Revelation Timelines: Refuting Israel-Only Full-Preterism Part 5

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Did everything written in Revelation happen by AD70?

Revelation 1

The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Revelation 22

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

DOES EVERYTHING MEAN EVERYTHING ?

Romans 5

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

1 Corinthians 15  22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive

EVERYTHING in THEIR CONTEXT was IMMINENT:

  • the Coming of the Lord Jesus in the Clouds to judge Jerusalem in AD70
  • the relief from the great tribulation
  • warning them not to worship the beast during the great tribulation

Revelation 1

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

Revelation 14

A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, 10 they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” 12 This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.

Revelation 6

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.

2nd Thess 1

 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

JUDGMENT BEGAN in AD70 for ISRAEL – IT DID NOT HAPPEN for the NATIONS

1 Peter 4

17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

AD70 was the IMMINENT JUDGMENT for Israel – the BEGINNING of JUDGMENT

Psalms 82

Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
    for all the nations are your inheritance.

Psalm 110

The Lord says to my lord:

“Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet.”

He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead
    and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.

Hebrews 10

11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

Only Israel was judged in AD70. No other nation was judged. But look what Paul says that there will be judgment for every human being – Jew and Gentile.

 

Romans 2

There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

Judgment began with Israel and continues for a 1000 years because the DAY of the LORD is a 1000 years

2 Peter 3

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

 

Revelation 20-22

20 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

<<<SATAN DECEIVED JEWS and ROMANS to persecute Church in 1st century. Satan was bound in AD70 when Israel was judged.>>

I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

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.

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. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 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. ‘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.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 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. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 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.”

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

REVELATION 22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.” “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.” I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!” 10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

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. 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

 

BIBLICAL TIMELINE

  1. God creates Heaven and Earth – the land, seas, plants, fish, animals and mankind
  2. Adam and Eve sins and introduces the curse of sin, death, pain, tears
  3. For 2000 years God deals with mankind based on Righteousness of Faith without law: Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham. This period includes the flood on the earth.
  4. God makes the covenant of circumcision with Abraham which manifests with the Law of Israel 500 years later.
  5. Israel is in the wilderness for 40 years.
  6. After 1500 years of Israel’s law, Jesus Christ dies on the cross and ENDS the law.
  7. Righteousness is given by faith in Jesus Christ to ALL who believe, apart from works. Salvation is by GRACE through faith.
  8. 1st Century Church is in the wilderness for 40 years culminating in the great tribulation until AD70 when Israel is judged. This was the destruction of the old covenant/law. There is no more law.
  9. The 1000 year symbolic Millenium begins (large unknown time period).
  10. God is dealing with all nations in the Millenium NOW based on the righteousness of faith in Jesus Christ.
  11. In the future, the Great white throne judgment and resurrection will happen for ALL nations. The old heaven and earth will be destroyed by fire.
  12. The new heaven and earth is revealed where there is no more curse – no more death, sin, pain, tears. The bride of the 1st century and all believers from the Millenium (post-AD70) will live with God and our Lord Jesus on earth forever. The meek will inherit the earth forever.
BRIDGING the GAP between PRETERISM and FUTURISM
I have been in Futurism and Preterism for a long time, but both views have issues.
Preterism honors the time statements but spiritualizes the new heaven/earth.
Futurism ignores the time statements but honors the realities of the coming new heaven/earth.

Preterism says all prophecies were fulfilled in AD70.
Futurism says all prophecies are still in the future.
But both are extreme views. I believe that the truth is in between where we can bridge the gap.
The Biblical timeline:
1) God created literal Heaven and Earth
2) Adam sinned and brought the curse of death and pain.
3) God deals with nations based on Righteousness through faith from Abel, Enoch, Noah until Abraham.
4) Abraham receives covenant of circumcision
5) Law is given to Israel.
6) Israel is in the physical wilderness for 40 years.
7) Israel under the law for 1500 years.
Righteousness is by keeping the law. Gentiles are outside the covenant unless they become Jews by circumcision.
8) Jesus Christ, the Son of God dies on the cross and ends the law, removing the difference between Israel and Gentiles.
9) Everyone who believes in Jesus receives forgiveness and the righteousness of faith (similar to before the time of law).
10) Church is in the spiritual wilderness for 40 years facing the great tribulation before AD70. Most Christians are killed by Israel & Rome.
11) Christ comes in the clouds to judge Israel in AD70 and the 1st resurrection of Revelation 20 takes place – only those who endured the great tribulation are resurrected to reign and rule with Christ in heaven for 1000 symbolic years. Satan is bound/restricted in AD70 to prevent deceiving the nations.
12) During the symbolic 1000 years after AD70, Christian persecution reduces compared to the 1st Century. Rome adopts Christianity and the Gospel spread to the world for 2000 years and today we have 2.4 billion Christians.
13) At the end of the 1000 years in the future, Satan will be loosed to deceive the nations and Christ will judge the nations with fire from the clouds/heaven.
14) The world will end – heaven and earth will be destroyed. The 2nd resurrection will take place – all nations will be judged by works. Only Christian believers will be saved.
15) The literal new heaven and earth will be revealed, where God, Lord Jesus, and the Church will live on the earth forever without death or pain anymore. The curse of Adam will be over.
Matthew 24 was about AD70 judgment on Israel but Matthew 25 is about the judgment of all nations in the future.
Revelation 1:1-20:6 was about AD30-AD70.
But Revelation 20:7-15 is about the symbolic 1000 years from the time of AD70 till the future judgment of nations.
Revelation 21-22 is about the coming new heaven/earth.
The Symmetry is consistent:
A-First Heaven and earth are created.
B—-Adam’s sin brings the curse of death and pain.
C——-From Adam till the law came, God dealt with
———man based on the righteousness of faith.
D———–From the time of the law until Christ, God
————-deals based on the law of Israel.
C——-After the cross, God offers righteousness of
——–faith through Jesus Christ since the law ended.
B—-At the final judgment, the curse of death and pain
—–is removed.
A-New heaven and earth are revealed.
(match the 1st A – 2nd A – old & new heaven and earth,
the 1st B – 2nd B – the curse and its end,
the 1st C – 2nd C – righteousness of faith)

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