The Future Is As Bright As The Promises Of God

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In his article of September 21, 2013 that appeared in the religion section of the Wichita Falls Times Record News, the minister (mentioned in my previous post) made his argument that to many today are focused on the events in Syria — that all end-times prophecy has been fulfilled.

Partial preterists believe and teach that most bible prophecy was fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD,  Full preterists believe and teach that all prophecy was fulfilled at that time.  They also believe that Revelation is mostly symbolic and allegorical, and was written while Nero was emperor — Nero committed suicide in 68 AD so events recorded in Revelation were fulfilled when Titus sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple in 70 AD.  There is no external evidence that Revelation was written during the reign of Nero — there is external evidence that it was written during the reign of Domitian, 96/77 AD.

“God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the Church, and He blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.” Rev. 1:3 (NLB)

No prophecy found in the Old Testament or the New Testament applies to today?  Have the following prophecies been fulfilled?

“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and authority and power.  For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.  The last enemy that will be abolished is death.” 1 Cor. 15:22-26 (NASB)

“For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”  1 Thess. 4:15-17 (NASB)

“But the Day of the Lord will come; it will come, unexpected as a thief. On that day the heavens will disappear with a great rushing sound, the elements will disintegrate in flames, and the earth with all that is in it will be laid bare.  Since the whole universe is to break up in this way, think what sort of people you ought to be, what devout and dedicated lives you should live!  Look eagerly for the coming of the Day of God and work to hasten it on; that day will set the heavens ablaze until they fall apart, and will melt the elements In flames.  But we have His promise, and look forward to new heavens and a new earth, the home of justice.  With this to look forward to, do your utmost to be found at peace with Him, unblemished and above reproach in His sight…”  2 Pet. 3:10-14 (NEB)

Have the heavens disappeared?  Has the earth been destroyed?  Has death been abolished?  Have true believers been caught up to meet the Lord with those who have already died?

The minister mentioned in his article that God’s plan for Israel as His chosen nation has been completed — that the Church replaced Israel in the purposes of God. (Replacement Theology)

Replacement Theology is a doctrinal teaching that originated in the early Church as Jewish leaders were replaced by Gentile leaders.

Besides teaching that the Church has replaced Israel, Replacement Theology teaches that the Jewish people are no longer God’s chosen people and that the covenants ascribed to Israel were taken away.  But we read in Jeremiah 31:35-37, “It is the Lord who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night, and who stirs the sea into roaring waves.  His name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and this is what He says: ‘I am as likely to reject My people Israel as I am to abolish the laws of nature!’  This is what the Lord says, ‘Just as the heavens cannot be measured and the foundations of the earth cannot be explored, so I will not consider casting them away for the evil they have done.  I the Lord have spoken.'” (NLT) — God is eternal — God’s promises are eternal.

Genesis 17:1-8, “Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless.  I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly.’  Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying, ‘As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you will be the father of a multitude of nations.  No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.  I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you.  I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.  I will give to you and your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.'” (NASB)

Has the Church replaced Israel?  Paul wrote to the Church at Rome, “…God has not rejected His people, has He?  May it never be!  For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew…”  Rom. 11:1-2 (NASB)

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:  and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”  Gen. 12:3 (KJV)

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