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If it is true that Jesus, the Apostles and the early Christians earnestly expected the end of the age in their contemporary period, it must also be true that those ideas—if correctly assessed—have staggering apologetic implications. The attention of Bishops and priests, professors and Bible teachers and students, the professors and even truth seekers is suddenly riveted from looking forward toward the future to reconsidering and deeply pondering the past.
A lot of questions suddenly arise, some seeming to defy any answers and others, seeming to beckon, require solitude and deep focus and concentration. In the confusion of change and transformation of the early days 39 years ago brand new insights generated brand new questions.
If the Olivet Discourse was really about the Destruction of Jerusalem, what about the millennium? If something happened in the first century, was something else supposed to happen?
Partial Preterism is a reaction to a discovery whose implications challenge and seem to invalidate the official creeds of the Christian churches. These creeds insist that Jesus “shall come again” to judge the quick and the dead.
Partial Preterism sees the debacle of early New Testament notions of a speedy end of the world, Second Coming and judgment, but wishes to limit what it means in the name of saving face for the creeds. But the creeds are not the New Testament—and they are limited both by their breadth and their depth. Now, although we do not decry the creeds of Christians as being entirely false, we do not think it is fair or right to use them as a criterion to put breaks and limitations on the Word of God—which is exactly what Partial Preterists are want to do.
Partial Preterism would (if it could) limit the final Second Coming to only a future possibility (not a definite past reality). Partial Preterism would (if it could) denounce and interdict every Christian who believes in an entirely fulfilled Realized Eschatology and deny such a place at the Lord's Table or in part in leadership or ministry. And so, it is for these reasons that we wish to firmly confront Partial Preterists and call out Partial Preterism for exactly what it is: a sophisticated religious deception. And we will explain exactly what we mean by that in the spirit of constructive talks that invites dialogue, discussions and cross- examinations between Christians in the pages of this booklet.