Philippines Mission Outreach
ACTS i. 11. -’ This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go unto heaven.’
Without any doubt, when you engage in serious discussions of the A.D. 70 Parousia of Christ, those in opposition will quickly appeal to Acts 1:9-11 as their “definitive proof” that Jesus did not return in A.D. 70. The argument goes something like this:
- Fact: Jesus left visibly in a physical body.
- Fact: The angel told the disciples Jesus would return “in like manner” as they had seen him go.
- Conclusion: Jesus must return visibly, in a physical body.
In this brief article we hope to demonstrate some of the logical problems with this argument. Our main focus will be to examine Acts chapter 1 in light of other passages that the opponents of Covenant Eschatology also appeal to as descriptions of Christ’s Second Coming. Space prevents us from examining the Greek term translated as “in like manner” to show that it is most often used of a metaphoric likeness, and not a specific literal likeness.1 Instead, we want to examine Jesus’ coming in light of the Transfiguration as well as Revelation, and compare it to this passage in Acts chapter 1. We hope to demonstrate that those who so vehemently insist that Christ is coming back exactly as he left, are, to say the very least, totally inconsistent.
Christ’s Transfiguration as a Vision of the Parousia Continue reading
ELEMENTS 2 PETER 3
What Does Peter Mean by
the Passing Away of Heaven and Earth?
A Study of 2 Peter 3
By Gary DeMar and David Chilton
If there’s one passage of Scripture that is repeatedly brought up as an indictment against anyone who objects to modern-day prophetic speculation, it is 2 Peter 3:3–18. If you dispute with those who argue that all the signs around us indicate that we are living in the “last days,” then you are labeled a “scoffer” or a “mocker” (2 Peter 3:3). Continue reading
THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM
An Absolute and Irresistible
PROOF OF THE DIVINE ORIGIN OF CHRISTIANITY
Including a narrative of the calamities which befel the Jews so far
as they tend to verify our Lord’s predictions relative to that event.
By George Peter Holford
(Written in 1805)
“I consider the Prophecy relative to the destruction of the Jewish nation, if there were nothing else to support Christianity, as absolutely irresistible.” –Mr. Erskine’s Speech, at the Trial of Williams, for publishing Paine’s Age of Reason
Here is an interesting post by Preterist author David Green on another site. He is responding to a another person who wrote to assert a common question/objection about Preterism, namely, why so many early church fathers “missed” prophetic fulfillment for so long.
- If futurism is an error, that doesn’t mean the Spirit “has been a failure in revealing the MEANING/INTERPRETATION of the inspired Word.”
- If futurism is an error, that doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit failed to sustain “the BASIC understanding of Scripture” among the saints throughout time.
- If futurism is an error, that doesn’t mean Jesus and the apostles were “ineffective conveyors/teachers of Scripture.” Continue reading
By David Green
From: 101 Preterist
1. “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 3:2)
2. “Who warned you to flee from the wrath about to come?” (Matt. 3:7)
3. “The axe is already laid at the root of the trees.” (Matt. 3:10)
4. “His winnowing fork is in His hand.” (Matt. 3:12)
5. “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 4:17)
6. “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 10:7)
7. “You shall not finish going through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man comes.” (Matt. 10:23) Continue reading