Some Full-Preterist beliefs assert that the Gospel was preached until 70AD and that there is no more Gospel after that time.
But this is because of the misunderstanding that AD70 was the judgment day of the world. The truth is that AD70 was only the judgment of Jerusalem who had crucified Jesus and it was not the judgment day of the entire world.
We can confirm this by looking at two parables that talk about AD70 and the Gospel being preached after that time to the Gentiles:
MATTHEW 21 “33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. 35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. 38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.” 42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? 43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 46 They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.”
We see several interesting points here:
- The vineyard is the Kingdom of God. Under the Old Covenant, only Israel was the vineyard of God. He sent His prophets to them but they were killed. Finally in their “last days” He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to them – but they crucified Him.
- God brings an end to those who crucify Jesus. This happens in AD70.
- But God then gives the vineyard (kingdom) to other people – the Gentiles. But this is very very important – it happens AFTER AD70.
- The kingdom of God was taken away from Israel and given to the nations of the world where lot more people believed in Jesus Christ for the last 2000 years.
Jesus said that the Gospel would be preached to ALL nations and then the END would come. The Gospel has been preached to billions of people over the last 2000 years! Therefore AD70 was not the “end” of the Gospel.
Matthew 24 “14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
AD70 was only the judgment of Jerusalem who crucified Jesus. The “END” of the world is in the future because the Gospel has been preached to the nations after AD70 even until this very day.
Now, let’s look at another parable for the 2nd witness of this fact:
MATTHEW 22 “Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. 4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ 5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Let us see the events of this parable:
- God is the king and the kingdom is a wedding banquet for His Son Jesus Christ. He invites the people of Israel to the banquet if they have faith in Christ.
- But Israel rejected the Gospel because they focused on their earthly lives and then they crucified Jesus.
- In His wrath, God sends the Roman armies to destroy Jerusalem in AD70.
- The wedding banquet is ready and God calls all people outside Israel to come to the banquet. This means that the Gospel continues even after AD70 to the nations.
- One day in the future, the King will return and judge the guests at the banquet and throw out the ones who did not wear the proper wedding garments
- This refers to the Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20 in the future when all nations will be resurrected and judged. Only those who washed their robes in the blood of Jesus have their names in the Book of Life.
Clearly, these 2 parables show that the AD70 was only the judgment of Jerusalem and that the Gospel continued to all nations after that event.
It also shows that the final judgment day and resurrection is in our future after the Gospel has been preached to all nations.
This clearly shows that the 2nd coming of Christ is in the FUTURE and did not happen in AD70. This is confirmed in Luke 21
LUKE 21 20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Jesus confirms a few things here:
- AD70 was the destruction of Jerusalem as prophesied in the Old Testament and by Christ in His earthly ministry.
- The Jews were killed and many of them were taken as prisoners to the nations. The descendants of the 1st century Israelites were scattered to the nations after 70AD and survived to this day.
- Jerusalem is trampled by Gentiles from AD70 till 1948, Israel came back to their land as a sign that the Gospel has reached to most Gentile nations.
- In the future, we will see cataclysmic signs in the sun, moon and stars and the roaring of the seas (oceanic phenomena) as clear signs just before the future return of Jesus Christ in the clouds to rapture the Church.
- The 2nd coming of Christ will happen visibly to all nations in the future.
Paul also confirms this in Romans 11
ROMANS 11 “11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!………….13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?…………..25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”
Paul specifies some facts here:
- A small remnant of Israelites believed in Jesus but the majority of Israel rejected the Gospel and salvation went to the Gentiles. This was confirmed in AD70-AD136 when Israel’s religion and temple were wiped out and the Gospel was spread to the nations, especially when Rome adopted Christianity in AD380 – this resulted in the spread of Christianity to many nations – resulting in 2.4 billion Christians today
- After the Gospel has been preached to all the Gentiles, then the full number of Israeli believers will be saved. The descendants of Israel returned back to their land in 1948 in preparation for the 2nd coming of Christ.
- When the full number (remnant) of Israelites accept Christ in the future, it will be like the dead coming to life – I believe Paul indicates that the resurrection of the dead will happen and the Deliverer will come from Zion – In other words that event will be the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of the dead!
Another important point is that the New Covenant was revealed on the Cross and the old covenant was canceled/made obsolete on Calvary. The period between the Cross and 70AD was not the transition between two covenants. The event of AD70 was simply the Judgment of Jerusalem with the visible passing away of the already obsolete Old Covenant. The 40 year period between Calvary and AD70 was the last chance for that specific generation to repent from crucifying Jesus on the cross and be saved by faith in Christ through the gospel.
Hebrews 8 “13 By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”
Paul says that the Old Covenant was TAKEN AWAY on the cross.
Colossians 2 “13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.“
So then why would we need the Gospel after AD70? It’s because the Gospel is also meant for those not under the Law of Israel. AD70 was not the day of resurrection but that is one day in the future – The Gentiles who are not under the law will also be judged on the future Judgment Day where all humanity will be judged as Paul wrote here:
Romans 2 “12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.”
Therefore it is crystal clear that the Gospel continued to the nations after AD70 and will end in the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ and resurrection in the future.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for the sins of the world, and He was buried and rose from the dead on the third day. Everyone who believes in Him will be saved!
John 3:16 “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
COME SOON LORD JESUS and reveal the New Heaven and Earth!