PRETERIST BIBLE COMMENTARY

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WHAT IS PRETERISM? Preterism, Preterist Theology and the Preterist view of eschatology is the Christian belief that all end time prophecies have been fulfilled.

Critics of preterism expose their ignorance of Roman history by their criticisms. These people claim that such and such a prophecy has not occurred–meanwhile Roman historical records say that it has!

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The following may seem unbelievable. However, all information is taken from unbiased historical records and is easily verifiable.

All end time bible prophecies were fulfilled during the Jewish War

In Mark 14:61 and John 21:22-23 Jesus promised to return within His generation. Then in A.D. 66 Israel faced its most tragic war.

Preterist interpretation of the second coming

Revelation 19 depicts Jesus coming with an army of angels on the clouds.

The army in the sky in A.D. 66 fulfills all bible verses concerning the second coming.

First century historians record an army of angels in the clouds in A.D. 66. Was this the second coming?

 

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF PRETERISM: FULL PRETERISM AND PARTIAL PRETERISM

Full Preterism is the belief that all end time prophecies have been fulfilled.

Partial Preterism is the belief that some end time prophecies have been fulfilled.  Most Biblical scholars are partial preterists to varying degrees.  Though the following commentary will show that all end time prophecies have been fulfilled, this is not evidence against the partial preterist view.  Perhaps the first century events that fulfilled all end time prophecies were types or shadows pointing to the ultimate fulfillment of these predictions again in the distant future?

MOSTLY JUST APOCALYPTIC RHETORIC AND CRYPTIC SYMBOLISM?

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HAVE ALL BIBLE END TIME PROPHECIES INCLUDING REVELATION REALLY BEEN FULFILLED IN THE JEWISH WAR?

In MARK 14:61-62, JOHN 21:22-23 and MATTHEW 24, Jesus promises to return in his generation. If he is right then our hope of heaven is secure. Was Jesus seen coming on the clouds in the first century?

Christians often assume that there is no historical record that

Jesus was LITERALLY seen in the sky with a host of angels in the first century,

The destruction of heaven by fire predicted in 2 Peter 3:5-13 was reflected on earth in what looked like fire in the sky on the day in which Claudius Caesar adopted Nero.

Biblical scholars have long known that Gog is in Turkey.  Interestingly, there was a LITERAL 1000 year reign of Christianity in Israel from the fall of Jerusalem (A.D. 70) to the conquest of Israel by the Turks (A.D. 1071) and the resulting crusades, the Battle of Gog and Magog (A.D.1095).

However, all four events ARE recorded by Roman historians alongside a multitude of supernatural phenomena that appear to FULFILL ALL BIBLICAL END TIME PROPHECIES DOWN TO THE SMALLEST DETAILS and yet seem to be either entirely unknown to or ignored by Biblical scholars.

WHY IS JESUS NOT RULING ON EARTH?

Jesus rules the world at the right hand of God in heaven (Mark 16:19, 1 Peter 3:21-22).In A.D. 33 day became night, and in A.D. 66 night became day. These two miracles broke the covenant of Jeremiah 33:20-21. Thus the Messiah would not rule physically on an earthly throne. Instead, Christ rules the world at the right hand of God in heaven (Mark 16:19): “[T]he Most High does not live in houses made by men. . . . ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool (Acts 7:48-49).'” The Messianic kingdom is called the kingdom of heaven in the Gospels because it is centered in heaven. It is here that the saints ultimately experience a blissful, loving existence with Christ after death.

WHAT ABOUT THE NEW JERUSALEM?

The New Jerusalem is the church. Because it is present in both heaven and earth and because the church is destined for heaven, the church is described in the likeness of the Jerusalem that is in heaven mentioned in Hebrews 12:22 and Galatians 4:26. Testimony from near-death experiences suggests that it exists right now!

WHAT ABOUT THE MARK OF THE BEAST? (It’s not JUST a spiritual mark)

Graven images like the implicitly defied face of Caesar on Roman money was a violation of the Law (Exodus 20:4-6). Sympathetic to Jewish Law, Rome allowed Jewish-dominated Palestine to mint their own money without the graven images of Caesar on them.  After the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, Vespasian forced the entire empire to use Roman money marked with his image and name on them with no one exempt.  One coin minted in A.D. 72 read, “IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII.”  The numerical sum of these letters transliterated into Hebrew characters totals 666: “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. . . .  That number is 666 (Revelation 13:16-18).”

There is CERTAINLY no Christian View of Eschatology (End Time Prophecy) that has more Biblical and Historical Evidence than Preterism.

THE FOLLOWING BARELY SCRATCH THE SURFACE OF THE CUMULATIVE EVIDENCE.

Background Info

Who is the Beast With the Wounded Head?

“One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound …”  (Rev. 13:3)

The 6th Caesar and 6th head of the beast is Nero. Nero’s name is spelled in the 666 cryptogram.  Nero ruled when Revelation was written: “The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is [Nero], the other has not yet come.” (Rev. 17:9-10)

As shown in the PRETERIST COMMENTARY ON REVELATION at the bottom of this page there appear to be NO BIBLE PROPHECIES YET TO BE FULFILLED.

In A.D. 68 Nero stabbed himself in the neck triggering a civil war: “One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound …” (Rev. 13:3)

Many Romans believed Nero survived his injury and would soon return: “ . . . but the fatal wound had been healed.” (Rev. 13:3)

Who Was the Beast Whose Wound Had Been Healed?

“ . . .  but the fatal wound had been healed.” (Rev. 13:3)

Preterism and the Beast Whose Wound Had Been Healed, the Beast out of the Earth, the False Prophet and the Lawless One

Vespasian and Titus are the two Roman generals who waged war on Israel for three and a half years from A.D.67 to A.D. 70. In the midst of this war Vespasian became the emperor of Rome while his son was also granted the title “Caesar” at his father’s coronation.  Caesar Titus was then sent back to Israel by Vespasian to finish the war.  Under Titus’ command Jerusalem and its Temple were destroyed.  No two men had a more active role in the eschaton than Titus and Vespasian thus other than Jesus no other figures are mentioned more in end time prophecy.

VESPASIAN

Tacitus, Suetonius and Cassius Dio all record Vespasian MIRACULOUSLY healing a blind man and a cripple just before entering Rome for the first time as emperor: The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with . . . all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders.” (2 Thess. 2:9)

TITUS (VESPASIAN’S SON)

“It set up an image of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.” (Rev. 13:14) 

“He sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thess. 2:4)

FULFILLED ESCHATOLOGY AND THE BEAST OUT OF THE EARTH CONTINUED . . . 

TITUS LITERALLY FULFILLED REVELATION 13:15!

“The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.”  (Rev. 13:15)

REALIZED ESCHATOLOGY AND THE BEAST OUT OF THE EARTH CONTINUED . . .

“And it performed great signs, even CAUSING FIRE TO COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN to the earth in full view of the people.” (Rev. 13:13)

In 1 Kings 18 Elijah calls down fire from heaven before ordering all who would not worship YHWH to be killed.  Like the prophet Elijah, Titus (the false prophet of Revelation 19:20) also calls down fire from heaven before ordering all who would not worship Caesar to be killed (Wars 6.6.3.) This act qualifies Titus as a false prophet per Deut. 13:1-5.

During the siege of Jerusalem, Titus launched firebrands into Jerusalem just as was done earlier to Jotapata (Wars 3.7.9). This is “fire from heaven:” “And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven.” (Rev. 13:13)

WHAT ABOUT THE MARK OF THE BEAST?

(It’s not JUST a spiritual mark)

The numerical values of the letters of the names of the TRINITY of the beast; Caesar NERO (A.D. 54-68) VESPASIAN (A.D. 69-79) and TITUS (A.D. 79-81); each add up to 666.

“It also FORCED all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, SO THAT THEY COULD NOT BUY OR SELL UNLESS THEY HAD THE MARK, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.  This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666..” (Rev. 13:16-18)

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As shown in the PRETERIST COMMENTARY ON REVELATION below there appear to be NO BIBLE PROPHECIES YET TO BE FULFILLED.

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Titus was Worshiped in the Temple on the 9th of Av of A.D. 70 in Explicit Fulfillment of 2 Thessalonians 2:4: “He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.”

Titus was worshiped in the Temple on the 9th of Av of A.D. 70 after calling down fire from heaven in the ways listed above and below.  The false prophet of Revelation 19:20 and Revelation 13:11-18 is often thought to be the Jewish high priest.  This is incorrect.  The false prophet and beast out of the earth is the high priest of the Imperial Cult whose job it was to direct the worship of Caesar and Rome in Rome’s eastern provinces.  The high priest of the Imperial Cult was Caesar.  Having already been granted the title “Caesar” during Vespasian’s coronation (Roman History 66.1), Titus was the de facto high priest of the Imperial Cult during the siege of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.  As Caesar presiding over an army drawn from the eastern provinces where emperor worship was officially sanctioned, Titus was certainly worshiped in the Temple in A.D. 70 as it was his duty as high priest to direct and receive this worship in the presence of an army from the east.

PRETERIST VIEW OF DANIEL 7: THE LITTLE HORN IS CAESAR TITUS

“The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it.  As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings.  He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time (Daniel 7:23-25).”

The Little Horn of Daniel 7 is Caesar Titus 

“As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings.”

The ten horns of Daniel 7 are described in Revelation 17:12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom.” These ten horns are the ten Zealot leaders listed by Josephus appointed to rule over the various provinces of Israel during the revolt against Rome (Wars 2.20.3-4).

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The little horn that arises “after” the ten horns is Titus who arrived in Israel about four months after these ten rulers were appointed. Titus is “different from the previous” horns because he was a Roman general while the other ten were Jewish generals and kings.

The three horns that Titus “subdued” are the three remaining horns; Simon b. Giora, John of Gischala and Eleazar b. Simon; who fought for control over Jerusalem when Titus arrived with the Roman army to besiege the city. After capturing Jerusalem, all three were subdued and Titus imprisoned John and killed Simon.

PRETERIST VIEW OF THE LITTLE HORN, CAESAR TITUS

“I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them.” (Daniel 7:21)  “He will speak out against the Most High.” (Daniel 7:25) “The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months.  It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven.  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle.”  (Revelation 13:5-6)

The following is an excerpt from Gittin 56b of the Babylonian Talmud: Vespasian sent Titus who said, “Where is their God, the rock in whom they trusted?” This was the wicked Titus who blasphemed and insulted Heaven. What did he do? He took a harlot by the hand and entered the Holy of Holies and spread out a scroll of the Law and committed a sin on it. He then took a sword and slashed the curtain. Miraculously blood spurted out, and he thought that he had slain God himself[.]

Gittin 56b of the Babylonian Talmud also records Titus’ haughty challenge to the Almighty God of Israel while on his way back to Rome after the fall of Jerusalem: “If he [the God of Israel] is really mighty, let him come up on the dry land and fight with me.”

“The saints will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time (Daniel 7:25).” “A time, times and half a time” is three and a half years, the interval between the arrival of Titus and Vespasian in Israel in March of A.D. 67 to lead the Roman legions to the fall of Jerusalem in September of A.D. 70.

PRETERIST VIEW OF THE LITTLE HORN, CAESAR TITUS

Titus was worshiped in the Temple on the 9th of Av of A.D. 70. The false prophet of Revelation 19:20 and Revelation 13:11-18 is often thought to be the Jewish high priest.  This is incorrect.  The false prophet and beast out of the earth is the high priest of the Imperial Cult whose job it was to direct the worship of Caesar and Rome in Rome’s eastern provinces.  The high priest of the Imperial Cult was Caesar.  Having already been granted the title “Caesar” during Vespasian’s coronation (Roman History 66.1), Titus was the de facto high priest of the Imperial Cult during the siege of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.  As Caesar presiding over an army drawn from the eastern provinces where emperor worship was officially sanctioned, Titus was certainly worshiped in the Temple in A.D. 70 as it was his duty as high priest to direct and receive this worship in the presence of an army from the east.

Titus’ war against the saints is illustrated in Chronica 2:30.7: But others, on the contrary, disagreed–including Titus himself. They argued that the destruction of the Temple was a number one priority in order to destroy completely the religion of the Jews and the Christians[.]

When Titus destroyed the Temple it became impossible to fully follow the Law of Moses fulfillling Daniel 7:25 “He will . . . try to change the set times and the laws [of Moses].”

“Apollyon” is a play on words for “Apollo” and “destroy.” Having led Legio XV Apollinaris (the 15th Apollonian Legion) before destroying Jerusalem and its temple in A.D. 70, Titus is undoubtedly Apollyon.

MUCH MORE of the Bible is End Time Prophecy than previously thought.

Just as the custom of the daily sacrifice is now known to be a Messianic prophecy pointing to the sacrificial death of Christ, in the aftermath of the end of the age it is now clear that MUCH MORE of the Bible is end time prophecy than was previously supposed. In addition to providing a preterist interpretation of the fulfillment of Revelation and all other major end time prophecies, the links below will also address the fulfillment of a small sample of these hidden end time Bible verses.

The Preterist View of Eschatology can no longer be criticized on the basis of appealing to empty symbolism:

Though Revelation is undeniably a highly symbolic book, the following commentary on all major end time prophecy below will show that the Book of Revelation is MUCH MORE LITERAL than ever supposed.  Not only were the events described in Revelation often fulfilled in a shockingly literally manner, even the preponderance of fantastic symbols in this series of visions were very real images often seen by John’s intended audience.

Apocalyptic prophecies were also fulfilled in Old Testament History much more literally than previously supposed

 “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed (Deuteronomy 18:22).”  Though Bible prophecy is often written in an apocalyptic or poetic style, Deuteronomy 18:22 clearly shows that Biblical prophecy is not empty rhetoric, but rather must have at least a literal core of truth to it so as to be recognizable and verifiable.  If not, then Israel could not be expected to recognize its real and false prophets.  The following Preterist commentary shows that even the most fantastic apocalyptic predictions–though often hyperbolic–were fulfilled in the Jewish War shockingly literally.  This fact implies that apocalyptic predictions fulfilled in Old Testament history were also fulfilled in a similar manner.  The following are the two most frequently cited examples used to interpret apocalyptic language purely symbolically:

How was every mountain lowered and every valley raised?       How were the sun, moon and stars darkened?

Preterism also fixes two of Christianity’s biggest problems:

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The links below reveal the PRETERIST VIEW AND INTERPRETATION OF REVELATION as well as a PRETERIST BIBLE COMMENTARY ON ALL MAJOR END TIME PROPHECIES (and end time Bible verses in disguise) with evidence from Roman history suggesting that ALL BIBLE END TIME PROPHECIES HAVE BEEN FULFILLED.

THE MORE UNBELIEVABLE THE PROPHECY, THE MORE MIRACULOUS THE HISTORICAL FULFILLMENT!

PRETERIST BIBLE COMMENTARY ON ALL MAJOR END TIME BIBLE VERSES: