distressed because they worshipped idols. He commanded them repent because of the coming judgment.
Acts 17 “16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols……. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world. But God raised Jesus from the dead as PROOF that He will judge everyone the world in the final resurrection.
The fact that we are dying in this world, is proof that the judgment is not over. The resurrection is still in the future.
What will happen in that final judgment and resurrection?
Revelation 20 “11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
Only those who believe in Jesus will be saved from the 2nd death (lake of fire).
Death itself will be abolished (thrown into the lake of fire).
After the judgment, there is no more death for the believer in the new heaven and earth.
Revelation 21 “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Please do not be deceived by the false teaching of full-preterism that says there is no future judgment/resurrection. To say that there is no future resurrection is to deny Christ’s own resurrection and destroy the faith.
Full-Preterism is the root that has produced bad fruits (Israel-Only, Universal inclusion/reconciliation/universalism, etc).
Please do not be deceived by the false teaching of universal reconciliation that says that everyone is saved. To say that all are saved is to deny the Gospel preached by Christ and the Apostles who said salvation is by personal faith alone.
Please do not be deceived by the false teaching of Israel-Only that says that Israelites were saved. Such teaching goes against Jesus Christ who truly saves everyone by personal faith irrespective of racial/tribal background.
Salvation did not end in 70AD. Salvation is offered as long as people live on the earth!
The Bible says that our death is proof that judgment is in the future.
Today is the day of salvation.
Salvation is the promise of immortality by our personal faith in Jesus Christ. It will be given on that final resurrection/judgment day.
Christ died for our sins and was resurrected giving us full notice that there will be a final judgment. There is no excuse, we have all heard the Gospel.
We will all be resurrected on the last day – those who believe in Jesus will live forever in the New Jerusalem. But those who reject Christ will perish forever.
The true Gospel cannot be altered:
I cannot support Full-preterism and universal reconciliation and Israel-only because the book of Revelation is very clear that unbelievers and those who love wickedness will perish in the lake of fire (2nd death).
Revelation 21 “6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Revelation 22 “18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.”
If anyone adds/removes from the Book of Revelation, then they will not be saved.
I will not add/remove from the book of Revelation.
There is a final judgment and resurrection as the book of Revelation says.
The lake of fire is not a purifying or refining fire. It is called the second death. There is no coming back from the lake of fire. God is a consuming fire – the meaning is final judgment. It does not mean purification but it means everlasting judgment.
Isaiah 33 “The sinners in Zion are terrified;
trembling grips the godless:
“Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire?
Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?”
Full-preterism is adding/removing from the Book of Revelation by saying that the judgment/resurrection is already over AND/OR that we are living in the new heaven and earth AND/OR that all people are saved.
The Book of Revelation clearly tells us that there is a final judgment and resurrection!
Only those whose names are in the book of life will be saved.
Only those who believe in Jesus will be saved.
After that there will be no more death or curse in the new heaven and earth!
Clearly, Full-Preterism is a false and blasphemous teaching that goes against the Book of Revelation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Universal reconciliation says all are saved. It is false and goes against Revelation.
Full-preterism and Israel-Only theology state there is no more judgment/resurrection. These are false teachings that goes against the Book of Revelation and Jesus Christ.
I believe in the Bible – in what Jesus said – The resurrection will happen at the 2nd coming of Christ in the future. The dead will be judged in the resurrection.
John 5 “28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.”
The Gospel of Christ is everlasting. It did not end in 70AD.
Salvation is only by faith in Christ. It is not universal.
Believe in Jesus and you will be saved.