Jesus: A Preterist or a Futurist?

Richard Mayhue | May 21, 2010

This essay examines Dr. R. C. Sproul’s thesis in The Last Days According to Jesus, that moderate preterism as it relates to Christ’s second coming is convincingly proven by three time-indicators in the Gospels and the writing date for John’s Revelation. The essay evaluates each of these four time referents historically and/or exegetically in order to determine if Sproul’s claims can be biblically substantiated. The three Matthean time-frame references have better alternative interpretations (both before and after A.D. 70) in regard to time of fulfillment than the A.D. 70 date, which preterism requires of all three. Also, the late writing date for Revelation (mid-90s) has the preponderance of evidence on its side; this one conclusion alone invalidates postmillennial preterism. Since these time-indicators that are critically important to the preterist position do not support the system’s foundational claim that Christ’s parousia occurred within the lifetime of His disciples, this reviewer concludes that Scripture does not teach preterism, moderate or otherwise, as claimed by Dr. Sproul. Therefore, Jesus was a futurist in regard to biblical prophecies of His second coming.

Vol. 14, no. 1 (Spring 2003)

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Mayhue, Richard. "Jesus: A Preterist or a Futurist?." The Master's Seminary Journal 14, no. 1 (Spring 2003): 9-22.